Monthly Archive for May, 2014

Throwback VIDEO: Is your business ready for mobile primetime?

This week, we’re throwing it back to a video from four months ago. While it may seem like “old news,” I can assure you the information is still relevant. Are you ready for primetime?

<a href=”https://vimeo.com/83062909″>Are you ready for mobile primetime?</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/jimblasingame”>Jim Blasingame</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.

Poll Results: Should Congress pursue Select Committee investigations?

Question: Should Congress pursue Select Committee investigations into the Benghazi attacks and the IRS handling of conservative non-profits?

10% - Neither should be further investigated.
78% - Both should be further investigated.
5% - Yes to Benghazi, but not IRS.
8% - Yes to IRS, but not Benghazi.
Jim’s Comments:
Almost 8 of 10 of our audience responded that more investigating is needed to see whether the handling of these two events was politically motivated or just bad judgment and poor management. But while these two controversies, plus the Fast and Furious gun scandal, the Justice Dept. snooping on AP reporters, and the dysfunction and mismanagement of Obamacare have not found the kind of traction that polls show most Americans think is justified, there is an emerging scandal that may change all of this.

Recent revelations of how patients have been mistreated by the Department of Veterans Affair’s medical system has the potential to be a visceral controversy for Americans of all political leanings.

If the initial scrutiny of the VA produces evidence of wrong-doing, a kind of scandal critical mass will be achieved that will effectively cause the following to occur:

  1. A comprehensive investigation will be demanded by voters and politicians of both parties.
  2. Members of the president’s party will distance themselves from him.
  3. Comprehensive coverage of this issue will be conducted by the national new media, unlike what has been seen for the other controversies.
  4. The more the press covers the VA scandal, the more they will uncover new revelations of the other scandals.

To be fair, news about the ineptitude and mismanagement of the VA is a decades old scandal that is, in my opinion, our National Shame. But it will be ironic if the VA scandal ultimately results in fresh media sunlight being shined on the other scandals that, according to our audience, should be investigated more thoroughly.

The irony of politic scandals at critical mass

In our poll last week we asked, “Should Congress pursue Select Committee investigations into the Benghazi attacks and the IRS handling of conservative non-profits?”

Almost 8 of 10 of our audience responded that more investigating is needed to see whether the handling of these two events was politically motivated or just bad judgment and poor management. But while these two controversies, plus the Fast and Furious gun scandal, the Justice Dept. snooping on AP reporters, and the dysfunction and mismanagement of Obamacare have not found the kind of traction that polls show most Americans think is justified, there is an emerging scandal that may change all of this.

Recent revelations of how patients have been mistreated by the Department of Veterans Affair’s medical system has the potential to be a visceral controversy for Americans of all political leanings.

If the initial scrutiny of the VA produces evidence of wrong-doing, a kind of scandal critical mass will be achieved that will effectively cause the following to occur:

  1. A comprehensive investigation will be demanded by voters and politicians of both parties.
  2. Members of the president’s party will distance themselves from him.
  3. Comprehensive coverage of this issue will be conducted by the national new media, unlike what has been seen for the other controversies.
  4. The more the press covers the VA scandal, the more they will uncover new revelations of the other scandals.

To be fair, news about the ineptitude and mismanagement of the VA is a decades old scandal that is, in my opinion, our National Shame. But it will be ironic if the VA scandal ultimately results in fresh media sunlight being shined on the other scandals that, according to our audience, should be investigated more thoroughly.

Thanks for being part of my community. I’ll see you on the radio and the Internet.

Remember America’s militia this Memorial Day

Reasonable people disagree on the origins of Memorial Day, but most accept that the practice of decorating the graves of Americans who died in military service began in earnest during the Civil War.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, Commander of the Army of the Republic, made Memorial Day official with General Order No. 11, which stated in part, “… the 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country …” And other than Congress making Memorial Day a national holiday on the last Monday in May, America has since honored its fallen heroes from all conflicts pretty much as General Logan ordered.

When America issued its first call to arms before we had a professional army, it went to the militia, which was identified as “all able-bodied men.”  Called “Minutemen” because they could be ready to fight on a minute’s notice, they were primarily shopkeepers, craftsmen, farmers, etc. Today we call them small business owners.

From as far away as Scotland, America’s Minutemen were impressive. Writing about the colonies’ quest for independence in “The Wealth of Nations,” Adam Smith predicted America would prevail thanks to its militia which, “…turns from its primary citizen character into a standing army.”

Early in the 20th century, state militias became the National Guard and the National Defense Act created the Reserves. In every war or conflict since, America has deployed these latter-day Minutemen (and women) alongside regular forces, where they represented a proportional number of casualties.

On this Memorial Day, as we honor all who paid the ultimate price in service to this country, let’s also remember the long tradition of America’s militia, including small business owners and employees, who served courageously on behalf of a grateful nation. It’s hard enough leaving family to march into harm’s way, but the degree of difficulty of that commitment is compounded for volunteers who also disconnect from businesses and full-time careers.

Contemplating the blessing of freedom wherever it may be found, there is one prime truth: Freedom is not free. As beneficiaries of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, our only method of repayment-the only way we can ever be worthy of their sacrifice-is to do all we can to maintain the freedom that they paid for and gave to us.

Write this on a rock … God bless those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, including past and present Minutemen.

Poll Results: Do You Think the Government Supports Small Business?

The Question:

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The U.S. government says May 11-18 is National Small Business Week. Do you think the government supports small business?

2% - The government is very supportive of small business.
9% - The government should do more to help small business.
89% - The government should get out of the way of small business. 
Jim’s Comments:

Over the past several years, a lot of people have had their hands out for help from the government; from GM, Chrysler, and AIG, to all of the big banks. Then there are the unions that rely on government defense for their very existence. Big corporations make billions of profits doing business with the government. And the number of Americans accepting financial welfare-type support from the government is at an all-time high.

But there is another group of folks out there that is about half the number of welfare recipients, who produce over half of the U.S. economy, and signs over 70 million paychecks every week: small business owners. So last week, during National Small Business Week, we asked this group in our online poll this question, “Do you think the government supports small business?”

A whopping 2% said, “The government is very supportive of small business.” And less than one-in-ten said, “The government should do more to help small business.” But those small business owners who believe the government should just “Get out of our way” came in at 89%.

What if every sector of America-and I’m not talking about the truly poor who really need our help-felt the same way small business owners do? I would like to see what that looks like, wouldn’t you?

Until Next Time: “Just get out of our way!”

Over the past several years, a lot of people have had their hands out for help from the government; from GM, Chrysler, and AIG, to all of the big banks. Then there are the unions that rely on government defense for their very existence. Big corporations make billions of profits doing business with the government. And the number of Americans accepting financial welfare-type support from the government is at an all-time high.

But there is another group of folks out there that is about half the number of welfare recipients, who produce over half of the U.S. economy, and signs over 70 million paychecks every week: small business owners. So last week, during National Small Business Week, we asked this group in our online poll this question, “Do you think the government supports small business?”

A whopping 2% said, “The government is very supportive of small business.” And less than one-in-ten said, “The government should do more to help small business.” But those small business owners who believe the government should just “Get out of our way” came in at 89%.

What if every sector of America-and I’m not talking about the truly poor who really need our help-felt the same way small business owners do? I would like to see what that looks like, wouldn’t you?

Thanks for being part of my community. I’ll see you on the radio and the Internet.




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