Running The Government Like A Business

There is a fatal flaw in the idea of electing a successful business executive to be President and run the government. This idea is based on the theory that experience in successfully running a large, complex business organization will be useful experience when it comes to running the government. To a certain extent, this is true. But the fatal flaw in this reasoning is the fact that the government is not a business. The goals and the measures of success are very different for government than for a business. The overriding goal, and the measure of success, for a business is making a profit, unless we are talking about a non-profit business, such as a charitable organization.

In a for-profit business, the goal is to enrich those running the business and the owners of the business, the stock owners in most cases. This is done by having as many customers as possible spend as much money as possible on the business’s products and services. And yes, the best way to do this is to satisfy the needs of the customers, but it can also be done through fraud and things like predatory lending.

With the government, the customers are the people, and the people should also be the owners, but unfortunately, with the way our elections work, the real owners are the wealthy donors – these are the “stockholders” of the government. The bottom line is that running a huge complex organization for profit is not the same as running it for the sole purpose or enriching the lives of the customers – the people.

Still don’t see the difference? Think about this. A business would be perfectly happy having a few billionaires spending millions on their products, while 99% of the population goes without because they cannot afford the product. The government cannot and should not operate in this fashion. The “products” of the government need to be equally available and accessible to ALL the people. That is a completely different paradigm than that for a business.

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Think About It!

If you are a Conservative and think you hate big government. If you are one of those who thinks social programs are unfair and just take money out of your pocket and give it to those who are lazy or undeserving, then I have a question for you.

Do me a favor and think about your life, and what is important to you. Then try and identify that one person in history whose accomplishments have resulted in what now most positively impacts your life. Maybe this is a great scientist, philosopher, artist, musician, or politician. Whatever technology, medical discovery, idea, invention, or cultural accomplishment has been the most beneficial and important thing in your life, given you the most joy, happiness, money or other fulfillment, that thing exists and is available to you because of the accomplishments of those in the past. Maybe it is as simple as your parents or ancestors working hard and becoming wealthy so that you can be wealthy also. In any case, identify the one person most responsible in the past.

Now that you have a name in mind, imagine that person having been born into abject poverty and not being able to fulfill their potential and make those accomplishments because all their energy was required just to stay alive. Imagine that person dying at an early age because they had no access to health care, and the result was they never made the accomplishments that make your life so worth living.

My point is that every human being has some level and manner of potential for accomplishment, and where the greatest potential appears among humans has nothing to do with race, color, affluence, nationality, or any of the labels and divisions we create to separate and categorize human beings. And here is another relevant truth. Potential is non-transferable. You cannot take it from a poor kid and give it to a rich kid. Also, accomplishment can only come from potential, and the accomplishment of a family, a city, a state, a nation, or any other societal unit, is the summation of the accomplishments of all the people within that societal unit. If any member fails to reach their potential, then their accomplishments are less, and the accomplishments of the entire societal unit are less as well.

So, here is the bottom line. Those of us who support social programs and universal health care do not do so because we have bleeding hearts. We do so because we know that increasing opportunity and reducing hardship are things that help people fulfill their potential and do great things, and the greatness of America depends on Americans, ALL Americans, reaching their potential and doing great things. If you agree that the purpose of government is to assist a nation in accomplishing great things, being strong, being safe, and having a high standard of living, then you must also agree that it is also the duty of government to do what it can to reduce hardship and provide opportunity to all Americans. Inequality is not only a bad thing because people are suffering and have less, it is a bad thing because people are denied the opportunity and freedom from hardship that they need to fulfill their potential, make great accomplishments, and thereby make America and ALL Americans greater, safer, and more affluent. Think about that!

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March Letter To The Editor

So, Trump supporters and Conservatives – are you capable of being honest with yourself?  If yes, then you know that, if Obama had issued a tweet about Bush like Trump did about Obama, he would have been impeached and you folks would have been in an uproar, possibly an armed rebellion!

In fact, there are hundreds of things Trump has done or said, as President, as a candidate and before, which done or said by ANY democrat at ANY level of government would have resulted in that politician being run out of office on a rail and out of politics for good.  You know it’s true.

So, what is wrong with you people?  How can you give Trump a pass on so many things that you would condemn any Democrat for?  How can so-called Christians support a man who was caught on tape saying he tried to “move on” a married women “like a bitch” and that he likes to just grab women by the genitals?  How can Fiscal Conservatives support someone who filed for bankruptcy 6 times?  How can family value advocates support someone who has been married 3 times and cheated on his first wife?

One Conservative told me he doesn’t like having money taken from his pocket and given to someone else.  Is that what you people think social programs do?  I’ve got news for you, that’s exactly what the GOP does, but the “someone else” with them is the very wealthy!

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Fascism In The White House

You cannot protect your way of life by compromising your way of life. You cannot protect your values by violating your values. You cannot protect your people by closing your borders. You cannot make Americans safe by turning them into Russians.

Trump and his Administration are responding to a non-problem by doing all the wrong things for the wrong reasons, and are costing taxpayers millions while only accomplishing the opposite of what they say they are accomplishing.

Dissent is not something you can allow or disallow. People will disagree whether you want them to or not. What you can do, if you have the power, is force people to keep their dissent to themselves. But to not hear the dissent or opinions of others is to believe that you already know everything there is to know, and only a narcissistic megalomaniac would believe that.

Donald Trump is exactly that – a narcissistic megalomaniac. He believes he is above the law, the Constitution, the Bill Of Rights, criticism, reproach, and questioning. Supporters and folks who are not thinking straight are saying that Trump is just doing what he promised to do as a candidate, as if that were automatically a good thing. Trump’s campaign was just as full of lies, deceit, impossibilities, illegalities, ignorance, fear-mongering, and racist hate as his first month in the Oval Office has been.

Trump is a fascist. Attacking the press is politics, suppressing the press is fascism.

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Someone!

Someone needs to stop this maniac! And NO, I am not suggesting any form of violence!

Someone in the GOP, someone in government, someone in the Judiciary, someone somewhere knows the policy, procedure, law, or precedent that can be used to stop Trump.

Someone, somewhere has the information, the evidence, the proof, or the recordings that can be used to stop Trump. You do not live Trump’s life for as long as he has without leaving behind the evidence and proof that will reveal who you really are. There is something somewhere that is shocking enough that even Trump supporters will have to sit up and take notice.

Someone in the GOP needs to come to their senses. Someone with even a speck of common sense, integrity, or conscience needs to start the ball rolling and stand up to Trump. Someone, somewhere among the wealthy supporters of the GOP, someone among the Conservative pundits or bloggers, someone in the Conservative power establishment or in charge of a gigantic multi-national corporation must come to realize that, where Trump is taking us, no one will come out ahead.

Someone, somewhere needs to see past their greed and lust for power and realize that turning America into Russia or a third-world country is a threat to what they already have, and will not get them anything they want.

Someone in Trump’s family or his empire must see the insanity for what it is and do something to help stop it. Someone in the Religious community must finally feel the shame and get on the bandwagon to stop Trump.

Setting aside the millions of Conservatives who have been deceived into supporting their own destruction for a moment, someone, some few, among the thousands who create and control that deception must finally realize that they have gone too far.

To the World, to the Muslim world, to Islam, and yes even to ISIS and radical Islam, I say this. Please realize that the vast majority of the American people are victims in all of this, not culprits. We are either against what is happening, or have been deceived into supporting it.

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Is The Fat Lady Singing?

Is it any less a government coup if, instead of with guns and explosives, power is seized with lies, deceit, and manipulation?

Is it still a completely non-violent transfer of power if, instead of opponents being assassinated, their character, reputations, and accomplishments are assassinated with falsehoods and bullying tactics? Is it still a government for the people if those who seize power make policy changes that causes hardship, pain, and even death to all but the elite wealthy?

Is it still a Democracy, where the people decide, if the people are deceived, and their natural tenancies are cleverly manipulated in ways that cause them to believe in a completely false reality?

Yes, the pen is mightier than the sword, but the pen is only a neutral tool that can just as easily be used for evil as for good. In this day and age, the pen has been replaced by electronics – radios, television, the Internet, mobile phones, and a thousand other devices through which the people receive and disseminate information. Does it make sense that those sources of information that reach the most people are owned and operated, for a profit, by the same individuals that own politicians and want to own the government, all for even more profit?

Is freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness still possible in an environment where there are no limits on the number and size of lies and deceptions in politics, and no limit on the amount of money that can be spent producing and spreading those lies?

The decades-long campaign by the elite wealthy to use their power and control of information has finally achieved its goal. They now control the White House AND Congress, and the Judiciary will soon be theirs as well. We are entering and era where nothing is sacred or protected from the chopping block. Not The Constitution, not the Bill of Rights, not the right to vote, and none of the ideals upon which America was founded. With Trump in the White House and with the GOP in full control of Congress, only the Judiciary can stop this from happening, and the Judiciary is standing on it’s last leg of integrity.

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January Letter To The Editor

On several occasions while campaigning, regarding big money in politics and corruption in Washington, Donald Trump stated that, he would “drain the swamp.”  Instead, he is skimming the scum from the swamp and stocking his Cabinet with it.  Billionaires, white supremacists, and wealthy corporate executives will now be running the government along with Trump and the GOP.

Donald Trump is the first President in History who will come into office with zero experience.  Trump has absolutely no experience in the military or in government.  And when it comes to those he is appointing to his Cabinet and other key positions, things are even worse.  Not only are the bulk of his appointees woefully inexperienced in the area of government to which they are being appointed, in many cases their personal history of statements and actions make them the exact antithesis of the vital functions they are being appointed to oversee.  Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house!  Many of Trump’s appointees have long histories of opposing and even wanting to abolish the very government functions and programs they have been appointed to lead!

Of course, Trump is nothing more than an egomaniac con man who lied his way into office, and who thinks that none of the laws, rules, or codes of conduct that have helped to keep our government stable and our nation strong since the beginning really apply to him.  So Conservatives, get ready to learn the Goose-Step and speak Russian, and all heil Trump!

References:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/08/donald-trump-experience-president/93504134/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trumps-cabinet-is-on-track-to-be-the-least-experienced-in-modern-history_us_5836f133e4b000af95edf18c

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Inauguration Day

Friday, January 20th, 2017 is inauguration day in America. For true Americans and America, it is a day of mourning. We should all be flying our American flags at half-mast that day.

On 9/11 in 2001 we watched the horrific, incomprehensible, mind-numbing collapse of the twin towers in New York City. A devastating blow to America on American soil, perpetrated by outsiders, and causing immense pain, heartache, and loss of life. But at least is was quick and a single event that left America determined and able to immediately start the healing process.

On January 20th, 2017, when Donald Trump becomes President and Congress is turned over to the GOP, we will all have to watch the beginning of the horrific, incomprehensible, mind-numbing collapse and destruction of the very core of America and American ideals, perpetrated by insiders on American soil. This will not be as sudden or as shocking as 9/11, but in the long run, the heartache, suffering, pain, and loss of life will be a thousand times worse.

For all but the wealthy top one percent in America, life will get harder and less fulfilling. More and more of the middle class will fall below the poverty level, and those who are already destitute will simply die for lack of food and health care. And the top one percent will reap the completely meaningless benefit of having even more wealth and power.

This is not only a collapse of American ideals, but also of Democracy itself and the great American experiment of self-governing and equality for all. With an egomaniac in the Oval office, and a Congress in the hands of the GOP, which are nothing but foot soldiers for the one percent, nothing in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, or Declaration Of Independence is sacred and exempt from the collapse. What’s to stop this from happening? The Judiciary??

Trump and the GOP are not even in power yet and they are already attacking the US Office of Government Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics. It is blindingly clear that Trump considers himself above all laws, rules, and Constitutional limitations, and the GOP has demonstrated that it is willing to change, subvert, and ignore all the rules to get their way. So, what will stop massive voter suppression from becoming outright elimination of the right to vote?

Are you ready to have to learn Russian as the official language of America? Are you ready to have Christianity become, not only the official, but the ONLY religion in America? Will we see science and Evolution removed from all school curriculum, to be replaced by Creationist and religious teachings? Will immigration become a thing of the past with America’s borders closed to all but the very wealthy? Will health care become unaffordable to all but the wealthy? Will Wall Street and Corporate deregulation bring us into another great depression?

When all of this happens (not if), take a walk over to your nearest Conservative neighbors thank them for their stupidity, and them punch them in the face.

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Cut Through The Crap!

OK, let’s cut through the crap. There is so much bullshit flying around these days that it’s hard to see the tip of your own nose. I’ve only been paying attention to politics since the 2000 election, but it didn’t take me long to realize that Conservatives are idiots, hard-wired to self-destruct. But when I hear Progressives and Liberals wringing their hands and wailing about how terrible the Democratic Party is, and talking about flocking to a completely non-viable alternative like the Green Party because the Dems are as bad as the Repugnants, it makes me sick. All because their favorite candidate did not win the primary, or because the Dems didn’t go far enough on their pet issues, or because the Dems caved in and compromised too much, or because who knows what. Evidently the disease called Conservatism is catching, and the first sign that you are getting it is the loss of long-term memory.

So, forget all the rhetoric, and only consider the actions of politicians in all levels of government, from the small town councilman to the President of the United States. When you consider what actually goes on in Government, who votes how, what legislation is introduced by whom and blocked by whom, what policies are supported by whom and fought against by whom, and just about everything that goes on, then it should be crystal clear that the very WORST thing you can say about Democrats is that they can be disappointing and weak, while the very BEST thing you can say about Republicans is that their evil can sometimes be stopped or at least slowed down.

So, ask yourself, just which side of the isle in Government is fighting for equality – economic equality, social equality, woman’s equality, LBGT equality, equality for minorities, equality in education, equality in opportunity – and which side of the isle fights against it? Which side supports immigration reform and which side blocks it. Which side poisoned the water in Flint, disbanded local elected governments and installed emergency managers in Michigan, and is suppressing the vote of minorities and the poor? Which side tries to regulate Wall Street and greedy corporations and which side tries to deregulate them even more? Which side causes recessions and which side gets us out of them? Which side is trying to abolish abortion rights? Which side justifies and uses torture, committing war crimes?Which side lied to Congress about WMDs in Iraq in order to start a war? Which side is ALWAYS trying to cut taxes for the wealthy and which side fights for middle class tax cuts? Which side blocks any and all attempts at campaign finance reform? Which side has committed unprecedented obstructionism, unprecedented use of the filibuster, and unprecedented disrespect for the President of the United States? Which side promises to put a gun in the hands of every mentally disturbed loner and no-fly list member, and which side fights for sensible gun laws? Which side wants to alter the Constitution to better reflect Christianity and tried to alter it to define marriage as only between a man and a woman? Which side would throw out separation of church and state if they could? Which side wants to REDUCE the federal minimum wage and which side wants to raise it? Which side thinks that corporations are people and should have all the rights of an individual citizen? Which side would kill Social Security and Medicare, and which side wants to expand them? Which side wants to make health care harder to get and more expensive while enriching insurance companies? Which side wants to defund Planned Parenthood, close abortion clinics, get rid of food stamps, discriminate against Muslims, deport millions of illegal immigrants, build a wall on the border, and kill the labor unions? Which side started spying on American citizens?

Oh Hell! I’m getting too old and no longer have enough energy to finish this list. Suffice to say that anyone who tries to equate the two major political parties in the United States is clinically insane. It’s not like comparing apples to oranges, it’s like comparing matter to anti-matter or America to Nazi Germany or God to the Devil! You pick your own analogy! A house divided cannot stand, and a Perty divided cannot win – #VoteGreenGetRed

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Simple Truths Number Nine

A series of simple statements, each on a graphic.

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