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New Trend: Quitting because of Trump

It has been an interesting few months globally and here in America.

The aftermath of the election of Donald Trump as POTUS has resulted in extremely mixed emotional reactions.  Recently, there has been news of these reactions taking place in an unexpected setting… white collar offices.

The trend seems to have started with IBM.

In November, after the election, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty wrote a public letter to Trump congratulating him on his victory, providing a few compliments, and offering IBM’s assistance to “make America great again.”

As a result of this letter, an IBM employee, Elizabeth Wood, made national headlines by quitting the company.  Some called the move brave, others have questioned her sanity… I call it wisely calculated:

Wood acknowledged that she had experienced frustrations of working in a company as large as IBM but said she had not been planning to leave the tech giant before seeing Rometty’s letter. A writer and “content strategist,” Wood also said she was aware her move had the potential to raise her profile; she has pinned the letter she wrote to the top of her LinkedIn profile and her Twitter feed.

Wood was already frustrated working within IBM and this letter brought considerable attention her way.

Putting aside personal politics, Rometty made the right move by sending the letter.  The US government is a major IBM customer. Losing that business would place even more IBM employee’s jobs at risk. The letter also resulted in Ginni participating in early business transition meetings (the only technology CEO in the group initially).

As the weeks have passed, more technology employees are having similar reactions as their leaders engage the Trump administration. An Oracle cloud manager resigned after co-CEO Safra Catz joined Trump’s transition team.

Most of the technology workers criticizing their leaders are concerned with Trump’s social politics towards Muslims, Latinos, women’s rights, and homosexuals. The fact that so many people feel their civil rights are at risk is a massive alarm that needs attention and discussion. But business leaders can’t hide from this administration, they have to engage and steer this ship in the right directions.

Tim Cook, Apple’s openly gay CEO took a meeting with Trump last week:

“Personally, I’ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be,” writes Cook. “The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. So whether it’s in this country, or the European Union, or in China or South America, we engage. And we engage when we agree and we engage when we disagree. I think it’s very important to do that because you don’t change things by just yelling. You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best. In many ways, it’s a debate of ideas.”

Both IBM and Microsoft have publicly refused to work on any project that would result in a Muslim registry within the United States. Yet both companies have recently earned new business with the Federal government.

Donald Trump isn’t going to go away. He might not be the person we wanted, but he is the guy we got. The only way left-leaning people are going to keep their social concerns alive is to remain engaged and you can’t do that by quitting or freaking out over a letter.

Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

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Rand Paul and the Sweet Smell of Your Own Crap

Rand Paul and the Sweet Smell of Your Own Crap

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Politics: Breast Feeding & Michele Bachmann

( #MicheleBachmann, #BreastFeeding )

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore

The liberal press is in a minor uproar over Republican Michele Bachmann’s criticisms of Michelle Obama’s proposed program to offer tax breaks for breast pumping equipment. Reading a few articles about the situation, I felt the need to step back and make a comment.

It is easy to call Bachmann an anti-breast-feeding nut, but the woman claims to have breast-fed her five children (and I believe her). Her issue is with the government have a program subsidizing the equipment to encourage the practice. So here is my issue with the press: instead of calling out Bachmann as an uncooperative asshole, they call her anti-breast-feeding. This marginalizes her to most people as a nut and paints over the fact that we have people trying to get into office for the sake of general disagreement.

This is the sort of behavior that is ruining this country and our political framework.

In the long run, what could offering tax breaks on breast pumps really cost the tax payers versus the long term ramifications of not giving breast-feeding? The two things driving up the deficit in this country are medical benefits (including medicare) and social security. Any long term, outside of the box thinking that promotes a healthier society should be encouraged.

There should be national direction and education program since it is clear that people have gotten very far away from the basic skills needed to survive and thrive. This goes back to a few of my previous comments on this blog about the concept of national identity and goals for our government in a global economy and society. What are we trying to be and what are we trying to save?

PS: If anyone is going to get on my ass about the benefits of breast-feeding being inconclusive versus formula, please stop. Read this and just accept that millions of years of evolution beats Carnation instant breakfast for babies.

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Filibusted: Government Filibusters explained

( #Filibusters, #Senate )

This video is a little long, but a great (yet sad) view of how our government works.

Filibustery: Episode One from Newsbound on Vimeo.
Check out more at Filibustery


Is Congress Exempt from Paying Student Loans?

( #Congress, #Loans, #Government )

Image Credit: Joe Gullo

I received the following text via email the other day and it got me all fired up:

Monday on Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop?

35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.

This is an idea that we should address.

For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform… In all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

But while searching for the actual Fox News article, I found that FactCheck.org picked up the chain-mail, and here is the true story:

Q: Is it true that members of Congress, their staffers and their family members do not have to pay back their student loans?

A: Not true. Some congressional employees are eligible to have up to $60,000 of student loans repaid after several years — just like other federal workers. But that’s not the case for members of Congress or their families. (Read More)

Bottom Line: While the chain-mail seems to have gotten the facts wrong, it is good that people are paying attention and it is good that the facts are out there if people are willing to look (took me 3 seconds to find the real story).

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Lyndon Johnson asking for pants

( #President, #LBJ )

A clever animator got his hands on a tape recording of Lyndon Johnson buying pants and made this video. While mundane, there is an appeal, especially when he asks for extra nutsack space.

Put This On: LBJ Buys Pants from Put This On on Vimeo

Update: It is 4 years later and this might be one of my favorite videos ever.

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