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>Citizen Performs Own Stimulus Package

>The following is taken from CNN:

  • Homeless no more: Plea to Obama pays off for woman

    Thursday, February 12, 2009 4:24:35 PM · by I still care · 30 replies · 1,034+ views

    CNN ^ | Feb 12. 2009 | CNN

    Acts of kindness will help pull the nation through its economic crisis, according to the woman who came to the rescue of a homeless Floridian who publicly appealed to President Obama.
  • Chene Thompson, the wife of state Rep. Nicholas Thompson, R-Fort Myers, is letting Henrietta Hughes and her son stay in a house she owns in nearby La Belle rent free until they get back on their feet. “You don’t have to be a politician to put forth a stimulus package,” Chene Thompson said during a joint interview with Hughes Thursday on CNN’s “American Morning.”
  • “This is our own little mini-stimulus package for a person who was a stranger and now is a friend.

    “Anybody can help anybody at any time. It doesn’t need to be something that comes from Washington; it can come from your own home and from your heart, even if it’s for a little bit.”

Henrietta Hughes, left, and Chene Thompson talk on the lawn of the home Thompson is letting Hughes use. (Slideshow)

Hughes emerged from the crowd at Tuesday’s town hall meeting in Fort Myers to tell Obama she and her son were living in a car and needed immediate help. The president asked her name, kissed her on the cheek and promised his staff would work with her.

Thompson, who was in the audience, stepped forward afterward to offer Hughes her vacant house, which the Thompsons had to leave because it is outside her husband’s legislative district.

“She was sincere and direct and to the point, and she needed help,” Thompson said. “And it actually touched me and I started to tear up and I started to cry. … It sort of broke my heart.”

Hughes feels “overwhelming gratitude,” she told CNN in the front yard of the house, “because no one would do that.”

“Oh, yes they would! Yes they would!” Thompson interjected, wrapping an arm around Hughes’ shoulders. “I was just in the right place at the right time.” Both women beamed.

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>Obama Should Fire His Inept Staff


He Should Stop Playing Russian Monopoly!

Why is President Obama having trouble vetting appointments? That’s kid’s play. Why can’t he seem to get a handle on the economic crisis? Why is he so intent on trashing our democratic way of life?

“What’s wrong?” It all boils down to dishonesty.

The wrong president has FAILED to assemble the right key advisors? Maybe he should STOP and reconsider [put aside] his “Chicago Ways.” Importantly, he should re-screen his liberal cronies – put them to the test and if they fail, fire their butts.

Obviously, as Einstein inferred, if something’s not working you need to stop doing that which got us into trouble in the first place.

A big part of Obama’s problem is that he’s not an honest man. He knows better, but he still acts as if the “FDR depression” was not lengthened and worsened by Roosevelt’s big government spending programs.

The test? Yes, the test today, which Obama should administer to Axelrod and Emanuel and the others, is how fast can they think, how wise can they be? Can they learn anything new and adapt?

This requires not a set of static leadership and followership rules, but rules that are ever changing as the world changes. I fear for our country if Obama doesn’t quickly take a step back and look at what he has done and say, “No more!” And I suggest instead of Monopoly, his people must learn to play a “Carmen Sandiego” game where the board itself is ever changing. How’s that for flexibility and ability to multi task and adapt? But that’s precisely the game our global world requires of us, especially with the great amount of world political and economic instability coming from America’s tough opponents and the wild card personalities in this international terror game led by Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Osama Bin Laden.

Sadly, if Obama has taught us anything it is that we are our own worst enemy.

Presidential leadership requires that Obama abandon his static rules of the game, that is that everyone act like staunchly wild party going, left-wing Democrats — that they stop playing the Monopoly of Communist Russia where government owns the utilities and railroads, Park Place, Marvin Gardens, and Boardwalk. It must be a “game” where government gets out of “property’ ownership altogether and leaves that to “we the people.”

Successful business leaders often do well in Washington. If Washington would recruit more topflight business executives, as Kennedy and Reagan did, which would have to include conservatives and liberals alike, it might ensure a less hazardous road ahead and better decision making for the new president. It was a shame that Obama’s loose spending ethics and big government end game made it impossible for Senator Judd Greg to become Commerce Secretary. But if you have to serve a “dictator” in order to serve your country, as conservatives, you and I may have made the same decision. Why presidents choose people of opposite persuasion is to improve the administration’s thinking. But it became abundantly clear that there was no room for conservative thinking in the speeding, out-of-control Obama “Yes We Can” train that has almost imploded America.

In his book the Art of the Long View, Peter Schwartz develops and explains scenario planning using computer simulations of possible futures that he used in his work at Shell Oil Company. He claims both businesses and governments can use these methods to determine the optimal, realistic, analytic, and imaginative outcomes that produce the desired results.

He said if you were born twenty years ago and are on top, or at least on your way, you likely have a “good helicopter” in your head. This means the ability to see the big picture and zoom down to focus on the key details simultaneously. He believes that people born in the last two decades of the twentieth century are “better equipped to have such helicopters. With its speed of change and uncertainty, the world educates young people to think. “I see the difference in kids now; they’re more sophisticated about the world, steeped in its complexities, with more sense of their own potencies,” said Schwartz/

In a game like “Monopoly” we follow a never-ending path around the board until somebody wins. In the world survival games we play today, however, like the “Carmen Sandiego” games, the board itself changes depending on what the players do. Regular exposure to such games, to cable news networks, to travel, and to new types of contact with other people will give you the intimate closeness to change that you need to understand it, and the words to describe what you are.

Schwartz believes that the challenges we face and the opportunities we have come from are important. Three major forces will form the context of our lives: New technologies of information, molecular engineering, and biology; solving the great divide that separate the haves from the have nots without dismantling our Western democratic, free enterprise way of life; and the force of ethnic diversity that has become America’s destiny and opportunity. How we handle all three of these will define our country’s future. So far, we seem to have struck out in the area of government intervention and Obama’s attempt to create a level economic playing field. It has been and will be a complete failure unless he steps back and re-examines the mistakes he has made and reverts to the good old fashioned way of job creation, where people buy stocks for their retirement and are able to see their investment create jobs instead of feeling the trauma of government ravaging those retirement funds with high taxes and with little or no leveling accomplished.

What we learn from Obama’s “romp” in the oval office and in the White House halls of history is crucial. What he learns is even more important. How we and our generation respond to these challenges and opportunities will determine what kind of future our children will have. And right now that’s not looking too rosy, thanks to the short sighted and profligate Obama administration.

The economic and political systems of the world are ever more intertwined at a global level. There is the possibility of a planetary society of enormous abundance, Schwarts says – a truly productive, open, and free world. But the process of producing that global economy poses many challenges, none the least the setting of America’s ship of state aright politically and economically.

America deserves what it got in Obama, an economic neophyte. He knows less than John McCain about the economy – and that’s really saying something because McCain is almost brain dead. No, our electorate let a golden moment pass us by, that of electing an economic genius president, namely Mitt Romney; and for that I blame the Republicans and John McCain’s dishonest heart, not the Democrats. Democrats and Republicans, alike, are responsible for not wanting to open up the presidency to a Mormon when it has already openly embraced a Catholic and now a half-Arab black former Muslim. But you have to remember, black men in America received the vote some 50 years before women sufferage came about [in 1919], so it’s only right — a black man was destined to be president before a white Mormon, wsn’t he?