Yi Peng (Floating Lights Festival) is an annual Thai holiday held the 2nd month of the Thai Lanna calender. During the holiday, thousands of floating lanterns are lit and launched into the air as a means to make Buddhist merit. The result is astounding:
"President Barack Obama, the Senate’s top Democrat and top Republican continued to spar Tuesday over whether increased tax revenue should be part of a deficit reduction agreement…" By Tom Cohen, CNN
Interesting choice of words, increased tax revenue. This basically implies that simply raising taxes will increase revenue. It’s as if Republicans don’t want the government to raise more money. Why not call it increasing taxes? Won’t citizens and corporations have to pay more in taxes regardless whether it’s an increased tax rate or elimination of a deduction?
Another thing, deficit reduction doesn’t seem like a logical end goal but instead elimination of the deficit.
While I realize politics is about the art of compromise, a negotiation of sorts, I’m frustrated that American politics is about the soundbite, using very crafted words to frame a debate.
More power to President Obama but why does he need to raise $1 billion for his reelection campaign? Why does he need to raise any money, he has unlimited name recognition and unlimited access to the media? How can he spend $1 billion?
It’s important for citizens to feel try can influence or at least participate in politics by donating money, any amount to anyone. However, lets assume 40% of the voting public will vote for Obama in 2012 and another 40% will vote for the (R). That leaves 20% that will swing one way or the other, the great Moderate Voter. Based on 2008 election results that means there are roughly 25.6 million minds that can be swayed. Better stated, President Obama will spend roughly $39 thousand per uncommitted voter.
You could say that President Obama needs the money to get the (D) vote out. But you could also argue that there are only five or so states that matter, so President Obama doesn’t need to sway every single voter. Either way, I’m baffled that anyone would donate money to any candidate.
Odds are—relying on my 80% assumption—that if you’re going to vote, you’ve already made your mind up. And if you haven’t decided, read a couple of news stories a few nights before the election. You probably don’t need thousands of TV commercials or whatever politicians spend their money on to persuade you one way or the other.
Vote, go to rallies, even volunteer, but give your money to a charity, buy something nice, or just save your money instead of a donating it to a Fat Cat politician that doesn’t need it.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I…
Note: each description of love is an action, not a feeling.
Yeah, I admit it, I was happy to see Dallas win the NBA Finals because LeBron was on the other team. LeBron made the big show about his decision and thankfully, players forming their own teams didn’t pan out.
But I don’t hate LeBron, nor do I think most of the people that cheer against him do either. There are some in Cleveland that may feel this way but I bet most of the sporting world just has a slight dislike. In fact, I sincerely appreciate LeBron’s natural and trained gifts; he’s amazing.
The idea that hate is in our lexicon when discussing sports is ridiculous, that’s all I’m saying.
Politics aside, it’s interesting the debate of which industries should be private and which public.
For example, there are many successful public and private schools. To assume one is better than the other just by funding source is confused at best. Most will attest that parental involvement and student passion is the primary means for academic success.
The desire for equality and fairness lies at the core of the discussion. On one hand, some say that a government school facilitates all. Whereas, the other side claims public dollars given as a voucher allows parental freedom.
Either way, I’m fascinated that money fuels a debate when in reality it is only a minor influencer of outcomes desired. Think of all the brilliant minds that came from poor schools and the idiots from rich…
I heard on Connecticut radio that many schools closed due to the heat. It was 95 degrees! I wonder how the kids in The South feel about Northerners truancy for snow and sun; Southerns can’t get a break…