"Be honest with yourselves for one minute. Do you really think you are a better person because you are Manager/Junior Partner somewhere? You probably wish you could forget most of the things you have learned/seen.."
This statement alone shows exactly why you don't appreciate the value of years of experience in business and in life generally. You cannot appreciate something you do not have. It's okay. When I was 25, I thought I knew everything, too. At 33, I realize that I was woefully wrong. I'm sure at 43, I'll realize how much of an idiot I am right now.
So, that begs the question: What is an appropriate age to run for Congress? It's certainly different for each person, but I'll bet the farm that 25 is way too young. Further, I am very, very hesitant to vote anyone into Congress that (1) is not married and (2) has no children. Those two parts of life are so very important to personal development that they cannot be overstated.
I'll be 33 this week. It is astounding when I think about how much I've learned via life and business experience since I was 25. As I reflect about why I find WW's campaign offensive, I think it's a combination of fators. I do not necessarily object to him being a former Congressman's son. I do not object to young man being in Congress. However, a 25 year old who is the son of the former Congressman just doesn't pass the smell test for me. To say he lacks experience is a resounding understatement.
@Hambone--I agree that an honest poll worker would stop it. That's the problem. The poll workers don't stop it. The funny part is that you keep referencing "that" case the "the ones." This happens ALL THE TIME. There isn't much documentation/prosecution because there's almost no way in the world to catch the wrong-doers--either they vote as someone else or they walk out the door when told they can't vote--how do you propose we arrest those folks? If the poll worker is allowing people to vote with no registration card, then anybody can walk in and vote as anybody else, unless that person has already voted in that election.
What the photo ID law provides is the basis for a poll watcher (not worker) to challenge a voter who cannot prove who he or she is. Previously, all that potential voter would have to do is sign an affidavit promising that they are the voter on the rolls. Well, if a person is immoral enough to walk into a poll and claim to be someone else, why not sign an afidavit?
Please don't compare your admittedly small town polling place to an inner city poll in Memphis. They might as well be on different planets. I have seen with my own eyes, busloads of voters wait until 10 minutes before the poll closed, then they all got off the buses at the same time and crowded into the polling place, thereby rushing the workers (who just want to go home and are now less likely to demand proof of ID). It works like a charm. Also, the TV news just happened to show up at this "under-served" polling precinct where voters had to wait in line for an hour. Well, they could've voted 10 minutes earlier when no voters were in the building and they were sitting in the parking lot. It's the political games that make me angry. I'm sure it was just a coincidence that the TFP showed up at the DMV and this story broke. It was clearly a setup.
@Echo - Please shut up.
@mymy - Democrat voter fraud in Shelby County start LONG before 2008. It's been going on for decades.
@Hambone - "like all other cases of voter fraud" is certainly a broad stroke. In Memphis, if a person walked into a poll and said he was "Jim Smith" and lives at "123 Main St" but didn't have his voter card, they let him vote in many cases, with no proof that he is Jim Smith. It was not uncommon, after the fact, to discover (i) Jim Smith was recently deceased but not yet expunged from the voter rolls OR (ii) 123 Main St is a vacant lot.
When I lived in Memphis, I was on the GOP team that helped investigate the Ophelia Ford election in 2004(I think that the year). All we needed to find was 14 illegitimate votes to nullify the results. We found 15 without trying hard. Requiring a photo ID is the simplest way to solve both of these common voter fraud techniques.
First of all, headcoconut clearly has a full understanding of the electronic voting machines, considering the company is called Diebold, not diabol. You have obviously done lots of research on your own to determine your own opinion of the voting machines, instead of just relying on scare mongers' scare tactics. [sarcasm]
Secondly, the assertion that the photo ID law hurts or helps one side more than the other is just plain false. We should all be happy about this step to legitimize the voting process. The instances of dead people voting, people voting more than once, and people who claim to live at addresses where there is no dwelling have all been well-documented, especially in Shelby County. The best way to remedy this problem is to require the photo ID that 99% of voting citizens have on their person all the time anyway--a photo ID. End of story.
Too soon, Weston, way too soon. The phrase "born on third base and claiming to have hit a triple" comes to mind. More than any other reason not to vote for Weston, the arrogance and plain old lack of respect are top on my list. The suggestion that any 24 year old (especially one who is unmarried and has no children) is a proper selection for Congress is disturbing.
This poll is a joke, right? Anybody who has owned a VW or Audi will give an emphatic answer of NO to this question. Unless you have a full coverage warranty at all times or just like blowing money on repairs, never buy a VW/Audi.
I am not even sure where to start with this editorial, so I'll just go in order of the column.
1. "reckless gambling in derivatives and other exotic, and often toxic"--that is part of what financial institutions do. They make risky investments and hope to make money for their customers. Using hyperbolic adjectives to describe the investments makes them seem evil. Nobody complained when these risky, exotic and toxic investments were making money. They were just as risky and exotic then. The problem lies in the fact that the government should not be in the business of bailing out firms that engage in risky investments. Because, if they get bailed out, the risk is removed and they can do as much of it as they want without fear of losing money.
2. Why does the government have a "special master for executive compensation"? Further, are we surprised that Feinberg's study "confirms what we have suspected about the extent of bankers’ greed that drove them to make those risky investments"? Of course we aren't surprised. The federal government had a huge hand in the meltdown and in the subsequent mandated bailouts and it is very interested in making sure there is a boogeyman other than itself. Repeatedly calling financial institutions "greedy" only serves to fuel that unsubstantiated fire of hatred.
3. Now we get to the meat of the editorial--that bonuses were paid by firms that received TARP money. Two points here:(i)11 of the 17 firms that received TARP money didn't want or need the money. The feds made them take the money and made them pay interest on it. Why should those firms be prevented from paying bonuses? (ii)Most executive bonus packages are contractual obligations of the company. Further, many executives' compensation arrangements spell out that most of their pay is in the form of bonuses. So, if the firm doesn't pay an executive a contractual bonus, what happens? The firm get sued, which will end up costing far more than simply paying the execs. When the feds decided to step in and help, they knew that the funds would be used to satisfy any and all of those firms' obligations. Money is fungible. Firms took the TARP money to lesson the bleeding regarding toxic assets and that freed up funds to help them make bonus obligations.