Sunday, January 25, 2009

21st Century Economic Recovery Hings on Education and Retraining

The economy that we left behind in 2008 is a gone forever. It was an economy that was driven in a direction that ultimately warped the social, political and cultural landscape of our entire country. Instead of investing in our human resources, our domestic companies and corporations used and abused their workforces. The results of this throw away worker mentality are all around us. Our education system has become as flawed as our banking systems. We now deliver graduates of a quality that fit the exploitive companies that they will ultimately work for. Our culture is fostering ignorance over education and gratification over work. Many of the dysfunctions of our culture are direct byproducts of an aberrant economic system.

The economy that will ultimately replace the last will be vastly different and constantly changing. There will be less and less need in this new economy for undereducated or untrained workers. My point here is that not all American workers will be able to function in the next economy. A lack of investment in America’s human resources over the last 30 years has brought us to the point where there will be millions of workers who will need years of education to become productive members of the new economy. Years of education! Some may never be able to make the transitions. Some may ultimately just become wards of the State.

There can never be an economic recovery back to the economy of 2008. The most important component to the structural changes necessary to move our country into a 21st Century economy lies with education and job retraining. There must be a massive commitment to the reeducation of our population. Without it, millions will be doomed to a life of poverty and degradation. Without it, our country will never again regain its status as a true economic superpower!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Does America Deserve Barack Obama?

Power in America has shifted back to the Democratic Party. There is much that needs to be done. We the people allowed terrible things to happen in the last 8 years with little or no opposition. This new Democratic leadership does not automatically guarantee that the interests of the people will be served.

We must be vigilant, knowledgeable, active and engaged in the Democratic process. We can’t expect the Democrats to always do the right thing. We must demand that they act in our best interests. Americans in many ways deserved George W. Bush. It remains to be seen if they now deserve Barack Obama. Only time will tell, I guess!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Psychological Evaluations for our Political Candidates

Before this whole Blagojevich selling of a senate seat scandal broke in the media, most of the residents of Illinois, myself included had already come to the conclusion that our Governor had some sort of mental issues. Four years ago, I attended a Democratic event in Springfield that was attended by all our major state officials. At the time, no one in Rod Blagojevich’s own party had anything positive to say about the Governor. In speech after speech they made not so subtle references to their disagreements with the Governor. Elected and appointed officials alike seemed to all have some kind of issue with Blagojevich's style or actions.

In the years that followed Governor Blagojevich has become an object of ridicule and sometimes outright hatred. Many were counting the days to the end of his term. Thankfully for our state, Rod finally pushed the envelope just a little too far, resulting in an impeachment and what looks to be a pretty serious criminal indictment.

My point here is that many of us have known for a long time that there was something seriously wrong with our Governor. As everyone witnessed, he seemed to be almost delusional in recent news conferences. Having no training in mental illnesses, I am not qualified to diagnose what type of malady Rod Blagojevich suffers from. Millions in Illinois and around world know in their hearts that the Governor is not playing with a full deck. He most certainly suffers from so sort of mental illness.

In our society we are constantly tested from the time we first enter grammar school to our first job application. It is now standard practice to give psychological tests during the hiring process. Employers want to examine our psychological profiles. They want to see if we will fit the job or if we have profiles that would inhibit either task completion or future professional growth.

Why is it that we don’t require our leaders, some of whom end up to be some of the most powerful people in the world, to take psychological evaluations? One simple test could have saved the people of Illinois and the country, a lot of grief. Sorry, Mr. Blagojevich or Mr. Bush, your psychological profiles make you unsuitable to hold public office. This seems to make sense to me; does anyone else feel the same way? Is it asking too much to have the comfort of knowing that our leaders are not crazy before we vote for them?

Friday, January 02, 2009

Hamas Holy War on a Country of Grandmas?

I don’t want to take sides in this latest conflict between Israel and these Gaza Strip crazies. As far as I'm concerned, religious extremists Christian, Muslim, and Jewish can all go to hell. If they want to kill each other, it is really ok with me. But, I am really most amazed by these Hamas fanatics. Most of us learn very early in life that it really makes little sense to mess with the biggest meanest bully on the playground. It’s a sure fire way to get your butt kicked and who in their right mind would want that?

Apparently for some reason these Hamas crazies have wanted their asses kicked in a big way. Let’s see, how about if we make and then fire these inaccurate homemade rockets at heavily armed and pissed off Jews? Sounds like a plan, right? Later, we’ll throw rocks at Merkava Mark 4 tanks and then complain to the world about our civilian losses.

If Hamas was smart they would pick on someone they could actually defeat in battle. Perhaps they could wage a holy war of liberation on a country of grandmas? Sounds like a plan, right?

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