Can’t we all just get along? Apparently not.

Watching the GOP Presidential Primary race reminds me of the infamous words uttered by Rodney King at the height of the LA Riots of 1992. “Can’t we all just get along?” could also be applied to the lame efforts by the President and Congress to pass budgets or any significant legislation.

As seen on the Geraldo Rivera show last night, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WLmLVh_OZw

…leading Presidential Candidate Herman Cain is being attacked in an article on Politico.com. It claims that while serving as President of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two unnamed female employees and paid them a cash settlement to drop the claims. Allegedly the women took the cash and left the employ of the Association.

It’s important to note that nobody is accusing Cain of touching them, groping them, dropping his pants, or anything beyond saying something ONCE and making a gesture ONCE that made two women “uncomfortable”. In our nation’s ridiculous and heightened state of political correctness in the 1990 a woman’s claim of being made to feel “uncomfortable” required calling out the Third Infantry and helicopter attack squad. No credibility nor truth needed accompany the claim in order for it to do substantial damage to the person it was levied against. It’s not MUCH better today. Herman Cain has been married for over 40 years. That’s good enough for me.

I’m not saying I’ll vote for Cain. In fact, I probably will vote for another GOP candidate if they are still in the race by the time of Washington State’s April 15, 2012 Presidential Precinct Caucuses. But I am saying even if this lame story lacking attribution is 100% true, SO WHAT! It amounts to very, very little. Not something that should sway anyone’s vote.

Conservative Columnist Ann Coulter was adamant that the story was being put forth by the “Liberal Left” or more specifically President Obama’s political machine. Democratic Commentator Juan Williams was equally sure the story was being pushed by Cain’s GOP rivals, or more specifically one of them. Whoever is found to be responsible for bathing in this slime soup should be held accountable. For it is about time we as Americans stop complaining about negative campaign ads, campaign stories, and campaigning in general and start penalizing those purveying such nonsense; rather than rewarding them. The negative campaigning goes on only because it works. It’s time we start supporting those who lift us up, rather than those who pull us down. And in case you haven’t been paying attention Newt Gingrich is the only candidate not throwing mud at his GOP rivals and the slime throwing, Commander in Pulling us Down Chief right now is Mr. Hope and Change himself.

Thanks for visiting. Comments are welcome.

Envy will kill ya! Darned Sibling Rivalry.

Perhaps you’re like me. Perhaps you too have a sibling who is particularly high achieving. I do. I have a brother with whom I’ve always been compared and worse yet set against. I doubt my parents actually realize this.

I’m beset with high achievers with whom to be compared. All around me our family and friends who populate the 1% that so many Occupy Wall Street protesters claim to be greedy. For the record Dictionary.com defines greedy as:

1.excessively or inordinately desirous of wealth, profit, etc.;avaricious: “the greedy owners of the company.”

Were I defining the word I would add the phrase “…for that which is not rightfully yours”. For I don’t think its greedy to want to possess and enjoy that which is yours, that which you’ve earned.
My brother is just one year my senior. He used to brag to me what his income was for years. It was quite juvenile, but synonymous with the sibling rivalry he and I seem forever engaged in. He stopped telling me his pay 12-15 years ago when it became clear he had reached 7 figures per year.  He remains a 7-8 figure-income-earner per year.
But if a world travelling millionaire brother isn’t bad enough, there are also my in-laws. My sister-in-law is a Cal-Berkley educated lawyer for Microsoft. Her Dad, my father in-law, is a former 20 year state Senator and college football hero for the local school, University of Washington. Heck, even my best friend makes over $100k yearly driving a bus for Metro.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters who defiantly cry that they’re “the 99%” have an envy problem. They resent the wealth distribution in the country. They hate that the upper earning 1%, in which my family is well represented, earn 17% of our nations income. They claim that 1% should share more of what they have. Never mind that the same 1% pay for 38% of ALL Federal income tax, that the upper 10% paid 70%, and that 51% paid 100%. 49% of Americans paid 0% of all collected Federal Income tax, courtesy of those evil George Bush tax cuts. Talk about “Things that make ya go, hmmm?
If anyone has a right to be envious its me! I was raised in the same house by the same single father as my millionaire brother. I met my wife when my professional attorney sister-in-law was 12 years old. And I met by best friend 25 years ago when he had just started his Government work, long before his seniority and good service pushed him into the upper income levels. I watched all these people grow from humble beginnings to good or great financial success.
My personal achievements have been comparatively humble. I’ve worked hard my whole life. Other than two short stints on unemployment I’ve never taken public assistance or a government hand out. I’ve never been in the upper 1% of income earners, though I was certainly in the upper 5%. I’m not complaining. I’m not poor. I’ve done well. I live well. But compared to some in my family…lets just say I’m a little lower on the food chain.
So am I like the OWS protesters desirous of more of my immediate family’s money? Do I feel ripped off? Absolutely not. In fact, sometimes I feel sorry for my wealthy family members. They are all tied to their jobs and the responsibilities therein. For six years I’ve been an independent small business owner answerable to no one. Before that I worked a sales job for thirteen years in which I seldom worked more than 30 hours per week.
My brother, sister-in-law, father-in-law and best friend worked long hard hours day after day, month after month, year after year to earn everything they have. So have I. But my wealth has yet to come. It will. But I’ve enjoyed a lot of freedom and independence in the meantime (…he laughs knowingly). I’m proud of my family.
For the most part the OWS protesters are young and seem to be experiencing a tough time. They come from a generation given everything, including trophies merely for participating on a sports team. They don’t have the experience of knowing what we know. Things get better. Work hard, don’t quit, overcome obstacles, don’t spend money frivolously, and always anticipate the dawn. So its my hope they will filter away in the increasingly cold days ahead and that their “movement” will be largely ignored. As it should be. Because its little more than entitlement and envy.
Thanks for visiting. Comments are welcome.

Best World Series Game 6 Ever!

Last night’s World Series game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers was why so many of us enjoy sports. The sheer excitement, the drama, the edge or your seat suspense was all incredible. Then the sudden unexpected conclusion with the walk off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning off the bat of St Louis hometown boy David Freese made for a memorable evening I’ll not soon forget.

I was jumping up and down mad in the bottom of the tenth inning when Rangers Manager Ron Washington made the correct call and decided to intentionally walk Albert Pujols. By most people’s estimation Pujols is the games best player and after only 11 years in the big leagues is considered a sure Hall of Famer. So here he was stepping to the plate with two out and a runner on 2nd, bottom of the 10th inning and his team trailing by a run. With Pujols facing free agency in the off-season and possibly in his last at-bat as a Cardinal the situation was absolutely delicious. But Washington took that taste right out of my mouth. Of course, I know it was the right thing for him to do. But karma can be a bitch sometimes. By taking away the drama of Pujols either being the hero or the goat (though the final out would hardly qualify him as the goat) Washington had the baseball Gods come back and slap him. Lance Berkman hit a double tying the game, and of course the Cardinals went on the win it and force tonight’s game seven.

As wonderful as last nights game was I will not call it the Best World Series game, or game 6, I’ve ever personally witnessed. Heck, it’s not even 2nd best. My BEST, and the best of so many other people, is the 12 inning Boston Red Sox win over the Big Red MachineCincinnati Reds, in 1976. I was only 12 years old but I still remember how exhilarating it was to watch. Of course, like so many others Carlton Fisk became one of my favorites, one of my heroes, with his home run the he willed fair with hand, hip and heart. It was beautiful.

And who can forget the 1986 Game 6 win of the New York Mets over the Boston Red Sox, the night I became convinced there really was a CURSE. People forget that the final Bill Buckner between the legs whiff was only the last of a series of Red Sox gaffes that enable the Mets to come back from the brink of losing the World Series to eventually winning it.

Of course in 1976 The Big Red Machine won Game 7 and the World Series cementing their legacy as one of the greatest teams ever. The Mets won Game 7 in 1986. How could they not? So what’s going to happen tonight? Based on history, there’s no telling. But I like the chances of the Cardinals. I’ll be watching. That’s for sure.

Seven Tips for Marketing a Business with Video | Entrepreneur.com

Here is an article that speaks to the need for you to have video in your marketing plans and how you might do it best.

Seven Tips for Marketing a Business with Video | Entrepreneur.com.

Thanks to Woodinville Florists for this article.

I’m back!!!! My new blogsite.

Sunset at Birch Bay, WA

Hello, and welcome to my new blog site. I hope I can entertain and educate you. Based on past experience I know full well I will frustrate many who read the muses here. For I have done this before.

For the time being you can still read and view my previous blog site called American Perspective, which was on my soon to be replaced website www.totalbroadcasting.com. When we began to make progress on a new website I decided it wasn’t in the company’s best interest, or my own, to continue to draw people to an inadequate website and blog site since they would both soon be replaced.

Not being one to follow conventional thinking I’m not ready to declare a specific theme to this blog other than “Americana“. But unlike an old book, or piece of art the view expressed here will not be falling into disrepair. They’ll be about American politics, business, self-help, and being that I am an avid sports fan I suspect if I want to pen my perspective on the Seattle Mariners chances of making it to the World Series in 2012 I might just do so.

I hope you will do me the honor of Following or Subscribing to this blog. And while you’re at it Like us on Facebook. I think you’ll be glad you did. Whether you agree with me or not, I’m happy to engage in discussion. I have already posted some articles previously posted elsewhere in order to give you some sense of my writing and views. So…welcome. I hope we become frequent sharers of this space.