Sanity Check-The Week that was, April 17, 2011

It is always a good thing to step back and assess our week that just ended to make sure we are making positive progress.  Well maybe not!  The politicians and their accomplices in the media, have served up this tasty dish of stories and accomplishments for the week:

    1. World Bank president: ‘One shock away from crisis’:  DUH!  I think we are passed the tipping point and we are in a full-blown crisis.  There is a difference between a crisis, defined by Webster as;  Turing Point or Defining moment.  Anyone want to raise their hand who thinks we are already there?  Could it get worse.  Of course, we have a whole group in Washington DC who can guarantee it!
    2. U.S. and Allies Seek a Refuge for Qaddafi:  Well, not that is a nice kettle of fish!  I thought that two weeks ago we were trying to kill him?  I thought that this week Regime Change was our policy?  Now, we are trying to find a cozy place for Kadaffi-Duck to Retire?   Can we send a few of our fearless leaders with him?
    3. Geithner Confident Congress Will Raise Debt Limit:  Why the heck not?  Congress and this President have spent every cent we have sent them and borrowed an additional $14,500,000,000,000 from our grandchildren to pay for their re-election.  Why wouldn’t Congress raise the debt limit.  Where else can Congressmen and women get bribe money to insure their career continuance and Obama’s “Transformation” of this once great nation.
    4. Boehner Visits Iraq, Assures Support for Mission:  Obviously Boehner has not been listening to Obama and his systemic actions for destroying the military; setting unrealistic restrictions on our troops who are in the heat of battle; and our insane lack of foreign policy that is spitting in the face of allies and emboldening our enemies.  Maybe Boehner would do better to visit the White House and see what the Commander-In-Chief supports.  In the final analysis, the CIC sets the bar, not the Speaker of the House.
    5. Gas at $4 in Nation’s Capital, 5 States; NY Next:  For those of us dummies that still live in California this is old news.  I did hear that Obama has opened up ANWR and off shore drilling within a half mile of the coast line in all coastal states; he has unfrozen the dozens of permits for new refineries that have been squashed by the EPA; he has approved the building of 75 nuclear plants and has put forth $500B in stimulus money to make sure the drilling and the new refineries and nuclear plants are completed as soon as possible.  He has also told OPEC that if they do not vote to drop the price of oil to $75/barrel that the US would take over their countries and cease to support their government.  SORRY, that was a dream I had when I dozed off a minute ago…
    6. Geithner: Gas Prices Slow US Recovery:  Where did Obama get this Genius (Timothy F. Geithner)?   Two problems with his statement:  1) You can’t slow something that has not started; 2) DUH!  Sending billions of our citizen’s hard-earned dollars, at least from the 48% who work, to the Middle east and Venezuela is absurd and Timmy and his boss have total control over this insanity.  Gas prices slow people’s ability to put food on their table; slow people’s ability to educate their children; slow people’s ability to strive for the American Dream.  If this guy represent the best and the brightest our government can find to run the Department of the Treasury, may the good Lord save us, soon!
    7. Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers Highlight Challenges Of Odd Work Schedules:  Really?  This is the conclusion by this administration and the media.  Do you think the grave shift workers at the Toyota plant in Huntsville, Alabama, sleep on the Job?  Do you think thousands of other US workers sleep while they are supposed to be working.  Probably some do but they are REPRIMANDED then FIRED if it happens more than once.  We are looking for the cause for this sudden malady that is only impacting ATC personnel?  the FAA’s new policy is to require that ATC personal must wait 9 hours rather than 8 before starting another shift.  OR, another possibility is to have two ATC people working a shift where only one is required in case one gets sleepy.  Mr. FAA, you pay for that second person out of your pocket!  Why not install an electronic Bull Horn that approaching Aircraft can Blow electronically when they can’t raise the tower? 
    8. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames The iPad For Killing Jobs:  Get a clue Jackson.  Government forcing US businesses to manufacture outside of the US is the issue, not Steve Jobs or Bill Gates or any other CEO.  You guys support trial lawyers to the point no one in their right mind would make one single thing in the US that could cause someone to get a hangnail.  You guys force EPA regulations, Department of Labor regulations, Department of Energy regulations, many more down the throats of our businesses driving them offshore.  IF that was not enough, you make sure the US has the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world.  Then, your pop gets the Rainbow Coalition to harass and intimidate US companies for his own extortion operation.  Bet that would not go over well in China!  You want to know who is killing jobs?  LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SMILE!  It is not a pretty picture.

But, there was one story that will never hit the NYT or other progressive media outlets.  It was a message by Pope Benedict today.  It was carried under the new banner of :

“Technology can’t replace God”:  Pope Benedict gave us these words:

“From the beginning men and women have been filled, and this is as true today as ever, to attain the heights of God by their own powers.  Mankind has managed to accomplish so many things: we can fly! We can see, hear and speak to one another from the farthest ends of the earth. And yet the force of gravity which draws us down is powerful.  While the great advances of technology have improved life for man they have also increased possibilities for evil, and recent natural disasters were a reminder, if any were needed, that mankind is not all-powerful.  If man wanted a relationship with God he had to first “abandon the pride of wanting to become God”. 

Unfortunately we as a Nation and a World, have become so Narcissistic that we believe that our leaders have some sort of monopoly on divine guidance and have all of the answers for us.  We have delegated all of our own personal authority and accountability to our leaders in the hope that they can give us all of the answers.  Unfortunately, most who seek leadership roles today, not only strive to become God but many believe they already are in many ways.  The egomaniacal behavior displayed by our President and many members of Congress are a prime example.  Humility is the first step to solving problems.  Saying to yourself and others that I do not have all of the answers but will work to find them.  To include God in this introspection is key to our eventual success.  The founding fathers understood the meaning of the phrase, “One Nation, under God”.  We need to get back to where we started.

RD Pierini

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