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.

12 thoughts on “Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 112

  1. Bachmann and Palin are equally reprehensible. Don’t worry about choosing, one grenade can get ’em both.
    Gee, the right and the left finding common ground? Whodda thunk it?
    Perry’s an idiot. If you want proof, visit THE Idiot. He can give you a laundry list of Perry’s pathetic piffle.
    Boy, I totally missed the 45th of Star Trek. My “unholy trifecta” comes up – 9/11, my wedding anniversary the next day, and the anniversary of my Mom’s death on the 13th. Gonna be an interesting next few days……
    Make ya a deal. When the Reds and the Bengals get to Cubs/Bears level of suckiness, we’ll trade, okay?
    Have a good Friday and weekend!


    • John,
      I appreciate your comment regarding Palin, Bachmann, and Perry. OMG … I can’t believe you missed the Star Trek anniversary!!! WOW … I can’t believe I got that one by you. 😉 Crunching the Reds/Bengals vs Cubs/Bears misery index would be entertaining, although I think Cincinnati would win the battle. Then again, my that is my bias. As always, many thanks for commenting.


  2. Thoughtful as usual. I especially enjoy the Onion headlines and the photos from Namibia this time around. And 45th Star Trek anniversary!? How did I miss that? This will be a long weekend for the country–but we will get through it.

    Thanks for your shout-out too. You are so nice.


    • Patti,
      Those Namibia photos were stunning, thus I had to show. Checking The Onion headlines is a daily treat for me. Thanks for visiting … and beware of John if/when he comes over. 😉 … Thanks for stopping by.


    • Nonnie,
      Seeing a pic of those trees earlier this week was a wow moment. Glad you enjoyed them.

      George is a very good writer, and I really appreciated his view during the last campaign – although I didn’t always agree. But over the past 6 months I’ve strayed away from him because he’s been too constipated. However, I did enjoy the column I posted. Thanks for commenting.


  3. 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 hope this moment isn’t fleeting.

    😆 @ One-Eyed Cat Slipper Scares Crap out of 4-year-old Granddaughter


    • Spinny,
      Speaker Boehner is taking the high road … thus letting Sen McConnell do what he does naturally. …. and I always look forward to you identifying your fav headline. Have a good weekend.


  4. It has always amazed me that few pick up on the fact that all this “cutting” usually means cutting somone’s job. Every social service that gets cut puts a non-profit worker or more out of a job; every military cut, ever auto subsidy cut, every farm subsidy cut (farms are run by groups of people – mechanics, etc) — puts another job in jeopardy – -and yet the GOP has been chopping with a hatchet without replacing anything.

    I am hopeful now some of the spaces they’ve made can be filled with jobs.

    Happy 45th Enterprise!!!


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