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Palin Resigns Presidency – 2011

This is very funny

Washington, D.C., 2011 — President Sarah Palin shocked the country today after she announced that she would resign her position as President because, among other things, she did not wish to become a lame duck.

President Palin, who was elevated to the post shortly after nine Inaugural balls proved too much for the elderly President John McCain — “It was one dance too many,” said a tearful Cindy McCain — has only been President for two years, but she said that she could better lead America if she was not hampered by her current position as the leader of America.

In yet another surprise, Palin, who never appointed her replacement to the Office of the Vice President said that she would be handing over the reigns to Nancy Pelosi, who pledged to be the “best second woman president this country has ever had.”

Palin likened her decision to resign to a basketball player’s decision to “pass the ball,” a quarterback’s decision to “get rid of the pigskin,” and a NASA flight controller’s decision to “ground the bird.” She also made a comparison between her role as President and her future role as an “American leader” to the difference between butter and “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.”

She also loosely quoted General Douglas Macarthur, saying “We are not moving backward. We are moving forward in reverse.” (more…)

By |2009-07-06T13:52:38-04:00July 6th, 2009|Fun, Party Politics|Comments Off on Palin Resigns Presidency – 2011

Does McCain have a Kerry Problem?

Remember in 2004 when Republicans painted John Kerry as out of touch. Kerry had four houses and he wind-surfed, so there was no way for him to know what the average American could be feeling.

“He is someone who purports to campaign as a man of the people, but who resides in a whole series of wealthy million dollar chateaus and mansions,” said Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt in the summer of 2004. “It’s just one more contradiction and example of him being out of the mainstream with America.”

Well, at least Kerry knew how many houses he owned. McCain was asked yesterday how many houses he owned and he couldn’t answer the question. “I think — I’ll have my staff get to you,” McCain said to Politico.com.

From the Huffington Post:

John and Cindy McCain own a plethora of houses spread throughout the United States, including: two beachfront condos in Coronado, California, condo in La Jolla, California, a two-unit condominium complex in Phoenix, Arizona, three ranch houses located outside of Sedona, Arizona, a high-rise condo in Arlington, Virginia, a rental loft, and, according to GQ, a loft they bought for their daughter, Meghan.

Audio of McCain’s non-answer is below. When you listen to the McCain’s answer, it seems to me that it wasn’t that he didn’t know the answer, rather, it was almost like he didn’t want to answer the question. Maybe he didn’t know how to spin the question into a simple paradigm in which he was still a humble American.

By |2008-08-21T17:10:06-04:00August 21st, 2008|Election 2008|Comments Off on Does McCain have a Kerry Problem?

Anheuser-Busch and the Loss of Middle America

This Bud isn’t for you.

I understand that the board of directors of a corporation is only responsible to it’s shareholders, but it seems to me that there must be more. Anheuser-Busch was recently sold to InBev, a Germany company for a gazillon dollars (well, $52 billion). The stockholders, including Cindy McCain, are doing a victory dance. Everyone is happy. InBev gets to decrease competition. Upper management and stockholders of Anheuser-Busch get to cash in. Yahoo! Everybody dance.

What? Who is that? It seems there are some folks that aren’t dancing, again: American workers. The employees of Anheuser-Busch aren’t dancing. InBev is going to cut costs because that’s their specialty.

Cost cutting is ‘business speak’ for firing workers and making the workers who stay work harder for less money. This is a very common scenario. We, Americans, should be used to this by now. We have seen companies buy out other companies and then institute “cost” savings. Wall Street loves this. The stock usually will skyrocket and folks with money will make more money.

Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t benefit from these buyouts. Usually, a handful of people will make truckloads of money and several hundred to several thousand are out in the cold.

The gateway to the West, the home to Anheuser-Busch as well as my former home, is going through some significantly tough times. If you drive into downtown from the west on one of the interstate highways (if you drive in from the east do not stop, you are going through East St. Louis. It makes St. Louis look like Beverly Hills), you will notice exactly what I’m talking about. There is an area just outside of downtown which is completely abandoned. There are huge factories and warehouses which are showing their age. Although they hint of a time when St. Louis was a vibrant city, that time has long since passed. The companies that owned these buildings have moved on or gone out of business. These buildings cry out for help from a wrecking ball and a bulldozer.

One of the last major employers in St. Louis is/was Anheuser-Busch. If you haven’t toured the plant, you should. It is amazing how much beer those guys turn out. The operation is very impressive. It is also clear that the workers are/were proud to be employed there.

I bought my first house in St. Louis. The guy who lived across the street from me in this new sub-division in the middle of suburbia was a truck driver. He had been working for Budweiser for over 30 years. He was in the house of his dreams with his wife of over 30 years. They were living in a golf course community. This was/is the American dream. This is what is suppose to happen when you work hard and save your money in America. But more and more, the American dream has been sold to the highest bidder. Wages are cut. Benefits are slashed. Workers are fired and asked to “re-train” and a few at the top make out like bandits.

Do major corporations have an obligation to the community in which they reside? Without the labor of that community could the corporation have prospered?

In order for America, to make it in this new century, we have to make things. We have understand that we are all in this together. If the workers are making money, then management is making money. It has to be a partnership in order for everyone to benefit.

By |2008-07-23T22:04:52-04:00July 23rd, 2008|Economy|Comments Off on Anheuser-Busch and the Loss of Middle America
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