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Rob Garbin's Blog

I started out by just testing the waters of what I wanted to say in this blog. I found it nice to get feedback on my thoughts and ideas. Now; however, I find it to be a place where I can vent the ideas that constantly plague me when I view what is going on in the world. At times I know I sound like a pundant, but I feel that I do try to take a more sensible look at the world, which I hope I am able to express here. In addition, I hope to find more to talk about than the politics of the world. We'll see.

  1. Money Equals Speech

    by , April 12th, 2012 at 08:23 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Here is a surprise for many that read this blog. I actually agree with a Republican, well at least in a conditional sense. The title of this post gives away the person who is, of course, Karl Rove. To begin with, I would like to state my feelings toward Mr. Rove. Personally, I feel that he, President Bush, Dick Cheney, and a vast number of their cohorts should be in jail for War Crimes, treason to our democracy, and most likely a whole host of unknown other crimes. With that said, I find that ...

    Updated April 15th, 2012 at 12:19 AM by Gkarlives (Forgot something)

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  2. Confidence and Delusion Part IV

    by , April 12th, 2012 at 02:50 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Risk continued

    I hinted at the main issue with risk in our economy, but did not specifically say it or explain the true consequences. The truth is that every economic venture has a risk that someone must bear. The true consequence of this statement results when risk is not shared fairly. Basically, if the creators of a venture do not share in the risk, then someone else does. The bailout of Wall Street is a perfect example of the situation. Most of the major players in the risky ...
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  3. Confidence and Delusion

    by , December 31st, 2011 at 12:46 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Many Americans are asking themselves why our economy is failing. They want to understand why the economy of the greatest democracy in the modern world is sinking like a lead brick. The answers, in the end, come down to the very human failings of greed, sloth, neglect, and the list goes on. These are the basic reasons for the failure of every human endeavor in the long run, but if you want to understand some of the mechanics of our current situation and what I think could be done to reverse their ...
  4. Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder but Viagra gets the job done.

    by , December 6th, 2011 at 07:56 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    I just have a question for the right to lifers, "if, as you state, that contraceptives promote sexual promiscuity, then what about all the erectile dysfunction medicines flooding the market? I am disgusted at the blatant sales tactics of the makers of these pills. They are endorsing sexual activity regularly on TV at all hours of the day. In addition, I am being forced to pay, through my insurance premiums, for something that should be an elective medicine. Peoples lives are not at stake ...

    Updated December 6th, 2011 at 07:59 AM by Gkarlives

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  5. More questions the 99% should demand answers for

    by , November 23rd, 2011 at 07:28 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    If the Republican led congress is so focused on debt reduction, why are they not proposing equal cuts in their own entitlements such as their own medical coverage? If they want people to take them seriously, they should be willing to give up all of their benefits and live like the people they don't beleive deserve benefits.

    Why should tax payers foot the bill when they are getting paid so well and getting help from their rich backers? Why not demand that their medical benefits be ...

    Updated November 23rd, 2011 at 07:31 AM by Gkarlives

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  6. Doubt Revisited

    by , November 15th, 2011 at 10:50 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Many posts ago, I wrote about a story I had in a flash fiction contest here called "The Parable of Doubt". I expressed my reasons for writing the story as being the need for everyone to question the nature of the truths we hold in order to protect against abuse from evil people. Since that time, I have removed the story in hopes of creating a better, more subtle version. Because of the continuing collapse of the veil of illusion that our society has blinded itself with, I have decided ...

    Updated November 15th, 2011 at 10:56 PM by Gkarlives

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  7. Questions the 99% should demand answers for

    by , November 14th, 2011 at 10:24 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    1. Given the almost 4 years since Wall Street's meltdown, how far have the banks gotten in the unraveling of the derivatives and the mortgages they were based on?

    2. Given the current profitable conditions of the Wall Street Banks, how much attention is being given to cleaning up the derivatives mess and how much effort is being made to ease the burden on the original mortgage borrowers.

    3. If I am correct, most or all of the tarp money has been repaid by the banks. ...

    Updated November 15th, 2011 at 05:36 PM by Gkarlives

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  8. Not all of us

    by , November 2nd, 2011 at 04:27 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    This one goes out to the rich. I know that not all of you subscribe to the extreme doctrines of the 1%, but I don't see you taking much of a stand against the tide, which may someday swamp you as well.

    Just like Americans feel Muslims need to stand up to the radical forces within their society, so do the rich need to stand up against the unbridled greed of their brethern. For those that understand that the current system is designed for short term profits at the cost of the long ...
  9. They just don't respect life like we do.

    by , November 2nd, 2011 at 04:09 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    I have heard this many times throughout my life but, as I get older and hopefully wiser, I find myself questioning this statement. I guess this goes back to the reason I wrote “The Parable of Doubt”. I not only feel the need to doubt the actions of religious leaders but also of human leadership in general. More importantly, I feel the need to question the truth of people who use such statements to differentiate America from other parts of the world.

    First off, I am aware of many ...
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  10. Another Job Opportunity

    by , October 27th, 2011 at 12:04 AM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    Field work in Alabama: Be willing to work long hours for little pay, no benefits, and hard working conditions without rights or complaining. Rewards: Knowing that your hard work will keep produce prices down so more Americans can become obese and want to avoid the very job you hold. Apply today!

    For further information, see last nights Colbert Report on comedy central.
  11. Thoughts I did not think much about at the time

    by , September 10th, 2011 at 08:41 PM (Rob Garbin's Blog)
    You know that feeling you get when you look back at certain ideas you had when you were younger but life made you shove them aside until much later. When you do remember, you say to yourself "Wow, I was actually right." Well I think I'll post about two of them.

    The first has to do with the Dow Jones Industrials. Back in 1982 through 1984 I was in senior high school and Ronald Reagan was our President. I was just learning about the roll of the NYSE in our economy from, ...

    Updated September 10th, 2011 at 09:38 PM by Gkarlives

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  12. Feedback Loop

    I have heard it said many times that America's Democratic Capitalist society is the best form of government around. Mostly by Republicans that wrap themselves up in their favorite illusion along with an American Flag and a big corporate donation (Democrats are just as guilty). If they are right then, why are we drowning in debt?

    If this form of government works so well, why are we in debt to the tune of $45,000 per U.S. citizen, which is higher than that of a Greek citizen at $44,000? ...