Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Gay Marriage and Cyber-Security

Obama recently disclosed his support for gay marriage. The media dutifully loudly proclaimed that this action was "courageous" and "historic".  I n response, I posted the following "Obama "Courageous" Support of Gay Marriage". Since posting, I ran across this obscure article in the Post: "Pentagon to expand cybersecurity program for defense contractors". This article further supports the fact that Obama's coming-out-of-the-closet moment does not demonstrate a true commitment to civil liberties. Obama's "commitment" to civil liberties seems to be callously based on highly visible populist actions that will "buy" votes rather than true moral commitment.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Rising Price of the Falling Dollar

Charles Kadlec of Forbes wrote "The Rising Price of the Falling Dollar". Nice to read that someone else has made the same economic observations that I have. Of course his article is better researched and more credible. But then I'm spewing out "casual observations". Unfortunately, I have been unable to convince the masses that inflation is an economic drag. In fact Bernanke views low inflation as an economic "positive" even though the price of a $0.05 candy bar of 1965 is close to a $1.00 now. To summarize the detrimental effects of inflation, Mr. Kadlec wrote: "Our common sense hides this source of higher prices because we view the dollar as fixed and prices as moving."  This attitude resulted in many home-owner viewing their homes as ATM machines spewing out free money.  Well that bubble burst and resulted in an economic crash in 2008.  Eventually the student loan bubble will burst. In conclusion, Mr. Kadlec even throws in the concept that the falling dollar is steadily eroding our liberties.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Obama "Courageous" Support of Gay Marriage

Yesterday, Obama finally came-out-of-the-closet in support of gay marriage. The media was dutifully,  flooded with numerous articles and opinion pieces on Obama's supposed courageous and historic action. Obama's announcement was not courageous or historic.  All that Obama was doing was getting on another populist bandwagon. Essentially Obama came out loudly with much fanfare supporting a "horse" in the process of winning a race. And I thought, leadership meant tackling real issues.

Obama's disclosure is weak concerning civil liberty Here we have a President who supposedly is in favor of civil liberties. If he were truly in favor of civil liberties, why does he continue to "reluctantly" support legislation, such as the Patriot Act, that continues to erode the civil liberties of all Americans, including the gay community. Coming-out-of-the-closet simply demonstrates that Obama has moral relativism since he does not truly believe in protecting civil liberties for all.

For Obama to demonstrate courageous and historic leadership, how about proposing a balanced budget or reforming the tax code?  These are real issues that have remained unsolved.  But I guess, for a self-serving politician, playing partisan politics and pandering to special interest trumps actually working in the National interest. Obama's actions were neither courageous nor historic. Simply another instance of "diversions, distractions, and distortions".