There are millions of Americans who are politically ignorant. That does not include the voting public that are simply plain ignorant. Today it is unfortunate the rest of us are left to suffer those consequences. To top that off it appears that a good part of the public have lost the ability to use what we all know as ‘common sense’ and far worse have lost their ‘ethical compass’.
Personally I give up my political affiliation with the Republicans.
The bad behavior in Washington in my viewpoint is rampant on both sides of this isle. I blame the Republican party the most because they failed to hold the ethical line that made me proud to be in that party. The Democrats have always been whiny sniveling boo hoo artists giving handouts to the undeserving in order garner perks for themselves.
Why do I put the heaviest blame on the Republicans? Because they KNOW BETTER and are either in collusion or chose to say nothing for whatever reason.
I fully believe that those who sit on the sidelines and say NOTHING when they see a wrong being committed are as guilty as those who commit the bad behavior. In that case SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN.
I watched Orin Hatch being interviewed about the ‘okay’ of Tim Geithner on Glen Beck the other day. I was appalled that Hatch thought it was better for the country to have a crook watching over the treasury assets because he was “so brilliant” so “smart”. I am aghast at Hatch’s definition of brilliant. Hatch looked into Geithner’s eyes and trusted this was an honest mistake. We trust the running of our government to people who themselves have less than adequate judgment skills?
1. Brilliant DOES NOT trump ETHICAL.
2. Someone who ‘cheats on his taxes’ is a gambler … better defined by stupid rather than brilliant.
Geithner by action is not brilliant or he should have known HE WOULD BE EXPOSED. Maybe he did and thought “oh well business as usual”.
“Inexcusable negligence” for non-payment of ($43,000) in taxes during his International Monetary Fund days … was the comment from Susan Collins of Maine (R). Tom Harkin of Iowa, Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Russ Feingold of Wisconsin (all Democrats where smart and ethical enough to put the nix on the okay) as was Bernie Sanders an Independent. Arlen Specter said he would vote yes but had a change of heart and the last moment and voted NO. Well BRAVO to those with the ‘common sense’ and ‘ethical guts’ to call a spade a spade. You see it seems a good many feel “Had (Geithner) not been nominated for treasury secretary, it’s doubtful that he would have ever paid these taxes.”
Geithner was given a thumbs up and now is in charge of the IRS.
This is ethical insanity.
Thank heaven there are still young people who are not as foolish as their peers and some of their professors and administrators.
Reformed is not part of what Bill Ayers is at all.
He is not the least bit sorry for his actions … in fact he denies them.
He maintains HE is not responsible for any bad behavior (anyone believing that has a serious brain function impediment). Isn’t that what every narcissistic jerk says?
Every PARENT footing the bill for their kid to take classes from Ayers should be pitching the BITCH of a lifetime. Insist on your money back and start a class action if you don’t get it.
Bill Ayers was one of the founders of the Weather Underground, a Vietnam era radical group responsible for several bombings in the early 1970’s. At present, he is a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and noted for his work in education reform.
Ayers was invited to speak at the St. Mary’s College in Moraga Wednesday night as part of a lecture series designed to challenge students to think in new ways. But not everyone welcomed him. Several conservatives went to the college to protest Ayers’ appearance. They called him a domestic terrorist.
During his speech, one man tried to present Ayers with a bible. Security took him away and Ayers went on with his lecture. He challenged students to look at the world differently and get involved. “We need to open our eyes and see the world as it really is.. not some fragmented stereotype of a world predigested corporate ideological lenses and see the world as it is,” Ayers said.
Bravo Barack Obama … well said!
President Barack Obama issued a withering critique Thursday of Wall Street corporate behavior, calling it “the height of irresponsibility” for Wall Street employees to be paid more than $18 billion in bonuses last year while their financial sector was crumbling.
“It is shameful,” Obama said from the Oval Office. “And part of what we’re going to need is for the folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint, and show some discipline, and show some sense of responsibility.”
The president’s comments, made with new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at his side, came in swift response to a report that employees of the New York financial world garnered an estimated $18.4 billion in bonuses last year. The figure, from the New York state comptroller, drew prominent news coverage.
Then we are facing this:
Eastman Kodak Co. said Thursday it is cutting 3,500 to 4,500 jobs, or 14 percent to 18 percent of its work force, as it posted a fourth-quarter loss of $137 million on plunging sales of both digital and film-based photography products. Its stock tumbled more than 23 percent.
Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it lost $5.9 billion in the fourth quarter and burned through $5.5 billion in cash as sales slumped, but the company still says it does not plan to seek federal loans.
The Labor Department reported that the number of Americans continuing to claim unemployment insurance for the week ending Jan. 17 was a seasonally adjusted 4.78 million, the highest on records dating back to 1967. That’s an increase of 159,000 from the previous week and worse than economists’ expectations of 4.65 million.
This is a drop in the bucket of what is on the horizon.
Apparently the “oh well” attitude will continue until the pink slip hits the mailbox of “we the people”.
Do you have a plan B?
If the breadwinner in your family were cut loose from their job what would you do? Those are things that could be just around the bend. The first domino has been pushed over … how long will that line take before it hits your spot on the planet?
California faces a $42 billion budget deficit through June 2010. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a plan.
Two-day-a-month furloughs (without pay) to all 238,000 state workers. Of course two employee unions had challenged Schwarzenegger’s executive order, saying he did not have authority to order furloughs.
Judge Patrick Marlette disagreed. In a preliminary ruling, he said the governor has “express authority to make the challenged order.”
Schwarzenegger has declared a fiscal emergency and he said the reduced-work plan will save California about $1.4 billion through June 2010.
Marlette said “The current circumstances constitute an emergency,” and “The challenged order is reasonable and necessary.”
So the furloughs are scheduled to start Feb. 6.
Schwarzenegger also has sought other concessions from state employees, including eliminating two of their 14 paid holidays.
The governor said “To me labor has the choice, and I made this very clear: That they can help us in making the decision in how they save the $1.4 billion,”.
From my perspective it’s a pretty simple decision … you take the cuts as individuals or you lose your job. My husband always says “half of something is better than all of nothing” … it is prudent to think along those lines sometimes in the real world.
Perhaps Barack Obama needs to pick up the same gauntlet with the federal government job force.
The public is called on to chinch in their belts … lets see Nancy P. spearhead the movement in her house.
That would be refreshing wouldn’t it?
Electronic database to include lawsuit, mental health, abortion, sexual details and only GOD knows what else.
Another little discussed insert in the Obama economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out.
Documentation on abortions, mental health problems, impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.
Could be shared? … well we all know how leak proof ANYTHING in our government is. Lets translate that into lay language. Will be shared either for FREE or an under the table FEE.
Consumer Watchdog, even suggested today Google is trying to lobby for the “sale of electronic medical records.”
Pushing for the provisions so it may sell patient medical information to its advertising clients on the new ‘Google Health’ database?
Consumer Watchdog sent a letter to Congress urging them to put the nix on this process … no doubt like everything else it will be ignored by all. LETTER HERE.
Does any of this matter to you?
If so TO BAD.
This is simply one more thing the ‘Obama HOPE AND CHANGE’ is quietly trying to slip by the public.
Gee I wonder how this could possibly happen?
Well of late I have wondered not only how is this happening but when/where did it start?