We’ve all sat through long, boring speeches by nameless people who are on their way out of office, high school, the working class, etc. A timeless tradition is to bequeath something to those who will follow in their footsteps. These “gifts” are sometimes funny and often touching and depending on the closeness of those assembled accompanied by a good dose of tears followed by hugging.
President Clinton’s White House staff has the distinction of perhaps the pettiest actions of an outgoing office holder. It was widely reported that his staff stole everything that wasn’t nailed down including all of the “W” from the computer keyboards. His successor, in case you didn’t know, used his middle initial to differentiate himself from his famous father. You can still see many cars with their “W” stickers.
About a year ago I was asked to participate on a committee (I know yikes a committee) from our local school district. The idea was to pull together the community to work with district personnel to better prepare students for college and working life. Our district has an outstanding track record in academics and that is one of the main reasons that we moved here long before we had children of school age. At one of the first meetings we brainstormed about topics where more emphasis was needed to better prepare our children.
Two things happened this week that were the inspiration of a new series for Framing The Dialogue. The first was perhaps my favorite poster that was displayed at the September 12 TEA Party in Washington D.C. Our first president wondering “WTF.” Evand every time that I see this I just crack up. In case you did not know, “WTF” stands for “What the Freak” or something less printable on my blog.
The second incident was when I saw this headline “Gov. Rendell named one of Esquire magazine’s ’75 Best People.’” That headline worked as I skipped to the article and sure enough our Gov. is one of the 75 best people “in the WORLD.” (emphasis added). I thought to myself “WTF” and a series was born.
March 15, 2009 Update – Here we go again. The US House and Senate have graciously, no generously agreed to give up thier pay raise. Lawmakers were knocking each other over to get “mic” time to show their great leadership. Unfortunately, the raise that they agreed was not due until 2010. They will accept the raise this year. This is a quote from Bloomberg News (Sorry, but I could not find the link):
“Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman, Daniel Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat, accused Vitter of ‘playing politics’ with his proposal (to eliminate all congressional pay raises). Inouye said, “Most Americans have a healthy understanding of the difference between a pay raise and a pay adjustment based on inflation.”
Part 1 – UNIVERSAL PAIN
In these tough economic times there are daily gloom and doom headlines about a recession or that we may be heading into a depression. A common phrase that politicians and newsreaders like to use is something like “we are facing an economy that may be as bad as the Great Depression.”
Be very careful when politicians and newsreaders agree on a storyline. It usually means that you will lose some freedom or at least some money.