All So Strange…

Things are just weird. We are in a recession and in one of the greatest financial crisis that I will probably ever see, but lots of people are still making lots of money and capitalizing on other people’s inefficiencies.

Today I read:

Northwest Airlines and Delta have merged. That makes them the largest carrier in the U.S…intersting

Exxon Mobil reported its highest profit making almost $5 billion more than this time last year…makes sense since gas prices suck (although they are coming down now)

Shell’s profits are also up 22%

Recently:

WAMU bought by JP Morgan Chase

Bank of America acquires Merril Lynch and Country Wide

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This Is Me

The open mind never acts: when we have done our utmost to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, we still – must close our minds for the moment with a snap, and act dogmatically on our conclusions.  -George Bernard Shaw

As the election approaches, more and more people seem to have an opinion as to why they are right and you are wrong. Perhaps the more frustrating thing to me is that while many can talk they refuse listen. As for myself, bombarding me with your political beliefs and deteriorating the candidate I favor is not the correct approach if you are trying to recruit me to your side.

This is who I am: I am a strategist; it’s in my blood and it’s how I process. I am a thinker, not a knee-jerker. I can’t just react (if I did, I would be very tired after this election). If I feel I am under-informed I will make sure I clearly state that so as not to set a false premise. I don’t make rash decisions when it comes to the important things. So, this is me:

  1. My political beliefs are what they are because I read the issues. This is not to say that I 100% favor my candidate, so don’t judge me by his beliefs. There are things I agree with and things I don’t (just more of the first).
  2. Each side has various appealing aspects. I like all of the candidates; they seem like nice people.
  3. A “party” does not define me; my loyalty is to a higher power first.
  4. I will vote based on who I think will do the best job. I respect other people’s opinions and will listen, but in the end it is my choice and you can’t turn in my ballot.
  5. If in 4 years a better candidate arises, don’t think I won’t vote for them.

In all things, I only ask for an open mind, myself included.

Credit Swap Crisis

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There was an interesting story on 60 minutes last night. Several economists, some lawyers, and even professors weighed in on the current economic crisis. Everyone has an opinion and solution in hindsight I guess. Basically what they describe is gambling and I can’t believe this bill ever passed, but it did. It was motivated by greed and lots of people benefitted from this. However, it also helped lead us into the position we are currently in.

Im not sure where I stand on government regulation frankly because I dont understand it well enough to have a valid opinion, but in my mind, these are the types of loopholes that we need to clean up. Whoever our next President is, I hope they can get us back on the right track.

Credit Swap Crisis

There was an interesting story on 60 minutes last night. Several economists, some lawyers, and even professors weighed in on the current economic crisis. Everyone has an opinion and solution in hindsight I guess. Basically what they describe is gambling and I can’t believe this bill ever passed, but it did. It was motivated by greed and lots of people benefitted from this. However, it also helped lead us into the position we are currently in.

Im not sure where I stand on government regulation frankly because I dont understand it well enough to have a valid opinion, but in my mind, these are the types of loopholes that we need to clean up. Whoever our next President is, I hope they can get us back on the right track.

7-Election Results

First of all, Im not creative enough to come up with a witty title like this on my own; so know that those marketing guru’s came up with this themselves. Second, barring that there is no correlation between vas amounts of coffee consumption and democrats, this is pretty amazing to look at.

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7-Election Results

First of all, Im not creative enough to come up with a witty title like this on my own; so know that those marketing guru’s came up with this themselves. Second, barring that there is no correlation between vas amounts of coffee consumption and democrats, this is pretty amazing to look at.

I have to vote at 7-11?

The past two mornings, I have found myself walking with some co-workers to 7-11 for a cup of cheap coffee (Starbux starts to weigh on you…or your budget). Once inside, I walked to the coffee bar like I always do, and BOOOOM, make your choice! There were three cups: McCain (red), Independent (no color), and Obama (blue). I had to decide in the store who I was going to vote for, and break the news to all my co-workers. Anyway, once I made my choice, I saw right above the barcode a little message that said, “This is how we count your vote.” I thought, “this is crazy!”, then I thought, “this is genius!”

We all are well-aware by now that the main audience for this election is the working, middle-class, Joe 6-pack. What better way to get a feel for who those people are rooting for then to tag coffee cups at 7-11. WIth my marketing pants on, this is pretty creative. With my middle-class pants on, I’m making a stand. WIth my conspiracy pants on, I’m being watched and tracked in yet another way and I can’t do anything about it because coffee everywhere else is freakin’ expensive. Do not reply to this post with any comments about pants.

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