I only go on Skype regularly only with Brian.

I like to think this is an honor for Brian. You see, I am embarrassed by the things I simply CAN'T do. Brian has learned how to deal with this without any thought as to why I SHOULD be able to do a simple thing when I am so good at complicated things.


Brain is an excellent editor. Others COULD do these things, I guess, but Brian is the one who DID it.

From time to time we go into a joint discussion with others on Skype.

I just told Brian that it irritates me when he always says "Bob already did that ..." instead, of something like "WE already said that."

On Capitol Hill, when the congressman describes something I initiated, did, and left him a speech that was the first he ever heard of it, the congressman always says "I did this."

But if we were in conference and he referred to something he had done, he would say "We" did that.

This was not courtesy, it was fact. Whatever he did, WE were responsible for. That, children, is what he HIRED me for. When the whole staff went with him to China, he made sure I would be in the office, because I could substitute for him. That's what SENIOR staff MEANS.

In other words, I was responsible for everything "we" had done.

That is literally why they paid me the big bucks.

That is why I am not impressed when a congressman or senator says he is "giving back" some of his staff money. The average dumbass voter thinks this is glorious.

Actually, what said congressman is saying is, "You get all the representation you deserve just from me. You don't need me to get some extra staff."

If you can't use all your staff money to oversee a trillion dollar budget, you should give up your seat in the House and take a janitorial position.

I once brought twenty to forty THOUSAND working people to DC for JOINT march against busing AND protesting against dirty textbooks. They were the first real grassroots march united against the Education Establishment.

This was not a march by Mommy Professor's rich college kids and professional activists and unemployed blacks. It was working people who had to find time off and who chartered their own buses.

THOUSANDS of them.

Senator Helms was all for it but he could not even spare a staff member to represent him at the speeches in the back of the Capitol. He couldn't spare anybody because he was "giving back" staff money and his staff was already worked to death.

I was NOT impressed. He owed these people at least a token showing that other congressmen gave them.

That's the sort of thing he was sent to Washington to DO.

I am a damned good team player and I am a great delegator of authority. The whole concept of BUGS is to give US a consistent message that WORKS. Roger Pearson is a hero of our movement. But his one great failure was that, as he died, he could not say "We."

So what I am saying here is that WE should learn from that.