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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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.

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.