Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lost Jobs, Unemployment, and Population Growth in the U. S.

Lost Jobs, Unemployment, and Population Growth in the U. S.

With unemployment currently hovering somewhere around ten percent, here are some numbers to consider: Since 1999, the U. S. has lost 223,000 jobs and has grown in population by 33.5 million (The Week, September 18, 2009). Considering these numbers, is it any wonder that so many Americans are currently unemployed? I suppose it's a wonder more Americans aren't unemployed.

The health of the U. S. national economy and low unemployment rates depend mainly upon two things: our natural resources and manufacturing. For many years now, manufacturing in the U. S. has been in a steep decline. This is due to many factors, including (especially) the government's overregulation of manufacturing businesses, the demands of labor, and the high taxes they are required to pay.

I guess my question is: Since it's been well known for years that manufacturing in the U. S. was in steep decline, who allowed 33.5 million people into this country during the past ten years? Where are all of these people supposed to work? And the nation lost 223,000 jobs during the same ten year period?

No wonder the unemployment rate is so high.

President Obama: Senator or President?

President Barack Obama's failing to act presidential, preferring instead to act senatorial. I figured something like this would happen…

There's a reason why so many governors have been elected president lately: governors make better presidents because the experience of being a governor enables one to make the kinds of command decisions that a president is often required to make (i.e., on-the-spot command decisions), because both are executive offices.

Mr. Obama is the President of the United States. He has authorization to utilize the U. S. military as he sees fit.

Mr. President. Decide what to do about Afghanistan. You can always change your mind later, because you're the president.

I doubt that a former governor who was elected president would hesitate so long to make a decision regarding the military, with the exception of former president Jimmy Carter.

Mr. President, make a decision regarding U. S. military involvement overseas. You have the power. You don't have to form a committee that can come up with a compromise solution. YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

1920’s America and How Similar It Was to America Today


1920's America and How Similar It Was to America Today

I'm reading a book The Great Crusade and After, by Preston W. Slosson (1930), which is a contemporary social history covering the period from 1914-1928, and I've realized more than ever before just how similar the America of the 1920's is with today's America. In fact, during the past eighty years or so, America hasn't really changed all that much. For instance, during the 1920's…

There was a large influx of Mexicans into the U. S. due to the need for cheap labor.

Famous and well paid sports and movie celebrities began to make their appearances.

College sports programs, especially football programs, were accused of taking money away from the more important academic programs.

People began moving from the country to the city in search of better paying jobs.

American citizens became much more migratory, moving from city to city and from job to job, thanks to the (new) automobile.

The phenomenon of "suburban sprawl" began.

The prohibition of alcohol led many shop owners to sell—openly and legally—everything necessary for the home manufacture of intoxicating alcohol, just like today's "head-shop" owners have done with their—open and legal—sales of marijuana paraphernalia.

Crooked Charities and Bloated Governments: Be Wary of How Your Money Is Being Spent!

We are often told of how we should examine the expenditures of any charitable organization we are considering making a donation to. Ask some simple questions: Is most of the money that is donated to the charity going to administrative costs? Or is most of it actually going to the people the charity is claiming to assist? But can we not ask the same simple questions about our government's use of our tax monies?

How many of our tax dollars go to government administrative overhead costs? I would guess around 80 percent. Suffice it to say that the vast majority of our tax dollars are not being spent for the reasons given for their collection. Like a crooked charity group whose leaders make out like bandits while tossing a little money toward the group's supposed cause, our government's administrators live lives of luxury in comparison to the vast majority of ordinary taxpaying citizens.

 

The Fort Hood Shooter, Race, and Religion

Psychologically, the Ft. Hood shooter's actions—though reprehensible—are, I think, understandable: race and religion are so deeply rooted within our psyches that the moral call for us to rise above our racial and religious differences, by aligning ourselves (psychically) to our nation's racially and religiously agnostic ideals—especially when we are involved in active military service of our nation (the U. S.) within a foreign country that our nation is currently waging war against, the citizens of which are of the same race and religion with which we ourselves identify—is, quite naturally, resisted by our psyches, a resistance that can issue an even higher moral call to us: that we stand alongside those with whom we identify racially and religiously before we will stand alongside those with whom we identify politically and ideologically.

I'm not at all saying that the Fort Hood shooter was justified in what he did; I'm only saying that his psyche must have been torn by the issues I've mentioned here. No doubt he was torn by many other psychological issues as well, but the deeply rooted nature of race and religion definitely played the major role in his violent actions.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Some blog post ideas I’m working on…

Here's some blog post ideas that I'm currently working on…

President Barack Obama's failure to act presidential, preferring instead to act senatorial. I figured something like this would happen…

Why Governors Make Better Presidents: The experience of being a governor enables one to make the kinds of command decisions that a president is often required to make, because both are executive offices.

E. T. and Christianity: What are the implications for Christian theology if the existence of complex extra-terrestrial life-forms is ever proven? How likely is the discovery of complex extra-terrestrial life-forms? What are the Drake Equation, the Principle of Mediocrity, and the Rare Earth Hypothesis?

The New 9/11 Trials: Why Now? Is this a diversion from the bad economic situation? Is it a reminder of why we need to send more troops to Afghanistan? Was 9/11 an Act of War or a Criminal Act? Why are some terror suspects still getting military tribunals rather than civilian trials like the 9/11 suspects? Who else may have been involved in this criminal conspiracy (9/11) that is not going to trial in New York City? Hmm…

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Presidential Indecisions: Presidents Carter and Obama

President Obama's inability to make a decision about how many troops to send to Afghanistan is, to me, a great disappointment. As far as making important geopolitical military decisions, Barack Obama is the most indecisive president we've had since Jimmy Carter.

I was nineteen years old when Iran underwent the socio-political religious revolution that brought its current (and oppressive) regime to power. The young Iranian revolutionaries had captured the U. S. Embassy in Tehran and taking hostage all of the U. S. personnel who were stationed there.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Political Theories and Political Realities

I'm just about finished with George H. Sabine's A History of Political Theory. I'm now in the final section of the book concerning fascism, having just finshed the section on communism; specifically, Russian communism.

I've found Sabine's book to be fascinating, and I that doubt college level political theory textbooks today are anything like it. The only thing I wish is that he had covered the rise and establishment of communism in China. But I suppose that's a whole different book; especially since Sabine wrote his book in the 1930's. I'm reading the third revision (1960) of the book, so I'm not surprised he doesn't cover it.

I think communist China is a most important political phenomenon that can't be ignored, and I intend to study it at a further date. I think, from what I already know about comunism in China, that Mao's communist revolution in China resembles Lenin's comunist revolution in Russia in that both nations retained the idea of the nation state and took a most agrarian people into an era of industrialized socialism with strong nationalistic interests. The comunist-capitalist-totalitarian hybrid that is modern China, I'm afraid, the Hegelian "wave of the future".