Archive for September, 2010

“America’s Challenges: A Crumbling Infrastructure!”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post on 9/21. You can read it on Huff Post by clicking on the link.

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States, Municipalities, the Federal Government, and Corporations have sadly neglected our infrastructure!

The United States is hurting! States and municipalities are struggling and our infrastructure is badly in need of repair. We face enormous challenges but have so little available to fix them.

As described in the first paragraph of “Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge!” The decaying infrastructure is one of the eight critical challenges this country faces. Repair of our infrastructure is long overdue.

We are just beginning to pay the price for years of misappropriation of tax dollars, under-taxation, tax loopholes, soft regulation, poor fiscal responsibility, lack of vision, and general neglect.

Disasters like the explosion this past week in San Bruno, California; the collapse of the bridge in Minneapolis; The BP oil spill in the Gulf; the failure of the levies during Katrina, and the Massey mine disaster in West Virginia that caused 29 senseless deaths were not merely accidents. They were accidents waiting to happen!

What caused these incredible disasters?

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“Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge!”

“Our Electorate: America’s Greatest Challenge” has just been posted on The Huffington Post under the Politics heading.  There will be a series of articles following this one addressing each of the challenges listed in the first paragraph…

For most of 30 years the U.S. has been heading in the wrong direction.

Our infrastructure is fractured; wealth has been redistributed unfairly; the economy is running on only six cylinders—on a good day; fearful corporations are hoarding rather than hiring; Congress is incapable of accomplishing anything meaningful; our education system has left us intellectually challenged; lying has become the cultural norm; and ignorant self-obsessed people have, somehow, achieved messianic status.

That’s only a few of our problems; some of our biggest challenges.

The most challenging problem for our now fragile democracy is our electorate. ‘By the people’ has never been as strained in our more than 200 year history. Not because of the fear of socialism, nor the threat of voter fraud. And it’s not the uncertainty of taxes or healthcare or birth certificates.

The problem is an uninformed electorate. To be more blunt, American voters are terribly misinformed. But they still get to vote; even though they’re insufficiently qualified.

How did this happen? How have so many people become so ignorant about important issues?

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“Defying Gravity: America Has Talent!”

Tonight, America is being asked to do the impossible!

A night that began with incredible energy ended with the voice of an Angel.

Ten acts, all finalists, performed on the hit talent show, America’s Got Talent last night with hopes of advancing to the final four; the four who will be competing for the coveted $1,000,000,000 prize and a headline act in Las Vegas.

Clearly every act last night was worthy of a headline act in Las Vegas. And America has to pick four to compete next week and then will have the nearly impossible task of choosing only one after next weeks performances.

The night was magical; voices soared, gravity defied, dancing was both electric and smooth. It was probably the best collection of talent of any America’s Got Talent seasons.

Watching any of them leave will be a tragedy. Studio One led it off with an energetic performance, Christina and Ali wowed the crowd with their upbeat musical choice, Taylor Mathews was over the rainbow with his own arrangement, Jeremy’s tricks tied our stomachs in knots, Mike Grasso reappeared in an unlikely place, Fighting Gravity took us where we’ve never been before, Anna and Patryk reminded us of Fred and Ginger, Michael Grimm belted out a soulful tune, Prince Poppycock was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, and we ended with Jackie Evancho’s angelic voice that surely reached the heavens.

Fans were treated to a night of the most incredible talent! It had to, unfortunately, end. It’s a shame we can’t watch all 10 of them perform again.

Best of luck tomorrow night to all ten contestants. No matter who advances it’s going to be one hell of a show.

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