Tag Archives: politics

Occupy Wall Street: The Crux of the Issue

The “Occupy” protests across the country have been criticized by the media and mostly ignored by our elected representatives. Much of this criticism stems from the desire by both the media and the politicians for a single sound bite or demand while the focus of the issue is as plain as the nose on their faces, to separate money from politics.

The single issue is the fact that we have become a Corporatocracy where the 99%, expressed as the rallying cry of the OWS movement, are marginalized and ignored Continue reading

Lawbreakers May Be Getting A Free Pass

In a  7/30/2010 AP news story it was reported that the Obama administration has been looking for ways to skirt congress to solve the immigration problem. The article discusses an April 11-page internal memo by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that outlines ways that the government could provide “relief” to illegal immigrants including delaying deportation perhaps indefinitely.

This sounds a bit like amnesty and we all know how well that went back in 1986. Rewarding illegal behavior results in more of the same. In 1986 there were about 1 million illegals, now we have an estimated 12 million. Continue reading

Our Information Democracy and the Influence of Lobbies

Americans have been voracious collectors of data as far back as 1790 when the first census was conducted. Examples abound from the many polls that are conducted to measuring traffic flow to tracking what we buy and even personal demographics. All this data then becomes massaged, analyzed, filtered, sorted and condensed to become information.

With the advent of the publicly available internet this era has become known as the information age. Some individuals are so caught up in the torrent of information that they become information junkies.

But information is good. Right? Continue reading

Mr. President, I Want My Country Back!

The phrase “I want my country back” has either been articulated or at least thought by many in an attempt to make sense of events over the past decade or so. Our beloved country is rapidly becoming unrecognisable and will continue to change in ways that depart from who we are as Americans and as a country unless we take corrective action.

Each of us has probably contemplated a list of issues that if acted upon would restore things to some semblance of normality and order. Obviously, normality and order, like beauty, differs from person to person but such a list of common, hot button issues can be developed. Continue reading

American Politics: A Super Bowl Event?

American politics has degenerated into a win or lose zero sum game much like a super bowl or other pro sporting event and indeed sports metaphors are often used in political discussions. This became increasingly evident during the past ten years and became especially acute in the Bush 43 administration with the country being divided into red and blue states and counties.

President Obama has, by all indications, tried to bring democrats and republicans together to resolve deep problems facing our nation as evidenced both in his speeches and his televised town hall with the GOP. This is all good but it is primarily a dialogue between the executive and legislative bodies. The meeting between Obama and the GOP even spawned the idea of UK style parliamentary exchanges between the president and congress. As much fun as these exchanges would be, we do not have a parliamentary form of government.

A major element missing in congress is that members just make speeches, often to near empty chambers simply to read their position into the record,  there is no dialogue. In our current process one party puts forth a bill usually after it comes out of the various committees. Invariably the other party will oppose and the win-lose game begins. Missing is the process whereby each side seeks to understand the other. For example, the opposing side is never, as near as I can tell, asked or explains, specifically why, on an item by item basis, they are opposed and what solution they propose. Continue reading