Sunday, November 16, 2008

The government’s view of the economy...

The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Ronald Reagan.

It is sometimes amazing to see how hindsight and foresight of individuals are relevant to current events. It’s as though they were fortune tellers. The quote above made by President Ronald Reagan is in some ways haunting in how it relates to the current economic situation we have today. Just as stated, “…if is stops moving, subsidize it” is just the reaction and view of both the current Bush administration and incoming Obama administration. I hate to say that phrase “What would Reagan do,” but judging from the quote, I think we know what he would do. Let economics take its course and while some business will fail, prolonging the inevitable will hurt even more.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Veterans Day "Your Service is no longer Recognized"

Forget the Veterans
As another November 11th comes and goes, we are reminded of Veterans Day, a day of remembrance for the Armed Forces Veterans who have served the nation in times of war and peace, past and present. Remembering the Veterans is a testament to our acknowledgement of their service.
With the thought of keeping our Veterans in mind, we remember Veterans Day. The events of recent years in Afghanistan and Iraq draw attention to the service of Veterans. Throughout history it would seem that during times of war the eyes of the nation are on those who currently serve in the military, while the memory of those who served in previous wars prior to the current war seem to be a distant and forgotten memory. While the intent of the people is not purposely aimed at forgetting past Veterans, it nether the less seems to be the reality. This tendency is even more evident with the elected politicians who seem to be, in their own self interest, more concerned about current Military Members or Veterans verses Veterans who served prior to the current wars. This is very apparent with the flurry of Politicians who flock to public appearances and debate over legislation concerning Veteran benefits. The concern for benefits would normally be a welcomed concern, but unfortunately the concern seems to be primarily focused towards current Military members and Veterans, who without a doubt are deserving of the attention and improved benefits. This attention to current service members does not change the reality of the previous lack of adequate funding for Veterans Administration operations and programs, which attest to the Political lack of concern except for when it serves their own interest.
A major issue with current changes both within the Military services and Veteran benefits is that the addition of new or improved benefits are being provided only to the current serving personnel and in some case spouses. An example is the new GI education bill, which does provides excellent benefits, but only to the Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The Veterans of the Cold War, Vietnam and numerous other small conflicts and covert operations are left out and basically being told “Post 911 Veterans are more deserving than the rest.” This is even more reinforced by the fact that Veterans GI bill for pre 911 Veterans also has 10 year expiration. Imagine the surprise of Veterans who served, under the impression that they had a GI bill and then years later were told it expired. Why couldn’t the Politicians who prepared and passed the new GI bill include all Veterans? Maybe their service is not as appreciated, or deserving, as the post 911 Veterans. What a cliché to be told by your country that "Your services are no longer recognized."
Forget the Veterans unfortunately seems to be more true than many of us would have ever imagined. Just because you don’t know about it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people

“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” John Adams

John Adams was the second President of the United States and instrumental in obtaining the Liberty and Freedom we so much take for granted today. His quote concerning knowledge among the people is so very true. It is however not the fault of the people who put their trust in the elected. If the elected mislead the people, then the people cannot fully be faulted. But as John Adams said, if the people are not given the truth, the knowledge, then it cannot be expected for them to maintain their Liberty.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Not Again! The Great Depression

For anyone interested in history the following excerpt and attached link gives some history on the Great Depression. Similiar parallels even though the current situation is no where close to then, but reading policies and actions from then, one can conclude that current policies or proposed future policies could lead to a repeat of history because of our failures to learn from history.

Great Depression in the United States, worst and longest economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world, lasting from the end of 1929 until the early 1940s. Beginning in the United States, the depression spread to most of the world’s industrial countries, which in the 20th century had become economically dependent on one another. The Great Depression saw rapid declines in the production and sale of goods and a sudden, severe rise in unemployment. Businesses and banks closed their doors, people lost their jobs, homes, and savings, and many depended on charity to survive. In 1933, at the worst point in the depression, more than 15 million Americans—one-quarter of the nation’s workforce—were unemployed....


We The People Have Spoken

“We The People” have spoken, just as we did in 1776, just as we did throughout the past 227 years. Throughout the history of the United States there have been significant and historical events that mark the history books and mark the memory of the people who experienced the event or events.
The Election of,(as the media, the world and the people of the United States, black, white and others have stated) a Black man is an historical event for the country and the world. Regardless of your political or personal view concerning this event, it is historical and a benchmark in history. As I stated, regardless of your views, views do not stop history from happening. The events of the United States Independence, the Civil War, the Lincoln assisation, Pearl Harbor, the JFK assignation and 911 are just some of the significant historical events in our history, and the election a Black man to President is a historical event that will be remembered by those who were here to witness it. Time will be the judge as to how this period transitions into history, but for now the election of a Black man to the office of President is a significant milestone in history.