Sunday, July 31, 2016

the MOOD

"In the will of man there is a power of longing which turns the mist in ourselves into sun." 
- Kahlil Gibran 

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Elina C. 

"Beauty reveals herself to us as she sits on the throne of glory; but we approach her in the name of Lust, snatch off her crown of purity, and pollute her garment with our evil-doing."
~ Kahlil Gibran 

w i t h i n

brown vixen 6

"One cannot point out the wrong with bitterness because the bitterness becomes a wall between you and the person you want to correct." ~ Louis Farrakhan, 1995 Million Man March

Buddha in a Black Man 

notes from Million Man March 1995 

  1. Point out our wrongs.
  2. Acknowledge the truth of...and express gratitude.
  3. Confess the wrong. Confession protects us from our faults. Confess to God and to whom you hurt.
  4. Repentance
  5. Atonement: satisfactory reparation for injury/wrong.
  6. Forgiveness: to exonerate, liberate, ask God for forgiveness
  7. Reconciliation, restoration: become peaceful, harmonious, returning something to repair conditions.
  8. Perfect union. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hollywood looks at women ...

Jennifer Aniston's first big-screen role was an uncredited role in Mac and Me in 1988.

Aniston essay inspires actresses to address sexist standards

AP Entertainment Writer

July 29, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When one of Hollywood's most objectified women talks about tabloid culture, people listen. But while actresses are cheering Jennifer Aniston's recent essay connecting the media's obsession with her looks to the overall objectification of women, most are resigned that reality will be slow to catch up with the conversation.
"Entrenched ways take a while to change," said Marisa Tomei, "but having the conversations and opening it up, objecting to it or seeing different points of view about it is really helpful."

Allison Janney reading the Washington Post !!!!
born 1959

"I applaud Jennifer," said actress Allison Janney. "I hate that she had to do it, but I think she just had enough."
Aniston wrote in her Huffington Post essay earlier this month that constant tabloid speculation over whether she's pregnant contributes to sexist cultural standards that equate a woman's worth with her appearance and maternal status.

"We use celebrity 'news' to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females," Aniston wrote.
"More scrutiny has always been leveled at women, no matter the context," said Ella Ceron, digital entertainment editor for Teen Vogue magazine. "Women are held to different standards than men, and are taught from a young age to value their looks and their grooming and their weight very seriously."
While tabloids have long seen women through an appearance-focused lens, other recent press coverage unduly aimed at actresses' looks has inspired vocal criticism online. A June article in Variety in which its film critic maligns Renee Zellweger's face based on her appearance in a trailer for "Bridget Jones's Baby" inspired an impassioned response from actress Rose McGowan, who called the piece "vile, damaging, stupid and cruel." Variety has declined comment.
Zellweger's face was the subject of such widespread scrutiny and speculation in 2014 that the actress released a statement suggesting that she looks different because she had gotten older during her time away from the entertainment industry.
Vanity Fair readers from Los Angeles to Australia blasted the magazine's July cover story that opens by describing "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie as "sexy and composed even while naked." Writer Roxane Gay and "Portlandia" creator Carrie Brownstein were among those decrying the article as sexist on social media. Vanity Fair did not respond to a request for comment.
Melissa Leo on red carpet of 2013 Critics Choice Awards !!!!
"We've been subjected to this for years, and now with the influx of social media, we have spaces to discuss and vent our frustration," Ceron said. "What's more, people are finally listening to us."
Other actresses have been speaking out against sexist beauty standards for years. Barbra Streisand says it's "backward" for our culture to consider actresses in their 40s as somehow "too old."
"It's not a European way of looking at, like, movie stars who look like real people," Streisand said.
"They have flaws, you know."
Jamie Lee Curtis recalled a magazine photo shoot more than 15 years ago where she insisted on being photographed before the hair and makeup wizards worked their magic.
"It was my way of making my statement back in the day," Curtis said. "And now Jennifer's written what she wrote ... It's an important conversation."
Filmmaker and activist Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who studies gender representation in media, has been working to shift attention from actresses' appearances to their accomplishments through the Representation Project's #AskHerMore campaign. Created in 2014, the effort encourages red carpet reporters to interview actresses about more than their outfits. Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes are supporters.
Change has to come from all genders and sides, Newsom said.
"It's too much for one person to take on her own," she said. "So while I applaud these individual actresses writing pieces and speaking out, we have to come together and say enough is enough."
Being beautiful might be considered part of any celebrity's job, male or female. So is it fair for an entertainer to use her image to promote her work on an album or magazine cover, then balk at media scrutiny of her appearance?
"The thing is, a man can be attractive without it being his entire selling point," said Ceron of Teen Vogue.
Actress Abigail Breslin says consumers have a significant role to play. Tabloids may have influenced popular perceptions of women's looks, but readers don't have to remain complicit.
"It just takes people not buying it anymore — not buying magazines that are circling imperfections on the cover," Breslin said. "It's become culturally normal to be like, 'Oh my God, look at this actress, she has bad calves.' That's not normal."
Associated Press writers Lauri Neff in New York, Nicole Evatt in Los Angeles and Ryan Pearson in San Diego contributed to this report.
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Jane Fonda young in a man's shirt !!!!

Jane Seymour, actress as Bond Girl in Live & Let Die (1977)


The Spiritual Art Men Need

Mature woman in the foyer in heels meant that (a.) she'd broke in my house and I was being robbed or (b.) she had a key I'd no recollection of giving her or (c.) I was dreaming. Turned out I wasn't seeing things. I was in the middle of a home invasion and she was the culprit. I the object of her desire. I was much younger when this happened and unfamiliar with this terrain I was guppie-like in my expression, as I look back. 

What she did to me she did as if she knew my hidden desires. It was unearthly a sensation she aroused in me never to be matched again. I wasn't a virgin. I was inexperienced and vulnerable to new knowledge and susceptible to seduction by maturity. Maturity, I found out, is an elixir, an aphrodisiac, in a woman. Unlike young women older women with deep knowledge are God-like in the proportions of energies they can exercise and add to with skill. She taught me that sexual powers were spiritual powers in the right body. In the right body transformation is possible for many levels of awareness to expand one's life force. In the midst of it all I was converted from organized religion to free spirit in inside this woman's body. Who she is I'll never divulge. She lives on within me looking out from my life touching lives I touch. 

Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 

pussy of an older woman - Lady Sonia 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Guns to Jesus

Gun deaths vs Terror deaths poster

Gun control is white fears awakened. Fundamentally, that is all it is. Unable to control their own rages, or corral their propensity to violate, take and kill they have to do something, but as a rule do nothing effective. As an antidote, they found solace in denying the existence of God, and run to the church to sell the idea of war. Can peace and reconciliation arise from this? Can Jesus save?
To the latter question: no. He hasn't in times past what is different today to make it possible?
Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories
July 28, 2016

gun held by Jane Fonda


Courage takes Truth to Self

Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe seated in a club.

During the ‘50s, one of the most popular venues was Mocambo in Hollywood. Frank Sinatra made his Los Angeles debut at Mocambo in 1943, and it was frequented by the likes of Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Lana Turner.

Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of her biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good.... Here, she tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life: “I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild.

“The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it."


Drink from the Nectar !

I AM Beautiful by Patina Edochié !!!

"The expression of beauty as a concept and as an entity is the discussion needed to come to grips with the idea of seeing beauty not as temporal but a revolutionary theory of evolution proven by the presence of beauty forever with us." - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 6.9.15

Ingrid Araly thinking on November 12, 2013

"Sipping upon the nectar of knowledge is enlightenment. If feels like it tastes and means what intelligence is to living abundantly. Is the knowledge of self evaluating beauty within and outside ourselves, or are we governed by crude nature? If it is the latter almost everything is lost to the winds. It is hopeless. Beauty is vain. If Beauty sees itself intelligently the raw lust of a man's nature can become something large enough to see himself protecting what is precious an entity that needs study and adoration, not domination or ownership. Even Beauty can be a Trickster reading a mind ready to spend itself needlessly, or with purpose. Indifferent to outcome Beauty simply is."
Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pretending Sophistication

False faces held by today's young women, like Anika Helbig, establish a false premise. If authenticity is essential for relationships isn't it feasible that one would show their true face to attract what they need - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 7.27.16


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teaching by Terror

In the shadows of a mountain
Where the light is ever dim
And the snows are ever blowing
Stalks a visage great and grim.

Through the bone-benumbing wilderness
He travels on alone
The Abominable Snowman is
The name by which he’s known.

He wanders through the vastness
Of the cold and lonely slopes
And he watches as he wanders
And he hungers, and he hopes.

And he searches for his quarry
Luckless mortal, small and frail.
In that unrelenting whiteness
Where the winds of winter wail.

Those who stray into the compass
Of that unforgiving place
Vanish from this earth forever
Evermore without a trace.

There are none to see them suffer,
There are none to hear them moan,
As he tears them into pieces
And devours them to the bone.

The Abominable Snowman,
That few eyes have ever seen,
Trudges homeward through the mountains
Where that home has ever been.

Homeward to his hidden stronghold
That a mortal may not know,
The Abominable Snowman
Disappears within the snow.
Michael Berry White 
July 24, 2015

The Abominable Snowman  

Devourer balancing living with possibility of death by theft of being.
 July 24, 2015

Call of the Kindred

Come to me, little mortal
I can bring you to heaven's portal
There'll be no sorrow, there'll be no pain...

Feelings of joy will fill your brain

Come to me, sweet human thing
Give me your heart and I'll make it sing
Forget your fears, leave them behind
Forget the troubles of your kind
Come to me... yes, that's right
Now hold still, it's no good to fight
I'll take your blood, and leave you dying
Didn't you realise I could be lying?

Solinquair, 1996



From Within: transformation

Death and Release

Through the death of my heart
And the fall into misery,
A balance between my essence and my ego
My eye opens wide...

...You've seen my descent
Now watch my rising



Touché Studios

Mystery, I just can't express...
 October 24, 2013 

Monday, July 25, 2016

SEE Color 4

Aida King upclose.

Aisha Thalia

African American model

Inna Modja for Cosmopolitan Magazine (2014)



dancing behind 

The intoxication of LOVE... whirl.... whirl...whirl...............

You bind me, and I tear away in a rage to open out
into air, a round brightness, a candle point,
all reason, all love.

This confusing joy, your doing,
this hangover, your tender thorn.

You turn to look, I turn.
I’m not saying this right.

I am a jailed crazy who ties up spirit-women.
I am Solomon.

What goes comes back. Come back.
We never left each other.

A disbeliever hides disbelief,
but I will say his secret.

More and more awake, getting up at night,
spinning and falling with love for Shams.

Again I am raging, 

I am in such a state by your soul that every
bond you bind, I break, by your soul.
I am like heaven, like the moon, like a candle by your glow; 
I am all reason, all love, all soul, by your soul.

My joy is of your doing, my hangover of your thorn; 
whatever side you turn your face, 
I turn mine, by your soul.
I spoke in error; 
it is not surprising to speak in error in this state, 
for this moment I cannot tell cup from wine, by your soul.
I am that madman in bonds who binds the 
‘divs'; I, the madman, am a Solomon with the ‘divs’, 
by your soul.

Whatever form other than love raises up its head from my 
heart, forthwith I drive it out of the court of my heart, 
by your soul.
Come, you who have departed, for the thing that departs
comes back; neither you are that, 
by my soul, nor I am that, by your soul.

Disbeliever, do not conceal disbelief in your soul, for I will recite
the secret of your destiny, by your soul.
Out of love of Sham-e Tabrizi, 
through wakefulness or nightrising, 
like a spinning mote I am distraught, by your soul.


profile of Amina Malakona, Playboy model

Penthouse Nude Galleries

Sunday, July 24, 2016

IN the Eye: the Unobvious Art!

photographer Sam Hodges - 'Stare at what's obviously in front of you.'
September 7, 2015

"Stare at what's obviously in front of you!" you say?

There is nothing obviously in front of me! I see what I feared as a child, and as a man wanted to and learned to protect my children from in the day time and in the night time taught them how to surpass the night terrors.

I also don't see the obvious. It is obscured by what lurks in the dark and the grey of my inner world ready to bait the bear, outwit the fox, and seduce the snake within what the feline creature mistakes for being herself. . .
You are a master storyteller, Sam Hodges!  

Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories


Cross Purposes: Art & Commentary

S E E this ...

"We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves... The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined!" - Scott Momaday, author (Kiowa/Cherokee, Oklahoma)

Silvina Luna guarding her holy place.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

ART for the sheer joy of its appreciation!

InkSpired Magazine 
tattoo artist, Steve Soto of Tattoo Art Co. .
July 202016

Flamingo in the snow by Action Press for Rex Features

Tamara Adams's art work


To Be Separated

art by Victoria Hogan, a mixed-blood as she describes herself. (2016)

Indian Mixed Blood Medicine Circle

There are so many of us mixed blood out there in the world who feel cut off from their heritage but feel the red spirit within their hearts. That is the purpose we have come together here to learn and share with each other in this medicine circle.

So many of the ways have been lost and so many times we find that when we turn to some of the full bloods or full blood groups they are more concerned about percentage of blood that flows through a person's veins then they are keeping the old teachings alive for future generations.

In the teachings I received many many years ago as a young woman the first teaching I learned was that of the medicine wheel and it's meanings. There are 4 colors to the medicine, white, black, yellow. If one stops and thinks about it there are also 4 colors of, black,white, and yellow

Through Wallace Black Elk's teaching (he was old Black Elk's son).whom I met in the summer of my 17th year I was taught that when all four colors join together in peace that would be the time there could be a lasting and true peace. I have followed that all my life.

I had a dream one night almost a year ago that woke me up in the middle of the night feeling angry. I dreamed of sitting at a fire with native peoples of different tribes who had gathered to share teachings of their respective people. They were angry and had asked those of mixed blood to step away from the fire so they could begin.

I realized that many groups here on Facebook are the same way. They are more interested in blood quantums than they are about anything else and so many are turned away from the good red road that Creator would have his children walk.

I had to question within myself these actions and beliefs for do we not start and end many ceremonies with the words Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all relatives)? Then how can any be shut out, turned away or shunned. Do they not hear the teachings of our elders as they hold so tightly to what some believe is for them and them alone?

Black Elk taught that if a person has one drop of native blood he or she is native. He also taught that it is what lives within the heart of each person is much more important then the color of their skin for is not each of our hearts red?

Did not Black Elk teach that if a person has one drop of native blood he or she is native. He also taught that it is what lives within the heart of each person is much more important then the color of their skin for is not each of our hearts red?

I got up out of bed, went to my laptop and put this group together. It eased my anger enough that I was able to go back to bed and fall asleep. Now look at us. We have turned into a small nation, a tribe unto ourselves where we can hold our heads high and be proud of who we are!

We are over 15,000 in number. Can you picture a village that large in the old days? That would mean a pony herd of at least 45,000 plus. Can you smell the 15,000 cooking fires? An overwhelming thought to say the least. Of course that would have been impossible as we know for finding enough game to fill those cooking pots and finding grazing for that many But as in the old days we are scattered across the land, even the continents, each with our own dialects and traditions.

This fills my spirit with a feeling I have no words for. Do each of you realize what we have accomplished here? We in a way are living the vision that Black Elk had, bring it to life so to speak.
We are here together, red, white, yellow and black sharing the teachings peacefully as ONE TRIBE...ONE NATION....IN UNITY !!! I am overwhelmed at seeing this happen.
Blessings to each of you in our tiyospia (extended family).

May Creator look upon us in a good way as we journey together down this red road, down this path to our ancestor's teachings and the ways we have felt dormant in our hearts as a big piece missing from our souls.
Welcome home!

Mitakuye Oyasin (All my relatives). Jean Wolf
Ska Anpetu Wichapi Winyan (White Morningstar Woman)

the 4 Colors, the 4 Peoples Circle


What We are Trying To Leave

joyful face of a sepia woman

"Modern colonialism won its great victories not so much through its military and technological prowess as through its ability to create secular hierarchies incompatible with the traditional order. These hierarchies opened up new vistas for many, particularly for those exploited or cornered within the traditional order. To them the new order looked like-and here lay its psychological pull-the first step towards a more just and equal world. That was why some of the finest critical minds in Europe-and in the East-were to feel that colonialism, by introducing modern structures into the barbaric world, would open up the non-West to the modern critic-analytic spirit. Like the 'hideous heathen god who refused to drink nectar except from the skulls of murdered men', Karl Marx felt, history would produce out of oppression, violence and cultural dislocation not merely new technological and social forces but also a new social consciousness in Asia and Africa. It would be critical in the sense in which the Western tradition of social criticism-from Vico to Marx-had been critical and it would be rational in the sense in which post Cartesian Europe had been rational. It is thus that the a historical primitives would one day, the expectation went, learn to see themselves as masters of nature and, hence, as masters of their own fate".

Ashis Nandy
The Intimate Enemy; Self and Recovery of Self under Colonialism

 Picture 07.
the poetry of a Jennifer
by Igor B.

Jennifer's pic gallery

the WARRIORESS: the deeper insights

It is a terrible indictment to know other women are telling the man you want in your bed to stay away from you. It must feel that way. There are women looking out for the well being of good men. They don't have any designs on the man, and if they do they don't act upon those desires. That is noble, but rare to be impeccable. - Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories 8.27.14

naked & elegant beauty of Kitty S. !!!!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tribute to Fine

Kristin Scott Thomas won the best actress award for her performance in
 The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre.


To SEE self in Light!

Powerful image

"When you die, your spirit will appear as pure light which is white. Higher Intelligence created man and woman. All this racial hate has absolutely nothing to do with Higher Intelligence and has absolutely zero value. Human fixation on skin and violation has absolutely nothing to do with Higher Intelligence. People be pink and brown and full of doo doo for the most part. Light your light shine revealing your Higher Intelligence, express pure love. It's what's inside and how we serve that determines lasting value." ~ Adruma Victoria 7.20.16

Fire circle at night. photo by Matt Jones


Out of the darkness, intolerance, prejudice and imbalance, you are working to reveal the power and sacredness in all woman and men. You, and many others of like mind, are beginning to remember who they are. You do not yet remember completely who you are, but soon you will and a great light will shine.

So much love and spirit,..

 Lynn V. Andrews

Well said. The photographer captured a moment many have not experienced. Out of fear a reluctance to touch the Earth, our Mother in the dark of night. In my life I have met some. Most, sadly shun the idea. That shunned how will our children, our grown children search and find enlightenment in their lifetimes in cyberspace, if concept of connection is online in pictures and images?

Some of the thoughts as I age... - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories (Dawn Wolf)

The Black Code

I remember with conflicting emotions and an element of grief this expressed as Black Power. The interpretation made by the American mindset and the American government was murderous. Today, the Black Lives Matter movement reflects and stirring up this same sense of being that welled up in the 1960's and '70's brings on sadness because we have not evolved beyond protest and "I wish." and "I hope we can."
Why our growth and evolution is retarded is unanswered retards the process. Will Blacks forever remain in this state, or become powerful? - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 7/20/16

Black men in prayer.
"This is power at work!!! Rarely see this!! Even rarer is being a part of such a circle." -
 Dawn Wolf, Keeper of Stories


the Joy of Union (4)

Caroline Dyer-Smith Photography

married in Switzerland, Katharina & Mirko in 2016 with their wedding party on a bridge.
photo by Caroline Dyer-Smith

married in Switzerland, Katharina's bridesmaids kick up their heels.
photo by Caroline Dyer-Smith (2016)

married in Switzerland, Katharina & Mirko in 2016 with their wedding party walking across a bridge.
photo by Caroline Dyer-Smith

 Location: Hotel Sonne //
Other Location: Zurich Stadthaus //
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

In the Breeze

photography by Sam Hodges
July 22, 2012 


"Gentle prayers in gentle or tense moments are not about stress, but release into the unseen worlds, and admittance into the hallowed halls of stilled motion." - Gregory E. Woods, 2.18.17

Thursday, July 21, 2016

AMERICAN businesses Be Aware

New tax rule could destroy millions of high-paying jobs

Jay Timmons, Nancy McLernon
July 18, 2016

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

For decades, policymakers in Washington have failed to keep our tax system competitive. In an era when the world is now offering the equivalent of 4G connected touchscreen tablets, the U.S. tax code looks a lot like a green-screened, floppy-drive computer from the 1980s. In dire need of an update, the U.S. tax system is dimming the advantages of operating a business in the United States. Sadly, instead of doing what it can to help make the U.S. tax system more competitive, the U.S. Treasury Department has introduced massive new regulations that would negatively impact the livelihoods of millions of U.S. workers

In what was billed as a way to curb a small sliver of cross-border mergers (sometimes called "inversions"), Treasury officials would like to impose new regulations that make the tax code more complex and give even more power to the IRS. These sweeping regulations are part of Section 385 of the IRS tax code and they have little to do with these mergers, but they will certainly raise the cost of capital and further disincentivize job creation.
The proposal gives the government broad authority to convert a company's related-party debt in common business transactions into equity, thereby increasing taxes, interfering with normal business operations and imposing new costs on businesses in the United States. This authority would not just apply to companies looking to conduct cross-border mergers, but all U.S. companies as well as global companies looking to invest in the United States

It sounds complex, but you can think about it this way: A first-time homebuyer relies on a home mortgage to finance her dreams. The ability to deduct the interest she pays on the loan helps make the purchase feasible. If Treasury's new rules applied to homeowners, years after the purchase of the home, the IRS could arbitrarily declare that because she used part of her income to buy gifts for her children on their birthdays instead of devoting those resources to reducing her home loan, the interest paid on her mortgage is no longer deductible. She is now responsible for paying hefty additional taxes.

If employers use revenue for purposes, such as paying a dividend, instead of paying off their existing loan, the proposed changes would allow the IRS to reclassify the outstanding debt as equity, thereby increasing the employer's tax burden.

Unsurprisingly, then, the business community has significant concerns with Treasury's proposed actions. Just as families would struggle to rearrange their lives, companies also face similar challenges if their planning and budgeting are suddenly upended. To comply with the new rules, many employers will be forced to spend resources on additional taxes and compliance costs that could otherwise go toward investment and job creation.

As leaders of two organizations deeply connected to America's manufacturing sector, we've been flooded with concerns over Treasury's actions. Manufacturers know what these rules mean, the job losses working Americans will suffer and the investment we will lose to other countries, if the rules go forward.

And there's a lot at risk: millions of high-quality manufacturing jobs.

We can't afford a mistake this large. The regulations create uncertainty for employers interested in expanding and creating jobs and will push companies to defer further investment into their U.S. operations. In other words, these regulations will increase the cost of capital, diminish America's ability to attract global investment, stall job creation and further dampen U.S. economic growth. The compliance cost of these new regulations could mean millions of dollars are diverted from future investment and expansions.

These rules also make life more onerous for businesses. They are unclear, often ambiguous and have a retroactive effective date of April 4, 2016. The government also reserves the right to go back through a company's books three years after the fact. Despite the fact that these are the most wide-ranging regulations proposed in the past 20 years, and overturn 80 years of case law and existing tax provisions, government officials say they are rushing to implement these regulations by the end of the summer.

At a time when America's economy needs a boost, the government is essentially putting U.S. workers at a disadvantage as it makes our country less attractive for companies that increasingly have global options when deciding where to grow their businesses. Instead of lowering taxes to keep us competitive, the government is plotting new ways to raise the cost of doing business on U.S. companies.

Manufacturers and all Americans deserve better. Misguided, piecemeal changes to our tax system are not the answer to any of our problems. It's time for President Obama to step in and stop Treasury from wreaking havoc on the American economy and risking U.S. jobs. Congress and the President must do the hard work of modernizing our tax system so that employers – both foreign and domestic – want to invest and create jobs here at home. It's the right action we need for manufacturers and our country.

Commentary by Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of the Organization for International Investment. Follow them on Twitter@JayTimmonsNAM and @nmclernon.