Framing the Dialogue

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Up In Your Business

There is perhaps nothing government likes better than getting in your business.  I am mostly thinking of government “leaders” and elected officials.  Having worked off and on in government for many years I rarely have seen the vindictive low level government bureaucrat of the stereotype that many talking heads like to vilify.  I don’t doubt that many exist and I have only worked in one segment, but it is a regulatory agency where one would think the vindictive would flourish.  What many people forget is the process…elected officials pass laws, the laws require that regulations be adopted, lawyers and politicians help write the regulations, many policies have to be developed to explain the laws written by lawyers and politicians, people then have to adhere to these edicts.  Like them or not, government workers are often in the middle and seemingly in your business.

Behind Every Great Philanthropist Is…

I heard a quote once that went something like this, “behind every great philanthropist is an equally great tragedy.”  Unfortunately I could find neither the exact quote or the wise man who said it.  Rush Limbaugh did a piece on large corporate giants Apple and Google and how they skillfully and legally avoid paying United States taxes on profits made overseas.  Both Apple and Google have created a socially responsible public image while conducting their businesses in perhaps a way that might seem hypocritical to the jaded person.

Bunny Hop

Most of the media has focused on the tawdry affair between John Edwards and Reille Hunter and their “love child.”  Former Edwards’ confidant, Andrew Young, revealed the details of the relationship in his new tell-all book.  Maybe the most shocking part of the story is that people were actually shocked that Edwards was having an affair.  I found it disturbing that Mrs. Edwards seems to have known about the affair during the presidential campaign.