Congress For Sale: $1million per day

Deregulation, some say, is asking authorities to look the other way.
Bribery, others say, is paying authorities to look the other way.
…What is it when the Banking Lobby pays congress $1million per day?

Below is a transcript of this interview.
Original can be found at http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04162010/transcript1.html.

BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the JOURNAL. With all due respect, we can only wish those tea party activists who gathered this week were not so single-minded about just who’s responsible for their troubles, real and imagined. They’re up in arms, so to speak, against big government, especially the Obama administration.

But if they thought this through, they’d be joining forces with other grassroots Americans who will soon be demonstrating in Washington and elsewhere against high finance, taking on Wall Street and the country’s biggest banks.

The original Tea Party, remember, wasn’t directed just against the British redcoats. Colonial patriots also took aim at the East India Company. That was the joint-stock enterprise originally chartered by the first Queen Elizabeth. Over the years, the government granted them special rights and privileges, which the owners turned into a monopoly over trade, including tea.

It may seem a stretch from tea to credit default swaps, but the principle is the same: when enormous private wealth goes unchecked, regular folks get hurt – badly. That’s what happened in 2008 when the monied interests led us up the garden path to the great collapse.

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You Are Going To Make It

The other day, I was in a deep, dark place… And these words pulled me out.

Struggle means: to progress with difficulty.
You know what that means? It means that you’re going to make it.

And I don’t even know what you’re going through.
And I’m not even going to tell you that I understand.

But if you’ll accept this suggestion as it be. From experience, take it from me.
Your struggle – it’s all part of his plan.

And you are going to make it.

Setbacks are just set forth to strengthen your spirit and character.
If you ever obtain the wisdom that you have already been blessed with…
You’ll see. You had to be messed with.

In order to be able to look someone else in the face, eye to eye, and say:
You are going to make it.

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Stand

Words of inspiration from one of God’s messengers – Cornelius “See” Flowers.

Stand for something,… or something will stand in the way of what you could have stood for. And if you don’t stand for something in this life, let me ask you – What are you good for?

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Why Most Ideas Get Shot Down

Don’t let your “killer” idea get killed… Most brilliant ideas are aborted the moment they are shared with someone else – extinguished by excuses and fear.

Below is a 24-page PDF on how to shut down the naysayers.

Why Incentives Don’t Work

In this video, Barry Schwartz “…makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.”Pay special attention to his explanation of why corporate incentives don’t work.

This video was recorded at the TED Conference in February 2009… [click to play]

Full Transcript from Ted.com:

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Functional Foods

I was organizing old emails, and ran across the following from my friend Jim Byrum.
The wisdom is timely for me, as I am progressively pursuing a vegetarian diet.

So, in support of the vegetables (and fruits), I offer the following:

Dig Out

Times are hard… Many people, and businesses, find themselves “in a ditch”.
Well, it is time to dig out.

Here are a few minutes I pieced together from TD Jakes… Well worth watching!

This Is My Prayer

Have you ever spoken words so inspired, that you didn’t know where those words came from?
Listen to Calvin Sharpe… He knows exactly where his words come from – and so do I.

God speaks to us… Are you listening?