Thursday, June 6, 2013
Without doubt the scandals that currently rock the Obama Administration will be with us for a while. The polarity of opinions and the submersion of honest debate reflects a real loss of respect, an essential American characteristic. While I am sick over the destruction of basic American liberties by our leaders, I am equally sick at how our society is not enraged over the injustices of both parties for the last decade.
It stems from a loss of belief in truth. Sometime ago we decided that the truth was what you make it. If you applied enough marketing and spin, you could create your own truth, and with that, we have created our current environment. A "What does it Matter?" mentality.
We really don't know what the truth is about the IRS, Benghazi, the government budget, Julian Assange, and I'm afraid we never will. Our future decisions will be made on a basis of mood measurement, and what leaders think they can get away with. Its really a game of snooker - no one plays to win, they play to make the other guy lose.
The truth is what matters, and until we return to that basic human requirement we will live in discontent.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
In the Great Depression, high finance and other investors lost fortunes (paper fortunes, to be sure) as stock market and real estate prices plunged and debtors defaulted. But there was a silver lining. The liquidations of wealth wiped out debts. This freed the economy from interest and principal obligations, enabling recovery to take place. But unlike the case in the 1930s, today’s 1% are unwilling to absorb a loss. They have used government agencies originally created to regulate high finance to enforce harsh creditor terms and make the economy’s nonfinancial sectors absorb the losses, partly by foreclosure and partly by taking bad debts onto the government’s balance sheet (“taxpayers”). As a bonus, banks (most notoriously Bank of America) and A.I.G. received long-term tax credits that render them largely tax-free institutions.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, June 24, 2011
We have the power to solve our problems, we have the power to change our world. The power comes from each of us, individually, making the slightest effort to support needed change. This is real power. Individuals collectively making tiny efforts. If enough people will make a tiny effort together, real change is almost guaranteed. Here’s a change we need:
We need to abolish sex trafficking in children now.
How is this a tiny effort? We know that as communities become aware of crimes like this, the criminals leave. Awareness works. Awareness is a tiny effort. The internet makes it easy. Promoting awareness is something everyone can afford. It doesn’t take much if everyone chips in, and its really powerful when everyone does.
Please join me in sending $2 a month to MeetJustice.org. MeetJustice is a leading awareness agency fighting human trafficking. Established in 2005 to promote social justice, it launched MeetJustice Medical and INnocence Atlanta to build awareness of the problem and support the rescue and restoration needs of victims.
$2 a month. Spare change for Real Change. Check out www.meetjustice.org.