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Home country: Born in USA ... Reborn in Tahiti
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Matrimonially experienced man, leading edge baby boomer, seeking long term relationship with warm sunshine, seawater, soft breezes, coral reefs, palm trees, and the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. http://www.tahitinut.com/

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He has ZERO, zilch, nada OPERATIONAL management experience.

He couldn't MANAGE his way out of a wet paper sack. He has delivered neither a PRODUCT nor a SERVICE and has relied solely on entitlements to plunder labor equity, pensions, and borrowed cash while saddling acquired companies with debt or dissolution.

He's a VAMPIRE ... sucking the 'blood' out of companies and leaving them to die.

Years or decades of work by craftsmen and product-oriented labor is meaningless to Rmoney ... who'd be lost (or killed) on a shop floor.

He's even LESS skilled and experienced than Dumbya, which is saying something.

The MittWit has NO "managerial skills" whatsoever.

He likes to fire people. That's not "management" ... that's mismanagement. In order to have "managerial skills," he would have to be operationally-oriented. He's NOT. This is NOT a person at all interested in or experienced in operations. That's "shop floor" stuff ... actually focused on DOING something. That's where we discover things like "craftsmanship" and "quality." The operations of an enterprise (whether it's a manufacturing company, woodworking shop, or political campaign) are almost totally distinct from the financials of an enterprise. The MittWit is, as a result of both interest and experience, all about the money. He's interested in cost, expense, profit, and salvage value ... not about "how" but about "how much."

Thorstein Veblen described the two distinct interests in any economic activity over 100 years ago. He described the "engineering" attitude ... people involved in some economic activity because they loved the product or service that the enterprise provided ... and the "financial" attitude ... people involved in an economic activity solely because they loved the money. The latter types are typically unconcerned with the product or service except insofar as the economic cachet.

This is what ruined General Motors. When the company was run by engineers who loved cars, it produced the '57 Chevy and the Corvette and was the most dominant automobile company on earth. Then, along came Roger Smith and his ilk. All they cared about was economic power ... getting rich and sucking dollars out of the company. They merged the various product lines (e.g Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac) into generic operations (e.g. assembly, fabrication) with a mindset that ignored the product-orientation of the labor force. LOTS of auto-workers LOVED cars ... took a tribal/familial pride in the vehicles they were producing.

Roger Smith and his ilk knew nothing but dollars ... no pride. No craftsmanship

The MittWit, unlike his father, would get lost (or killed) on the shop floor. He cares nothing about craftsmanship. He's a liar and a cheat, entirely consumed by his love of money. Notice that when he talks about the federal government, he doesn't give a shit about what is done or how it's done ... only about what it costs and how much it pays (profits for his cronies, not wages). It's never about "better" except when that means "cheaper." When he talks about Medicare, it's 99% about cost and less than 1% about health. No matter what he talks about, it's the same. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

See... this is what's so fucking annoying about it.

You just don't GET IT. It's not surprising ... so few do. So, let me try to make it clearer.

I DON'T want "credit" or an "attaboy" or to be treated as some kind of "hero." Never did. Never will.
I don't know any (real) Viet Nam Vet who looks at it that way. It's hard to feel "heroic" when so much of the time in Nam was infuriating Mickey Mose nonsense and utter boredom, punctuated by short times of pants-pissing terror that the incoming is gonna blow you up or leave you without an arm or a leg. I don't know ANYONE I was with that felt particularly "heroic" or "brave." No fucking way. Every damned swinging dick was focused on one thing: counting down their own 365 and getting the fuck out of there. I don't know a single swinging dick that didn't envy guys like you ... or guys that managed to avoid the draft altogether. Even Jody. Everyone did it differently ... but nobody I ever knew was eager for medals or pats on the back. (Least of all... medals.)

That's the WHOLE POINT. It was a matter of survival ... and getting back to the real world.
All I EVER wanted was for my wife, family and friends to be glad I got back alive and in one piece.
The "welcome" I wanted wasn't a parade for "heroes" ... just relief and some expression of love.

Instead, it was a kick in the teeth. That's ESPECIALLY difficult to deal with when, as often happens, I felt some degree of "survivor's guilt." You see, we all went to Nam alone. And we came back alone. In between, we made friends that became closer than we'd ever had. We didn't fuck with each other. Long nights standing guard on some bunker line ... we talked. We shared parts of ourselves we'd never trusted anyone with before. We got drunk together. We trusted each other. Leaving Nam to go back to the world felt like abandoning friends.

For what? Just to survive. That's all.

Then we see all the "Rambos" ... guys claiming some kind of credit that it never even occurred to me to want. There are so fucking many of them that everyone misses the fucking point! Other people form their impressions MOSTLY from such frauds ... and the movies. It, Just. Ain't. That. Way.

For you to equate my annoyance to some "dishonor" for YOUR service is just nuts.

But there's a DIFFERENCE between surviving ... counting down 365 days and hoping you didn't get killed or (worse) maimed for life ... scared ... and doing your time stateside. A BIG difference. It's a difference tht can't be described. No matter how much you THINK maybe you "get it" from what I've said ... you don't.

The "Kept Us Safe" meme was/is the BIGGEST of the Big Lies from Cheney/Bush.

It's the most obvious counter-factual bald-faced lie imaginable. Absolutely EVERYONE has more than enough information (i.e. there are NO "low-information" people in the audience for this) to IMMEDIATELY respond to such an assertion by regarding anyone able to state such a lie as absolutely INSANE. It's worse than "the sky is green" where one might question the individual's eyesight or language skills.

It's just ASTOUNDING ("Through The Looking Glass" that such an assertion would be regarded as anything but beyond even the furthest fringe claim, being so unarguably false. 9/11 was the single most fatal day of attacks (remember, it was FOUR attacks!) on U.S. soil, BY FAR, in the entire history of this nation! Cheney/Bush CLEARLY had more than enough information to prevent or reduce the fatalities on that day and CLEARLY acted in, at the very least, an incompetent manner by ignoring and suppressing that information.

I regard ANYONE who'd make such a assertion as disconnected from reality to a degree that should qualify them for commitment in a mental institution.

It's beyond bizarre.

I'd be happy to support any politician that truly supported "win-win" relationships ...

.... instead of "win-lose" AND, when confronted by adversaries playing "win-lose," understood the Prisoner's Dilemma ... and played "tit-for-tat" until the adversary abandoned "win-lose" in favor of "win-win."

It's astounding how few actually comprehend that THIS is the seminal issue in our culture today, no matter whether it's about economics or civil liberties.

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