Remember Mississippi

Yesterday, in efforts to retain his status as the Republican Party’s candidate for re-election, Senator Thad Cochran furthered the cause of stripping away the veil of illusion that obscures the extent to which our political class is corrupted and broken. We owe him a debt of gratitude for exemplifying the worst of what political junkies are capable of in their hunger to retain power.

MississipiDismissing, without the slightest thought, the values and principles most Americans hope to find in their elected representatives, the Republican Establishment (read as Mitch McConnell, Haley Barbour, Orin Hatch, et al) pooled its resources to use race baiting and fear mongering to crush the candidacy of a decent, principled Conservative of their own party in favor of retaining a 77-year-old-obviously-senile-incompetent-42-year-member-of-Congress.

The challenger, Chris McDaniel, is an attorney, conservative commentator, and Republican politician in the Mississippi Senate since 2008. Yesterday, McDaniel actually received 25,000 more Republican votes than Cochran. However, because the Republican Establishment, via false advertising and fear-based robo-calling, mobilized 35,000 African American Democrats to cross over and vote Republican…their deceitful and manipulative methods resulted in a 4000+ vote win for Cochran.

I listened to many callers to conservative talk radio today. The general consensus is outrage and disgust. The good news is that anger and outrage, once transformed into righteous indignation, can be a force for good.

That is now our challenge.

While it would be easy to remain enraged, as so many are, at the Republican party’s lack of ethics and arrogance bordering on criminality…rage will not get us where we need to go. We need to awaken to what was done in Mississippi and commit to not allowing such tactics to prevail elsewhere. We need to become educated, vocal and determined citizens in order to weed out the liars, crooks and manipulators within both parties by remembering not only Mississippi but also that there are more of us than there are of them

Our Founders, both John Adams and George Washington, knew the two party system would become corrupted and fail. But they also knew We The People would be here to do the heavy lifting and willingly pay the price that sustaining liberty requires.

The moment has arrived. Liberty is at risk. Now is the time. Ours is the price. We pay it now or lose everything worth having.


Barack and Hillary: Double Trouble

The American spirit at its best is unfettered optimism. Our belief in the ability to accomplish a goal despite all odds is why so many people from around the globe want to be Americans. But optimism, in excess, can also be a detriment. Absent any basis in reality or fact, optimism deteriorates into mindlessness.

evilSuch was the case in 2008 and, it appears, may be the case in 2016.

In 2008, the nation was captivated by the emergence of a well-educated articulate, seemingly bright, charismatic, civic-minded African-American candidate for President. Our national optimism propelled a majority of us to rally behind his candidacy as he represented the culmination of decades of optimism that we would one day rise above the superficiality of race and see a person based upon the content of his or her character.

We erred by allowing our optimism to negate our discernment. We raced past logical review and analysis of the candidate’s background, achievements, and philosophical underpinnings to embrace his bumper sticker. We were content with a promise because we are, after all, Americans and doesn’t every American want what is best for the country? Apparently not.

The Presidential election of 2016 portends a similar fate unless we temper our wishes with our intellect. Hillary Clinton remains the Democrat front-runner should she make a formal announcement to enter the race. Hillary has likely been promised that position should she desire it. While I don’t yet know her slogan, we need to see past the prospect of the “first female President” and face the truth of Hillary’s career and her condition.

Hillary Clinton failed at passing socialized medicine but got it anyway to what we now know to be the Nation’s harm. She worked for the Children’s Defense Fund advocating children’s rights but represented an admitted child rapist and bragged at her success in getting him off “for time served” due to an evidentiary error…not to mention her laughing at the rapist having “beaten” a lie detector test. Hillary disparaged the women her husband sexually harassed, fondled, or had sex with rather than condemn his behavior. She failed to adequately protect and defend our Embassy in Benghazi and it now seems she knew the President was lying when he blamed a video for the attack then stood by that lie as she had stood by her husband’s immorality.

And Hillary is not healthy. She has fallen, had blood clots, arrhythmia, and who knows what else. Lately, she has made statements about she and her husband’s financial status that draw into question either her version of reality or her values system.

How does that saying go? “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.” Let us not be so eager to follow the first black President with the first female President that we once again throw caution to the wind and see not what is in front of us but rather what’s being sold to us.


Choose Your Addiction Wisely

Steve and I post independently of one another. I get to read his blogs the same way you do which is when they’re published. Yesterday, when I read his post titled “We’re All Drug Addicts” I knew I had to write my own thoughts on a topic about which I have first-hand knowledge. In fact, when Heath Ledger overdosed, I was contacted by several media outlets to weigh in on the subjects of addiction, suicide and drug overdose. (A fully developed interview of me following Ledger’s death can be listened to here.)

Meditation2Anti-depressants are proven to lead to and/or increase incidents of suicidal thinking. In my twenties I battled depression and anxiety. A physician put me on anti-depressants and tranquilizers to combat the condition. When I realized I was addicted to the medications I decided to stop taking them. Shortly thereafter, I tried to commit suicide and came very close to succeeding. It was a turning point in my life as it awakened me to the realization that I  had to either do it again and succeed or begin to live my life differently. I choose the latter.

It is now decades later and I live a joyful and rewarding life. In no small part it’s due to a different addiction. I meditate daily. Your reaction may be “Well, that’s stretching it a bit since mediation is hardly an addiction.”

But it is.

I need to meditate every day. I’m at a loss when I don’t get my “fix” of that meditative state. Without those feelings of peace, joy, calm and clarity that I receive from meditation I feel tense, discontent, frazzled and off my game. So you see, I am addicted. But I’ve also consciously chosen my addiction because it enhances rather than diminishes the quality of my life.

The point is that it may just be human nature to be addicted. Some choose alcohol, drugs, pornography, chocolate, gambling, serial adultery, masturbation, twitter, clothes shopping…whatever. Regardless, we humans have Free Will and so get to choose that to which we are addicted.

For me, the contrast is no contest. On drugs, I was sedated, slow of thought and harming vital organs with unnecessary and toxic side effects. On meditation, I am sharp of mind, peaceful of spirit, accepting of life and creative of soul.

So to paraphrase Steve, if we’re all addicted remember: You get to choose to what.


We Are All Drug Addicts

I was at a bachelor party a few years for a friend of mine who was about to get married. The party was in New York City at an exclusive club and all the people seemed successful. They all had very good jobs. The majority of them had families and each seemed stable and well adjusted. After the dinner, I went to the bathroom and ended up standing with my good friend Alex waiting  for a stall to open. He said that we’d be there forever if we didn’t do something. It seemed the whole dinner party was doing drugs in the stalls. He winked at me then kicked down 2 of the stall doors.  Inside those stalls were the people from our dinner party snorting cocaine… huddled as if around a campfire, each trying to get their fix.

drugsAs Alex kicked the bathroom doors in, the drugs went flying as the men scrambled out of the stalls thinking they had been busted by either the police or the bouncer. However, once they saw it was my friend Alex who had created the havoc, they all turned on him cursing and screaming for scaring the hell out of them. More importantly, it seemed ,was their anger over the wasted cocaine. I’m not uninformed. I  know people do drugs. But, I never thought this group of people would be doing drugs. To be so open about it and to risk doing it in such a public place, left me dumbfounded.

Alex was a broker on Wall Street and his job was to entertain people. He told me “all of my clients do drugs.”

Once we returned to the table, I couldn’t look at the people in quite the same way. Given the high profile nature of Wall Street jobs, none of the major firms wants their employees to end up in the newspapers. I am a firm believer in personal freedom. However, with freedom comes personal responsibility. The way I looked at it, these guys were taking huge risks for a moment of pleasure.  I’ve seen plenty of people fired for getting caught doing stupid stuff and it can alter your career, not to mention your life, forever.

Coincidentally, a few weeks later I drove to Massachusetts for a small get-together. I ended up drinking beer with a DEA agent who worked drug enforcement all over the country. As we enjoyed our beers he regaled me with stories of the drug trade in the U.S. He told me he had been in the DEA for over 25 years and over the last 5 years he had never been busier. I thought that was ironic given that as far as I knew drug use had gone down over recent years. He said that the DEA figures estimate drug use in the United States at over 70% of the population! I was shocked. He further explained that you have to look at drug use through a different lens-given the rise of the pharmaceutical industry. It’s simply a fact that more and more people were getting addicted to pharmaceutical drugs. “The doctors are the new drug dealers” he informed me. Brene Brown, American scholar, author and public speaker has said, “For the first time in history the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that drug overdose is the leading cause of death now beating automobile deaths. More people die from prescription drugs overdoses obtained from their friends, relatives and physicians.”

As the DEA Agent and I continued to talk, he suggested a small test. “Next time you’re in New York City count the amount of pharmacies you see.”  So, the next day when I was back in NY I did just that. I counted 4 large pharmacies in my 3 block area. That’s 1 1/3 per block! When I grew up there in the 70’s I might have been lucky to find 1 pharmacy every 10 blocks. Now it appeared there was probably 1 every 2 blocks. All I could of think was when did this happen?  The bottom line is that these pharmacies wouldn’t be there if there were not customers (aka “users”) seeking what they are selling (aka “pushing”).

Personally, I don’t take any type of drugs. That’s the mirror I hold up to my children. When I do get sick and take the over the counter drugs I get completely knocked out. I remember a few years ago I had to take a cold medicine while at work and ended up in the infirmary taking a nap as I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Today, due to its potency and likelihood of being used by kids as part of a drug cocktail, many pharmacies now keep cold medicines behind the counter.

Why are our kinds on drugs? Perhaps we should start with their parent’s medicine cabinet for the answer.  “Do as I say and not as I do” has never worked. Nowhere is that truer than when 70% of one generation is doing something it is judging and condemning in the next generation.

From this vantage point, what is happening to our society all begins to make sense. Our government could not be doing what it is in fact doing if the citizens were awake and aware of the ever-encroaching centralized control and police state that now confronts us. Our politicians routinely break the law because they know that neither the justice system nor the media will hold them accountable. The citizens, for their part, are conveniently too distracted and sedated to care thanks to a joint effort between big pharmaceutical companies and big government

For the rest of us who are sober, clean, awake and aware…watching the U.S implode is like watching a fatal car crash in slow motion.


Make Your Own People

“All fathers are intimidating. They’re intimidating because they are fathers. Once a man has children, for the rest of his life, his attitude is, To hell with the world, I can make my own people. I’ll eat whatever I want. I’ll wear whatever I want, and I’ll create whoever I want.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jerry Seinfield,  Comedian / Writer

I never knew I would have 6 kids and if you asked me 20 years ago that I would be a father of 6, I would have thought you were crazy. The fact is I did not plan it this way but my wife and I felt it was always important to embrace life and as the kids came, we were overjoyed.  Given the large responsibility of raising so many kids, I don’t have a lot of time for much else, so my kids have become my social circle, to paraphrase who needs friends when you make your own people. Having 6 kids is expensive, time consuming and leaves me completely exhausted. However there is no greater joy for me than spending time with my family.Illegal Alien

But most of the Western World no longer has kids as they once did and even in the U.S are birth rates are declining. Patrick Buchanan wrote a great book called “Death of the West”  in which he talks about the consequences of the Western World no longer having kids. Given the huge population explosions in Latin America, Asia and Africa, this new growing class of people are set to cause massive shifts in global power. The fact is the West is dying and soon to be replaced with a new world order.

Over the last 20 years countries in Europe have had a huge influx of immigrants mostly from the Arab world and this is where it gets interesting. Native French families are having less than 2 babies per family which is below the replacement level to keep the population growing, while the French Arab immigrants have birth rates much higher (close to 6 per family). In his book, Buchanan believes that given these rates, France will become a Muslim country with over 50% of the population being Muslim by 2050. It is the ultimate conquest of a nation, and in this case a culture, without firing a shot.

The United States is currently being invaded by Latin America with thousands of illegals crossing the border every day. There is currently no limit on this escalating influx. The US border patrol is now releasing these people into the United States absent any way to control or document the flow of illegals. I think the reasons are two fold:

  • The abortion of over 50 million Americans since Roe v. Wade
  • The Social Security “Ponzi Scheme.”

Given that the U.S has aborted over 50 million babies since Roe v. Wade was passed, we have had more abortions in this country than anyone ever anticipated (except perhaps Progressives like Margaret Sanger who founded Planned Parenthood as a means of eliminating minority and “unsavory” populations). All of contributions those lives lost could have had on our culture was destroyed in the womb. But if you combine a lower birth rate with 50 million abortions with an overall aging population you care bound to find yourselves in the predicament we now face…such as the U.S government’s many promises to its citizens that it can no longer keep. To wit: Social Security.

Social Security is the retirement fund that all Americans pay into so that once they hit 65 they can collect their retirement payout. The fact is that Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme. There is no money in the fund andwhat was there was either spent rightfully or raided by Congress for other purposes! The only thing that is in the Social Security fund are IOU’s !  As a result, this is how Social Security works today:

  • 25 year old James pays $1,000 a month into Social Security and,
  • Social Security takes James $1,000 dollars and pays Mike (aged 65)

The moment we run out of young people that can pay the retires, the system collapses. That moment is on the horizon and soon. The US government prosecutes and takes Ponzi schemes very seriously and will send you to jail if you enrage in one (see Bernie Madoff). The irony is that the US government runs the largest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world and is beyond prosecution… or accountability for that matter.

To understand the scam and how it relates to illegal aliens you need to know the following:

  • It is illegal to knowingly hire an illegal alien in the U.S.
  • As proof of documentation illegals get fake illegal Social Security numbers and by doing so the companies that hire them are no longer held liable.
  • When the company pays the illegal and deducts money from his paycheck to pay Social Security, that money then goes to pay the current retirees.
  • The illegal can never collect his Social Security benefits because he is not an American citizen.

So then, here  is a major factor in the Federal government’s love affair with illegal immigrants.  Our elected officials can mask the fraud that the U.S. government is currently engaged in as they ride out their prosperous careers. They then exit the system having become personally enriched, provided for in retirement… yet leaving behind a corrupted and broken system that cannot serve the people who elected them.

One is left to ask…what’s wrong with this picture?


Steve Clark

A Recipe for Surviving Change

It’s certainly easy to become frustrated, angered, even enraged at national and global events. Terrorists are summarily released from Guantanamo to inevitably return to their pursuit of our destruction; original IRS files under investigation, allegedly lacking any archived copies, suddenly disappear and the hard drive that housed them is destroyed; literally thousands of illegal immigrants pour across our southern border daily while the Federal government, charged with our protection, stands by idle and silent; the most radical of radical Islamic terrorists murderously and savagely tear their way through Iraq seizing cities and imposing Sharia Law as they go, negating the efforts we made and the lives we sacrificed to bring that nation a chance for freedom; food and energy prices soar upward while we are told there is no inflation and one hundred million, one third of our population, are unemployed.

ThreatYes, it is definitely easy to be overwhelmed and enraged…easy and terribly wrong.

Overwhelmed people feel victimized and are susceptible to manipulation by anyone promising an end to their frustrations. Enraged people are reactive, fail to reason and consequently, think before they act. Neither false prophets nor indiscriminate actions can serve us now.

The change needed is very simple, if not necessarily easy.

  1. Pull back to your most basic and immediate needs and environment.
  2. Ask yourself, “How will gratuitous anger serve me?
  3. Ask yourself,” What can I do to simplify my life and reduce stress?”
  4. Reach out to neighbors, friends or colleagues to establish a community of support for one another.
  5. Commit to not allowing yourself to be seduced into blame, violence or hatred of others.
  6. Identify and stand firm in your core beliefs regardless of their political correctness…so long as those beliefs are not at the expense of another.
  7. Hold fast to faith in humankind’s awakening to the realization that united we stand and divided we fall as All are One.
  8. Allow truth to emerge from within you rather than allow an agenda to be imposed upon you.

Every historical period has its challenges. This one is no exception. What causes pain and suffering is not change. It’s our resistance to change. The world is changing in rapid and profound ways. Old patterns of behavior and correction will not work. When we switched from horse and buggy to the combustion engine, you could not fuel that engine with oats…although those oats worked just fine under the old system.

Rather than judge who did what and how we got here, let’s use our intellects, our hearts, and our individual uniqueness to co-create solutions. The dawn of a new day brings the opportunity to either repeat yesterday or live today anew.

Free Will. You get to choose.


Count The Money

“There is no other reason for being in business but to count the money. If you don’t concentrate on counting the money people soon realize that money is not the focus of your consciousness, so they give you everything other than money-kudos, acclaim, praise, etc., and sooner or later you’ll be in trouble.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Stuart Wilde, Author

In the mid 2000’s I worked at Merrill Lynch as a bond trader. At the time we were considered one of the premier investment banks in the world and to work there was really quite amazing. I worked with some really smart and remarkable people, but it had its price. At the end of every day, every trader from every area had to mark his book to determine how much money he had made or lost while the salesman had to tally their production credits to gauge how effective their sales were that day. Needles to say it was quite stressful to be measured each and every day to see how profitable we were. The fact is that Merrill Lynch counted the money each and every day and was always concerned about growing the bottom line.

However two events transpired during that time, well before the financial crisis hit, that I took as a signal that the firm was doomed.

The 1st event was the AIDS moneyQuilt

I use to get to work at 6:45 am every day eager and ready to go when one day, I walked in the main building in lower Manhattan to see a huge AIDS quilt adorning the main lobby. All I could think of was “That is a really weird thing to display in the lobby of an investment bank.” The lobby should have had a monument to the all mighty dollar because every person in that place was there to make lots of money. But upon reflection, what Merrill Lynch wanted people to know is that even though we were an investment bank, they really cared about the gay community and people who had suffered from the AIDS virus. It was the cheapest form of self-promotion and self-aggrandizement I had ever seen.

The best use of a bank’s time is making money, increasing share holder value and managing risk. If Merrill Lynch had done that better they would not have gone bankrupt (nearly) and had to have been sold to Bank of America. Since Merrill Lynch was a premier bank, they thought their status would always be just that and thus turned their focus to improving their “corporate image.”

As a result of Merrill’s mismanagement of finances, thousands of employees were fired, pension funds were decimated and hundreds of thousands of people who relied upon their income from Merrill Lynch investments were adversely affected. So were the firm’s employees. When Merrill Lynch was focused solely upon the money, more lives benefited and the individual employees had more money to give to charities. Now in 2014,all of these former stakeholders  have less money than they did in 2008 and their ability to give to charity has been greatly reduced. The irony is that when Merrill Lynch was focusing on helping the downtrodden less money, not more, actually flowed to them.

The 2nd Event was the hiring of Stanley O’Neal

At the time of his hiring by Merrill Lynch, Stanley Lynch was perceived to be as shrewd shrewd as he was tough at cost cutting. His grandfather was supposedly a slave and Stan’s upbringing and perseverance to land the top job at Merrill was roundly lauded. Stan had worked on the assembly line at GM, paid his way through college and eventually went to Harvard. He had a successful career at General Motors, as well as within Merrill Lynch, before he landed the top job. He ran the company between 2003 and 2008 and during that time he destroyed the company which was subsequently forced to merge with Bank of America.

Although Stan made some of the same mistakes that his counterparts did at Lehman and Bear Stearns, I want to focus on the part that always caught my attention. During his term as President of the firm, he always made it well known that the bank was the only one run by a minority and, specifically, an African-American. You would be hard pressed to scan the news archives between 2002-2004 without seeing that Merrill Lynch was run by a minority as well as the bank championing the cause of minorities in senior positions of responsibility. I believe Merrill Lynch’s laser like focus with the press, as well as within the firm, regarding the color of Stan’s’ skin masked and distracted from his deficiencies. The firm, the street and the general public wanted him to succeed because of what he represented. Instead of focusing on the person, the firm decided to focus on the persona and this is what doomed the firm. Once the firm realized what Stan O’Neal had done to the firm ( loading up on debt and not tending to the firm) it was too late.

I believed then, and still do today, that the firm’s misplaced focus on two political fantasies, corporate charity and minority hiring, sowed the seeds of the firm’s destruction. If Merrill Lynch had devoted more time to what it was created to do, maximize legitimate gain and less to the political correctness of its public image within the gay and black communities, more money would have flowed to its investors and onward to charitable causes.

That’s how uninterrupted capitalism actually works.

Steve Clark



The Coming Pension Crisis

Pensions in America were once part of the American corporate fabric for many years. Corporations agreed to pay into the retiree accounts for a period of time and after the worker retired he would expect to see a monthly check upon retirement.

The pension problem in America

The pension problem in America

For example this was what the employee had to do:

  • Joe Smith had to work for 30 years.
  • He had to invest a portion of his check into his pension plan while the company did as well.
  • Joe Smith would then retire and start drawing a monthly check until he died.
  • The check that he received was usually a percentage of what he made. So if Joe made $100,000  a year, Joe might expect to see 70% of that, so $70,000 dollars per year.
  • This pension was guaranteed and had to be paid.

This is what the company’s responsibilities were:

  • Invest in the pension system
  • Invest at a rate of 8% for 30 years………………..and this is where the break down began.

Given the amount of manipulation that the Federal Reserve has engaged in, rates have not been at 8% for a long time. The Federal Reserve in order to create growth in the U. S has kept rates at artificially low levels for years. Because of this, the company’s have not been able to earn a safe return of 8% and thus most private pension funds have been underfunded for a long time. The press will try to report this under-funding as a failure of the company’s, but when safe investments only return around 3% it is basic math that the pension funds will be under funded.

Because we live in an environment where interest rates are manipulated to such low levels, private pensions will become a thing in the past. Most companies are moving people off the pension plans over to 401k’s whereby the individual is responsible for his own retirement.

The bankruptcy of General Motors also exposed the light into the faults of the private pension system.  Over the course of may years the union leadership was able to extract many generous concessions out of GM’s management, and as GM  increased the benefits to its workers, GM became more and more un-competitive. In the end due to the enormous concessions that GM gave its workforce it was no longer a viable company and was forced to go bankrupt. (This was not the only reason but truly a significant one)

In a normal bankruptcy pensions are negotiated along with all of its debts. However given that pensions are an agreement between 2 parties, they are not senior in rank to creditors ( the people who actually lent money to GM). In the case of GM’s bankruptcy pension holders received all of their money while the creditors took a massive haircut ( When unions can deliver hundreds of thousand of vote who needs the rule of law). Employees who worked at GM but were not in the union lost their jobs and saw their pensions wiped out. GM is no longer really a free market company but rather as the new nickname now implies GM has become Government Motors.

Government Motors now operates like any other public sector employees union. The government sector employees that work for the taxpayer have generous pensions that so far surpass anything in the private sector that I believe this will become  a major battle that will take place in the years to come.  Thirty years ago a public employee use to make less then its civilian counterpart and the trade off was that the government employee would get as a benefit a more generous retirement package.

Nowadays public sector employees get paid better than their civilian counterparts with more generous benefits and only have to work 20 years to get it. How is is possible that public employees who get paid out of tax payer money make more money than their civilian counterparts? Currently their are over 90 million Americans not working so that means more money is being taken out of the private sector and given to public employees.

The previous trade off in working in the private sector is that you would make more money given that the private sector is a riskier place to work. A person working at a company can be fired, downsized, and  is subject to the whims of the consumer,etc.. Nowadays the public sector worker is immune to any job loss. It is virtually impossible to be fired once you get a job on the government. What the public sector unions don’t realize is that this is eventually going to crack. The next major to take place in the U.S I believe will be between the producers and the public sector workers who have been milking this cow for way too long and the taxpayer who can longer afford to pay him.


Steve Clark

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire

I vividly remember why I did not vote for Barack Obama in 2008. I had been browsing the stacks at a Barnes and Noble and came across a small book written by a former New York Times writer, an African-American who laid out the case that Barack Obama was in search of an identity based upon his bi-racial upbringing combined with early childhood exposure to policies and agendas both foreign and domestic. The author, himself a product of mixed racial parentage, suggested Obama was wrong for the job and even implied that combined with the Senator’s professional and political inexperience…perhaps even a hazard.

OLiesThe book never made much of an impact. It was an opportunity lost. We now know, through hindsight and with certainty, the author knew what he was talking about.

It’s hard to know where to begin in cataloging this President’s errors, failures, missteps and lies. From Obama’s multiple unilaterally decreed amendments to Obamacare; broken assurances that Obamacare would not only reduce premiums $2500 per year but also allow people to keep their doctors; faulty judgment in supporting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; security failures in Benghazi; a Department of Justice that has covered up the Fast & Furious scandal; selective targeting of conservative groups by the IRS; a systematic process for obscuring the truth about medical care for our Veterans and, most recently, freeing five deadly Islamic extremist terrorists in exchange for one alleged deserter.

So here we are with two years left to a Presidency few people trust and for good reason. President Obama has misled, and at more times than I’d like to think, lied to the very people who put their trust in him. While I was not one of them I none-the-less expected more of him than what we got.

In addition to that book at Barnes and Noble, I recall an astrological chart that had been done on the President at the time of his election. It was on the Internet and compiled by a well-known Vedic (Indian) astrologer. In the last paragraph it said this President would enter the office as one of the most beloved leaders and exit it one of the most despised. This, I believe, will occur.

Whether it was the book or the chart, we would have been better off following one or the other rather than a man who promised “Hope and Change” but has delivered, above all, deception and corruption.  I doubt this President has ever been “above the fray” other than having an ego-based perspective that what he does is sacrosanct and beyond legitimate inquiry.  Which, of course, is not higher ground.