China, are you ready for a do-over?

October 2, 2014

In golf we call it a Mulligan, but my guess is that China wants to give Hong Kong back to England.  And soon. Russia will also be faced with a similar decision regarding Ukraine.

By Jack E. Lohman

In my world it’s called “be careful of what you ask for, because you might get it.” And they did.

The cost of China keeping Hong Kong, and Russia keeping Ukraine, and Jerusalem keeping Palestine, or whatever, are going to ultimately be absolutely horrendous! Is it worth it?

Why do they want to do this??? Why don’t they just direct those expenses toward fixing and building their existing countries?

It only took me 77 years, but I now get it!

It is greed and religion!!! In China’s case, power converts to greed. But it all converts to stupidity, and political leaders are at the top of the ladder.

But it’s all short term, and the end isn’t going to be pretty.

Ultimately everybody having the bomb could help.

In the US, we say, keeping a gun in every house keeps the bad-guys away. And maybe that can be extended to the Middle East (though I worry about trigger-happy wackos). Can the Middle East leaders control them?

We need an incentive!

But where is the incentive in “Peace?” Wars are profitable (to Lockheed and Northrup). And from that and other payola comes campaign bribes and media buys. It’s called “cash flow!”

Transparency International has done an excellent job at ranking countries and their honesty in government. The U.S. ranks 24th on their “Corruption Index” (NOT 1st, incidentally. That goes to New Zealand, followed by the socialist countries.)

But give us this… we have the best politicians money can buy!

But, it turns out, we Americans are not interested. We like free-market capitalism, but we DO NOT like crony-capitalism and payola-based taxes and corrupt politicians. The former has longevity and the letter does not.

Can we get there before we have another revolution?

I would favor getting all of the world’s leaders to agree on one form of honest government. Countries who have this honest government are included, the others have to change before they are allowed in the pact. I’d start with public funded campaigns (I’ve seen nothing better) and include term limits and after-government employment restrictions (see more at http://moneyedpoliticians.net/political-reforms/)

No, Eric Cantor. Your $3.4 million job is not allowed, even if it did result from being unelected!

And Eric Holder? Give me a friggin’ break.

But then, I am weird. I have Indian blood and am proud as hell to support the “Redskins” name when used by sports teams! Go figure.


Why would Americans leave the U.S. to join ISIS?

September 14, 2014

Desperation and confusion, maybe, but leaving one country led by crooks to join another country led by murderers is not a step up. You and I think they are crazies; they think they are heroes.

By Jack E. Lohman

There is ZERO excuse to harm ANYBODY, EVER!!! Except in self-defense, though they obviously think differently than I. Whether Ray Rice or foreign kooks, keep your hands to yourself.

But this is just the beginning, and at 76 I thought I’d be gone before the sh*t hit the fan. I was wrong. The future is not going to be a pretty sight, and our country and world is going to fill with kooks who think they are doing good according to their God.

Let’s analyze this…

Two things drive this world… religion and greed. Worldwide, religion should be totally removed from politics. If you have a God, see him at church on Sunday or your sabbath. You go to your church and let me go to mine. If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one. Advertise why, through your anti-abortion group, but let others lead their own lives. Keep abortion and religion out of politics!

I’m not a church-goer, but I’m a Christian who opposes abortion. I live and let live, and I don’t believe that you must comply to my beliefs. (How’s that for a concept?)

Now let’s get real…

Many politicians are wackos themselves and will sell their religious-based laws (for a price, that is). Actually, they’ll sell anything for a price, even their mother, and I often wonder how these crooks lay their heads on the pillow at night, knowing that their corruption is stealing their kid’s future. It takes all kinds, and these low-life’s (politicians) will bury their own.

Actually, it is we voters with the major problem. WE KNOW they are political whores, and we re-elect them anyway. WE MUST (!!!) — absolutely MUST — stop allowing the corruption, but WE VOTERS are hung up on the partisan Left or Right, even as it gobbles up our country.

No, our enemy is not ISIS. It is US!

OUR GULLIBILITY WILL DESTROY US!

So how do we fix it?

I was amused by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) plea to the little folks to step up and not fight the 1%, because, after all, it is THEY who create their jobs and economy! And fund elections! (Excuse me while I puke, Jim!)

I often wonder, had we fixed the political corruption problem decades ago, would our politicians still have written the laws to easily allow the outsourcing of jobs to China, or still written laws to allow the “inversions” that corporations use to avoid US taxes, and even the laws that govern (or permit Boards of Directors) to establish outlandish CEO salaries, or even the laws that control our war policies?

But then I remember, yea they would. Politicians accept cash bribes to feed their campaign to get re-elected. To do exactly ALL of that!

What fine leadership we have! Hopefully they will be next!


“I’m just not going to vote in November!”

July 11, 2014

Absolutely the wrong way to tackle the problem, but voting out the R’s and the D’s makes sense.

By Jack E. Lohman

Otherwise you give the Fat Cats and their “politician workers” 100% of what they want… no opposition! And they continue screwing the public without ever going to jail (or being beheaded, which some deserve.)

Instead we must discard 100% of the politician bastards. Vote *IN* third party candidates across the board. Show them that you, the citizen, are in the driver’s seat! That YOU matter!!!

OR, we go on for another two years. Get used to it!

So here we are… two newcomers!

Something for all of us! The left-wing “progressives” and right-wing “tea partiers,” with good and bad to both.

But they are *NOT* republican and *NOT* democrat, so we can breathe easier.

We’ll not be perfect!

Best to vote both in the primary AND final, so at least your vote counts for your party of choice. And I don’t know about you, but a new congressman is as important as the right congressman (neither of which is assured).

Alternatively, we can await the rebellion.


Diversion! Divide and Concur!!!

June 27, 2014

Right, Scott? Get these yokels working on the little fires and we win the big one! Good thinking!!!

By Jack E. Lohman

I absolutely don’t care if you are a Republican or Democrat or third party, if you are corrupt you are a nothing. To your party and to your family and to your legacy. *AND* … if you are a pretend good-government type, you are no better.

I follow the 80-20 rule a lot. 80% of the people are either good (or bad) and the other 20% are the opposite. In this industry — I’m afraid to say — 80% of our so-called good government fighters are simply in it for the money, or are there to satisfy funders.

(And some funders are unions, in it only to increase membership and salaries for their leaders. As an ex-steward under the original Jimmy Hoffa, I still object. And yes, I’m old enough!)

“Is THIS an issue that will spark contributions?”

One group that I know, and I’m sure you do too, absolutely does not care that 100% of their writings speaks of the “problem” but ignores the “reason.” They speak of the “effect” but ignore the “cause.” And likely that’s because the effect (fracking or global warming or whatever) draws more sympathy (and donations) than the cause (corrupt politicians).

I’m a big Fox News watcher, but I know they refuse to discuss the real issue… money! But take the money out of the political system and we’ll see “issues” fixed overnight. ALL issues!!!

Oh, please send a donation! We cannot save the world without you!

Perhaps I’d be less resentful if I didn’t receive about 100 emails per day asking for money (I send nothing!). And that’s bad. I know they need cash to operate, but I’d rather spend my cash on useful purposes, not fake CEO salaries or to employ someone on a frivolous or made-up cause.

If I were a legitimate group I’d be pissed that these jokers are dipping into the public pie created for GOOD causes.

Let’s be real!

  • We need one or two GOOD organizations pulling the voters together on the one issue that counts: Money in politics! All others are little fires. Diversions, often intentional, even though by themselves some may have merit. But win the big one and these get fixed in the process.
  • And we need ONE or TWO issues! Not a laundry list… ONE or TWO!!!
  • And we must focus on ONE thing: YOU POLITICIANS WORK FOR US!!! The people and voters!!! And if you choose not to believe us, YOU ARE SHORT TERM!!!

In fact we must start in November by dumping the trash. They MUST learn that we are serious and have the masses behind us.

“Some” Fat Cats are coming around to correctly believe that the current system will dry up their customer base, but worse is that we are laying the bricks for an armed rebellion, where they’ll lose even more.


The bankers demand… “Do NOT fix the system!!!”

June 11, 2014

Of course we need low student loan rates, but students don’t fund elections. Bankers do!

By Jack E. Lohman

How are you liking it so far?

Campaign bribes control virtually every aspect of government leadership. Congressmen are crooks. They use the money for re-election, which keeps them in a gold-plated job, usually for life and always at your expense. And the bankers love it.

Indeed the school system is also broken, thanks in part to campaign bribes from teachers unions. In my view there are some absolutely stupid classes, paid for by taxpayers and geared to satisfy union demands for teacher employment and union-boss salaries. At your expense.

But affordable school loans are critical!

At ZERO % interest, NOT at 10%, which some are at now.

And of course when the taxpayers stepped in to help the banks out of trouble, we must remember the direction of cash flow. I do not expect volunteer banker help. Only barely will we see politician help, lip service, as long as the banker cash continues to flow.

I would eliminate useless classes and convert entry to two levels, the most appealing being free entry to students with high grades (regardless of personal or parental wealth), and all others a reasonable fee. Ultimately we’d do well to eliminate all student fees, but we’d need smart corrections in education first.

Voters first need to wake up!

It does not matter what the issue, nothing happens unless cash flows to politicians. THAT is a very serious problem being ignored by many voters. All else are little fires, yet that’s where they spend their efforts.

Get this…

Banks give cash to politicians so they will be allowed to continue their 10% interest rates on college education!

Insurance companies give cash to politicians to kill single-payer healthcare and continue the privatization scam! And to battle for privatization of the VA healthcare system (remember… PRIVATE and unions can give campaign bribes, PUBLIC entities CANNOT!)

Mining companies give cash to politicians to vote FOR fracking and AGAINST the right way to do it. (And get this: I don’t know the right way, but I do know that if the politicians were not getting a piece of the action, they’d pass laws that resulted in the right way!)

Manufacturers have given cash to politicians to change the rules to allow their product be manufactured in China 0r other low wage country!

Fat Cats and manufacturers give cash to politicians to change the tax laws to allow them to establish in lower-tax countries overseas.

In other words… cash bribes!!! The same cash bribes that are illegal for you but okay for politicians.

For-profit Charters??? First get the campaign bribes out of the political system, then let the non-conflicted politicians who now get a piece of the action, decide on what’s best for the country!!! And voters… get off your asses!!!


Problems with the VA…

June 7, 2014

The VA needs money and so do the corporations that fund the campaigns? What would a smart politician do?

By Jack E. Lohman

I’m critical of the VA leaders who kiss the boots of the politicians, and the politicians who’d rather spend taxpayer cash on tax breaks and subsidies for the rich Fat Cats that fund their elections. And instead call for the “privatization” that has failed three times in the past.

Though “vouchers” for private care are a potential solution, short term, they will also lead to new innovations in fraud. Heavy penalties are recommended.

Indeed we have problems with “bureaucrats” in every public sector, both state and federal, thanks much to the cash their unions give to politicians. But the “easy cash” mode is best corrected by OVERSIGHT (!), and I’d prefer that by private hooligans rather than more public bureaucrats. But as well, I’d open transparency to the public and press, and install heavy consequences for fraud.

Our problem are the corrupt politicians…

They rule on the basis of what’s best for their campaign wallet as opposed to public need. Health care deficiencies (and virtually every other issue, including the economy) would simply not exist if our politicians were not pocketing a share of the profits.

Se here we are. Nothing works. Except paying off the healthcare industry. And we have politicians to prove it.

Importantly, doctors treat patients regardless of where the money comes from. Medicaid, Medicare, the VA, Tricare, BadgerCare, private insurers, you name it. All of these people are money-handlers, some better than others but in ALL cases we don’t need politicians.

Which is best? Hey, let’s do a trial!

In Wisconsin! Single-payer, covering 100% using one of the above payers. But eliminate the bureaucracies. If patients need care, give them care!

Now clearly we have problems of fraud… in all sectors. We MUST find out more about PTSD, and how to detect fraud and false claims. I don’t know anything about it, but it seems very volatile. But when done, a properly funded and properly run VA system (or whatever) is what this country needs as a single-payer healthcare system. Physicians should be salaried (and should not be paid a bonus).

But we need private oversight and ZERO politician involvement.

For others not in the trial optional vouchers seem smart when a particular hospital is overcrowded. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water… and remember, privates can give campaign bribes and publics cannot! (Duh, wonder why the politicians want to keep the system broken? And free of single-payer?)

 

 


Public zero, Politicians gazillions!

June 2, 2014

I don’t know how we will do it, and at 76 I don’t think I’ll see it. But we MUST get the public focused on what this nation’s problem really is: that corporations own our politicians and they don’t give a damn about unemployment or the middle class.

By Jack E. Lohman

Nothing else matters. Fix the corruption first, then we can move forward.

Nothing is going to change until we have public funding of campaigns. Politicians spend taxpayer dollars because they ARE PAID to spend taxpayer dollars, and robbing the SSI fund (as just one example) gives them the cash needed to attract campaign dollars. What is it about political bribes do we not understand?

Our problem is NOT government, and it is not R’s or D’s. It *IS* that government is owned (through payola) by the special interests that want in the taxpayer’s pockets.

CEOs want short-term profits to increase their already massive salaries, and are willing to share those profits with the politicians that make it all happen. Thus NAFTA and other laws are passed that enable outsourcing to countries with wage scales one-tenth ours. And our country crashes while China and India flourish.

As a former CEO my company would not have survived if I had an employee or board of directors who took money on the side and gave away company assets in return. Our country can’t survive this corruption either.

So nothing changes. We elect a new group of politicians and the Fat Cats simply re-direct their bribes as we continue down our spiral. Only a national revolution will get our attention, but then it’s too late. And all because our politicians refuse to stop the bribery they benefit from.

If politicians are going to be beholden to their funders, those funders should be the taxpayers. And at $5 per taxpayer per year it would be a bargain. Even at 100 times that. We MUST demand that our senators and representative pass the bill at: http://fairelectionsnow.org/about-bill


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