Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Can we please move on from Trump?

In today’s political environment, I understand why Trump is popular. Political correctness is out of control and average Americans are sick of every little special interest getting highlighted and protected while they continue to work hard and pay the bills. Politicians from both sides also seem to lie with ever greater frequency and seem willing to sacrifice their principles at any slight change in polling data. So I get it. Trump is none of these things. He says what he thinks and he never apologizes. I respect that as much as anyone.

Unfortunately that is not enough to qualify you to be president. And when you say things like all Muslims should be restricted from coming into the country, in my view you are immediately disqualified. Not only is this statement contradictory to a fundamental tenet of America, but also it is dangerous as it is exactly the ammunition that ISIS uses to help bring in new recruits. The world has 1.6 billion Muslims and 99% of them are not a threat to the United States. Quite the opposite really in my experience.

Benjamin Franklin said “those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither”. I agree with this and I would add, “those who would sacrifice religious tolerance for security deserve neither”.

Playtime is over. Let’s move on and focus on the other candidates.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Fire them all!

The federal minimum wage is $7.25, yet Walmart raised its minimum wage to $9 and is increasing it to $10 in February 2016. Employees of Walmart are returning the favor by protesting and demanding a minimum wage of $15. Contrast this headline with headlines surrounding the millions of Syrian refugees fleeing from a war torn country where average incomes are approximately $2,000 a year. $10 an hour equates to roughly $20,000 a year, so my solution for Walmart is to fire all the protesters and replace them with Syrian refugees. These new hires would be the happiest employees Walmart has ever seen.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Living in Denmark

As Bernie Sanders has prompted a discussion about how life is in Denmark versus the U.S., I remembered hearing about a tour that Oprah Winfrey did of a typical house in Denmark. The link for it is below. I am not a big fan of Oprah in general, but this is pretty amusing. Obviously people have different priorities around the world, which is wonderful. But watching this video wouldn't make most Americans want to move to Denmark.

Friday, September 11, 2015

First Pitch

Wonderful video highlighting one of the most positive moments following 9/11.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

What is Hilary Clinton’s Greatest Accomplishment?

Great leaders have accomplishments, not just titles.  Just for fun, next time you are in a crowd of progressives, ask them what Hilary Clinton’s greatest accomplishment is.  Most likely you will get her titles: First Lady, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State.  But what did she actually achieve in those positions?  I’ve searched for the answer, and I haven’t found anything significant.

Let’s start with her position as First Lady.  Her most notable contribution during that time was her effort on health care reform, where she was the chair of the task force set up to design a reform plan.  Any objective reading of that effort was that it was an abject failure.  Her proposal was shunned almost universally, with critiques from the left and right, and it did not even make it to a congressional vote.

Next, consider her time as U.S. Senator.  Can anyone name a significant bill that she sponsored?  Some have argued she deliberately kept a low profile not to draw attention to her famous name.  I find that laughable.  What was the point of her being senator then?  Some state that she “argued on behalf of [something]”.  Yes, well pretty much every senator does that.  No doubt she was involved in drafting some minor bills.  But really her most notable vote was her vote in favor of the Iraq War.  So, if you don’t like President Bush’s record on Iraq, you need to put Mrs. Clinton in that same sentence.  I doubt that is something she will put in a campaign ad however.  Also of note is that she voted against two tax reduction packages and against a free trade bill.

Finally, consider her term as Secretary of State.  The most absurd achievement here that you see mentioned regularly is that she travelled to 112 countries while Secretary.  Yippie!  Once again, this is not really an achievement is it?  Two more notable events in her time as Secretary of State were that she gave Russia’s Putin a “reset” button and she presided over Benghazi.  These are clearly two large failures (even if you think Republicans have overdone the attention on Benghazi).  Russian relations have worsened dramatically since that so-called reset, and, putting it kindly, Benghazi was handled very poorly by her office (just to remind you, 4 Americans were killed by Islamic militants while serving our country in Libya, and their requests for additional security prior to the attacks was denied by the State Department).  Trying to find any meaningful foreign policy achievement that she orchestrated is a significant challenge.  Of course we may not know what else she accomplished, since she destroyed all her servers.

So I ask genuinely, what is her greatest accomplishment?  The answer:  she married Bill Clinton.  Is that unfair?  Well, ask yourself this question.  If someone else was running for president with this record, who didn’t have the name Clinton, what would you think of their prospects?  Chair of a failed health care reform task force, voted for the Iraq war, and presided over failing Russian relations and the Benghazi disaster.  I think if you are fair, you would say they wouldn’t even bother trying to run.