Let me start with a story:
About a year ago, I was at a party with local elected officials and members of various commissions and boards.Â I’m having a good chat with Commissioner NiceGuy when he looks over his shoulder, turns back to me, leans in and whispers
“I heard something awful about you.Â I can’t believe it’s true.”
He looks back over his shoulder and continues, “I was thinking since we’ve gotten to be friends over the years, could Â I ask you about it?”
I’m rapidly scrolling thru the folders of my mind trying to find something that could be just-that-embarrassing.
Commissioner NiceGuy motions for us to move to the edge of the room, kind of behind the plants, away from everyone else.
“I feel real awkward about this, but I couldn’t believe it when Hon. LocalElected told me this.Â Is this really okay with you?”
Still puzzled, I let him continue.
“Tonight, Hon. LocalElected told me you’re a “Democrat“.Â That isn’t true, is it?”
“Yea, I am. Â And what did you hear that was embarrassing about me?”
Â We talked about my “elephant in the room” .
Commissioner NiceGuy told me he was surprisedÂ to find me a Dem because I’m smart, I don’t want to spend all of the money, and I sometimes feel it’s appropriate to tell people “no.”
What I took away from this is a couple of things:
*Â We need to get conversant in money, finance and economics the same way our compatriots across the aisle are. Â
*Â We need to learn to set the agenda for what is talked about.Â To me, it seems that many times in this county we are responding to the agenda set by our worthy compatriotsÂ across the aisle. Â
I will be blogging about finance and economic matters.Â I’ll be doing research and analysis along with some basic education so we all can give our compatriots across the aisle a good workout.Â If everyone in the class is smart, than everyone is better for it, right? Â
Some of you may know me for my video production work, but prior to that, I worked in the mortgage business and engineering.Â I have both a bachelors (with minor in political science) and masters degree in engineering. Â I also have an MBA in corporate finance (minor in organizational behavior) from USC.
If I can help people ask good questions that help to move us towards better government, then my job is done!