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>Senator Dodd and Treasury Secretary Geithner Lied To the American People About AIG Bonuses

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>The Dangers of Group Decisions

>By Don White
Group Decisions Are Losers:
Groups usually make poor decisions. Recently, I read a story of the millionaires who are the group that advises Barak Obama. He’s starting to turn to them again. He usually flies almost alone, with only his family or staff, from one campaign destination to another, listening to music, reading, and writing his next speech.

But this last time he had a plane-load of old friends whom he considers his inner advisory group and he roved up and down the isles soaking in their spirit. Almost without exception, they are Chicagoans or Illinois people of high standing and influence in the country,old friends and supporters.

Admirable, right? But when you examine Barak Obama you find that he lacks the experience to make good decisions himself. As president, if he has to rely on others, which he will, he’s going to make a poor president. He has never served in the military and will make a poor commander in chief and a poor president, based on the fact that he has never done anything or run anything, never sponsored significant legislation either as a state representative or a Senator for two years.

I’m not spouting gloom for America and Obama just to be negative. This is not strictly my opinion either,this is the record. If you want further backup on that, I suggest you read Ronald Kessler’s excellent article about Obama’s public and private record recorded in NewsMax entitled “Obama’s Inexperience Tough To Ignore.”

President Kennedy had this same deficit. He was young and inexperienced, so he brought into the White House this huge think tank advisory group. All of us were unduly impressed by the names of Kennedy’s advisors. They included Theodore C. Sorensen, speech writer; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; C. Douglas Dillon; Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara; Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; Postmaster General J. Edward Day; John A. Gronouski; Stewart L. Udall, Interior; Orville L. Freeman, Agriculture; Luther H. Hodges, Commerce; Arthur J. Goldberg, Labor; W. Willard Wirtz, and Abraham Ribicoff, Health, Education and Welfare; Anthony J. Celebrezze; and Adlai Stevenson, UN.

That was a high-powered think tank, each in every way as smart as they get. Obama, no doubt, will have a just as highly educated think tank; and so will McCain. But what kinds of decisions do they come up with when they act as a group, making decisions?

Usually, not so good. The Bay of Pigs could be used as an example. Committee decisions are usually poor. And early in an inexperienced president’s tenure, that’s the kinds of decision-making that takes place because he must lean on others heavily.

Stephen Leeb, in his book The Coming Economic Collapse, quotes social psychologist Irving Janis who wrote a book, Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes.
Janis recounts how many of Kennedy’s advisers had misgivings about supporting the invasion of Cuba that turned out so badly. They realized that errors were likely being made, but the pressure to maintain group solidarity prevented those concerns from being raised and properly addressed. Leeb said that some group members, Robert Kennedy for one, actually tried to keep information from the president that might have alerted him of the danger.

“Janis concludes that the closed-mindedness, overconfidence, and pressure within the group to conform can lead to a deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment, which he calls groupthink.

A recent parallel to the Bay of Pigs incident was the U.S. government’s belief in the early 2000s that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Leeb said that claim was “laid to rest by America’s chief weapons inspector, David kay, in 2004.”

The Economist, in a special report on the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the intelligence failure, notes: “It diagonosed a severe case of ‘groupthink’: that is, that the spies were failing to test the general assumption that Iraq had a growing WMD program. To have done so would have been considered heresy, which may be why Hans Blix, chief UN weapons inspector, accuses America of positing ‘faith-based intelligence.’ “

In the next installment we shall discuss “Overcoming Psychological Barriers” that each of us have. We shall determine why civilizations go into decline and fail and what separates those, such as the Japanese and British, which face extinction but which find ways to solve their energy or other crises. We will talk more about the crisis of energy facing the U.S. today and why Democrats, in particular, seem reluctant to buy onto the idea that this crisis poses an immediate threat to America; why it has the capability of ending our nation as we know it in a short period of time, and why they believe, just as in the technology bubble of the late 1990s, this crisis will just go away; and why they would rather buy onto the idea that if global warming is not properly addressed, over a much longer period the world’s population could become extinct.

For my money, if you give me just one to five years and fail to drill for new energy and compare that to the hundred or so years that you have with the global warming threat, I take saving our nation first, then worrying about fixing global warming later with new technology, perhaps.
Part Two will follow in a few days.

>The Dangers of Group Decisions

>“energy” to http://www.platts.com/

By Don White
Group Decisions Are Losers:
Groups usually make poor decisions. Recently, I read a story of the millionaires who are the group that advises Barak Obama. He’s starting to turn to them again. He usually flies almost alone, with only his family or staff, from one campaign destination to another, listening to music, reading, and writing his next speech.

But this last time he had a plane-load of old friends whom he considers his inner advisory group and he roved up and down the isles soaking in their spirit. Almost without exception, they are Chicagoans or Illinois people of high standing and influence in the country,old friends and supporters.

Admirable, right? But when you examine Barak Obama you find that he lacks the experience to make good decisions himself. As president, if he has to rely on others, which he will, he’s going to make a poor president. He has never served in the military and will make a poor commander in chief and a poor president, based on the fact that he has never done anything or run anything, never sponsored significant legislation either as a state representative or a Senator for two years.

I’m not spouting gloom for America and Obama just to be negative. This is not strictly my opinion either,this is the record. If you want further backup on that, I suggest you read Ronald Kessler’s excellent article about Obama’s public and private record recorded in NewsMax entitled “Obama’s Inexperience Tough To Ignore.”

President Kennedy had this same deficit. He was young and inexperienced, so he brought into the White House this huge think tank advisory group. All of us were unduly impressed by the names of Kennedy’s advisors. They included Theodore C. Sorensen, speech writer; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State; C. Douglas Dillon; Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara; Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; Postmaster General J. Edward Day; John A. Gronouski; Stewart L. Udall, Interior; Orville L. Freeman, Agriculture; Luther H. Hodges, Commerce; Arthur J. Goldberg, Labor; W. Willard Wirtz, and Abraham Ribicoff, Health, Education and Welfare; Anthony J. Celebrezze; and Adlai Stevenson, UN.

That was a high-powered think tank, each in every way as smart as they get. Obama, no doubt, will have a just as highly educated think tank; and so will McCain. But what kinds of decisions do they come up with when they act as a group, making decisions?

Usually, not so good. The Bay of Pigs could be used as an example. Committee decisions are usually poor. And early in an inexperienced president’s tenure, that’s the kinds of decision-making that takes place because he must lean on others heavily.

Stephen Leeb, in his book The Coming Economic Collapse, quotes social psychologist Irving Janis who wrote a book, Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes.
Janis recounts how many of Kennedy’s advisers had misgivings about supporting the invasion of Cuba that turned out so badly. They realized that errors were likely being made, but the pressure to maintain group solidarity prevented those concerns from being raised and properly addressed. Leeb said that some group members, Robert Kennedy for one, actually tried to keep information from the president that might have alerted him of the danger.

“Janis concludes that the closed-mindedness, overconfidence, and pressure within the group to conform can lead to a deterioration of mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment, which he calls groupthink.

A recent parallel to the Bay of Pigs incident was the U.S. government’s belief in the early 2000s that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Leeb said that claim was “laid to rest by America’s chief weapons inspector, David kay, in 2004.”

The Economist, in a special report on the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the intelligence failure, notes: “It diagonosed a severe case of ‘groupthink’: that is, that the spies were failing to test the general assumption that Iraq had a growing WMD program. To have done so would have been considered heresy, which may be why Hans Blix, chief UN weapons inspector, accuses America of positing ‘faith-based intelligence.’ “

In the next installment we shall discuss “Overcoming Psychological Barriers” that each of us have. We shall determine why civilizations go into decline and fail and what separates those, such as the Japanese and British, which face extinction but which find ways to solve their energy or other crises. We will talk more about the crisis of energy facing the U.S. today and why Democrats, in particular, seem reluctant to buy onto the idea that this crisis poses an immediate threat to America; why it has the capability of ending our nation as we know it in a short period of time, and why they believe, just as in the technology bubble of the late 1990s, this crisis will just go away; and why they would rather buy onto the idea that if global warming is not properly addressed, over a much longer period the world’s population could become extinct.

For my money, if you give me just one to five years and fail to drill for new energy and compare that to the hundred or so years that you have with the global warming threat, I take saving our nation first, then worrying about fixing global warming later with new technology, perhaps.
Part Two will follow in a few days.

>Democrats

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Don White Responds To Slate’s Buchanan Promo


Pat Buchanan is one thing, but what about our Republican candidate McCain?

He doesn’t mind throwing conservative Republican Mitt Romney under the bus regarding a timetable for Iraq—actually Mac lied to a national audience, misconstruing Romney’s position, and got away with it. This war hero smeared our best conservative hope, weakening him on security matters, probably causing him to lose Florida and to drop out of the primary race; and you ask why most Conservatives wonder how they can support this Arizona Maverick?

McCain cozies up very well with Democrats, including Obama, Kennedy, Feingold, Pelosi, and many more. He even considers himself good friends with Hillary Clinton. When the campaign for president starts in earnest voters will discover just how bad a candidate John McCain is. He’s a poor public speaker; his brain often fails him. Worst of all, this liberal Republican hasn’t seen a Demo he doesn’t love, though he touts this as a strength.

McCain has shown a reluctance to join Nouth Carolina’s Republican Party in criticizing Obama and his “running mate pastor” Jeramiah Wright over the “G…damned America” comments that Barak must have heard unless he’s afflicted with sleep apnea in church.

America’s war hero candidate would have us believe he doesn’t practice partisan politics, that he wouldn’t stoop to “throw mud,” but the Carolinian ad is not racial and it isn’t a minor issue. We should applaud the South Carolina Republicans for refocusing attention on Obama’s latent hate-America psychosis, a weakness that would not soon be forgotten if anyone but McCain were running.

It has certainly energized Hillary’s chances. She quietly took joy in the mileage she gained from this festering Obama psychosomatic ailment.

At a time when you have a consensus war hero on one hand and a Barak Hussain Obama, who has never served in the military on the other, what’s more germane? What’s more of an issue in this election than finding out who is pro-American and who is not?

In my opinion, this issue is so important, so basic and pertinent, that unless we elect a real American we can kiss the USA as we know it goodbye.

Candidate Obama has said, he will go out of his way to negotiate with the leaders of Cuba, Russia, China, Iran and the Hezbola. In doing so, like President Carter with our Arab enemies, he will grant them more legitimacy than most of these America haters deserve and will windup being used. If he is “successful,” it’s goodbye to Taiwan, South Korea, Columbia, and a host of other allies that could be eaten up in Barak’s close and reckless encounters with the enemy. Be careful, Barak, the Mexicans feel they got cheated out of California, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Russians want Alaska back and the Chinese are tooling up for World War III.

Slate should stop plugging Buchanan’s book–but of course they have to advertise to stay in business–and start writing stories that delve into why McCain won’t criticize his opposition. Commission Don White to write it. He knows why McCain is reluctant to criticize the enemy and will thoroughly research it like the professional newsman he is. He is an attorney and an astute thinker, a freelance writer with recent credits in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, Salt Lake Tribune, Arkansas Times, Meridian, Des Moines Register and many more.

Mr. White has a new book out about real estate, Selling Fast. He should write one about McCain called Selling Out Fast, Follow the Money.

Not a few Republicans believe McCain has no intention of becoming the next president. His heart isn’t in it. He’s an obstructionist-enemy-lover, always has been. His McCain Feingold bill isn’t any good and he’s discovering it by having to violate his own bill in this campaign. If these remarks seem off the wall, why then did he keep his seat in the senate when a true patriot would have found it an honor to retire from the senate to run for president? Lord knows he’s old enough and has a comfortable retirement coming.

Obama’s love affair with things illegal and UNAMERICAN is THE major story of the campaign, no matter what the Demos say. They always point blame at the Republicans, but why then–having controlled Congress for the last 17 months–have we yet to see a single energy bill?

Follow energy and you discover high gas prices, constricted commodity supply and runaway prices, and a host of other problems in America. Let’s be frank, Nancy Pelosi is a traitor, every conservative knows that. We’re at war with Iran, but she won’t even bring to a vote a very special military piece of legislation that could save American lives–the wiretapping bill. Her conduct regarding the Columbian free trade bill shows what a coward she is—all of it to advance her own agenda.

When will McCain speak up? He’s the putative spokesman of his party. Our country was prospering under Bush until the Demos came to power.

Don White http://donwhiteportfolio.blogspot.com
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The following is from Pat Buchanan: Let’s hear your concerns and thoughts:

As one looks at the polls, the issues and the candidates, the election of 2008 resembles what poker players call a “lay-down hand.”

Two-thirds of the nation believes the Iraq war a blunder. Sixty-nine percent disapproves of President Bush. Eighty-one percent thinks America is on the wrong course.

Inflation is at 4 percent and rising. Unemployment is 5 percent and rising. Gasoline, heating oil and food prices are soaring. The dollar has lost half its values against the euro. Homes are being foreclosed upon at Depression rates. The stock market is in a swoon. And 3.5 million manufacturing jobs have vanished under Bush.


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