Why ???

Meanwhile, the news reports more than 1 in 10 people who got one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine in the US have missed their second dose, according to CDC data. That could leave people more vulnerable to dangerous coronavirus strains like the Delta variant. 

Why miss the second dose? What do you think???:

— Don’t have their crap together

— Failed to note on their calendar

— Think one is sufficient

— Failed to educate themselves on the virus (lots of info out there)

— Stupid

— Don’t care about others

— Senior with failing memory

— Couldn’t get access to inoculation location

Update: cases are rising in all states, hospitalizations as well, 95% of those hospitalized did not opt for vaccine shots… I’m voting for stupid.

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Still true after 27 years…

Charley Reese was an American syndicated columnist known for his conservative views. He was associated with the Orlando Sentinel from 1971 to 2001, both as a writer and in various editorial capacities. King Features Syndicate distributed his column, which was published three times per week.

This column was written in 1984 by Charlie Reese, and yet applies today some 27 years later. Some of the actor names have changed however one will recognize the situation and environment has not.

http://www.hurherald.com/cgi-bin/db_scripts/articles?Action=user_view&db=hurheral_articles&id=53930

By CHARLEY REESE

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don’t have the constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code. The Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy. The Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices — 545 human beings out of 238 million — are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Bank because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered but private central bank.

I exclude all of the special interest and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Don’t you see how the con game is played on the people by the politicians? Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of Tip O’Neill, who stood up and criticized Ronald Reagan for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept. it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes. O’Neill is (was) speaker of the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto.

Just 545 Americans have fouled up this great nation. It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted – by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those people.

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise complete power over the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want them in Lebanon.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical force like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. they and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

– Charley Reese retired from the Orlando Sentinel in 2001, 17 years after he wrote this column.

There is just nothing left to say… !

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You Get What You Take

Despite what that title sounds like it is not a challenge to run-over, do end runs, or otherwise abuse people or coworkers.

You can be run-over by others or, jump in, be competitive, take a lead, and be smarter. You can influence your critics and respond to challenges through the use of data and facts to solidify your position. Opinion is only that, opinion. And, this can apply to personal discussions as well as circumstances and situations in a work environment

And the “Intrapreneur’s” Ten Commandments can be applicable, however use with good judgement, particularly with items 1 and 2:

But… also consider that avoiding a Don Quote event is a good thing, and there are times where that that age old adage “Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom” yet applies.

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How can the world permit this?

CNN, “5 Things”, June 11, 2021:

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia are experiencing dire hunger, with millions more facing “high levels of acute food insecurity,” according to a new report from the United Nations and other aid groups. The famine in the country’s Tigray region stems from a conflict that began in November between Ethiopian government troops and the region’s former ruling party.

The fighting has resulted in “population displacements, movement restrictions, limited humanitarian access, loss of harvest and livelihood assets, and dysfunctional or non-existent markets,” the report said. The situation is expected to worsen through September.

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This is not about the USA being the world’s watch dog, police force, or savior. It just asked the question,
“How can the world permit this?” Don’t all people deserve to feel safe, secure, and free of hunger?

It will never be a perfect world… but situations like this are beyond criminal.

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Decisions, Decisions…

Making tough decisions is not easy. It is always good to understand the broader thinking on the topic as that helps drive an informed decision. Making timely decisions is important and then moving on. The right decision for the circumstance might be the correct one but not always popular.

Crafting a message…

It is important that those affected by the decision understand why it was made. That does not mean they have to agree.

Accurate and timely communication to support the decision is critical. As important, is crafting the message, which can differ for different audiences.

A highly respected professional in the communications field once said, “the greatest oversight in communicating a message is thinking that understanding has been achieved.”

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Driven!

Lots of stuff around about businesses not finding help as people earn more money staying home living off or government doles. Understand there’s more coming thanks to another government family assistance program, $300 per kid and that under special conditions will apply for kids over 18.

Meanwhile…

Well, we are out to eat at a local restaurant and find out our server just received a scholarship from a local hospital, she’s heading for a nursing career, Bachelor’s degree.

But here’s the real story…

drive & ambition, seemingly becoming lost “arts”

She’s a single mom with an 8 year old, working three jobs to pay for her personal, living and family expenses. Three jobs! She’s got the jobs managed so she’s off on the weekends to spend time with her daughter. Her sister helps with her daughter during the week. Her work week, three jobs, around 90 hours!

Do you hear that America, three jobs, 90 hours!

Do you hear that Washington, DC… three jobs, 90 hours.

Driven!

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January 6th Commission on the DC Capital riot?

(some congress people describe the event as “like an ordinary tourist’s day” while they hid behind their desks in locked offices). Our Leaders.

Yes, let’s form a commission!

Congress is debating if we need a commission to investigate the January 6th capital riot.

Why do we need a commission? The FBI has arrested 400+ people, many of the the hate groups that participated are now known, a cop was killed, government property destroy, and the media and private videos do a great job of documenting the “typical day”.

An ordinary tourist day…

They will never touch Trump.

This blog is not about political stuff but some things it just can’t let go…

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Politically Blind or Politically Smart?

So the road sign read, “vote republican”. Do you know people who are politically party-blind?

When they vote, when they voice their opinion, do they speak their own mind, offer a fact-based opinion, and not just what their preferred political party or media is saying?

Are they in tune with what is good for the country, what benefits all types of people, what would be good for business, what are the key improvements for the country? And, not just the slanted media hype which has little balance and sometimes lacks factual reporting.

“Political party blind” is voting a straight party ticket as compared to voting for the candidate who will best serve the country. It is voting the party without doing research on each individual candidate, knowing their preferences, past history from a decision standpoint, how they may have voted previously, and what they are saying about, let’s say, the eight most important issues facing citizens today.

There is much evidence out there as to what those issues might be — jobs, health care, national debt, term limits, international involvement, etc. One could use the list to evaluate and guide voting preferences based on candidate behavior and background.

The other list that is so important are things like courage, integrity, leadership, team player. Consider your political choices in the light of people you are proud of in your personal life — siblings, bosses, friends, relatives. Make the comparison.

Candidates often have websites however actions can speak louder than words.

Consider working toward being politically smart… not a blind follower of a single political party.

And it is good to be aware of and sensitive to the slant of media.

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What Vacation…!

Chris worked in HR. He told me at times managers would stop in to discuss various issues and occasionally as a side note would mention they were so busy they just couldn’t get all their vacation in, in the year.

He said his advice on the vacation problem might include:

  1. Look at your department’s workload and assess how the work is delegated.
  2. Are you doing the work of others; over managing?
  3. Do you have the right talent for the work?
  4. Is your department leveraging the support of other departments.
  5. Have your employees map / flow chart the work; look for inefficiencies and process improvement
  6. Make an argument for additional employees; make sure the case is analytical, data driven. Item 5 above might help.
  7. Work-life balance can be a real issue; look for solutions. Ask for help.

And he always would remind the manager, “the company will never come to you and suggest you take some vacation”.

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