Even today, it’s still one of the most devastatingly funny comebacks I’ve ever heard. For fifteen years I was part owner of The Delmar Lounge, a late-night lounge and restaurant in St. Louis. It drew a wide cross section of people and for many years was one of St. Louis’ most popular nightspots.
One of our regulars came from a family with money, a fact that he was more than willing to share. It was a Friday night and the lounge was packed. The rich kid wanted a place for he and his friends to sit, so he approached one of the tables and made an offer. “My friends and I would like a table. My family is very wealthy. I’ve got my checkbook with me. Within reason, of course, what would it take for you to give us your table?” One of the guys at the table, without missing a beat said “Well, you could b__w me”. Everybody at the table and around us, including the rich kid’s friends, burst out laughing. The rich kid slinked away, the table had a good laugh and went back to their Friday night.
I have to admit, I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Michael Milken.. He did deserve the jail time he got, he was breaking securities laws in an attempt to hide his holdings and influence. But in the scope of Wall Street characters or scoundrels, whichever you prefer, he was also an innovator that helped change and yes improve our financial markets.
We need to make Democracy a condition of any future nuclear deal with
Iran insists that it is a responsible nation and can be trusted with
nuclear technology. Recent unrest has
shown yet again that the nation doesn’t trust its own people, and the people
are losing their trust in their leadership.
Iran is not a democracy, it is a theocracy, run in the name of God by Supreme
Leader Ali Khamenei. The Supreme Leader has
control over every aspect of society, and a private army, the Revolutionary Guard,
that only answers to him.
Certainly, it’s fine if Iran wants to be a Theocracy, that’s the right
of its citizens – every country has the right to choose its own
government. But the citizens of Iran
should have the right to periodically affirm that choice through a vote or
choose to end the Theocracy.
Be gentle with your Trump-loving family members this Thanksgiving. And yes, that means taking a step back from your moral high ground.
I didn’t vote for the President and I’m not a fan of the Administration. However the Pro Impeachment crowd seems to regularly distort or even ignore why people voted for Trump – because they felt that a President Hillary Clinton would be more dangerous to our country and to our Constitution.
but it’s just hard for me to take people that talk about socialism
seriously. If I said I believe in
government by unicorns” you would laugh at me. But socialism is no more
connected to reality than unicorns are.
Here’s an example of how American Capitalism has been distorted: compensation for Chief Executive Officers of
public companies. If you go back a few
decades, the average corporate CEO made about 20 times what his or her workers
made. By 2010, the average CEO made 200
times what the average worker made, an increase of 1,000%. The average CEO went from being paid hundreds
of thousand dollars a year to being paid tens of millions of dollars a year.
President Trump left his mark on a little more of the world this week. The administration reversed decades of US policy, declaring that Israel has a right to build settlements in Palestinian West Bank.
Sometimes it seems as if "Conversation" has become a bad word in our country, as if talking to someone not in complete agreement with you is a sign of weakness. Sometimes it seems as if Anger is the only energizing force we allow ourselves. I believe in a different America. An America where two people can disagree but still respect the basic humanity of the other person. An America where it is possible to disagree without hate, to talk without shouting. I believe, even still, in the ideal of the United States of America, a democracy where each person has the right to pursue their own life, and have their own opinion. If our country is less great than it once was, it is because we have slipped away from this idea, this belief that all men and women have the right to choose the course of their own lives, and their own opinions. It is both the left and the right that have slipped away from this idea, allowed their anger to somehow convince themselves to question the humanity of the other side. Sometimes it seems that fighting anger with reason is impossible. But if history has proven anything, it is that reason does always eventually win. This blog is my effort to again have a conversation, to replace anger with reason. I hope you will join me in a conversation, and together we can recapture the faith in our country and our citizens that made America great.