I’m as Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore

First, apologies for the long absence.  After being gone for two weeks (more on that later) the work was seriously piled up and I’m still in the process of getting caught up.  Second, the podcast that I had planned for last week was scuttled by some kind of Irish bug I picked up that gave me laryngitis.  Third, MTS isn’t normally a political blog/podcast.  But the following article, while political, doesn’t favor any particular candidate, so I decided to pass it along.

Besides, don’t small business owners have a HUGE stake in the upcoming election?  Unlike the fat cats on Wall Street and elsewhere, you can’t run your operation into the ground and then walk away with a multi-million dollar windfall.  You ARE the business and your future and it’s future are inseparable.

I agree with the writer that our entire system is out of whack and the only way to fix it is fire everybody and start over.  This isn’t a new idea.  It’s actually been around for quite a while.  The problem is that most people think that the Senate and Congress are made up of thieving bastards, but that their particular Senators and Congressman/woman are ok.  So, “throw the bums out!” is something that everyone else should do, but not me.

Here’s a news flash: Your Senators and your congress persons are just like all the rest of them.  Just read Towery’s article and keep it in mind as you enter the voting booth (Does anyone still use voting booths?) next month.  If you agree with Towery’s sentiments, pass this along to everyone you know.

Watch for a new MTS podcast later this week.

I’m as Mad as Hell, and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore
By Matt Towery

Does anyone remember the movie “Network”? The protagonist, Howard Beale, is a TV newscaster whose career is falling apart. So during one of his last newscasts, he suddenly blurts out, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Then he urges viewers to raise their window ceils and scream out the same thing.

He also told his viewers that they were now stuck in a depression, with wars and rampant crime to boot. He said that he didn’t want them to write their congressmen because there would be little of worth to tell them in such worthless times.

For years I have watched as pandering politicians and other slick and shameless hucksters have manipulated public opinion and dodged reality. Over the past three years, I have written repeatedly that the housing boom was a fraud and that if something weren’t done, it would lead to economic meltdown.

My column is offered through one of the nation’s finest and largest syndicators of opinion in America, Creators Syndicate. But to be completely honest, too few major newspapers have ever carried my columns, mostly because too many editors saw me as a middle-aged former Republican official who had nothing new to say. Many of them opted instead for various commentaries on silly and irrelevant issues.

So I’m not the most-read columnist, but I guarantee you I have something new to say.

This is a crooked nation. The collusion on Wall Street and the footsy games being played among huge financial titans and the international leadership community is obvious.

We’ve all been played for suckers. Our so-called Republican leaders, including President Bush, have allowed government spending to spiral out of control. All the while, they worked to ensure that every sector of the economy in which they had friends was allowed to shunt money to the same.

There was the big pharmaceutical industry giveaway; the lack of regulation over financial lending practices; and other policies that helped spike the cost of everything from corn to milk.

The Democratic leadership provided a morally bankrupt congressional majority whose only interest was to protect their own corrupt leaders, plus lobbying allies like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Then, when the house of cards collapsed, they piously rebuked those same institutions with crocodile tears and false admonishments.

All of this is taking place, of course, in the middle of a presidential campaign in which the Democratic nominee was basically handpicked by the Democrats’ Eastern elite leadership. And the Republicans? Their nominee has been mortally wounded by pathetic advice from GOP “experts” who really don’t even want him to win.

Well this is one middle-ager who isn’t going to take it anymore. I have a job to do: poll political campaigns. And you can be certain that I’ll do it without bias, because I despise every last one of these politicians, be they officeholders, office-seekers or office evacuees. I think they are all vapid and vain and slippery as snakes. But at least it helps to make one an unbiased pollster when one doesn’t care who wins.

But just because I don’t have a hidden agenda doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion. And here it is: It’s time for you, dear reader, to phone your banker, who won’t make any loans; and your landlord, who ups your rent as soon as the moving van clears the driveway; your TV cable company, which features 500 channels and 600 excuses for upping your bill; the insurance company that is shocked that you’d dare make a claim; the doctor’s office that won’t return your phone calls; and, most of all, the damn politicians, who care more about titles, perks and perpetual re-election than about public service — and tell them that you are mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore.
And while you’re at it, stop forking out a second mortgage to watch coddled film and pro sports stars perform; stop buying overpriced, underwritten books by self-proclaimed celebrities; and tell TV networks that trot out biased, filtered news that you’re done buying from their advertisers.
Get off your duff, and come out swinging!

We are slowly — maybe not even slowly now — losing our economy and our nation while a handful of billionaires and slick bureaucrats profiteer off our misfortune and complacency at every turn.

Don’t believe me? Then just ask yourself why the government didn’t extend the ban on the “short selling” of financial institutions. Anyone with half a brain would have known that as soon as the ban ended, the market would tank. You don’t think some folks made huge money on that little deal?
I wish I were a newscaster, like the fictional Howard Beale in “Network.” I would have you all running to the windows shouting along with me.
On second thought, I now recall that Beale ended up getting shot for his troubles. I’m starting to know how he felt.

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Mining the Store Episode 11

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses. This is Episode 11.
There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important. You can leave a comment here on the show notes page. Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com. If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.
Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.
My Twitter ID is michaelbuckley and you can also find me on Friendfeed.
Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network.
This time on Mining the Store

00:57 RIP Don LaFontaine and Jerry Reed
02:47 Google introduces it’s Chrome Browser. Is it just another browser, or the beginning of an Internet  revolution?
07:15 Google introduces Chrome with a comic book.
08:28 Unintended consequences of Chrome’s launch. 1. Read the terms of service. 2. Be aware of what’s being said about you on the web. 3. When something goes wrong, admit it and fix it right away whether you’re a multi-billion dollar company or a one person home-based business.
12:15 Watch what you say about politics in a business context.
14:40 If you must comment, at least be logical about it. Dumb statements will cause others to question your credibility in other areas.
16:38 Politics as marketing. How do you sell Dr. Pepper or Seven Up to a nation of cola drinkers?
20:10 Mike O’Laughlin is a pioneer in the use of web 2.0 to promote his business. The Irish Roots Cafe provides a lot of good stuff for anyone searching for their Irish ancestors.
21:34 Your favorite podcaster will lead a discussion at Podcamp Ireland on September 27.
22:27 If you know anything about Alpha Buckley who lived in Peru, IN back in the 1850’s, I’d love to hear from you.

Direct download: Episode_11.mp3
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Twitter: Be Careful Who You Follow

Last night I was watching John McCain’s speech on television while I tried to catch up on some work.  TweetDeck was running in the background.  The Twitterverse was alive with comments about the speech.  Let me be clear that I don’t follow anyone for political reasons.  Most of the people I follow are social media and business types and to be brutally honest, I really don’t care all that much about their political opinions.  I find politics are best left out of business discussions.  Frankly I was surprised by the volume of comments.

But I do care about people’s judgement.  If I’m going to follow someone, I rely on them to provide good, thoughtful comment, no matter what the subject.  I couldn’t care less who you plan to vote for, but your reasoning and your comments speak volumes.  If you plan to vote for Barak Obama because you feel he’s the best man for the job, good for you.  If you plan to vote for John McCain because of his record in the Senate, or because he’s a war hero, that’s good too.

But if you’re going to waste my online time by tweeting about the color of the candidate’s tie, I’m sorry but I’ve got better things to do.  If you plan to vote for either candidate because you don’t like the oponent’s skin color, or gender, or religion, you’re credibility with me is seriously damaged.  If you’re forwarding something on Twitter that’s obviously not true, count me out.

It was while I was reading some major nonsense that it occurred to me that it’s not the number of people you follow that’s important, it’s the quality of the content.  I’ll be darned, it’s just like the real world.  I’ve begun to cull my list of followees based mostly on some really stupid political comments.  There will be more.

My time (and yours) is too valuable to waste it on shallow comments from shallow people.