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Sad but oh so true…

The last NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Bush’s presidency found that 79 percent of Americans will not miss him after he leaves the White House. He is being forgotten already, even if he’s not yet gone. You start to pity him until you remember how vast the wreckage is. It stretches from the Middle East to Wall Street to Main Street and even into the heavens, which have been a safe haven for toxins under his passive stewardship. The discrepancy between the grandeur of the failure and the stature of the man is a puzzlement. We are still trying to compute it.

Frank Rich – A President Forgotten but Not Gone – NYTimes.com.

Sorry Mr. Rich, but for a progressive Texan there is no puzzlement about the Presidents failure…It was a foregone conclusion. The only real puzzlement is how the man got into the White House to start with and how he stayed there for two terms.

Bush kept America safe (provided his presidency began Sept. 12, 2001). He gave America record economic growth (provided his presidency ended December 2007). He vanquished all the leading Qaeda terrorists (if you don’t count the leaders bin Laden and al-Zawahri). He gave Afghanistan a thriving “market economy” (if you count its skyrocketing opium trade) and a “democratically elected president” (presiding over one of the world’s most corrupt governments). He supported elections in Pakistan (after propping up Pervez Musharraf past the point of no return). He “led the world in providing food aid and natural disaster relief” (if you leave out Brownie and Katrina).

If this is the best case that even Bush and his handlers can make for his achievements, you wonder why they bothered.

The only good thing that can be said is that most of us will survive the trainwreck that is the Bush Legacy…Not as well as we might have survived any other Commander-in-Chief for the past eight years. and the return to health for this country will be long and leave many out in the cold for a few years that they shouldn’t have been…But we have survived George W Bush…

What do you say about the company you spent a lifetime at…

When they tell you they don’t need you anymore…Leave. Now. We will not be replacing you…

It’s been a month…

I was proud to work for this company. On the whole they treated their employees well.

They did have the myth of “family” working far longer than it was actually a fact. It is still a family owned company…Corporation. And that’s where the problems began to grow.

Suddenly, we weren’t just a regional/national firm anymore. We were a “billion dollar corporation”. We quit promoting from within. Those of us who grew up with the company just didn’t understand the way “billion dollar corporations” worked. Top management hired consultants who told them so. They then hired more consultants who told them were they should spend all the profits…new software systems, new product lines…best of all, new names and logos…Changes from the changes that were inspired by the old consultants…pie in the sky, bye and bye. The Kool-Aid just kept getting sweeter. It seemed like every time we turned around there were new Vice Presidents, new Directors, new departments doing things new ways…Change seems to have become necessary for it’s own sake. Yet the company continued to grow and stay profitable.

Personally, for at least a year or better I had made no bones about the fact that I planned to leave (retire) in 2010. Earth Day was they date I chose, just for grins. That would put me to 37 years of service, I thought that was long enough for one career. As the local management, in my view, went off the rails over the past few years, I let my hair grow out almost as it was when I first hired in in 1973. I watched the money being spent…Began to think 2010 might be a year too long. Over the past few years I began to check out the tax laws and other issues that would come up with me leaving the company earlier than the normal retirement date.

Then along comes this financial crisis. Knee jerk reactions seem the order of the day so it’s bye bye. Now I’m not sure who at the corporate level decided when and how, but damn, for some smart people they sure act dumb. Let’s be nice and bump severance packages just a bit…It’ll make us feel better about the hard decisions. But let’s be dumb and pay it all in the 11th month of the tax year so these folks we just laid off are liable for more taxes next spring as they still look for a job. And in my case, January would have removed me from the 10% additional tax if I have to tap into my 401k moneys to get by, but no, let’s do this quick…try to make it painless on those that are left…Thanks for the forethought. And just think, as a company we were hired for our expertise in planning for the unexpected…everyone out in the real world hires us for our ability to foresee these types of problems.

What does thirty-five years of loyalty buy you these days…With a buck fifty, it may get ya a cup of coffee, muse on that.

Do I sound a bitter? I am a little. Funny thing though, I’m also glad I’m gone…Once they started taking themselves so seriously, it wasn’t fun any more. My only regret is there are still a lot of good people around the country who can still be hurt by this idiotic behavior…The one good bit of news…In the past week the karmic dissonance  has come back to a semblance of balance with the leaving of the manager who had the most to say in pushing me out the door…Have a great life MM…I sure plan to.

And to all my colleges at my old home away from home…All the best in this new working environment. I’ll miss all of you, but I’m moving on. earlier than planned, but going forward just the same. It was mostly fun, that life we had together…Maybe we’ll run into each other…down the road.

What a difference a couple of months can make…

After resetting all of my sites in September and planning to continue the changes my entire life changed.

Thirty-five years of working in the same company…Changing jobs and skill-sets to keep it interesting…The economy and new management at the company I called home decided I (and my experience) was no longer needed. So now I find myself re-inventing my life for the first time in three and a half decades…

Hang around…The new direction should be interesting (at least from my point of view) to say the least…Check back and we’ll see where I end up…

Working on my Genealogy site…

I’ve been spending most of my time working on my genealogy site since I re-branded this one. I hope to eventually get around to setting a static page up here with links to posts from all of my (way too many) sites…

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