Archive for February, 2010

Dove, WTF?

Growing up I noticed that when the bar of Dove got small my Dad would put the sliver in his shaving mug. He always said, and I think he was right, Dove is as good as or better than any shaving cream. But I didn’t/don’t have a wife and 3 daughters to help with making the slivers. Keeping my mug full was a bit more difficult.

Skipping forward a few years (around 2000ish). One night I was on line and bored, so I decided to email Dove and mentioned how I used their product to shave and my problem of keeping my mug full. I suggested that they make a mug size shaving soap for men, admitting there are not a lot of guys that still use a shaving brush and soap these days. I was somewhat shocked when I got a reply a day or two later. I read the reply and was like WTF? I no longer have the reply so I’ll paraphrase: Dove makes products for women and women only we will never make products for men. I was like screw you too, see if I ever use your products again. But there new campaign of using “real” women in their commercials and ads, breaking the stereotype that every girl/woman needed to look like someone on the cover of a magazine to be considered beautiful. My anger dissipated when I saw what their company was about.

Flash forward to present time (well a week ago). The weekend of the super bowl I saw an ad: Dove for men! WTF? I was too flabbergasted to pay attention to the guy in the ad. So now I’m waiting to see what the men in their ads look like. Male model? Athlete? Or average Joe? If I don’t see a few beer guts and receding hair lines, Dove will have once again succeeded in making me say WTF?

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Change (I Want To See)

Our politicians don’t seem to represent the average person in the U.S. anymore. They are worried more about keeping their jobs than they are about doing their jobs. (Don’t they always accuse each other of being out of touch with the real America?)

I have come up with a solution that I think will refocus their (politicians) attention back to doing their job (and keeping them in touch) and in the process will fix the economy and bring back the attitude that made America great.

Since our politicians are suppose to represent us, shouldn’t their pay also be representative of ours? In 2007, the median household income rose 1.3% to $50,233.00 according to the Census Bureau. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States).

My plan is simple, politicians get paid based on the median income. Right now the current salary (2010) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. Senate Leadership:
Majority Party Leader – $193,400 Minority Party Leader – $193,400. House leadership: Speaker of the house $223,500 Majority Leader – $193,400 Minority Leader – $193,400. (http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm).

I know they will argue that better pay gets better people (same argument big business CEO’s make). There is a difference between good pay and over pay. Seems to me that the latter gets greedy people not good people. Remember the saying: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I also believe that those who seek power are those most likely to abuse it.

There is also the argument that they (politicians) need to live in D.C. and back in their home state. Well to this I say “Barracks” or some other type of basic government housing and for traveling back and forth I say “Coach” tickets or the upgrade comes out of their own pocket. Remember they are really just “public servants” who suffer from delusions of grandeur.

I will no longer listen to or believe their hype: “The other party is destroying or will destroy America”.  “That candidate is a Washington insider and will continue abusing the system”.  “I am an established politician who knows how to work with the system”.  “This election is the most important election”.  And for post elections, one of my favorite”, ” the people have given us a mandate”, (there are many more).

I know that there is no way they will take a pay cut and I know they will do what it takes to keep their jobs (and not really do their jobs). I also know that the greatest thing about America is that the real power is in the hands of the voters. So if enough of us get together we can change our world. I myself have taken a personal oath that I will no longer vote for any politician that has had 3 terms or more. And if I don’t like the candidate of the other “major party” there is always a 3rd party candidates to consider.

If a politician’s pay was tied to the median income the middle class would start to grow. The economy goes as the middle class goes. To quote Henry Ford: “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible”. Once when asked why he pays his workers so much Henry Ford replied, “someone has to be able to afford my products”.