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We the People need to speak up.

value-wheel-2009-500When did Congress stop looking out for “We the People?” When did they remove themselves from social security and build out their own retirement system? We still need 50 United States that come together with their different flavors and characters to make up the fabric of the United States of America. What made America great was the fact that anyone could rise up and do better. Work ethic was as important, and maybe even more than just your blood line.

Society is made up of many people and many groups, and our strength is in the variety. It’s only when we try to legislate “integrity” that we forget that values come from within. Character is taught by the family, and a lack of character is a problem.

No man really knows what he believes in until he begins to instruct and raise up his children. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! The beauty of being a “parent” is taking the opportunity to be vulnerable and love someone more than yourself. You get to learn life all over again as you raise up your children and help them learn. That’s the real gift in life. Being a family.

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Leadership of America

It’s so basic, we forget how simple it is.
The Governor is in charge of the State, and each state in the Union has a little different flavor and character. The Cities, towns and communities have their own leadership and we all work together to keep local economies moving and a healthy chamber of commerce.
It is all built around clean water and sanitation with a power grid to sustain life and industry.
Transportation is key, and how the people get around is open for discussion.
In 1850 the world moved at 3-5 miles an hour.
Technology has been put to good use in this category, and there is more to be done.

In 2007 life was moving along in a game of musical chairs. One day the music stopped with the mortgage crisis of 2008, and 2 out of 10 didn’t have a seat any longer. With the loan crisis, stopped the escrows, and the handymen and termite guys, and all construction slowed to a crawl as people took a deep breath in to see if they still had income. Debt defined life. You were a victim of your debt and the truth was in the mirror looking back at you. 4 out of 10 didn’t have a seat in the game.

It is not comfortable to fail. And once you’re all the way down, it is difficult to get back up. The systems in place in society should help people get back on their feet. It should help families remain together and regroup after adversity. It is the kindness of the American people that stands out in the world.

Let’s streamline the government in our own communities. Help your city use the assets it has to better serve the people. Our educational system and schools are a huge asset of the States and cities. How can they be used more effectively. How can we get private sector to help teach and use the buildings to a higher and better use standard? Sometimes it makes sense to own the real estate free and clear so you have an asset that creates the cash flow needed to sustain it’s own budget. That’s what an endowment is. A goose that lays golden eggs. How can this concept help shore up your community? We have a lot of smart people in America and we need to let them work. The creative spirit of the artist and entrepreneur is often in direct conflict with a Union job that wants to focus on a pay check and retirement mandates. If the real estate can be owned in the pension plans, then there is cash flow there old age.

Stocks should pay dividends and capital gains to those that help build the company. Those of us that spend money to own the products they sell should also own their stocks in our retirement accounts. That’s why the 401k idea was so well received. It makes sense to us to own the assets we support with our spending habits.

We have let the game look so complicated that even smart people think they can’t understand it. That is not good. Keeping it simple really is the key. Too much complexity and then no one understands it. We need to keep integrity within the system. People should be accountable for their character and values. We do have a code of behavior in society, and when it is broken we have penalties and jail.

No one wants to be fired, not even Congress. It’s hard for them to realize that Government really did get too big and that they are part of the problem. States and local agencies need to rethink their game plans, and take inventory of what they are doing right and what they need. Let’s start with the Mayor, and see how the people are doing. That is where “We the People” live.

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Under the heading of “Go World!”

The world actually is centered around “the family.” It doesn’t matter where in the world you live, your family is what matters.

My grandfather was not politically correct, but you knew how he felt. Those were his prejudices and preconceived notions. You knew where he stood on issues and life. They were our family values.   He and grandma were the head of the family, and the large gatherings and Christmas dinner was filled with cousins and good times.  We loved to visit their nice home and participate in their lives.  Those are the memories of our childhood, and we created traditions.  Today, we build our own traditions.

Family does matter, and our right in life to pursue happiness is an American value we hold dear.  Family, lifestyle and travel are always on peoples “goal list.”

The holiday season is always special, but we feel more when so many people are hurting.  The global economy has left the whole world feeling poorer in money, but richer in the knowledge of what is important to them. It is an opportunity for us all to use our knowledge, technology, resources and minds to make this world a better place.  A safer place.  A place where families can flourish and grow, and mothers and fathers can be proud of their name, their DNA, their family traditions and their values.

Mothers everywhere get “World Peace.”  No one likes a bully.  No one wants to be told what to do.  No one wants to be told what to think.  “Die gedanken sind frei.” was a familiar German tune when they were told what to think.  History is always written by the winners, and there is a lot to the history you don’t even know yet.  That is why they say it repeats itself.

It’s really not that difficult.  To live in the black, you spend less than you bring in.  You find ways to be profitable.  To create the goose that lays the golden eggs.  You be self employed, and an artist.  You be creative and work with others to make things happen.  Lots of small economies are much better and safer than one big federal economy.  Work locally, encourage travel and education.  Knowledge is in, school is out!  It’s good to learn and better yourself.  Find a passion or at least a hobby.

Growing up in a large family you learned the belief systems of your family. “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”  Raising kids help you learn how you feel and what you believe.

Your life is God’s gift to you.  What you make of it is your gift to God.  This is a good time to consider that.  2010, and on we go!

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