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I don't like change, but I do like improvement.

The responsible party may not be the party that is to blame.

Complexity is easy ... Easy is hard.


Tucker Carlson

"How do you assimilate large numbers of people from different cultures without blowing up

your own."   02/20/17

In this quote, Tucker and identified the belief of many Americans about the current status of immigration policy in the U.S.   


Mike

"You have to find someone who wants to buy it more than you want to sell it."  

I'm lousy at negotiating and that's why I go to Costco.  However, sometimes you have to sell a single item and I have to prep my mind to be in sell mode and not sell below an items real value. 


Mike

"No solution is not a solution."  

Observation: When a Republican politician tells me to look up on their website their solution to a problem, such as Obamacare or gun control, I actually look it up.  In almost all circumstances, if they're not bad-mouthing the other side of the isle, they are merely reiterating the problem or previous non-workable solutions to the problem and make no mention of any real and feasible solution moving forward.  It's enough to drive one crazy.  When was the last time you heard a politician say something that actually solved a problem instead of just kicking it down the road?


Mike

"I don't like some of what Trump says but I like the way he says it."  

When was the last time, after viewing a news blog or newspaper, have you felt that your elected representatives  really had your best interests at heart?  For me, not in a long time.  It's just that frustration from where Trump draws his popularity. President Obama has failed at cleaning up the Middle East mess that Bush Cheney caused and all the Republicans want to do is shut down the federal government.  Nice!


Mike

"A nation with tribes is not a nation."  

I watch a lot of Sunday morning political shows and can't believe the intelligent pundits that don't understand that you can't turn a country comprised of tribes into a functioning modern Western Democracy.  It hasn't worked in the Middle East, Africa, and South America and never will.  That's why they're called 3rd world countries.  I've been watching the development of 3rd world countries since the 1950's and little seems to ever improve. It also seems like US immigration policy is turning large parts of the US into a 3rd world environment. 


Mike

"Climate science often fails to factor in the socio economic consequences of carbon reduction."  

The real issue we should be talking about is how to reduce all pollution (air, water, earth,) without deteriorating citizens standard of living.  Unfortunately, lower carbon emitting renewable energy is more expensive than legacy energy sources and would be prone to financially hurting the average person.  Just don't make me pay for myself in addition to someone else.


Mike

"It isn't criminal if no one goes to prison"  

(The SEC has won criminal cases against corporations but no one in management goes to prison and the stockholders take the financial hit.)

         

 

Mike

"Ironically, persons that demand the most tolerance from others are often the most intolerant themselves."  

(Just something I observed about people.)


Mike

"Free and fair market capitalism is the most efficient means of providing goods and services to a large population of people that they want to buy and are willing to pay for"  

(On what a capitalistic economy is all about.)

(Please note that "fair" market capitalism includes regulations that protect the environment and reduce industry's tendency towards oligopoly or monopoly.)


Mike

"Never promote a public policy by limiting supply.  This will always be complicated, economically unsuccessful, and result in unintended consequences. Limiting demand is the only way."  

(On successful regulation.)


Mike

"Definitely not part of the solution."  

(Not solely limited to politics but specifically applies to Republican reaction to Obamacare.)

   
 

 

Shorts

  

"Turning fantasy into facts."  

"Harness human's competitive nature to maximize societal productivity and personal fulfillment."

  

   
 

Hillary Clinton

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff" is not an organizing principle."

("Don't so stupid stuff" is a great quote.  I've heard it at my job, football players hear is on the field, and now it's a US principle. In my own experience, this phrase is usually said by bosses / coaches / and now leaders that either don't have anything of value to say or are just less than competent.)


President Obama

"Don't judge me against the Almighty, judge me against the alternative."  

(Discussing the attacks on him during the Republican presidential debates.)


"Morals and ethics trump politics."  

(Enough said. This is a real principle.)


"Out of sight ... out of mind ... out of the budget."  

(Mikey on the future of NASA after the last landing of the space shuttle on July 21, 2011.)


"Money is not a principle"  

Mikey on listening to so many politicians, lobbyists, hedge fund managers, investment fund managers talk about money as if it is a principle.  It's disgusting.)


"The US tax structure is currently configured to place the burden of paying for social services on the producers of goods and services."  

(On how to assist business in a capitalistic society fix the US economy.  This discourages the production of goods and services in the US. This burden should be increasingly shared by the consumers of goods and services. Goods and services produced overseas and imported to the US get a free ride under the current tax structure..


All persons and businesses in the US that provide goods and services to the people in the US should be incented by the tax code, import tariffs, environmental regulations, and other public policy, to produce those goods and services in the US regardless if that person or business is a domestic or foreign entity. 

(On what should be the background platform of any and all state and federal legislation if our goal is to improve the employment rate.)


Patrick Moynihan (variant)   

"You are entitled to your own opinion, but you are not entitled to your own facts."


John Maynard Keynes   

"When the facts change, I change my mind.  What do you do, sir?"


"Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean it doesn't exist."

 (On many conservatives just not accepting that certain truths exist whether they like them or not."


"If you don't know the facts about something, that's ignorance. When you refuse to learn the facts about something, that's stupidly."  

(On people that simply choose to ignore facts.}


"Greed is not a conservative value"  

(On unbridled free markets where companies cannibalize each other in order to enrich the very few at the top. (You have the right to drive on any street that you want but you do not have the right to exceed the speed limit or ignore stop signs."


  Margaret Thatcher.  

"The problem with socialism is that eventually, you run out of other people's money."


Ray Ozzie

"Complexity Kills"

Complexity makes products difficult to plan, build, test and use.  On leaving his position as lead design

programmer for Microsoft.


"Consensus is not the truth".

The purpose of life is to seek the truth...about everything.  If opposing sides agree to a consensus, its only a consensus.  You still haven't found the truth.


The Constitution of the United States

"The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts, Excises, to pay the Debts and

provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises

shall be uniform throughout the United States..."


The Bible - Genesis 2:15

"Then the LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to Cultivate it and Guard it"

Living Bible

"to tend and care for it"


Napoleon Bonaparte

"The biggest enemy to a good plan is a perfect plan."

  

    

11/08/11