We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A specter haunts America: downward mobility. Every generation, we believe, should live better than its predecessor. By and large, Americans still embrace that promise. A Pew survey earlier this year found that 48 percent of respondents felt that their children’s living standards would exceed their own. Although that’s down from 61 percent in 2002, it’s on a par with the mid-1990s. But these expectations could be dashed. For young Americans, the future could be dimmer.
I've worked for Ailes, twice. I'm sure he's tough, I'm sure he's opinionated. I've seen it.
But he the most fair person I've ever worked for. He's also the most honest.
When he first took over CNBC, I had already been working there for a year. It was a mess. Low to no ratings, viewership in the tank, sales barely moving. 6-8 months later we'd blown through our annual sales goal and our ratings were only just revving up.
He gave a terrific speech at the beginning of his tenure there, pointing out there are 2 types of people in the world: the 20% who do 80% of the work, or the 80% who do 20%.
He told us it was our job to quickly define which group we would choose to associate with, and we could be sure this would play a role in how we were dealt with at the point in time reviews were given. He lived up to his word, too.
Thing is, so many people were so motivated by this, recognizing the value of his commentary (no, it wasn't fear, it was honest recognition of the desire to do well), the company literally took off. The next 2 years were among the happiest and busiest I'd ever experienced.
Ailes also stuck his neck out for the people working there. When some senior executive (I'm not afraid to point out this senior executive was a well known Democrat) wanted to shortchange us on promised bonuses, Ailes promised to use some of his own bonus if GE would put up 1/2 of the promised money. Jack Welch agreed, and we got a very nice payout.
People who think he's nasty don't know everything about him. Sure, he's got a gruff side, but I can guarantee everyone so does someone like Bill Clinton, who is widely revered and loved. People who don't like him point only to his political views, and the assistance he has given to various political and PAC related efforts.
I enjoyed working for him so much, I went back for a second turn 10 years later, at Fox News. Once again, I was stunned at what a tremendous organization he had built, and what loyalty his leadership commanded.
What really stunned me? For an organization which is derided as "right wing", there sure are a huge number of Democrats working there.
What's wrong with the older generations of Americans who take no responsibility for where they have lead the country?
Blame Bob. Blame me (I'm 33 and it's my fault I didn't speak loudly or clearly enough to prevent POTUS Obama or Majority leader Reid). Blame yourself if your ego can take it.
America deserves to fail with people like O'Reilly blaming younger generations for his peers problems and America's problems.
And one last thing, with just a slight attitude adjustment from the greediest generation things will improve immensely, assuming Republican control of government in 2013 and the advancement of conservatism for a period afterward.