MAVEN REACHES MARS!

I imagine there are millions of Americans still alive who recall the exciting days when our nation led the world in space exploration. I imagine there are millions still alive who experienced the thrill of an American stepping foot on the Moon. We then believed our nation was exploring the universe, sending men on trips beyond the stars, and enjoying the thrill of venturing into the unknown. NO, to be an explorer did not make the wealthy even more prosperous. NO, it did not mean that people had access to health care. NO, it did not mean we could reduce taxes and enjoy a life without evil government taking risks with our money. It was a time to dream impossible dreams of seeking to venture into space.

After a voyage of 441 million miles, the space craft named, MAVEN is now at the planet Mars. It will shortly descend to the surface and begin conducting experiments in order to determine if Mars once contained the elements of life. It will assist we humans to understand our universe. It will not result in lower taxes. It will not result in an expanding economy. It simply will solve problems. Of course, in the act of solving problems, new doors are opened into our ability to make life more successful on Earth!

Kansas Is Not A Happy Place

The ongoing mantra of the Republican Party is that reducing taxes on the wealthy, reducing government expenditures results in a fantastic economic boom and an incredible rise in good paying jobs for all Americans. Governor Sam Brownback in the great state of Kansas has experimented with those supposedly sound economic concepts. The result is a growing state debt that has risen to over one billion dollars, declining government services for people, and -believe it or not– declining jobs for people! The great Brownback “experiment in economics”has failed. Moddy’s has dramatically reduced the credit rating of the state of Kansas because even economists do not believe the concept that reducing income results in more money and more jobs.

Just about every Republican running for a state office is currently trailing his Democratic rival. Every poll indicates that people in Kansas do not believe they are enjoying good times. They are worried sick about a declining economy, lack of money for schools, lack of money for those seeking health care, and lack of trust in the great Brownback “economic experiment.” Just imagine if Mitt Romney had become President and tried out this economic theory upon the American people?

Mother Russia Not So Happy

The people of Russia have slumbered for years while Vladimir Putin extends his power. His adventures in Ukraine have resulted in death for dozens of Russian soldiers and his defiance of sanctions by the United States, the European Union and nations like Japan caused the Russian economy to suffer. US and European technology is essential for tracking and exploration of Arctic areas for oil, but sanctions caused this material to become unavailable for Russia. Blackwater Group LP, a financial institution, announced it was pulling our of Russia due to declining economic opportunities. Oil production has declined about 20% for the Russian economy. Putin’s belief he can simply approach China for economic assistance is not working because that country lacks skilled people to work in extracting oil from frozen regions of the world. There is a growing scarcity of goods in Russia even while Putin declares he will continue fighting for the “rights” of Ukranians.

There was an amazing sight in Moscow this weekend. Tens of thousands marched to protest Putin’s Ukraine policies. Tens of thousands were shouting, “No To War” or “Putin Stop Lying.” For the first time in years Vladimir Putin was not being hailed as a great man. Hopefully, these demonstrations will continue, and the “great leader” will finally come to his senses.

Democrats On Offense

Democratic candidates are plunging into the fight against conservatism by returning to the good old days of liberalism. Instead of retreating from the Affordable Care Act, they are defending the law that caused so much grief after its disastrous debut last fall. From North Carolina to Colorado, Democratic candidates for the US Senate are making clear that a vote for Republicans is a vote to support the concept that in America, we believe those who have a lot deserve to get even more while those without should be grateful the boss care so much about them they are willing to pay $7.25 cents a hour. This attitude has been lacking since the arrival of Barack Obama to the presidency. He entered office when the economy had collapsed, and proceeded to assist banks and Wall Street unemployed folk while those who had lost homes or jobs were left unattended.

PBS is currently showing the story of Franklin Roosevelt, a man born to wealth who fought for the rights of those without. Unfortunately, Obama has lacked a sense of history from day one of assuming the office of President. Unlike FDR who made clear, “I welcome the hatred of wealthy men” he has surrounded himself with men and women who are mainly concerned about the safety of wealthy men. Hopefully, if Democratic candidates this fall can win by fighting for those without, a new message will emerge for the Democratic Party. Return to the glory days of Franklin Roosevelt!

Let’s Play Football

It is Sunday in America and in stadiums throughout the land men and women will be watching the physical assaults by men against other men. In the good old days, this was a day when people had fun. Alas, today, men will not be playing on the field due to their playing with fists against girl friends, wives, and their children. The National Football League has suddenly become aware that within their midst are men who enjoy playing with fists against family members and that is not permitted. Of course, this has been going on since the first football game was played a hundred years ago. There is nothing new to violence in America.

I wonder what would happen if every business in America suspended employees who employ violence against their loved ones. After all, this is America, a land in which everyone is permitted to possess a gun. I assume those with guns fire them. We educate our youth that it is OK to fire weapons of destruction and then are shocked when they use fists instead of guns. What would this land be if no one, except police, used weapons of violence?

End The Gridlock, Finally!

We are prepared to offer several concrete proposals that would result in ending the gridlock in Washington.

1. Vice President Biden resigns and is replaced by Ted Cruz. Ted would then have to speak with the evil one at least once a day.

2. Democrats agree to end all taxes on those earning above $1 million. The nation will then witness a flood of jobs that would end unemployment. Carry out Republican ideas and allow the American people to judge results!

3. Appoint Sarah Palin as Secretary of State and allow her to personally take care of the ISIS problem.

4. End Food Stamp programs and establish free access at garbage dumps to all Americans.

5. All major networks would present speeches by Mitt Romney at least once a day to keep Americans aware of what a Romney presidency would have looked like.

Five sensible actions to end gridlock!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We ofer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Ways To Make Life Simple”

Just elect men and women with simple minds.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “You’d Better Believe It”

Cut taxes and get more money for the government.

USA,Washington Post: “Reluctant Warrior”

Two word description of Barack Obama?

Sweden, Local: “Wins Fights For Death Benefits”

Naturally, he is dead.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Don’t Act Against God”

If you do, watch out for the thunder bolts!

Say, What About Climate Change?

As I recall, President Obama has promised to work on the problem of climate change. Of course, Republicans have been consulting such eminent scientists as Rick Perry, Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. I must point out that Ted is a graduate of Harvard College which means he obtained a first class education while at that institution of higher learning. Based upon his learning, there is no such thing as “climate change,” it is simply a liberal attempt to take money from those who create jobs in order to stuff the pockets of a bunch of people in Asia or Africa. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon is rather pessimistic about chances of persuading those with money to give some to the UN fund that works with climate change. Germany did offer 1 Billion, WoW! As of this moment, the US is not going to waste our money on such wasteful projects as climate change since half the American population does not believe such a thing is occurring.

Yes, Congress appropriated a few billion to fight terrorism in the Middle East, but not a single penny for climate change. Thank God America has Fox News to report the truth about climate change!

Strategies, Obama Style

President Obama has been discussing the need for strategies in the Middle East. He is now proposing some strategies. I listened carefully to his talk and learned the President seeks to organize a coalition of Arab states who would gather together and destroy ISIS. This strategy entails more troops to aid the Iraq government, more bombing attacks, and more military equipment for those fighting against evil ISIS. I was struck with what was not part of this strategy. There is not a single word about Economic Development. There is not single effort to develop Middle Eastern economies so that hundreds of thousands of young men had jobs instead of sitting around cafes arguing and talking about jihad.

So, what MUST be done in the Middle East?

1. A Marshall Plan that requires Middle Eastern nations to develop modern economies.

2. The money would be dependent upon Middle Eastern nations working together.

3. The emphasis would be upon job creation.

4. Israel would be encouraged to hire bright young Egyptians, Jordanians, and Palestinians. These young people could return to their nations and initiate the creation of technology companies.

Give people jobs NOT GUNS!

OH, Them Ukrainian Rebels!

There is something that is called, the Donetsk People’s Republic, and it is located in the eastern part of what is also called, Ukraine. These rebels shot down an airliner and murdered a few hundred people, but, according to them, this never happened. In fact, they even wonder whether or not there was actually a plane up in the sky. According to their version most probably the Ukraine government persuaded America or England to gather up dead bodies and then fling them to the ground in order to destroy the good name and work of the Donetsk People’s Republic. Miraslav Rukdenko, who speaks for this “Government,” is also concerned about the recent referendum in Scotland. After all, if Scots can break away from England, why can’t Slavs break away from Ukraine.

“I would not rule out the possibility that the British authorities falsified the results of the referendum. Several percentage points could have been manipulated to preserve the union of Great Britain.” Then again, he posed the question as to why Scotland was allowed to have a referendum and one was denied to the people of Donetsk. I am confused. I recall that Donetsk had a “referendum” which concluded that its people wanted to depart from Ukraine and become part of Mother Russia. Oh well, if only Donetsk could have a referendum, Putin style!