Tag: Politics



Politics, Osama Bin laden and Water Cooler Talk

Politics and Religion…

at work are probably the two most difficult topics to discuss as work. Well that and sports teams! But with the news over the last week and a half over Osama Bin laden’s death and the mixed, but overly consistent reactions to it has me thinking.

I will not express these thoughts because my own thoughts around this issue are not the point of this post. The point of this post is that when we head to and come home from work, whatever we talk about in the realm of personal opinion or business affects the interactions we have with those around us. Our colleagues, co-workers, friends… and this is especially true for our kids.

Consistency

If we are to be consistent in how we interact then we need to be consistent in our actions as well. Example: If you tell your employees that you expect everyone to be on time for meetings but you yourself are consistently late to the ones you set up then what does that show your employees?

If you tell everyone that your family comes first but you work more then 60 hours a week (60 hr work week + 49 hrs for sleep + 14 hour commute + 45hr for everything else = 168 hrs in a week) your family is not shown as coming first.

The Question:

If we say that murder is wrong but then make exceptions to the rule dependant on the equation… what does that say to our kids?

The following video is from Kids React To The Darndest Things of the Day.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pkKNPEU8oc&feature=player_embedded#at=18

In this video are a few different reactions to the announcement from President Barack Obama that Osama Bin Laden is dead. They are true and insightful. Often what we display as our beliefs are what some who don’t know any better will also adopt as their beliefs. If we do not help give context then what good is the growth of those around us.

Maybe instead of being so quick to spread our opinions we should open the dialogue to understand peoples ideas!

Being “quick to judge” is not a “good judgement call”!


Government Shutdown: What Planned Parenthood Actually Does

 

The following story comes from the Washington Post. I think it is particularly important to understand the arguments we make versus the actual facts. Many people make blind statements without presenting the true context of a situation. This is not an outright support of any agency. I am simply saying that if any politician is going to argue for spending then they better fight over $100 or $200 dollars versus a few dollars!

 

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Government Shutdown Explainer of the Day: The United States government will shut itself down in less than eight hours, unleashing a whole host of negative side effects, if Republicans and Democrats cannot resolve their budgetary differences.

One of the major, immutable sticking points appears to be government funding for reproductive health facilities, such as Planned Parenthood’s family planning clinics. Republicans are vehemently opposed to any agreement that doesn’t include the slashing of all federal funding (~$300 million/year) for women’s health care centers underTitle X — a public health program signed into law in 1970 by Richard Nixon.

Despite the paltry sum (the US spends nearly twice that much on war every day), and the fact that it is illegal under Title X for any federal money to be used to fund abortions, Republicans insist that no federal funds should be appropriated to organizations that perform abortions.

But, according to Planned Parenthood’s 2009 report (as illustrated above), abortions accounted for 3% of all services performed — far outweighed by vital, lifesaving cancer screenings and STD examinations. Also, as Ezra Klein notes, cutting funding for family planning will ultimately result in additional spending to offset the taxpayer cost of unwanted pregnancies “among people without the means to care for their children.”

With a heavily disruptive, potentially damaging shutdown only hours away, an ideological battle comes to a head — but at what cost?


Hump Day Humor: Politics is funny

Being that it is the day after election day… some people may be happy or sad about the results. Well let’s have a good laugh.

From the good folks at Wright State University and the New Left Media. The students are great. Support them and let them know you enjoy their work! Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” Rally – Interview B-Roll

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFerRGB7nYM


Election Day Resources: Try not to be ignorant

 Election Day Resources: Try not to be ignorant

Voting: It's Just that Simple!

Don’t be ignorant, be intelligent.

We know that every workplace has politics. With November 2nd getting so close, the politics are probably starting to show in conversations, and water cooler talks. Regardless of peoples personal politics, I think their is a fine line between opinion and fact.  If there is one thing that is worse then someone who does not vote, it is someone who votes with no knowledge of the legislation, politics or where a politician stands.

If you want government and business to be better, then you need to be better informed around the politics that affect legislation and, ultimnately, how those decisions ultimatelty affect your work!Here are some resources/gold to help you decide and maybe become better informed about this Tuesday.

November 2nd: Election Day Resources

Who Should I Vote For?

There is a great resource that I came across called Vote Easy. Run by VoteSmart.org, it is an easy web-based application that you can use to find out more about the people within your district running for office. Simply key in your zip code and it will show politicians within your area. You can also look by state. Once you see them it will send walk you through some questions around key beliefs and issues to show the politicians most closely fit your views around the answers to those questions.

Who is running?

You can also use a site called OpenCongress.org/ to find who your current senators and representatives through the use of their  zipcode look-up tool. It will walk show their voting record, etc.

  • RaceTracker – See who the candidates are, learn about their positions, and get a snapshot of the fundraising race. This is a collaborative wiki project, so if you have information about a particular candidate, this is a great place to add your knowledge and share it on a fully-referenced, free and open-source platform.

Show me the money

  • AdTracker – In the wake of the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision allowing outside groups to spend unlimited money on campaign ads, it’s more important than ever that we have transparency in how these ads are affecting the election and exactly how they’re funded. AdTracker is a wiki project for tracking and watching all the ads in congressional races across the country and providing background info who’s sponsoring them. It provides a unique view into the advocacy work of low-profile independent political groups.
  • Money – Last but not least, take a second to look at your candidates’ campaign funding sources. Time and again it’s been show that campaign finances are directly related to how members of Congress vote. Click the “Money Trail” tab on your senators’ and representative’s profile pages to see which industries and special-interest groups have donated to them. This is who they’ll likely owe favors to if elected to Congress in the next session.

 Election Day Resources: Try not to be ignorantI want to see your checkered past!

  • Voting Records – We typically find out about candidates’ voting records when they are being spun by their competitors, but on OpenCongress it is possible (and easy) to look at the actual vote data yourself. From your senators’ and representative’s profile pages, click the “Votes” tab and search for any topics you’re interested in. Looking at the actual data gives you a more accurate picture of how your lawmakers really voted on the issues that matter to you. To find more votes, check out our one-of-a-kind listing of Hot Bills by Issue Area.
  • Compare Votes – In this election more than in most, independence from party leadership is considered an especially important trait. Our head-to-head vote comparison tool gives you a view of party loyalty that you can’t get elsewhere. Compare the voting records of any two senators or representatives to see how often they vote with their colleagues and on what votes in particular they agree or disagree.
  • Bill sponsorship – In addition to vote records, it’s important to look at the bills your incumbent candidate has proposed. From senator and representative profile pages, click the “bills” tab to browse or search all sponsored and co-sponsored bills. Even more than votes, the bills lawmakers support are indicative of their overall vision and ideology.

Real Time Results

  • Google Politic Ratings:  How will the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans shake out after the elections on November 2? Many political experts and news sources track and revise predictions, but until now it’s been hard to compare perspectives. We’ve worked with some of the top names in politics — Sabato, Cook, Rothenberg, CQ-Roll Call, and RealClearPolitics — to make it easier to track the daily changes in the political landscape.
  • Google Election Center: Find out where to vote in your district and other voting information!

Do you know of any other tools or information that will make it easier for people to vote? Note: People think that these elections have a lot of negativity in them… try the 18oo’s! Be “prepared to see your dwellings in flames” – Now that was cruel!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_zTN4BXvYI


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