Any political or business strategist knows that half the task in winning a contentious policy debate is controlling the terms of that debate. Since health care reform is arguably the most contentious domestic policy debate confronting Pres. Barack Obama, it's not surprising that the White House tried to make the most of yesterday's pledge by health care industry leaders to cut health care spending growth by 1.5% annually over the next ten years.
Sure, Bald Eagles look sharp on currency but if there is one true symbol of American grit and spirit, it is the horse. And, come to think of it, when is the last time you bonded with an eagle? Americans love our horses so much that we now face a terrible reality: We have too many - way more than we can handle, and the wounded economy has raised the issue from troubling to urgent.
Rick Santelli’s rant on the floor of the Stock Exchange made me mad. The switch from blaming institutions, corporations, regulatory bodies and all manor of greed mutating has now morphed into branding individuals and and families as “losers.” Yes, there is a lot of anger and frustrations. It is easier to be angry than to find answers.
So, bad news all around for the entire world’s economy despite
encouraging words from President Obama last night. When we stop reeling
from the overwhelming fact that our economic system just spun out of
control (though it will probably come back) we’ve all got to
ask ourselves the big questions: How did this happen? Did I personally
contribute? Can I live my life in accordance with my values of
environmental sustainability and still function in our capitalist
system? Yeah, so I know that last question just sent 99% of readers
This Friday in cities across the country disgruntled, taxpaying Americans will be taking to the streets to stage a protest not seen since 1773: the new American Tea Party. Why are they protesting? People are unhappy with the excessive fiscal irresponsibility and economic waste carried out by our government so they are coming together to protest and dump tea - in St. Louis it's going into the Mississippi River.
Of Economic Citizenship: The Political Economy of Handknitting
If America is to survive, We the People must rediscover how to be We the People. Which means: citizens. Which means: responsible members of this civilization. Which means: citizenship is more than a legal status and a set of rights and entitlements. It requires living and acting responsibly in the political, economic, social and cultural realms that, several generations of so-called social scientists to the contrary, cannot be separated.
Last fall when congress pushed forth billions for the infamous Wall Street bailout people were united in calling that bit of legislation for what it was: a BAILOUT. Nationalism. Big government. The Wall Street bailout was a billion-dollar band-aid on poor business practices and a boon for non-essential, pork items. Now we're faced with another bit of legislation, a $800+ billion dollar handout which, for the most part, covers poor business practices and pork.
For a chronical of events behind the financial storms of our times, explore the lost worlds in the globalist free trade Flat World at http://tapsearch.com/tapartnews or search under tapsearch, tapart news, tapsearcher for many more sites and references. It is based on the real world from the streets of USA and contains data not found anywhere else. See also a review of The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman at http://tapsearch.com/flatworld/ It is a "corker".
There are some mistakes so ridiculous and so deadly that only experts can make them. That's happening now, every time some economist or policy wonk or government official or business "leader" comes up with some new plan to bail out the economy or some new rationale for keeping the status quo. For today's economic crisis is the product of a moral self-delusion. And neither Adam Smith's invisible hand nor all the upturned palms of corporate America nor all the fists in government can solve it.
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