Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"You Didn't Build That"... Barack Obama

I come from a small business family. In 1940's my grandfather started the family retail furniture business in a small Indiana town by himself. All by himself. My father entered the business in his twenty's, my grandfather passed away and my father worked himself in to a heart attack at 55 running the place mostly by himself.
There were 5 of us kids, all of us worked in the business at one time or another, we all had the chance to go to college, 2 made their careers in public service, one in the finance/insurance business and 2 of my brothers took over the business and now operate it as the third generation.

There will be no 4th generation. Its hard work, long hours and with the economy, uncertainty, taxes, health insurance costs and competitive pressures the rewards are now not that great. And there is no one helping you. None of the grand children want to go through that.

When you are raised in an entrepreneurial family it is in your blood. I started three small businesses, 2 pretty successful one not so much, and I can tell you for a fact no one helped me.

My grandfather once told me you "don't know what business is like until you set down on Friday, write the pay checks, pay the bills and there isn't any money left for you." I've had that experience, and he was right. That's when you know you are all alone.

Down there in the left hand corner of the Patch Home page you find some small businesses. Stop in. Find one of the owners ask them how anyone, especially the government, helped them get started. Make sure you have some time because you will likely get an earful.

I voted for Obama. My Grandfather probably rolled over in his grave. I thought this Democrat is different. He said all of the right words, made most of the right promises but in the end he is a true Democrat to the core. There is really nothing wrong with that, but these 3 years have proven those basic Democratic tenants of government: directed wealth redistribution, government subsidies and socialized healthcare cannot and will not pull this country out of the economic doldrums.

Obama just doesn't get it. He has no ability to really understand what makes the economy tick.
No matter how much he tries to walk back the "You didn't Build It" comment, every small business owner knows Obama doesn't get it. Watch his eyes in the walk-back TV ads. You can see he really doesn't believe what he is saying.

Quite a while back I Posted Maybe the Little Engine That Could ...Can't. Small business may yet be the economy's' savior, but it won't be as long as Barack Obama is President.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The LENS Outraged or Embarrassed - Which Should You Be?

Well there you have it. Seems we have 7 elected officials who swear to represent the people who elected them officially not giving a rat's ass about what the people who elected them think.

"I really want that language (to reflect) the fact that we’re not just refurbishing, I want to clearly communicate that there is a demolishing and rebuilding part," Gerdes said. "(However), in the spirit of getting something accomplished, I'm willing to trust in the education process for the election to do that."
What education process? A few weeks of  hype from the City staff, the Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay Times about the exorbitant cost to refurbish the Pier and the exotic benefits of the LENS with no mention of the costs to actually build the LENS out.
Gerdes' problem is he over thinks things. Leave the lawyer hat at home Charlie and listen to the people.
You have to give Curran high marks for intestinal fortitude and sticking to HER first love for the arts and LENS, but she gets an absolute failing grade when it comes to representing her constituency.
Danner would follow Curran over a cliff and that says all you need to know about him.
Does anyone really care what Jim Kennedy thinks or understand what he says? If so please comment below.
As for Kornell and Nurse, the song "Listen to Wind Blow " comes to mind.
Where's the Mayor? Working on baseball, this Pier/LENS thing is far too confusing.
Besides being outraged, citizens of St. Pete should be embarrassed by the spectacle on Monday where the elected thumb their collective noses at the electorate. Unfortunately, because of term limits, the electorate will never be able to tell those who need to hear it most how they really feel about them.
All of this however will pale compared to the staff and political scrambling that will come after the ballot language is approved.
 Collectively, the administration and the Council will conclude, in a convoluted motion most likely by Jim Kennedy, that the feeble minded, uninformed, non art appreciating electorate was lead astray by a snake oil salesman from Palm Harbor and their collective decision cannot truly represent all that is good and wonderful for St. Pete. Therefore we must proceed with the LENS. Second by Curran.
Roll Call: 6 Yes, 1 No. (Hang in there Wengay)
The key to all of this is a big vote. If the Pier Referendum approval margin is not huge, then the City Council and the administration are simply going to ignore it.
 So Plan to vote.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Can NASCAR Survive?

I love NASCAR. I watch the races on TV, go to the tracks, I even driven on several of the super speedways.

Every wonder what fascinates guys about NASCAR?

It is explosions, not wrecks -- explosions.

Every since the 9th century when the Chinese invented gun powder, men have been fascinated about explosions. The sound, the power - fascinating as Spock would say.

What we have tried very successfully to do in auto racing is harness the power of an explosion and turn it into something useful - like motion.

When an 4 cylinder engine is turning 9,000 RPMs that's 9,000 explosions per minute. In a big stock car V-8, that's 18,000 explosions per minute Success!

Formula 1 cars shriek, Indy cars whine but stock cars roar. You can hear the explosions and the power. Stand close enough grand national stock car you can actually feel the power.

If you go to Daytona for either of the two NASCAR races, the ground actually trembles on the starting lap. Now that's sound and fury.

I am one of those guys that routes the TV race sound thru the stereo, all 500 watts or so, and when they say crank it up -- I do. The Bose speakers leap to life.

The dogs hide, the bird puts her head under her wing, the wine glasses rattle. I think I have actually seen the curtains flutter.

Explosions at their absolute best. I love it!

This week there was a lot of press about electric cars. I think they are the wave of the future. We are one breakthrough away from the electric powered vehicle going viral as they say. It will either be in electric motor technology or battery science. There are literally thousands of researchers working on the problem as you read this.

What happens to NASCAR when cars go electric?

No explosions. No sound, no fury, no ground trembling just silence or a soft whoooosh as they blow by at 200MPH.

To get a feel for how all of this might work, during this weeks race, I set up a large fan, cranked up the stereo and then simply pushed MUTE and turned on the fan.

The silence was deafening. Even my Coors Light didn't look as inviting

I can't imagine what it would be like in the grandstands. You would actually have to talk to the person next to you because you could hear them.

NASCAR needs to start a research program on a noisy electric motor because without the sound and the fury, it just won't be NASCAR.

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