Opinion – All Schools Need Moral High Ground and Backbone


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No, not prayer. Basically, ALL schools need the Ten Commandments minus the God stuff. We are so hung up with the God stuff, that we ignore the Ten Commandments. We lose out by separating church aka religion and state aka government.

If we take out the God stuff, the Ten Commandments cover most of what the major 7 or 8 religions in the world teach plus or minus “an eye for an eye” clause. In other words, the remaining 7 Commandments need to be taught in every school. Let’s review them.

Remember the Sabbath day. So taking Saturday or Sunday to reflect is a great idea. We all need to recharge our “batteries”. Take the time to rest, regroup, meditate. And if it includes practicing your favorite religion on Saturday or Sunday, then go for it.

Honor thy Father or Mother. This can be generalized to say honor or respect your elders whether it be father, mother, grandparents, teacher or some old guy down the street. These people have a lot more life experiences than you. They may have more stress and more knowledge.

Thou shalt not commit adultery. This is pretty obvious. Do not cheat on a significant other whether you are married or not. If there are compatibility issues, try to end it calmly and fairly and move on.

Thou shall not kill. Another obvious commandment. Punishable by death or life in prison.

Thou shall not steal. Also obvious but needs to be reiterated. As thieves get away with crimes, their friends and associates think it is okay to steal. A strong police presence is required coupled with a three strikes law that elevates the severity of the punishment. At the same time, we need to ask why did you steal? There may be a deeper issue such as poverty or drug use.

Thou shall not bear false witness. Plainly speaking, do not lie. Politicians are famous for lying. But they must be held accountable whether it is via fact checkers or some other means. If they get away with a lie, then society breaks down with more lies or by repeating the false narrative.

Thou shall not covet thy neighbors house. Again, plainly speaking, do not be jealous of others. This can lead to bad thoughts and bad deeds. Be happy with what you have.

Conclusion. So what this post is attempting to say is, let us encourage ALL schools to reinforce these remaining 7 non-God Commandments and then all of our communities will be that much better off. Thanks for your time.

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What Is Wrong With Capitalism?

Sure capitalism is not perfect.  Is anything?  Let’s examine the problems.



As long as the minimum wage is below the poverty level, our society will be amoral.

The poverty level is defined as annual wages below $28,450 for a family of 4.  Divided by 2,000 hours in a year, you get a poverty level hourly wage of $14.225 per hour (or less) for a family of 4.

Currently the national minimum wage is $7.25 and has not changed since 2009.

People trying to claw their way out of poverty will become pickpockets, blame co-workers for mistakes, cheat on time cards and steal supplies at work.  Is that the kind of society we want to live in?


Raising the minimum wage would help $27.8 million people.

Here is why we should raise the minimum wage according to a small business owner.


Spoiler alert:  He thinks it will grow his business.


This problem involves cheating on taxes and tax loopholes. In other words, giving priority to me, myself and I.  As long as the tax system is overly complicated, humans are going to try to get away with something to get ahead of their neighbors.  This mess, of course, was created by Congress.


What can we do?  We can plug the tax loopholes as proposed by Eric Schmidt. Google’s Chairman told angry British politicians last year: “plug the holes if you want more tax revenues”.

The result will be a reduction of our $18 trillion national debt.


As long as you allow average national CEO pay to increase many times faster than inflation, you will have an amoral society.  Average national CEO pay increased to $15.2 million in 2013.

The CEO to worker compensation ratio is 296 to 1 today versus 20 to 1 in 1965.


The result is the current wage inequality.

In order to keep up their fast rising salaries, CEOs and executives of financial institutions and other companies are taking huge risks with company and customer stock under the guise of pro-growth mergers and acquisitions using huge sums of leveraged loans.

Richard Baker, chief executive, along with his investment firm, NRDC Equity Partners, relied heavily on borrowed money. Of the $1.2 billion that it paid for Lord & Taylor, only $25 million came in the form of equity [2%], with the remainder made up of debt financing, secured by the department store estate. [The New York Times]

When was the last time you bought something with only a 2% down payment?


Create annual Top Ten lists of Most Narcissistic CEOs and Highest Paid CEOs.

Maybe this will get us back to a more equitable ratio.  1965 was a pretty good year even though the ratio was only 20 to 1.


Capitalism is fraught with greed but it doesn’t have to be.

As the Google IPO started out saying, “Don’t be evil.”  Better than that, let’s not be amoral.  Thus reform needs to start with each of us.

We should be thinking more about the people around us or, even better, the world around us.  The Mormons pledge 10% of their income.  So why shouldn’t everyone, that can afford it, give just 1%? 

Google stated in its “Letter from the Founders” as part of its original IPO paperwork, “We intend to contribute significant resources to the [Google] foundation, including employee time and approximately 1% of Google’s equity and profits in some form.”

In addition, let’s raise the minimum wage and try to close the gap between workers and CEOs.

Here are 7 suggestions to close the gap.




Here is a great article about Silicon Valley Amorality.  But amorality can be found everywhere there is capitalism.



There is an app to see how corrupt aka amoral you are. At least in Indonesia.




Thanks.  Have a great day.