All posts by rgsmith

Count to a Trillion? Impossible!

Some numbers for thought, if we can think that far. The United States National Debt Clock as of August 20th 2008 is $9,610,188,550,946.94. The estimated population of our country is 304,572,762 so the per person share of this debt is $31,553.01 and our National Debt continues to increase an average of $1.85 billion a day. For most of us it’s difficult to fathom what a trillion dollars really is. Sure it’s a million millions, or a thousand billions, but beyond that it is hard to…

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Uncle Sam To The Rescue

Be worried when you call for help and the Government comes to the rescue. The people of New Orleans understand that better than most. The bureaucracy always bungles good intent and they do so because “the bureaucracy” by its very nature lacks compassion, empathy and a singular leadership. Long before the Hurricane Katrina rescue and that debacle, our government tried to come to the rescue of the native people of the Aleutian Islands, the Aleuts. The Aleutians are a thousand mile long string of ragged…

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Conflicts: Then and Now

The beginning of the Russian/Georgia conflict of 2008 reminds me of the Falklands Conflict in 1982 Back then there was a 39 year old scrap dealer by the name of Constantine Davidoff, an Argentinean, who wishes today he could take back an innocent action. Davidoff heard about three abandoned whaling stations on the British owned Georgia islands. It was a chance to make some salvage money with scrap parts. In December of 81, Davidoff, and seven crewmen, got permission from the British to inspect the…

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Leadership and Courtesy

Most leaders, managers, bosses do not intend to be inconsiderate. They are often removed, protected, and uninformed about the potential effect of their decisions. A case in point came a number of years ago when President Clinton visited California. Before the President left Los Angeles he had a top hair stylist come on board Air Force One to cut his hair. The problem was not the haircut, but the fact it was done on the presidential plane parked at LAX. Two heavily used runways had…

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