Leading by Example: WSU Presdent Slashes His Wage

The Republican economy has driven states, counties and cities to the brink of bankruptcy.  In Washington the state budget is predicted to be up to $5.1 billion in the red.  To get the budget in balance the Governor has directed the state Office of Financial Management to find ways to slash the state budget without cutting services.  In October Washington State University (WSU)was asked to cut $6 million from its $254 million budget by June 30.  In response to the WSU President Elson S. Floyd asked the regents to cut his pay as part of the university's efforts to slash its budget.  Floyd requested a $100,000 cut in pay.

The Republican economy has driven states, counties and cities to the brink of bankruptcy. In Washington the state budget is predicted to be up to $5.1 billion in the red. To get the budget in balance the Governor has directed the state Office of Financial Management to find ways to slash the state budget without cutting services. In October Washington State University (WSU)was asked to cut $6 million from its $254 million budget by June 30. In response to the WSU President Elson S. Floyd asked the regents to cut his pay as part of the university's efforts to slash its budget. Floyd requested a $100,000 cut in pay.

Floyd's 14% pay reduction was made because: "These are exceedingly tough times for my students, faculty and staff. We will be asking them to think more creatively and work harder with less as we deal with budgetary restraints. It is incumbent upon me to lead by example."

Imagine that...leading by example.  It should be done by more of our "leaders".  Leaders in finance, industry, and government need to lead by example.  They are rewarded when they "lead" in good times with higher wages, stock options, deferred compensation and other perks.  They should be equally willing to lead by example when the companies, agencies and other sectors of our economy are suffering.  They should share the pain.

I met Elson Floyd briefly last year shortly after he assumed leadership of Washington State University.  I was at a football game and he was working the crowd.  He went row by row, introducing himself to the fans and thanking them for supporting the football program and the university.  I was impressed by his outreach then and now I am even more impressed with his understanding of the role of a leader in times of stress.  

For more on Floyd's unique example of leadership you can read the article in an area newspaper at: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/...

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Chill Out...Stop Circle Firing Squad...Focus Guns on McCain

I am troubled by the excessive rants and raves attacking either Clinton or Obama on the leading progressive blogs.  Post after post is consumed by attempting to inflict injury on the two remaining candidates for President capable of moving this nation away from eight years of Republican neglect.  Chill out...let's focus our guns on the opposition not each other.  It would be nice to see more posts focused on McShame, Lame Bush, and their Congressional chums...PLEASE!!

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Report form Polk County Iowa

Pretty interesting.  Enjoyed the spectator sport of it and made some unexpected acquaintances.  Discovered I wasn't the only person who misunderstood that we wouldn't be contacted about Platform Comm meetings and that our precinct captain was supposed to tell us the date, time, and place.  

Polk county broke down like this:

1030 recorded second ballots with 162 being the initial viability threshold based on 1080 registration 1st ballots

Obama    537
Clinton     304
Edwards  189

Delegates to District & State break down as follows, with the lowest fractional percentage rounding down.

Obama   186 (186.664)
Clinton    106 (105.666)  (I'm not making that fraction up...)
Edwards  66  (65.6812)

According to Edwards' State Chairs (Roxanne Conlin [former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate]& Rob Tully) the plan is to continue viability as far as possible.  However, there was no concerted effort to contact Edwards supporters and urge such.  Consequently, it looked like Hillary's percentage stayed the same, while 12%-13% of Edwards' shifted to Obama.  Anxious to see how the other counties turned out, but if that percentage holds, and all things being equal between now and June 14, I see Edwards sending 9-11 delegates to Denver, with Obama sending 26-27 and Clinton 20-21.  I'm guessing at the 12 super-delegates because that haven't confided in me.

It's worth noting, Obama's delegates were all seated on time.  I saw at least several dozen Clinton delegates and a handful of Edwards seated late with alternates.  Platform votes were taken before all the alternates were seated.

Anyway, I made it as a delegate to District / State, hanging with Edwards.  I'll feel things out at District to see if there's a snowball's chance of going to Denver from there.  I suspect it won't be too hard to go as an alternate.  Still bound to be a hell of a party.

mike

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Republican Civil War in RED RED Western Iowa

According to the November 9th Sioux City Journal (http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles /2006/11/09/news/local/8a289d14ebfbe8bb8 625722100154c8e.txt) the "Local GOP chairman blasts own party; As Dems celebrate, Salem cites Republican schism".  The article details the public shelling of the religious right by a republican county chairman.  Significantly, the chaiman is in a county that is represented in Congress by far right wing bomb thrower, Steven King.  Could it be that the Kansas effect (moderate Republicans coming out of the closet) is sweeping north?  According to Salem: "You've heard of IslamaFascists -- I think we now have Christian fascists. What is the definition of a fascist? Not only do they want to beat you, but they want to destroy you in the process."

Bush made one of his final 2006 campaign stops in Western Iowa were he attempted to pump up the vote among the "christian fasists." Now as the state's Congressional delegation flips from 4-1 Republican to 3-2 Democratic, a new Democratic Governor joins an all Democratic legislature the Republican factions can't wait to play the "blame game" with each other.  Let the blood shed commence!

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