Fire Them All (Originally Posted 2 June 2012)

“The natural cure for an ill administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.”   — Alexander Hamilton

 

The current state of democracy is broken.  I’ve written before (NOTE: In “The Real 1%” – need to do a re-write!!) about the distinction between the political class and the rest of the population.  Democracy has always had its problems (see for example the wikis on Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed).  In the prior post the I referenced above, I shared Winston Churchill’s quote about democracy being “the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried.”  But I fear we are reaching the stage where the system is beginning to breakdown completely. Continue reading

The Importance of Being Earnest (Originally Posted 30 May 2012)

I am really glad I found this one – in some ways was one of my favorites!

From 30 May 2012:

The title of this post is, of course, a tribute to the great Irish playwright Oscar Wilde and his play of the same name.  As the plot unfolds, the title is, as expected, a play on words.  Before writing another sentence, I can say with certainty, that this post will by no means be as clever or as poignant as the original title holder.

Anyone who knows me well can confirm that among my character traits (some might say flaws), one that may be most noticeable is that I am extremely competitive.  I’m not sure where that comes from because I don’t see the same competitive nature in my mother.  I never really knew my father very well, so maybe it is the case that he was very competitive, and I just don’t know it. Continue reading

Our Rapidly Declining Higher Education System (Originally Posted 18 May 2012)

I saw a few articles in the last week that I wanted to mention, relative to my post last week about student loan debt.

Mark Taylor makes some very good points in this piece from Bloomberg.  In summary, colleges and universities engage in unhealthy competition – to score the highest rating possible in the US News and World Report rankings, to have the flashiest new facilities such a student centers or sports facilities, or by adding unjustified doctoral programs because of a perception of prestige. Continue reading

Interest Rates Are NOT the Problem When It Comes to Student Loan Debt (Originally Posted 9 May 2012)

From my perspective, the whole current debate about student loan interest rates is a big, red herring.  Worse yet, it is a shameless ploy by Democrats (especially their top guy in the White House) to try to paint themselves as being the party that cares about the young voters.  Unlike those heartless Republicans who, if Paul Krugman is to be believed, only care about keeping their billionaire supporters happy.

Yeah, great idea.  Obama killed it with the youth vote in 2008.  And he needs to do everything he can to get those same voters and their younger brothers and sisters to show up at the polls this November.  But with more than 50% of college graduates under 25 either unemployed or underemployed, I think it is an attempt to divert attention from the bigger picture. Continue reading

In Defense of John Boehner’s Crying Like a Baby (Originally Posted 26 Apr 2012)

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I wrote this awhile back, but had reason to go look at it again.  John Boehner may be long gone from public life, but I’m willing to bet on occasion he still cries like a little girl – as do I . . .

Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has gotten a lot of grief for getting emotional, often to the point of crying in public.  REAL men, especially politicians, aren’t supposed to do that sort of thing.  It is apparently a sign of weakness, or so they say.

But I’m here today to defend the Speaker.  You can disagree with him on his politics (at least 1/3 of the country does), maybe even with his perma-tan, but don’t take a shot at him for his public show of emotions, even if sometimes you’re not quite sure what the hell he’s crying about. Continue reading

Houston, Err, Pandora, We Have A Problem – Originally Posted 10 Apr 2012

Okay, I’ve harped on this before, so maybe I’m beating a dead horse (NOTE – previously wrote about this in Arthur P Roles Over in His Grave, which I’ll have to summarize!).  But I’m starting to think if online music service Pandora doesn’t do something to improve the quality control of its user experience, it will soon lose the attraction that so far has made it a success. Continue reading

Take 2

OK, so this is kind of embarrassing, but I am in the process of recreating this blog as I lost everything from the prior version.  Long story, but the gist of it is my hosting agreement did not auto-renew and I did not catch it in time to fix the problem.  My bad – and maybe I’ll explain in more detail sometime soon.

In any case, I am going to first try to recreate some of my previous posts – using saved or email versions.  That will, for me at least, give me a sense of not completely starting from scratch. Unfortunately, I can’t go back to the beginning, so I may end up summarizing some of those posts from memory – have I mentioned I have a pretty good memory.

Then will try to get on to some new posts.  NEWSFLASH – I may have a lot of free time on my hands in the not too distant future.  So maybe I’ll need to write a little bit more to soak up some of that time and otherwise stay out of trouble.

Also will copy this post to an updated “ABOUT” page, so I kind of explains a bit more on what got me to this point.