If The Financial Institutions and the Health Insurance People AREN'T Reined In, We Will Definitely Have GREAT DEPRESSION TWO!!!
But right now, let's get deadly serious about the condition of our country, The United States Of America.
Deregulation began during the Reagan years. Unlike most of the talk show hosts you hear or watch, I actually knew President Reagan. He did a couple of big favors for me and I was a big believer in his policies. Someone much smarter than me once said, "Hindsight is 20/20!" and my hindsight tells me President Reagan was wrong. President Clinton gave us NAFTA and he was responsible for passing the law (or whatever it was/is) that has virtually destroyed the radio business and may yet destroy the over the air television business as we know it. Those businesses were the victims of more deregulation.
President George W. Bush presided over the passage of the "Prescription Drug Benefit" and also the "Pulling the plug on Grandma" argument that Republican lawmakers scream about now. A contingent of a virtual Hall of Fame group of current Republican senators were wildly in favor of both things, but to hear them now barking like wounded dogs now, you'd think otherwise.
Most recently, it was the Republican leadership that got us into the financial mess we're in, but during the Clinton years, President Clinton was whacha call "an aider and an abettor" of policies that helped lead us to the financial mess we're in now. Before that, it was President Reagan.
When President Obama was elected, he inherited two wars and a recession that was dangerously close to "depression" status.
Do I think what President Obama has done so far is the kind of stuff that will get us out of this mess sooner, rather than later?
NO I DON'T!!!
First of all, I think he spends too much time on television shows. I would rather that he, behind closed doors, grabbed Generals, Senators and Congressmen and women by their shirt collars and instead of being "Mr. Charming", is an out and out asshole. He needs to tell Generals that HE'S the By God, Commander in Chief and the next time one of 'em pops off in public before talking to HIM, the President, that General is gonna wake up the next morning being one star short of the stars he had before he got stupid and somehow thought he outranked the President.
President Obama also needs to (again, behind closed doors) tell Senators and Congressmen and women that HE, President Obama, doesn't CARE about the money they've gotten from lobbyists that will help those Senators and Congress folks get reelected because what we (as a country) are facing is a financial crisis of the very first order and we must ALL "keep our eyes on the prize" and concentrate on FIXING this thing.
I know, it wouldn't do him any good to do that to Republican office holders because they're simply hell bent on being unreasonable obstructionists. But President Obama CAN approach Democrat office holders this way and he should.
ENOUGH OF THE "NICE GUY ACT", MR. PRESIDENT. BE AN ASSHOLE!
Behind closed doors, of course but for us to avoid "Great Depression Two", we absolutely have to have clear goals established regarding these two very expensive wars he inherited. We also absolutely have to be sure the financial institutions are on a tight leash and that the health insurance industry gets their feet put to the fire.
It's called REGULATION, folks! DEREGULATION is sending us to the POOR HOUSE!!!
These outrageous bonuses that financial institutions give their executives is with money that we, the taxpayers gave them and it's time for this nonsense to stop permanently. There should be NO financial institution that should be considered to be "TOO IMPORTANT TO FAIL"!
If you fail (financial institution), "SEE YA! DON'T WANNA BE YA!"
We absolutely DO need serious health care reform. The health insurance companies are bleeding us dry. THIS SIMPLY CANNOT CONTINUE! If it does, the financial mess we're in NOW will look great compared to what will happen if WE DON'T CHANGE THE WAY WE'RE ALLOWING THESE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES TO OPERATE!
This is NOT a Democrat/Republican issue! It's not! It's a SURVIVAL issue! OUR survival! The financial survival of the United States of America!
Before telling you the latest about Tiger, I'd like to give you a quote. And thank you, Newsweek magazine for reminding me of this.
W. Somerset Maugham once said, "It is dangerous to let the public behind the scenes. They are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it was the illusion they loved."
That quote reminds ME of Tiger Woods!
The very latest, as of the late evening of December 16, is that Tiger's wife, Elin plans to divorce him. This is being confirmed by (among others) ABC News, NBC News and People magazine.
She has been seen without her wedding ring and she is not living with Tiger.
The gossip website TMZ is reporting that Elin is negotiating a marketing deal with Puma, which is a rival of Nike, which is Tiger's biggest sponsor.
ABC is reporting that Elin will take her time regarding the divorce because, "She wants all the dirty laundry to be out on the table before she signs anything."
KA-CHING!!! AS IN...."YOU'RE GONNA SHOW ME THE MONEY, BIG BOY!!! LOTS OF MONEY!!!
Meanwhile, US magazine is reporting that Tiger has remained in contact with Rachel Uchitel and that he has paid Uchitel three million dollars to keep quiet. US magazine is also reporting that Tiger and Uchitel are currently together in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she has family and Tiger has a 22-million dollar yacht named "Privacy".
The amount of women Tiger reportedly cheated on Elin with? At least 14.
Sudden thought: Ms. Rachel Uchitel is considered to be quite the "playah" her ownself, so one wonders if Tiger considers her (for lack of a better term) a "heavenly connection" during his time of strife or is he looking at her as an "equal" as in, "She's my soulmate! She sleeps with as many people as I do!"
Brief Entertainment Stuff...
Another terrific episode of "The Good Wife" on CBS last night, the 15th. Now, like all the other weekly shows, "The Good Wife" will be on hiatus for a few weeks.
Two terrific season ending episodes were on Showtime this past Sunday. "Californication" left us with a fun to wonder about cliffhanger regarding fidelity and sex with a minor, but the season ending episode of "Dexter" was a real shocker at the very end when we discovered that Dexter's wife had been murdered before Dexter murdered that murderer.
Confusing? Not if you're a fan of that show. And I am!
Okay...Enough about cheating husbands, serial killers and our horrible economy.
Bill Mouzis. 93/KHJ Boss Radio legendary engineer, reader of this blog, WWII decorated veteran and a man I'm proud to call a friend. Bill sent me a Christmas holiday appropriate story that I would like to share with you.
We'll call this story, "Little Johnny".
It's the last day of school prior to the Christmas break. The students have turned in all their work and there is really nothing more to do. They're restless, so the teacher decides to have a quiz to allow some of the students to leave early.
Teacher: "Whoever answers the questions I ask, first and correctly, can leave early today."
Little Johnny, sitting in the back of the classroom in his crisply starched Levis, ironed white t-shirt and his Michael Jordan shoes, says to himself, "Good, I wanna get out of here. I'm smart and I can answer the questions."
Teacher: "Who said 'Four Score and Seven Years Ago'?"
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Susie says, "Abraham Lincoln."
Teacher: That's right Susie, you can go home."
Little Johnny is mad that Susie answered the question first.
Teacher: Who said 'I Have a Dream'?"
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Mary says, "Martin Luther King."
Teacher: "That's right Mary, you can go."
Little Johnny is even madder than before.
Teacher: "Who said 'Ask not, what your country can do for you...'?"
Before Johnny can open his mouth, Nancy says, "John F. Kennedy."
Teacher: "That's right Nancy, you may also leave."
Little Johnny is boiling mad that he has not been able to give the answer to any of the questions.
When the teacher turns her back, Johnny says, "I wish these bitches would keep their mouths shut!"
The teacher turns around and hollers, "Now WHO said THAT?"
Little Johnny: "TIGER WOODS!!! See ya next year!!!"
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THE NEXT BLOG?
Because Christmas is 9 days from now and New Year's is right after that, I might not write a new blog until January 6th.
But on the other hand, I might write a new one next Wednesday evening, December 23rd. If I do, then that one will be my last one until January 6th.
If I don't write a new blog next Wednesday, I want to (now) wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a very Happy New Year! Hopefully, 2010 will be much better for all of us.