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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

Bulls, Bears, Donkeys and Elephants


Since 1929, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled the presidency for nearly 40 years. 

So, which party has been better for American pocketbooks – and, capitalism as a whole? 

Consider what would have happened if, during those years, you had to invest exclusively under either Democratic or Republican administrations…

As of October 2008, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index would have grown to $11,733 (at a compound rate of 0.4%) if invested only under Republican presidents.  

NOTE: That would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression which pulled the average down to -30.8%

Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at an average compound rate of 8.9% over those 40 years. The Clinton administration (1993 – 2001) had the best performance over all at 15.2%.

This likely bodes well for the Obama administration providing we can sort out a way to settle down the day traders (average age: 33).

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


Obama can be President with Clinton's permission


It’s been fascinating working within the Democratic camp in an effort to help candidates identify their “relevance as leaders”.

In the business world, we’re schizophrenic about leadership.

We instinctively prize innate leadership. And, although companies, and my role within those companies, are clearly in the leader-creation business, how far does the tolerance for believing that you can grow your skills grow?

Even though America thoroughly enjoyed President Palmer on 24, and might actually believe he should be our next President (work with me here), this country simply isn’t ready for a black President. In fact, the Republicans want Barack Obama to be the Democratice nominee because they know this.

So, I won’t be surprised if Bill Clinton approaches Obama and says something to this affect…

“Listen here my good fellow… Hilary [Clinton] and I (this means the Democratic side of the House and the Senate as well – think future support), are of the (experienced opinion that you need to swing your votes her way. This makes you a proper team player in the Democrats point of view. In return, you get to be this country’s first black Vice President. I will also mentor you for the next eight years – and thus prepare you to be the first black President. This means you could be in office for sixteen years. This also means the world gets to know you as an ’emerging’ leader while you actually get some valid experience, and learn how to manage this country on the international level”.

I just call it like I see it.

Consider one of my earlier Blogs entitled “A Great Bargain”.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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