A Problem In The Workplace

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Imagine being in a workplace where a constant problem has existed for decades. It hasn’t always been the top problem, so the employees in “the workplace” tend to ignore it. Every so often, the problem comes to the front of everybody’s minds – but something always seems to come along to prevent the problem from being solved.

“The Workplace” recently hired a new executive officer – it was not to CEO the employees, who had a say in the matter, were anticipating getting. The CEO has a long-term vision to solve the constant and long-persisting problem once and for all, but his “Board of Directors” kept cutting off the ability for the CEO to implement changes every chance the Board got, ensuring the problem would persist on some level for the immediate future.

Recently, there has been a movement by key employees to eradicate the “big problem” that has existed for many years. Many of the people who are suddenly complaining the loudest were the very same employees who didn’t want the problem fixed, or looked the other way at one key point or another. They’re now screaming at the CEO to fix the problem that could have been fixed many ways by many different avenues by many different people and work committees.

The CEO tries to explain. The explanations fall on deaf ears. The CEO and those loyal to him try to explain that this was a problem that could have been fixed by now for sure, had one of the many opportunities to fix it actually been followed through upon. Former employees weigh in and say the problem needs to be fixed now.

Frustrated, the CEO agrees and sympathizes with the employees – but tries to explain to them that the workplace has a chain of command that he would prefer to be followed. He had already tried to implement changes at the executive level but was turned away with every chance “The Board” had. With that happening repeatedly in previous months, the CEO fears going down that road again – he feels it would produce the same result as beforehand.

Instead of fixing the problem with at least one opportunity of many the workplace had – the problem “The Workplace” has is allowed to flourish, and instead of fixing it, all people seem to want to do is complain about it.

Somehow, this all sounds familiar.


The Real New World Order

I woke up Tuesday morning to a boat load of news bulletins regarding the summit in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. Apparently the summit went better than expectations, and the framework of a few deals was laid out.

This was more or less why I voted for Mr. Trump in 2016. I felt if I had voted for Hillary, it would have likely been more of the same leadership we’ve gotten the last 30 years or so from both major parties. Trump, I thought, would give us a new look – which could either be disastrous or exemplary. I took the gamble on him and in retrospect, I’m glad I did.

There will still be a lot of verification involved – but what is the more desirable goal here: more peace, or more hatred and suspicion? Yes, he (Trump) is a most unorthodox leader, but if you watch close – there’s methods to his madness.

The Pine Tar Presidency

I had another epiphany this week. I figured out who President Trump reminds me of, though I’m not the first person to think of the analogy – Billy Martin.

Case in point: the whole controversy over whether or not the use of a special counsel is constitutional, since Robert Mueller wasn’t appointed by the President but by a deputy attorney general. Conservatives are suggesting that since the President didn’t make the appointment and it wasn’t ratified by the Senate, it’s a violation of the Appointments Clause of the United States Constitution.

Just like the late Billy Martin, who would note various rules being violated during the course of a game and wait for an opportune moment to point it out, I wonder if the President knew all along about the Appointments Clause and waited for the right time to point it out.

Not too shabby, sir – if that’s how it played out. I’d love to hear the argument that the Constitution doesn’t apply here, if there is such an argument.

The Dinner From Hell

I could do without watching the White House Correspondents Dinner if you want to know the truth. Every year the dinner seems to get more raunchy, to the point where this year it probably made Howard Stern blush, if he watched.

Funny that the correspondents seem to spend most of the time sounding so much alike to the point where I have a hard time distinguishing which network is which. ABC sounds like CBS. CBS sounds like NPR. If you’re really paying attention, NPR and Fox News even sound alike.

For those of you who think I say this because I’m a Trump supporter – think again. I was just as appalled by the routine Don Imus did in 1996. Imus was funny – back in the era of Nixon, Ford, and Jimmy Carter. That night, he just came off as what he was – a pompous fool.

Then again, at least Don Imus understands humor. I don’t think Michelle Wolf understands most of what she says. She just reads jokes, does things with voice inflection, and everyone thinks she’s funny. Me, I don’t get it.

Every year, they go for the lowest common denominator – and that’s fine if you were running a comedy club. I’m sure C-SPAN couldn’t have been pleased about all of Wolf’s obscenities during her routine.

If there was no WHCD next year, I can’t say I’d miss it. But that’s just me.

Burning Daylight


Looking west at the sun setting from just outside my then job in Clearwater, FL, November 3, 2015.

We are once again at that point of the year where clocks get shifted in most of the United States. Parts of Arizona and all of Hawaii doesn’t observe Daylight Savings Time, and now my state of Florida is following suit with a similar design to forego the twice-yearly resetting of clocks an hour, “springing forward” in March, “falling back” in November.

A footnote, if I may. Doing a brief study of the various stories about this article the past couple of days, one thing I’m seeing these news outlets NOT doing is telling the public when the law would be enacted. (Answer: this year, on July 1, 2018.) I took journalism in high school – did terrible at it by the way, mainly because I took the course as a freshman and really didn’t have a grasp of what journalism was at that age. Anyway, one of the things I was taught way back in 1985 is that who, when, where, what, why, and how are the questions EVERY story should answer. Things must have changed in journalism since I took that course, I suppose – something glaringly evident to our current President.

I’ve heard a lot of argument pro and con about the abolition of standard time and the permanent use of Daylight Savings Time. In the winter months, we’ll be in the same time zone as Puerto Rico, and an hour ahead of the rest of the Eastern US. Sunrise in the winter months would be past 8:00 in the morning, but the sun would set no earlier than 6:30 at night.

Personally, I have no opinion. I’ve been through Arizona three times in my life, passing through my way to and back from Las Vegas. I don’t think it would fair of me to pre-judge how things will go, so I’ll just sit back and see what happens. What could go wrong? Not much from what I can see.


Giving No Quarter


The world we live in is definitely changing – but I guess it is up to determine to all of us as individuals to determine what these changes are since the media is of no help when it comes to these matters as of late.

No, this is not meant as a commentary about how bad the Democrats are or how bad the current President is inasmuch as it is about how everything has gotten political everywhere you turn. I’m tired of needing to ask this unspoken of permission to watch a basketball game because someone might say something politically offensive – or a movie, because a certain actor I used to admire calls the President a punk and/or wants to beat him up.

The Academy Awards are tonight – whoops, can’t watch that. Some of those award winners might get political.

I’m sick of it – I avoid the news whenever I can now, because who knows whether this organization is telling me the truth or telling me just what I want to hear which probably isn’t true, but merely a ploy to get you to watch because you won’t know it’s true or not for a while. It is infiltrating everything – and unnecessarily so, to the point where nothing can be enjoyed. We are all given the choice of being acolytes for one political party or the other, and the minute you step off those reservations you’re nobody.

I miss the days of common ground, and I hope something can happen soon so we get back to those good old days.

How To End The Shutdown

I’m typing this at about noon on Sunday, so there’s a decent chance by the time you see this posted Monday morning, this financial government shutdown will still be on. If it has been solved by the time you see this post, store this away for the next shutdown, whenever that occurs.

Regardless of how you feel politically, it is unconscionable and irresponsible to not keep the government financially up and running, and to not pay up the running expenditures this country requires to function. No business runs this way, and in any business, workers would be fired for not doing the tasks they agreed to perform.

Our politicians would never agree to this (though a group of people in Congress are not accepting pay voluntarily), but one way to greater ensure “financial shutdowns” don’t occur would be to suspend the pay of those in Congress serving in the House of Representatives and in the United States Senate. Isn’t it odd that our politicians always seem not to have their own skin in the game when it comes to our money?

If a governmental shutdown suspended their pay, wouldn’t we see things resolved with a bit more swiftness? They don’t make as much as professional athletes, but remember that they also healthcare with heavy discounts. Plus, there’s all that fund raising they do, and who knows what creative ways our leaders come up with to find ways to dip their hands into that box of cash?

Most in congress (with the exception of the House speaker and the leaders of the Senate) make $174,000 a year, or $3,346.15 a week. Suspend the pay of all 535 in Congress (435 in the House, 100 in the Senate) and the country saves a little under $1.8 million a week if they received no pay, or at least $93,090,000 a year if it somehow took that long to get a deal done.

Just a thought. A thought our politicians would NEVER agree to. Even in a Trump presidency, they have all the reason in the world to keep the swamp around.