Wednesday, September 09, 2009

What's a Czar?

This very morning I had a "noisy conversation"[*] with a guy at the gym who was agitated because Obama was running our county with "32 Czars!"

I asked him, "What's a czar?"

Now he's a nice guy & a hard worker, so I don't want to embarrass him. But he had no idea. He was agitated about the "32 Czars" but he did not know what they were.[**]

I think lots of people are upset these day, and I think they have a right to be angry about something. Our Middle Class is collapsing, real wages have been shrinking for years, health care costs doubled last decade and are on track to double again, most of our manufacturing base has been offshored, and so on. Our nation's prosperity is being disassembled and auctioned off, while our privacy is shrinking and so on and so on and so on.

The problem is, the aristocracy has organized a band of HATEtriots to point out the enemies: blacks, hispanics, liberals, jews ... anybody EXCEPT the people who own the companies that collapsed our middle class.[***]

In general, if you are worked up and angry about something that you cannot define, the first thing to do is sit down, have a cup of coffee or whatever relaxes you, and think it over. Change the channel, get a different point of view.

You may be angry for a lot of reasons: maybe your angry because jobs are going overseas, or maybe because you're getting older and life is not as wonderful as you thought it would be when you were a kid; or maybe (...and this is a very common issue...) maybe your body chemistry is just acting up, and your brain is trying to find a target.

Ask yourself: should you really be angry at the people who want all Americans who have health care, or the people who want 30% of the American health care dollar to go into "overhead"?

[*] argument

[**] A Czar is basically a project manager with cross-departmental responsibilities. This is very common and very useful in private industry and anytime you have something to do that doesn't fall neatly into existing organizational lines.

[***] You think I'm kidding? Ask yourself how much Rupert Murdoch lost on "Fox News" for years. It's a propaganda channel, not designed as a money-making venture at all.

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