Archive for September, 2010

My Memory of 9/11

September 11, 2010

Driving alone in the car pool lane
That’s my memory of 9/11
Driving in a daze
on that most horrific of days
Driving alone in the carpool lane

CNN was on in the morning
as my wife and I played with our infant daughter
Up early as always, those first year mornings so terrific
So there we were at 6:00 AM Pacific
In shock, staring at the screen, witness to the senseless slaughter

Driving alone in the car pool lane
That’s my memory of 9/11
I had a business meeting to go to , my mind on the events so tragic
I pulled into the carpool lane, not a scofflaw, just out of habit
Driving alone in the carpool lane

Radio news was droning, airplanes were grounded
reporters ran their stories, their tones were dumbfounded
People with posters of their loved ones, their family members
wandering Manhattan, asking anyone they met
“Have you seen him, have you seen her, can you try to remember?”

Driving alone in the carpool lane
That’s my memory of 9/11
Driving aimlessly 50 miles to a meeting
When the actual distance was closer to 37
Driving alone in the carpool lane

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JFK, FDR and Obama

September 10, 2010

I want to begin this week by reciting a couple of quotes about taxation…

Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more
prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus.

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“Lower rates of taxation will stimulate economic activity and so raise the
levels of personal and corporate income as to yield within a few years an
increased – not a reduced – flow of revenues to the federal government.

Who do you think said those words…Ronald Reagan, when talking about supply side economics? Maybe George W. Bush when pitching his tax cuts…or was it the late conservative icon William F. Buckley…perhaps even…. Rush Limbaugh?

No… those words advocating cutting taxes to increase revenues were said nearly 50 years ago by the patron saint of the Democratic party, John F.
Kennedy…JFK’s beliefs and economic policies seem totally right wing in today’s spend and spend and tax and tax mentality that prevails in Washington.

Pretty simply math, really…if more people have more money, they spend more, businesses do better, they build more, they expand, they hire more people and all of those new businesses and employees collectively pay taxes to the government.

This week, President Obama is out of the campaign trail, which he does so very well, this time pitching his new economic plan to stimulate the economy…an economy which has seen about 2 trillion dollars thrown at it in stimulus spending and commitment to health care legislation…stimulus spending that most Americans can’t point to and health care legislation that most Americans didn’t want.

The administration once touted that the stimulus bill saved or created 2 million jobs, all the while unemployment kept going up and those two million jobs…supposedly saved or created…had a price tag of about $400,000 each.

This week, Obama borrowed from FDR when he should have borrowed from JFK. The WPA or Works Progress Administration was envisoned and implemented by FDR to put out of work Americans on the job again, building roads and public buildings. $7 billion was spent over three years doing just that.

This week, Obama proposed spending $50 billion on roads and infrastructure work in an effort to put people to work, but most economists, even those at ultra-liberal CNN, dismissed the proposal as too little, too late and very unlikely to pass Congress before the mid term elections in November.

Obama knows his majority on Capitol Hill is in serious trouble, if he loses
control of the House or the Senate…or perhaps both, the remaining two years in his administration would enter lame duck status. With no majority to fall back on to vote yes on his every whim and proposal, he would be left alone to
shoulder the storm of the economy…and voters almost always vote with their
wallets when it comes to choosing an American president.

Instead of cutting taxes across the board, as JFK would do, Obama wants to
increase spending yet again and then cherry pick who might get a tax break and who won’t. January 1st of 2011, will mark the beginning of the largest tax
increase in the history of our nation.

Americans are fed up, the administration is losing support from all sides, even the liberal media and the loss of support means the loss of votes.

For many, November 2nd cannot get here soon enough.

Iraq War Thoughts

September 1, 2010

This week, specifically Wednesday, August 31st, US combat operations in Iraq  were officially ended by President Obama, putting an end to nearly eight years of war there. Some 50,000 or so troops will remain behind in an advisory role, but power was officially transferred over to the Iraqi government this week.

The US paid a heavy price for what was accomplished there. About 4,300 American service personnel lost their lives, another 30,000 were wounded. From those numbers come countless additional lives which were affected….the families of those brave people, enduring grief, depression, financial devastation.

I won’t debate in this forum whether going to Iraq was the right or the wrong thing to do. I have always felt that war is a terrible way for mankind to attempt to solve its disputes, but the fact remains there are people and
governments out there who are intent on domination, destruction and terrorism. I don’t know of another way in which to deal with those kinds of people and it would appear the governments of the sane world do not either.

I didn’t go to war, I was too young for Vietnam, I was too old for the Gulf War. I didn’t personally know someone who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq, so I cannot speak for the immense grief that would be felt by losing a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife or fiance in war time.

Yes, US service women fought alongside service men in this war and many suffered casualties.

In World War 2, what is considered by many to be America’s greatest generation went to Europe and fought side by side with our Allies and freed a substantial part of the world from the tyranny of Hitler. War has been glorified in movies and on TV, in literature and in memoirs.

We don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm for war that our ancestors did, but war persists nonetheless.

The history of mankind is replete with war, will there ever be a time that it
will not. We can only hope.

Yes, the war in Iraq is officially over, but another continues in Afghanistan.

1500 years ago, the game of chess was invented, some historians say, as a way to alleviate the bloodshed of war…kings could play chess to solve their
disputes….it didn’t work.

Maybe, here in the 21st century, we could try a video game?