Sunday, July 26, 2009

Double dipping

Did you know that Jimmy Dimora currently under investigation as the feds look into corruption in Cuyahoga county is a double dipper. After all how could any public official get by on only 92,000 a year. this is interesting , but the best quote I read came from county recorder Lillian Greene a double dipper herself, It's not double dipping it's a necessity for me. How could I have afforded the lifestyle
I set for myself.

You see she ran for a new office that paid less so she needed to get paid for something she no longer did to make up the difference.

No wonder we can't correct the welfare mentality in society our leaders want something for nothing as well.

I didn't know this

Reading the paper this morning The Cleveland Plain Dealer, There was story about the recently passed state budget and one of it's provisions. This provision states that public schools are no longer allowed to use corporal punishment. Now I was under the impression that this was already the case but I guess it was just the case for most individual school districts.

My question is do you think this is a good thing for our schools and our children. I've often thought part of the discipline problem in today's schools is the fact that the swat was forbidden. Children need discipline and while some child rearing experts feel physical punishment is counter productive it's hard to deny the fact that today's youth are less respectful of authority than past generations.

So what really works

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Haiku #11

Home alone tonight
Daughter at work, wife at work
Lonely is the night

Quality health care reform

You can tell the quality of a product by those who espouse the product or by word of mouth from people who have used it.

As the health care reform bill was going through commitee one of the amendments to the bill that was suggested was to have congress forego their health plan for the public option of this new bill. Now the Dem's many of whom are pushing hard for a universal provider or a plan that will lead to a single payer system voted against this amendment.

What does this tell us about The health care reform currently on the legislative agenda?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Who to listen to?

As the build up to war with Iraq was going on The Bush administration even in talking about a land war were thinking we would be greeted as liberators and it would be short. The left virulently opposed going to war and thought we would be fighting the same battles fought in the sixties in Viet Nam.

Now I think that our war efforts were instrumental in helping to keep terrorism at bay and worth the effort. But I also think the lefts arguments had some merit in that war is unpredictable and the short war rarely happens.

It makes me think that when we are making policy decisions we need to concentrate more on the detractors than the proponents. leaders tend to be optimistic and enthusiastic about their ideas and don't always follow the idea all the way to consequences.

So when Pres. Obama and the Democrats are telling you how great health care reform( reform of the payment methods the care is already there) remember to listen to the detractors. If someone in government predicts 1 trillion dollars over ten years and the detractors say it can't be done at that price I would bet on the detractors.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obama the unifier

As President Obama campaigned he railed against Bush and the Republicans as being divisive.

Now Pres. Obama works to create class warfare, government health care,cap and trade,G.M. all these things we can do. But whose going to pay? Simple we'll tax the rich and surcharge the rich and even tell the rich how to run their companies. All these things are playing one group of people against the other.

This may be popular and get some people elected or re-elected because there are far more working class and poor than there are rich people. The question is will it work and who really pays this increase in taxes. I hope that people are smart enough to realise that the rich rarely pay more taxes than they want to simply passing increases along to their customers.

That's right no tax increase falls on one group for the rich will surely share their tax burden with us all

Monday, July 13, 2009

100 greatest books

Whenever I see a list like this It makes me feel as though I am not well read. I have read 15 of them and started some of the others and never finished them. This list is rather expansive covering all books fiction and non-fiction alike going back as far as Homer's Illiad and the Bible.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


How big does a gift have to be to be concidered a bribe in connection with a public official

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tax the rich?

The house appropriations commitee proposes we tax the rich to pay for health care reform. Rich being defined as 350,000 for married or 280,000 for singles. Now I'm not even close to these numbers, but if I was it would be from massive amounts of overtime. Why should I or anyone put in the extra work to possibly hit the magic number so that congress can spend the fruits of our hard work. This new tax burden is the last thing our economy needs while trying to shake out of the doldrums.

A more appropriate measure would be to find a way to reward the most productive people in our society thus encouraging hard work and productivity. I've often thought that overtime should be tax exempt. People who work 50-60 hours a week deserve to keep the money the make by going above and beyond.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Long weekend

This weekend my son and I tore off a section of the roof on my house removed damaged wood and replaced everything. All is cleaned up now and I'm a little sore from the work, but I sure feel good. Finishing a big job really leaves you with a sense of accomplishment.

I think this is the hardest part for those who have lost jobs, not having a task or a goal to achieve.

We all need something to do.

Friday, July 3, 2009


How do we define a man's or woman's character? I think we take the measure of a man on the what he values. Now when were young are values aren't yet fully formed, experiences and education are still molding us.

So how do we define these values? I think probably the easiest way to see what a person values is to listen to the way they speak about various issues. Now this isn't fool proof we also need to watch the behaviour of the person. Is there a level of consistency between word and deed if so this is person of character.

We tend to think of our political leaders as being men of character, at least the ones we voted for.

Two examples to contemplate Gov. Sanford S.Car. and Gov. Strickland Oh. one Democrat and one Republican. Govenor Sanford thought to be a presidential hopeful pro defense of marriage and family values. How does he show he believes in what he values he breaks the bonds of fidelity and trust between his wife and his constituency, cheating on her and lying to the electorate.
Govenor Strickland over the course of his political career has spoken against gambling on a personal and legislative level. Recently his note has changed the state doesn't have the money he wants to spend so now he's a big supporter of gambling. One who for political expediency so easilly cast off their principles is not some one I would choose to trust.

I may not agree with a politician but if they are at least true to themselves I can respect them even if I don't share their vision.