Saturday, February 06, 2010

Happy Reagan Day!

And I quote:

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look.

You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down — up to a man's age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we're not bound by that same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow.

This is not the time for political fun and games. This is the time for a new beginning. I ask you now to put aside any feelings of frustration or helplessness about our political institutions and join me in this dramatic but responsible plan to reduce the enormous burden of Federal taxation on you and your family

The size of the Federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern

I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.

Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. It is the continuous revolution of the marketplace. It is the understanding that allows to recognize shortcomings and seek solutions.

America's best days are yet to come. Our proudest moments are yet to be. Our most glorious achievements are just ahead.

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness

We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Corporate Newspeak 7

Talk Around: (v) 1. Share opinions on tangents related to a topic on which decisions are pending without any expectation that any decisions will be taken, thus taking all pressure off the decision-making leadership at the table. 2. Tongue-in-cheek play on the literal interpretation of the term "talk about."
Also: Waste Time, Chat, Think On, Building a Base, Laying Groundwork
Usage: "Can we make a decision here today, boss?" / "Well, Johnny, of course - we do need to move on this, which is why I think we need to talk around the nuances of the constraints and dependencies to make sure we've covered off all that first."

Draw a Line Around: (v) Avoid talking further about once and for all. Usually used by someone who has argued their side of an issue unsuccessfully.
Also: Ring-fence
Usage: "But, but ... okay folks, clearly we need to think on that niche issue a bit more. I don't want it to keep us from moving forward on the overall strategic vision. Let's draw a line around that and continue the larger discussion."

Friction-Free: (adj) Of a mythical business process which produces economic value without any ongoing cost, often expected to move at the speed of light. Used only in the context of corporate sloganeering or in the context of empty sales promises.
Usage: "Don't worry about what it costs to implement, Donnie. By leveraging technology and enterprise synergies, this friction-free solution pays for itself."

Enterprise: (adj) Of a mythical type of business process which is entirely uniform across all groups, departments, lines of business, divisions, or other factions of a corporation, run under the direction of a single group, yet paid for by all groups. Used when one group starts to implement a new business process, and then realizes they don't have enough money to pay for it.

Monday, February 01, 2010

What Will Tomorrow (Today?) Bring: Private Spaceflight

Conservative gut-check. Can you stick to your conservative, limited-government guns, even for the "cool" stuff? Apparently Dick Shelby goes all bedwetty at the prospect:

"The president's proposed NASA budget begins the death march for the future of U.S. human space flight," said Sen. Richard Shelby (R., Ala.). - 2/1/2010

Maybe Dick should read January's Popular Science cover story, "Who needs NASA? This Year Civilian Space Indusrty Finally Takes Off."