Monthly Archives: July 2008

I live in Paso Robles – check out my site

Please check out my Paso Robles, CA website.

All About Paso Robles

Paso Robles is a city experiencing large population growth

I also set up two other websites for towns near Paso Robles:

All About Atascadero

Atascadero is the home of Atascadero State Hospital, housing mentally challenged jail inmates.

All About San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo is the home of Cal Poly University

Thank you.

Bush’s failure is far reaching

The Indybank failure today brings something to mind. I know it is 20/20 hindsight, but it is important to understand something about Bush.

I would hope that the President of the most powerful nation on earth would be multi talented.

Bush said he is our War President.

Unfortunately, he does not know much about anything else.

I would hope he would know just a little about the economy of the nation. If he did, he would have taken the initiative to stem the tide of a possible depression. I heard nothing from this man in the past about problems in the US economy.

When we see a doctor for an ailment we depend on the doctor to be extremely capable.

When you hire a web consultant, ditto.

When you elect a President, ditto.

Unfortunately, this President has not shown any skills at all, except a great skill to attract low performance ratings.

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Lee Iacocca light a fire under Bush and Congress

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from it’s death throes? He’s now 82 years old and has a new book, and here are some excerpts.

Here is my favorite snip from this letter: ‘Stay the course’ Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned ‘Titanic’. I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the bums out!’ Our young people need to know that it is OK to protest!

Lee Iacocca Says:

‘Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening?

Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder.

We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we ‘ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, ‘Stay the course’ Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned ‘Titanic’. I’ll give you a sound bite: ‘Throw all the bums out!’

You might think I’m getting senile, that I’ve gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country any more.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in
handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving ‘pom-poms’ instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of the ‘America’ my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?

I’ll go a step further. You can’t call yourself a patriot if you’re not outraged. This is a fight I’m ready and willing to have. The Biggest ‘C’ is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine Cs of leadership, crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It’s easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else’s kids off to war when you’ve never seen a battlefield yourself. It’s another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other
time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A Hell of a Mess. So here’s where we stand. We’re immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We’re running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We’re losing the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble Our borders are like sieves. The middle class is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry out for leadership.

But when you look around, you’ve got to ask:’Where have all the leaders gone?’ Where are the curious, creative, communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We’ve spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to
do is react to things that have already happened.

Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina.
Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane,
or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial
hours after the storm.

Everyone’s hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn’t happen again.
Now, that’s just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out
what you’re going to do the next time.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when ‘The Big Three’ referred to Japanese car companies?
How did this happen, and more important, what are we going to do about it?

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the
debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem.The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn’t elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced wit h mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don’t you guys show some spine for a change?

Had Enough?

Hey, I’m not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I’m trying to light a fire. I’m speaking out because I have hope. I believe in America In my lifetime I’ve had the privilege of living through some of America ‘s greatest moments. I’ve also experienced some of our worst crises: the ‘Great Depression’, ‘World War II’, the ‘Korean War’, the ‘Kennedy Assassination’, the ‘Vietnam War’, the 1970s oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11. If I’ve learned one thing, it’s this: ‘You don’t get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it’s building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That’s the challenge I’m raising in this book. It’s a call to ‘Action’ for people who, like me, believe in America It’s not too late, but it’s getting pretty close. So let’s shake off the crap and go to work. Let’s tell ’em all we’ve had ‘enough.’

Bill O’Reilly makes a left turn on July 4

I am beginning to like Bill O’Reilly?

Last night I caught part of O’Reilly’s TV show. I was expecting the usual rant but instead I got something much different.

Mr. O’Reilly actually attacked Big Oil. I was stunned. He went after the oil execs big time.

He said that capitalism may be breaking apart. He said the oil companies are just plain greedy.

O’Reilly’s rant came just after the stock market tanked almost 400 points down. Something tells me Bill neglected to move his pension plan out of the market. That could explain his new persona.

For about six months now I’ve noticed that Fox News is a kinder, gentler TV station. More often than not the station will actually air differing opinions. How crazy is that?

I’ve also noticed that O’Reilly now loses his patience with some of his co-workers. Even Ann Coulter is kept at a distance. Laura Ingraham is not spared either.

Maybe “like” is a bad choice of words. Perhaps “stunned” is a better way to put my feelings for Bill right
now. Bill does his job very well. He is the appointed blood pressure guy. Every talking head station needs someone like Bill. Someone who can be counted on to raise the blood pressure of part of the audience. Laura Ingraham does that as well but she is just, well, like that. Bill does it like an artist.

Perhaps Bill’s swing to the left can best be explained by saying he was being honest for once and he know he might be able to get away with it since this was the July 4th show, almost at fireworks time, and the audience was sure to be smaller than usual.

I’m just being cynical. I must have talked to too many Republicans recently.

Is increased oil drilling in the US a good thing?

Oil rigs near my home in Paso Robles, CA.

My letter to conservative Bob:

The government could simply insist that most or all of the oil stays at “home.”

Something tells me the oil companies would jump at the chance even at reduced profits.

Think outside the conservative Republican box. Not every value can be measured in dollars and sense. Well, you can try to but that way is emptiness. Every time I used to hear “The guy with the most toys wins” I would get nauseated.

As you probably know, Limbaugh got a $400 Million contract. Though I don’t know if he “earned” it I think he is getting what the market will bear. I still think such sums are absurd and hurt the fabric of our society. Just like I think there oughta be a law that says people cannot tear down perfectly good million dollar homes on Mohawk Ave just to put up another, more expensive home. That is simply a waste of resources.

Yes, Americans are piggy when it comest to wasting resources. That day is over for good, Bob. Your rich buddies may not believe it. It’s too scary for them. It is happening.

I was at our city offices today talking with a young guy who is in charge of the water. Tuesday I attended a meeting. It was announced that our water bills will quadruple in the next five years with a gradual increase each year.

See, we need to bring in fresh water from Lake Naciamento in a new pipeline that wil be 45 miles long when finished. They already have 13 miles done. The planning started in 1992 when the County board had enough vision to make a deal for the lake that will take care of three nearby cities.

The point is that our water is yet another commodity like gasoline. The scarcity makes it very valuable.

Things are changing and much more quickly than even the brightest people figured on. They were lulled to sleep by greed and megalomania.

The quickly disappearing gas guzzling cars signal another big change. Walmart will not be making as much money. People will not be willing to buy things they don’t really need because they won’t be able to pick up some things in small cars. I predict that Walmart will have to start delivering a lot of stuff, at a higher cost to the consumer of course.

So the consumers will stop buying so much stuff that they probably did not need so quickly anyway. Maybe that is a good thing. Maybe it will pay a new company to make stuff that is better constructed and not made in China because the cost to ship stuff is going through the roof as well.

Did you know that Walmart’s attempt to set up in Germany failed? They bought a bunch of existing stores that were pretty far out from the cities. Europeans drive small cars due to the high gas prices. Eventually Walmart sold off all the stores and pulled up stakes completely. This article was written in 2005:
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_15/b3928086_mz054.htm

I learned Tuesday night that Paso Robles issued only 6 (six!) new housing construction permits since January 2008. A couple of years ago they issued over 70 permits. SIX. It’s not just us. My friend in Spring Grove told me they had 10 permits issued. this year. That is a town that has been bursting at the seams for the past 10 years. The Spring Grove kids were 80% of the combined H.S. with Richmond.

Big home and big cars for the middle class will not be made any more. The rich will always be able to afford them. Unfortunately the money is gravitating to the top. Your high expectations of a revived middle class in the US are pipe dreams.

It is the turn of the Asian countries. We will still be here but in much modified condition. National Healtcare that simply must happen is a result of the change. Incredible inflation is just around the corner, I think.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Don’t blame the messenger, please. I hope I am 100% wrong. I hope something comes along but I don’t see what it can be.

I heard a guy call into a radio station tonight. He said “The US was put here in this world. We are a blessed country.”

Oh, one other oddity. Before the city council meeting we said the Pledge. No biggie. But then a minister said a prayer. That surprised me. It must be legal? Or is it blind stubbornness? I did find ONE liberal in town the other day when I was walking the dogs (doing 1 1/2 miles every morning now and feeling very good). He is 76 years old, very spry with long hair. He taught high schools for a long time. His name is Bill.

“I figured you for a conservative,” said Bill with a wry smile.