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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Free…

I’m not sure how many citizens know that the health of business is the heartbeat of economy. And even with all the tech in business today, thousands of businesses yet rely on employees to create, produce, and sell their products.

Ask Matthew Lesko !

So, with no research, there are readily available stats out there that document the fact that many business can’t get the employees they need to operate. Why? Well, many people can make more money staying at home living off government programs than they can working.

Nice job Washington DC. Well Done. Keep up the good work.

The states share much of the responsibility for this.

This May 4th ’21 article from CNN Business describes how bad the employee shortage is in all levels of employees.

Update, May 6th, XM radio… 1000’s of restaurants struggling for help, live interviews with owners say people can earn more at home than working. Additional $300 per week, unemployment benefits will last until September. Restaurant traffic is at 95% of pre-COVID-19 volume.

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Waiting for it …

This blogger has been waiting for America’s CEO’s to stand up to the political mess and corruption… this is a good start:

CNN, April 12th: “CEOs vow to fight voting restrictions despite threats from Trump and McConnell

Those two losers will never beat USA Corporations and their leaders.

Here is the full article:

CEO’s and voting restrictions

In balance I do understand why talented executives and CEO’s avoid wadding into the corrupt, self-serving cesspool in DC.

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“They Are Different”

There is a highly visible investment company out there whose media ads are plainly misleading, and border on being just plain false.  Maybe you will recognize their claims… They present themselves as “different” from other investment firms and advisors.

“We are different” as our advisor compensation is linked to investor success, “We earn more when you earn more”. That is not a differentiator as many firms follow the Assets Under Management compensation method for their investment advisors.

“We are different” as we do not put investors in “cookie cutter” investment plans, our plans are individually tailored to investor’s needs. More BS… most certainly the company takes investors through the typical… risk tolerance – goal – objective – age scenarios and alternative mixes of investments and options. That methodology is used by many investment firms and advisors.

“We are different” as our advisors are fiduciaries and must act in the best interest of clients…  not different, many/most investment advisors are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or a state securities regulator and must act as fiduciaries.

I suppose “they” could make the argument that “they” are different from SOME… however that would probably be a small minority of investment firms and advisors.

“Just saying”….

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You just wouldn’t think it should take the WTO…

 CNN. “”5 Things” 3.10.2021.  Around the world, richer nations are administering about one vaccine dose every single second, but most of the poorest ones have yet to get a single shot, a global vaccine alliance says. These same rich nations are blocking efforts by developing countries to waive intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines so others can get the vaccines they need. A World Trade Organization (WTO) committee will meet today to discuss waiving these rights in the interest of public health.

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Courage

The majority of the Republicans that voted to acquit Trump are hours later speaking out about Trump’s lack of morality and how there should be further inquiries and possible legal actions regarding his violations of his office. Some say he should not be able to hold public office.

That is some fairly disgusting public evidence of cowardice, hypocrisy, and political party over all else by those who are charged with representing us. You want to see cowardice … there it is, in person!

Despicable.

If courage is a competency of leadership… there are few leaders in Congress… and an overwhelming amount of fear.

Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles. Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” – From Martin Luther King Jr.’s autobiography.

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Windows of Time…

Time does fly. That recently dawned on me when I lost my sister-in-law and was writing a note about all the good times we spent at her house 6 hours away in Asheville NC.  I made a list of all those great moments, holidays, and visits and sent it to her siblings and my sons.  The list probably covered 12 years so there were many to recall.  

It also dawned on me that those 12 years, not an insignificant time period, represented a window of time that has now passed, closed forever.  And for the remaining family, we all yet have a window of time to enjoy.  Like many families, we are dispersed across the USA… CA, MD, TX, NC, CO, and PA.  And, our window of time remains open!  

It may be difficult, inconvenient, hard to schedule, can take some effort, can be expensive for some to get together… but those windows of time WILL  close… !

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Wars…

After years of questions about his experience in Viet Nam, my friend wrote a single-spaced, four-page letter to his wife and two daughters. It, as one might imagine, documented his awful, horrifying, mind-numbing experience during his tour of duty in VN.

His wife shared his letter with me. Here’s is my response to her:

What more can I say except that it was an awful waste of human life, many people in the country didn’t support the cause and therefore the troops upon return.  As you know my brother was in the infantry in VN, came back damaged in many ways, wouldn’t take any professional help, drug and anger problems, and finally offed his wife and himself.  I was in Korea when he was in VN.

Today the government is quick to send troops into war despite the fact that most of those countries don’t give a damn about the USA.   So back come body bags and badly injured (physically, mentally) kids/young men.  Then, it takes private organizations, like the “Wounded Warrior Project”, to help them through all their challenges, as the government does not. But there is endless money for wars! Something is radically wrong with that picture!

I think when Congress and the Pentagon decide to send troops into war or war zones, those losers from Congress and the Pentagon should be sent first. 

What the hell have we gotten out of decades of war in the middle east.  They are still fighting, they hate each other, and organizations of terrorists yet have footholds.  Had we not stuck our nose into their business there may not have been a 9/11.

And I don’t think the president should, unilaterally, have the power to commit the country and troops to war.  If Congress had to approve, they’d never agree and we would never have to go to war.

(to my friend’s wife) Sorry for going on like this… sure do miss my good friend… thanks for sharing…

For the record, in the early 2000,s I travelled to, worked and lived in the Asia Pacific Region. Work and vacation took me to many Asian countries. Viet Nam was one.

Viet Nam is a growing, fascinating country, with friendly, welcoming people, and an awesome culture.

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C’Mon Man!

More stimulus is probably on its way in the form of trillions.  No choice, millions of people have no jobs, no income, probably no savings; many can’t put food on the table. Maybe no IRA’s. And small business is at best struggling.   Many organizations are trying to help.

The Dilemma:  As stimulus packages created for a variety of reasons take the form of trillions of dollars, the government is driving the country’s debt toward $30 trillion.  There is nothing coming out of DC, nothing, not a word, not a peep, out of our DC “leadership”, on reducing spending, reducing the size of government, reducing foreign aid and gifts, to cite a few examples, to stop / offset years of fiscal irresponsibility, and, address the spiraling debt.   You never hear a word about the debt.

As of January 17, 2021 7:28 AM

https://www.usdebtclock.org/

It will undoubtedly be extremely painful to fix it.  And who in their right minds believes that a DC forecast of negative budgets will be offset by a 10 year forecast of increased tax revenues from future economic prosperity,

“C’Mon Man!”

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Getting to the Root Cause

The answer to getting at the root cause of the mess the world witnessed in DC this past week, January 6, 2021, is to amend the constitution, removing the rights under the constitution, of groups found to be discriminatory, white supremacists, militias, and similar. 

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

These groups hide behind the right to assembly, the right of free speech, and other constitutional protections.  When their actions, words, symbols infringe on the rights and freedoms of others and promote hate and discrimination, they should be banned and prosecuted under amended law.  Democracy should not apply in their case.  They are plain simply criminals and should be prosecuted as such.  The country needs to rid itself of this disease!  It is hate and divisive.  

How big an insurrection will it take for Congress to act.  Change the law and create a legal platform to act.

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