Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 26, 2012
Former astronaut Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82 after complications from cardiovascular surgery. Armstrong was the first human being to set foot on the moon, commanding Apollo 11 in 1969. Upon stepping on the moon he said: “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind“, perhaps the most repeated quote of modern time.
Armstrong was sometimes referred to as a “nerdy engineer”. He was a private individual who retired from NASA in the early 1970s over concerns with the bureaucratic managing of it by Congress. Armstrong spent most of his years since farming in Wapakoneta, Ohio. However, in 1986 he came out of retirement at the request of Pres. Ronald Reagan to serve on a commission set up to investigate the space shuttle Challenger accident.
Neil Armstrong, born of the “greatest generation”, was and American hero. True heroes are harder to find in a time when society seems to instead honor the outrageous over the real accomplishments.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 19, 2009
After reading one of my recent posts, an associate sent me a quote that in very few words helps explain my goal for this Blog. Plato said: “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” How true! How many of us go about our day-to-day activities without questioning governmental actions, once the election is over? How many did not question the steps that the second Bush administration put in place to “protect” us from our fear of terrorism 9/11? How many now do not question the radical changes being implemented by President Obama in the hope that they will somehow “fix” our broken 401k plans or offer us some other personal gain?
American society is often viewed by our ideologues on the Left or Right. These extremes are but caricatures of Americas, most of who fall in the middle of the two ideologies. However, the silence of the middle majority is deafening. It is my hope that in some small way this Blog will be a voice that will help turn our apathy into something productive. To be truly successful, this will require that you dear readers be willing to share and post your thoughts, as well.
This Blog will often question the actions of those in power. Today such questions must focus on the Democrats, the only party with any power. However, we will not let the Republicans off the hook. Both parties have blame for the current state of America and will be challenged accordingly. At the same time, there is a third group that deserves blame, we the people. We look will also in the mirror to understand how we have created the challenges we now face as a country.
Many of today’s challenges are either economically or socially based. My main concern will focus on the economic side. However, time the laws of economics and social outcomes are interrelated. Therefore, this Blog will discuss both, but with a focus on the economic issues.
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