Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 114

On Politics
Cheers to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) for resigning the #3 leadership post in order to “liberate me to spend more time on issues that I care most about.” Of course, this also means that party leadership will become more ideological.

I find it interesting that companies and banks are sitting on cash reserves and citizens are saving more than they have in a long time.

Conservative advocate and writer David Frum wrote this response regarding the letter Republican leaders on Capitol Hill sent Fed Chair Ben Bernacke.

With all the talk Republicans do about decreasing regulations, they continue to be lax with examples. Surely, there cannot be a shortage!

Earlier this week I actually sent a letter with ideas to my senator, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who is on the Supercommittee. I would imagine my points could turn into a future post.

Some in the GOP are calling for Warren Buffet to release his tax returns. Mr. Buffett: Only release them if they agree to submit their past 3 years to the IRS for an audit.

As Speaker Boehner states the important of coming to the table without set ideas and conditions, he continues to insist, “Tax increases are a nonstarter” and “Tax increases are not a viable option for the joint committee.” The latter meaning the party is calling the shots for the SuperCommittee. Wow – there is a surprise!

Much of the tax talk is convincing the uninformed. One side says something about the tax rate, the other responds with the amount of taxes paid – and vice versa. The Republicans can say what they want about reducing taxes and the tax rate, but there is no way they will do it without raising the amount of taxes paid. After all, that is a page directly from President Ronald Reagan.

I remind Speaker Boehner that it is Week 37 of the Boehner-led House without a jobs bill. To quote Speaker Boehner, “Where are the jobs?”

Interesting Reads

On Headlines from The Onion
New NetPix Service Sends Unlimited Photographs for Monthly Fee
Bugs Infesting Area Apartment Have No Clear Goal
Obama Visits South-Carolina Ravaged South Carolina
US Funding Video Games to Compete Globally with Madden Cricket League ‘12
Narcissist Mentally Undresses Himself
TV Listing: Rick Perry’s Alaska

On Potpourri
The work project ends September 30th!

For the second consecutive year, my first round of golf for the season may be the last.

The new season of Dancing with the Stars is off and running. I hope this cast is likeable – but eliminating NBA star Ron Artest is a good start.

The realignment craze in college football has nothing to do with fans, tradition, young athletes, or education – but everything to do with football revenue. Is there any difference between university presidents, conference commissioners, and politicians?

Vermillion Cliffs National Monument is a haven of geologic formations. Located in Northern Arizona near its border with Utah, one of its features (The Wave) is an amazing sandstone formation created by wind erosion with iron deposits providing the color. Enjoy these pics from Google Images.

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