Saturday, February 21, 2009

Not So Bright

Okay, so I was thinking.  I read recently that the Senate has passed a bill that would allow all illegal immigrants access to Social Security.  If this is true, it has got to be the most ill thought, lame idea I have ever heard.  We are planning to allow people who have never contributed a dime to the program access to its benefits?!
Are you kidding me!
That is pretty much the same as my company all of the sudden deciding to issue checks to people who have never set a foot in the building or done anything to contribute to revenue or profitability.  We just signed a bill putting our country another $1 Trillion in debt, and now we are going to totally deplete Social Security.  News flash to Washington, it doesn't need any help!
Again, I have not confirmed this story, but if it is true, congratulations to all of you who voted to put the current administration into office.  Just over a month in and we've pretty much decided our country should not survive.  Nice.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Get Off The Phone

Came across a pretty dim person the other day.  It was snowing outside, and there was probably only an inch or two on the ground.  However, it was very slick, and drivers had to be cautious.  There was a young woman, early twenties in the lane just to my left and probably 3-4 car lengths ahead of me.
I watched as she attempted to merge to her left, and then her car began to spin.  It spun until it completed 180 degree turn and had gone into the oncoming traffic lanes.  When I looked at her, I expected there to be a look of relief, but instead, all I saw was her continuing to gab away on her cell phone.  She then proceeded to just turn around and continue on her merry way.  All the while, she never let that cell phone slip from her ear.
Now, I'm sure it was a very important conversation, but she needed to hang up and say, "I'll call you back when I get to work."  Too many people these days are attached to their cell phones, and they have absolutely no idea how erratically they drive when they are talking.  To them, they think they are the best drivers in the world.  Never mind the 3 cars they ran off the road!  People, if you are a car cell phone talker, hang it up, and quit endangering everyone else's lives!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dim Bulb Award

Nancy Pelosi is the first ever winner of our highly respected DBA Award.  This stands for Dim Bulb Award, and she personified it recently.  She was speaking publicly attempting to garner support for the bloated economic stimulus package that she and the House are trying to pass.  Everything seemed to be going just fine, until . . . "every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs." (NY Post Article)

Now, considering that the united states has a population of anywhere from 303 million to 325 million, with her projection, every single one of us will be out of work within the next 15-20 days.  But remember, that also includes every man woman and child in our country.  While I'm sure that was just a slip of the tongue, it was a pretty large one.  So, Nancy, congratulations.  And judging from past statements you've made, we look forward to presenting you with many more DBAs in the future.

The Brightest Bulb

What does it mean?  Well, my intent with this blog is to create dialogue and thoughts about th

world around us.  I plan to add new entries as often as time permits, and based around whatever subject warrants our attention.

I want to address the issues surrounding some recent choices by President Obama for his cabinet.  If it had ended with Geithner, that would be one thing, but then Daschle [who has since withdrawn] was found to have over a $146,000 shortfall in taxes from 2004-2005.  Are you kidding me?  I guess it could just be a problem of the uber-rich, because they just have no idea how much money they have floating out there.  We are talking about an amount of money that most of us don’t make in a year, and he states that he was “disappointed and embarrassed” that this happened.  There was also an issue with Obama’s nomination for Chief Performance Officer, Nancy Killefer.  She also withdrew due to a similar “tax issue”.

My question here is simply this: would any of these people have handled the shortfall had they not been nominated for these cabinet positions?  Would they have come to light, had they not been put under the microscope that is the nomination process?

In President Obama’s defense, he told Kate Couric, “I don’t want my administration to be sending a message that there are two sets of rules . . . one for the prominent people and one for ordinary folks who have to pay their taxes every day.  I think I messed up I screwed up, in not recognizing the perception that, even though this is an honest mistake.” 

There’s just one problem with his statement, perception is reality in this case.  If you think there are not two sets of rules, you are living in denial.