Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Leadership Vacuum

It’s been a while since I’ve posted… just too busy with work lately.

But I have to ask. I hear a great deal of noise about how strong our “leadership” is… Frankly, I see nothing from Washington:

The country continues to move in the WRONG direction: the gap between the middle-class and the “haves” at the top continues to spiral out of control.

Health care: a friend in the aerospace engineering business runs his own “one man consulting” firm – he, his wife and kids are all relatively healthy: no chronic illnesses, etc. Yet he pays $950/month for health insurance…. The largest percentage of American’s in recent history current don’t have insurance.

How can the system continue when we pay 25 cents of every health-care-dollar to administrators (the highest percentage of any industrialized nation)?

The debt and deficit are both rampaging out of control: don’t kid yourself. Debts, with interest, represent lost spending power: because we’re borrowing money we’re less likely to be able to afford to fix problems like health care, SS and Medicare in the future.

Gas prices: we're have NO plan to transition this economy from oil to 'the technology of the future' ... Don't kid yourself - the free market won't address this issue until it is too late: we need leadership from government to get us on the right track.

So what ‘leadership’ do we get? Election year antics like a flag burning and gay marriage amendment: policies, even if adopted, that would affect NO ONE (unless someone wants to explain how stopping Tom from burning a flag in protest or keeping John and Bill from filing a joint return affects them).

No – we have less than leadership in Washington right now.

10 comments:

Capt. Fogg said...

Oh they're leaders all right. They lead us to be fleeced and they lead us to the slaughter and it all leads to their profit.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Ain't that the truth Captain.

skip sievert said...

The entire banking and insurance industry is a pointless scam. In a good society none of these things would be issue`s. Our society is not a good society. Our society is on the brink of collapse. Why.? Our society has no value`s except ,;every thing for me and nothing for you." Why do we need private property.? You own it, and they control it. As the bubble that is our society gets bigger and bigger, how is it that we don`t explore more creative options? People are brain washed. 80% of all jobs in North America are pointless. They are frauds to garner up more money./// People think that if you throw money at a problem it can be fixed. It never works that way. As long as we use this system we have to factor money in to clean up pollution, improve education , etc. -- Reality is that money should not be used. Not any more. It got us here. But it won`t get us to the future.

Reign of Reason said...

Interesting thoughts...

i do agree that a large percentage of American jobs are "pointless". We've become the financial center of the world: that means we get paid to move money around -- from one pile to another.

It's a necessary skill, in a capitalist economy, but it should be viewed only as a necessary evil in that the actual practice doesn't directly build a bridge, a park or train a doctor... It simply facilitates those things.

We live in a society where the facilitator (i.e.- investment banker) is rewarded far better than the doctor, lawyer, engineer, teacher, etc.

skip sievert said...

Technocracy advocates using energy intead of money.The amount of energy it takes to turn a raw material into a consumer good.Kilowats,ergs etc, is used in relation to population and resources. As a citizen you would get an energy debit card. Instead of buying things you would get what you wanted for free, as a right of citizenship. Technology then would be used as the liberating tool it was thought it would be. After converting from a price system the same concerns no longer apply as now. The template is then different. By this I mean the rules of the game. A citizen would put in their 20 years, of interesting and useful work. At about 4 or 5 hours a day, and about 60 to 90 days off a year. Then they would be free to live or do as they pleased. Still with full energy debit card rights. Remember when Kerry said we need to expand the middle class.? Think about that. - We no longer need a class or caste system. That is the problem not the solution. There is an alternative. It does not look the the usual quoted ones. It has been hidden , but recently its experiencing renewed interest. Why.? It is Uniquely American. It is the most ridiculously creative concept that a group of enlightened American ever created. Btw, It is projected that the standard of living would increase 2 to 4 times what it is at present under this system. Also we would stop pointlessly destroying the environment. Growth in this system is death.

Reign of Reason said...

I read some of the preliminaries...

How does your system of governance/production address those who refuse to work?? Where is the incentive to work and produce?

What do you do with these folks?

skip sievert said...

You may be thinking that would would be an issue, but it is doubtful. In a good society, there is still the social stigma that would be involved for people that don`t cooperate. Most young and healthy people desire to contribute to society. It would be unusual that they would not. People that are disabled or injured would get full consuming rights. The same as any citizen. The best incentive to work and produce is created by education which is free. The values of this type of society promote good citizenship. A real future for youth is possible. Now it is very difficult for youth. They know they are not valued except as an appliance to make money. ---- Work as we know it has to be rethought. the human being as a machine only puts out a fraction of a horse power. The whole relationship of work and value as to accomplishment is a hold over. A machine does the work of hundreds of humans. Our old system is based on a Scarcity model. Technocracy bases it system on the production of abundance. Ultimately it is a social proposal, which is administerd by science. Science is the tool that brings it about. Our social system was invented before science in the form of technolgy really got off the ground. That happened in the 18th century with the steam engine. ---- /// It is always better for people not to work that don`t want to. They would just create problems if they were in the work place. - Our group has thought about this and we have concluded that this would not be a significant issue. As far as reward? What better reward than to live in a secular humanistic culture that values every one. This would be real pride in citizenship. We include all of north America. Canada, Mexico, and central America. Why.? Because of the resource base.

Reign of Reason said...

I have to disagree: "In a good society, there is still the social stigma that would be involved for people that don’t cooperate... “There’s a lot of "stigma" associated with it now... Just because stigma exists doesn’t mean people will be shamed into contributing.

"... Most young and healthy people desire to contribute to society. It would be unusual that they would not." -- Are you purporting this as innate human behavior? I’d venture to say that people will do the MINIMUM required of them to achieve their goals – at least most people would.

I agree that we all chase the $$ far too much, but removing that impetus wouldn’t lead to a utopia – a large percentage of progress would cease.

Humans are social animals... but they identify on a "small scale": i.e. - church groups, neighborhoods, etc. To attempt to get such a diverse group as Canadians, Americans and Mexicans to all view out society as "one" in the way you suggest is a Herculean task. People tend to me loyal to their own, small group… even if another system is better.

Besides, with religion in the world, we know that people are irrational critters… As things degenerate in our society we’re more likely to move back into the dark ages than into enlightenment.

Interesting philosophy tho...

skip sievert said...

You don`t think much of humans.? Money is an abstract concept. It measures debt. It is a debt token. A socalled rich person is a person who has captured more debt tokens. Are you following me.? Because money is an abstract concept it does not work well as an incentive, except as a way to force people to do things. The economic club poised over peoples heads, being able to make a person do almost anything if you give them enough money. Why.? It maintains the caste system. Because it doesn`t measure any thing real it becomes a slave tool. It can be stolen, canceled, given away ,used to compel behavior. When resources are running out, and population is climbing money becomes a problem. A fatal problem. Because as wrong choices pile up it threatens our survival. My group does not advocate a Utopia as you think. Only a functional governance. As far as innate human behavior there are only two that I know of . The desire to have sex, and eat, and not neccasarily in that order.-- As far as shaming people into contributing that is not what I said. Why would any one want to shame any one into any thing.? Human nature is flexible. In a good education system people would be taught about religion as having been a tool to enslave ,control and brain wash people. This is the reality of religion. It is a betrayal of the human spirit. Mostly it was invented by criminal gangs in resource poor area`s such as down around below the dead sea, and in Arabia, where there is no flowing water. ---- Remember that people like Tom Friedman offer the world more of the same. All based on control by measuring money. No allowance for another template. Much of the socalled intellectual element in the U.S. are really profoundly ignorant. They also subscribe to hate mongering religions that have preyed on us for millenium. Tom Friedman is one of those. I place him in the dumb category. He doesn`t really understand what is at stake and what the issues are. He would be an example of a price system flunky. I am picking on him because I thought I saw him somewhere on this site. /// Will we move back into the dark ages rather than enlightenment.? Not sure. As a social activist I feel that I will do what I can to alert the public as to a real alternative. Why.? I have fun this way.

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