is a web log (Blog) which I created to
share with you things that I have found that folks, like you and me,
can do to help us feel better about our own future. Some things are
deceptively simple to do. Some things are exceptionally difficult.
None are radical. None are fringe activities. None are illegal. All
are just straight forward activities that we law abiding folks can
do to take charge of our future.
This site is still under construction. As events in our country
unfold and certain insights make themselves known, I will report on
what you can do to take charge (in a little or big way) of your own
destiny. You do not have to feel like events are affecting your life
without your input.
(The most recent entries are at the bottom of this page)
To Get Started:
It is clear that since the Attacks of Sept 11, we have to learn to
be more vigilant of our surroundings. It is not necessary to become
a recluse in order to survive in these times. I live in a small
(30,000 pop) community and eye contact is the norm. I have lived in
big cities where eye contact is avoided in order to survive. Times
have changed. Seeing who is around you, what is out of place, or
what is not normal, is going to be one of the keys to feeling in
control of your future. If you see something that is not 'right',
identify an authority that you can report it to. Do not take things
into your own hands. Keep out of harm's way. Make the authorities do
their job. They know how to handle things and still preserve others'
individual rights while protecting you. If they can't or won't
handle the situation, then you have yet another 'not right
situation' to report to yet another authority. Most of this kind of
reporting can be done by email.
Since reporting these 'something is out of the ordinary'
observations by email require destination email addresses, it seems
like a really good idea to have your local newspaper publish the
email addresses of as many community government agencies as they can
identify, IN EVERY ISSUE. Some papers are already doing this, to a
greater or lesser degree. Is yours? If not, start sending emails to
your local paper, have you friends and colleagues do the same. Ask
the Editor to publish the email address of every member of community
government, from the Mayor, down to Animal Control on the front page
of EVERY ISSUE. You need to know who they are and how to get in
touch with them if ever you should have to report something 'out of
the ordinary' that you observed.
There isn't anyone that I know who is comfortable with the war. It's
not a lack of patriotism. It's not that they don't support our
troops. It's just that there's this huge amount being spent, in both
monetary and human terms, which is getting harder and harder to
justify for even those who initially favored the attack on Iraq.
Make no mistake, this war is about oil.
If our checks and balances were functioning normally, Congress
should have intervened on behalf of We, the People, to restrict the
President's war powers. But instead, bent over from carrying all the
money that big oil has donated to their campaigns and pocketbooks,
the House and Senate decided it was in their best interest to wage
war and secure profits for big oil. Exxon announced last week that
their US PROFITS from oil are at 100 MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY!
Ponder this for a moment: Do you think that if you had the money,
you could reasonably expect to be able to buy off the vote of a
Representative or a Senator for, say, a million dollars each? I know
that you would certainly have my attention if you waved $1 million
under my nose.
Consider that we have 435 Representatives and 100 Senators in the
US. That's a total of 535 Congressmen, or $535 million in potential
payoffs or about 5 DAYS' PROFITS FOR JUST ONE OIL COMPANY!
I'm not telling you that all of Congress is on the take (you get to
decide that for yourself). What I am illustrating here is the shear
POWER that the oil companies have. And we know that power
Now I can't come up with 100 million dollars each day to try to
counter the potential oil company payoffs, but I do have a vote. And
one thing that will clear a Congressman's mind about who is in
charge, is if he thinks that he is going to lose his seat in an
election. Because that also means that he is going to lose any
chance of payoffs if he is out of office.
So if you are feeling powerless, you really don't need to. You have
at you fingertips that ability to make it clear to your Congressmen
through emails, that you won't vote for him/her unless (s)he shows
you that (s)he is work diligently to eliminate our dependence on
fossil fuel, and thereby make the war unnecessary.
The Iraq war is costing us $275 MILLION PER DAY.
The money (not to mention, the lives) we could save by eliminating
our presence in Iraq can be put to good use. If Congress had
resisted the President's Big Lie about weapons of mass destruction,
had authorized a restricted police action aimed at eliminating Sadam
for the Iraqi people, then got the heck out of Dodge, it could have
invested that $235 Million per day for the past four years (it took
us a year to find Sadam) in developing renewable fuel resources.
It took Brazil less than three years to ramp up ethanol (alcohol)
production from zero to enough to satisfy 80% of the nation's fuel
use. That includes creating a viable efficient sugar beet crop,
building distillation facilities (analogous to an oil refineries)
and distribution points (E85 can be dispensed by regular gasoline
pumps). Detroit has been making E85 (85% alcohol fuel) compatible
automobiles for Brazil for the past 10 years (yes SUVs too)! They
are already on the assembly line - zero ramp up time.
So Congress could have (actually still can) spent all that war money
helping the farmer harvest new alcohol crops, could have spent all
that war money helping all those companies that want to build new
distilleries, could have spent all that war money helping the auto
industry kick start their E85 changeover, could have spent all that
war money helping independent gas stations make the changeover to
E85 distribution, could have spent that war money helping engineers
design retrofit kits for all the gas burning vehicles that are
sitting in our driveways.
But Congress didn't have our best interest in mind and caved into
the Bush administration. Shame on them.
The result would have been E85 fuel alcohol which costs $.25 per
gallon to farm, $.25 per gallon to distill, and $.25 per gallon to
distribute (that's $.75 per gallon cost to you at the pump)! Again,
too bad, shame on them. And shame on us for letting it happen.
So here are three things that you can do:
1) Email your Congressmen and instruct them to sign on to a
renewable fuel resources plan that weans us off of gasoline within
THREE years, or you won't vote for them. Simple as that. We don't
need ten years to get away from oil dependency, all that does is
allow big oil to buy up failing farms so that they can control the
alcohol prices like they do oil prices,
2) Email the CEOs of Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Lowes,
Target, and any other big merchandising business in your area that
has large parking lots (typically under utilized) and tell them that
they can vastly improve their esteem in the community (they all
worry about that) if they simply installed a single E85 pump
somewhere in their parking lot and dispensed to their customers.
After the first pump paid for itself, add another pump, then
another, then another,
3) Email the President of every College and University in this and
other countries, and explain that they would immeasurably improve
their incoming funding (either by grants, licensing or direct sales)
if their (engineering and computer) science departments could design
and develop conversion kits for older fuel injected gasoline engines
to use E85 ethanol.
You Get The Idea.
I will report soon on more opportunities for you to Take Charge of
Housing Bubble Collapse
The Housing crisis is simple to understand.
People got greedy. Folks who normally couldn't qualify to own their
own home, were given loans anyway. Can you blame them - they wanted
a piece of the American Dream, too.
But unlike most who came before them, they
didn't have to pay their dues. They weren't asked to scrimp and save
until they had the proper income, savings and credit score to
qualify for a real loan.
Banks (albeit admittedly under pressure from
the fed) were having a field day approving loans for which there was
insufficient collateral (or character) to secure the loans, and
selling off those mortgages ('paper' as it is called) to high risk
lenders at a cash discount.
Banks knew this was wrong, they knew the
market was overheated. But making money is their first obligation to
We've had seven recessions since the gas
crunch of the 1970's. All but two of them came from overheated real
estate markets. It is a phenomenon well known in the banking
community. Each time, folks tighten their belts and make due. A
small percentage couldn't make it and foreclosures were
But a huge negative impact of these Housing
Bubble collapses were ameliorated by the fact that most home loans
where awarded to folks who had enough capital stability to sustain a
'hitch in the git-along'. So that even when housing prices folded
back, there were far fewer foreclosures.
Not so this time. These 'thin' loans all but
evaporated as housing prices folded back, sending hundreds of
thousands of homes into instant foreclosure - why would anyone
continue to make mortgage payments on a $500,000 loan on property
that was only worth $250,000? Only to be bought up by those who had
the wealth to withstand the collapse. Making the rich richer, and
the poor poorer.
We are going to continue to have housing
bubble collapses. The secret to survival is no secret - don't allow
banks to loan against purchases that folks cannot afford, no matter
how enticing the banks make it look. Trade that need for instant
gratification (of owning your own home) for the long term stability
of not losing that home through an economic downturn by paying your
dues - making sure you have the money in the bank, you have a stable
job, and a backup reserve before making the purchase.
Risk is fine, but Russian Roulette is simply
I don't think that Greenspan or the rest of
the Fed for that matter, realized how delicate the balance is
between consumer confidence and government (miss-) action.
Greenspan says in a CBS (I think) interview
that he didn't know about the Housing Bubble until 'just recently'.
Now, no one will refute that he is a really smart man, and has led
the treasury with great skill over the years, but honestly, he had
no idea that the number one economic engine in the US economy was
overheated and underfunded? Sheesh.
We, the People, probably could have held up
under one or the other, either the Gas Crunch or the Housing Bubble
Collapse, while the war was holding a gun to our heads (or those of
our children), but it is clear that we lost confidence in our
government when we were hit by both at the same time.
Then it was like dominoes falling:
-The war effort continued hampering our
national infrastructure (education and health insurance)
-Gas prices went through the roof (simply because the Emirates could
-Consumers naturally cut back spending,
-Banks, holding billions in 'thin' (underfunded) notes, started up
their foreclosure engines,
-Businesses cut back purchases in response to tighter money,
-Manufactures cut back durable goods production in response to
-The poorly run auto industry, crippled by union contracts
fabricated in another era, but due and payable now, started to crash
and burn, seeking government bailout money,
-The fed uncovered Wall Street's two largest scams in its history,
-Banks, seeing what the auto companies got, started crying their own
tune of 'we can't make it without help' while continuing to
post consistently high profits,
-And We, the People, can't afford health insurance to protect our
families in this, the richest country in the world.
One simply can't ignore that this country is
ripe for revolution. Not the one with guns and bullets (although
that may be an element), but one of congressional 'Throw the
If Ross Perot taught us anything, it is that
you CAN get the attention of your government by threatening to take
their jobs away.
The Economy Eases
Could it be that after only three years, our
economy is showing signs of recovering from this awful recession?
Looks like it.
It is interesting that for the last 12 months,
the oil companies have held a lid on fuel prices at the pump to
under $3/gallon throughout most of the US. That is indeed
Not so much of a mystery, though, since the
alternative was going to be for the oil lobby to have to 'retrain' a
huge crop of new congressmen (some even with a conscience) in the
ways of the oil companies. That's risky, even for big oil.
So, We the People, got to see what flexing our
muscles at the polls could really produce. We have the longest
period of gasoline price stability in years. Congratulations to you
And, of course, we really didn't have to do
all that much flexing - just threatening to, had the same effect.
Couple that with the fact that the Fed has
made gobbling up these foreclosures, from the housing bubble burst,
so darn difficult and time consuming, investors are beginning to
return to more conventional opportunities that present more
tradition funding mechanisms instead of short sales, bank sales,
This means that money is just beginning to
find its way back into the middle class, which up till now has been
sucked dry at every possible tax turn. The rich (because they have
no need) and the poor (because they have no voice) do not determine
when the economy finally eases. It is the middle class that is the
engine of the economy.
Big business can build all they want, but if
the middle class isn't buying, the economy is not moving.
Health Care Reform Act
Now We are going to have to grapple with the
Health Care Reform Act - probably the single most damaging piece of
legislation ever passed by congress. The debate (or circus) over the
provisions of the act all but stopped any chance of economic
recovery taking place while the bill was in limbo.
Now that it has passed congress, we'll see if
it can pass its constitutionality tests. Doctors will be hard
pressed to participate in the program even if it does remain law,
and lawyers are wringing their hands in disbelief of their good
fortune. Meanwhile, those of us who need the Health Care Reform the
most continue to pay extortion money to insurance companies for our
coverage, and many more still have no health care umbrella at all.
It is clear that the dynamics of the old
Health Care system have been pretty much lost on the inventors of
this new law.
The old system wasn't broken, it simply didn't
have the sensibility to protect itself against greed.
We could have completely repaired the old
Health Care System with one simple decision on the part of congress
- and that would have been to cap the amount of money that lawyers
could extract from Insurance Companies for their clients in a single
In return for this awards restriction,
victims' lawyers would be allowed to return to court every 3 years
to revisit the amount of compensation required by their clients. If
the client needs more money to survive the next three years, the
courts could authorize it, again limited by the same cap. The court
protects the victim and allows recourse should their survival
requirements change, while at the same time keeping the insurance
companies from having to pay lopsided lump sum lifetime annuities.
The immediate effect would be the lowering of
the Health Insurance premiums for We the People since Insurance
companies would no longer have to pay out huge lump sum lifetime
annuities to victims.
See, courts award these huge settlements
because they need to be sure that victims are compensated for their
entire life, if their injury is severe enough (because they can only
come to court once). So lawyers end up arguing with each other on
who can best guess as to how long the victim is going to live, and
how bad their client's quality of life can get. Ridiculous when you
think of it in those terms, but nonetheless true.
So if our system removed the 'lifetime'
element of the payout, and allowed victims to petition the courts to
revisit the adequacy of a payout every three years, the uncontrolled
balloon expense to insurance companies could be reined way back in
and result in way lower premiums for the rest of We, the
What that means is the We the People,
individually, would not have to shoulder the responsibility of
paying for a victim's lifetime of expected needs payout all at one
time by an insurance company.
A lump sum lifetime award of, say, 600 million
dollars to a victim has to affect an insurance company's bottom
line. And protecting their bottom line is, above all else, their
most important function. That means We get to pay the bill either
with a massive premium increase all at once, or significant (and
disproportionate to the services offered) increases in deductibles
over the short term.
The courts would benefit with significantly
fewer and shorter court battles, the number reduced to those special
cases that address valid award requirements beyond the cap limit.
The cases that require revisiting at the end
of the three-year period, would be extremely short, not having to
litigate fault, only demonstrate victim's changing need. Kinda
Covenant With America?
Gingrich's Contract With America from the
80's, I see, has been dusted off and is being renamed by a group of
somewhat forward thinking (and worried) congressmen. I'm going to
guess that by the end of pre-Election month, We are going to witness
another Deer-In-Headlight press conference by congressional leaders
guaranteeing that all of congress will sign this new Covenant with
America, "but please don't throw us all out of office"!
Yet another sign that the decision of We to
adopt the election policy of 'Throw the Bums Out" is working.
The new Covenant With America is going to have
to pay more than lip service, or the next round of elections may not
be limited to replacing congressmen, but installing a new way of
doing business. That would be sad, because it will mean that this
experiment of We the People has failed, and failed miserably due to
Component One of any Covenant with America has
to include the flat out elimination of the foreclosure mess that the
gov put us in. For the next six months, downsize the military
foreign deployment to that of non-combat advisor status (i.e.
answering questions from the Afghanis via the internet, from
cubicles at the pentagon) and instead, spend that money buying every
foreclosure on the market in the US. Then give those foreclosed
homes back to the folks who originally owned them with easy to
handle repayment loans ($100 per month, if that is all that they can
afford). With the foreclosures off the market, We the People who
have to sell our homes in order to make ends meet for the near term
have a chance to do so at fair market values, instead of at fire
The result is that within days, the economy
will restart since folks who want to pay their bills, will be able
to, people will invest in their future now that they believe that
there will be one, and the resulting trickle (or gush) up will put
small business back in the drivers seat of a healthy economy.
Component Two of the Covenant will have to be
a 2-year crash program for Energy Independence.
Nobody expects dependence on oil to disappear
overnight. None of us small business folks would ever demand that
that kind of strain be put on several of our biggest of Big Business
and Big Money (we understand the need for their inertia) - but
seriously how many lifetimes will it take to spend a billion
dollars? Isn't time for Big Oil (isn't it all Big?) to belly up to
the bar and throw a huge chunk of earnings back into the Great
Society that made it possible for them to make those billions, to
build the infrastructure that will allow safe efficient non-fossil
Here's a surprise: None of us would even care
if We ultimately had to purchase the new alternative fuel from the
same Big Oil companies to whom We are feeding our hard-earned
dollars to right now! That's right. But ONLY if the Alternative Fuel
Manufacture and Distribution Rule clearly states that any
alternative fuel business HAS to be a DOMESTIC business. It's the
only way that We can exercise a certain level of control of the
industry through our government, unlike our present situation of
foreign oil, where we have zero control and not a lot of friends.
Now, Big Oil (which means Big Money and Big
Business) might not make as much for their stockholders as they made
before selling us fossil-fuel, but that's the price for getting the
economy moving so that they can make any money at all. Trust me, We
the People don't need vehicles when We are ALL out of work!
Component Three of the Covenant with America
must include the repeal of the HealthCare reform act and return to
the previous system, but with ADDED provisions to arrest the greed
that ran rampant in the old system, creating a new system that is
fair and profitable to both We, the People and the healthcare
systems our government is supposed to be helping. The healthcare
system was not broken before, it just suffered from no controls for
greed. (See my article above on fixing the health care system.)
Component Four of the Covenant with America
has to put a solid plan in place to rebuild our education system.
How does our government expect to nurture and generate new and
innovative thinking with which to regenerate itself, if all of our
young people are working at MacDonald's to the exclusion of going to
colleges, business or trade schools, or Junior colleges, or...?
This, however, is not something that the Fed
can mandate. But it must spend the time and money educating a
generation or two of PARENTS as to the value of education in this
society. There is a real question whether Generation-X or -Y or -ALL
understand this fundamental rule to survival. If education doesn't
matter to parents (and right now it doesn't), then it isn't going to
matter to their kids no matter how much government intervention is
Is There a Leader Left Who Knows How to
Capture Our Imagination?
I'm guessing that that would be Newt Gingrich,
former Speaker of the House.
And now I hear that he is considering running
against Obama for the Presidency. He has my vote. I am struck every
time I hear him speak - how he can make some of the most complicated
parts of Washington mechanics so clear.
I do not agree with everything that he says,
but he is one person who I believe can capture the IMAGINATION of We
And Imagination is what We have suffered a
serious lack of for a very long time.
Look at our Education System. We have
increasing population with falling enrollment in our high schools
for the past ten years. Isn't that just plain crazy? These
kids aren't transferring into private schools or trade schools, they
are simply quitting because making tacos at Taco Heaven is way
easier (and cheaper) than gutting it out through some form of higher
learning. And the double whammy, here, is that these kids are
leaving school EARLY - not even graduating from high school! Is this
nuts or what?
These undereducated kids are the folks who are
going to make sure that our Governmental machinery continues to work
as We get to the age where We won't be able to fix things by
Over 60% of our college and university
attendees are foreign born. We the People understand the need for
opportunities for the foreign born - weren't we all foreign born not
too long ago? But it also means that most of the Inventions by our
Scientists and Engineers will not necessarily be for the good of We,
but prioritized for the benefit of another country. It is a
super simple problem with a tough solution: US Educated and US
Employed Aliens are sending most of their money to their families in
their native country. It is not fair to try to stop them, so the
only way to get things balanced out is to compete - create an
education society that trains the children of We in top science and
education pursuits so that they can compete for the US Jobs and keep
the resulting money (power) here in the US.
Then ponder our Energy Plan (or lack thereof).
Because of greed, we are at the mercy of other (some benevolent,
others not) governments because of our dependence on their foreign
It's like having all of our grocery stores
buying milk from one farm in Middle America. What if that farm,
recognizing its grip on We, decided to charge in excess of what the
milk was worth, just because it could, and used the excuse that it
wasn't clear how much longer their cows were going to be able to
produce milk, so they want to make their money now.
We could diversify and buy our milk from other
Middle America farms, but our problem doesn't go away if all the
farms in Middle America belong to the same co-op which holds one
common pricing structure.
Not having a diversified Energy Plan is a
dangerous place to be for We.
All this distills down to our balance of
trade. Lots of countries are holding US Paper (Loans), enough that
they could bankrupt the US within days (maybe even hours) if they
found a need to. We have been lucky so far. But it doesn't take a
genius to understand if China is holding a note for more money than
we have gold or silver in our vaults to cover, it is going to be
exceedingly difficult for We to influence China's Nuclear Arms
The problem, here, is that We are a nation
that has lost its Imagination. A dynamic element unique to the human
nature of our country, that our Government no longer
understands about We the People (or maybe they do, and they are
intentionally trying to kill it). Doesn't that make you mad enough
There are plenty of examples of the power of
this concept of Imagination. On 911, it astounded the world around
how we could pull together as a nation, how it was possible for the
most fractured people on the earth, for a few weeks, to be able to
speak with a single voice, a single heart.
If 911 was supposed to demoralize us, it
backfired. It scared We, but it didn't demoralize. We the People
have demonstrated again and again how strong this otherwise fragile
experiment of a Volunteer Union of minds and bodies into the Common
It is this ethereal concept of capturing the
Imagination of We the People, that otherwise good people, who go to
Washington and seemingly take their stupid pills after becoming
congressmen, have lost sight of - have lost the sense of.
FDR had it. Kennedy had it. And arguably,
Reagan had it. But for some reason, recent professional leaders have
forgotten it, and its power.
It is why Perot, with virtually no political
machinery in place, was so effective at changing government from his
position as a self-proclaimed political outsider. He understood the
absolute power of capturing our Imagination.
I wonder if We are going to see another Leader
who can capture the Imagination of We the People, in my lifetime.
Our economy is like a huge freight train
sitting on a track. It is true that it is creeping, ever so slowly,
forward, but only slightly.
Who is it that actually can get this train
Big-Money and Big-Business have cash, but
that's all they have - and because these two entities are just that,
machines, their job is to protect their investors. It is not in
their genes to separate themselves from their gazillion$ just to
benefit the quality of life of We - I don't see any Fortune 500
company offering to help me pay for my health insurance during this
recession, or make sure that I have gas in my car when I carpool to
The low or no income class has the physical
might, the shear numbers, but is helpless because it takes way more
than just collective brute force to get this puppy to start moving
There is only one thing that can get this
train moving and that is the might of the middle class (that would
be a huge part of We the People) through their middle class assets -
their imagination, technology, and innovation.
Big money owns the tracks and maybe the cargo
onboard, but the tracks are rusting and the cargo isn't going to get
purchased unless and until the middle class is allowed to
The Government (bought and paid for by BM and
BB) wants us to believe that painting the freight train so that it
looks nice will make it move faster. The reality is as ridiculous as
this analogy. A pig with a bow is still a pig. Spending time and
money to make the train look better is an exercise in futility,
unless, for heavens sake, the gov doesn't have any better solution!.
And that's what the American people see. There is nothing more
demoralizing to an economic engine than to recognize that its
government is powerless to fix it.
So what has to happen to bring the middle
class to exercise their innovation, creativity, imagination and
power to bear against this economic freight train idling on the
Simple. Restore the Middle Class's Confidence
that We the People mean something to our Government! That protecting
We the People, from extinction is the the first priority of the
Government in which We have placed our trust, for the benefit of all
of our American lives.
It is the innovation of the middle class (i.e.
SMALL BUSINESS) that has fueled the powering up of our stalled
economies throughout our history. Big Business, evolving from this
small business innovation, is supposed to be the mass (the inertia)
that keeps the momentum of the economy going once it has been
kick-started, so that the economy can survive through the inevitable
hiccups along the way.
Somehow, in some screwy thought process, Big
Business and Big Money has decided that the middle class (and small
business) is a threat to them! It's going to take an economist of
way greater intellect and experience than I to explain this
positively insane upside down thinking. But it is simply not
BM and BB see the middle class as the only
viable machinery that can effectively restrict the amount of money
that BM and BB can make in the US.
Doesn't BM and BB realize that deleting the
middle class will eliminate any chance of the innovation or
imagination recovering this economy? Of course they do, and that is
why they are investing in, and outsourcing to the Global Market.
They really don't expect this country to survive in its present
form. Greed trumps We the People, again.
Nevertheless, that appears to be the plan. BB
and BM have purchased the gov to implement it.
And it hasn't helped that our president is
sitting atop as king of the heap in pronouncing that his vision is
one of socialized everything, ultimately eliminating the middle
class. There are enough examples of socialized-anything all around
us that prove it doesn't work. Take a look at the Canadian
Socialized Medicine program.
Government (Executive, Judicial, Legislative)
had its chance over the past 10 years to find a way to placate BM
and BB while strengthening the position of the Middle Class in our
society. It failed.
Familiarity, I'm afraid, has bred contempt. We
the People, are now taking matters in our own hands (and I am not
talking about the Tea Party). All across the nation, incumbent
candidates are realizing that they are out of work, having been
replaced by neophytes that We have voted in. It has gotten to the
point that a congressman with no experience (and no IOUs to BB or
BM) is a better risk for We to take, than 2 or 4 more years of our
With respect to being more aware
of your surroundings, a reader of this blog sent me some info that I
find interesting. The website allows you to search on any
neighborhood and the resulting graphic will identify what felons are
living in the area (by name), approximately their residence of
record (i.e. Public Record), and what they were convicted of.
The website can be found at:
I was sequestered away for a week
during which our family company annually plans its mission for the
coming year. During that week, Osama was located and dispatched by
our elite Seals. I missed the momentous day. No one emailed me
with the happy news, I didn't see any rejoicing in the streets, and
mainstream TV didn't pre-empt their programming with endless hoopla
of giddiness but instead, I guess, simply featured it as their news
program lead - I didn't see it.
After I got back, I did see the
President make his speech announcing that the dastardly deed had
been done, and the somewhat startling news that Bin Laden's body had
been buried at sea, ostensibly to meet the Muslim 24 hour deadline
on burial after death, but may speak more to minimizing a fear by
our government that it would somehow be contributing to the
martyrdom of the Al-Qaida leader if his body was returned from
What was unusual was the
decisiveness with which the President made the decision to bury
Osama at sea. This was not a win/win decision for the good of all
mankind. This was a decision design to specifically to extinguish
the fire in the belly of the Al-Qaida beast. It was a decision that
was pondered, considered, weighed and decided on to the satisfaction
of our political machine (and to the unhappiness, I'm sure, of our
terrorist enemies). Where did this version of our first black
President surface from, all of a sudden?
Isn't this the same type of
leadership that we were hoping to see in resolving the recession
through quality guidance of the government by the President in
easing the housing crunch, and negotiating an enduring energy
program to deflower the Emirates' (and Big Oil's) death grip on gas
prices? Wasn't this the President who held in his hand the power and
might of the US Government to see to it that we had a quality and
fair Health Care system and let it get away? Wasn't this the man
whom we hoped would follow his own promise to extract our sons and
daughters from the Iraq version of our Viet Nam during his first
year in office, but instead sucked us into another Viet Nam in
I was dumbstruck as Seth Meyers
summed it all up for me at a recent traditional roast of the
President at the Fourth Estate Dinner, when he said "Who is
this President who now serves us? It is not the same man as he was
before the presidency. Mr. President, you would have liked the Obama
who campaigned in '08".
For the 6th straight month,
unemployment fell by significant numbers and for the fourth straight
month, foreclosures are down, indicating that the economy is indeed
trying its best to recover. But still the behemoth of an economic
engine seems to be held back by some intangible. Simply put,
the confidence by We the People is not there, yet.
How is it going to be possible
for We to get behind a President and Administration that owns the
policy of reducing or eliminating the Middle Class (We the People)
in this country? Denial only goes so far, and that is what we are
witnessing right now - for all intents and purposes, the element of
recovery are in place, but the political climate is not right. Can
Obama find some way to connect with We and salvage his Presidency?
Ask me next year.
Extinction of the Middle
Now, I'm not kidding anyone, nor
myself, that anyone actually is taking what I write to heart. The
logs indicate that I am being read, but I have no illusion about the
importance of what I write. I know that I'm not even a very good
writer. But what I am, is a member of the middle class of We the
People - but I am afraid not for much longer.
I'm not entirely sure what is
going on around me. Actually, I pretty well know what's going on
around me, it's just that I don't understand why.
If you stand back and look at
what is happening to We during the past, say, 10 years, it is
unmistakable. We have been systematically losing our power to reckon
for ourselves. It has been subtle, but without question it has been
For a huge part, We have
done it to ourselves. We have believed in the moral good of
people, and have elected them to serve us without much in the way of
double-checking whether these employees of We have been following
our instructions. Unfortunately, we have believed what they have
been telling us, that Government is way too difficult for We to
understand, and just trust them that they are doing things for the
betterment of We.
Can you hear that echo of
history? It's the thin-sounding rattling of loose change, not the
commanding toll of the Liberty Bell! We have been duped. Arguably,
the greatest nation on earth and without argument, the most
powerful, is being run by a group of employees of We, with their own
agenda - and not one shared by their employer, and definitely not an
agenda designed to extend the life of We the middle class.
Why shouldn't We all embrace the
vision of a democratic socialized utopia of benevolent Upperclass
managing a penniless lowerclass and a missing Middleclass? Because
it breeds mediocrity. Examine the nations of the world and history
that have taken that route (some by chance, some by accident, some
by design). These are NOT hot bed of new ideas, NOT the source for
creative solutions to the worlds problems, NOT the centers of
economic and moral growth, NOT the power centers of the world.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The serious problem is that some
of our employees absolutely believe that they have our best interest
at stake, here. That the only way to save WE is to become a
socialized society - that ALL decisions come from the top (meaning
from the position of power, money and government). These are folks
who are oblivious to historical truth. However, if they are right,
then this Great Experiment of We the People, has failed.
The Myth of the TeaParty
Long before the teaparty decided
to capitalize on the tide of public unrest, the members of the
silent majority were beginning to awake to the fact that their lot
in life had been systematically brutalized by a non-responsive
employee system of checks and balances that did no more than to
ensure the perpetuation of the employees and not We the employer.
That silent group has been quietly, and without fanfare, gathering
about them like-minded folks (a lot of like-minded folks) who
remember that the gov was supposed to be protecting We the People
employer, not Them, the employees. The silent We struck a sizable
blow to the misguided employee agenda, by resurrecting the
"throw the bums out" mentality at the last off-year
election. The result was a new crop of untested (but also
un-beholding) recruits in congress.
The teaparty wants to take credit
for the action. The teaparty didn't mobilize We, it's the other way
around. And all those employees of We are pleased to see it unfold
this way, because the teaparty is doing more harm than good. The
trouble with the teaparty taking credit, is that the momentum that
We created may be jeopardized by the rest of We believing that there
is 'someone else' taking care of the problem. There isn't. The
teaparty is toothless without We. The teaparty is following, not
leading. It is therefore incumbent on We to continue to exercise the
only control we have left over our employees, the same control any
The (Vanishing) Middle
Class - RIP
We, the People, formed this democratic republic to test the idea
that a free enterprise system, with government involvement limited
to protecting We as a group in those circumstances where We could
not protect ourselves individually, could evolve into an idealistic
community safe from overburdening special interest.
For over 200 years it has, more or less worked to the envy of the
All around the world even our most vehement, vocal (and dangerously
demonstrative) critics are watching the world unfold before them on
their Dish Network driven televisions. If you don't believe me, look
at the terrorists footage from CNN. Everywhere there are scenes of
dirt poverty homes, families just scratching by, to residences of
opulence beyond belief, all with Dish Antennas mounted everywhere!
It was a heck of a risk, this democratic republic test. Think about
it, folks would uproot themselves and their families, travel half
way around the world to the uncertainties of a land they neither
knew or understood to start afresh with little more than a concept
to work from as a roadmap. Amazing. Very (very) few of us could
generate that kind of courage today.
The result is a country of unprecedented power, wealth and
ingenuity. A free system where your rights end at the tip of my
nose. Where prosperity has reigned continuously for more than 90% of
its years since its declaration from England and monarch rule. Where
a free enterprise system (We, the People) left to its own devices
launched the Industrial Revolution, beginning with heavy metal
products and capping with the miniaturization of electronics and
technology to put a man on the moon and bring him back safely. Then
We the People launched the Information age where a lifetime of data
was poured into different pots, then stirred, boiled and bubbled
until enough knowledge was extracted to help We learn from the past
so We were not doomed to repeat it, and set our direction for a
successful future. Then We shared that technology with the world by
launching the World Wide Web (the Internet). What a marvelous
But all that is in jeopardy, right now, today as you read this. We,
the People, are under direct attack and are about to be fed the
green weenie (an old west coast phrase I grew up with that betrays
my age). It may, I am afraid, already be too late to reverse the bad
thing that is happening to us. I hope not, but I am not too
Arthur C Brooks calls it statism (it doesn't even deserve the status
of a capital "S"). It is the sincere and fervent belief of
some (a lot) of those in positions of power and authority in
industry and government. The concept of statism has to do with
redistributing some of the assets of the rich to the poor. The
concept works, albeit poorly on a lot of levels, in countries around
the world (Canada, Germany, etc).
The fallout, however is that the middle class is eliminated. Yup,
completely wiped out. The system does not support nor tolerate the
middle class. It has no place in the statism formula for their
The sad part is that the Middle Class is where all of the We, the
People, Free Enterprise System dynamics does its magic - the magic
that has pulled this country from obscurity to the most powerful
country in the world. The highly efficient, ingenuity-driven machine
that is the Middle class ceases to function. There is no incentive
to support or encourage that mighty, hidden, dynamo of knowledge and
invention. In the statism model, there is no incentive to 'get
ahead', in fact independent thinking is penalized.
Look at our Social Security System - productive folks who work all
their lives paying into the system, find themselves in need of some
financial help nearing the end of their career and ask for a social
security stipend, only to find out the if they continue to be
productive, continue to contribute to our Great Society, they will
loose the social security help the government dangles in front of
them. Many choose to take the sure route and quit work in order to
secure their Soc Sec checks from the fed each month. What a waste,
bright people being penalized for contributing for the benefit of
We, the People. That is statism. But more importantly, the result is
another Middle class resident of We, the People, who is forced right
out of the Middle Class. Get it?
There are two statism motivating forces at work here against We, the
People - Greed and Fear.
There are those in Big Business (most of Big Business) who see the
opportunity, while the guard of We, the People, is down (or apathy
runs rampant), to consolidate their economic position (i.e. increase
their already astronomical profits) by annihilating the Middle
class, by annihilating the Small Businesses that feed the Middle
Class, who are the only threat to their existence (and their
uncontrolled or unregulated profits). That's the fear part. Big
Business knows that Small Business, operated, by and large, by a
knowledgeable Middle Class, understands every time Big Business
oversteps its greed boundary. It is also driven by simple Greed. Big
Business is doing this because it can, there is little opposition,
because the vast majority of the population has turned inward and
are operating, on a day-to-day basis, to protect themselves, and not
acting for the good of the bigger community (We, the People). And
for the short term it might work to the benefit of Big Business. But
it does not make any long-term economic sense.
What happens over the long term? All the new, innovative ideas, all
the efficient design, redesign, testing and fine tuning that only
small business can do at the owner's expense (with the promise of
riches at the end of the new product
design/manufacturing/distribution tunnel), goes away. We, the People
suffer yet another defeat because yet another member of the Middle
Class, the lifeblood of the free enterprise system has just been
wiped out. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer because there
are even more immigrants from the Middle Class now added to the poor
Nowhere has this statism been more clearly demonstrated than by our
government's action, or lack of it, to bring to bear its utterly
enormous economic resources to add appropriate corrections to the
housing dilemma before it became a crisis. The government was
actually ENCOURAGING banks to create poor risk loans to unqualified
homeowners at the turn of the century in order to keep the housing
market heated. They knew it was overheated and a crash was
unavoidable, but by then it would be someone else's problem.
Ultimately it became the problem of We, the People. We were fed
another green weenie and another round of Middle Class members, who
thought that they were living the American Dream, had it turned into
the American Nightmare when they were banished to the ranks of the
poor. What a way to treat We, the People.
Health Care Reform is another example of statism, that even the
government couldn't get right. But, instead, has screwed up so
thoroughly that no one is actually going to benefit. Doctors are
losing valued, low maintenance patients who pay their bills, health
care systems at the state level were completely destroyed by the new
program's lack of financial and legal support, congressmen looking
like buffoons holding the carcasses of We, the People in their
hands, totally unable to make healthy decisions to protect We, and
finally an ego at the top, which will be the sole reason that a
black man may never again be elected to the Chief Executive's job,
at least not in my lifetime.
A sad commentary for this Grand Experiment that We, the People want
so desperately to succeed at.
As a permanent shareholder of We, the People, are you happy with how
your employees are handling your company? Are you pleased with the
decisions that your CEO is making on your behalf? Does it seem to
you that the employees are more interested in robbing We blind,
while telling We that the company workings are too complicated for
We to understand, and to just 'trust them'? How do you rate our
judges, whose job it is to maintain the checks and balances, and
protect each of us individually, and collectively as We?
Is it time for another HouseCleaning? There may not be much time
left (if any). We have an off-year election coming up in a couple of
months. Is it time to start whispering 'throw the bums out"
Where the heck are the Leaders that We, the People need, with the
vision, confidence and imagination that can propel We back into the
age of prosperity, that have the guts to standup to Big Business and
reinstate, protect and support the Free Enterprise System, and the
Middle Class, for the benefit of We, the People?
When will the Republican Party
figure out that the reason We are supporting the ridiculous antics
of Donald Trump is to signal to the GOP that even a Clown is better
than the slate of candidates that they are advancing. There is a
gigantic disconnect between We and the Party. It would uproariously
funny if it weren't so sad. But all agree that it is terrific
What if Trump is elected? I'm
going to guess that he is going to eat a huge helping of humble pie
and all of a sudden create a moderate face to his Presidency - he is
NOT a stupid or reckless man. One thing is for sure, he is a
businessman, and beholding to only his own beliefs (which may be
very close to the needs of We, even if they are being promoted in
less than comfortable manner), and that just has to scare the heck
out of congress. Everybody on the Hill is hoping that they can get
We to forget the embarrassing past 4 years by scurrying around and
passing all sorts of great legislation for the Great Society.
With Trump at the helm, there is
going to be a healthy review of pork-belly projects attached to
legislation designed to exclusively assist a congressman to be
re-elected. This may be an era of record number of Presidential
Vetos, which is fine as long as it serves We the People, and puts
our employees (congress) in their places (you DO understand that
they are supposed to be working for We).
Trump has to be keeping world
leaders up at night (Putin, et al) worrying about what this nut case
Trump is going to do to upset their own little worlds of greed, hate
and tyranny. Fine with me. Nothing wrong with worrying world leaders
- our most productive cold war headway came when Ronnie Reagan let
slip that we had developed a satellite-based defense system, then
continued with the myth until Gorbachev let the Berlin Wall
evaporate into history, ultimately ushering in the collapse of the
Soviet Union. Actors are good actors, even if they are President.
And Trump is talking about
closing the borders "until we can figure this thing out".
Maybe temporarily sealing up the sieve that allows illegal aliens to
risk life, limb (prison) to move cartel drugs into the US might not
be a bad idea. However, the problem is not the illegals transporting
drugs into our country, the problem is the members of We who are
buying (and selling) these drugs in the US - creating a huge market,
making it super profitable and incentivising a simple farm worker to
risk his future just to cross the border. That's a lot of lobbying
to keep the borders open. Fortunately, there isn't a lot of money
behind that lobbying (it's all going to buy drugs!)
Here's an idea: There are roughly
2500 Border Patrol Officers in the Home Land Security Arsenal,
attempting to keep illegal aliens from jumping the southern Border
fence that is about 2500 miles long. I vote that each officer be
assigned one mile of the fence and outfit them with paintball guns
full of indelible ink. Fire on anyone crossing the border by way of
the fence hopping. I think purple would be perfect. Kinda hard to
hitchhike their way out of Nogales looking like that.
Like I said, Trump is neither
stupid or reckless. I think it would be a terrific experiment to
have a pure businessman in the Oval Office for a term. Who knows,
maybe enough folks will worry enough to get the Russians out of the
Ukraine, get Iran to cease its nuclear program, and scale back the
efforts of the terrorist individuals taking a bead on the US, when
We decide to start going after their families as contributing to
Where Have All Our Teachers
I don't get it. We, the People,
through hard work, perseverance, education, and investment,
became part of the mightiest nation in the World. Now, not so much.
We had the hardest working,
brightest workforce on the planet. Now our youth aspire to sell
burgers at McDonalds. Certainly we are better than this. And it is
NOT the kids fault! The fault sits squarely on the shoulders of We.
Shame on us. Our children deserve a better future and we have failed
We have not demanded nor insisted
quality education programs from our leaders. Most of us (old folks)
would probably vote for education program funding both locally and
nationally, if we actually believed that the programs have actually
been design for the good of the (greatgrand)sons and (greatgrand)daughters
There is no denying it. Education
legislation support has eroded significantly during the past 20
years. That's a long time (that twenty groups of Seniors nationwide
who never got the chance to graduate and qualify for college). The
bad news is that these are the same folks who are supposed to take
care of We in our old age.
Why Are We All So Afraid?
Heavens, this election cycle has most folks in a grip of fear that
they won't make the right decision and plunge WE into the abyss.
First off, there is no right decision. We are choosing, as we always
have, from the lesser of two evils (so to say). This time, though,
we have asked for, and received a representative of change.
What we got is as radical a representative of change as the system
that We have fought and died over may be able to handle. The problem
is that We may not be strong enough to tackle that challenge for
Pitted against the representative for change is the representative
for status quo, for things to remain the same (and maybe for the
mistakes to be repeated).
We are split down the middle, with no one really confident that We
can survive no matter which candidate wins the election. That's a
tough spot for We to be in.
But it was the same fear and separation of views and spirit that
resulted in creation of the More Perfect Union that We have evolved
Do Not Be Afraid. The Union will survive. It is NOT an all or
If we give the Renaissance Man a try and he cannot produce the
stability, security and standard of living that he promises (and
that We expect from our employee), then We can fire him. We all know
how to do that, if We have to.
If the Status Quo Woman becomes the first Ms. President of We, the
employer, and We all learn that We have been lied to again and the
middle class continues to erode, then We have the option to fire the
First Ms. President of this political experiment in democracy.
So We also have to think about who is standing in line to assume the
reigns of the Oval Office if We decide that enough is enough! We
have been so concentrating on the First Seat, we haven't paid near
enough attention to the Second Seat.
The Second Seat warmer after this election will materially affect
whether We have the courage to fire the First Seat if we are not
satisfied that the best interests of We are being tended to. So, for
the first time in remembered history, because we are so unsure of
our favorite candidates, We have to seriously consider the quality
of their running mates. For many, this has made it easier for We to
decide on where our vote is going to be cast.
Interesting, because on the Elephant-side, the VP nominee is a
pretty righteous dude. On the Donkey-side, not so much.
Not surprisingly, there are We who have decided to throw their vote
to the candidate for President who can least resist Senate and House
'suggestions'. In other words for the candidate over which the House
and Senate can exercise the most control. Then We also vote-in
Congressional representatives that can hold the line for We. Not a
bad strategy, all in all, but a bit risky mainly because We don't
have that complete a control over Congress as it is. You see what I
The Founding Fathers created a
government that was cumbersome and slow moving. That was by design.
If something is not right at the top, it may take awhile to generate
a consensus, but when that happens, the entire machine moves
forward. That protects We from blindsiding decisions that we didn't
see coming. Granted, misuse of the Executive Order has negatively
impacted the original design of this government, but that too will
eventually change. A legacy of Misuse of Presidential Power is not a
legacy that We or any President can be proud of.
So, do not be afraid. There is no wrong decision, except to stay at
home. Vote as you see it - then stay connected and make your
employee toe the line in the Best Interests of We the People.
As an undisputed Nation of Greatness, We the People, for the second
time in History, have elected a non-politician to the Office of
President of The United States. Remarkable.
We have befuddle the Press, pollsters and political professionals
who were sure that We were going to roll over and play dead for four
more years of the same.
As an unexpected by-product, We have found how disconnected the
Press is with the folks that they have been attempting to entertain
We for the past 10 years with their 'unbiased news'.
The Fourth Estate used to be an agency of Sage Third Opinions that
We relied upon, during those times when our government didn't have
the courage to tell us the truth about The War and wars. While the
administration treated us like mushrooms (under a pile of manure and
in the dark), the media helped us grow smarter about our country and
Can't say that now. The Press's obligation now is to render any and
every 'news' story into some form of marketable entertainment. They
have to convince their audience to tune in so they can sell products
and make money for their stockholders. The news hour looks more like
a crappy reality tv series (and with about the same measuring stick
accuracy of We). The problem is, they believe that the 'news' they
provide is a service to We.
Well, they got that wrong. Most of We do not want to use the news
hour as our escape from reality - there are plenty of shows on tv
that can take care of that need - We want to learn what kind of mess
we are in so We can fix it. What we get is distractions and lies,
interspersed with 300 seconds of why this hemorrhoid cream is
The Press has dropped the ball. What a shame. What a demotion from
the respectability of the once Internationally admired Fourth
Estate. What used to be an admired profession is now complicit in
this muddying of the truth for and about We. Shame on us for letting
But then, when all looks lost, We seem to have a way of adding a
little balance to things. The press didn't have the election results
anywhere near correct because We decided not to tell them. They were
left to having to listen to the only ones left talking (politicians
and the rest of the uninformed press). And they began to believe
their own stories - even though they were dead wrong. Serves them
What's painful to watch is how bad the situation is, demonstrated by
how station after station's on-air representatives try to explain
away why they were so wrong. See, they want to blame it on a new
paradigm, the rules for which only they can figure out...tune in to
news at 11 to find out.
The fact is, We have decided (maybe for a little while, maybe
forever) that We have to find a different source for our News and
Truth. The new President is pretty outspoken - after all he knows
best about the difference between News and Reality television! There
is no new paradigm, it is the same old one that set We on the right
path over and over again through the years - Truth.
The fourth estate has reduced itself to the likes of reality tv and
We are trying out New Venues searching for the best form of the
Truth. The internet may be the answer, blogs may be the answer,
FarceBook or TwiddleDeeDee may be the answer (but probably not in
their present forms). Are We on the right path....tune in for news
The "H" Factor
This has probably been one of the most stressful elections that We
the People have had to deal with over the years. It is good that it
But that is only the first step in a series of things that have to
happen to turn all this work into a legacy Presidency. Most
important is the "H" factor.
The most significant issue for voters is whether 'what We saw is
what We got'. Is there a chance that the obnoxious, divisive,
annoying, rude, crude candidate personality from the campaign trail
is going to be the Personality of the New Presidency.
If yes, we are in for a very long (or very short - depending on who
you ask) Presidency.
If, on the other hand, the softening that We saw during the
acceptance speech is the ego that We're going to be saying 'Howdy'
to on the Friday, January 20 Inaugural, then We will all have won.
That would be outstanding. Congratulate yourselves for staying with
the Battle of the Monster Campaign (or Campaign Monsters).
What is in play is the 'H' Factor - whether The Donald is going to
allow the Office to Humble him before We, or is he going to
Humiliate us all (like We've been humiliated before). Humility or
Humiliation - We all hope for the best, and fear the worst, but it
looks promising that We just might be lucky enough to get the
Statesman DT while acting on our behalf.
Wouldn't that be a Hoot!
The Demise of News Media?
It's been two weeks and the only thing the Press can talk about is
why Clinton lost. And there is no shortage of excuses from the
That's interesting, because what it says is that the Trump group is
not talking to the Press - just as The Donald alluded would happen
after the election. Trump is deciding on who he is going to invite
into the inner circle (meaning, invited to news conferences!). Is it
possible, that amongst all the other potential benefits to the Trump
Presidency, we can add the cleaning house of reality TV News, and
make it respectable again? Man, does this have the News Media in a
tizzy, since most of these anchors don't know how to report on the
news, but rather know only how to report on their own bias of the
news. If I was a news reporter I, too, would be worried about my job
and my future.
So far they haven't gotten it yet. Most of these clowns are still
spending all of their time trying to sensationalize the news. The
only problem is that they can either talk to the Clintons (which is
now career terminus old news), or talk to each other. And there is
no better way for reporters to get things wrong that to listen to
each other - example: the massive miss on the Clinton election
So the Popular Press continues to self destruct. The smart reporters
have recognized an opportunity to turn the popular press back into
the Legitimate Press, and are returning to reporting the news,
instead of trying to invent it. Reporting the news instead of
becoming part of the news - that might be kinda hard for a reporter
who has never done that in his professional career before.
So far, the first loser was CBS with their 60 Minutes interview by
Leslie Stahl. I'm going to guess that this was the last 60 Minutes
interview that the Trump camp will be doing with CBS. Probably want
to think about selling the CBS News stock!
Could This Be A Trend?
Is it just too impossible for We to imagine, or could the successful
Presidency of Donald Trump cause a widespread trend to electing
businessmen, not professional politicians, to public office? Now
that would be one heck of a Legacy for both the President, and for
Maybe that's simply too much for We to ask for, although isn't that
how this experiment in representative democracy got started over a
couple of hundred years ago?
Our Founding Fathers were, without question, businessmen first and
politicians (and statesmen) second. That's not all that difficult to
understand - middle class america, even before it became America,
has always been ripe with entrepreneurs who would march up to the
edge and create something out of nothing, to benefit We. It is a
marvelous concept that has lost nothing of its value in its
evolution over time.
Consider the possibility of electing business powerhouses, who
volunteer their time (we couldn't pay them enough) to 'watch the
store' for We, who by their very spirit would be more immune to
lobbying ($$), and maybe be better able to make decisions in the
best long term interest of We, instead of special interests.
It wouldn't make a perfect system, but it would be nice for We to be
able to again feel confident that government, for the most part, is
watching Our backs. Now there's a novel concept - Government
watching out for We!
This is a way better solution than the 'Throw the Bums Out' tactic
We earlier tried (with some pretty good solid success). Here, We're
going to replace politicians with a group of powerful people who
will lobby for Our benefit, instead of in spite of it.
And while politicians (almost 100% lawyers) create the most
convoluted documents (laws) to make them as confusing as possible to
We in order to ensure their own value and longevity, business people
try to write the shortest, clearest contracts in order to get them
executed as quickly as possible, with the least misunderstanding, so
they can move on to solving the next big challenge. Kind of a
refreshing way to run government, wouldn't you say?