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Why haven’t we seen heads roll?

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When working Americans act irresponsibly with their finances and fall behind on their rent/mortgage, credit card payments we have to answer to our lenders. If we cannot pay, our collateral is seized and our homes are foreclosed and we use whatever resources we have left to start over. That sounds, fair doesn’t it? Personal responsibility and accountability are the key components there.

Not so for the banks. Not so for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Government Sponsored Enterprises. They appear to be operating under a different set of rules. There doesn’t seem to be accountability whatsoever. I haven’t seen a single CEO fired or a single polititian lose their seat on a single board. There’s something wrong with that.

As all of these recent events slowly unfold, we are getting conditioned to the idea that when companies act irresponsibly and wreak them as we have seen, all we have to do is to look to the national treasury for the bailout. In the case of the banking industry, there are few options. They cannot declare bankruptcy and have the world fall into a depression scenario.

But in the case of the auto industry, we seem to believe the solution to their problem is also in the national treasury They appear to believe that since the banks are getting a bailout, why not them, too.

The message we send to these industries is clear and not healthy for our economy. In the process, we are certainly well on our way to a socialist society with government owning industry.

So who do we blame? Who should we hold responsible? Who is accountable? Who should pay?

Why haven’t we seen heads roll?

The scary part about the recovery plan for the auto industry is in Nancy Pelosi’s plan; save the unions. Truth is, the unions are a large component to the problem.

I read a story at the site of a famous journal which described the efforts of one auto company demonstrating innovation and vision by designing a plan that positioned the company to offer state-of-the-art autos using an alternate energy source. The plan to build these autos would be put into effect once gas prices became high enough. The trouble was that the execs couldn’t figure out how to make money with the plan. The production costs where too high. The main problem was that before the production line even rolls, there is a $5000 to $6000 cost associated with benefits demanded by the unions.

These are the same execs who agreed to the labor union’s demands and signed the labor contract.

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Mexican Immigration policy is built into their Constitution!

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Adopted in 1917, the constitution of the United Mexican States borrows heavily from American constitutional and legal principles. It combines those principles with a strong sense nationalism, cultural self-identity, paternalism, and state power. Mexico’s constitution contains many provisions to protect the country from foreigners, including foreigners legally resident in the country and even foreign-born people who have become naturalized Mexican citizens. The Mexican constitution segregates immigrants and naturalized citizens from native-born citizens by denying immigrants basic human rights that Mexican immigrants enjoy in the United States.

Summary

In brief, the Mexican Constitution states that:

  • – Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.
  • – Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.
  • – Immigrants are denied equal employment rights.
  • – Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.
  • – Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.
  • – Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.
  • – Private citizens may make citizens arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants) and hand them to the authorities.
  • – Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.

The whole thing can be read here.

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November 5, 2008 at 7:46 pm

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The day after the election.

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As I was driving into work I was directing blame to the Republican Party. In so doing, I was trying to formulate what I would say/suggest/demand of the Republican Party leadership in the face of the McCain disaster.

So what’s wrong? It begins with the inherent flaws in the electorial process. I would like to know why the East coast decides the candidates for Texas and the rest of the country. I certainly got no chance to choose my candidate (no, McCain was not my choice). There is a disconnect between the party’s philosophy and people who identify themselves as conservative which pulls them to the Republican Party.

After reading this, I still believe there is a gulf between what I see as problems in the Republican Party and what is identified by Rep. Flake.

In the meantime, the sun came up in the same place as it did yesterday, my coffee tastes the same, my car radio stations are still where I set them. I haven’t sprouted a third arm from out of my chest.

The world has not come to an end.

Written by Ben

November 5, 2008 at 6:34 pm

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Comparing the Candidates platform and the role of a V.P.

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As a voting American I am faced with a choice between the candidates which our two-party system has presented.  If I want a stake in the course my country takes I have to decide to vote for one or the other.  Staying home on November 4 is also an option, but then I will have no right to complain about the things I disagree with.  In the meantime I will compare the  accomplishments of one candidate against the accomplishments of the other. When I do, the merits of each become self-evident.

If I leave the emotion out of it and examine the policies of each candidate based solely upon their own words and not the words of political analysts or pundits or the opinions of others on the street then I believe I will be using the right process to make the best possible choice – not for me, but for my country.  If I can believe that my country provides the best possible economic environment and adopts policies which allows for its economy to thrive and to endure the bad times by enabling its people then the rest should take care of itself.

There are some people who were going to vote for McCain but then decided not to strictly because McCain chose Sarah Palin as a running mate.  It is difficult for me to fathom the decision making process behind it.  In the final analysis I believe such a decision is driven by emotion.  If it’s driven by intellect it either ignores the established role of the V.P. or is a failure to understand it.  It also ignores history. For some reason there is a belief the V.P. choice makes all the difference in the world when it comes to making policy and deciding America’s course.

Let’s look at the history.  What is the legacy of Carter’s V.P. choice which we still contend with today?  Do you even know the name of who he/she was? What is the legacy of Gore, Quayle, Bush Sr., Mondale, etc. which we can examine to help us determine if, in the end, it actually matters?  What will be the lagacy of Dick Cheney which America will feel the effects of years after he leaves office? What will be his lasting impact?

If we are going to be concerned with people whose decisions will impact America then we only have to look to another female for a proper perspective. By comparison she not only has more chance of changing our country than Sarah Palin ever will – Nancy Pelosi will make a lasting impact.  As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi determines which issues Congress will focus upon and then vote on.  She decides the content and schedule.  If she disagrees with a bill – for any reason, petty or otherwise – it will not see the light of day.  Good or bad, we will be dealing with Nancy Pelosi’s legacy for many, many years.

I have to admit, getting people to fret over and to focus upon John McCain’s choice for V.P. is a clever ruse which diverts us from the real issues.

Sort of like that ol’ Jedi mind trick.

Who’s fooling who?

Written by Ben

November 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Whose legacy do we want to undo?

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When I look at the planks in each of the platforms from which we have to chose, it quickly becomes clear which of the two our country can best tolerate and at the end of the 4 years, will have less of a legacy to undo.

It’s about the country – not what government promises to do for me. I will do for me if the government will get out of my way and let me have the opportunities to do it. I do not need for the government to dip into my pocket any more than it already does and to give it to whom they deem worthy of what was mine.

If I took the attitude which Obama and his ilk wants me and the rest of the country to warm up to I would have taken the candy from each one of the Trick-or-Treaters who knocked on my door last night instead of giving them any. Better yet, I should have taken candy from one kiddos bag and given it to the other standing next to them. Boy – I can almost see the expressions on their faces now.

I will keep my money, my guns and my freedom. The Dems can keep their change.

Vote for the country’s sake.

Can Sarah Palin be trusted?

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Question:  What is America’s first line of missile Interceptor defense that protects the entire United States?
Answer:  49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard

Question:   What is the ONLY National Guard unit on Permanent active duty?
Answer:   49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard

Question: Who is the Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard?
Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question:  What U.S. Governor is routinely briefed on Highly classified military issues, homeland security, and Counter terrorism?
Answer:  Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska

Question: What U.S. Governor has a higher classified security rating than either candidate of the Democrat Party?
Answer:   Governor Sarah Palin
, Alaska. According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain In February, but no body ever found out. This is a woman used To keeping secrets. She can be entrusted with our national Security, because she already is.

Written by Ben

November 1, 2008 at 10:52 am

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