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‘Tomorrow’s War’?

December 29, 2009
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“Yemen will be tomorrow’s war”. Joe Lieberman, did you actually say that? 

If there’s one thing harder to be in the Middle East – than an American; it’s someone working with Americans. The Yemeni government is – to a large enough degree; one of our partners – a claim few can make (and some abuse).  Read more…

Agent of… Diffidence

December 20, 2009

Lawrence Summers, Director of the President’s National Economic Council

Arianna Huffington was barely off the Sunday News show circuit when the tweets went out. George Stephanopoulos’s read “Arianna on Summers: ‘Wrong man for the job’”.

Sadly, she’s right.

Summers is unquestionably a respected academic economist. He’s undeniably had a few issues too; including a ‘lack of confidence’ vote by the Harvard faculty, where he also lost a billion dollars trading highly speculative (wait for it… derivatives). He has a few controversial hypotheses too, one as to why women lag behind men in the sciences (cringe) and this little gem … Read more…

Agent of…. Paralysis

December 20, 2009

Joe Lieberman, Junior Senator from Connecticut  

The man who was once the bridge between the parties has somehow become an obstacle to both and a blockage to their progress. 

So is he, as the resemblance to Senator Palpatine might suggest; a wily agent of chaos or just a plodding agent of paralysis? 

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$140 billion Stimu-later.

December 20, 2009

    

   An unprecedented chest of money was recently unlocked to bolster consumer confidence and stimulate economic recovery. Few understand what it can buy; and fewer still are capable of the spending spree.

 Let’s give it a little context: 

  • $140 billion is equivalent to the annual budgets for the U.S. Departments of Education, Energy, Justice, Agriculture and NASA… combined.  
  • $140 billion would buy a day at Disneyland for every child on earth (and their Moms). Or… 
  • 31,000 Predator drones, a fleet to fill the skies everywhere (we have 195 today). 
  • It also buys a Dallas Cowboys size stadium (the new one) in every city in America (bigger than Oxnard, California (pop 185,717) 
  • $140 billion would buy GM (again) – 230 times. We already did buy it (for about 2 billion), in addition to loaning them another 50 billion. However (since we’re buying companies) …   Read more…

Tiger: It’s never too late for PR

December 17, 2009
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 “There’s no such thing as bad PR”, though Tiger is certainly testing that thesis. He doesn’t have PR at the moment (that much is obvious); his web site is still up providing a forum for the tens of thousands who need an audience – to rail against him. 

Step 1: Stop the bleeding. Close the website’s forum immediately!

There’s a special name for the arrogance some celebrities continually flaunt – and repeat. Read more…

POTUS: Economy speech suggestions

December 8, 2009

Speech on the Economy (December 8th 2009)

I can’t say I’d suggest the President speak on this – now. There’s a lot to lose and very little to gain without a home run; but since we’re here.

This speech will impact holiday spending (which is important enough), the State of the Union, which will either be a fight or a coast on the momentum established here. The legislative and electoral agenda forward to midterm are in play as is the President’s reliability, credibility and most importantly; the sheer might of his economic leadership.

How to pull it off? Read more…