It rained here in Tucson all day yesterday. April showers bring May flowers, but I don’t remember The Desert getting April rain before.  The NY Times reported that The Drought Is Over (At Least for C.E.O.’s).  More about that below.

This morning the fog was so thick I could hardly see my backyard fence. Three rabbits cavorted in the yard and nibbled on my wildflowers. Then the fog rained. Is fog just clouds tangled in the underbrush?

Fog seems to shroud Republican brains too. They want to reduce the deficit, but give tax breaks to millionaires. That’s not people who have millions in savings, that people who “earn” over a million a year. Go figure.

Today the NY Times reported:

The median pay for top executives at 200 major companies was $9.6 million last year. That was a 12% increase over 2009…

How many of you are making 12% more than you did two years ago?

To get personal, I and over 150 others at the SC site were laid off by Fluor two years ago.  (From the Web re 2009: 500 Fluor Corporation employees in Sugar Land could find themselves unemployed. Fluor Corp. will lay off about 350 of its 2,000 workers in Southern California.)

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer FLUOR CORP: In 2009, Alan L. Boeckmann received $10,006,619 in total compensation. By comparison, the average worker made $32,048 in 2009. Alan L. Boeckmann made 312 times the average worker’s pay.

Back to those 200 major companies. If each of those execs gave up 50% of their income, that would be $4,800,000 each, for 200 companies, totaling $960,000,000, almost a billion dollars. That might help our debt.

Or – my gosh – we might not have to lay off more firefighters and policemen and teachers… Or cut Head Start or health care for the poor.

The median household income in the United States is $46,326.

So if you divide $9.6M by $46K, for one exec you could employ 208 people, and as that median executive pay is for the 200 major companies, then only 41,740 people would be employed. So why quibble, eh? After all,

In the fourth quarter, profits at American businesses were up an astounding 29.2 percent, the fastest growth in more than 60 years.

in part because they’re not hiring back all of those laid-off workers. “What’s good for [the company] is good for the country!” (paraphrasing Charles Erwin Wilson, GM president, in 1953.)  Hasn’t the US always been the land of robber-barons?

But why stop at the top 200 companies? What if all people “earning” a million or more “give” the government half of their 2010 earnings? Ah, dream on. I guess it’s my brain that’s fogged.


The desert has been blooming, mostly yellow blossoms on the creosote, yellow flowers on the palo verdes (photographed along Anklam, not yet to the higher elevations where I live), Tucson’s forsythia.

Hiked a trail behind the Marriott Friday with a friend.  Tamarisk and ocotillo  (shown here) in bloom.  A bit too windy, but a great 1 1/2 hour loop.


Last night went to a friend’s party for glass artists Cindell and Roger Dale (formerly of Tucson) where they talked and showed slides about creating their works, and today the owners of Plants for the Southwest ( had an open house for the show and sale.  Friend Nancy bought this lovely piece.  With a cat and three very young grandchildren, I hesitated making a purchase this time around.

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3 Responses to “FOG”

  1. Jim Says:

    American jobs are going to Chineses and Mexican workers. The cheap labor earns the corporation managers immense profits – the colluding elected Republican and Democrat public servants benefit from the lobby money bribes contributed by the corporations to their elections. And, what the workers do earn is taxed to fight illegal wars, bailout failed international bankers, and pay for corrupt and wasteful government programs. All of this, and the bankrupting debt burden, happened under this gullible generation’s watch – and their children and grandchildren are expected to painfully sacrifice their standards of living to pay for it. Americans have a government “by the People and for the People”, and are now getting the economic ruin they so richly deserve.

  2. Jim Says:

    I greatly enjoy your photos and diaries Lynne.
    We have too many rabbits this year. I have had to protect all of my young grape vines, citrus, and African torch lillies with chicken wire. We also have a exceptionally large number of packrats, which are devastating all of the pyracantha and feijoas. It should be very good year for the my predatory friends. When we get back from the Amazon, I will put up some owl houses.

  3. Jim Says:

    We have had snow, hail and freezing nights – so unlike the global warming elsewhere. At the village this year, Nuevo Jerusalen, they have had much less than the average amount of rainfall.

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