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August 13, 2016

Clinton Campaign Podcast

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August 7, 2016

The Trump Clinton Tag Team.

If I were to ask you to name three national political figures that are more conniving than Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump you would be hard pressed to do do so. The three of them off the national stage are good friends. Bill and Hillary I believe attended Trump's wedding. Trump has been a big contributor to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton has said very little about Donald Trump's quest to become the GOP Presidential candidate. I find that odd. There is no one on the national scene who has coveted the presidency more than Hillary Clinton.

I have an image of the three of them sitting in a cocktail lounge somewhere in the United Arab Emirates  drinking some fine scotch scheming as to how to get Hillary elected President  of the United States.  What better way than to somehow make a mockery of the GOP. It would be hard to dispute that the GOP debates have substantially lowered the bar for running for President of this country.

I know some of you are thinking I also have been drinking too much scotch, but a much less expensive brand, and also at an abandoned hotel somewhere in Flint rather than the United Arab Emirates. At the same time, you have to agree that anything is possible in this election cycle and all three of them, Hillary, Bill and Donald have the gonads to try it.

July 25, 2016

DPS: Plan First Then Get Money

We need to stop estimating how much money is needed to fix DPS based solely on industry averages and norms. Instead, the district's budget should be based on a district based plan and budget to get the job done. It is fine to have industry benchmarks to be able to make comparisons, but this in no way addresses what needs to get done in specific districts.

In Detroit's case we have state legislators representing districts across Michigan dictating what will be spent on education in Detroit. Those holding the purse strings and those in power in Lansing have no clue as to how to fix the problem.
 Instead, they are following the Governor's lead and focusing on cost alone and sidestepping a detailed plan of action to get the results desired.

A primary responsibility of government is to deliver needed services to its citizens in the most cost efficient manner possible. The first step in this process is agreeing on what services are needed. After identifying what is needed, a detailed plan or roadmap needs creating so everyone is assured that it is reasonable to expect that if the plan is implemented success will result. WHERE IS THIS PLAN?

Only after this plan is created can a legitimate, realistic budget be created. Instead, our state legislature, the local school board and the governor appointed Emergency Manager is addressing the problem backwards.

Term limits of our state legislature adds to the problem. It will take between ten and fifteen years for Detroit's schools to turn around. Our representatives in Lansing will be long gone before than. Many of them will be working for companies that were big campaign contributors while they were in office.

July 19, 2016

Trump Stinks! And So Do We!

I dislike Trump and he is an easy target to slam, but guess what. He is winning. Even with his obvious shortcomings. This says more about us, the voters than Donald Trump. What has happened to us?

First, many of us are more prejudice and paranoid than we admit. It has to do with race and our position in this smaller world. We don't like to share. Over the last 50 years we have grown to understand as the white man starts out with a superior status in life and gradually and begrudgingly surrenders some of his power he begins to resent it.

The same is true with material status and wealth. After World War II we were the last industrialized country standing. Then we helped the rest of the world. It felt good. We were doing the right thing and it was working. Then recently we woke up and realized power is relative and in relative terms some of our world influence and power is slipping away. China has gotten stronger and challenging our influence. Europe has rebuilt and is the largest economic market in the world. We are losing control of the Middle East. Africa is still struggling, but going in the right direction.