Archive for October, 2012

Get Richer Quicker??? No thanks Mitt.

October 29, 2012

Today’s title is the synopsis of the Romney campaign.  His real name by the way (by the way is Romney’s favorite term when chastising POTUS) is Willard which means ‘Strong Desire’.  Fitting I think and I’m not sure why he hides it, except that it is aristocratic.  Romney has a strong desire to gain personal wealth fast, and he is saying that he can get America rolling faster than Obama, thus getting you and I ‘Richer Quicker’.  Yeah, yeah.

A person who takes risks for themselves is fine, and the returns earned, if large, are fine too.  But don’t take risks for me.  I like slow and steady.  I like strong foundations, large sea walls, strong roofs and good drainage systems.  Especially in a hurricane.

FDR saved US in 2009

The hurricane in America ended in 2010, maybe 2009 when we stopped losing 800,000 jobs a month.  Problem was the foundation was weak, the sea walls low, the roofs designed poorly and the drainage systems sucked.  Rebuilding a city, think Katrina, takes a long time.  Rebuilding an economy takes a lot longer.  It took a war and the GI bill of rights to end the Great Depression.  Thank goodness FDR had the foresight to build a strong social security system or America would have been in a world of hurt in 2009, and still.

Passing Obama Care is the equivalent of passing Social Security, and it is working;  please ignore the hypotheticals.  Americans want, and in many cases need Obama Care, but the country has to pay for it.  We pay for medicare, social security, and now will pay for medical insurance.  This is good, for the benefit is less worry about those who are uncovered.  Most of us have family or friends who have gone uncovered for a long time.  No more.

 

Did His Customers Get Richer Quicker?

Think of the customers of Bernie Madoff.  All thought they were getting richer quicker.  Beguiling, isn’t it.  Get Richer Quicker, the old story of the turtle and the hare.  Bush was that kind of guy, strutting his stuff but like a comet, trailing a long tail of debris in his wake.  Fortunately, Obama turned the wake onto a highway to recovery.

Without Social Security and the Safety Net provided by ‘big government’, 2008 would have been the start of a great depression.  And for many Americans it was a great depression.  Especially by the frequently cited definition: A recession is when your neighbor is unemployed, a depression is when you loss your job.

The stock market is back, auto sales rising, home prices rising, construction of housing units apparent in many areas (it is pacifying to see new construction), Mortgage rates at 3.5%, 3.5%, the war in Iraq is over, Afghanistan is finishing up (read “Into the Fire” by Dakota Meyer, a fast read, and, while not intended as such, an expose of the roadblocks to building a strong central government in Afghanistan), Gadafi was toppled without American ground troops, repayment terms for student loans are now 20 years, you can refi a mortgage to a lower rate even if the appraisal is below the loan value, and small business (mine for example) has benefitted from tax modifications over the last three years.

The tax modifications allowed KMO to go to a new, much improved plant, acquire new roasting equipment and expand our workforce by at least six (that’s six added to 12 and that doesn’t count the part time staff expansion) because our sales expanded.

So I’m perfectly satisfied with the progress the country is making.

Stay the course.  Stick to the Status Quo.  It’s pretty good, and getting better.

Romney: Marketing Expert; Brillant Strategist

October 25, 2012

Here comes the money for Romney Family

But President?

Romney ‘crafted’ a persona built to satisfy the needs and wants of citizens.  He is a product.  All of his positions are designed to increase sales, in this instance measured in votes.

He now unveils the public relations campaign painting him as the winner, the candidate with the momentum to carry the election.  Actually brillant, in my business judgement.

Problem is, Romney believes that a presidential campaign is just words and slogans.  It is a business strategy and might very well work.  It will become a Harvard Business Review case study.

Let us remember that the 2000 Presidential election was determined by the Supreme Court and that an appointment to the Supreme Court is the plumb sort by the Republican Party.  My blood pressure is rising.

The Media is the Message for the Marketing Man.

I have no doubt that Romney is a good business man, a smart tactician, perhaps a brilliant strategist.

But I have no idea what he will do.  No idea.

One Day Romney is Tricky Dick

Now  LBJ 

 

1917 was the middle of World War I – Ready, Fire, Aim

October 23, 2012

 I doubt these men were counting the number of ships in the Navy of either side.  These battles were slaughters.  The picture comes from Google Images and the search term WWI images.

So why did the Republican Candidate select the middle of WWI as an appropriate year to compare to the size of the Fleet of the United States Navy in 2012???  I suspect we will never know the answer.

It is not wise to put your head on an anvil when the blacksmith is holding a sledge-hammer, ready to pound.  I suspect Governor Romney selected 1917 on the fly.  The comparison must have been just too tempting to pass up.

These are the times that try Presidential thinking; they are trying indeed the souls of our soldiers and sailors who are all risking life and limb for me and you.   These noble warriors need to know that the Commander-in-Chief is making decisions and giving orders based upon well thought out arguments, not on cursory reviews of facts, and snap decisions yielding unwarranted conclusions.

It seems to me that Governor Romney, while appearing calm in the third debate, was ill prepared to discuss the United States Navy, and needed sorely the strenght and accuracy of a true swordsman.

Ready, Fire, Aim.

Seabiscuit

October 20, 2012

The whole country must watch this movie, for the times we are leaving behind are much like 1937 and 1938 when Seabiscuit pulled the country through tough times, and helped inspire the nation.  Red Pollard, jockey, and Seabiscuit shared early life stories of trial and trouble, but they changed a nation.  Here is a synopsis.  It’s on HBO.

It struck me that all the ‘oh my God this is terrible’ utterances coming from the so-called Right, is wrong.  This is America, and we are capable of great things when we set our minds to action.

At one point in the movie the narrator talks about the New Deal programs that Roosevelt put in place:  the NRA, the CCC , and others.  He tells us that the programs were not in themselves what counted.  Rather, the people who hurt began to realize that finally someone cared, that they were not alone.  It changed the spirit of the country.  Woody Guthrie had a lot to say about it too, especially in “This Land is Your Land”.

KMOCoffee received a large loan from the City of Millville in 2001 that enabled the company to invest in new space and new equipment and it has grown and prospered as a result of receiving this loan.  Call it seed money.

The government did not actually create jobs, but it facilitated the process.  I’m for this facilitation.  When Romney says the Government does not create jobs, I agree.  But the government facilitates and with its help speeds growth, or in America’s current situation, speeds recovery.

I hope we stay the course the Country is on, and retain the President at the helm.  It ain’t perfect, but it is working.  I agree that moving at a deliberate pace, rebuilding infrastructure and solidifying the economic foundation can be frustrating to those in trouble, but it is better than taking a risk on unproven and in some cases discredited programs.

Just like Seabiscuit.  Get moving.  Literally.  Move.  Go where people are needed to fill jobs.

Hey “You’ll Get Your Turn” – You Betcha – We’ll Vote

October 19, 2012

Imagine an international leader turning to the President of the United States, extending his hand at the President with palm’s down, and shouting “hey, you’ll get your turn”.

Then, when the President in his normal, courteous manner reply’s “you asked a question”, the so-called international leader forcefully retorts “that wasn’t a question, it was a statement”.  And turns his back, snubs the President of the United States, and continues talking.

Unheard of?  This Romney to Obama exchange in the Tuesday Night debate  convinced me that Romney is not always aware of what he is doing acting out without discipline.  Same thing with the impulsive, compulsive outburst attacking our President as the Libyan consulate was being attacked.

Now put Romney, in your imagination, on a stage with, say, Putin, Churchill, Roosevelt, Chavez, Reagan, the first Bush, or Lincoln, or best, with the Pope or the Leader of the Mormon Church.

No more Romnesia.

 


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