November 7, 2012: Obama Wins

I am deeply saddened by the thought that those citizens that receive Government assistance and welfare (and those that blindly support such programs regardless of our national financial situation—i.e. we are bankrupt) outnumber those citizens that pay for said assistance. As someone said to me this morning: “…this grand experiment is over.” Our Founding Fathers poignantly feared the Mob and Mob Mentality.

For now, I leave you with reprieve:

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”  –Albert Camus (11/7/1913 – 1/4/1960)

 

Dichotomy of the American Ethos: A Very Simple Guide to Voting in November 2012

 

After all of the politicking and pomp that accompanies the months before election time, many of us tire of the incessant finger-pointing and smearing between Presidential Candidates—in 2012 it is Obama and Romney but we all expect to see in each election cycle a certain level of pandering to constituents from both political parties.

I often find myself wanting to contribute to the malaise, but recently it has been too much to bear.

However, in order to offer something to digest on ‘youropinionmatters.me’ I have boiled down the entire political debate to two distinct choices. The American People will need to spend some time thinking about which direction they want the great USA to go, and the choice is as clear as the following:

  1.  Vote for the Greater Good, which relies on an ever expanding welfare state with no predetermined limit that is eventually destined to collapse and/or burden future generations with un-serviceable debt.
  2. Vote for the American Dream, which relies on individual perseverance, resolve, hard-work, and personal responsibility.

While the two are not mutually exclusive, there has never been a starker contrast for the American People. It is up to us. What is your opinion?

 

p.s. I give readers more credit than to select a third choice: to not vote at all–whether it be because of indifference or frustration.

http://www.usdebtclock.org/#

Condoleezza Rice: To VP, or Not to VP?

For any of you who missed Friday’s reporting of the Romney VP whisperings, Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State under the Bush Administration, could potentially be at the front of the pack. We can all imagine how exhausting, yet important, the VP Candidate vetting process is for the Romney Campaign. Even before Romney reaches out to discuss moving to our Nation’s Capital for the next four years in the very first conversation with a potential VP Candidate, the team will have spent countless hours debating, analyzing and postulating reaction to all different kinds of politicians–from the well established politician to the freshly minted Tea Party favorites.

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The Vice President of the United States is an unusual, often times even undesired, political position. You are second in command to the greatest Super Power in the World, but you have little control over the administration’s (which by the way carries your name) direction in the event that you and your boss differ on any particular policy. And from the other perspective, you are responsible for standing behind the administration–and specifically the President’s politics–for better or worse. Continue reading

Fast and Furious – unabashed arrogance puts Obama in a tight spot; but is it better than the alternative for POTUS?

For those readers who watch MSNBC, NBC, CBS, or CNN, you may not be familiar with the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, in addition to countless others, by weapons provided directly from the U.S. Government (specifically the ATF–“Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms”) to Mexican drug cartels and other vagrants. The operation, coined internally by the U.S. Government as operation “Fast and Furious”, was presumably orchestrated in border States like Arizona and Texas to facilitate crime scenes where murder weapons would be traced to U.S. firearms salesmen thereby providing the Obama Administration fabricated evidence that Americans’ coveted 2nd Amendment rights (the right to bear arms) to be indirectly responsible for Mexican drug cartel and other U.S./Mexico Border related violence.

Obama is in a tight spot because….. Continue reading

China and the next Real Estate Bubble

We all try to stay ahead of the fray. People speculate on when certain industries, fads, and even traditional products will meet their Tulip Mania artificial expansion that always precedes a ‘bubble burst’. In the late 90’s and into the new millennium, it was not difficult to find someone who was willing to say, “The real estate bubble will surely burst; it is just a matter of when.” Well, as we all know, ‘when’ occurred in the United States around 2007 and early 2008 when non-credit worthy Mortgagees (Borrowers/homeowners, etc.) started defaulting en-mass on subprime mortgage loans. The rest is of course history.

Might I chime in and offer the next Tulip Mania looming over the beautiful blue planet Earth: China’s real estate market. Ha! “Market” –if you can call it that.

Please enjoy the following Dateline video on China’s ghost cities:

http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/601007/n/China-s-Ghost-Cities

What is your opinion?

The Olympics: Highlighting the toughest most demanding job of all–being ‘Mom’.

As citizens of the World gear up for another summer Olympic Games, Proctor & Gamble produced a video/adverstisement to be aired during the games that has already gone viral.

The video reminds us of the enormous sacrific the Olympic Athletes from each corner of the World endure in order to compete on a multinational stage, surrounded by cameras and patrons to represent their Nations and to make the case, through unadultered performance, that they are among the best in the World at their respective sports. What we often forget when watching The Olympics is that these athletes have enormous support structures–regardless of wealth, natural ability, race, ethnicity or crede.

These support structures are there to push young athletes beyond their limits, to pick them up when they fall down, to bear the burden of everyday responsabilities for the benefit of increased focus, and to be the Athlete’s number one fan club. These support structures include friends, family, coworkers, and coaches, teamates, competitors, and rules officials; but most of all, and without a doubt the most important individual in the ‘support structure’ is ‘Mom’. Proctor & Gamble, in a fitting omage to the essence of the Olympic Athletes’ support structure, very eloquently reminds us how very special our mothers really are. So just in time for Mother’s Day, I love you Mom; you’re the best!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is what we do. We compete. We rely on our ‘support structures’ prior to and during perfomance–whether it be in the jobplace, on the football pitch, or on the battlefield. It would serve us well to remember that all humans, regardless of national perspective or political ideology, rely on individuals that are enablers. They enable us to work hard, compete, and battle, against foes that are undoubtedly served by their counterparts.

 

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 Political Cartoon is compliments of Steve Kelley and Salem Radio Network News: Kelley, Steve. “Today’s Political Cartoon [February 10, 2012]. “Salem Radio News” and “Townhall.com.” Copyright 2012. Webpage accessed: February 10, 2012 at 9:49am. <http://srnnews.townhall.com/cartoons/cartoonist/stevekelley&gt;

….more on ‘my opinion’ to come. If inclined, share ‘your opinion’ in the meantime.

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