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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My Novel

Published on Saturday 28. March 2015

A review of my novel and access to read the first couple of chapters free is on page 4. Just click on the link and when the novel comes up click on “Look Inside.” I hope you give it a look and like what you read. I’d like to hear from you at drew.rodgers43@gmail.com.

A Budget from Hell

Published on Friday 27. March 2015

House Republicans have proposed a reverse Robin Hood budget which would give to the rich at the expense of everyone else. It would increase the already generous tax breaks and tax dodges for the rich and corporations and pay for the expense by cuts in medicare, medicaid, food stamps and other important programs for the struggling middle and working classes. The Democrats proposed budget, rightly named the People’s Budget, would have closed the tax loops, protected medicare, medicaid and food stamps and allocated money to repair our crumbling infrastructure thus creating 8 million jobs. It was defeated 52-45 along straight party lines. The question arises what happens to a country where its politics are so grossly scewed in favor of the so-called one percent? Recent studies have provided us with some possible consquences:

Slowing economic growth due to low salaries and low levels of consumption, especially for the U.S. where 70% of the GDP comes from consumer spending

High and persistent unemployment. Present government figures misconstrue the real unemployment rate of 11% if one takes into account those who have given up looking for jobs and the part-timers who want full-time employment

High rates of obesity, mental illness, homicides, incarceration, psycological stress and status anxiety leading to depression and chemical dependency.

Distrust in both others and the govenment, thus threatening social cohesion.

Reduced access to education, thus a decline in a country’s ability to compete in an increasingly global and technological world.

What government would wish this situation on its people? It seems like a Republican government would. I shutter at the fact that a Republican president could be elected, thus opening for politics that seem to be a conspiracy against most Americans.

The Election, 2016

Published on Saturday 21. March 2015

The Election 2016

It will soon be the start of the wildest, and dumbest, nomination process in recorded history. It couldn’t be anything else, with the Republican line-up of political bantam weighters  bending over backward to convince Tea Party voters who is the most conservative. It would be like Snow White (Hillary, off white and Elizabeth, cadmium white)and the seven dwarfs if only there were  seven  but at last count there were at least ten. So, instead, it looks more like a Dumb, Dumber or Dummest contest that should prove rich pickings for political analysts and Jon Stewart and his ilk.  As a sample of the future entertainment  consider Sarah Palin’s answer to the threat of an expansionist Putin: ”…the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.” Just what we need, a nuclear war.

Rick Santorum believes that “President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob … Oh, I understand why he wants you to go to college. He wants to remake you in his image.”  No we wouldn’t want an educated public.

“I will tell you: It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see. …”  ithus says Rick Perry , betraying an uncertain grasp in his command of data if it comes in sizes greater than two points.

Michelle Bachman suggested that God had brought about an earthquake to send a message and then later confused John Wayne the actor with John Wayne Gracy, a notorious serial killer. If God sends earthquakes she might appoint Jesus as head of FEMA, as Jesus was previously sent to clean up the mess the world was in.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out. I think when you have the lives of Americans at stake and our freedom loving allies anywhere in the world, we have to be prepared to do things that don’t allow those measures, those attacks, those abuses to come to our shores.” That is Scott Walker on how to deal with ISIS. What’s more, he  touted himself as being able do deal with ISIS and used his attack on state employees, stripping them of the right of collective bargaining as an example. Yes, he could take ISIS’s employment rights away from them. mmm, that would certainly do the trick.

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so.” said Rand Paul. This means that Rick Perry would close three departments, assuming he could remember which ones, and Paul wants to override the Supreme Court. Anyone here remember that small detail about the Supreme Court in the Constitution?”

“Ayn Rand makes the best case for the morality of democratic capitalism.” –Paul Ryan, praising the anti-democratic Ayn Rand, who once said, “Democracy is a totalitarian manifestation; it is not a form of freedom.” Goody. What we need is less democracy and if you see my blog below that’s what were getting.I mentioned earlier that the race could be amusing like Dumb, Dummer, Dumbest. The only problem is that we’re not talking about a movie and think if one of these nut cases gets elected and the Republicans control Congress. Their movie will be the equivalent of King Kong and Frankenstein paring up to do a job on the U.S.

What Are We Waiting For?

Published on Friday 20. March 2015

When the richest 20% own 93% of the total wealth and top C.E.O.s earn 300 times more than their employees earn, compared to 30 times in the 1970s, what are we waiting for? When workers’ salaries have stagnated over the last 40 years adjusted for inflation while their productivity has steadily increased (guess where the profits are going?), what are we waiting for? When the crooks that caused Wall Street to fail and millions of people to lose their jobs and houses (and it would have been worse if Obama hadn’t saved the auto industry), are considered “too big to jail”, what are we waiting for? When fat cats can buy their politicians to insure that maybe in a few years the U.S. will return to the Robber Baron era, (some researchers are already describing the U.S. as an oligarchy), what are we waiting for.  Maybe it’s time to stand up and here are some suggestions of organizations where you can get involved.

Credo Action, Daily Kos, Campaign For America’s Future, Act Blue and there are many more.

Street Dancing in Rio

Published on Tuesday 10. February 2015

On the way back from Ipanema, Inger and I ran into a hot band and
guess what? They dance in the streets in Rio. So I did too while Inger
sneak videoed it.