Commentary: Yesterday in his segment on CBS Sunday Morning Ben Stein talked about the need for America's leaders to try and calm investor fears by doing some cheerleading. He wanted President Obama, Jack Welch, and Warren Buffett, among others, to try and boost the morale of fearful nation by trying to get Americans as a whole, and investors in particular, to just settle down and try to stay positive. Stein's premise was that every time the President or members of his administration make a negative comment regarding the state of the economy, Wall Street takes a nosedive.
There is some wisdom in this. Franklin Roosevelt said during the depths of the Great Depression "We have nothing to fear but fear itself".
But staying positive and trying to paint a rosy picture where "the sun will come out tomorrow" is easier said than done. About an hour ago MSNBC had segment about the growing tent cities in California, particularly around the state's capital, Sacramento. At this time, one in 10 Californians are jobless, and homelessness, particularly among those workers in the construction trades, is growing at an alarming rate.
The greatest nation on earth...the world's lone superpower. And those people who build our malls, roads, bridges, and office complexes now live in tents, faced with possible eviction everyday of their lives.
This is not a Democratic or a Republican problem, and shame. It is shared by all of us.
Below are some videos, two are from YouTube citizen journalists. The third is from a local TV station in Sacramento.
Be forewarned...some of what you will see is heartbreaking.
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".