Does The US Government Support Income Inequality By Condoning Corruption In Africa?

coruption2I was in an Uber car speeding to an airport last week and as usual I struck up a conversations with the driver. She was an extremely articulate woman from one of those  small non-picture postcard  west  African countries. She was so happy to be safe in America where she could earn some money and send her son to a good school.

Okay…  so I was making a quick escape from Chicago when I was talking to this Uber driver.   That’s the city with one of the highest murder rates and worst schools in the country. There is currently a fight going on to raise the minimum wage from $10/hr to $15/hr as a solution to potentially relieve some of the income harsh income inequality there.

Odd that this Uber driver considered Chicago a garden spot…

Traffic slowed as our friendly conversation turned into a heated lecture as she schooled me on corruption and the resultant hopelessness back in her home country.  Government sanctioned corruption in her country saps the economy of needed resources and challenges people every day. Government officials expect payoffs for everything from a driver’s license to placing your child in a decent school.  And if you dare start a business in one of these countries  there will be a weekly knock at corruption5_0your door by at least one government official looking for their unearned cut of your revenues. And that is if you can afford the under-the-table payoff to get your business license.

That’s corruption… And the toll it takes on education, employment and human spirit keeps the poor below the poverty line and continues to enrich those in political power. Think about this next time you hear someone complain about income inequality in the United States.

According to this Uber driver she makes around $17 an hour. She loves her job, freedom, and how she can provide for her family. This would not have been possible back in her home country in Africa.

So what about the billion or more people still in Africa dealing with these corrupt governments?

ForeignAidJokeTshirtWell it wouldn’t be so bad except our US Government seems to be supporting the corrupt African governments on many fronts.

Over the next few days President Obama will be visiting Kenya and Ethiopia. There will certainly be a multitude of photos with Obama and African government officials smiling, shaking hands, and generally chatting it up. Looking to be the best of friends…

In the meantime the smart people at Transparency International rank Kenya as 145th most corrupt country out of 175 countries measured (the USA is 17 out of 175).  Luckily Ethiopia is not as bad as Kenya. Ethiopia ranks 110 out of 175.

The Obama's with the President of Kenya

The Obama’s with the President of Kenya

The problem is that with all the financial aid we send to the dark continent we really don’t know how much does any good. With corruption this high much of that money may be going into government pockets instead of where it is needed.

Why does the US Government tolerate and even condone this corrupt behavior?

I guess in a more perfect world a bolder US Government could impose sanctions and isolate these corrupt African government officials instead of shaking their hands and making nice.

Unfortunately the formula looks like this… Corruption -> poverty -> hopelessness -> anger -> terrorist radicalization -> terrorist attacks.  Maybe fixing the corruption would reduce the terrorism threat faster than sending money and weapons to corrupt African governments.

Could The John Kerry/Obama Iran Nuclear Deal Really Just Be Dangerous Appeasement?

John Kerry Iran 1

Look Who Is Smiling And Who Is Not

Why do certain people in Washington seem to be jumping for joy because of the latest news out of the Iran nuclear treaty talks? And why do I feel like somehow I have fallen asleep to wake up in 1938?

Maybe our friends in Washington are the ones who need to wake up…

I have to admit that probably like the rest of you I have not really been following the day-to-day of this Iran Nuclear Deal story. That’s because they have been working on this Nuclear Deal since 2003. That’s right, somehow people have been meeting and hammering out details on this for over ten years. When does a smart person stand up and say… “Maybe the Iranians are stalling while they perfect their version of an atomic bomb with training wheels.”

A nuclear bomb is a nuclear bomb no matter how you spin the language!

Look Who Is Smiling And WhoNot

Look Who Is Smiling And Who Is Not

The latest headline says that the best this Nuclear Deal can be expect to do is extend Iran’s attainment of nuclear bomb making capability from two or three months to about a year. Okay so do the math…  This deal was announced on April 2nd (it should have been April 1) and they are saying the new deadline is June to work out the details. That’s oddly two or three months away!
What do you think those busy little Iranian Nuclear Bomb makers will be doing over the next two or three months? They won’t be taking a vacation at Club Med!

And lets be clear here on who we are dealing with when we sit down to the negotiating table with these Iranians… They are the same people who are funneling arms and soldiers to heat up the action in Iraq. That’s the place where we spend countless American lives and bazillians of dollars to try and get on the track to something resembling a free society. And… According to our very own state department (that’s the little ice cream shop John Kerry runs) the Iranians have been sponsoring terrorism all over the world for many years.

Iran PaperAfter so long at the negotiating table only an idiot (I don’t use that word loosely) could think the Iranians are doing anything other than stalling.

If they really just need nuclear material for power generation and medical needs as they say then it is less expensive to just buy what they need than to set up entire factories and supply chains to manufacture it. If they really need the nuclear bomb material for peaceful reasons then why are they also developing long range missiles. To deliver electricity and medical supplies?

No… I think the Iranians have other plans for this nuclear material and they involve obliterating Israel as they have said many times.  And after that who do you think is next on the Iranian Nuclear Bomb hit parade? Not the French, Polish, Germans, Italians, Russians, or Chinese who trade with Iran and have been pushing Kerry for a deal so they can continue selling them stuff.
We are the ones in the Iranians cross hairs. I sure the Supreme Leader of Iran has a live stream of New York Time Square on his iPhone so he can keep tabs on what’s cooking there.

Death to America IranUnfortunately there is no scenario I can even imagine where this Iran Nuclear Deal works out with happy people around a campfire sipping hot-chocolate and singing show-tunes together.

Unless our guys in Washington wake up and realize the Iranians are stalling (after all it has been over ten years now) and do the tough work of shutting down their nuclear ambitions either Israel will send a few bombers to Iran and turn their research facilities into a pile of steaming ruble or Iran is going to unleash a new brand of Nuclear war like the world has never seen. Neither is a pretty picture.

Which brings me to the word of the day… Appeasement.

Look Who Is Smiling And Who IS Not

Look Who Is Smiling And Who IS Not

This is the only reason I can think of that our guys in Washington have let this Iran Nuclear Deal charade go on for so long. When Obama says things like this Iran deal is “Our Best Bet” it worries me. How can you “Bet” with the lives of so many millions of innocent people?  Can they revoke a Nobel Peace Prize?

This my friends is called Appeasement.

When you try to deal with people who have a clear agenda that includes your obliteration bad things happen. All you have to do is look at how the 1938 British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s Appeasement of Adolf Hitler worked out.

On September 30, 1938 Chaimberlain was shaking hands with Hitler after they made a deal then on September 7, 1940, less than twenty-four months later Hitler started the Blitz on London and bombed that city for fifty-seven consecutive days.

That’s how Appeasement works out.

The really scary part is that most Americans are comfortable thinking that the folks in Washington will take care of us. Those Politicians are the smart ones tasked with the job of keeping the world safe from Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It’s been over ten years!  The Iranians mere months away from producing bomb material.

But remember all these guys in Washington have magic keys to comfortable well-stocked bunkers where they can lay low and watch House Of Cards and Scandal reruns while the nuclear dust clears. All we have are four dollar flimsy single-use umbrellas and Pop-tarts.

Can Aetna’s CEO Teach Obama The Realities of Minimum Wage and Income Inequality Economics?

aetna2Today Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna’s Chief Executive Officer, announced that the health insurance company would boost the incomes of its lowest-paid workers by as much as a third. The move by the big health insurer affects around 12% of Aetna’s domestic work force who will see a raise to a floor of $16 an hour. These are primarily employees in customer service and billing-related jobs.

The CEO stated that the reason the company is raising wages is not because they want to be good guys. They are raising wages because it is becoming increasingly difficult to fill open job positions and retain employees. That is what could be called natural economic forces.  Better know as competion!

With the entire health insurance industry growing because of of the government’s healthcare law insurers are having a harder time finding people to do important jobs like customer-service, billing, claims-processing and similar tasks.

Aetna1Aetna is only the first to move on this increased wage front. Within months don’t be surprised when most of the other insurers are forced to do the same to get all their essential tasks done. Empty desks and unfilled job requisitions will push employers to raise wages. Then,  as wages increase, more potential workers may be enticed into the workforce to fill these open jobs.

Maybe even workers from other industries with similar skill sets will make there way to higher wages offered in the insurance sector. People will certainly consider the move if it is for a nice high pay raise. Some may even go back to school to pick up a few extra classes so they can qualify for these new higher wage jobs. Pishing up the entire wage scale.

This is how the natural forces of economics works.

And what about the lower wage jobs newly vacated?

As long as the government does not interfere and force wages up the new vacated job will still be there and waiting for someone who wants to jump on the first rung of the career ladder. You always have to start somewhere.  At the lowest wage levels employers are willing to take risk and spend more on training. But at some of the government imposed minimum wage rates for entry level positions employers may just get by with fewer workers. Not a good thing for anyone. This how you break an economy.

callcentreNext… All these Aetna employees will just need to worry about the number crunchers in the back room who will be looking for a way to bring labor costs down. At these higher levels it may start to make more financial sense to move these tasks offshore at a fraction of the costs.

If you think it won’t happen think again…

Can these service jobs be more complicated than technical support for computer gizmos, booking a flight, reading an x-ray. or preparing income tax forms?  All these used to be done by U.S. based employees. Pay levels went up, desks were empty, employers and customers suffered… Then the jobs were sent to India and the Philippines.

 

Is Obama Missing The Point On How To Actually Do Something About Income Inequality For Black Americans?

OBAMA9214Between an enlightening article on the plight of Black Americans in the Sunday New York Times and Obama continuing his campaign for a higher minimum wage I’m beginning to think our President may be on autopilot of some type.

I will admit that it is probably much easier for him to keep calling for a higher minimum wage but will that really solve the big problems related to income inequality?

Some may think a higher minimum wage is the silver bullet but after seeing the following facts in the New York Times Sunday article I realized what a big problem we are faced with in this country:

• The net worth of the average black household in the United States is $6,314, compared with $110,500 for the average white household, according to 2011 census data. The gap has worsened in the last decade, and the United States now has a greater wealth gap by race than South Africa did during apartheid. (Whites in America on average own almost 18 times as much as blacks; in South Africa in 1970, the ratio was about 15 times.)

• The black-white income gap is roughly 40 percent greater today than it was in 1967.

• A black boy born today in the United States has a life expectancy five years shorter than that of a white boy.

• Black students are significantly less likely to attend schools offering advanced math and science courses than white students. They are three times as likely to be suspended and expelled, setting them up for educational failure.

• Because of the catastrophic experiment in mass incarceration, black men in their 20s without a high school diploma are more likely to be incarcerated today than employed, according to a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. Nearly 70 percent of middle-aged black men who never graduated from high school have been imprisoned.

And as the article writer says… “All these constitute not a black problem or a white problem, but an American problem. When so much talent is underemployed and overincarcerated, the entire country suffers.”

I totally agree with this! You can’t debate these numbers and what they can mean for the future of the country. Unfortunately Mr. Obama seems to be out of touch with these facts. And especially lacking in any real solutions to get things going in the right direction.

The most interesting fact here is that, “The black-white income gap is roughly 40 percent greater today than it was in 1967.”

This is saying that basically all the government programs and the Trillions of dollars spent over the last fifty years may have missed the mark when it comes to moving disadvantaged people up the economic ladder.

But I guess it’s always easier to just write a check than create, implement, and track real solutions designed to make things better in the long run.  I truly believe that if the people at the bottom of the economy can move up the ladder it will be better for all of us. Unfortunately more and more evidence is showing that the government programs we have been using are just not working. More money alone will not solve the problem.

And… Just raising the minimum wage will probably make matters worse. As I have pointed out in past articles and especially this one where I show how Mr. Obama’s higher minimum wage will actually profoundly hurt the people he wants to help.

So what’s a possible solution?

Instead of just complaining about solutions to this problem or offering some kind of quick fix (that has not worked in the past) checkbook solution I have a simple Four point plan that could get this situation back on track.

 1. Education It is obvious that without an good education there is little hope of a better life. People complain about how these schools are unsafe and how all the teachers are burned out and more… But I say we mobilize an army of one million grandmas. Lets put them in every classroom to be sure the kids behave, are safe, get their homework done, and the the teachers are actually teaching. These Grandmas would be a formidable force. They will do more good than billions of dollars in wasted government funds. They are the key. What made me think about the Grandma factor? Back in the 1980s the Chinese government was failing miserably at controlling their population which was on track to cause a mass starvation. What did they do? They enlisted the countries Grannys to solve the problem and now China is in little threat of overpopulation.

2. Jobs Since the beginning of this country wave after wave immigrants have arrived here with no language skills and no education plus they have been called names and  discriminated against from the first day of setting foot on US soil. No one was ready to give these hundreds of millions of people jobs so what did they do? They started their own small businesses. They sold fruit, built cabinets, sewed clothing… What ever it took to provide for their families. There was no choice. It was either that or go back to a potentially worse (and maybe deadly) situation back in their home countires. My previous article shows how a simple cleaning lady working on her own can make around $90,000/Year. How can people just go out and start a business? First find a need then start a business to fill it. Need more help then take a look at this great resource to help people with the steps to create a small business. This program has been helping people start businesses since 1966 and has a great track record.

3. Personal Finance – Far too often people earn enough money but because of a lack of basic personal finance skills it is wasted or people are floored by some kind of financial calamity that could have been avoided. I’m talking about Budgets, Insurance, Taxes, Retirement Savings and more. Your state forces you to pass a test to get a drivers license. They need a basic class and test to certify that people can handle money. Without it no amount of income will be enough.

4. Clear Out The Jails – Far too many potentially productive Americans are sitting in prisons. Most are not a threat to their neighbors and want to be better people. Identify the ones who should be set free and let them out with the understanding that if they commit crimes that endanger others again they may not be set free a second time.

All of this will not happen by magic. As with my Million Grandmas Education Improvement idea it is going to take grassroots commitment, involvement, and responsibility.  This is how the hundreds of millions of US emigrants worked their way up the economic ladder over the past two hundred years.

And isn’t it convenient that our President started out as a community organizer?

He is just the person we need to head up this unprecedented effort get more people moving up the economic ladder. We will not see results in a week, month or even a year. But I can pretty much guarantee you that with these four ideas put into action with full community support and commitment that in fifty years (probably much less) there will be statistics that we can be proud of.

So what could be holding Mr. Obama back from these kind of positive community based solutions?  He surely does not need permission from a near worthless congress to get going on this right now.

Is Obama Missing A Simple Fix To
The College Debt Crisis And Income Inequality?

NYTCOver6-20-2014A recent article in the New York Times brings a lot of solid information together related to the College Debt Crisis we have been hearing about for some time now. The article has the wrong title (It’s Official: The Boomerang Kids Won’t Leave) but the facts the writer lays out are pretty grim and have some serious implications for the future of Income Inequality in this country.

The bottom line is that tens of millions of young adults have taken on over $1.2 Trillion (yes, that’s with a “T”) in debt and they just don’t have the jobs to pay that debt off in any reasonable number of years. Some of these people owe over $100,000 and are earning barely a minimum wage.

Somewhere someone got this rumor started that people with a college degree are guaranteed a future of high paying jobs.

Well… They, and by “they” I mean probably the colleges and universities that have profited the most from that false rumor, left out an important little caveat to that secure future myth of nice paychecks. While you are at college you need to pick up some skills that companies find valuable.

So here’s the basic scenario…

1) An eighteen-year-old kid itching to move out of the house gets accepted to the college of his/her choice.

2) This newly accepted kid has no idea what to major in so picks something fun like English, Latin, Physiology, Political Sciense, Art History, Communications, etc…

3) The kid finds out that it will cost $100,000 for four years and since mom and dad are struggling to save for retirement they can’t write a $100,000 check right now.

If you major in French you can read this menu.  Unfortunately, you will probably also be the waiter.

If you major in French you can read this menu. Unfortunately, you will probably also be the waiter.

4) The college has a nice office where kids sign on the dotted line and get a loan. Boom! Four years of freedom, parties, casual sex, and even a little learning. What kid wouldn’t sign up for that package?

The biggest problem here is that the college gets their money no matter if the kid even graduates and the funny thing about student loans is that the only way to get out of the payments is to die. Bankruptcy will not wash this debt away.

So you’ve been hearing about this College Debt Crisis for a while now. Smart people even say it is affecting the housing market since this generation of kids have to pay this debt off before they get on the home buying ladder.

Then Obama gets up there and in his smooth fashion throws an “executive order” out to allow these borrowers to cap their payments at 10% of their income and he is supporting a plan to refinance the loans at a lower interest rate.

Very nice indeed but that is what I would call “lip service”. They still have to pay off the huge debt while working at a minimum wage job.

These people are in a hopeless situation and over the next few weeks the next wave of college freshmen will be signing their lives away on the dotted line adding to the huge problem.

This needs to stop now!

And here’s a simple way to actually stop this College Debt problem from getting even worse.

When you take out a consumer loan for house, car, boat, computer or what ever, the lender is obligated to show you a truth in lending form that spells out clearly how much you are borrowing and what it will cost you to pay the loan back.

Why not an Obama “executive order” that forces the colleges to include a paragraph in the loan paperwork to be signed by the new student that clearly shows them their future income potential. These statistics are easily available for each possible major a student might select.

Here’s an example college loan full disclosure paragraph….

I, Joe College, has elected to attend Party University and major in Political Science at a cost of $98,252 for four years. After graduating I will be paying approximately $1,042 per month for 10 years to repay this loan. The latest statistics show that those students who major in Political Science have a 2% chance of getting a job in their area of interest at an average after tax monthly income of $2,983 so if I am one of the lucky 2% to land a job I will be spending over on third of my take home pay to retire this F#&@ing loan. and if I end up in the 98% of people who do not get a job in Political Science I will probably be in a minimum wage job that did not even need a college degree. In that case I will not even have enough take home pay to make this monthly loan payment and provide for a basic life style even close to what I have living at home with my parents right now. 

college-partySo… If that new college student signs this he/she will know right up front what they are really in for so when they can’t make the loan payments later they can’t say they were not warned.

Of course the “College Loan Full Disclosure” paragraph would read differently for Accountants, Finance Majors, any of the many variety of Engineers, or other majors that deliver people to employers hungry for people with real skills.

And what about the tens of millions of people already caught up in crushing student loans?

They better treat their parents well or find somewhere else to live.

 

 

Does Mr. Obama know who this NSA Really is?
ANSWER: Scary!

obamansa2The big news today was that President Obama has formally addressed the NSA’s (National Security Agency) recent cell phone record faux pas. The New York Times had some pretty good coverage of the entire back pedaling event.

My congratulations go out to our President for openly dealing with this unsavory and embarrassing issue.

NSA1But… We he would probably not even talk about this if it was not for the recent revelations that the NSA was listening in on European government leader cell phone calls. Basically if the NSA would not have been caught they would still be doing the same thing they have been doing many years. All in the name of national security of course.

So now it’s all out in the open and there will be new guidelines?

I really don’t think anything will be any different except that the NSA will be more diligent at plugging leaks so they don’t get caught again. No one likes it but their job is and always has been to listen in on all voice and data traffic.

WiresNSAMany months back a Wired Magazine article talked about a new NSA facility located out in the Utah Desert desert with the sole purpose of capturing and analyzing all forms of communications.

So I guess to make a few extra bucks now the NSA is going stop using the Utah facility to listen in on us and rent it out to Netflix so they can stream movies even faster?  I don’t think so.

Presidents come and go. Senators come and go. Congressman come and go. Supreme court Judges come and go. But… There will always be an NSA and they will always be listening to anything they can get their hands on.

New NetFlix Movie Streaming facility?

New NetFlix Movie Streaming facility?

Bottom line… Assume everything you say or write over your phone or on the internet is going through the NSA’s computers. If you don’t have anything to hide, no worries. Use the wrong words that the NSA computers are targeting and anything can happen. I won’t include any example sensitive words here for fear that these snoops will start going through my stuff.

The time to start worrying is if/when all that information and listening capability falls into the wring hands.  But how do you define “wrong”?

 

 

Putin Makes John Kerry Wait 3 HOURS! What’s the message here?

kerryr1bIn what is probably the most under reported story this week Russian President Vladimir Putin kept U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waiting for three hours to meet with him.

As reported in the U.K. Daily Mail’s Mail Online story this meeting between Kerry and Putin was  intended to help improve relations and pave the way for Obama to hold talks with Putin in September, when Russia hosts a summit of the Group of 20 nations. Obama and Putin are also to meet at a Group of Eight summit in Britain in June.

And… In case you have missed the Wall Street Journal article it has been revealed that Russia plans to sell Syria advanced weapons systems that could significantly effect the unstable military balance in the region.

kerry1nSo think about this… Syria’s Assad gang is basically counting down the days until he is run out of town on a rail and forced to stand trial in some international court for crimes against humanity. You know, genocide and lovely things like that. And Russia’s Mr. Putin is supplying him the weapons to carry out his dastardly deeds.

Last time I checked if you knowingly provide the means to criminal you are just as guilty.

Kerry3So why is this Putin slight against our Mr. Kerry being under reported?

This means that someone at the New York Times who has to be aware (it is in a major U.K. newspaper) of this significant insult to Mr. Kerry, President Obama, and the American people has decided to hide the story.

Scary times indeed.

Russian ships brings arms to Syria?

Russian ships brings arms to Syria?

A women I know was confused when her boyfriend at the time gave here a cheap “Travel to Michigan” T-Shirt as a birthday present. She asked me what I thought and I told her it was not a gift it was a message. They broke up shortly after that.

This Putin slight is a message Mr. Kerry (and Mr. Obama). Choose to ignore it and you will be the fools. The problem is that millions more innocent people will pay for your mistakes.

 

What Questions Surround Tomorrow’s Obama/Romney Lunch Date?

Did Ann Romney ask Barack Obama to invite Mitt to lunch to get him out of the house?

Mitt Romney has been hiding out in his Southern California home since his November 6th Presidential Election loss. But tomorrow he will venture out to have lunch at the Whitehouse with Barack Obama.

Many questions are floating in the air about this lunch date. And there is probably very little guidance in any of those etiquette books.

The last time these two men met was on the Presidential debate circuit. All I can remember is how after the debate, up on the stage and the candidates and their families mixed it up, one of Romney’s grandchildren reached over and hugged Mr. Obama’s leg. A proficient team of Secret Service types whisked the child away to an undisclosed location and I fear he is enjoying free room and board down in Guantanamo Bay along with some middle eastern guest.

White House lunch menu – Yum!

But what about this lunch? What could these two rivals possibly talk about?  

Will the President offer Mr. Romney an ambassadorship to some garden spot like Bangladesh,  Iran, Zimbabwe or North Korea?  Anything is possible. To get him to accept Obama could tell him that there is a future Olympics planned for the country.

What could Romney have to say to Obama?

After all the rough campaign language I hope some adult supervision is present at this lunch. These thing could devolve into some kind of physical altercation. Sure in a fair fight Obama would probably kick Mr. Romney ass but I’m sure Mitt will show up with some brass knuckles in

Does Mitt Romney like hamburgers?

his pocket or an a Microsoft Surface he could use as a weapon. Unfortunately that’s about all the Surface is good for.

Maybe Obama will ask Romney for his ideas on how to get the economy heated up again?

Would you like to tap into Obama’s thoughts as Romney outlines his vision? The current President will be a million miles away probably reviewing his secret plan to nationalize the Twinkie company on the basis of national defense.

Which Mitt Romney will show up at the lunch? The good Romney or the bad Romney.

Yes, if you haven’t noticed there are at least two Mitt Romneys walking around. The good Mitt who seems to have it all together and the bad Mitt or Mitts who seem to always say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Usually when there is a video camera of tape recorder near by.

The real Obama Mit will have lunch with

Either way, I’m sorry that the lunch will be a closed-door affair. Couldn’t they just put up a few cameras so we could sort of watch like a fly on the wall? People would pay good money for that if it was set up as a pay-per-view event.  Maybe someone will sneak in a secret camera.

Or maybe… Mitt Romney will be really having lunch with Barack’s eleven-year-old daughter Sasha.  When the invitation went out it just said that Romney would be having lunch at the White House with an Obama.

Could this finally be the big night for the Republicans fighting it out for a chance to challenge Obama?

Super Tuesday is finally here and before we know it the day will be over.

In a matter of hours the airwaves will be alive with news reports on who is leading where and firm predictions on winners in some races.  And if you believe the candidates they all plan to stay in the race no matter what happens.

Unfortunately for the Republicans this primary season has dragged on far too long. With every attack ad they look worse and Obama looks better. It’s too bad the only way these guys can differentiate themselves is by tearing down their opponents. How can voters make a decision when there is so much negativity flying around.

The human brain works in strange ways…

Once a leader emerges and the other candidates step back, Republicans will forget about all the mud that has been slung. Plus former foes will be on their best behavior in hopes of getting some plumb job if the guy they have been bashing for a year actually gets the top job.

Ah politics… Always fun to watch no matter how bloody it gets.

The perfect omelet continued…

How do they get them so fluffy?

I still don’t have this omelet perfected yet. I have gone down the spiking it with pancake batter path and although it tastes great the still are not that fluffy. In fact the pancake batter seems to make the final product even denser.

So I did a little more research on the web. I tried to type in search terms like “How does Lou Mitchell’s make omelets fluffy?” or “The secret to Lou Mitchell’s omelets” and all I got was a list of reviews on the food at Lou Mitchell’s. I already know the food is great. Unfortunately it is 750 miles from my house. Too long a trip every Saturday morning.

But when I did a search for “fluffy omelet recipe” I hit a bonanza of recipes and video demonstrations. One guy mixed olive oil into the eg mixture. A woman separated the eggs into a bowl with the yolks and one with the whites, whipped them separately, then combined them together. She cooked them in a skillet then finished them for 12 minutes in the oven. They looked real fluffy. Maybe too fluffy.

So here are my options now…

1) Keep the pancake batter but use a mixer to get the egg mixture fluffier.
2) Ditch the pancake batter and try the separate egg method.
3) Keep the pancake batter and try the separate egg method.

Who is that at Lou Mitchell's?

I guess the best thing to do would be to follow the pure fluffy separate egg method (Number 2 above) and see how things go. This would be the most drastic departure from the direction I am on with this but sometimes that is what’s needed.

A little “Drastic” in the kitchen on a Saturday morning could be a good thing.

Bye the way… Before I get to the omelette making I will be doing a 10 mile run…