It's All Goodnow……

The Goodnow Doctrine

I am starting a political party.  I figure that in four years I can get a decent grass roots following.  It needs to happen.  It is based on common sense. Here are the basic principals:

a. Do what is best for the people who elected you.

b. Keep church and state separate.

c. Balance the check book.

d. Invest in America (I don’t get why the current administration’s investment into AMERICAN clean energy companies is being villified by Republicans.  Shouldn’t we take risks on American start-ups?)

e. Completely revamp foreign policy.  

f. Listen to people – not corporations.

g. Work with public unions in order to restructure (not remove) entitlements moving forward.  

h. The War on Drugs has to end.  Jailing so many non-violent pot dealers is costing tax payers WAY too much money. 

i. TAX BREAKS for any company bringing a call center or manufacturing plant to the good old US of A. 

j. A tax code that works for everyone.  Why Social Security is capped is beyond me.  The tax code is written to favor the wealthy.  It needs to be fair. 

k. Balancing a check book.  

l. SMART military spending. Not less.  Smart. 

m. Banking regulations.  I still can’t understand what half of the financial mechanisms used to today are for.  That scares me.  

n. Infrastructure.  Employ thousands of Americans to rebuild American roads, bridges, buildings, parks, schools, and playgrounds.  Stop building other countries.  It doesn’t work.  Focus on America.  

o. Education.  Pay teachers more.  Give them less in guaranteed benefits post retirement.  It will attract more people out of college while allowing them to prepare for their own retirement. 

p. Stop polluting the earth.  There is no such thing as “clean coal”.  It is coal.  I’m not a huge fan of nuclear, but it sounds to be one of our better options after wind. 

r. Invest in more water treatment.  It is among one of the things this world will go to war over.  WATER.

s. Support American farming.  100%.  Support small farmers.  I don’t get why this isn’t a bigger issue. 

t. We must fix health care.  I don’t have the answers, but I sure want someone to figure this out.  Too many people wait too long to get a check up because they don’t have coverage.  

u. Huge push to lower the obesity epidemic in the USA.  Start with school lunch.  

v. Secure our ports, borders, and airports.  

w. Stop giving subsidies to oil companies.  Look at Forbes…..I think a good portion of the top 10 in the Fortune 500 are oil companies.  Why does the government need to give them more money?  Invest those BILLIONS into our mounting debt or public schools.  

I think this is all common sense. Why can’t we get together on these issues?  Why have we gone to such extremes?  There is a middle ground.  I promise.  I think we should find it. 

Sober October – Day 11

Sober October is going swimmingly.  Just swimmingly.  Actually it isn’t a big deal at all.  Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes (as much as I love beer) it is nice to take a break from it.  

Brief notes:

1. Those ExTenze commercials with Jimmy Johnson are funny.  My favorite part is that they can be picked up in both the “Family Planning” or “Vitamin” sections of your local pharmacy.  Where else might you find it?  The sports medicine section? 

2. I watched Eddie Murphy’s Raw last night.  Fuck is that guy funny.  The energy he had to do that show…..pure comic genius. 

3. Last night I went out to celebrate with a friend who got her massage therapy license.  And by celebrate I mean I watched everyone else drink while I rooted against the Yankees.  But it was fun to go out with the people from work.  They are all so very different, yet all bring awesomeness to the table. 

4. Speaking of which….one of my co-workers is a Guiness book of World Records holder…….for……..wait for it…..most bars visited in 24 hours.  He was part of a group of 13 visiting over 150 bars in a 24 hour period.  

Hmmmmm……..if you think that didn’t get the wheels turning.  See, here is what I am thinking….what is the INDIVIDUAL record.  You must drink a half pint at each location and it must be documented.  Over a 24 hour period…..I might be able to hit quite a few bars.  The wheels are turning. 

5. Getting excited for the marathon.  Less than a month away.  I’m feeling ready (ish).  Losing a little more weight won’t hurt.  Diet has been much better recently and I’ve been doing a lot of core work to get my body stronger.  We’ll see come November 4th, but at the moment I’m cautiously optimistic that it will be a good day.  

Bonus points if it snows.  I really want a snow marathon.  How cool would that be?  That way I could “blame” my slow time on the account of snow.  

6. How about that A-Rod.  Earning every bit of that $275,000,000 last night getting pulled for a pinch hitter who won the Yankees the game.  Good job buddy.  I hope you give to charity.

7. Still can’t embrace Mitt Romney.  Just too much of a phony.  The Massachusetts Health Reform he set up IS ObamaCare’s framework.  I don’t get why he can’t embrace that.  

8. Beer Company is coming along.  Nothing sexy right now, but a lot of planning stuff.  

9. I started doing 50 push ups everyday.  I’m not sure why that is important, but I figure it can’t hurt anything. 

10. I like this time of year.  But I don’t like what this time of year means.  

11.  I was thinking Columbia for a month this winter.  Inexpensive. Warm. Beaches.