Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sowell: Is Democracy Viable

Is Democracy Viable?

The media have recently been so preoccupied with a Congressman's photograph of himself in his underwear that there has been scant attention paid to the fact that Iran continues advancing toward creating a nuclear bomb, and nobody is doing anything that is likely to stop them.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Liar Management Training Anyone?

by Leanne Hoagland-Smith: Political correctness and societal pressures have spawned anger management to diversity education training programs. These solutions can be found in the K-12 educational to corporate environments. Yet after listening and watching the behaviors of mostly politicians these past few weeks my sense is there is now the need for a new training program for both adults and young people – liar management.

What would have happened if Congress had demanded sex, photo texting Congressman Weiner to attend mandatory liar management classes? I mean if someone has an anger management issue then this person has a self control problem. Is this not the case for liars as well?

Even as now convicted former Governor Blagojevich walked out of the courtroom, he saidhe was stunned and in disbelief. My translation is his being stunned stemmed from he could not believe the jury did not believe his perception of the truth. After all he was only joking about "I have this thing and it's xxxx golden."

Now in Madison, WI, the Chief Justice of Wisconsin Supreme Court appears to have a problem regarding the truth while another Justice has a potential anger management issue. This confrontation is being heralded as "choke gate" Wisconsin style. As per the request of the Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the other justice, Prosser, could attend anger management while Chief Justice attended liar management.A new age of civility could emerge.

Maybe liar management training should be required for all elected officials as so many of them have a problem telling the truth? Of course, why stop with elected officials? Let's demand media outlets to union officials to CEOs of for profit businesses to attend liar management training as well given how loosey goosey many are with the truth.

Why do so many people get angry? Because they were lied to is the simple answer.

Parents get upset when children lie about taking cookies without permission. Teachers become angry when students cheat and then lie about their behaviors. Business owner get angry when employees lie about how much work they did not perform even though they were getting paid to work. Does not it make logical sense that voters become angry when they are also the recipients of lies?

Yet public elected and appointed officials get mad when the public challenges their lies", oops I mean truths. Maybe this is why so many liberals including media outlets the purveyors of truth, justice and the American way are against the Conservative Voices, the bloggers, Matt Drudge, the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and all those mean spirited Republicans? Because these folks have the audacity to counter the lies of elected politicians with the real facts.

In other words from the perspective of elected officials those who challenge the hubris and arrogance of elected officials should be attending anger management. And maybe this might be a good thing. To learn how better to deal with liars (the why behind one’s anger in many cases) could be beneficial.

Yet there is a more common sense solution. If more people told the truth, then probably less people would become angry. What would then happen is a reduction in displays of anger and less people taking anger management classes. We actually might have a society where the truth is respected once again and takes precedence over all the lies and miss information.

Of course we know truth telling is like pigs flying in today's society especially when researchers suggest lying is good for children and politicians along with those in seats of authority are only concerned about maintaining their status quo. Wouldn't you engage in "lying is good" behaviors if you could retire only after 5 years of service? After all, just consider former President Clinton's response when he said that all depends upon the "meaning of is."

The Obama Administration along with many federal to local officials want to create new jobs. Just imagine how many new jobs would be available if "liar management" classes were mandatory. This would give birth to a whole new segment in the training and compliance industries. Our GDP would mushroom because of thousands of new jobs. Unfortunately so would our debt as the majority of these classes would be paid by tax dollars. Well no solution is without flaws.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Politicizing Is a Good Thing

by Leanne Hoagland-Smith: Funny thing about words, they carry their own positive or negative connotations. For example, one of the diagnostic assessments I use with my clients includes the word "manipulate." This word, 99 times out of a 100, generates a negative response. Yet when we examine the origins of this word it means "hand" (manus – Latin) and "full" (pulus akin to Latin plere). What is negative about a handful? Nothing! The negativity is based upon personal experiences much of which is learned from others.

Manipulate, according to Webster’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary, in the first two meanings is about operating with hands to managing or utilizing a skill well. Only in the next two meanings are the negative aspects defined. The synonym is "handle" which again has both positive and negative meanings. Yet, say this word, manipulate, to most people and the later negative definitions come first to mind.

Politicizing is another word that produces a lot of negative reaction. A local controversy here in Northwest Indiana generated this remark from one local politician "the process was too politicized" while a local mayor said he couldn't combat the "falsehoods, lies and innuendos" on his own (referring to the politicizing of this issue). Then in another article, a local citizen was identified by another politician as being "the first person to politicize this whole thing."

Whether it is a regional, state or federal issue, politicizing is a good thing. The reason I may what may be viewed as a controversial statement is because of the original meaning of the word politic. This word has both Greek and Latin origins and means "citizen." So when people are engaged in politicizing an issue, especially if they are voters, then their politicizing is a good thing.

Many politicians forget that they are elected by the people to run government for the people and not for their own continued accumulation of wealth and authority. The recent Anthony Weiner debacle reaffirms the hubris of elected officials.

I attended a luncheon for this local controversy and heard the keynote speaker who was pushing for adoption of this issue tell the audience that he and his team were able to compile reams of information ready for publication in less than 5 days. He said they worked quickly.

When he made this statement about the quickness of government, I scanned the audience and the non-verbal body language by three quarters of the 60 plus people present was indicating genuine disbelief. Yet, the official because of his arrogance did not read the audience. Since that meeting, this official continues to claim that local citizen are "politicizing" this issue.

The bottom line for this official is he is upset that he could not ram rod this issue down the throats of the voters.

Politicizing appears to be a bad thing
unless it is the politicians doing the politicizing.
When local voters politicize any issue, this reflects their involvement and in many cases suggests a higher degree of education regarding the issue. Usually many politicians do not want voters involved because an educated constituent is dangerous unless of course the voters support the politicians' self-serving agenda. Possibly this is why elected officials fear the Internet, conservative blogs and individuals such as Matt Drudge to Sarah Palin who have the unmitigated gall to challenge these “icons of truth, justice and the American way.”

So the next time you hear someone is “politicizing” an issue, take time to smile and remember that politics begins and ends with the citizens or as our founding father so eloquently stated

“We the People.”

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Don't Be A Chicken - Cut, Cap & Balance

For America, a conservative activist group, has produced a video challenging Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) not to be “chicken,” and to support the group’s “Cut, Cap, and Balance” pledge – cut the deficit, cap spending, and balance the budget. The video is being sent 1.5 million people via e-mail. It has some farm humor and notes that "chickens tend to flock together, often following each other without a real sense of direction."

The video comes on the heels of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) – Boehner’s representative in negotiations to raise the debt ceiling – walking out of debt-limit/budget talks on Thursday after Democrats insisted on tax increases as part of any deal. “Regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue,” Cantor said in a statement.

ForAmerica is headed by Brent Bozell, the president of the Media Research Center. All we can add is Go Brent & Go America. As of this post, they already has over 1.2 million Likes / Followers their FaceBook Fan Page: ForAmerica. See you at the Pledge!
View the video:

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"Dominoez" - The Coming Collapse of America

Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service: In the "yesteryears" we used the term "the domino effect"to illustrate the spreading of communism. Cartoonist William Warren has now used dominoes in his latest political cartoon (below) to depict the coming collapse of the American economy.

Is there anyone "who cares" at the White House or in the Senate Democrat leadership and is also willing to stop or to help mitigate the coming economic collapse of America? Mr. Obama, we do not need anymore campaign rhetoric! The progressive liberals and even a few anarchist from odd political variations may be looking favorably toward the collapse of our country, but the rest of America is not.

Many House Republican have demonstrated their concern. They came to Washington with a clear understanding that they have no promise of returning for another term. They also understand that time is running out for certain problems to be resolved. They know they might be "out on the street" with their follow Americans if the economy collapses. Also, rumors are spreading of fear of a potential dictatorship operating out of the White House in the future if an economic collapse were to occur.

Yesterday, the ARRA News Service posted about 103 House Republicans supporting the the House Republican Study Committee's "Cut, Cap, and Balance” response to the debt limit and the bigger debt crisis that’s just over the horizon. It’s a simple, three-part plan: Today, The Washington Times in an editorial said, “the debt ceiling represents the last chance conservatives have” to cut spending and prevent this most predictable crisis. The Republican Study Committee Chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), also said today "The United States of America, the most dynamic country in history, is running headlong into a major debt crisis. Prominent Democrat Erskine Bowles calls it "the most predictable economic crisis in history." And with Washington borrowing more than 40 cents out of every dollar spent, we are rapidly approaching a tipping point.

While President Obama asked Congress for a blank check debt limit increase (which the House voted down 97-318), conservatives are getting behind a plan that could actually prevent the coming calamity."

Yesterday, the House grassroots Republicans released their; “Cut, Cap, and Balance” proposal which is supported by numerous conservative organizations. Where are the democrats and other republicans? Forget the tabloid journalism over Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). The crisis looming over America is far more important and yes "bigger" (pun intended) than the anatomy and behavior issues of the misguided Rep. Weiner. It is shameful that elected members of Congress, the "lame street" news, and the cable channels, including Fox News, are wasting time and effort on WeinerGate. They were and are taking their eyes off the the real problems as detailed above and illustrated below in William Warren's political cartoon.

By William Warren: "Today my cartoon looks at the debt crisis which is spreading from Europe to the U.S."

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Treasury Dept. Bailout Document Reveals Cozy GM - Obama Admin Relationship

NOTE: At the end of this article, is the following kinked article The truth behind Chrysler’s fake auto bailout pay back, by Conn Carroll for the Washington Examiner. Ever wonder who really payed back the US for the money loaned by the US to GM? Read the article - You are going to get very angry because YOU paid for the money to pay back for the loan that YOU (via the Obama Administration) gave to bailout GM. What a screwed up Country. Shaft me once, I am angry. Shaft me twice and I want to see heads roll even before the next election.

By Christine Hall: Washington, DC, June 2, 2011 – Documents released last week by the U.S. Treasury Department indicate that General Motors and the Obama administration coordinated their PR strategy regarding GM’s much criticized 2010 ad campaign, in which the car maker misleadingly claimed to have repaid all its government loans. In May 2010, after GM’s campaign was launched, CEI filed a deceptive advertising complaint with the FTC, and GM shortly thereafter stopped running the ads.  CEI also filed a Freedom of Information request with Treasury for documents on the ad campaign. Those documents were finally released last week, after nearly a year of delay.

“One year ago, the US Treasury Department aided General Motors in its fraudulent claim that it fully repaid its government loans,” said Sam Kazman, CEI General Counsel. “The detailed nature of their cooperation is demonstrated in the Freedom of Information documents that the Department has finally produced. Rather than respond within the 20 day statutory time period, Treasury took nearly a year to release these documents.

“Now the Treasury Department is re-enacting this smoke-and-mirrors routine on behalf of Chrysler,” said Kazman. “Whatever the bailouts may be credited with creating, honesty isn’t one of them.”

The documents produced as a result of CEI’s FOIA request show GM sharing PR strategy with the Obama administration more than three weeks before launching the campaign.  The Treasury Department sent some of those documents on to the White House at least two weeks before the launch.

Key points about the FOIA documents:
  • The timing of the Treasury Department’s response to CEI’s FOIA request appears to be connected to the administration’s current flurry of activity to tout the alleged success of the auto bailout.

    The Treasury Department inexplicably took almost a full year to respond to CEI’s FOIA request.  (See FOIA document pg. 1.)  Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wrote a Washington Post op-ed on June 1, 2011 with a similarly misleading statement that Chrysler had repaid its government loans. Tomorrow, President Obama is scheduled to give a speech at a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, likely trumpeting the auto bailout.
  • Treasury Secretary Geithner issued a press release touting GM’s repayment on the same day that GM launched its ad campaign.  (See pgs. 9-10.)  The newly released documents, however, indicate that the interrelationship between the Treasury Department, the White House, and GM on this PR effort was more extensive than previously realized.

    Starting on March 30, 2010, three weeks before GM’s planned launch of its ad campaign, Brian Deese from the Executive Office of the President and numerous Treasury officials began exchanging emails relating to GM’s planned announcement.  (See pgs. 55-59;97-102.)  These emails included draft schedules, draft remarks by GM to be given by its chairman and CEO, Edward Whitacre, and draft press releases from both GM and Treasury.  (See pgs. 9-14; 18-24; 36-39; 83-96.)  Treasury also had advance copies of GM’s marketing materials for its ironically titled “Trust Campaign.” (See pgs. 73-81.)
  • Once GM launched its campaign, it was widely ridiculed, and then, as revealed by the documents, Treasury officials began to develop a plan for responding to those criticisms.

    In late April, 2010, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) accused GM of repaying TARP loans with other TARP funds.  An April 29 email shows Treasury trying to “prepare a response today.” (See pg. 11.)

    Then, on May 10, 2010, former auto czar Steve Rattner publicly admitted that “GM may have slightly elasticized the reality of things” in its claims of repayment.  The documents show that, in response, Treasury officials privately began to look for ways to respond to Rattner’s criticism. Rattner’s successor, Ron Bloom, wanted “a couple bullet points… for response if this comes up.”  (See pgs.61-62.)
  • The Treasury Department’s role in facilitating GM’s deception may be far greater than the documents reveal, because the Treasury Department withheld some of the documents covered by the FOIA request, including portions of documents shedding light on White House involvement. For example, a blacked out item in the Treasury document release is a March 30 email from Brian Deese in the Executive Office regarding GM’s upcoming campaign. The only item left visible was the opening phrase, “Hi guys.” (See. Pp. 58-59.)
See also:
General Motors Accused of Fraud Over Misleading Claim That It Paid Back Taxpayers; CEI Files FTC Complaint by Hans Bader

The truth behind Chrysler’s fake auto bailout pay back, by Conn Carroll for the Washington Examiner

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