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Sounds confusing, doesn’t it. The cry around this country to “get those dastardly corporations – they are the cause of all our troubles” is so misplaced that it is almost like saying don’t put prisoners in prisons, because prisons are unsafe because there are too many dangerous people in prison.

Have I now cleared all this up? Okay it is simple, even if Senators Obama (now President) and (now Secretary of State) Clinton appear to not get it. Corporations factor in the income tax rate into their cost of sales and thus the price they set on what you buy at the point of sale. So, go ahead and tax the living day lights out of these corporations, they just collect their income tax for the government from you. There is one hiccup with this plan. These corporations are unable to incorporate their income tax into the price on sales overseas or in Canada and Mexico.

Senators Obama (now President) and (now Secretary) Clinton, please pay attention here as this is important and you act like you have never heard this before. When you tax a corporation and it cannot pass on that tax it either cannot survive internationally or it adapts by closing plants in the United States and opening these plants in another country. Are you still listening? When they do this, they create jobs in other nations and terminate jobs in the United States. This is called free enterprise. We could try to regulate corporations and force them to keep the jobs in the United States, but then they will not make any money and the investment capital will move to a company in another country and not here. It is like squeezing a balloon. Squeeze one end and it gets bigger on the other end – squeeze too hard and it breaks.

Our tax code and the fact that we tax our corporations at the second highest rate internationally may have something to do with out trade deficits and the loss of good paying jobs in this country. So yes, when we tax a corporation they bill us for the tax through domestic sales or sell us merchandise made in another country where the bulk of the profit is taxed at the other country’s favorable rate and the taxes go to the other country.

Senator (now President) Obama has a socialist solution for this conundrum. Instead of lowering taxes on domestic corporations so they can manufacture in the United States and create good paying jobs. These are jobs that make you more financially viable, jobs that make our economy healthier, and jobs that help us export to other nations. Senator Obama’s solution is to support the Patriot Employer Act. This act is right out of the socialist play book – we all know that the socialist economic system is failing all over the world. It is the second worst economic system, on how people benefit, only when compared to communism.

The Wall Street Journal quotes Peter Merrill whom they refer to as “…an international tax expert at PriceWaterhouseCoopers…” as saying “…Apparently Mr. Obama believes that by making U.S. Companies less profitable and less competitive world-wide, they will somehow be able to create more jobs in America.” http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB120407121574294919-lMyQjAxMDI4MDI0ODAyNzgxWj.html

Honestly, they must have taught international economics at either Columbia or Harvard when Senator (now President) Obama attended. If he knows better and is sending us down the wrong path just to get elected, then he does not deserve to be President. If he does not know better, then he does not deserve to be President. The same should apply to Senator (now Secretary) Clinton. The solution, Senators Obama and Clinton, is to help these corporations become as competitive as we possibly can and then turn them loose on the world. This will create the right kind of jobs for this nation – we will not have to settle for jobs where you must learn the phrase – Do you want fries with that?

Senator (now President) Obama, drop your support of the misnamed Patriot Employment Act which is a form of reverse protectionism – it protects the world from us – and lower or eliminate corporate taxes. Yes, we all will personally pay more income tax which will be offset by lower prices for goods, since the tax will no longer be included in the price. This will stimulate domestic production of all kinds of goods and improve our standard of living by allowing us to hold better jobs. Aren’t you and Senator (now Secretary) Clinton about jobs?

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MSNBC’s debate last evening focused on three themes. The health insurance debate, of which there is little difference between the plans of Senators Clinton and Obama, non-issue oriented questions of both moderators, and how NAFTA is ruining Ohio. First, the loss of jobs in Ohio is tied to the extensive use of technology in manufacturing, and the worldwide competitiveness of a multitude of manufacturing nations and our governments failure to prepare us to compete in a fierce worldwide trade market. It has little to do with Canada, whose manufacturing industry is on the decline, and Mexico which is responsible for only 11% of our imports – these two nations are NAFTA. Do you think one moderator or candidate might have pointed out the trade problem distinction – if the candidates did not know the distinction, then find new candidates, because neither is ready to be President?

Beyond this apparent gaff, I can tell you I have had about enough of debate questions designed to incite. I would hope that moderators would refrain from asking – How do you feel about your opponent’s attacks on you? The moderators clearly either don’t want to do fact checked follow-up questions or are just not knowledgeable enough to do these necessary questions. I need to be fair and point out that the overall news media in general, not just MSNBC, has not served this nation well with the choice of moderators for most of the debates. They seem more inclined to talk feelings, attack ads, and gotcha quotes. Often the political leaning of the moderator falls out all over their desk like a spilled can of red paint. It is noticed. Does anyone with a brain really care what these media types think and how they lean politically?

Why can’t we have a debate where tough questions are asked that test the knowledge, readiness to lead, the judgment of the candidate, and the enterprise to work through the political mine field to achieve a goal? Why does it appear that questions are tailored for the candidate, either to make them look poorly or to make them look presidential – okay, we might know the answer to that question? Of course, the positions of the candidates need to be learned; however, these positions are usually on their web site or in their campaign handouts or can be found in their opponent’s attack ads.

One moderator, last night, did make an attempt at asking the same hypothetical question to each candidate, but the question had a predictable answer before it was asked. It had something to do with – if Iraq asked us to leave, would we leave. Duh! What candidate, in their right mind, after the U.S. has recognized Iraq as a sovereign nation, would say – no we will stay anyway. Of course they would say – yes we will leave. This is the best this highly trained moderator could come up with?

Perhaps each candidate should be asked different questions, perhaps placed in envelopes chosen at random by each candidate. The moderator points out that these are tough question with no easy answers.

  1. The moderator opens the envelope and then asks the hypothetical but realistic question: Senator, as President, you have pulled out of Iraq, Iran has filled the void in Iraq and has now taken control of the Strait of Hormuz. It now controls 60% of the world’s oil exports. Iran is refusing oil shipments to the United States. How do you respond to this threat?
  2. The moderator opens the next envelope, selected by the next candidate, and asks: Three years from now, Iran hits Israel with a low yield nuclear tipped missile, 10,000 are dead, and Israel is mobilizing to go to nuclear war with Iran. How do you respond to this crisis?

These questions are realistic, the solutions are cloudy, but the depth of a candidate’s response to the question will tell us a whole lot about the candidate. When will we start to ask tough questions of these candidates? The media today is not providing any help in picking candidates. The media is more fixated on what Bill Cunningham said, who released the goofy picture of Senator Obama, or printing a story on page one that there is rumor and suspicion that Senator McCain may have possibly had an affair with a lobbyist and possibly or perhaps could have done favors on behalf of that lobbyist, like send a letter to the FCC asking a government agency only to make a decision – not how to make the decision. What are they teaching in journalism school – Tabloid 101?

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Updated December 2, 2009

We now have four most important issues facing America today.  The House of Representatives has passed the “Cap and Tax” – okay the Cap and Trade bill.  It is waiting for Senate approval.  This bill will cost each family in America in the neighborhood of $1,8000 per year in home energy costs, plus an untold amount in auto gas, and an even more untold and expected hefty increase in all goods produced, grown, or imported and trucked in this country.  These goods will be taxed at every step of the way.  This includes food which will also be subject to the Cap and Tax.  This Cap and Trade bill will raise the price of everything we consume.  While this may seem necessary to save the planet from CO2, we now know that the CO2 facts are not facts at all.  We now know that key scientists have been cooking the books, distorting data, hiding bad results, and destroying the raw data, which could prove their assertions wrong.  Read: “Email reveal that climate change is not settled science”  and “Impact of Climate Change Bad Data.”

If this hoax is not bad enough, our President still intends to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the United Nations Climate Change conference.  The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is behind this push for CO2 restriction and gets its information from the scientists who have been cooking the books. The IPCC is seeking draconian cuts in out CO2 emissions based on this faulty climate change data.  These cuts will cost this country dearly, especially during a recession, without solid science behind them.  The Australian Senate just dumped their climate trade bill.

Updated May 27, 2009

We now have three most important issues facing America today.  We are faced with a Congress and Executive Branch operating as if the Constitution does not exist.  The Federal Government is out of control.  It regularly, during the Bush administration and now to a faster extent the Obama administration, is crafting legislation that is not within the assigned powers of the federal government under our Constitution.  The U.S. Government has only 18 enumerated powers, plus a few amendments providing additional powers.  All other powers are reserved for the states. None of these 18 powers grants the federal government the authority to do what is doing now – starting with “no child left behind” and approaching Cap and Trade and National Healthcare.  Read more of the powers granted to the federal government at: Today’s Federal Government is Unconstitutional! We must push the states to assert their rights and Constitutional superiority over the federal government.

Updated February 9, 2009

Deep recession, job loss, and retirement savings loss are the current drivers of the challenges to the economy right now.  Our new President is receiving a great deal of good will driven by populism to move our country out of the current recession.  The far left has an agenda to move this country into socialism and is also a weighty provider of support for him, assisted by the media.  The current pork laden, earmarks on steroids bill being discussed in Congress labeled an economic stimulus bill by the far left is an example of the left trying to sneak their agenda through, at a time when we desperately need a  tightly targeted stimulus and jobs bill, only.  President Obama has now put his shoulder behind this non-stimulus spending behemoth of a bill – it appears he may be part of this far left agenda.  This non-stimulus behemoth filled with social engineering might very well be the Trojan Horse used by the far left to move this country into socialism.  Our far left leadership appears to be riding the wave of populism to establish this nation as a socialist nation.

What do you think of our far left leaders like Pelosi and Reid, who are using this very serious recession with people hurting in every corner of this nation to substitute a pure spending bill in the name of an emergency economic stimulus package?  These people are intent on capitalizing on the national wave of populism to change the basic culture and fabric of this nation.  Riding the populist wave is a tool used since democratic governments were created.  It uses the populace’s desire for economic change to sneak in radical change that is not in the best interests of the mainstream populace.  Those seeking culture change sneak in their limited appeal power grabbing agenda in the guise of making changes that will help all people.  Take a good look at the Pelosi and Reid agenda and you will find item after item not intended to stimulate the economy, rather they are intended to build a nanny state by growing government and keeping people dependent on government.  An historic example of this sneak attack is Hitler’s Nazi Party use of populism – then nationalism – to install Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party, who then went on to make sweeping changes that were not in the best interest of the populace.  A recent example is the action of Hugo Chavez and his socialist movement.  He has used the populist movement in his country to deliver change that his countrymen did not suspect or want.  We must be ever vigilant of those who will use a crisis to make masked changes that are not in the best interest of the main stream population.  Vladimir Putin has successfully used a wave of populism in Russia to deliver sweeping changes to limit freedom and the future political choices of the main stream population.

Why is populism so popular today? What are the real challenges facing President Obama?  What kind of leader does he need to be?  Let’s start with populism. People are unhappy with their declining standard of living. Food, fuel, medical care, and schooling cost more each day. Jobs are tenuous. These are the basics to a happy and successful life. The gap between the “have” and the “have-nots” is widening. The middle class is disappearing but you would not know it because we keep redefining it. The unemployment rate after hovering for years pretty close to what has in the past been defined as virtual full employment has slipped and we are in an unemployment rate upward spiral.

The tsunami of problems we face as a country today is knee buckling.

  • A goodly portion of the world seeks our demise. An entire movement of millions wants us all dead.
  • Hostile nations can, overnight, be in control of more than half the world’s oil exports.
  • We consume more than half the world’s oil exports, while making unfriendly nations richer and more powerful.
  • Fierce worldwide trade competition has brought our trade deficit to a little more than $600 Billion annually.
  • For the long term, we can no longer compete on the world stage. Plentiful good paying blue collar middle class jobs are gone. We no longer make much of anything in this country – it is nearly impossible to buy American.
  • We have opened our borders – at least our government has – to just about anyone who has the temerity to sneak into our country. This uncontrolled illegal immigration has created even more economic and social pressure on state and local governments, by increasing the cost of schools, hospitals, police, fire, and all sorts of social services.
  • Home values are vaporizing; millions are underwater in their home mortgages trapped in their homes as if they had gone to debtor’s prison.

President Obama must tackle two problems that are not mutually exclusive. He will have to change our energy culture. We must shake our oil addiction. This effort could consume an entire Presidential term of office. Multiple millions of Americans use oil for transportation, to heat their homes, and work in oil heated places of business.  Oil is our Achilles Heel! Each of our Presidents since Richard Nixon, Republican and Democrat, has know this to be our Achilles Heel and have not addressed the matter directly, thanks to the U.S. Oil interests and environmentalists. They have instead relied on international leverage of force and financial persuasion. This prescription is proving to be disastrous; as we are already experiencing serious side effects. The use of nuclear energy, using the newest technology with very low waste reactors, must become a national priority – it is the fastest way for us to replace oil imports with an inexpensive alternative.

Mr. Obama will also have to restructure our ability to effectively trade in the world. We have neglected this for nearly twenty years. No, not more agreements. The President must steer a course to rebuild our ability to compete in the world trade market. We must be able to manufacture and sell to the world. We must remove all obstacles to low cost domestic production of goods and services.  He must seek low cost energy so these businesses can compete on the world stage.  He must ensure that these businesses have minimal taxation so they can effectively compete with world competitors.   Only then will we be able to add quality good paying blue collar middle class jobs and start this country back on its way to a sound economic footing. Get back to a sound economic footing and the desires of the populists will be achieved.

We need a leader who recognizes these two critical issues, who is passionate about these two issues, who can cut through the entrenched resistance and the far left agenda to effect positive long term energy and trade change, and who can unflinchingly stand his or her ground. He will also need a Congress that understands that our survival as a great nation depends on these changes happening sooner rather than later.  We do not need a Congress interested in only furthering the power of their party.  We do need a Congress that will not take advantage of us when we are down, and will be a driving force to drive our economy upward and forward.   We need a Congress that is not beholden to the far left, but is beholden to main stream and Main Street America.

Why is a populist groundswell dangerous?  Left unchecked populism can and will bring change, out of control change, to our way of life.  Our nation was formed as a republic.  A republic was chosen because it is the form of government that gives us the most individual freedom.  If you thought a democracy brought the most freedom to the individual you might view a YouTube video called The American Form of Government.  You will see that change through a ground swell of populism – pure democracy and majority rule takes our freedom away.  Change brought about by populism is a volatile element to the free people of this earth.

The following is the original posting of February 2008.

Why is populism so popular today? What are the real challenges facing the next President? What kind of leader do we need?

Let’s start with populism. People are unhappy with the ever lowering of their standard of living. Food, fuel, medical care, and schooling cost more each day. These are the basics to a happy and successful life. The gap between the have and the have-nots is widening. The middle class is disappearing but you would not know it because we keep redefining it. The unemployment rate is still pretty close to what has in the past been defined as virtual full employment, yet we are slipping.

  • The tsunami of problems we face as a country today is knee buckling.
  • A goodly portion of the world seeks our demise. An entire movement of millions wants us all dead.
  • Hostile nations can, overnight, be in control of more than half the world’s oil exports.
  • We consume more than half the world’s oil exports, while making unfriendly nations richer and more powerful.
  • Fierce worldwide trade competition has brought about a $200 billion trade deficit. We can no longer compete on the world stage. Plentiful good paying blue collar middle-class jobs are gone. We no longer make much of anything in this country.
  • We have opened our borders – at least our government has – to just about anyone who has the temerity to sneak into our country. This uncontrolled illegal immigration has created even more pressure on state and local governments, by increasing the cost of schools, hospitals, police, fire, and all sorts of social services.

The next President must tackle two problems that are not mutually exclusive. He or she will have to change our energy culture. We must shake our oil addiction. This effort could consume an entire Presidential term of office. Multiple millions of Americans use oil for transportation, to heat their homes, and work in oil heated places of business.

Oil is our Achilles Heel! Each of our Presidents since Richard Nixon, Republican and Democrat, have know this to be our Achilles Heel and have not addressed the matter directly, thanks to the U.S. Oil interests and environmentalists. They have instead relied on international leverage of force and financial persuasion. This prescription is proving to be disastrous; as we are already experiencing serious side effects. The use of nuclear energy, using the newest technology with very low waste reactors, must become a national priority – it is the fastest way for us to replace oil imports with an inexpensive alternative.

The next President will also have to restructure our ability to effectively trade in the world. We have neglected this for nearly twenty years. No, not more agreements. This President must rebuild our ability to compete in the world trade market. We must be able to manufacture and sell to the world. We must remove all obstacles to low cost domestic production of goods and services, including low cost energy. Only then will we be able to add quality good paying blue collar middle class jobs and start this country back on its way to a sound economic footing. Get back to a sound economic footing and the desires of the populists will be achieved.

We need a leader who recognizes these two critical issues, who is passionate about these two issues, who can cut through the entrenched resistance to effect energy and trade change, and who can unflinchingly stand his or her ground. He or she will also need a Congress that understands that our survival as a great nation depends on these changes happening sooner rather than later.

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We should set up a “Deportometer”. It could record the number of times we send someone back to his or her home country. The “Deportometer” can be a little device that mounts on an illegal alien’s belt, just like a pedometer. After all, if we are going to repeatedly spend tax payers dollars on rounding up and deporting someone fourteen (YES 14) times, the least we could do is give that person a “Deportometer.” It appears that there is no penalty beyond deportation for a repeat illegal. So it certainly appears that we have no additional penalties for the recycling of illegals – why would they not keep trying to enter, since there is little down side. Our Congress appears to NOT have fixed this problem, yet they have time to hold hearings on baseball, HGH, and Roger Clemens. Has our President or his Homeland Security Chief requested this stiffer penalty – perhaps, but I cannot find evidence of the request.

You might say, 14 times, impossible. Well according to the DenverPost.Com‘s Howard Pankratz it is possible. The following is an excerpt from his article: A man arrested Monday on Interstate 70 while allegedly transporting illegal aliens has been deported 14 times, Eagle county authorities said today…

The article can be found at:

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_8304924

It doesn’t take an immigration wizard to understand that unless penalties get increasingly more severe after each deportation, like some prison time, the problem will continue unabated. This problem of illegal immigration is both nutured and fostered by our political parties. Politicians see that giving citizenship gives the vote, for them hopefully. These politicians will sell out the rest of us to acquire the new votes and for whose benefit? Yes, their own benefit. The impact on this nation and its current citizens is meaningless to them. There actions bely any belief that they are serving for the public good. This includes the office of President. When you look at the cumulative history of our current and past Presidents’ efforts on stopping illegal immigration, you must come to the conclusion that they did not and do not want to stop it. Has there been some sort of deal cut with Presidents Fox and Calderon of Mexico? It would certainly seem so. Three of the four presidential candidates are also on record as being very lenient on illegal aliens to say the least. Am I missing something? Are not controlling who or even knowing who enters your country and allowing a deportation game of cat and mouse to run “ad infinitum” good for this country?

Why bother to have any immigration control at the borders? Let’s just stop all this craziness of trying to enforce the law, dumbly I might add, and save all that money. It really is time for a change in Washington and not just the President. We should put brand new fannies into the 468 Senate and House seats up for re-election. This would be real change and not the repeated soaring rhetoric of our candidates for President. Their words are cheap, our votes at the ballot box on election day cleaning out both Houses of Congress to the limit of the Constitution are valuable.

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I recently came across an on-line newspaper opinion piece that targeted what I have been thinking for some time now. Here is an excerpt:

In the 1962 classic moving musical, “The Musica Man,” one of the screen’s greatest roles was created in the character of Professor Harold Hill, the ultimate flim flam artist who comes to Iowa to con the locals with his soothing voice and oozing charm, masking all the while his total lack of substance.

If you simply sit back and observe the Barack Obama Phenomenon, it is like watching a rerun of the play and movie titled “The Music Man” with the lead character being Professor Harold Hill. Professor Hill sells hope and promise in the form of musical instruments and the creation of a town band of which he will teach and lead, while he cannot personally play one note. The opinion piece is extremely well written and flawlessly demonstrates what the Obama bandwagon appears to be all about (pardon the pun).

This current political phenomena is almost like a sci-fi movie. The virus is spreading like wildfire. In this case the medical personnel who are to fight this virus are the media; however, they now have the virus as well. The symptoms are euphoria, incredible hope, a blissful feeling about our problems, and a panacea of all things for all people. The virus afflicts people who want something different, are unhappy with their current condition, and will reach out to the first person regardless of substance who says, “I have what you want, follow me blindly, and I will give it to you”. “Don’t ask how I will deliver what you want, just be happy that if you follow me I will deliver it”. The virus is similar to the effects on the pod people in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It makes people, your neighbors, look like people, but who no longer have a mind of their own.

Well, back to Professor Harold Hill and the online opinion piece. If you are adventurous and have not already been infected with the pod stuff, go to the following web site using the link (http://www.madisonrecord.com/arguments/206498-professor-harold-hill-runs-for-president) and read about Professor Harold Hill in Iowa (um!). The similarities are striking and John J. Hopkins, the author, is right on with a very timely piece.

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Barack Obama is an outstanding orator. He can lift our spirits and get us motivated. Millions of Americans, who are frustrated with our government, who have been told by the media over and over again that they are hurting in their lives, have been looking for someone to lead them to a higher standard of living and a conflict free foreign interaction. Is he the one? Does he have what it takes to cleanly free us from foreign conflict with no residual effects, to balance our national budget, to give us many more entitlements (entitlements now take up over 60% of our national budget), take away hunger from the poor, and permanently house the homeless?

This is a frightening task. It will take someone with skill, experience, and the ability to get political leaders from both parties to follow him and trust in him. Does Barack Obama have that experience, skill, and the ability to get the other party to trust him?

2/27/08 – NOTE: since this blog was posted the University of Chicago has taken down the Obama CV they had posted. The following, while it can no longer be fact checked, was taken from their web site when this blog was written.

Let’s look at his Curriculum Vitae (resume) as taken from The University of Chicago The Law School web site (on 02/13/08), in its entirety and unedited (http://www.law.uchicago.edu/faculty/obama/cv.html). 2/27/08 The School has now made the CV unavailable for viewing on their web site.

Curriculum Vitae


Barack Obama
Senior Lecturer in Law (on leave of absence)
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
phone: 773-834-0935
email: bobama@aol.com
EDUCATION
Harvard Law School, J.D. 1991, Magna Cum Laude.
President, Harvard Law Review
Executive Board, Black Law Students’ Association
Columbia University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1983
EXPERIENCE
United States Senator, Illinois, 2004-present
Illinois State Senator – 13th Legislative District, Chicago, 1996 – 2004
Minority Spokesperson for the Public Health & Welfare Committee, Member of the Judiciary and Revenue Committees, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
Areas of legislative interest include welfare reform; public school funding and accountability; tax accountability and tax fairness; campaign finance and ethics reform; job training and workforce preparation; economic development and technology access; and juvenile justice issues.
University of Chicago Law School
Senior Lecturer, 1993 – present (now 02/27/08 on The Law School web site an update: “This faculty member is no longer active at the University of Chicago Law School”)
Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.
Of Counsel, 1996 – present
Specializing in civil rights and voting rights litigation, employment law, and the representation of not-for-profit and community development corporations in urban redevelopment activities.
Associate, 1993 – 1996
Litigated voting rights and employment cases, wrote appellate briefs and argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals, helped to structure and finance efforts to construct mixed-income housing to replace public housing in and around Cabrini Green, served as general counsel to community health clinics, social service agencies, and charter schools throughout Chicago.
Illinois Project Vote
Director, April 1992 – November 1992
Organized and directed a voter registration and education campaign targeted at minority and low-income voters in Cook County. Recruited and managed 10 paid staff and 700 volunteers; helped raise $200,000 for the project; coordinated a companion multi-media campaign; established office and reporting systems. Resulted in approximately 150,000 newly registered voters in the 1992 Presidential election.
Developing Communities Project
Director, June 1985 – June 1988
Organized and directed a not-for-profit community development program in low-income areas of Chicago’s Far South Side. With a membership of over twenty churches and civic groups, the organization trained local leaders to formulate and execute a range of community development projects, including job training programs for area unemployed, college prep programs for low-income students, parent initiatives to reform public schools, and campaigns to clean up hazardous waste sites.
Business International Corporation
Writer/Financial Analyst, January 1984 – January 1985
Researched, wrote and edited articles, reports, and how-to manuals on international business and finance for multinational corporations.

It appears that the skill and experience to take on the leadership of this nation is lacking. Perhaps he can engender the trust of political leaders from the other party to help make the earthmoving changes he would like to see. The following is taken from the Washington Post web site (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/13/AR2007121301788.html) as they report on Barack’s interaction with another Illinois State Senator. It helps us with the trust piece of the puzzle.

“…Even on the campaign trail, Obama tries to squeeze in some hoops. His personal aide, Reggie Love, played for Duke’s 2001 national championship team. “There is nothing worse than losing to Barack Obama,” Love, 25, told the Chicago Tribune. “You never hear the end of it.” Obama, 46, has rarely suffered from a lack of confidence — whether on the court or in the pursuit of public office. In 1996, he sought the Illinois state Senate seat of Alice Palmer, who was running for Congress and who endorsed him. But when her congressional bid sagged, she decided she wanted to keep her seat and asked Obama to move aside. Not only did he decline, but he challenged the legality of her nominating petitions and those of other candidates, ultimately knocking them all off the Democratic primary ballot…”

Well, so much for trust! Does he have what it takes to lead a multi-trillion dollar government and be the leader of the free world? Does he have either executive experience managing a government or international savvy dealing with rogue or hostile foreign nations? He has great desires for the nation, but is he the one to be put in charge to deliver on those hopes and dreams?

Added March 2, 2008: If you are interested in how Barack Obama reaches across party lines to bring change and to work together – how he is new and fresh – click on the blog URL below

https://brokengovernment.wordpress.com/2008/02/25/obama-acting-in-the-same-old-style-of-the-congress-hum/

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