Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Barack Obama: He Has My Vote!

Why is it that when white people vote for a white person it is not for racial reasons if he is running against a person of color, but if  black people vote for a black man who is running against a white man, their decision is purely based on race?

In my 70 years, I have seen much, I have read a fair amount of history and I have experienced a few things.

My country has a lot of good people.  They come in ever shape, size and color, and I have had the opportunity to get to talk with and know many of them.  I also know that most people have not had the opportunity to meet, work with or get to know people of color, that are very bright, creative and talented that live and work in these United States.  I am not talking about actors or singers.  I am talking about people of color in the business community.

Why do I bring this up and mention this?  Because Barack Obama is not that different from the many talented people, men and women, that I have worked with and known during my career working with some of the biggest investment firms in the country.  I don't need to see his college records from Columbia or Harvard law School.  He isn't that different from the many people of color I have worked with that have multiple degrees from some of the best universities and colleges in the country.

For those that don't know it, there is an African-American intelligentsia in the United States. Barack Obama is just one of thousands of people of color that are high achievers in their chosen field of endeavor.

So when people that should know better, like John Sununu make cheap racists remarks about Colin Powell, you have to wonder, what are they afraid of?

I am voting for Barack Obama.  I don't think my endorsement will help persuade anyone to vote for him, but I like what he stands for.

After taking over the presidency at one of the worst possible times in our nations economic history, I think President Obama is deserving of another 4 years.  I hope he gets re-elected. He has my vote.

Monday, October 15, 2012


This is the poster for the exhibition this weekend in Lake Orion, Michigan.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Just The Tip of The Iceberg: 2012

For me the presidency is just the tip of the iceberg.  I am more concerned with the level playing field and the political party and their people that work to make a more level playing field a reality for more people, not fewer people.

I have been around now for 70 years. I have read a fair amount of political history.  I have observed over many years, and at times, I have even been a part of it all. I have been a liberal for a long time. I am not a communist; however, I recognize that even in a capitalist economic system that there are some things that are better handled by something called socialism.

Money as we know it, is only one aspect of wealth. Wealth encompasses so much more. Yet, the ability to raise money for political purposes, drives a great deal of what gets translated into economic policy. This I saw up close.  It is not something I read about; it is something I observed first hand. And, I know my party, the Democrat party takes money from the same people that gives money to the Republican party.  Buying influence is what campaign contributions is all about.

But, the economic philosophy of trickle-down-economics is not a philosophy I believe in, and nor do many wealthy people that I have known in my years of working with investment securities and some very large investment portfolios.  I have had discussions with millionaires and billionaires that line up with my philosophy of government and a desire, while not perfect, to see that those peoples that are not millionaires and billionaires have an opportunity to advance their station in life.  The Republican party in my opinion does not make an effort to do this, and furthermore, only moves to the left at election time in an effort to win elections, but not to help and protect those most in need.

The people that are the most vulnerable are the people that need government policies that help them. The very wealthy do not need government policies to make them even wealthier. I vote for the ideal of a more equitable society, and an equitable society helps those most in need of help not those that least need help.