March 1, 2017

Trump's State of the Uniom

Many are giving President Trump high marks for his state of the union address. It was both well organized and delivered. The question is whether a speech should be considered a great  oratory if it is full of "false promises". President Trump has been known to create facts on the spot to make a point or dodge an issue.

President Trump often uses the phrase "fake news" when talking about something in the media he does not like. The question is did President Trump fill his state of the union address with fake objectives and promises so his audience, the American people, will like it and him. We have all been around people who will do or say anything to be liked or to avoid a awkward situation. Based on his history we should not take what he says at face value.

January 24, 2017

Making America Great Again

President Trump says he wants to make America great again. I suspect When Trump refers to America being great he is referring to the period after World War II up to the beginning of this century.

Who made America great in the first place and what are we now if not great?

To begin with many of our Founding Fathers owned slaves including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. This slavery helped create the wealth of these Founding Fathers and therefore a direct link exists between slavery and the creation of this country called the United States.

For much of the 19th century the United States was a struggling nation with a civil war over slavery. In the early part of the 20th century World War I broke out. Over 350,000 blacks served in segregated units. Many died for our freedom even though they were denied “equal freedom “.

The United States was not considered a world power at the beginning of the 1900’s. It was a nation mostly made up of people with roots in Europe. It was still struggling. The 1918 flu pandemic infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide. It killed more people than all the wars of the twentieth century combined, It ravaged families. In my Dad’s family alone more than half of his brothers and sisters were killed by this influenza before he was a teen.

December 18, 2016

War On Poverty and Frustrated White Working Class

"give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

The War on Poverty, which started in the 1960’s, and progress on improving civil rights has stalled. The question is why!

It was not because insufficient funds were dedicated to address the issue. It was not because of bad intentions and/or programs. It was because of poor implementation, follow through and the will to do what was needed to succeed in an efficient manner.

The graphic below was taken from http://federalsafetynet.com/poverty-and-spending-over-the-years.html with the numbers being adjusted for inflation. 

October 9, 2016

Can We Get Along?

Trump has little interest in politics or sticking around in politics. When he loses in November his political career is over. The real hang-me -ons will be the Tea Party crowd that will not go away.

On November 10, after celebrating or mourning, we will acknowledge the root of the problem is paranoia.  We will recognize our grip on the remainder of the world is loosening.  The paranoia that we have been experiencing will rise to the surface. The remainder of the world is catching up with us, economically,  militarily and culturally, and we are uncomfortable. We don't know how to handle it.

Eventually, we will recognize we brought this upon ourselves.  After World War II we had no desire to be the czar of all mankind. We felt good about our "goodness".  It was easy because no one else was a serious threat to us for much of this past half century.

Things have changed.  The world is becoming a universe of near equals. We can no longer be the quiet bully. Cooperation will be a necessity instead of a choice to survive and prosper. This nation will be put to a test. Can this bully get along with the rest of the world when our vote will count for no more than many other countries in the world..

I hope so.