John Boehner: ‘I did everything possible’

Source:  John Boehner: ‘I did everything possible’ –

I want to start this post out with a quote from my favorite epistle in the Bible and that is the Book of James

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 

Mr. Boehner, and for that matter all the other members of Congress, needs to be quick listen  and slow to speak.  If John was really listening he would know that 77% of his constituents  are in favor of putting the tax rates for the 1% back to where they were before Mr. Bush gutted them. Maybe he is counting on the other 23%  who agree with him to keep him and is friends in office but that is not exactly how a democracy works is it? I’m sure Mr. Boehner is a very well intentioned guy but he needs to get over this fixation with keeping the wealthy among us, well, wealthy.

He says if we raised the tax on the upper 1% back to where it was before 2000 we would be taxing the “jobs makers” and then they would not have enough to hire more workers.  Its been a few years (well actually a lot of years) since I took an economics course but I seem to remember that jobs are created by demand, not out of goodness in the hearts of the 1%.   But, even if I take what he says as true then where are all those new jobs in the last ten years since they got that big tax break?  John, please listen more. With more and more people dropping at or near the poverty line in this country that “demand” is drying up for anything except the very basic necessities.  If there is no discretionary money coming in then it is hard to buy much besides a place to live and some food to eat. Yeah the 1% can occasionally order a new $100,000 car but how many do they really need and even that they are more than likely ordering them from our foreign competitors instead of their fellow citizens.

The mantra of the Republican party  in recent years seems to be “I got mine so screw you”. Maybe John needs to talk to his historian buddy Newt about some history lessons in this area. A couple of hundred years ago the 99% had a solution to the hording 1% in France. It was summed up in four words, “Off with their heads”.  I’ll bet Newt would even charge Mr. Boehner less then the $1 million or so he got from Fanny Mae for that history lesson. But obviously, from his own rhetoric, Newt fails to even listen to himself let alone anyone else. Or maybe he is just playing on the old time statement “Don’t do as I do, but do as I say.” But then again why would I want to do what Newt says?? 🙂

But what do I know…



Last week I used a Will Rogers quote to basically say that if you are satisfied you are successful. But just what is satisfaction?  The first thought I had was the Rolling Stones song, “I can’t get no satisfaction…and I tried, and I tried”. That is kind of the story of my life I guess. I have never seemed to be able to accept the possibility of being satisfied with much of anything. I am always expecting more of myself than I seem to be able , or at least want, to deliver. I just can’t seem to get no satisfaction.

I don’t expect I am much different than many people in that regard. Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means a perfectionist. I am a firm believer in the old saying “you get 80% of the results from 20% of the work”. In that regard I am not one to spend hours and hours doing something when minutes will product almost the same effect. But I am always striving to do better than I am presently seem capable of. That is not a bad thing but it does sometimes limit my feeling of success.

My wife on the other hand seems to be quite satisfied with a very simple life. As long as she has her computer card and board games, her garden, her favorite TV shows, and of course her naps she is satisfied.  Simplicity is the cornerstone of her life. I envy her in that and many other regards.

As for me I am trying and trying to get some satisfaction in the simpler things in life but that is a constant struggle for me. Here I am in my senior years and still can’t seem to decide what I want to do when I grow up.

Forming a New Government….

Greek Leaders Reach Deal to Form a New Government –

This post is not so much about Greece’s problems than it is about forming a new government. Greece, like so many countries before it, is in the process of forming a new government as they lost confidence in the current one. Forming a new government is a more peaceful resolution of a bad situation than an all out revolution that also seems common place today.

Forming a new government sounds like the perfect solution to our present problems here in the U.S.  I wonder how that would work with our form of democracy? With the partisan divide that currently stifled our bringing some level of prosperity to the other 99% of us we it seems we need a new government, the old one seems totally unrepairable!

Let’s investigate just how forming a new government works. Greece is the epitome of democracy so it must have some democratic (with a small “d” for all my Republican friends) principles behind it?

I know we formed a new government the first time by calling a continental congress in Philadelphia. That definitely wouldn’t work this time around for very obvious reasons.  Here is what the folks as WikiAnswers have to say about this topic.  Some of you, heck maybe most of you, will want to just skip this part 🙂

When can the governed form a new government?

Short answer: Whenever.

Longer answer: There are several ways a government can be overthrown, some legal within the particular governments framework, some not. First let us look at the republican democracy in the United States.The US constitution provides a few clues. First, the entire House of Representatives comes up for election every two years, it is possible though unlikely that all of the incumbent members fail to get reelected and a new House is formed. What happens more often is some members do not seek reelection, some fail and some succeed, and the composition of the House changes. In the Senate, one third of the members are elected every two years (remember Senators serve a six year term). This causes a more gradual shift in the composition. Dramatic examples of what can happen can be seen the the 2006 elections where the Democrats took control of both houses and thus all committee seats and in the 1994(?) campaign where the opposite occured. The US executive (President and Vice President) are elected every four years and this change can arguably have more impact than the legislative elections. The constitution also provides for impeachment proceedings, which allows the populace to remove the executive, albeit by proxy through the House and Senate.

Many of the democratic nations use the Westminster system of government, wherin the sovereign (if one exists) or other head of state calls for a parliament to convene. The members of parliament are elected by the populace, the party in the majority then get to form the government. If no majority exists a coalition must be formed. This system can see a much higher rate of change as elections are not on a fixed schedule. Then we have the non-democratic nations. Dictatorships, monarchies, and single-party rule. Peaceful change in these nations is much less likely as the rulers often do not rule with the consent of the governed…. When does it become appropriate for a populace to forcibly change their government? There is no clear cut answer for this, no real benchmark where a person can say “Yep, those are freedomn fighters, not terrorists (or whatever).” … Start out with the Federalist Papers. Ask yourself why did some in the colonial US feel it was appropriate to use arms and violence to establish their own gevernment. Why did others feel that was wrong? Also, read up on the Jeffersonian idea of how the US should be governed, compare that with what Hamilton had to say. and compare both to how it actually turned out. 

Getting those yahoos in Washington to give up some of their power and start acting in a more cooperative seems impossible. Power is mainly what drives Washington these days so letting loose of some of it will take a GIANT  GIANT effort. So short of a wholesale removal of all representatives there is not a lot we can do with our republican (little “r” for all my Democrat friends) form of democracy. Maybe its time to shift to a Westminister system? 🙂

It is obvious from all the polls taking place today that a vast majority of our citizens have  no confidence in our current representative. Why can’t we have a “no confidence” vote in our government like so many others seems to have.  We certainly need it, especially now.

But what do I know….

More Words from James, The Brother Of Jesus


Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress  and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

In regards to keeping a tight rein on your tongue this is a continuation of yesterday’s post.
To look after orphans and widows is to be your brother’s keeper.
The second lesson being polluted by the world is really about forgetting the first lesson.

Religious Malevolence…

It greatly saddens me to see the degree of religious malevolence in the world today. I am particularly saddened by the Christian variety; Jesus taught us otherwise. I need to go no further than my Facebook page to see a proliferation of it!. The Christian Bible, like most other religious documents teach us to love one another; to take care of each other. So to see those who call themselves Christians spouting off mean spirited and sometimes even hateful words at those who they disagree with either politically or philosophically is very painful for me. It is just as painful as seeing what Al Qaeda has done with the words of the Muslim Koran. Since I am a follower of Jesus Christ I expect Christians to rise above malevolence.

While Facebook is a valuable resource for us to stay connected with each other it also unfortunately provides a forum for words that do nothing but harm human relationships and institutions. I am not talking about those few wackos out there that spend their lives focused on hating others; instead I am talking about my friends, my neighbors, my fellow Christians. I am focusing on the supposedly Christian ones in this post. I daily read the words of Jesus and they tell me to love everyone, even my enemies. It tells me to act in a way that makes others wonder why I have so much joy in my life. When I see other Christians trashing people in the public forum of Facebook and similar sites it puts a bad face on the person of Jesus. When I see other Christians using malicious words towards others I wonder what those in the secular world think of that.  I imagine it is something like  “Oh those Christian hypocrites are going off the deep end again!!” So instead of projecting God’s love on others they are espousing the opposite with their public words.

Maybe they need to spend more time reading their bibles and less time spouting off in public forums. That is especially true for the clergymen I see there. Yes, there are others of different religious beliefs that are doing more than criticizing those outside their faiths but that does not mean that Christians should do likewise.  An eye for an eye is old covenant talk that was replaced with “love your neighbor as yourself”. Let’s never forget that. Trashing others not only puts a bad face on you it also puts a bad face on the Body of Christ.

We Can’t Possibly Take a 10% Cut In Our Military!!

The title of the post is coming out of the mouths of many of our military people since the super committee, like the rest of congress,  couldn’t seem to agree with each other on anything. That means across the board cuts in all discretionary spending including the military. Even the newly appointed DoD secretary Leon Panetta is spouting off. Many of the military backers in Congress are trying to find a way to get out of this dilemma.  They say a 10% cut would put us back to pre-WWII levels. That is what they say but lets look at the facts.

In reality since the military expenditures in the U.S. have increased more than 10% in the last two years alone it will only put them back to 2008 levels or so. We spend so much more on our war machine than the rest of the world a 10% cut will do little to disrupt the disparity that currently exists. Here are some numbers from 1020 in that regard:

China has a population of about 1.3 billion people and spent approximately $77 billion on its military. That comes out to about $59/citizen/year.

India has a population of about 1.2 billion people and spent approximately $33 billion on its military. That comes out to about $27/citizen/year.

The U.S. has a population of about 0.35 billion people and spent approximately $690 billion on its military. That comes out to about $2,000/citizen/year.

I am not a big math whiz but it seems like  when we combine China and India they have a population approaching 10 times our and spend less than one-sixth of us. A 10% cut in the U.S. military budget won’t put us into a “war machine” race with anyone. I really don’t think we should panic too much about that.

Would it really be so bad if we had to buy a few less $1 million smart bombs?

Would it be so bad if we put a few less of our kids in harm’s way?

Would it be better to take the money out of our jobs programs?

Would it be better to take the money out of helping those who can’t afford it with healthcare?

Given that we are currently #27 in  the world list of educating our citizens would it be better to fire some additional teachers?

I agree our government spending is pretty out of control and needs to be reigned in. But to me taking it from the military budgets seems to make the most sense of absolutely any of the other possibilities. Can you imagine how prosperous we could be if we aligned with the rest of the world on our military budgets. We would be able to balance our budgets, provide healthcare for all and even have some left for fixing our crumbling infrastructure. Who appointed us policemen of the world anyway? Why do we seemingly carry that burden alone?

But what do I know….

Right Brain Screaming.

I have brought up a new blog at . This one will be used to flex my creative muscle. As I mentioned before my right brain which controls creativity has not had much exercise in my life. Being an engineer I lived primarily in the analytical world. So my right brain has been screaming for attention lately!

I needed a different format for this one so that is why it is on a new blog instead of a category here.  As well as eventually displaying some of my creative splurges  I will also be celebrating others creativeness in posts. Starting out, until I get up to speed with this new process, I will likely be posting more in the later category. This will definitely be a different type of blog, much more visual and lots fewer words. I hope some of you will enjoy it.

Woodrow Wilson Quote

A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible. —Woodrow Wilson 1919

The only difference between then and now is that the group of willful men is much larger.

Embracing Change….

Yes, even we seniors should embrace most changes in our lives. For one thing it keeps our times on earth interesting. For another it keeps us out of potentially harmful ruts we tend to get into. Change seems by nature to be something that humans adamantly resist. We tend to most often fear it rather than embrace it. This fact leads to nothing but varying degrees of misery in our lives.  Change is going to happen whether you want it to or not; that is just a fact of life.  How we handle it is what is important.

As I have said before I am just one of those people who gets bored easily so change is an often welcome visitor in my life. It offers new challenges and new opportunities to experience different things. Of course, not all change is good; some of it in fact can be quite detrimental! Where that is the case it is up to each of us to make sure that it is stifled as quickly as possible. But for the most part change is just a result of moving from one moment to the next.

One of the things that is changing in my life is that I am now officially a Mac guy once again. I have shed my corporate skin of Microsoft Windows computer and have rejoined the Mac crew of my origins. It has been almost twenty years since I was forced to the PC world by the corporate hierarchy. I grudgingly gave up my Mac then but now that I am free from that world I choose to return to a friendlier and more enjoyable computing experience. A lot of new lessons must be learned in this process but that is what makes my life interesting.

For those of you seniors who are not yet on-board with this new electronic world I can definitely tell you that you are missing out on some really good changes in your life. Yes, person-to-person contact still remains a very vital part of the human existence but the things we can now accomplish via the internet and other electronic sources will keep us connected with the outside world which of course includes our friends, both past and present, and relatives. Isolation has historically been an enormous detriment to senior citizens. That doesn’t have to be the case now. You can stay connected to the events of the world going on around you even if you have difficulty getting out of the house.  If you can’t afford a new computer try one of the many second-hand shops around. I would suggest you get a Mac but a PC is better than nothing.  🙂 Get one of your grandkids to help you if you need it; they would be tickled pink to help you.

Don’t be a grumpy old soul who constantly grips about how the world is different from when you were a kid.

Where everybody who does their fair share gets a fair shake…..

Talk about mottos this one sounds like it  should take its place beside A chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage”.  That one was from the Hoover campaign of 1928. You remember that one; it was just before the great depression hit. (I don’t know why they call it “great”; there was nothing great about it.) The title here is from an email put out by the Obama re-election committee. I have the honor (if you want to call it that) of getting these emails on a regular basis.

Here are some excerpts from a recent letter:

Friend — …. Our Republican opponents, from Mitt Romney and Herman Cain to Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, have endorsed the same set of Tea Party policies that drive the Republicans in Washington: letting Wall Street write its own rules again and giving special treatment to millionaires and billionaires while asking seniors and middle-class families to pay for it. All of them would return to the failed economic policies that led us into recession.….

The only true difference in this race is between their agenda and President Obama’s. Facing historic challenges when he came into office, he has fought every day for a fairer economy where everybody who does their fair share gets a fair shake. He’s stood up to credit card companies to ensure they can’t target consumers with hidden fees. He’s stood up to insurance companies, who can no longer deny health care coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition. He’s stood up to Wall Street to end taxpayer bailouts and rein in the kind of risky financial behavior that nearly toppled our economy.….

The election is now less than one year away. No one thinks it will be easy. But there can be no doubt its outcome depends on how hard you and I work over the next 364 days. Right now, we’re opening field offices in key states, hiring organizers, recruiting volunteers, registering voters, and getting ready for what’s going to be one hell of a fight. So, is Obama toast? It’s up to you. Jim Messina Campaign Manager Obama for America P.S. — Want to show the cynics that this election is in your hands? Donate $20 or more today.

I bet you won’t see any of these accomplishments on the Fox New channel anytime soon, or on most any other media for that matter. These letters always end with how I am going to be responsible whether Mr. Obama gets a “well deserved” second term. If I don’t do my part it won’t happen.  I’m sure the Republicans are sending out the same type of letter to their base but of course it will instead mention how the country is so screwed up now we “MUST” defeat the totally wrong headed person currently in the Oval Office. If we don’t the world just may end in November 2012!!

So here we are getting ready to enter yet another extreme political arena. Once the circus known at the Republican presidential primaries are over then the real hateful stuff will come to the surface again.  It is hard to bear some of that stuff but you gotta love some of the saying that come from the campaigns.

Where everybody who does their fair share gets a fair shake

is definitely one of them. If only it were true. With this post I am starting up another subcategory under the “All I Know” one that will be entitled “Campaign Slogans”. I got a fist full of them ready to lay on you and who knows maybe some other real juicy ones will come from this campaign.

But what do I know….

James, The Brother Of Jesus….About Heavenly Wisdom and Humility

Here is another post on the words of James, the brother of Jesus.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 

But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 

As James indicates not all “wisdom” comes from God. Be very careful to discern the difference.  True wisdom is not self serving or envious or interested in self ambition.

Money & Women….


Money and women are the most sought after and the least known about of any two things we have. -May 20, 1934  Will Rogers

Oh Will you sage from the past!! But I guess the mystery of money and women even outdate you.  It has probably been going on since Adam and Eve. My mother abandoned my father, brother and me when I was about nine years old so I was never around women much during my formable years. Due to my timidity, something that I have definitely gotten over since then, women remained a mystery to me well into my adult life.  And since I grew up in a single parent household of a father/milk man money proved to be a mystery to me as well simply because we never had very much of it.

When I graduated from college in 1970 I gave up trying to understand women;  I had little time for dating in college due to having to work up to 50 hours a week while taking almost a full academic load. By this time I announced that I would remain a bachelor the rest of my life. But I did get a pretty good job right out of college making a little over $10,000 per year. That was a massive amount for me back then.  The first thing I did was to buy myself a muscle car (a 1970 Boss 302 Mustang) which I proceeded to wear out within three years. But, of course they didn’t make cars that well back then.

Of course over the years the raises continued to come and with them still no real understanding of money. and just when I had totally given up on women I met and fell in love with my soul mate of today.  She simply swept me off my feet. I couldn’t believe that someone so beautiful could ever fall in love with me.  Now after more than 25 years of marriage I must still admit that I still don’t “really” know much about women or for that fact money. Just when I get totally comfortable with my hubby she does something that is totally unexpected. (ha)

So, here I am an “official” senior citizen who sees much truth in the Will Rogers quote above. But, it does keep life interesting to have some things in my life that I will never really understand.

But what do I know…