Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 112

On Politics
President Obama should steal the tax reform issue from Republicans.

I cannot decide who is worse on my ears and brain: Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann.

While I support privatizing Social Security accounts, I have expanded that thought to pension systems – especially those in the public sector. However, I oppose Rick Perry and his Social Security stance.

Written by Patti Davis, President Reagan’s daughter, this article about her father and the GOP candidates is a great read.

I supported assistance/bailout of the auto industry because of the employment implication – that is the number of workers in the auto industry’s supply chain. As discussions continue about federal spending, I continue to caution about cuts in military spending for the same reason – the number of people employed in the military supply chain. Cheers to this Bloomberg article.

President Obama gave a good speech. Although I have mixed thoughts about the content,  I have little confidence with Congress doing anything constructive … which is why his tack was to put Congress on notice.

At least at this moment, Speaker Boehner is correctly reading the people’s mandate: “We know that the two parties aren’t going to agree on everything. But the American people want us to find common ground.”

I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 35 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?”

Interesting Reads
George Will GOP Debate Questions
Thomas Friedman about the Changing World
CNN about Teachers and Parents (Thanks Sandy)
Workplace 2031
Rick Perry’s Constitutional Changes
Debt Anger Impacts GOP and Democrats Alike (Gerald Sieb, WSJ)
NY Times Editorial about Jobs and the Supercommittee

Interesting Headlines I Saw this Week at The Onion
Obama Earns Money for US by Appearing in Japanese TV Commercial
One-Eyed Cat Slipper Scares Crap out of 4-year-old Granddaughter
Working Man Proud of Job He Hates
Nostalgic Scientist Rediscovers Polio Vaccine
Circus Train Wreck not Funny, Investigators Emphasize

On Potpourri
It is ironic that last weekend’s Labor Day marked a day of basing public employee unions, while this weekend we hail our first responders.

Cincinnati sports fans are transitioning from the Reds disappointing season to the NFL Bengals and the college Bearcats. No rest for the weary!

For those who did not notice, I was able to do an extra post this week. Hope you saw this one about environmental costs.

I added Learn More Everyday to my sidebar of links. Patti note only writes wonderful posts about simple things in life, she also engages with those commenting – so, I encourage others to visit her.

To John, my wife, and others, this past week was the 45th anniversary of the original Star Trek (with Captain Kirk) debut. (Thanks Kellie)

See this visual feast in nature: These trees died over 900 years ago, yet remain standing because the arid conditions prevent them from rotting. With an orange sand dune in the background, this place in Namibia provides stunning pictures. Here is the Google Images search.

On Sunday I will have a short post about the 9-11 anniversary, thus will delay my Monday Morning Entertainment post until Monday morning.

In the words of Garrison Keillor: Be well, do good works, and stay in touch.