Think about it

I’ve had an opportunity to respond to a less then thoughtful email that presented conservative non-thinking opinion of the Latino population in America.  Here’s the exchange of emails that when all done we agreed on just who Latinos are.

Anthony, nice to hear back from you.  Alvera is my cousin and also my God-mother.  Her dad and my mom were brother and sister.
Yes, I too know and have neighbors that are from Mexico.  Very hard working, nice people.  He is the first one to step up if I ever need any help. His oldest daughter speaks very good english, so she helps in translating.  He has told me many times how blessed he is to live here.  He goes to Mexico every year at Christmas and takes toys and cloths.  I always take my grandson to help pick out toys to send, so he can experience giving to those that are less fortunate.
 
Thanks again for responding and you have a good day.
Sharon
Sharon, thank you for your comments.  Alvera and I exchanged emails and within one of them I shared with Alvera the following… “Since I have known a few Latino immigrants here in Denver and more so in Phoenix, I know the common stereotype is not accurate.  My grandparents only spoke broken English and maybe your grandparents did also, like many first and some second generation Latinos.”
 
Your comment “But, I feel the difference in then (like your ancestors and mine) and now, is that so many of the imigrants come here to get a job for better money, but don’t want to learn the language, work to become citizens or care that much about this country” is not true with all the Latinos I have known.  Many Latinos left Latin America for the same reasons my grandparents left Poland.  Many have experienced the oppression like my grandparents did in Poland.  Ones who are here legally do become citizens.  Last year I tutored reading at Cesar Chavez Academy (also coached chess there) where my student had been speaking English for less than a year.  His parents did attend night school to learn English.  My sister lives in Nogales, Arizona right on the border.  She has shared with me many stories of the courage and determination these immigrants have in wanting to better themselves and their family.  What I will acknowledge is that Latinos when among themselves will speak Spanish as my grandparents and parents spoke polish when they were in the company of polish people.
 
As those immigrants from Eastern Europe became part of this great nation generations ago, these immigrants will also be an integral part of our future.  BTW, my polish heritage son teaches Spanish at East High School here in Denver.  A little irony?
 
Thank you for listening.
Anthony Dziedzic
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Work as a Team

OK, the election is over.  Now we need to work as a team and begin getting this Republic back to being a united nation.  One that again could be the beacon of liberty and justice for the world.  Only We The People can bring back the nation our forefathers envisioned. 

First we must have congress be void of career politicians.  I’ve found two strategies to do this.  The Congressional Reform Act of 2012  brings congress back to the reality of what serving the people really means.  Now the Peoples’ Amendments Proposals is similar in its objectives but uses a different promotional strategy.  Both strategies may be necessary to have our congress be more responsive to We The People.

Secondly, we must be sure an election is never bought!  We must override the Supreme Court ruling Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  The Move to Amend organization already has over 240,000 supporters. Let’s work to have 240 million supporters.

And lastly, we need to be united as a nation.  We can not afford to be identified as blue or red states. The electoral college needs to be abolished.  Perhaps you can be the champion of this issue?

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford (1863-1947, American Industrialist)

“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Vince Lombardi (1913-1970, NFL Green Bay Packers, Head Coach)

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” Babe Ruth (1895-1948, American Baseball Player)

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Conservative Views

How time flies by when you try to take your mind off politics. It has been awhile since I last expressed my opinion. Much of that time was used to enjoy the summer and the people in my life I care for most.  Now it is time to express not my opinion but some conservative views about our financial status and how we got to this precarious economic situation.

First let’s visit Mike Lufgren’s column in The American Conservative, titled Revolt of the Rich.  Mike states the super-rich “have seceded from America”. Since the rich can afford their own security, “public safety is of no concern.” He continues that often the super-rich are often “abstracted and clueless,” and that’s why “Mitt Romney’s regular-guy anecdotes always seem a bit strained.”   I recommend clicking on the link and get your own opinion.

Secondly, Lynn Stout of the LA Times has something to say about Maximizing shareholder value is an ill-conceived concept.  Lynn goes ahead to explain that for over three decades corporate America’s religion has been to crank up share prices, companies sell key assets, outsource jobs, shower CEO’s with stock options, and drain cash reserves by paying out dividends.  These tactics often produce short-term market bumps, but they also hurt a company’s “long-term ability to grow and prosper.”  I bet if you go back 10, 20 years and look at your portfolio you’ll find a number of companies fit that description perfectly. Again click on the link and form your own opinion.

And lastly, a view from someone not so conservative but definitely one that could be, David Futrelle’s column in Time.com, Bankers: Who Needs Them? He simply states the financial sector has grown far larger than it needs to be.  In the 1950’s an era of growth and prosperity, the financial sector accounted for 3 percent of GDP.  Today, it accounts for more than 8 percent, and “our economy is a mess.” Read the article in full to see what you think.

My opinion is I don’t agree with Gordon Gekko.  I do NOT think “greed is good.”

But I do wonder, why is Obama getting the blame for all this?

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words (used in a prior TeamTacks Journal but needs to be revisited) —

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” – John Adams (1735-1826, 2nd President of the USA)

“We once worried that democracy could not survive if an undereducated populace knew too little. Now we worry if it can survive us knowing too much.” – Robert Bianco (American Radio / TV Editor)

“Democracy without morality is impossible.” – Jack Kemp (American Football Player, U.S. Congressman)

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Conservative Email

When writing this blog there are times when I just run out of ideas and other times an idea comes and slaps me in the face.  That happened today.  I came across an email directed to a GOP conservative from the American Conservative PAC.  All I can say is read it.  And when you do, remind yourself that Romney said that President Obama should apologize to him regarding an ad that stated Romney was in charge of Bain when they outsourced jobs.  Documents from the SEC reports indicate that Romney was definitely in charge of Bain during those years of outsourcing.  I’m sure there will be no apology from the conservative leadership for this email.

I’m pretty sure this email does not reflect the majority of conservatives.  I’m sure this email would not be approved by the leaders of the GOP.  

I am sure… aren’t I?

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.” – - – Gore Vidal

“How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.” – - – David Joseph Schwartz

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” – - – William E. Simon

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A Hundred Years

“… as recently as 1900. At the turn of the last century, women couldn’t vote. African Americans and other people of color had no rights at all. Workers had no rights or security; there were no weekends; there was not one paid federal holiday; there was no middle class to speak of.  Kids were toiling in factories. There were no environmental protections at all. Not only did lesbians and gays have no rights; they didn’t even have a specific designation or acknowledged term in the English language. That was where we were in 1900“; Rebuild the Dream, Van Jones – page 214.

It’s only when you look back can you appreciate how far you’ve come.  Some thirty years ago, we started in the direction that lead us to today’s world; near total economic collapse, highest rate of poverty since a hundred years ago, wealth distribution as it was a hundred years ago.  Since 1900, it took a good part of seventy years for this country to become the symbol of how democracy can and must work. Just as the twentieth century started a little shaky, the twenty first century is too.  A hundred years ago, we moved forward and made progress.

This is the year we decide to move forward or slip further away from the American ideal. Life, liberty and justice for all. A government of the people, by the people, for the people!

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” – - – Mahatma Gandhi

“In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.” – - – Benjamin Disraeli

“It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.” – - – Mignon McLaughlin

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Subsidy anyone?

Here’s a portion of an article I read at Newsmax.com.

The federal government recently announced a new $54 million, 12-week campaign using TV spots to encourage smokers to give up the habit, and state and federal spending on anti-smoking efforts have topped $800 million in some years.

Taxpayers may wonder, then, why the latest farm bill approved by the Senate contains support for the industry responsible for the product targeted by those anti-smoking ads – tobacco farming.

From 1995 through 2011, the federal government paid out $1.329 billion in subsidies for the tobacco industry.

Farm subsidies include commodity payments, crop insurance, marketing support, and agricultural research, and total agricultural subsidies have topped $20 billion in most recent years.

My late father would label this as ‘throwing good money after bad’. I call it corruption.

Now I’m sure there are some of us who would acknowledge that amount of money is a trifle compared with our federal budget that is in the trillions… tell that to the unemployed, those facing eviction, and the homeless.

No don’t tell them. Tell your representative and senators!  Tell them this type of spending needs to STOP – NOW! 

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” – - – Henry Clay

“Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.” – - – Fred Woodworth

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” – - – George Washington

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Patriotism

This week we celebrated out nation’s independence. It was great to see the fireworks, to celebrate with a BBQ, to remind ourselves what a great country we live in.  Our founding fathers gave us this heritance but at what cost? The revolutionary war was fought without the technology we know today. It was fought against all odds. The British Empire far exceeded all military might we may have possessed. So how did the United States of America come to being? Perseverance, cooperation, and faith in each other, that’s how.  Today we are at a most critical crossroad.  For too many years we have allowed, or maybe the better word is ignored, that the privileged, the 1%, “trickle” down what they deemed appropriate to main stream America. Why? 

STOP!

Now really… think why?

This is our country! We made it what it is! We are at fault at what it has become!  And we can make it right!

Who does Mitt Romney represent?  Not me. Is it you? Maybe if you have secret bank accounts in the Caymans or some other exotic place. Who does Mitt Romney represent if he doesn’t represent you?

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.” – - – J. P. Morgan

“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” – - – Stephen Covey

“Good enough never is.” – - – Debbi Fields

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Happy 4th of July!

Today I received an email from the mother of our children with the message Happy 4th of July.   This was my response…

Hi Deb,
I’m going to piss a lot of people off with this email but as an ex-marine who served in Vietnam I feel I have a “right” to sound off. I used to feel patriotic about America.  Whenever the Marine Corps Hymn was played I stood at attention and saluted.   I want to be able to do that again in good conscious.  About 18 months ago I started doing research of how we got where we are today.  A good part of our economic situation today started during the Reagan years when we started balancing our budget with deficit spending. You may disagree with this and call me un-American but look it up.  Deficit spending in our budget was used to build our military to unbelievable levels to where today the US spends more on the military than all the rest of the world combined and for what? I wrote about my frustrations on my blog (http://ardassociates.com/TCTW/wordpress/?p=348) a couple of weeks ago.  I empathize with our soldiers in uniform.  Associated Press released the follow article a few weeks ago. “More active-duty US troops have committed suicide this year than have been killed in battle.  There have been 154 suicides among troops through last week – an average of one a day – compared with 124 US military fatalities in Afghanistan”.  This fact never was presented in the media news reports… why not?     

This election we’ll all have to follow our conscious and for many of us, it’ll cause a lot of discomfort. For what we believed in is not what is real.  It’s not we’ve been told.  It’s not the American way.

Deb, you’ll probably take me out of your contacts folder, which is OK but as the mother of our children I will always love you.

In November 2011, I sent the following letter to the Editor at the Denver Post and it was selected to be printed.

Recently I read an article stating that America is wallowing in crony capitalism and I agreed.  We are experiencing our current political and financial dysfunction because “WE” failed to do due diligence in the voting booth.  Our fore-fathers created a Republic with the hope that ethics in the powerful would be overseen by the three branches of government.  What they couldn’t foresee was how the powerful would use technology to spread fear across the land and therefore have “THE PEOPLE” follow whoever told them that they would make them safe.  Do you remember saying this in school?

I pledge alliance to the flag of
the United States of America and
to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

I can no longer say this without reservations.  I hope WE THE PEOPLE get our act together this next election for I would like to teach the Pledge of Allegiance to my grandchildren with pride.

As you watch the fireworks tonight, feel good that we live in America. But to those of us who lived through the Sixties and Seventies; do you remember those tumultuous years?  Civil Rights, Vietnam, Watergate. We were reminded where we were going by a number of musical artists here’s two…

Pete Seeger – Where have all the Flowers Gone
Bob Dylan – Blowing in the Wind
Bob Dylan – Times they are a-Changin
(Thanks to my lifetime friend Bill, for these links)

Have a Happy 4th of July and keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“Change is the only constant. Hanging on is the only sin.” – - – Denise McCluggage

“Change means that what was before wasn’t perfect. People want things to be better.” – - – Esther Dyson

“Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.” - – -  Harry Emerson Fosdick

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Supreme Court Leak?

I came across an on-line press release with the following quote.

“With reform bringing millions of additional people into the system, our end-to-end solutions will help Blue plans and all TriZetto clients transform their operations to compete and win in a more retail-based, consumer-oriented health care landscape,” said Trace Devanny, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TriZetto.

Why is a healthcare insurance company preparing for 2014? Could they know something about how the Supreme Court will rule on the Affordable Healthcare Act (ObamaCare)?

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change.” – - – James Levine

“Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.” – - – Bruce Barton

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” – - – Arnold Bennett

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Romney’s Bain or is it Bane?

The other day I received the email below regarding Romney’s record
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The Washington Post reported this morning that “Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.”

This is the same guy that goes around the campaign trail talking a huge game about being able to protect American jobs by standing up to foreign countries like China. But now we know that Romney and his partners made millions while sending American jobs overseas.

Romney’s support of outsourcing didn’t just happen in the private sector. As governor of Massachusetts, he vetoed legislation that would have banned companies from shipping state jobs overseas — and he actually outsourced state jobs to a call center in India.
In contrast, President Obama has a jobs plan that could put up to a million people back to work — including teachers, cops, firefighters, construction workers, and veterans — help small businesses create jobs right now, and help to put an end to American jobs being shipped overseas. He’s also fighting for tax breaks for companies that bring jobs back to America.

Mitt Romney is fighting for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas — the type of companies he ran in the private sector. This isn’t just a policy position for Romney, it’s his economic philosophy — and it’s his record.

Here’s the video:
http://my.barackobama.com/Romneys-Record-on-Outsourcing-Video
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And here’s the link to the Washington Post article.

Being an information technology small business consultant for over thirty years, I know the mindset of business is the “bottom line”. It’s what capitalism is all about. Rarely was there any improvement in business processes, product design, or employee benefits unless there was the potential of improved profitability.  Romney has a good business mind. And that’s where he needs to stay. Business is all about profit. Government is all about service. Romney feels if business (the 1%) is doing OK, then everything is OK.  You know, the “trickle down affect”.

I’m not going to ask if you’ve seen the Romney ad where Obama says “the private sector is fine” because it’s shown probably a 100 times a day. It states that Obama is out of touch. Really?  The “private sector” President Obama was referring to is the stock market.  And it is actually doing better than fine when you consider how the public sector, the citizens of this country are doing.  That’s where President Obama’s focus is.

Romney will maintain the practices that the GOP established which will increase debt, squeeze the middle-class and ignore the poor.  Remember Romney stating there’s no need to worry about the poor because they already have a “safety net”? A safety net he plans to cut away at.

Do you trust that Romney really knows how to create jobs? Do you trust what he says about how well he did as governor of Massachusetts when the facts contradict it? Who do you trust more, Romney or Obama?  

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – - – Henry Ford

“I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business.” – - – Harvey S. Firestone

“I repeat… that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist.” – - – Benjamin Disraeli

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Stay or Move Forward?

I’ve used the past 18 months doing research of how this great country of ours became a country of the 1%.  Actually a country of the top 20%. It started with Reagan’s fear mongering and we, the people bought into it. We agreed to spending trillions to build a military force beyond any other ever. But we needed justification of spending $20 for a role of toilet paper and billions more for “star-war” research. So Reagan invented the Contra-Iran war. The Bush’s were criminal in “doing” war, Dubya worse then the first.  And now we are informed of a “kill list”.  Is this true?  If it is, how can it be?  Our founders were very specific in not going to “war” (killing is war) easily and not without Congress’ approval. We are now involved in the longest war in our history in Afghanistan.  But we’re also involved in military action in many other countries (Somalia, Yemen).  

President Obama has been criticized by the conservative faction of Congress for giving a date to end the war in Afghanistan, claiming it helps our enemies.  We should end it today!  Stop the killing! Today!  I served a short time in Vietnam. That war ended by the people protesting.  Why aren’t there protests today?   

Romney is getting hundreds of millions of dollars (yes that’s right hundreds of millions of dollars!) from those who want to keep things the way they are. DO WE WANT THAT? Will he be beholden to those that have given these “contributions”?  In the words of the pseudo-patriot Palin “You betcha!”

If you agree with keeping the policies which has brought us to the worst economic crisis since the great depression and unprecedented executive war powers then you need to question if that’s the American way.  We need to change who we’ve become.

Why should we re-elect President Obama? BECAUSE HE AND A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN BEGIN TO CHANGE THE WAY IT IS!!!

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“Today’s news accounts of record spending are based in part on the decision by Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson to contribute some $10 million to a Mitt Romney Super PAC, bringing their contributions to date to a total of $35 million in this presidential race. That’s a lot of money. But at least the Adelsons are upfront about what they are doing.” – - – Susan Estrich, NewsMax.com

“To know more of how the military/industrial complex came to be, read ’Drift’, by Rachel Maddow.” – - - ARD

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Hope for Change

We had hope in 2008 that the man we eventually elected President would give us change. We were wrong. No one man can give us the change we need and want, Think about it. Jesus didn’t. Gandhi didn’t. Martin Luther King didn’t. What these men did is help us make the change we needed and wanted by standing with us. By encouraging us. By inspiring us. Isn’t that all we can ask of any one man?

There’s a man I know that very few know now but in the near future many will pick up on his vision and mindset.  That many will see and acknowledge that one man in the Whitehouse is not and cannot give us what we need and want. Only we could. The man in the Whitehouse does what he can but is restricted by those who oppose.  By those who only see what they want and want to take away what others have. We can depend on the man in the Whitehouse to stand by us, to encourage us, to inspire us and most importantly not hinder us.

George a fellow senior citizen in his 70’s is the man I know with the vision, mindset and the dedication to begin a method to make change a reality.  Visit The PEOPLES Amendments Proposals. You decide where we go from here. You decide what needs to be changed.  You begin the discussion with your neighbor of how do we again have this country be… Of the People, By the People, and For the People. 

Keep this in mind when you vote this Fall.

Godspeed
ARD

Final words —

“Have you ever wondered why some people achieve success beyond their wildest hopes, dreams and expectations… while others struggle just to make it from payday to payday? Over time, you will be given millions of opportunities to succeed or fail. You will in fact fail to live up to your expectations many many times over your lifetime. You will also win many of these encounters. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” – - – Colin Powell

”When I was young, I was amazed at Plutarch’s statement that the elder Cato began at the age of 80 to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.” – - – Groucho Marx

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – - – Beverly Sills

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