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Some quick words about most anything…

Post ItJust a quick note to let you know I am going to be away from my computer for a few days. Although I have posts scheduled to automatically appear each day I will likely not be responding to comments as I usually do…

Going to visit the in-laws for a few days.

Pentagon officials say leaving zero troops in Afghanistan after 2014 would not be good strategy, but if Afghanistan doesn’t give US troops legal immunity, it’s the likeliest outcome.

SOURCE: Leaving zero troops in Afghanistan? It’s a serious option, Pentagon says. – CSMonitor.com.

Wouldn’t that be something. I think it would be a first in my lifetime that we didn’t leave soldiers after the battle is over.  We pay huge amounts of our taxes to keep our young kids in over a hundred countries throughout the world. For some reason we just can’t seem to get out completely when we get out.

Wouldn’t it be something to leave a country to its own fate instead of trying to intervene and force our will? We don’t need to be the policemen of the world. In reality it probably causes many more problems that it solves.  Why can’t we let people be responsible for themselves? I think it is because the very nature of many of us is to be quite fearful of the world. We simply can’t accept that others might want to go a different path that we want them to go.

Zero troops behind. I know our generals don’t like the idea but it sounds like a good idea to me. Maybe we should try it at least once in a while?

Happy July 4th…

July 4, 2013

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Too Connected????

June 23, 2013

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I don’t know but I kind of think we are just too connected in the country.  “Stop and Smell the Roses”

I Often Wonder…..

June 1, 2013

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I often wonder how our government survives, let alone efficiently, doing the people’s business. In the engineering world where I spent thirty years of my life there was an old saying “Design By Committee”. All of us engineers knew that the more people you have involved in solving a problem the less likely that you would come up with a good answer. Design by committee is similar to “Too many chefs spoil the pot” in the cooking world.

The above cartoon shows us that this is also true with our current way of doing business in government circles. When you get 535 people involved in just about anything nothing productive can come from it.  I think the best thing that congress could do for the USPS is to just cut them loose to make their own decisions. Giving them mandate after mandate and then telling them you don’t like their solutions is, well, stupid.

Not all businesses, especially ones so thoroughly regulated by government can make it on their own. I am very familiar with that since I worked for the world’s largest telephone company before it was de-regulated. I can’t even describe the cultural shock that went through that company when they were set adrift so to speak. I kind of liked the idea of having more reign of what we would be designing but many if not most of the upper management were just fear-stricken.

Let’s take the US off the USPS and see what happens. Their business is a dwindling one so if they are to survive without government subsidies they will need to re-invent themselves.  If they fail then there are several other private companies that can come in and meet the shrinking demand while it continues to be there.

Congress just can’t seem to understand they are not very good at innovative thinking. There is just too many people with veto power it seems.  When they looked at our ever-expanding healthcare costs they wisely decided to let a smaller, less political, group attack the problem.  That group was  called Simpson/Bowles after the two leaders.  It took them what seemed like an eternity in the private enterprise world to come up with ideas for reigning in healthcare costs. Many of their solutions were pragmatic and would likely help ameliorate the problem. But, as usual congress took the report and then did absolutely nothing with it. The politics of today almost mandated that end result.

If you are new to this blog you might think these are the words of one of those tea party wing nuts but let me tell you  that I am by NO MEANS one of that group.  Our government has an honor bound duty to do the people’s business. A big part of that is to keep us safe via police, firemen, regulators and such.  Another it to keep our infrastructure sound and progressively moving forward. These duties take a massive effort and we elect representatives to accomplish those things. If they are not up to the task then it is “our” duty to remove them from their office and to put someone else in there who might do it better. The solution is not to shut down government because we have chosen so unwisely in the last few decades.  I hope the Centrist movement helps us with correcting that.

Insanely Too Much!!!!

May 25, 2013

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From my friends at FCNL. This program is entirely for political purposes only.  We don’t need such an expensive boondoggle.

Burnout…..

May 15, 2013

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FrustrationI know I am getting burned out on all this constant bickering in the U.S. I watch little or no news on TV now. All the news channels seem to be about inciting a riot among us. My internet news sites which I visit first thing every morning are now for the most part briefly scanned.  I am just tired of all this stuff. It may just be time for me to go “Walden” as Thoreau did and drop out for a while. I seem to only be able to see the dark side of life and I just can’t live in that mode very long.

Since the Spring and Summer months are the busiest times away from blogging for me I will likely be limiting my posts to one every other day or so for a while and I will likely stay away from politics, at least for a while. I just need time to get things back in perspective again and get all this fighting off my mind….

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Couldn’t have said it better.

The Golden Rule….

April 26, 2013

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A new golden rule   BY CHUCK JAFFE, MARKETWATCH

It has long been a rule of thumb that typical investors should have 5-10% of their portfolios in gold. But watching gold’s swoon on Monday had to make you wonder: Really?

Source: Online Trading, ETFs, Mutual Funds, IRAs & Retirement – Fidelity.

Leave it up to the financial gurus to pollute the golden rule with things about money. I really got a kick out of this one. It seems Mr. Jaffe has a very short term memory. Yeah the price of gold dropped significantly on Monday but year over year it is still much higher than it was ten years ago. It is up about 300% while the stock market has gained a whopping 15% over the same period.

But of course Mr. Jaffe makes his fortune convincing you to buy and sell stocks so I certainly understand his motivation for these words.

Too Much Celebration….

April 25, 2013

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Staying away from the news feeds today. Too much celebration of the Bush years.  I am just not ready for that yet.  Too many young lives lost and too many retirement pensions ruined during those years. Maybe when I am old and senile I can look upon them differently…..