Thursday, March 13, 2014

Musing of one wondering what the world would be like if Adolf Hitler had been accepted by the art school which turned down his application.

I think it would be a good thing if high school curricula included a semester to give students an overview of the various governmental and economic systems which exist in the world. Especially  there should be an introduction in some detail to our own government - its nature and its structure. Also the course could include an overview of the various forms of doing business. I must confess that I did not learn any of this in my high school civics class back in the dim dark ages. But that was in the depths of the great depression when schools concentrated on getting students ready to qualify for one of the occasional job openings which occurred. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Musing of one thinking about the Chinese Zillionaire who, on a visit to the U.S., went to the White House and offered to teach President Obama how to run a country.

When one reaches an advanced age perhaps 90, a little frog takes up residence on his vocal cords. When the old guy wants to say something, he first has to clear his throat. This knocks the frog off the vocal cords, and the old guy gets out about five words, before the frog jumps back on and he has to repeat the process. This goes on until he has finished his remark. Alternatively he can ignore the frog and just let the voice be the one of old age, possibly cracked and indistinct. Either way it must be an annoyance to the listener. And that's the way it is.What we need is some way to get rid of the frog. Incidentally, we have been going through this process while writing this.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Musing of one wondering if there is any truth to the rumor that an unnamed university offered Joe Biden a job teaching public relations when he leaves offfice.

Everything I hear on the news points to action by congress to keep the government running, but I see no evidence whatever of any effort to balance the budget. So I guess we will keep piling up deficit on deficit until the bubble bursts and we will have rampant  inflation and financial chaos. It seems to me that if they will ignore politics, they could balance the budget in spite of the effect on various individuals and organizations.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Musing: Government

Musing of one thinking about the roving reporter who encountered a Rocky mountain hermit asked what he thought of Obama, and was told "I don't know, I've never heard that song".

There seems to be a general view among high government executives that entering upon a high government job automatically endows one with a some sort of omniscience and endows them with an ethical standard that is at least an order of magnitude higher than that of anyone in the private sector. With all due respect to everybody, this just isn't so. The government is run by fallible human beings who are no smarter than the rest of us, and they should remember that they function to serve not to rule.

Enough pontification for today.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Musing of one watching a man trying to verify a rumor that President Obama offered the mayor of Detroit a contract to consult on running a bankrupt government

Soliloquizing the other day I concluded that the administration has embarked on a long range plan to convert our political system into a one party system, similar to what the communist countries have. This involves spending more and more money on various assistance programs and if-so-facto influencing all the beneficiaries to vote for the party in power. The inevitable result would be that eventually the party in power would dominate both legislative and executive branches and maybe even the third branch. And so we would arrive at a point where we would have de facto dictatorship. That's not a very appealing prospect.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Musing of one watching three ants, two on one side, trying to move a leaf in opposite directions. The leaf was not moving.

So now we have the grand debacle of the government shut down because of the inflexible positions of two or three politicians. It is too bad we don't have someone like Ronald Reagan (Republican) and Tip O'Neill ( Democrat). When serious problems arose those two would sit down together and work them out. I think our current crop of politicians could take a lesson from Reagan and O'Neill. But as inflexible as they are, they probably won't.

Somehow we will muddle through this.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Musing of one thinking about the super salesman (the same one who sold the bear 2 tickets to the San Diego Zoo), who went to Washington, encountered a Congressman and tried to sell him 2 tickets for a guided tour of the Capitol, only to realize later that the Congressman had sold him the Washington Monument...

I have heard on TV news and talk shows much discussion about the national debt and the arguments about raising the ceiling.  But I have seen no discussion whatever about the annual budget and the need to balance it if the debt ceiling is to be maintained at its present level.  I realize that many people are out of work and currently dependent on some form of government aid, but there are other things which could be done, e.g. consolidating functions, eliminating unnecessary activities, freezing pay scales and the like.  It would be nice to see somebody in Congress worrying about this part of the government's fiscal situation.