Newt Gingrish is a Moron!

Newt Gingrich is a fool; and this goes way back to the late 90’s when he was dead anti-Bill Clinton. And now, after he lost the first 2 GOP presidential primaries, I wrote right after that, that he needs to just drop out of his bid for the GOP Presidential Candidate.

He just doesn’t have the “it” factor – no charisma, no charm, not good looking enough, doesn’t have a good smile, his family is in chaos; basically, he’s not attractive enough to be President of the United States, and these are some of the core fundamental basics for any potential candidate of the US President to have.

Even George W. Bush, who everyone knows he’s a complete moron won the 2000 Presidential Election, simply because he’s got the “it” factor. The American people are mesmerized by those fundamental qualities, then the ability to rule as President comes second.

And after all of this time, now he thinks of quitting the race? What else can he possibly do, since Romney already got the GOP-go?

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ANC Making a Big Mistake by Expelling Julius Malema

This is a very sensitive issue and I believe the ANC is making a huge mistake if it expels Julius Malema from the ANC Party.

It’s a known fact by nearly everyone that the Youths in Africa are the most vulnerable in terms of employment, skills development, and access to socio-economic programs; and each ruling party anywhere in Africa should embrace at all costs to making sure that the Youths are well cared for. Because if you look at the age median of the political spectrum today in Africa; the majority of the voters are the youths, and I am referring to those who were born after 1990. They don’t know anything first-hand about apartheid or colonization, except what they read in history books and hear mythical stories as told by their parents and friends in the streets.

The youths today don’t care about what happened during the apartheid era or colonization; they only care about their cellphones, laptops, cars, tablet devices, connecting to the Web; in short, they only care about money; and I mean “hard cash” and nothing else. Hence any ruling party that doesn’t cater to providing the youths in their country with the much needed resources to put hard cash in their pockets, then that ruling party is doomed and is risking losing the next or next-to-next general election.

As for the ANC, it needs to realize that Julius Malema, regardless of his hard rhetoric and militant tenor, he’s more influential and more powerful than the ANC itself (consider the Hip-Hop group, Public Enermy, in the 80’s and early 90’s, do you know what happened during that time to the US cities of Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, etc. with their militant song; “Fight the Power”?), meaning that if he gets expelled from the ANC, that he’s more than able and capable of creating his own political party and be able to raise enough funds to easily win the next South African Presidential election.

Now, before you say “no” he can’t do that, then look at South African youths; the majority of them are blacks and are unemployed or underemployed and if Malema can put together a powerful and experienced Advisory Committee to court and guide him, so that he can tone down his militant rhetoric and embrace a more softer but still hard-toned down tenor that directly addresses the issues that the South African Youths are facing daily, then this will coin him and guarantee him to win the next South African Presidential Election.

Now, instead for the ANC to expel him, it should consider offering him and putting him in a “Strategic Position” within the ANC Party that will cater to pulling and attracting the angry South African Youths to the ANC Party, and then try to address their issues collectively. However, if they expel him from the ANC Party, because he has criticized President Jacob Zuma, then they are risking losing the next Presidential Election, because the Youths will likely follow him to whatever party he goes.

And in general, African Presidents need to get used to being ridiculed and criticized; this is democracy. Constituencies must have the rights to air their views on the President’s job performances. Criticism and being ridiculed don’t mean disrespectful, it simply implying an unsatisfactorily sentiments due to the President’s job precipitation.

The world has changed; everything in it has changed; politics and business as usual have changed; it’s not the same old principled theories any more. And every leader anywhere should embrace this change; which is the new age of interacted, and a more connected global economy. Political economy no longer has roots; it’s meaningless. Economic transformation is the next wave for Africa’s industrialization as fueled by the passion for Africans to live like other humans elsewhere in the world.

Socialism, Communism, Fascism, etc are dead, even the Soviet Union (USSR) doesn’t exist any more, capitalism has seen its transformation change and chanllenge since The 2008 Great Recession. Now it’s the market-driven-economy which rules and controls this wind of a new change; a world of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, iPhone, and more. These platforms have completely revolutionized how things work and are done today; both in politics, business, entertainment, science, and everything else.

The global information in which we live now is on everyone’s fingertips. We are now more connected, more smarter, more informed, more vocal, and more open. The print news media are no longer relevant. Their relevancy only for confirmation of the reported news.

This new global change needs and must be understood and accepted by African leaders who still practice and focus on the old politics, the politics of old dogs fighting for old bones.

This new change needs to ring clear and loud within every ruling party especially in Africa; that the Youths at all costs “must come first”. Because any country that overlooks or underestimates its youths is directly or indirectly doomed to have political fallout and economic demise. And the ANC must consider reinstating Malema right away and find a common goal to best work and reason with him, if they want to win the next Presidential Election.

If ANC expels Julius Malema today, expect a huge political backlash against the ANC Party.

(I wrote this unbiased opinion as an Analyst, not a politician. I hate politics. And, no I am not a supporter of Julius Malema, I think he’s a joke, but I respect him as a human being).

Wanna Get Rich Fast in a Developing Economy? Join a Political Party!

PERHAPS I will never get to fully understand this; small developing economies, mostly in Africa, generally have gazillions of political parties, while large developed economies, generally in the West, have on an average two political party systems. WHY?

Oh, I forgot, no one wants to be ruled by the other; and if you want to get rich fast in Africa, then what’s the best option other than starting your own political party, and then win a few seats in the parliament so you too can enjoy generous luxurious perks generally granted to the MPs?

On an average; such as in the US, if you are not already rich, meaning, if you have not already have made it on your own, chances are that no one will vote for you. You have to be already successful in your personal career and endeavor before you are entrusted to be elected in a general election in order to hold a public office, but only based on your own merit.

Whereas in developing economies, a dead poor someone can simply come from a rural area someone; perhaps with some good government or political connections on the top, then eventually is enclosed within a political party which will likely guarantee his or her election for a public office, and then that’s where he/she will be chopping up the dough.

Because, in most of the developing economies, individual people don’t run for public offices based on their own merit, they join political parties and then they are perhaps appointed to be included in the election. And since only the political party runs, and not the individual person, then whoever is in that party’s election, he or she’s guaranteed to win if the party wins.

Unlike in large two-party political systems, where you, as an individual candidate has to sweat it out, campaigning on your own, until you win the primaries before the party on which you belong can recognize you as their sole candidate in that specific election.

Only your individual merit, not your political party, will get you elected in an office.

Is this the DEmocRACY?

Libyan War: Welcome to World War Three!

BBC World News is reporting that US President Barack Obama has said he does not rule out arming the rebels seeking to overthrow Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Now the US is fighting 3 wars; Libya, Irag, and Afghanistan. While North Korea and Iran are trying to find out how they can fit between these wars. In the end, the US is fighting 5 wars, and the US annual spending will skyrocket to more trillions.

The problem now is that the US and allies are at the point of no return. They cannot undo what they have started in Libya. They have to finish it, but it could take two more years of fighting, unless they send in some commandos and just take out Gaddafi as quickly as possible.

But, when it becomes to that part, where the US is fighting North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya, this will stretch out the US military resources, and in the end, the US is going to unleash its most powerful and deadliest secret weapons; the unmanned warplanes and robot soldiers, including well-trained and bio-engineered African bees. It could get nasty.

Welcome to the World War Three!

My Summary Review for Namibia’s Budget for 2011/12

The following remarks are from a Macroeconomist’s point of view, not as a politician, because I am not a politician and I am certainly not interested in politics as a career.

Main Purpose

When we got together in mid 2009 to create and develop our Economic Ecosystem, our intention was never and it’s still not to compete with any government, but to work together as a public private partnership.

So that together, the public, the government, and our company, which is a for-profit company, we can all work together to formulate and develop a systematic solution that can work to help boost stagnant and slow performing economies in developing countries.

For the sole reason; help improve the economies by exponentially boost the aggregate GDP, reduce income inequality, combat poverty, improve healthcare systems, and raise the GDP per capita in order to over-all improve the living standard of the citizens.

Since January 2010, when we announced our development of Groot Town Center ecosystem in Grootfontein, this has been always our goal and vision.

Meetings with Government Officials

In the late part of 2010, my group and I met and spent nearly 3 hours with Hon. Tom Alweendo, General-Director of National Planning Commission of Namibia (NPC) in his office in Windhoek, going over and analyzing the entire Namibia’s economic performance by using our PowerPoint file as seen on our corporate web site at www.grootgroup.com.

We outlined and discussed all of the economic key issues, of what must be done, to help rapidly create sustainable employment opportunities in order to reduce the current unemployment rate of about 54% to about 4% within 3 years and realize Vision 2030 within 5 years instead of 20 years. We explained our concept to the NPC officials on how we plan to achieve this and what we are doing to realize it. All for the sole reason that we want to work together with the government and the general public in order to help our government, our people, our communities, and our country, Namibia.

In the 2011/12 Budget, it reads the following at some paragraphs;

“Starting this financial year, the Government will implement a Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (or TIPEEG). This program is aimed specifically at addressing economic growth and the high unemployment rate through support to strategic growth sectors. The TIPEEG will focus on four key sectors, namely, agriculture, transport, tourism and housing and sanitation.

The total budget for the programme over the MTEF is provided under each of the sectors and it amounts to N$ 9.1 billion. Inclusive of Public Works, the allocation for job creation amounts to N$14.7 billion. It is envisaged that the implementation of TIPEEG will result in the preservation and creation of about 104,000 direct and indirect job opportunities.”

My Analytical Review

It’s good to notice that the Government has allocated the capital to address these key industries, namely; agriculture, transport, tourism and housing, and sanitation. Furthermore, the Budget states the need to embrace entrepreneurship development, etc.

These industries and resources are the exact same ones that we detail explained to the NPC officials and all government key officials that we have met with since August 2010 when I arrived in Namibia. They are also in line with Namibia’s National Development Plans (NDPs) as well as with the 2009 SWAPO Manifesto.

My point here is this; I am glad to see that the issue of creating job opportunities to reduce the current high rate of unemployment in Namibia is now in the public forums; that everyone is now nearly discussing about how to combat poverty; all-in-all, improve the living standard of all the Namibian people.

In Namibia, the population is about 2.1 million (2009 estimate), and the workforce is about 716,000 (2009 estimate), but only about 329,000 of those are currently employed, while the difference or about 386,000 are not currently working, and this does not include those who have stopped looking for work. About 80,000 or 24.3% are currently employed by the Government. The rest are employed in private and not-for-profit sectors.

In the 2011/12 Budget, it says that the creation of employment in Namibia will amount to about 104,000 of direct and indirect new jobs. That’s out of about 386,000 that are currently unemployed. That means, about 35.8% or 254,000 of Namibians will still be unemployed. Out of spending nearly N$14 billion in new job creation for the Budget 2011/12, that only translates to about 18.2% reduction in the current unemployment rate of 54%, and leaves the unemployment rate at about 36%.

Regarding entrepreneurship development, I applaud the Government for thinking to implement this, as this is what we have also told NPC that entrepreneurs are the engines for a rapid economic growth. And as part of our Groot Town Center ecosystem development, this is one of the key features that we are implementing. We have already started doing so, with my “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Meetup Series” that I have been holding in around Windhoek and so far in 2011, I have done 5 of these Meetup Series, which resulted in a creation and establishment of a new company with an innovative product by the community of Hakahana, Windhoek.

Bottom Line

Even though there will likely be an 18.2% reduction in the current unemployment rate, the Namibian economy is still experiencing stagflation. The unemployment rate will still be very high, and the Consumer Price Index, the price of consumer goods, will still keep rising. The current salary, wages and fringe benefits for the majority of the Namibians will still remain the same, high school dropouts will keep climbing which will continue to increase the unemployment lines, and those who are graduating from colleges, will still find themselves working on some jobs with meager wages that they never studied for as their major in college.

New Jobs

The number of new jobs that the government will create as the result of the implementation of the allocated Budget may not be sustainable, since most of the jobs will likely be based on contract per project; hire today, lay off employees when the project is finished. And the laid off employees will go back to the unemployment line. Perhaps not much difference for the new job opportunities.

Final Analysis

As a Government, not in the business of creating innovation and forming entrepreneurs, but tasked to enabling an environment conducive to encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship development, which then may result in businesses establishment; as seen in our .pdf file as posted on our web site; the Groot Town Center ecosystem, is the only and ultimate solution to enabling Namibia realizes full employment, more than 500,000 direct and indirect jobs, within 3 years. And the Government of Namibia and the people of Namibia just need to fully support and embrace to work with us and together develop Groot Town Center as planned.

If not, perhaps 20 years from now, Namibia’s GDP, per Vision 2030, will still be at about US$25 billion instead of about US$430 billion, the GDP per capita will likely not change much due to an expected slight increase in population growth, and the unemployment rate will still be cumbersome; the inflationary price will keep rising; basically life as we know it in Namibia now, will still be almost the same in 20 years.

Let’s all just embrace the development of our ecosystem, Groot Town Center, it’s the only solution for Namibia’s current, in the short and long term, socioeconomic pressing issues.

We, at Groot Property Group (Pty) Ltd, are ready to work with all the Namibian ministries, government agencies, parastatals, private businesses, non-for-profit agencies, and the general public in order to successfully develop and implement the best possible; Groot Town Center ecosystem, which will benefit both the rural and urban centers. Let’s work together to make Namibia even more beautiful.

How do we plan on realizing this, please read our Press Release with detailed information at http://grootgroup.com/pressroom/2011/pr011411.html.

Namibia is the best country in Africa, it’s the birthplace of humans, let’s lead the pack in rapid economic development to make it even better.

Obama, the Lying Pig Dictator?

This post is a response to a forum discussion, posted on Affluence.org, read it here, but login may be required.

Some people, like you, are just plain fools. They just don’t know when they have something that’s actually good or better, even if you hit them in the face with it. They voted for Bush, instead of Gore in 2000, and Kerry in 2004, and look at what we got, 8 years of practically nothing, but unnecessary Iraq war, which has helped sky-rocketing a mountain of our deficit, followed by this Great Recession.

Yes, I said it and I am saying it again, some people are plain fools, and stupid.

And now we have a president who is actually trying to do something about the mess that Dumbya has put us in, and then you have the nerve to call Obama “a lying pig dictator”. You’re all fools! At least he’s trying to do something about it.

If your wallet and bank accounts are left intact from this recession, that doesn’t mean everyone else is unaffected. There are people out there who are actually going through a lot, who have lost their jobs, homes, cars, and have mountains of debts, mostly because of what Dumbya did to the country in the last 8 years, which is nothing.

Yes, you’re all fools for thinking that “Obama is a lying pig”, when he’s actually doing everything he possibly can to help turn around our economy and put more people back to work.

If you got guts, read my previous blog post explaining this very same topic on here.

Open your eyes, fools, get out of your comfort zone and think about other people who are going through hell, primarily because of the last 8 years of nothing!

Oprah Winfrey’s Top Cabinet Level Appointment by Obama

To reinvent the much damaged American image around the world would require a new and fresh face with strong ideas of unity and world peace. Yes, Obama is the fresh face, but US Secretary of State is the front image, the face that precedes the US presidency in foreign affairs.

US Secretary of State is the face of the United States government among foreign leaders around the world, who is responsible for handling foreign affair and managing the core issues of the US State Department. It’s highest-ranking cabinet level position, in terms of in line of succession to the presidency and order of precedence.

Thus, I had been thinking that Obama would select someone with a more favorable public relations front, and I had been thinking that Oprah is the perfect fit for the US Secretary of State job. She’s the most loved, admired, and respected around the world, mostly by almost everyone, not as a politician, but as a journalist, entertainer, and philanthropist. She’s agile, tough, and smart.

However this week, Obama met with Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson to discuss the possible job appointment for the US Secretary of State.

I had thought about Hillary Clinton for the job, she’s tough, resilient, and well respected around the world, as a politician and first lady, and she would make an excellent Secretary of State. But I was thinking more on Obama’s theme of change in Washington, and Hillary Clinton is one of Washington insiders. Bill Richardson will also make a great Secretary of State; he too has foreign experience, him being a former US ambassador to the UN, also a Washington outsider, and is also respected by foreign leaders around the world.

I had also considered Obama appointing General Collin Powell as Defense Secretary, but that won’t make a good racial fit, having Winfrey and Powell, both in the top cabinet level position. Obama has to equalize the racial borderline and bipartisanship, even though when a person’s experience should precede racial status or political party affiliation, racial and bipartisanship equalization should precedents all else, anywhere. Therefore, for Obama to consider McCain as Defense Secretary would make a perfect appointment and shorten confirmation by the Congress and Senate.

For the economy, I urge Obama to replace Treasury Secretary, Paulson, on the day of his inauguration, same as for Fed Chairman Bernanke. Even though this post of Federal Reserve Chairmanship may be a lifetime appointment, Bernanke and Paulson need to go in order to quickly stabilize the market. Just look at Paulson’s misappropriation of the bailout money.

All $250 billion of the $700 billion bailout money have already been misgiven to banking institutions and now they are changing their initial market rescue plan to pump the rest of the bail out money to credit card and student loan companies, instead of spending this money in what is really economically needed and mostly relevant, cleaning up the housing market.

Warren Buffett would make a good Treasury Secretary; the only thing I am worried about him is his age. If appointed, how long can he serve as Treasury Secretary? But then the economy only needs about 18 months to turn around and he can definitely serve those months and may be a few more years. Except that, there’s a talk that former Treasury Secretary, Summers, is also one of the people in the short list, being considered for the Treasury Secretary Job. But Buffett may get the job since he’s proved as one of the world’s best money managers, and not to say that he’s more closer to Obama as one of his presidential economics advisers.

My question is – why would a billionaire, like Oprah and or Warren, give up his day, money making, job to serve as Treasury Secretary or US State Secretary?