When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Criminals, Delay Will Have Guns ©

I imagine this is as the oft-heard statement, “When hell freezes over.”  Possibly, Hades has gone cold.  This article may speak for itself.  I will expand this expose´ later; however, in this moment, I only want to place this into the cyber and invite a discussion.

The once, most powerful House Majority Leader wants to continue to pack a punch.  Allegations and criminal charges against this former principal Republican representative do not deter this man. A person, such as Delay, wants what he wants and works to get it, ethically or not.  Mr. Delay has always acted contrary to what is permissible, or “permit-able.”  However, now, under indictment he craves a legal license to do what he will likely do anyway.

Representative Tom DeLay wants to carry a pistol.  It seems now that he is being scrutinized and threatened with prison, he feels a need to obtain permission for what he does or will do.  In March 2006, Mr. Delay is taking proper precautions.  He is asking the authorities, ??May I please carry a concealed weapon, lawfully?’

We will wait; in time, we will know.  Can criminals have guns?

DeLay wants pistol-packing permit back, Reuters. Tuesday, March 28, 2006 3:58 PM Eastern Time.

Immigrants To America, People With or Without Papers ©

copyright 2006 Betsy L. Angert.  BeThink.org

[Demonstrators gather in front of City Hall in Los Angeles, Saturday March 25, 2006, to protest federal immigration legistlation. AP Press, Photograph by Ann Johansson]

They are white and bright, Brown, and well read.They are your neighbors, your servants, and working to better your life and their own.

Please review the statistics.  Pages 15 and 16 may be most interesting to you.

  • Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: 1990 to 2000 Office of Policy and Planning U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • I am choosing to share some statistics that may be less well-known . . .

    Approximate Number of Undocumented Immigrants in the United States as of the 2000 Census. . .
    • Formerly Czechoslovakia  7, 000  – 83,000 Total Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Ireland 3,000 – 156,000 Total Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Italy 10,000 – 473,000 Total Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Netherlands 3,000 – 95,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Formerly Soviet Union 46,000 – 839,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Poland 47,000 467,000 – Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Other European Countries 21,000 – 1,104,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • China 115,000 1,519,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Japan 14,000 348,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Korea 55,000 864,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Philippines 85,000 1,369,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Other Asia 74,000 1,801,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Australia 1,000 – 61,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • New Zealand currently 0 known – 23,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States
    • Canada 47,000 – 821,000 Foreign Born Residing in the United States

  • Please note, more recent articles state there are 50,000 Irish immigrants in the USA without documentation.
  • Irish Illegal Aliens Win Clinton as Ally of Immigration Law Change, By By Daniela Gerson New York Sun Times. Sunday, March 9, 2006

    An Irish Face On the Cause Of Citizenship By Nina Bernstein,  Matthew Sweeney. New York Times

    For many of these populations, the numbers vary from year to year.  Often, immigrants without papers return home. [Please see the articles below on the Irish and the Russian.]  Many migrants, we know, stay successfully underground; census counts do not capture their numbers. In addition, as we ponder these statistics, we must consider that this information is now six years old; numbers have likely increased.  We must ask ourselves, “Do we know how many of these that are now, here legally, were not originally; however, after time, they worked to obtained citizenship”  In my experience, often, this is the case.

    Decades ago, even centuries earlier, they were your great grandparents, grandparents, parents.  Now, possibly they are you.  The “majority” of people name you, or them, illegal; however, you know that you or they are only without documents.  Immigrants are as legitimate as the next human being.

    In a world proud of the prosperity and profundity that a global village creates, it seems odd that there is so much discrimination and resentment.  Might we, as a larger community, realize that times have changed, technology has altered our reality?  Nationally, or internationally, we are all connected.

    President Bush, the United States Congress, and Americans are struggling to come to terms with this truth.  You might wish to read . . . President Bush Talks Immigration at Naturalization Ceremony, Transcript Washingtonpost.com Monday, March 27, 2006; 10:57 AM. Might we have amnesty, a guest worker program, or close the borders?  Perhaps, we could consider possibilities that have yet to be discussed.

    During the Ice Age, land joined us. We roamed freely; yet, not easily.  Then, the Baring Strait, the Pacific, and the Atlantic Oceans became our divides. However, the ingenuity of humans untied us again. Yet, we are not united.  We are not attached.  Our disconnection is more emotional than physical.  On the issue of immigration, rational, reasonable human beings are anything but.

    Might we not better serve ourselves by realizing that, what divides us is our minds.  We, as modern beings, are frozen. We cannot even accept what was true in the Ice Age; people migrate.

    There are persons in America from most every country, all without papers that permit their presence in the United States.  Legal status does not equate to legitimacy.

    If we cannot accept the official status of certain human beings, could we please, at least honor them as humans?  Might we consider our own past, digging through the papers of our ancestors, and accept that there is a similarity.  People prefer to travel to a place where they might better their lives and those of their families.

    For immigration information, here and abroad, please refer to . . .

    Dr. Condoleezza Rice Declares “An Insatiable Appetite To Dominate.” ©

    Today, Sunday, March 25, 2006, host, Tim Russert of Meet the Press fame, interviewed Dr. Condoleezza Rice.  Secretary of State Rice proclaimed, “This was someone who had an insatiable appetite to dominate his region.”  I stopped and thought, “Is she speaking of Saddam Hussein or George W. Bush?”

    I wondered.  I have listened to our compassionate President, as frequently as possible.  Each time I hear the same rhetoric.  He states, as he did so proudly on the night of his last inaugural speech, January 20, 2005, we need to aggressively spread democracy.

    The President pledged that evening and continues to advocate the fight.  He states that it is necessary.  Mr. George W. Bush promotes his hawkish efforts to bring “freedom” and “justice” to all, whether they want it or not.  Often the nation and the world watches as Emperor Bush stands at any given podium, always without his clothes, or Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction and declaratively, emphatically states; “We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation . . .” Regime change is a favorite Bush Theme.

    Please peruse . . .
    U.S. Campaign Is Aimed at Iran’s Leaders, By Peter Baker and Glenn Kessler. Washington Post.Monday, March 13, 2006; Page A0
    Bush planned Iraq ‘regime change’ before becoming President, By Neil Mackay. Sunday Herald. September 15, 2002

    In other words, Mr. Bush, or America will mandate elections in other lands.  He will do this in the name of “liberty.”  The oppressed will vote.  King George II will ensure that ballots are cast and appointments made.  The military will facilitate the process.  The Project for the New American Century [PNAC], comprised of the Bush cabinet, members of the Bush family, and closest friends, will “recommend” foreign policies.  These authorities on “freedom and justice” will tell people in foreign nations whom to vote for.

    • Please review definition of purpose that The Project for the New American Century offers.

    The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle.

    If citizens in these other countries choose a government that the Bush Monarchy and his Millionaires Boys and Girls Club do not “approve” of, then, our “fair” ruler will not recognize the results.  “W” will deem the circumstances unsatisfactory and propose that we, as a democratic nation, not trade with this new and sovereign government.  If angered further, Bush will consider aggressive actions.  He will command an attack, just as we did in Iran.

    Thus, I ask.  Who has the insatiable appetite to dominate his or every other region?  Condoleezza, please tell me.  Who, dear Condoleezza is the threat?

    Please explore references . . .
    President Bush Outlines Iraqi Threat. Cincinnati Museum Center – Cincinnati Union Terminal, Cincinnati, Ohio. October 7, 2002
    Bush pledges to spread democracy. CNN.com January 20, 2005
    President Welcomes President Talabani of Iraq to the White House. For Immediate Release. Office of the Press Secretary. September 13, 2005
    President Discusses Iraqi Elections, Victory in the War on Terror. The Woodrow Wilson Center. December 2005
    Bush: Hamas must renounce stand. NBC, MSNBC. January 26, 2006
    Hamas’s Victory: The United States Should Not Recognize or Aid a Terrorist Regime. By James Phillips. The Heritage Foundation. January 27, 2006
    Political opposites aligned against Bush wiretaps. By James Sterngold. San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, January 26, 2006

    The USA In Our Chevrolet Looks Bad. Ford Did Not Have A Better Idea ©


    For years, we have heard General Motor’s executives complain of costs.  They say the cost of doing business in America is too high.  According to corporate administrators, American laborers insist that employers cover health care expenses.  Companies must honor pensions awarded in the past, and then there are those wages, oh, those wages.  The management has cried out; they cannot continue do business under these circumstances and still make a profit.  General Motor’s bosses plead for understanding and ask their workers to sacrifice their wages and benefits.  Even when the laborers comply, it is never enough.

    Chief executives at General Motors, and in other American companies, ultimately take control.  They cut and cut; overhead must go.  Production and producers be damned, the bottom line lies with the shareholders.  To boost the numbers corporations have reduced the workforce.  They have decreased the dollars paid out for health care.  They have eliminated many sick days and are unwilling to provide benefits for families.  Now, they are “Offering [a] Buyout Deal to More Than 125,000 Workers.”  Though not all news reports mention this, if the employees accept the deal they must forego once expected health benefits.

    The New York Times article, G.M. to Offer Buyout Deal to More Than 125,000 Workers, seems to paint a rosier scenario than some other media sources.  They quote Robert Betts, president of the U.A.W. local at the Delphi plant in Coopersville, Michichan, as saying “the offers were attractive.”  Mr. Betts claims, “If someone is going to give you $35,000 to take your pension, that’s good,” He continued. “I think a whole lot of people are going to hit the road over this.”

    “Wonderful” said stockholders; shares of G.M. rose shortly after the news was released.  Is the action good; or is it only one more blunder in a longstanding series of shortsighted solutions?

    Each time General Motors cut jobs; I wonder where will these people go?  How will more unemployed workers add to the economy?  Great, the company has less mouths-to-feed, and more money to pour into profits.  Yet, the powerbrokers seem to forget, now, with all the unemployed, who but the few affluent will have the money to purchase the products?

    I have written on this topic before and published my perspective.  [See AS GM GOES. CUTS, THE INEFFECTIVE CURE ©]

    I have begun many other essays on the topic, and have yet to complete them.  The reason being, writing on General Motors, GM President Rick Wagoner, information on corporations managed in a similar vein, and Chief Executives with comparable philosophical leanings is all consuming.  The follies of these frightening powers are overwhelming.  There is enough material to pen a dissertation, daily.

    A “short” chronology of General Motors “Solutions” will appear at the close of this treatise.  Many references will be provided.

    Big conglomerates, even small organizations, have focused on superficial solutions; they slice and dice.  They make excuses; they see expenses and concentrate on these.  Corporate America has lost sight of the best ways to create greater income.  It is not “innovation”, as they would like us to believe; it is not the quality of the design.  It is “people” that make or break a business.  How do we treat people, accommodate their needs, serve them, respect them, build for them, and how do we treat them.

    Ford pretends to have a “better idea.”  They bank on it, and sing the phrase as a slogan.  Yet, they too struggle.  General Motors wants us to believe “As GM goes, so goes the country.”  Therefore, they want us to invest in GM and its products.  However, they do not invest in their own workers.  Go into any store, enter any organization, travel into any institution and approach the workers as a client or a consumer.  Observe how you are treated.

    If you are treated well, very well, ask the employee how they feel about their job?  Do they feel as though they have power in the decision making process within this corporation? In most cases, the employee’s answer will be yes.  Workers that are respected, reciprocally show reverence to their clientele.

    If you as a patron are treated with disdain, you might discover that the staff member feels as though they are only a number, dispensable, a person that merely punches a time clock and is largely ignored.

    People mirror their environment.  If a laborer is treated with veneration, he or she will do their job with similar regard.  This is what General Motors and Ford need to know and act upon.

    Enough already with the oft stated need for an innovative design!  Cars designed, produced, and maintained by laborers that are treated favorably are what we need.  These will sell, work well, and hold their value.  A solid and serviceable automobile is a commodity of worth.  A sleek design may sell initially; however, the customer will not come back, nor will they recommend the vehicle to friends or family, if owning it is an awful experience.

    I have discussed Kaizan and the art of sharing the power.  Toyota knows; Toyota grows.  When will its “big brother,” GM learn?  How many jobs will be cut, plants will close, and buyouts will there be?

    White-Collar GM Workers Brace for More Cuts. By Sholnn Freeman. Washington Post Staff Writer, Saturday, March 25, 2006
    GM workers facing ‘Black Tuesday’. By Jim Mateja and Rick Popely. Chicago Tribune. March 24, 2006
    G.M. to Offer Buyout Deal to MoreThan 125,000 Workers, By Micheline Maynard and Jeremy W. Peters. New York Times. March 22, 2006
    Time line of GM and Delphi’s travails. Detroit Free PressMarch 23, 2006
    The Tragedy of General Motors, By Carol Loomis. CNNMoney.com. February 6, 2006
    GM’s big shakeup, By Chris Isidore, CNN/Money. November 21, 2005
    Ford Cutting up to 30,000 Jobs. 6ABC.com. Dearborn, Michigan. January 23, 2006
    GM to cut 25,000 jobs by ’08, CNNMoney.com.  By Chris Isidore, CNN/Money. June 7, 2005
    GM plans to cut 25,000 jobs in US, BBC. June 7, 2005
    President of General Motors, Rick Wagoner Salary Statistics. Forbes.com
    GMAC Is a Big Soft Spot
    In Global Debt Bubble.
    By Paul Gallagher. Executive Intelligence Review. March 18, 2005
    GM told: Cut every salary, By Michael Ellis. Free Press, Business. January 11, 2006
    Special report: CEO pay ‘business as usual. By Gary Strauss and Barbara Hansen, USA TODAY
    Union Offers Details of Health DealWith G.M.. By Danny Hakim and Jeremy W. Peters. The New York Times
    Rising benefits burden. By Ron Scherer. The Christian Science Monitor. June 09, 2005
    GM, Ford May Post April Sales Decline as Toyota Gains (Update1). Bloomberg.comMay 3, 2005
    Thousands protest at GM job cuts. BBC NewsTuesday, 19 October, 2004

    Day of action against GM job cuts, European Industrial Relations Observatory on-line. October 2004
    End of the road for Olds, By Chris Isidore. CNN/Money. December 12, 2000
    “A provision of the union contract allows GM to cut health benefits”. Quinn Klinefelter. Marketplace: News Archives. June 26, 1998
    HITTING THE BRAKES, Online Newshour. PBS. July 14, 1998

    Kaizen
    In Japanese, the definition of Kaizen is “improvement” and particularly, “Continuous Improvement”– slow, incremental but constant.
    For more information and depth . . .
    CSM Worldwide Predicts Toyota Will Become One of America’s Big Three by 2009. InternetAutoGuide.com
    “The Toyota Way: A Sociotechnical Learning Organization in Action”. By Professor Jeff Liker
    The Toyota Way By Jeffrey Liker. McGraw Hill, 2003

    You may wish to consider an economic perspective on corporate practices. Please visit, the Economist View . . .
    Capital Gets the Cookies, Labor Gets the Crumbs, By Mark Thoma, featuring Invest Globally, Stagnate Locally, by Daniel Gross, Economic View, NY Times
    Invest Globally, Stagnate Locally pdf format

    Where You Are Is Where You Want To Be ©

    You say you want to do this, to be that, to go here, or be there; yet, simultaneously, you state, “I am fine.  I don’t care.”  Words are powerful; they are thoughts that stimulate or stop action.

    So often, people act as if they do not care. They even say so, frequently.  The statement “I don’t care” can be heard on every street corner, in every room, and echoes often in every mind.  Years ago, I realized the idea of not caring is the saddest of all human states.  I consciously decided not to use that phrase. On the rare occasion it slips out, I immediately correct myself aloud.  I recognize that I am human, I too am easily indoctrinated to slang, and I am a creature of habit; therefore, a common clause does spew from my mouth unexpectedly.  However, I do care!

    For me, every entity is important and must be treated as such.  Granted, one aspect of a situation may be more or less significant to me at any given moment, nevertheless, for me, all is vital and has value.  Sadly, for many, it does not, or at least they pretend that a person, place, or thing has no affect on them.  I personally think they say they “do not care” because they wish they did not.  However, I digress.

    Today, an amazing gentleman entered my home to do some work.  I met him once before and realized then, he is quite the philosopher.  He is deep, reflective, introspective and aware.  “Joe,” is impressive.  We were speaking of a lax, laissez-faire society, and people’s intelligence or lack thereof.  Joe used a word that I eliminated from my vocabulary when I was sixteen.  I shared with him that I do not believe anyone is, or any thought is . . . [I shudder to write this word; yet, I fear you may wonder if I am too cryptic.]  The word is stup**.  It is analogous to “dumb.”

    People often use this word when feeling anger, annoyance, or frustration; it places the onus on the other. Sadly, it leaves the recipient feeling as though they are less-than.  Joe and I discussed the qualities that led him to believe that someone acted as though they were stu***.  Then he added his own sorrow for what more often than not, is.

    People’s interests take them to where they are.
    – Joe Robbins

    At first, I was uncertain of what this meant and we discussed it.  He offered other words, “You are where your interests take you.”  If you have no interests . . . [beyond survival, then merely surviving is where you will be.  It is what you will do.]  Wow, how wise!!!

    Joe mentioned that he noted, unfortunately, many have not realized their deepest passion.  They know not what they enjoy.  Commonly, humans seek the superficial gratifiers and forget that having these does not bring them a feeling of delight.  Many do what does not give them a sense of authentic satisfaction.  They wonder why pleasure is fleeting.  Some recognize that the tangible provides only a temporary impression of fulfillment.

    Humans seek diplomas, certificates, salaries, and recognition from others for their “achievements.”  They want a better car, a bigger house, a boat, or a motorcycle, not because of the memories these will generate; instead, they want these because they think these validate them and happiness will be realized.  The stress they experience in obtaining these be damned; they want the prize.  Numerous persons believe that “pain is gain” or “we must pay our dues.”  The treasure drives them, not their inner “interests.”

    What “floats our boat,” “rocks our world,” and is best for us is within and differs from what others may want for us.  No one can tell any of us or surmise what is appealing to our soul.  When we are engaged in our most sincere fascination, there is no time.  We are one with our thoughts and ourselves.  Our brain, heart, mind, body, and soul are elsewhere, connecting to our core and we are separate from the forces that are actually societal dictums.

    When we run hither and yon, networking, making money, avoiding loneliness, or making what others think is best, we are still seeking happiness, are we not?  When we do, think, feel, and are as others believe, we “should,” are we genuinely caring for our own actions, words, or deeds?  If we go through the motions without an inner passion, if we do not care, what can we expect?  What will we receive?

    In my own life, outsiders, friends, and family observed my love of learning.  They thought what I was studying at the time was my bliss.  It was not and I knew it.  Nonetheless, I pursued what was “real” for them.  I knew I was scared!  I was avoiding what I feared, be it success, failure, or truly knowing me.

    Joseph Campbell wrote, “Follow your bliss.”  When interviewed he expressed that this sentiment was often misinterpreted.  Your “bliss” is not creating what looks like luxury or a life; it is understanding “who” you are.  This contrast from what you do, or what you are good at.  Following your bliss is not defined by what you have, or who you seem to be.

    When one comprehends to his or her core what is of interest to them, they become absorbed.  There is a sense of oneness, wholeness, and serenity that is indefinable.  I discovered my own “bliss” accidentally.  Life took me to it, unwillingly.  I still struggle to overcome the doubts, qualms, and uncertainties; however, I finally know my interest.  Giving myself permission to pursue what others may not understand and may cause me to stumble and be overcome with reservations, that is the journey.  Yet, I am ready, willing, and able.  I want to be where I want to be.

    “Ecstasy” is not found in pleasing others; nor does it correlate to the norms.  It is not necessarily doing as your parents, spouse, friends, or family think you “should” do.  Paradise is realized when you, as a unique individual, find your deepest interest and allow it to guide your evolution.

    “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you,

    And the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.

    Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”

    – Joseph Campbell

    If your mantra is “I do not care,” if you do not seek your heartfelt interest in a person, place, or thing, then, how can you expect to achieve fulfillment?

    I believe as Joe Robbins stated, reciprocally, our interests bring us where we are and we are where we are because we are [or are not] connected to and acting on our interests.  I thank you Joe for being my among my mentors.

    Whoa, is the man, woman, or child or has no “real” interests, for where will he or she be?  I think, to be interested in what is outside us, will naturally stimulate and even originate an interest in ourselves.  for it is true . . .

    “All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated…As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness…. No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
    – John Donne

    Joe, Joseph, and John are helping me to journey beyond.  Possibly, my words will help you.

    May you live long, learn much, and feel fulfilled . . . Betsy

    Outsource US All, Begin With Bush ©

    I received this press bulletin weeks ago and I was overjoyed.  The opening statement was “For Immediate Release.”  I meant to share it in the moment; however, my delight overwhelmed me.  I misplaced the pleasurable piece.  Still, the thought stayed with me.  I found my way to this announcement again.  Now, I am offering it to you in hopes that it might be genuine.

    You too may have acquired the same and dismissed it.  Possibly, you thought it to be only humor; however, I wonder.  Is it not accurate that all actions begin with a thought?  Might we not all think this to be true?  If we believe together, and if we all regard this as fact strongly enough, might it not come to pass?  Let us commune with the powers that be and hope that GW’s connection to God is no more influential than our own.

    The document addressed the Outsourcing of our President, Bush Would Become A Statistic. 

    After my initial read of this proclamation, I began waiting anxiously.  was supposed to be the day of action. However, nothing happened . . . sort of [See Article dated March 12, 2006, Feingold to call for rare presidential censure]

    In this journalists’ copy, the media, the public, we, were told that the President of the United States was finally going to become one of us, an authentic US citizen.  He would experience life as we do, with no guarantees.  The concept of a “stable career” would be fleeting.  Plans were in place. The President’s job security was awash.

    Ultimately, King George II would lose his pension, health care, and perks.  The oft-mentioned “even playing field” that GW spoke of would be his reality, just as it is for the vast majority of Americans.  I was looking forward to the day; however, March 12, 2006 came and went. Perhaps, this was only a delay.

    Truly, no time is needed to transition; we will be merely switching from one that knows nothing of Constitutional law, democracy, diplomacy, or the Geneva Convention to another.  Mr. Singh will serve us well, or at least as well as we have been served in the last five years.

    President Bush would finally experience the “justice” he continually reflects upon.  He would be treated as we are.  That is fair.

    George W. Bush would be visiting Iraq, a country he has long been obsessed with.  We are told the Iraqis are planning to welcome the former authoritarian.  Mr. Bush is expecting to receive a warm greeting.  He believes the Iraqis will welcome him with open arms and flowers, just as he thought the troops he commanded would be. Then he will be transferred to India where he will “work for a living”, a concept novel to this silver-spoon-fed-forked-tongue man.

    In preparation, Mr. Bush made this excursion on March 3, 2006.  He flew to India, met with business leaders in that country and said, “For the sake of workers in both our countries, America will trade with confidence.”

    This fiscally responsible autocrat, Baby Bush, is finally willing to cut expenses, the cost of a country doing business with Bushit.  This “compassionate conservative” will receive his reward when this truth comes to pass . . . George W. Bush “Outsourced to India.”

    His legacy will be complete.  His desire to accommodate business interests only will be fulfilled.  It will be the best of corporate policies to outsource the costly profession of President of the “United” States.

    The author of the following missive is unknown, I only wish it were me. I want to share what I believe is a brilliant writing.

    Bush Outsourced to India

    Congress today announced that the office of President of the United States of America would be outsourced to India as of March 12, 2006. The move is being made to save the President’s $400,000 yearly salary, and also, a record $521 billion in deficit expenditures and related overhead the office has incurred during the last 5 years.

    “We believe this is a wise move financially. The cost savings should be significant,” stated Congressman Thomas Reynolds (R-WA Reynolds, with the aid of the Government Accounting Office, has studied outsourcing of American jobs extensively. “We cannot expect to remain competitive on the world stage with the current level of cash outlay,” Reynolds noted.

    Mr. Bush was informed by email this morning of his termination. Preparations for the job move have been underway or sometime. Gurvinder Singh of Indus Teleservices, Mumbai, India, will be assuming the office of President as of January 12, 2007. Mr. Singh was born in the United States while his Indian parents were vacationing at Niagara Falls, thus making him eligible for the position. He will receive a salary of $320 (USD) a month but with no health coverage or other benefits.

    It is believed that Mr. Singh will be able to handle his job responsibilities without a support staff. Due to the time difference between the US and India, he will be working primarily at night, when few offices of the US Government will be open. “Working nights will allow me to keep my day job at the America Express call center”, stated Mr. Singh in an exclusive interview. “I am excited about this position. I always hoped I would be President someday.”

    A Congressional spokesperson noted that while Mr. Singh may not be fully aware of all the issues involved in the office of President, this should not be a problem, because Bush was not familiar with the issues either.

    Mr. Singh will rely upon a script tree that will enable him to respond effectively to most topics of concern. Using these canned responses, he can address common concerns without having to understand the underlying issues at all. “We know these scripting tools work,” stated the spokesperson. “President Bush has used them successfully for years.” Mr. Singh may have problems with the Texas drawl, but lately Bush has abandoned the “down home” persona in his effort to appear intelligent and on top of the Katrina situation. [See Video of Bush being warned of Katrina]

    Bush will receive health coverage, expenses, and salary until his final day of employment. Following a two week waiting period, he will be eligible for $240 a week unemployment for 13 weeks. Unfortunately, he will not be eligible for Medicaid, as his unemployment benefits will exceed the allowed limit.

    Mr. Bush has been provided the outplacement services of Personspower, Inc. to help him write a resume and prepare for his upcoming job transition. According to Personspower, Mr. Bush may have difficulties in securing a new position due to limited practical work experience. A Greeter position at Box-Mart was suggested due to Bush’s extensive experience shaking hands and phony smile. Another possibility is Bush’s re-enlistment in the Texas Air National Guard. His prior records are conspicuously vague but should he choose this option, he would likely be stationed in Waco, Texas for a month, before being sent to Iraq, [for training] a country he has visited.

    “I’ve been there, I know all about Iraq,” stated Mr. Bush, who gained invaluable knowledge of the country in a visit to the Baghdad Airport’s terminal and gift shop. Sources in Baghdad and Fallujah say Mr. Bush would receive a warm reception from local Iraqis. They have asked to be provided with details of his arrival so that they might arrange an appropriate welcome.”

    [I added the following for it seems the author never took GW to India, as his title intended; therefore, I will.]

    After experiencing Iraq, Mr. Bush will be placed in his new position in India.  In preparation, he visited this area a week before the expected formal outsourcing.  Once employed in India Mr. Bush will answer telephone calls from Americans.  His words, likely, will not be understood easily.  No need to worry.  Mr. Bush often speaks and people wonder, “What did he say?” He is used to this by now, or is he?

    There are times when his audience questions his words loudly, they protest and burn effigies.  This is what occurred in the President’s most recent trip to India.  What can he expect when the President finds himself outsourced there?

    ~ Censure, impeach, or outsource this President. Let us act, the sooner the better.  Think hard dear reader, focus, concentrate, visualize.  Let us bring back what we believe in, “power to the people.”

    Further sources for your pleasure . . .

  • Bush planned Iraq ‘regime change’ before becoming President, By Neil Mackay
  • Transcript of Iraq Seminar with Richard Perle and Kanan Makiya, Sponsored by Benador Associates
  • Impeach Bush
  • Deficit Is $521 Billion In Bush Budget, By Jonathan Weisman. Washington Post
  • White House denies Bush God Claim. BBC News
  • Thousands protest Bush in India. CNN.com Wednesday, March 1, 2006
  • Outsource Bush Now!! By Roseeriter
  • A Religious California Voter Loses Her Right ©

    For three decades, she has voted religiously in every California election. No ballot was too large or too small.  All were scrutinized carefully.  When she felt as though she did not have enough information to make a well-informed judgment, she turned to those who did.  She had been an activist from the start and knew many that were deeply connected.  She traveled in circles where people read books and wrote articles on affairs of state; they made political moves their lives.  She always had.

    This voter was willing to work as a volunteer.  She offered to assist in telephone banks; she went from neighborhood to neighborhood collecting signatures for petitions.  The woman stuffed envelopes, posted signs, walked precincts, and ultimately was asked to work as a Campaign Coordinator.  She was not looking for the position, though others were.  Her diligence and dedication to the cause promoted a candidate to ask if she would work for him.

    Whenever this constituent moved, she immediately changed her voter registration, often before she ordered her utilities.  Voting in every election was and is her highest priority.

    This elector first voted at the age of seventeen.  In the state of Wisconsin, if a person was going to be eighteen at the time of the general election and was seventeen during the primaries, they were granted the right to vote.

    She hitchhiked in a pouring rain to get to that first poll and in a blizzard to cast her ballot in the Presidential election of 1972.  It just so happened that she was among the first eighteen year olds to vote; she could not miss that.  In Wisconsin, she skipped one school board election.  There was only one candidate and she did not know the person well.  However, guilt ate her up.  She never failed to participate again.

    This citizen moved to California in 1977 and voted as a Californian ever since.  Now the time has come and her heart is heavy.

    She willingly and wanted to move to Florida in November 2005.  She began planning in June of that year.  While this resident actively questioned the wisdom of her decision, she knew that unless she did it, she would never know if the choice was correct.  As a long time inhabitant of California she was torn.  Life was good, stable, and comfortable.  She was at home.  Still she needed to go.

    The Irvine city dweller sold the home she loved and had created.  She physically separated herself from friends and family and flew to Florida. Days after landing in Palm Beach County she went to get her drivers license and change her voter registration.  That done she knew she could no longer support Barbara Boxer with the vigor of a voting constituent. Arnold would not be burdened by her votes in opposition.  It was real; she would not vote in California anytime soon, if ever again.

    Yet, she also understood that, until she cast a ballot in Boca, it would feel as if nothing had changed.  Today, that reality was altered.  A card arrived in the mail.  The return address looked so familiar, because it was.  It was from the Registrar of Voters office in Santa Ana, California.  It was addressed to me at my correct [Florida] address.  The Registrar wanted me to make it official, to give up my right to religiously vote in California elections.  They want me to confirm that this move is not temporary and that I am now a Florida resident.

    My heart is sinking, must I sign away my post.  I want to turn Florida Blue, even Blue-Green; yet, voting in California is my religion or was.  Now I must convert.

    Black Men, Still Separate and Unequal ©

    In a nation where equality is touted, image is everything.  So much of what we believe to be true is the façade we present.  We skew the numbers, present the “facts”; we forget that “facts” are the fiction we tell ourselves so that we may secure an altruistic sense of self.  We have never been a colorblind society though we tell ourselves we are.  America has never been a “melting pot” of races and ethnicities.  However, we claim this righteous position.  The United States slams other nations for ethnic cleansing; yet subtlety, we do the same.

    Erik Eckholm of the New York Times reports the “Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn”.  In this article the journalist points to studies that look beyond the glowing employment rates the administration offers as proof of how life is good and improving for all, even Black men.

    Numerous studies, undertaken at various Universities, Columbia, Princeton, and Harvard demonstrate that in our nation’s urban hubs, finishing high school is a rare occurrence. Finding work in a legal or professional trade is the exception and not the rule.  Staying out of prison is nearly unthinkable. Though crime rates are falling, the jails are filled with young Black men.

    Though this data is not necessarily novel, and is merely information that has long been ignored in practice, the recent findings give reason for pause, or at least, I hope it does.  Experts see the situation as far more startling than imagined.  Ronald B. Mincy, professor of social work at Columbia University and editor of “Black Males Left Behind” (Urban Institute Press, 2006) stated, “There’s something very different happening with young black men, and it’s something we can no longer ignore. The professor continues, “Over the last two decades, the economy did great and low-skilled women, helped by public policy, latched onto it. But young black men were falling farther back.”

    As reported in the New York Times, and other publications, the three studies reveal . . .

    • The number of young black men without jobs climbs steadily.  During the economic boom of the late 1990s, the figures seemed to plateau; however, that pause was temporary.
    • In 2000, 65 percent of black males high school dropouts in their 20s, were without jobs. Some of these were not able to find work, others were not seeking employment; many were in prison.

    • Only four years later, this group grew to 72 percent.  This contrasts greatly with those of other races and ethnicities.  Among Whites, 34 percent of those that did not complete secondary school, and 19 percent of Hispanic who had left school before receiving a diploma, were jobless.
    • When high school graduates were included in the statistics, still, half of the Black men in their 20’s were unemployed in 2004.  This is an increase of 4 percent in four short years.  In 2000, the percentage of jobless Black men was 46 percent.
    Imprisonment of Black men rose in the 1990’s.  In 2006, the numbers are reached historically high. In 1995, 16 percent of Black men in their twenties, if not attending college were in jail or prison; by 2004, 21 percent were incarcerated. By the time Black men reach their mid-30’s, 6 in 10 who had dropped out of school had spent time in prison.

    • In the urban regions, more than half of all black men do not finish high school.

    You may wish to read . . .
    Ethnic Cleansing USA: Rebuilding New Orleans without Housing for Black People. Purging the Poor, By Naomi Klein. October 10, 2005 issue of The Nation
    The Crisis of the Black Man, By Salim Muwakkil, In These Times. Posted August 6, 2004. Alternet
    “Many New York Employers Discriminate Against Minorities, Ex-offenders.” News@Princeton
    Black Men and Year Round Idleness: An Employment Crisis Ignored. Northeastern University, Communications and Public Relations.
    No Place for Me. By John W. Fountain. Sunday, July 17, 2005; Page B01. Washington Post
    The Black Population. US Census Bureau

    Update March 22, 2006 . . . Please review an editorial on what we might do . . .
    Disconnected Black Youth Plight Worsens By Clarence Page. Chicago Tribune

    Evidence shows that, contrary to the beliefs of noted Negro Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Black men are not free to move forward.  Society does not treat these persons as equals; much needs to be done to address their  sober plight.  However, will any action be taken?

    There are those such as Judge Thomas that do not believe programs such as Affirmative Action have been helpful, though historically, at least for this Justice, it has been. Nevertheless. Society is following Thomas’s lead as it moves away from assistance for Black men  and instead promotes a belief that all is well.  The spoken rhetoric is America is an egalitarian society.

    Are we?  In this treatise, I might continue on, writing of the specifics of the studies; however, as I reflect upon this state of affairs I am reminded of personal stories.  I am choosing to reveal these to you dear reader, and ask you to assess for yourselves.

    In recent months, I have written little.  I moved across the country and purchased a home.  I renovated.  Much needed to be done and I wanted to do it before time passed me by.  I was ensconced in my home with contractors, one right after another.  I learned much from these many men and I wish to tell you some of their tales.

    Tony, a tall and muscular Black man, is a wonder, with many wonderful anecdotes.  Some of these provide insight into the life of a Black man.  Tony holds down more than one job and has for years. He is well read and informed.  He worked on installing my floors for weeks, daily.  He was here six days a week from early morning until just after dusk.  Yes, he was in my house, used my bathroom, laughed with me, talked with me, taught me, and we mutually enjoyed.  Apparently, our interaction was not the “norm.”  His exchanges with white people are often tenuous, only because he is a man of color. In other words, before experiencing this interesting man as a person, many decided to shun him because of the color of his skin.

    On many occasions, Tony drove up to a home, in a truck marked with the local appliance store logo on the front, sides and back of the van.  He was scheduled to deliver and install a house full of domestic machinery.  Arrangements had been made well in advance at the time of sale.  The homeowners purchased their wares and wanted them put in.  However, when they saw Tony step from the truck, drapes were drawn.  Doorbells were not answered and telephone calls were made.  “Please reschedule my delivery, but bring no Black men.”

    At times, Tony was allowed to deliver the merchandise; however, he was forbidden from placing them in the house.  One man asked that the goods be left in the driveway.  Tony did so.  Following business policy, Tony requested a signature from the homeowner, verifying that he took possession of the appliances.  Tony handed the man  the clipboard with the paperwork attached.  He offered the resident his pen.  The man froze.  He looked at the pen Tony extended and refused it.  The customer then went in the house, retrieved his own  and then signed.  When passing the board back to Tony, he hesitated.  It seemed he did not want even the slightest physical contact; dare the white skin touch that of the Black.

    Tony was trained to transport and fit the fixtures; however, his knowledge was refused, ignored, unwanted.  Why, merely because he is  Black.  Tony has been on many a job where he is “allowed” to work; yet he knows, he dare not speak.  I could wonder if Tony is only one man, I know he is not.  I have heard stories from many a Black man, too many to share here.  In quiet moments they all express fears of “Driving while Black,” looking at a white woman, being fired for the most minor “infraction”, or even looking as though they are one of “US”, a United States citizen, comfortable in his skin, and proclaiming his rights.

    Bush Presidential Priorities, Debt and Defense ©

    Never was there a doubt. President George W. Bush said, “Bipartisan education reform will be the cornerstone of my Administration.”  Yet, it never was.  It is not that the Democrats did not wish to work with Mr. Bush to improve our schools and to set a standard of excellence for the nation’s children.  It is that Baby Bush had a truer mission, that of spreading Democracy throughout the world.  This goal has always distracted King George.

    This President has “war” on his mind.  For him, “conflict” is the definition of the democratic process.  He promotes it in his daily travels.  He may speak of erudition; however, he acts on combat.

    George W. strives to be the one that unites nations; however, he divides them.  He destroys nations aboard and at home.  He battles, blames, and builds walls, not bridges.

    This President speaks of being a “compassionate conservative,” and just as his father, he envisions himself as “kinder and gentler;” however, the truth is he is leaving millions, billions, and trillions behind.  The rich are getting richer, the poor, poorer; and the children . . . they are left behind.

    • Please Read, Children Left Behind, Washington Post and The Children Left Behind The Institute for Women’s Policy Research

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, “The government will spend $217 billion on interest on the debt this year. By contrast, federal spending for the Department of Education is $83 billion.”

    These numbers are staggering, as are all the statistics as they relate to the bully, Baby Bush.

    Prior to this Bush presidency, the federal budget experienced four years of surplus; these were during the Clinton reign that our budget was well balanced.  The recent extended period of “excess” was the longest since before the Great Depression. Then there is GW.  Under the authority of George Boy Bush, the debt level was increased four times!

    As of today, March 16, 2006, the debt ceiling has been raised.  At the behest of this President, our debt can legally be 70.3 percent of our gross domestic product.  This is the highest since the 1997 increase.

    As high as the maximum amount now is, under Bush it could go higher. Last month Bush sent Congress a $2.77 trillion budget request for fiscal 2007 that calls for a deficit of $354 billion.  When considering this we must remember, much of what is spent on defense is not included in the budget.  Then there are disasters, natural and man-made.  These cannot be planned for; yet, they too need funds.  Thus, we finance these as they occur.

    We plan and we do not. Bush budgets for defense, though never fully.  He requests more as needed and there are always needs.  Thus far, the unnecessary Iraq war is expected to cost $9 billion a month.  This price is thought to be a stable.  It is not.

    Initially, to deploy the troops, Americans spent more.  Originally, we were spending $13 Billion per month.  In the last few days a novel operation has begun, an air attack.  This endeavor will also add to the cost of the war.  No matter, for fighting can always be funded.  Afterall, it is the Bush priority.

    What of the children and their education?  Well.  Imagine how many children might be served with dollars such as these.  Think of the minds that might be fed and the bellies; then consider this.  According to the United States Census Bureau, 13 million American children go hungry each and everyday.  War spending can be $13 Billion per month; 13 million American children go hungry daily.  This is an interesting correlation.

    Yes, it is well known, a starving body does not allow for the feeding of a famished mind.  Nevertheless. There are priorities, at least for this President.  His is not education, nor is it our children, though he says these are.  Numbers $peak! The cornerstone of the Bush 43 presidency is filling fields with headstones.

    For your reference . . .
    No Child is Left Behind speech
    Spreading democracy, By Tod Lindberg. The Washington Times
    Children Left Behind, Washington Post
    The Children Left Behind The Institute for Women’s Policy Research
    Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2007
    United States Census Bureau
    Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry
    National Security Strategy 2006. President George W. Bush, Letter Introducing The National Security Strategy. March 16, 2006