Last week: As I write this, Don Crinklaw, a Sun Sentinel and Tribune Co. reporter, is likely writing the article of the week. This is about the slap suit brought against the Central Beach Alliance and its president, John Weaver. This suit is a response to Weaver joining in an action to get the city to follow their own guidelines in approving development projects. Something the city commission did not do in approving the Grand Birch Condo at Birch Road and Grenada Street. Surely there is more to come over this slap suit, as the Council of Civic Associations is going to hear about this at their upcoming board meeting. For me and all citizens who belong to community organizations anywhere in Florida, this is a wrong-headed suit against all citizens having free speech without being sued.
Next week: I expect the Council of Civic Associations board, and ultimately all civic associations and their members, will rise up in outrage over this slap suit against the president of the Central Beach Alliance and its members. Because the people, and even you as a citizen, should have the right of free speech without the threat of being sued. Is this country a free democracy, or a dictatorship of lawyers and their paymasters?
Last week: The Zimmerman jurors rose above the prejudice of the judge, the drama-seeking media, the prosecutor, the vicious racism of the liberal establishment in Washington and sadly, that of a vocal segment of the black population. "Hold on," you might say, "What about white racism?" Reverse the color of Zimmerman and Martin. To have a black neighborhood watch guy would seem to be playing with fire. Would he be fair to a teenage white guy in a hoodie? Yes, it would be OK if the black watch guy was a regular cop, doing an off-duty detail. Otherwise, I would feel that the black guy might be prone to violence, racial hatred. I kept coming back to the fact that the prison population is predominantly black, and that violence against whites, by blacks, is a fact of life in our cities. The lack of family life, a father at home, seems to me to be a major factor contributing to black youth crime.
Looking ahead: The economic recovery is fragile and hampered by the desire of the establishment to relentlessly expand socialized government and the huge and growing deficit. We must do a better job of educating the young. Here in Broward, the public school system is corrupt and an appalling shame. This is terrible on many fronts, essentially segregated, culturally and educationally and brands us as a place to not raise children.
Last week: Egyptian people arise to 1. Stop the advance of the Muslim Brotherhood and their partners Al Quida. 2. End the economic stagnation of the past years. 3. Look for a centrist government. Yes the protests were messy and deadly, but we should not judge to harshly, it is a poor country with a large and poorly educated populace. And the U.S. supported military did help the majority move towards their goals. Despite the bloodshed, the largely secular populace came out ahead. Frankly, I think they did pretty good. I hope they can keep it together.
Looking ahead: The "Story" should be the fragile economic recovery and the disastrous decisions by the Administration. One example, rules to force health care costs on small businesses. It has already caused hundreds of thousands or even millions of people working in small companies to be reduced from 40 to 29 weekly hours. Often they are marginally employed at close to the minimum wage. Now they get a 25% pay cut. Perhaps they search for another 29 hour, part time job. Are they going to work 60 hours a week? Or 29 hours? This has already happened. The little people are suffering. This is congressional insanity and frankly, brutality. Oh, now the fix? This is just ONE example. Maybe we need some Egyptian style riots in D.C.
Last week: The Fed announcement that the QE (Quantitative Easing) will be slowly turned off was and is an important story. Because this business of floating more and more government paper (bonds), is not only hurting our trading partners, but here at home the future inflationary consequences are huge. You can't just print billions of dollars without eventually paying the piper with destruction in the value of our money. Short term, of course free money inflates the stock market, but as Europe has experienced, it devalues the currency.
Looking ahead: EGYPT. The current struggle of a fairly secular population to escape the horrors of radical Islam, sharia law and all, is likely to have profound consequences for the region. If President Morsi, elected with the powerful help of the Muslim Brotherhood, slides closer to their agenda which clearly means a dominant presence of Al-Quida, the Egyptian economy, largely fueled by tourism, will crater more than it already has and the country fall further into chaos. This has given rise to intense concern throughout the whole region, and could eventually snowball into a world wide conflict.
On or by June 30
Last Week: Revelations of Eric Holders failures as a public servant.
Why? Because when power is abused by a member of The Administration the whole function of government is subverted and we all lose.
Looking Ahead: Locally, the debate as to what sort of solutions might be found for the ""Turtle Blackout"" is very important for sustaining our tourism industry and for public safety.
Street lights are an ubiquitous feature in all modern cities, world wide. Their demonstrated value is unquestionable. Here, we are trying to advance our tourism brand as a Destination, ""Up Market"". The dangers of our poorly lit streets are felt and remarked upon by our visitors. Should these perceptions become viral, we could see a catastrophic collapse of our major industry.
This could result in our city and county become branded as a failure and a place to avoid. The economic consequences would be dire.Copyright © 2015, CT Now