What could possibly the reason for the commercial with the green tree walking around the Olympic venues? Especially since it was paid for by Dow, the maker of napahm and the greatest defoliator in world history.
Obama keeps going on with his message that the rich need to pay more. He actually said “to help pay down our debt”. Yet he knows that if you confiscated 100 percent of the income of those over $350,000, it would pay for government spending for about 1 month. I have a better idea. Why not have Obama lead by example and give up 90 percent of his salary? He doesn’t even need a salary anyway since taxpayers pick up virtually 100 percent of his expenses.
So the mayors of Boston and Chicago say that Chick-fil-a is not welcomed in their cities because its CEO favors traditional marriage. Then there were the scenes of protestors outside of Chick-fil-a stores with signs about hate. I doubt if the CEO hates gays. He probably employs them. But it brings to mind what a Knoxville legislator said when gays tried to get his high school in New York to remove him from its wall of fame for his views on gays and AIDS. He said that the gays have become the biggest bullies on the political scene. No argument here.
Mitt Romney has a horse in the Olympics. He has done his best to seem uninterested perhaps fearing that his image as a rich guy will be thrown in his face. He has said it is "Ann's horse" and "I am not even sure what day the sport goes on. She will get the chance to see it. I will not be watching the event. I hope her horse does well.” I would have taken another tack (pun) and would be acting as if a family member were participating. I bet the horse feels slighted.
Harold A. Black is professor emeritus in the Department of Finance, University of Tennessee, Knoxville having retired after 24 years of service. He has served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and the University of Florida. His government service includes the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a Board Member of the National Credit Union Administration. He also has served on the boards of directors Home Savings of America and its parent company, H. F. Ahmanson & Co., Irwindale, California prior to its merger with Washington Mutual Savings Bank, on the board of New Century Financial Corporation, Irvine, California, then the nation’s largest real estate investment trust and as director and later chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News-Sentinel at http://www.knoxnews.com/staff/dr-harold-black/. His web page is haroldablackphd.com