John McCain’s cellmate to speak in Dayton Oct. 13, 2011

Vet Biz Now flyer, for VOB108 announcing Col Tomas Moe to speak

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When I’ve run for office, the fact that I’m a veteran wasn’t given much credit by the Dayton Daily News- that’s probably because they don’t employ too many veterans in their news room these days.

But, yes, I’m a veteran- and I was a founding member of a business group for Veterans- VOB108 over 6 years ago. We’re a 501c6 non-profit and are presenting our second annual big event: Vet Biz Now- next week at the Hope Hotel. Everyone is welcome, but the focus is veterans in S. W. Ohio.

This year, we’re hosting the Director of Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Col. Thomas Moe- who was Senator John McCain’s cellmate in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.”

If you know a veteran business owner, or are just interesting in hearing an American hero speak, please feel free to register and attend.

VOB-108, a Dayton-based organization of veteran business owners, announces a status update on veteran services in Ohio by Col. Thomas Moe, Director of Ohio Department of Veteran Services. Col. Moe will speak Thursday, October 13 at a luncheon at the Hope Hotel. Reservations can be made at www.vob108.org/vetbiznow or by calling 937.228.4433. Cost is $25 for the event that begins at 11:30. Members of VOB108 pay $15.

Col. Moe retired from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years of service and was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2009. He has served as Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services since January 10, 2011. He headed the “Ohio Veterans for McCain” organization during the 2008 election, having served with Senator McCain in the “Hanoi Hilton” in Vietnam.

VOB108 is a group of Veteran Owned Business owners in Dayton, Ohio, working together to win government contracts. VOB108 meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month in Dayton at DeVry University to support the veteran business owner.

The organization is devoted to “building bridges, not walls”, within the private and public business arena. This is done by networking within and outside of VOB108. They have tax exempt status as a 501c6 organization. They welcome all veterans and veteran business owners.

For more information on Col. Moe:

http://dvs.ohio.gov/home/thomas_n._moe_-_biography.aspx

Register

via Col Tom Moe, Director Ohio Department of Veterans Services, to speak in Dayton, Oct 13 2011.

If any news organization needs more information on this event- contact [email protected]

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses are supposed to get 3% of all federal contracts- mostly, via subcontracts from large defense contractors. VOB108 has worked tirelessly to build these relationships with local defense contractors, however, since the federal law has no real teeth- business as usual continues at WPAFB and around the country.

We will continue to work to build these relationships and hope that Col. Moe helps facilitate a dialog between the major defense contractors and these veterans who have served our country.

Incentives are a zero sum game- unless you are a CEO or a politician

If we were in Georgia we’d be saying, our governor, sure did us a great favor- spending our tax dollars to bring that ATM/cash register company to our State. In Ohio, we have all the politicians saying “why wouldn’t they talk to us, boo-hoo.”

Reality: Both States took a whupping.

Georgia will find that in 10 years, there won’t be anything left of NCR. All those magical jobs will have gone to China, India, or are totally gone since no one needs ATMs since cash is dead- and the only checkout you do is online- since you do your shopping there- and pay online, to have it all delivered. Plus, all that extra congestion, the people who need water- well, they just drained the coffers dry- especially since they weren’t paying taxes- but the poor peanut farmers had to more than make up for it.

In Ohio, we’re sitting here feeling sorry for ourselves. We like to blame others for having a business environment that seems to drive business away these days. As a small businessman, I can tell you that the insane myriad of rules, payment dates, rates and other craziness makes it almost guaranteed that you either need to hire a pro to take care of it- or risk paying fines because you missed something. We’re crying broke, yet out of nowhere our governor all of a sudden has $31 million to throw at NCR as they leave.

The real mistake is that ANY tax dollars are going to these corporations for “relocation assistance” in the name of “economic development.” In fact, we should be rushing legislation through Congress to ban all of these giveaways.

But- there is a reason why politicians don’t want to stop this: guess where their money comes from for their expensive auctions, I mean, elections? The very same people who will screw their constituents in a heartbeat.

Did a quick look at opensecrets.org for who Bill Nuti shared some of his loot – and it seems he’s a pragmatist- not really sure who he should give to- Hillary Clinton and then John McCain.

NUTI, WILLIAM
E HAMPTON,NY 11937
NCR CORPORATION/PRESIDENT & CEO 5/12/08 $2,300 Clinton, Hillary (D)
NUTI, WILLIAM
E HAMPTON,NY 11937
NCR CORPORATION/PRESIDENT & CEO 5/12/08 $2,300 Clinton, Hillary (D)
NUTI, WILLIAM
ST JAMES,NY 11780
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES 5/24/05 $1,000 Snowe, Olympia J (R)
NUTI, WILLIAM
E HAMPTON,NY 11937
8/28/08 $-2,300 Clinton, Hillary (D)
NUTI, WILLIAM R
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
NCR CORPORATION/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFF 1/30/09 $225 NCR Corp
NUTI, WILLIAM R
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
NCR CORPORATION/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFF 11/21/08 $225 NCR Corp
NUTI, WILLIAM R
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
NCR CORPORATION/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFF 8/29/08 $225 NCR Corp
NUTI, WILLIAM R
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
NCR CORPORATION/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFF 8/31/07 $225 NCR Corp
NUTI, WILLIAM R
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
NCR CORPORATION/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFF 9/30/05 $225 NCR Corp
NUTI, WILLIAM R
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
NCR CORPORATION/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFF 3/31/06 $225 NCR Corp
NUTI, WILLIAM R
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
NCR CORPORATION/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFF 9/29/06 $225 NCR Corp
NUTI, WILLIAM R MR
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES INC./PRESIDENT 7/10/03 $25,000 Republican National Cmte (R)
NUTI, WILLIAM R MR
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES INC./PRESIDENT 5/27/04 $15,000 Republican National Cmte (R)
Nuti, William R Mr
Saint James,NY 11780
N.C.R. 8/29/08 $5,400 Republican National Cmte (R)
NUTI, WILLIAM R MR
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
N.C.R. 8/29/08 $2,300 McCain, John (R)
NUTI, WILLIAM R MR
SAINT JAMES,NY 11780
SYMBOL TECHNOLOGIES/PRESIDENT/CEO 7/9/03 $2,000 Bush, George W (R)

And a quick look at Mike Turner- found his big supporter was former NCR CEO Gil Williamson- who gave the max every time.

No, you won’t hear anyone say it’s time to stop giving money to corporations, at least not until the corporations and their overpaid golden children stop buying elections.

But, then again, when you are getting paid $2,000 an hour like Bill Nuti, it’s no big deal to give the max to a candidate who could come in handy one day. Need a course in how it’s done? Look to our local former Lexis/Nexis Chief, Willard Pardue- and his operation at Qbase.

Since NCR is leaving Dayton- maybe Governor Ted Strickland will extend the $31 million in breaks that he was offering NCR to stay- to small businesses in Dayton for the next 10 years- for each person we hire? Naw, none of us give enough money to politicians to get that kind of assistance.

Redistribution of wealth: Obama vs. McCain

Before I start, I’m going to remind everyone of something said by George H. Bush that helped him win an election: “Read my lips, No new taxes.” It was a lie.

So before you get caught up with “Obama is a socialist” or “McCain is better for business because he won’t “redistribute your wealth” remember, campaign rhetoric has very little to do with the real world.

The real world has already redistributed wealth. It’s been happening progressively for the last 150 years- since the birth of the Industrial Revolution and the entity known as the Corporation. Even Henry Ford who was an iconic figure in this transformation of society from agrarian to industrial, understood that it didn’t do any good to build cars that cost so much his workers couldn’t afford, so he had two options- make his cars cheaper or pay his employees more. Ford did both and was one of the engines that started to create the “richest nation in the world.”

And, while we still live in splendor compared to many countries, over the last 30 years, we’ve been doing it on borrowed money. Credit cards, second mortgages (marketed as “Home equity lines”) and negative savings (where we borrow more, and save less) have transformed us from powerful world beaters, to a nation of deadbeats. In the rush to feed our insatiable quest for more right now for less, we’ve traded our great manufacturing engine started by Henry Ford in for a “service and information economy” where we don’t make things anymore or worry about our employees ability to buy the products that we now outsource the labor from third world nations.

So, what this really means is that we’ve been redistributing wealth all along. Your money has been either siphoned off by the billionaires of Wall Street, CEO’s of huge corporations that forgot Henry Ford’s lessons, or by third world nations like China who makes everything sold at WalMart.

Your wealth has been redistributed, only you weren’t paying attention. The media, the government and those who’ve had their hands in your pockets have had no interest in telling you this, because media and government have been getting bigger and the people who’ve been digging in your pocket have gotten insanely rich. The gap between rich and poor today in the United States is exponentially larger than it was in feudal times when Kings demanded servitude. We can only continue on this path for a short while longer before we will have a revolution- just like the Boston Tea Party.

John McCain is not one of us little people by any stretch of the imagination. The grandson and son of Navy 4 star admirals, he’s led a life of privilege along with his service. In his campaign for the presidency he has looked for any number of attacks to sway the public, the great number of us who are suffering the worst through this pillaging of our great nation. McCain’s last stand is that Barack Obama, the candidate with the funny name, different skin color and a true American dream story of rising above our circumstances to achieve greatness- is somehow going to take more away from the people who’ve already lost it all in some stunning sleight-of-hand, where you can squeeze more money out of a nation that is teetering on the verge of financial ruin. This is pure, unadulterated B.S.

The wealth is, for the most part, gone, and we’re already going to pay for the greed of those who’ve already stolen our future for years to come. That’s what this bailout was- socialism for the rich. Every American has already committed to bailing out the very bad business decisions of the super-rich, while watching their home values plummet as the foreclosure rates skyrocket.

We, the taxpayers have been funneling money into the largest banks for virtually free, while they continue to raise rates on credit cards, bank fees, and refuse to renegotiate terms.

Before you vote on Tuesday, think twice before you believe that either politician can really change anything, but know that at least one of the two hasn’t tried to scare you into believing that wealth redistribution is something new. We’ve been doing it quite effectively for years, and that’s why so many of us are hurting right now.

I believe that we have to change our system and that voting for Barack Obama is the only true chance at seeing this through. We’ve suffered through eight years of a child of priviledge in the White House, it’s time to see what a true self-made American success story can do.

So much for just the “liberal media”- Colin Powell endorses Obama

If you only watch one YouTube video endorsement of a candidate this season, this is the one to watch. In a measured, reasoned and well thought out series of answers, Colin Powell puts the smackdown on the direction of John McCain and the Republican party.

He flat out says that Sarah Palin isn’t fit to be president, and brushes aside any question of Obama’s ability to lead the country at war.

His dismissal of the Bill Ayers “controversy” and his questioning of why people even care if Barack Obama is a Muslim as opposed to is he, or isn’t he, shows why Powell is considered a master statesman.

Powell also says he doesn’t think that this country could stand two more Republican appointments to the Supreme Court.

For all that want to claim that Obama is the darling of the “liberal media” – this endorsement should be a clear indication that Obama is more than just a slick speaker, but a man of substance, or as Powell put it- a transformational leader.

McCain defends Obama. What next? Ditch Palin?

Yesterday, John McCain had to start defending the character of Barack Obama after he had been inciting fear and suggesting that Barack Obama is connected to terrorism.

Now, more than ever, we need to be talking about issues and coming together as Americans.

Even John McCain is seeing how the policy of divisiveness isn’t appropriate anymore.

Update: didn’t take long for someone to do some fancy editing taking McCain’s attack ads and juxtaposing his comments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjY9HOMbb0c