Drew Rodgers

I live in Norway with my wife, Inger, and our cat T.J. Maxx and teach International Business Communications at Oslo University College School of Business.

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0.2% = $270 Billion

Published on Monday 27. April 2015

If the Republicans control both the presidentcy and Congress after the 2016 election, they plan on abolishing the estate tax, a tax on inheritance. But as it stands, it only is on inheritance over $5 million which would affect 0.2% of the population, the fat cats. It would cost $270 billion, tax money which could be used for schools, health care and improving our infrastructure. If there was any doubt, it is quite clear that the Republicans are the party of the 1%. This is just one more reason why I have serious questions about where the U.S. is heading. What can come of a nation where more and more power is falling in the hands of the very people who intend to insure that the quality of life of the majority is reduced?

The Boiled American Frog

Published on Wednesday 22. April 2015

Americans with an average salary or lower who vote for Republicans are simply turning up the heat under the kettle. The analogy is such that if you drop a frog into boiling water, it will jump out immediately. However, if you put it in luke warm water, let it get accustomed to it and then slowly turn up the heat,  before it knows what is happening, it will get boiled. If you put a whole nation into the same situation, and let’s call the water market liberalism, the same thing can happen. You give a little fat cat tax break here and a little market deregulation there, cut a little from programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps, take away collective bargaining from state workers, abolish estate tax add a little Citizens United allowing the likes of the Koch brothers to buy elections and soon you will have a boiled frog, only the frog won’t be a frog.

Will the Shit Hit the Fan?

Published on Thursday 16. April 2015

When Blacks get tired of being shot by racist policemen and Hispanics get tired of being suspected of being illegal and hounded by local sheriffs and militias, when most Americans figure out that the American Dream is dead and when they learn that their salaries have stagnated over the past 40 years and that their bosses are making 350 times their salary, will the shit hit the fan? Or when a right wing Republican nut case wins the 2016 presidential election and cuts back on food stamps sending the hunger rate from the current 14% to over 20%. When he cuts Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security leaving many people desperate, will the shit hit the fan? Or when Obama Care is abolished leaving millions of Americans without health insurance, will the shit hit the fan? When all those who thought that if they just worked hard enough they could make it, wake up and discover that their chances are about as great as winning the Power Ball jackpot, will the shit hit the fan? And if it does, what next?

A Philosophical Interlude

Published on Wednesday 1. April 2015

As a break from my political commentaries,
I’d like to share  a thought with you which I borrowed
from Cervantes: “El camino es siempre mejor que la
posada.” “The road is always better than the
inn.” In our performance and goal oriented society, it
is easy to forget that life takes place at the present moment and
instead of  focusing on the future, we should learn to
enjoy the process of living. Some call it mindfulness. I
call it living. The future always lies ahead of us, and by
focusing on it, we lose the present where life takes
place.

Political Blackmail

Published on Monday 30. March 2015

According to rawstory.com, big banks are so upset with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign to break them up into smaller banks that they are threatening to withdraw campaign donations to the Democratic Party. Normally, financial institutions play both sides of the street, hedging their bets, so that the winner will still be in their pockets. But this time, it appears that they are blackmailing the Democrats. Naturally, banks have the right to support whomever they wish, but this oververt threat smacks of “an offer the Democrats can’t refuse.” Whether some Democrats will find a horse’s head in their bed is hard to judge. However, let’s hope the Democrats refuse the offer, as such Mafia-like attacks have no place in a democratic society.