Have you ever wondered what is in a “chicken tender?” There is nothing in the name or any other documentation to suggest anything other than it contains parts from a chicken, and that it is tender. Is there anywhere it says that there is a speck of un-ground breast or that it doesn’t contain every part of the chicken ground up and covered with bread because we are all too dumb to tell the difference? Pour on the ketchup, or whatever is really in the red bottle, and were all fine.
I don’t mean to sound cynical, but alas that is my fate. I hear words on the news that after the Greeks were supposedly bailed out financially by (essentially Germany) that they were concerned that they might be losing some of their sovereignty. Well, gosh. That is amazing. To think that someone who has to pay for your financial mistakes might actually have something to say about your actions in the future seems fairly reasonable to me. When I have to bail out a friend and pay their rent, I think it might occur to me to suggest that they don’t indulge in fine dining for a week or two and that seems to be a violation of ones sovereignty. The deal is apparently far from done anyhow. Germany’s highest court ruled that the Bundestag must be given a greater say in euro bailout decisions given the degree to which the common currency rescue could impose on parliament’s right to create Germany’s budget. In response, the Bundestag on Wednesday moved to include provisions for parliamentary co-determination of positions taken by Germany on the euro bailout at European Union summits in Brussels. Under the multilevel process, depending on the importance, the urgency and confidentiality, decisions can either be approved by the entire 620-member Bundestag, by the 41-person budget committee or by the nine-member special panel. ‘The Bundestag Cannot Be Replaced’.”
The Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journalran an editorial asking Buffet, the namesake of a proposed guideline that would ensure that those who make more than $1 million pay proportional tax rates, to make public his tax returns. “No doubt the millions of Americans who could end up paying more because of this claim would love to see the details,” they wrote, urging the Berkshire Hathaway CEO to consider the disclosure an “opportunity to educate the public” on “his secret of tax avoidance.”
When asked during Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Summit whether or not he would be willing to do so, Buffett said he would be happy to — so long as News Corp’s most superior might join him.
Then there is Obama health care. What started out as an honest effort has turned into a joke.
A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds the support for ObamaCare has dipped yet again, with just 34 percent of Americans favoring the president’s signature health care overhaul.
What’s more, just 52 percent of Democrats support the law, a troubling sign for President Obama a year before Election Day. Thirty-one percent of Democrats view the law either “somewhat” or “very” unfavorably.
The budget debates are enough to give a teenage boy a Boehner.
Have you ever wondered about a “Peppery Zinfandel?” What does that mean exactly? What is to stop the winemaker from taking a bunch of very average Zin grapes and dumping a pound of ground pepper in the barrel? Who would know?
Life without metrics and accountability is like that. What we post on the internet is largely without measure or control. Eventually our Karma will be affected by the crap that we put out if we do that, but really, there are no “thought police” out there. We all have to be responsible to our audience, and true to our purpose. There is enough deception out there as it is.