Now that we're past the "same old, same old" and things are beginning to sift out, there are getting to be more topics than can be addressed once a week. Consider:
If Rolls Royce can fix those engines as fast as they indicate, doesn't it mean that they knew there was a problem and they've already been working on it and perhaps they should have grounded fleets earlier? Just thinking...
Obama's "Get Outta Dodge" trip was the most obvious, cowardly move ever, even for him.
When is this government going to get over the fact that subsidies have no place in a capitalistic society? If Tyson and others want to sell their chicken fat to extend bio diesel, let them, but don't ask us to pay to make it happen.
Does anyone know whether or not the bankruptcy laws in states such as Florida which protect a family homestead can also prevent foreclosure?
When visiting India, did it appear unseemly to anyone else that it was way too familiar a gesture to Obama to have his arm around the shoulders of Prime Minister Singh?
If the new Tea Party Congressmen start to trade off tax increases for cuts, we'll know it was all for naught. Let's remind all our newly elected representatives that what we're looking for is CUTS FIRST! Ad even if, by McConnell's definition earmarks are a minuscule part of the budget (my word, not his, but that's what he meant) it's the symbolism and honesty involved.
The next message: If it's important enough to be in a bill as an earmark, it should be important enough to STAND ALONE!
China is now making deals for coal with Australia. Their usage is skyrocketing and where does that leave us with our EPA trying to single-handeddly destroy businesses who need that kind of energy.
Speaking of energy, some time has elapsed since we visited the costs of solar and wind power and how much we spend in subsidies for those two. You just can't turn around without running into another way to spend our money or anything they can borrow.
One to two year old second hand cars cost more than new ones? Maybe it's because a whole bunch of "used" cars got smashed to smithereens during the Cash for Clunkers program. That's not the entire story, but it needs investigating.
Quotes heard during Obama's Asian trip:
"The Fed's mandate, my mandate, is to grow our economy. And that's not just good for the United States, that's good for the world as a whole." Obama
"The last time there was a competitive devaluation of currencies it ended up where it did, in the Second World War." Brazils President-elect, Dilma Rouseff
"It doesn't add up when the Americans accuse the Chinese of currency manipulation and then...artificially lower the value of the dollar." Wolfgang Schluble, German Finance Minister
Russia's president will insist "such actions (as pumping cash into the U.S. economy( are taken with preliminary consultations with other members of the G-20." Arkady Dvorkovich, Russian G-20 negotiator
"The U.S. decision does not recognize, as a country that issues one of the world's major reserve currencies, its obligation to stabilize capital markets." Zhu Guangyao, Chinese Vice Finance Minister.
And all the people said, "Amen" because they couldn't argue with any of them with the possible exception of our President.
I'm thinking my future includes beginning a monthly program with speakers and participation research which can then be shared with membership, legislators, the public and any other audiences we can serve. It's a big job which needs more than my personal input. I generally have a biased opinion. What do you think?