Thursday, August 17, 2017

Harmonious

 
     I just want to remind everyone that Moses's 2nd wife was probably Black. See Numbers 12:1--she was a Cushite, an Ethiopian. His first wife, Zipporah, was a Middle Eastern Midianite, more closely related to the Israelites? So, some people in this world need to get a grip.
       How did Moses meet her? Maybe she left Egypt with them. Exodus suggest some other people attached themselves to the Israelites and their God and left with them.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Real Help for the Middle Class


If our leaders REALLY wanted to see salaries raised for the middle class in general, the so-called "working class" in particular, they'd do this:

GIVE A TAX BREAK TO CORPORATIONS THAT HAVE A HIGHER AVERAGE WORKER TO CEO SALARY RATIO.  Those that insist on paying their skimming CEOs exorbitant salaries wouldn't get the break.

Immigration may irritate some workers and have them think that's the sole problem. It's more the refusal for those at the top to take less so that their workers could have more. (That's what feeds into paying immigrants lower wages.) It really isn't like CEOs "deserve" it like they & corporations claim. It's because one company jacks up CEO salaries, then the others follow suit and it comes to be expected. Then a corporation that wants to stand out jacks it up even further, etc.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Very Grand Canyon


There may be larger canyons around the world, but ours is very grand.  The kids & I recently went to the less-travelled North Rim, which is higher in elevation.




We also saw Roosevelt Point on the North Rim:



Here's a picture from October, 2010, when I took them to the South Rim:


(Both times, my husband had either work or study obligations.  But he & I went to the South Rim a few years ago for our wedding anniversary.)




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Circular Reasoning


Sometimes you witness the proverbial "circular firing squad."  And it's messy.  

A Better Deal?


Looks like the catch phrase for the Democrats' new priorities borrows from FDR's "New Deal."  Maybe a little even from TR's "Square Deal."  (Which FDR had borrowed from himself.)

It's pretty decent for a first effort.  The desire to raise minimum wage that much nationwide that quickly might backfire; it might just turn into something else the middle class pays for in higher proportion.


I'm also not sure why they didn't go ahead and talk about taxing the 1% at a higher rate, something between 40-45%.  (See other articles in this blog on that matter, as well as googling the idea in Forbes, Fortune & Business Insider.)

It's the sort of thing that harkens back to the old-school deal-making between the parties (such as McCain recently referred to in regards to healthcare).  The Democrats put forth something somewhat more pro-labor and economically liberal. The Republicans counter with something somewhat more pro-business and restrictive. Then the parties hammer something out much closer to the center.  [There are signs, after all this brokenness, volatility and hostility in Congress that we're headed back in this direction.]


Overall, I'm glad to see that the DNC is not making the Cultural Wars a priority. They're sure to lose if they try to force societal liberalism across the country. Especially when it leaks out that too many hard-core liberals are dismissive of conservative social values, even in regards to social conservatives who would practice outward tolerance.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Second Language


I've heard the Ku Klux Klan is learning Russian...   😉