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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Government Shutdown Avoided, What a Joke!

This blog post will be brief and it contains my feelings on the recent federal government shut down which was avoided at the eleventh hour late Friday night by some compromise being struck by Republican and Democratic leadership and the White House.

I saw a news report regarding the savings from the proposed cuts and they are truely miniscule in comparison to the total federal budget.  To put it in perspective, say the federal budget was 38 dollars, the cuts proposed was something like .38 cents. 

This scare mongoring, prior to the agreement, was repugnant.  Both Democrats and Republicans were posturing all over the news and President Obama made some sort of victory lap at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday.  The cuts should start with their salaries and their health care benefits. 

Our leaders in Washington are pathetic, they do not inspire any confidence as our country continues to weaken from within from too much debt, President Obama has spent so much money since arriving in office.  Also, he has no clue on how to be an executive which is crucial as President when tough decisions are needed to be made.  Our country also is weakend by fighting wars in many different theatres of combat and our borders are inundated with illegal aliens who are a drain on our local communities.   Our leaders, however choose to bicker back and forth full of as Shakespeare wrote "sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Soon, our reckoning will come and I shudder to think what our country will look like then.

Another quick topic in the news I would like to comment on is the assault on teacher unions by the states.  My view is that the unions collectively bargained for their benefits and wages and for states to seek drastic cuts to teacher positions will be a diservice to our children.  There is much talk of charter schools and business getting involved with schools, but a free, public education is a cornerstone of our democracy and to thriving middle-class.

If money is such a problem, how about we tax the companies taking their jobs off-shore, or how about eliminating the cushy tax breaks some corporations, like GE, get when they pay no corporate taxes.  My take is that teachers are an easy target and therefore several governors looking to make a quick score with a certain segment of their constituency have gone after the teacher unions. 

Well its getting late and I wanted to get these thoughts off my chest.  I once again appeal to my readers for a comment our two from YOU!  Please let me know what you think about the topics I have presented here or on any topic you would like to talk about.  Thanks

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Musings...

Well the weekend has come and gone and Monday morning has found me laid up not feeling so strong, so I took a second sick day off for the school year to rest up and be 100% for my students tomorrow.  Unfortunately, my son was laid up yesterday with a high fever.  He woke up yesterday and immediately diagnosed himself by declaring that he had "strep throat."  I asked him "when did you become a doctor?"

Either he is Nostradamus or Doogie Howser since his pediatrician, today, confirmed his own self diagnosis saying that he did indeed have strep throat.  He is on anti-biotics and so far he has responded well to the medicine. We are trying to keep him away from his sisters.

Well this is my first post for April and I cannot wait for the warmer weather to consistently be the case here.  Baseball season has begun and the local teams here in New York are both off to a 2 win and 1 loss starts.  The Yankees have a lot of expectations with their marquee players and history of success.  On the other hand, my Mets after several abyssmal seasons, are under no similar expectations as their cross-town neighbor.

The Mets ownership was exposed this off season, in my opinion, as being small-time owners with big-time aspirations.  They were recipients of ficticious profits from Bernie Madoff and a lawsuit seeking return of millions they received from Madoff has been filed.  The Wilpon ownership is seeking a minority partner in an effort to inject some money to the Mets organization.  What investor wants to take a minority stake in an organization with Fred and Jeff Wilpon? We will see, hopefully fans will turn away from Citi Field and force the Wilpons to sell the entire team.

On the field, the Mets made a good showing against the Florida Marlins this weekend.  They revamped roster shows some signs of being competitive and not as lackluster as they were last year.  The new manager Terry Collins will be an improvement over Jerry Manuel.  He seems to more animated than Jerry was and he is promoting hustle and execution of the  fundamentals on the field.  Anyway, its always great at this time of the year as all the teams are pretty much the same level.

Later this week, The Masters Golf  Tournament will begin.  I will be rooting for fellow ASU alum, Phil Mickelson to win another green jacket.  He looked strong this past weekend winning his first event of the season at the Houston Open.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' sixth win at the Masters at age 46.  Nicklaus shot an amazing six under par 30 during the back nine during the final round and his birdie on the 17th hole is remembered for his clutch putt and lifting his putter in celebration as he followed his putt into the hole.  Nicklaus became the oldest Masters winner in history and this record still stands 25 years later.

Surely, the television coverage on CBS will note this past achivement during the tournament. 

That's all for now.   Enjoy the season, wherever you are. 

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