The American Condition Politically, Culturally, Economically
OBAMA'S 2015 BUDGET --- ONLY FOR DEMOCRATS AND THEIR VOTES
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 02/20/2014
Government of the people, bythe people and for the people is no longer for ALL the people. It's now for the 50% of people, who elect and support Democrats, who aren't traditional Democrats by any means. They are Wilsonian Progressives, many even more radical than Wilson intended. But, who's responsible? The people. Voters who vote reflexively for the "D" and those who don't take the time or use the energy necessary to counter them. A sad sign of our times that, by all indicators, will continue unchanged.
Barack Obama's 2015 budget will not include policies in his previous budgets
that have been favored by Republicans, a White House official said, including a
change in the Consumer Price Index that would affect Social Security. Instead,
Mr. Obama's budget will present proposals supported by his own Democratic Party,
such as tax increases aimed at the high-income earners, setting up an
election-year battle over fiscal priorities.
president's decision to abandon Republican proposals, such as the so-called
chained CPI that has been part of bipartisan talks over the last three years,
makes clear the White House does not expect budget negotiations with Republicans
to bear any fruit this year. His budget, due out early next month, is set to be
more of a political document in an election year.
"Trying to persuade a prejudiced mind is as Sisyphean as trying to open a closed mind is Quixotic." Mann, May 2012 In
a blog post herein below on May 1, 2013, I outlined what we who
manage people and enterprises know as absolutes about performances of
people who are put into management and supervisory positions for
which they haven't requisite qualifications. For those who have
progressed through several jobs to their level of incompetence, this
is known as the Peter Principle as defined by Laurence J. Peter. In
all likelihood, all who have managed people for any length of time
have seen this principle played out. While Peter's observation
applies to progression through multiple job levels, if a person is
put into any job for which he is unqualified, the concept is also
valid. Elective political positions is where I see this most often
played out. The
election of Barack Obama as President of the United States is the
most significant example of this in my lifetime. I w…
I apologize for the structure of the post below, with no segmentation, but the system refuses to do it my way. To my post yesterday re AMR's chapter 11 filing relating my experiences over many years flying with AA, an AA pilot wrote a thoughtful comment that caused me to think a bit more about the precursors to conditions of their bankruptcy. Frankly, I have what is perhaps too much experience with trade unions and their excesses, but know less about others such as the airlines. After learning more about the negotiations of AA with their unions, I now think it's justifiable to post the comments below. I've seen too many industries destroyed by union excesses coupled with management incompetence in caving to excess demands. Start with coal (dead for many years), steel, textiles, shoes, electronics manufacturing, and more. The Detroit 3 (once the big 3) deserves special mention. As their costs rose to $72/hour (fully loaded) and costs in the southern industry …
I've long opined that the first amendment is the most abused amendment. Nothing confirms this more than the harassing, often violent, behavior and activity of those who resent Donald Trump and will not accept his being elected president of the USA. Accomplishments for America and Americans mean nothing to them as hatred rules and drives them. Dr. Robert Warren gives a learned comparison of illegitimate harassment vs peaceable protest, the right given by the first amendment.
HARASSMENT IS NOT PEACEABLE PROTEST By Dr. Robert Warren PhD, engineer, scientist, forensic expert.
The first amendment to the
Constitution guarantees, among other things, “the right (of the
people) to peaceably assemble. Congress is specifically prevented
from making any law abridging it. It appears, however, that
“peaceably” has been removed from the first amendment, and
assembly without peace seems to be increasingly acceptable in
society. Peace has given way to harassment, and harassment has
turned a privat…