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Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
After public outrage over the $165 million in AIG bonuses, CEO Edward Liddy asked bonus recipients to return at least half of what they received. Voluntarily, some actually agreed to return 100 percent of the money. During an investigation, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo reports 9 of the top 10 bonus recipients returned the money – a recovery of about $50 million. A drop in the bucket considering $115 million remains outstanding.
Should AIG request the bonuses be returned? Would you return the money?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
It has been said that AIG is too big to fail. Since it is being sustained with taxpayer dollars, hasn’t it already failed? And even after pumping about $170 billion in rescue funds – the Wall Street giant’s condition remains fatal. I think it’s time to take AIG off of life support – taxpayer life support.
Currently, AIG is too big for the government to regulate. This is evident with the $165 million bonus debacle – causing much public fury. With the help of the media, the government has given us lip service as usual. In this case, AIG’s CEO Edward Liddy is in the hot seat and was interrogated by the House Financial Service Committee. Briefly, President Obama accepted responsibility and acknowledged that the “buck stops with [him]”. Then, Senator Chris Dodd confessed his involvement and that of the treasury department. Wanting to appear as though they were addressing the problem, House Representatives voted to ridiculously tax the executive bonuses, after the fact.Once said and done, emotions are still running high.
Some are threatening to take matters into their own hands, causing possible safety issues for those employed by AIG. This is totally wrong and by no means addresses the problem. Why direct anger to employees of AIG that did nothing but accept a paycheck that was promised?
I think we’ve had enough. It’s time for the President and congressional leaders to stop writing blank checks and do what we elected them to do – that’s to regulate with checks, balances with accountability.
Now is the time to write the President at www.whitehouse.gov and congressional leaders www.senate.gov and www.house.gov to voice your concerns. This is not a Democrat or Republican problem but it’s an issue that affects us all. Let’s make our political leaders earn our vote.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
AIG awarding $165 million in bonuses has ignited public outrage. How can the failing Wall Street giant - AIG and others like Citigroup and Bank of America award bonuses and other perks, and continuously, at the expense of the American taxpayers?
The President accepts responsibility stating "the buck stops with [him]." And in essence, it's his job to fix it.
What should the President do to fix it?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Chris Brown and Rhianna, the "Octuplets' mom" and now the arrest of Anna Nicole's boyfriend - is sensationalized news or drama that has received more attention than it deserves. But where is the media? When Chuck Norris perhaps better known as "Walker - Texas Ranger" suggested to Glenn Beck that Texas would be well in its right to consider secession from the United States of America.
Norris posted a commentary stating "That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, If the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state."
While admitting that he was joking about running for the position of President of Texas, Norris went on to say "From the East Coast to the Left Coast," America seems to be moving further and further from its founders' vision and government."
Where has Norris, the conservative that supported Mike Huckabee in the last election, been the past eight years? Why is it that this member of the party of "Country First" now thinks it may be time to cut and run? What has changed in the past few weeks?
Read the article and let's keep our eyes and ears open on those issues that may not be front page news, but raise concerns.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Long over due, legislation is being introduced to end the "Don't ask, Don't tell" (DADT) military policy. California Rep. Ellen Tauscher re-introduced the bill, expressing to House colleagues that "It makes no sense to discharge capable service members for something as irrelevant as their sexual orientation." She's right, especially with the country fighting two wars, there's certainly a need for new enlistments especially when so many of our service men and women are being repeatedly deployed.
The President, during the campaign,pledged to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, but it won't be easy as the policy remains controversial and politically sensitive after 16 years. The opposition argues strongly that an open gay and lesbian enlistment policy will create unnecessary homophobic stress, affect morale and cause a disruption in unit cohesion. These are valid concerns, but this is the military. The order from the top down must be that discriminatory behavior will not be tolerated.
An individual's sexual preference shouldn't be a factor or a hindrance to any one that wants to join the military to serve their country. But we've been here before with discrimination against blacks and women in the military.
According to reports, there are over 60,000 gays and lesbians currently serving in the military on the frontlines, in the trenches and making the ultimate sacrifices just as their heterosexual counterparts. DADT is unconstitutional and it's time our political leaders get it right.
Monday, March 09, 2009
In the words of Marvin Gaye ,"What's going on?" that a pastor is shot and killed - in church - on Sunday morning during a sermon. Gun violence of this type has plagued workplaces, schools and campuses and now a church. It is very disturbing that not even a place of worship is immune from such violence.
Just think there are states considering legislations that would allow concealed handguns in church. Had others been armed during this tragic church violence, more injuries and lives may have been lost had an exchange of gun fire ensued. It's perhaps a matter of time before parishioners will have to walk through metal detectors, subject to pat downs and tightened security.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family of Pastor Winters and Members of First Baptist Church in Maryville,Illinois. And believing in the scripture that "... all have sinned and fallen short", I pray for the gunman's repentance and that he seek forgiveness in addition to justice being served.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
During a joint address to Congress a few weeks ago, the President announced that "...95 percent of working households in America will receive a tax cut, a tax cut that you will see in your paychecks beginning on April 1." Good news for 95 percent of us and hopefully good for the economy.
How do you plan to stimulate the economy with your cut?
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, opened a can of worms that exemplified his weakness. During an interview, Steele describes Rush Limbaugh as an "entertainer" that can say some ugly things. That took courage for Steele to take on this issue, though he put it in mild terms. More fitting, he is a conservative radio talk show host that says bitter and destructive things that extend beyond the boundaries of entertainment.
With such great influence amongst the base of the party, many are calling the entertainer the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Steele refuted the claim and made it clear that he's the leader of the Republican Party. REALLY? Well, succumbing to ridicule, Steele does an about face and in essence explains that his comments were not an attempt to diminish the voice or leadership of the radio talk show host. He further claims the radio talk show host to be a very valuable conservative voice of the party.
Michael Steele, the first African American leader of the RNC, whose mission is to transform the Republican Party, is proving to be insignificant - as the Republican Party remains under bitter and destructive leadership.