Thursday, November 21, 2013

Go Figure....The Head of the ACA Has No Executive Leadership Skills; Just a Community Organizer With a Bumbling Staff of CEOs

Accountability lays thin with the failed policies, lies and website rollout of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare.) As of today, no one has taken responsibility and no one has been fired. President Obama's poll numbers fall to an all time new low:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday November 11 shows that 43% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-five percent (55%) disapprove. The latest figures include 22% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 45% who Strongly Disapprove.

The Quinnipiac national poll showed Barack Obama's approval rating at 39 percent, with his disapproval rating at 54 percent -- sharply down from 45 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval on Oct. 1, the day the government shutdown began and healthcare.gov went into (limited) operation depicts a startling drop in support for the Affordable Care Act.

Approval dropped to 31 percent, down 12 points since October. According to the poll, the president's approval rating also slipped to 37 percent, from 46 percent just last month. Both figures represent the lowest of Obama's presidency in CBS polling.

In addition, record-high numbers now disapprove of Obama’s job performance -- both overall and on health care, according to the latest Fox News poll Obama repeatedly vowed that under the Affordable Care Act, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it Period.” Fifty percent of voters believe the president knew he was lying. Four in 10 think Obama didn’t know the law would cause people to lose their insurance.(40 percent)

Do you really think that Government can manage the healthcare of over 317,000,000 people? Remember the ACA is just a medium for obtaining medical insurance and not the administering of medical treatment. Who knows how that will turn out?


The following observations do not apply to the U.S. Government Department Heads (CEOs) managing the ACA:

It’s a commonly-held belief that CEOs get fired (or forced to resign or retire under pressure) because of “current financial performance.” But that’s wrong, according to a new study.

A four-year study by LeadershipIQ.com compiled the following results after interviewing 1,087 board members from 286 public, private, business and healthcare organizations that fired, or otherwise forced out, their chief executive. “We get fixated on current financial performance,” explains Mark Murphy, CEO of Leadership IQ. “But if that was really the whole story, every CEO who ever missed a quarterly target or lost money would be immediately dismissed. And we know that plenty of world-class CEOs have seen their stock price dip, missed earnings forecasts, or even lost money for periods of time.

So financial performance seems to be an inadequate explanation. “A more accurate explanation for why CEO’s get fired,” he added, “is that the Board of Directors or shareholders have lost confidence in the CEO’s ability to generate sufficient financial returns in the future. And this study explains why Boards lose confidence in their CEOs.

”To elicit honest responses free from public relations spin or internal repercussions, Leadership IQ employed investigative journalism techniques and promised confidentiality for all respondents. The result is one of the most comprehensive “behind closed doors” study on CEO terminations ever conducted. “So why did the CEO REALLY get fired or forced out?”

The following are the top five responses with the percentage of respondents who gave this response (percentages exceed 100% because some respondents gave more than one answer)

MISMANAGING CHANGE (31%)

Virtually every organization we interviewed indicated they were undergoing, or had recently undergone, a change initiative. However, half of board members said that their change initiative did not go well. Most pointed to a failure on the CEO’s part to properly motivate employees and managers, and more specifically, to adequately sell the need to change course. Another group identified the CEO’s inability to follow-through and solidify the gains as the cause of failure.

IGNORING CUSTOMERS (28%):

Even with Sarbanes-Oxley, many board members have close ties with, or are themselves, customers of the organization. And they overwhelmingly said that if a CEO ignores or alienates customers, it not only undermines the business and revenue, but it significantly undermines board support. Board members said their test for whether the CEO was sufficiently engaged in the business was the extent to which they evidenced intimate knowledge of customers, customer needs and developing trends.

TOLERATING LOW PERFORMERS (27%)

Board members shared that when CEOs allowed an obvious low performer to linger (without any improvement or discipline), it destroyed the CEO’s credibility and made it politically difficult for them to hold others accountable. Board members also complained of CEOs becoming too emotionally attached to a low performer(s) whether from loyalty, fear of being seen as too harsh, or unrealistic optimism. Significantly, Board members also suspected that, in numerous cases, CEOs covered for poor performers out of fear that they might divulge embarrassing or indicting information.

DENYING REALITY (23%):

Board members overwhelming said they could handle bad news and significant course corrections. What they couldn’t handle was a CEO who was in denial and wouldn’t recognize the bad news. Many board members felt that they were closer to the market and customers than the ousted CEO, and a significant percentage said the CEO was far too insulated from frontline realities. Board members also said they would rather have bad news and a plan to fix it, than they would no news or sugarcoated news.

TOO MUCH TALK, NOT ENOUGH ACTION (22%):

We heard many comments about CEOs talking the talk, but being unable to walk the walk. Numerous board members complained that CEOs could talk endlessly about grand visions and new strategies, but would both neglect a tactical plan for the “who, what, when and where,” as well as evidence of its implementation. One board member commented that their former CEO “gives good meetings,” but little else.

“Here’s the message to CEOs,” explains Murphy. “If the board has confidence that you understand customers and the market, can manage change and take action, even if that means some tough choices, you will keep your job. The board members in our study understand that stock price, revenue, and profit are not going to grow exponentially every quarter. However, they do need confidence that the CEO is going to take the actions necessary to achieve growth over time. The top five issues identified in this study identify why CEO’s fail and the actions necessary to inspire Board confidence.”

Murder is Now Legal in Albuquerque NM

Voters reject ban on late-term abortions



What was overturned....


Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) Passed House 06/18/2013

Protection Act - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit any person from performing or attempting to perform an abortion except in conformity with this Act's requirements.

Requires the physician to first determine the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child, or reasonably rely upon such a determination made by another physician, by making inquiries of the pregnant woman and performing such medical examinations and tests as a reasonably prudent physician would consider necessary.

Prohibits the abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater, except: (1) where necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury, excluding psychological or emotional conditions; or (2) where the pregnancy is the result of rape, or the result of incest against a minor, if the rape has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to an appropriate law enforcement agency, or if the incest has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to an appropriate law enforcement agency or to a government agency legally authorized to act on reports of child abuse or neglect.

Permits a physician to terminate a pregnancy under such an exception only in the manner that provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive, unless that manner would pose a greater risk than other available methods would pose of the death or substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, excluding psychological or emotional conditions, of the pregnant woman.

Subjects individuals who violate this Act to a fine, imprisonment for not more than five years, or both. Bars prosecution of a woman upon whom an abortion is performed in violation of this Act for violating or conspiring to violate this Act.

Defines "abortion" to mean the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device to intentionally kill an unborn child or to intentionally terminate a pregnancy with an intention other than: (1) after viability, to produce a live birth and preserve the life and health of the child; or (2) to remove a dead unborn child.

In 1987, the Alan Guttmacher Institute collected questionnaires from 1,900 women in the United States who came to clinics to have abortions. Of the 1,900 questioned, 420 had been pregnant for 16 or more weeks. These 420 women were asked to choose among a list of reasons they had not obtained the abortions earlier in their pregnancies. The results were as follows:

71% Woman didn't recognize she was pregnant or misjudged gestation

48% Woman found it hard to make arrangements for abortion

33% Woman was afraid to tell her partner or parents

24% Woman took time to decide to have an abortion

8% Woman waited for her relationship to change

8% Someone pressured woman not to have abortion

6% Something changed after woman became pregnant

6% Woman didn't know timing is important

5% Woman didn't know she could get an abortion

2% A fetal problem was diagnosed late in pregnancy

Notice the small percentage of diagnosed fetal problems reported. In fairness, Guttmacher did not report on a life and death situation affecting pregnant females, rape or incest. This is covered in H.R. 1797.

Anything now goes in this Blue State!

Check out this undercover video:

http://youtu.be/5LG34OUVSwUP

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

And You Trust President and CEO Obama to Run Healthcare!

List of Failed Obama Green Energy & Solar Companies in the Billions

Solar Trust of America: FAIL! - Filed Bankruptcy in Oakland, CA, April 3, 2012 Bright Source: FAIL! - Bright Source warned Obama’s Energy Department officials in March 2011 that delays in approving a $1.6 billion U.S. loan guarantee would embarrass the White House and force the solar-energy company to close. Bright Source lost billions of dollars but is getting more money to keep trying. Can you say, “This isn’t working Mr. President?”

Solyndra: FAIL! - Obama gave $500,000,000 (that’s a HALF BILLION!) in taxpayer money to Solyndra who shut its doors and laid off 1100 workers in August 2011 after billions in losses due to failure to make a solar product that works! Barack Obama was not vetted before being elected President and neither was Solyndra before Mr. Obama threw that taxpayer money down the drain of unproven technology.

LSP Energy: FAIL! - LSPEnergy LP filed bankruptcy protection and a sale of its assets in Feb 2012Energy Conversion Devices: FAIL! – On February 14, 2012 Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. and its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy

Abound Solar: FAIL! - Abound Solar received a $400 million loan guarantee from Barack Obama then announced in June, 2012 that it would file for bankruptcy. Many of these failed corporations, such as Abound, donated MILLIONS and continue to donate to Barack Obama’s campaign. Can you say, “Democrat Slush Fund”? Yes this is illegal. But Democrats are being protected from being prosecuted, for now.

SunPower: FAIL! - SunPower stopped producing solar cells in 2011 at near bankruptcy then restructured with the help of, get this, oil giant TOTAL, Inc. who owns 60% stake in SunPower. Irony? The company is still struggling.

Beacon Power: FAIL! – Beacon Power Corp filed for bankruptcy protection in October, 2011 just a year after Obama approved a $43 million Government loan guarantee. They remain barely in business, still struggling to make energy that makes sense or that works at all.

Ecotality: FAIL! - ECOtality, a San Francisco green-tech company that never earned any money and remains on the verge of bankruptcy after receiving roughly $115 million in two loan guarantees from President Obama, who wants to do some more of this kind of Democrat Slush Fund Guarantees after he is elected to a 2nd term.

A123 Solar: FAIL! - A123 Solar received $279 million from taxpayers thanks to President Obama’s Department of Energy loan guarantees even after the Solyndra bankruptcy and is getting another $500M from Obama after a loss of $400M.

UniSolar: FAIL! - Uni-Solar filed for Ch 11 bankruptcy in June 20, 2012 after laying off hundreds of workers. UniSolar received even more Obama money after showing now progress, no profits and is still failing… yet they still remain in business with Obama’s help.

Azure Dynamics: FAIL! - Azure Dynamics filed for bankruptcy in June , 2012 wasting millions in Obama “Stimulus” money and received abatement on taxes owed and and several tax credits. Azure Dynamics LLC filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US. Azure laid off 120 of its 160 employees in Oak Park; Boston; Vancouver, British Columbia; and the UK.

Evergreen Solar: FAIL! - Evergreen Solar received $527 Million in Taxpayer money from Obama and filed bankruptcy in late 2011. Evergreen, which closed its taxpayer-supported Devens factory in March, 2011 cut more than 1800 jobs. Evergreen’s $450 million factory, turned out to be a colossal “waste” of taxpayer money.

Ener1: FAIL! Ener1 Inc. received a $118 million U.S. Energy Department grant from President Obama to make electric-car batteries but filed for bankruptcy protection January 2012 after defaulting on bond debt.

SpectraWatt  ($500,000)*
First Solar  ($1.46 billion)
EnerDel's subsidiary Ener1  ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsens's Crop Service and Olsen's Mill Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems  ($7 million)*
GreenVolts  ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem's subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($39 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*
Konarka Technologies Inc.  ($20 million)*
Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

Monday, November 11, 2013

DONATE NOW TO TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF EFFORTS

More than nine million people have been affected in the Philippines. Many are now struggling to survive without food, shelter or clean drinking water.

Click on the Salvation Army link to send aid to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Happy Birthday Mr. President

Jennifer Lopez is back as a judge on American Idol. She's also back after singing "Happy Birthday" to dictator Berdimuhamedow during an event hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp.

Gurbanguly Mälikgulyýewiç Berdimuhamedow has served as the president of Turkmenistan since 2006. Berdimuhamedow has been criticized for oppressive rule by human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch describes Turkmenistan as "among the most repressive in the world."

Lopez says she was unaware of Berdimuhamedow's egregious human rights violations, and has apologized through her representative. Mistake or not, Lopez was paid $1.5 million for the gig. According to Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation "Her actions utterly destroy the carefully crafted message she has cultivated with her prior involvement with Amnesty International's programs in Mexico aimed at curbing violence against women."

The $1.5 million check cleared and then came the apology. "Jennifer Lopez and several other artists were invited and performed at a private corporate event for the China National Petroleum Corporation that was presented to their local executives in Turkmenistan. This was not a government sponsored event or political in nature. The event was vetted by her representatives, had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended. A Google search of Berdimuhamedow led me to Wikipedia. It took 1 second to get the vetting on this guy. Miss Lopez must have some pretty stupid representatives.

I believe people are accountable for their own actions and responsible for their own decisions and the consequences that follow. Miss Lopez should have found out who she was working for, regardless of what her handlers said.

As for American Idol, they could have chosen a judge from the pool of so many talented singers but just like us with politics; there are over 300 million people in the United States, the same guys run for office we keep on electing them over and over again.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Angry Motorists

When I lived in New York City there wasn't a day when I screamed off about a Jersey driver and it seemed that most of my fellow New Yorkers felt the same way. Then, when I moved to New Jersey I yelled at the lousy New York drivers and it seemed that most my fellow New Jersey compadres felt the same way as I did with one addition; they couldn't stand the Pennsylvanian drivers as well. The Connecticut drivers can't stand the Massachusetts drivers as they say they drive like maniacs and the Massachusetts drivers can't stand the New Hampshire drivers as they drive to slow. Everyone hates the Florida drivers because they are too old and can't see and everyone is afraid of the Texas drivers because they believe they're all packing weapons. In California there isn't a day when a bunch of police cars are chasing somebody down the Freeway.

I'm sure there are many more complaints about other states but is there at least one where all drivers are accepted for who they are?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Turistas Estúpidos y Puros Cubanos

The title of this blog is the secret code used by cigar merchants outside of the United States.

When traveling, I usually pack a few cigars to enjoy during the evening hours. On my recent trip to Aruba my supply of cigars dwindled quickly. Watching those beautiful sunsets meant lighting more than one each night. I headed down to the hotel store to check out their cigar menu. They had only one brand and three sizes of it; the famous Cuban Cohiba. Now I needed some cigars but wasn't desperate enough to spend 25 dollars for the smallest one. I politely said no thanks and walked to the downtown area. Before my eyes appeared a cigar store lit up like a Las Vegas attraction. I moved in like a moth to a lightbulb at night; more Cohibas at 25 bucks a pop. I asked if they had any Dominicans or Nicaraguans and they looked at me as if I was crazy. I was told to go to their sister store down the road a bit. I was now on a mission to find an Ashton or a Rocky Patel. I would even settle for a Nat Sherman or a Gurkha. That other store, Cuban Cohibas. I gave in and bought a Siglo #2 for 25 dollars. Was it worth it? No, but it was better than smoking coconut skins. Was it really from Cuba? I hope so for the price I paid for it. I did however enjoy watching all the other tourists getting suckered in like me.