Economy Survival; Making it Strong and Healthy

THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS THE GAS AND FUEL PRICES. IT'S THE GAS PRICES !! THE GAS AND FUEL PRICES ARE INTERCONNECTED TO ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THIS FAST PACED, HIGHLY COMPETIVE WORLD.

Can the Economy GROW and people prosper again?  High Gas Prices stops the economic growth !
Can the Economy GROW and people prosper again? High Gas Prices stops the economic growth ! | Source

Economy Needs Growth and Money to Survive!

Everyone can see that our economy around the world is having major problems getting back to what it was. The economies are sluggish and stagnat, to say the least. What could the countries do to get back on track.

The problems exist and are not going away anytime soon. The greed and corruption of the governments, corporations and politicians have gone uncorrected, but the governments have rewarded them for the antics. The citizens are footing the bills for this and the paying back of the bail-outs are becoming a burden with the high taxes and the very high costs of living.


What makes a Country Grow?

CHEAP ENERGY:The major concern now is energy cheap enough to use, travel, produce, manufacture and distribute. What at one time, was cheap, has risen to the point that people use all the money that, at one time, put food on the table, planted and harvested crops, created trips and vacations, buy needed and wanted items, and to manufacture the needed and wanted items. The major concern, cheap energy, is gas for transportation to go to work and back takes a major part of the earnings and profits. This relates to the people as well as businesses that rely on cheap gas and fuel for delivery, transportation, plowing, harvesting, planting, heating, cooling, energy generation and almost any modern invention. The cheap gas and fuel makes the economy grow while the high prices certainly makes the economy sluggish.

USABLE MONEY: People must have usable money to buy, travel, distribute, invest and stay healthy. Also, the companies and manufacturers must have money and resources to produce the goods and services for the public. Without usable money, the people can not buy healthy choices of food, new cars and transportation can not be produced, sold and bought, can not afford to have proper medical treatment and can not afford to travel.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: People must have confidence in the government, the banks, the monetary system, the politicians, the future, the rate of pay and the country. When people can not believe in the future, it is hard to make commitments and to make plans. People have almost but stopped building houses, buildings and structures. The construction industries have stagnated to the point of almost going backwards. The idea of having the confidence of having a job tomorrow, having retirement when reaching a certain age, being able to go in debt without the worry of getting fired or laid off has gone to the side-line, waiting for uncertainty

LOW TAX RATE: In order for companies to expand, the tax rate has to low enough for the company to make a profit. Low tax rates for the company does not guarantee that the company will invest in the future expansion, the hiring of more employees or for pay raises for the employees, but the company will have a better reason not to move to a foreign country, where the tax rate is lower.

MUST HAVE USABLE RESOURCES: The country must have usable and reliable resources, which includes capital, plentiful, usable money, employees, energy, materials, minerals, chemicals, machinery, transportation, distribution systems, communication systems and functions. The resources must be attainable and cheap enough to make a profit for the individual, partnership, industry, company or institution. In addition, the people of the country must also have access to the resources that they would need to buy and function. When the people have usable money for purchasing items, services and goods, the companies, institutions, and corporations also flourish, which in turn, makes the country grow.

PEOPLE MUST HAVE MONEY LEFT OVER: The people must have money left over from their pay check. This point is vital so that people can have the confidence of accomplishment and confidence. When the food, fuel, electricity, taxes, rent and expenses takes all that a person makes, deters growth in the family, community and the country. When the people can not keep up with the daily expenses, the budget has to be chopped and cut. When this happens, there is a vicious cycle that each purchase that these people had in the past, has to be reduced, which in return, the company or institution that the person purchased from has to cut its payroll and costs. The companies and institutions now have to chop payroll and cut costs because the income is not coming in that they expected. This cycle of cost cutting keeps happening because the companies now have to increase the price of the product, service or goods just to stay afloat. The consumer gets hit again with these increases and then again, have to readjust the budget, with cost cutting actions, which results with the companies and institutions getting less money and business. This usually results in downsizing, layoffs, bankruptcy and closing.

MUST HAVE HIGH PAYING JOBS: High paying jobs and abundant jobs also makes the economy flow and grow. Without good paying jobs, with money left over from low paying jobs, the people can not have enough to buy and exchange. People will spend if they have adequate incomes and have money to meet their basic expenses. Just having a few elite people at the top of the corporate ladder and those politicians that suck up to the corporate bribes is not enough to boost the economy. The flow down from these millionaires and billionaires will not happen. The corporate greed and corruption will dam up any flow of the trickle down effect that would otherwise go to the workers and employees. The rewarding of the employees of the profits is becoming a thing of the past. So, there must be high paying jobs to the point of rejuvenating the whole nation.


What Slows the Economy ?

Number 1: HIGH TAXES AND SUBTRACTIONS FROM PAYROLL

Number 2: HIGH ENERGY COSTS

Number 3: HIGH INTEREST

Number 4: SHORTAGE OF MONEY

Number 5: SHORTAGE OF USABLE MONEY

Number 7: LACK OF HIGH PAYING JOBS

Number 8: LACK OF JOBS

Number 9: SHORTAGE OF LOAN MONEY

Number 10: LACK OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE


IT'S THE GAS!!!!!     In Order for the Economy to Grow and Prosper, the gas and fuel prices must be low enough for people to afford and have money left over.
IT'S THE GAS!!!!! In Order for the Economy to Grow and Prosper, the gas and fuel prices must be low enough for people to afford and have money left over. | Source

WHAT IS THE ANSWER TO HAVING A GREAT ECONOMY

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE?

Back in the 80's, there were books that were published and written by Alvin and Heidi Toffler, called "THE FUTURE SHOCK" and "THE THIRD WAVE". These books amazed me to believe that the nation's future was actually planned out in advanced 25, 50 and 100 years ahead of time. Alvin and Heidi were said to be part of these planners.

Now, we are experiencing the outcomes of these plans. President Ronald Reagan was the President at that time. When he found out that the "PLANNERS" were thinking about sending all the manufacturing and industries to foreign countries, he was outraged and perplexed. He could not understand how a nation could function on just goods and services. We are feeling now the feeling and understanding that the President was having at that time. The idea of sending the manufacturing and industries to other countries was a simple concept at that time, but has grown into complex and difficult situations now. As President Reagan asked, "WHAT IS THIS NATION BECOMING? A NATION OF HAMBURGER FLIPPERS?". This is perhaps what the Nation has become. Not only a Nation of hamburger flippers, but greed has taken a mighty hold to any of the profit and growth that normally would have been shared with the workers and employees. The planners thought that the elite would be the managers of the world companies, institutions and corporations.

The so-called unplanned outcome was that the other countries took over the companies and factories to be run by the country and not the elite of the World. Only certain companies flourish, while others are doomed because of loyalty to religion, the country and to the governments. Greed and corruption are also playing a part in this too, because the politics, ethics and morals are very much different in other countries.

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ANSWER TO A GREAT ECONOMY?

#1 on the list: Believe it or not, good ethics and Bibical principles would work!

Very low gas and energy prices 

Treat others as you would be treated..

Give a decent wage and better yet, high wages

Reward hard work

Do not allow greed

Do not allow corruption to go unpunished

DO NOT REWARD CORRUPTON, DISHONESTY AND FAILING BUSINESSES

Dis-allow laziness

Limit interest rates

Have low taxes for people, corporations and companies

Promote new businesses and ideas

Promote new forms of energy

Have low gas and fuel prices (high gas prices are really going to kill the economy)

Must have 90% or more of the population working and productive

Reduce government spending.

Reduce the interest on the National Debt

Reduce the National Debt.

Put the Federal Government on a Budget and stick to it.


WHAT COULD OTHERS SEE AS THE WAY OUT.

WAR !!!!!!!!! In the past history, war creates jobs, factories and manufacturing.

In the Iraq war, the bombs were being bought from corporations of the powerful elite people for a million dollars a bomb and then what was put in those bombs. There was depleted uranium, which the companies would have had to pay to dispose of, but by some miraculous act of having a war, the politicians and greedy CEO's got rich and also got rid of the D.U. NICE, HUH? Who Made The Money in the Iraq War? Who would ever think that bombs would ever cost a million dollars a bomb. For what? Follow the money!

In a modern war, the thinking that we would create factories, companies and industries is absurd. The war effort would not be creating wealth for the average citizen or even jobs, but sucking the wealth and future welfare out of this country. In War World I and II, the factories and companies flourished because everything was needed for the war effort, including cars, clothes, shoes, boots, guns, weapons and everything that was needed for war. In a modern war, our parts, clothes, computers and weapons are outsourced to other countries.

Let the Economy be OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH USABLE MONEY
Let the Economy be OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH USABLE MONEY | Source

WHAT IS MY ANSWER?

THESE ARE SOME OF MY THOUGHTS TO BOOSTING THE ECONOMY:

Have very low gas prices

Cut the government staff and expenditures

Cut the taxes, to the citizens and to the companies

GET BACK THE COMPANIES, FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIES TO THE UNITED STATES

Promote the renewable energy program

Give grants to alternate energy research

Cut the work week to 32 hours, with overtime for all over 32 hours.

Cut the payout to welfare, of those able to work

Renew and review all government programs yearly

Let the citizens Review and renew ALL GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

Hold accountable ALL business corruption and business failures,

Hold accountable ALL politicians and their actions.

Teach people to start their own Business so that they can sustain themselves

Teach People about business niches that need to be filled





End Thought !!!!

This is a END THOUGHT!

The book, called, "THE JOY OF NOT WORKING" BY ERNIE J. ZELINSKI, talks about people not being as smart as rats. This book says that the rats are tested over and over in tunnels, being given food in the same tunnel. When the laboratory assistants stopped giving food in that tunnel and started giving food in another tunnel, the rats did not stay in the same tunnel, but started looking in the other tunnels for food. The people are not as smart. The people stay in the same rut, or mishap, and do not look for a better environment. The same seems to hold true with what is happening with the economy. Do we look for an alternative fuel? Do we look for another job? Do we look for another income? Do we invent another mode of transportation? Do we move and look for another place to live?

Get the Economy Moving !!
Get the Economy Moving !! | Source

HOW MUCH DO YOU MAKE YEARLY?

  • BELOW 20,000
  • BETWEEN 20,001 AND 30,000
  • BETWEEN 30,001 AND 60,000
  • BETWEEN 60,001 AND 100,000
  • MORE THAN 100,001
  • Prefer not to answer
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DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE DECIDING ON PUTTING GAS IN THE TANK AND PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE?

  • YES
  • NO
  • I MAKE ENOUGH MONEY
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DO YOU HAVE PROBLEM PUTTING GAS IN THE TANK TO GET TO WORK?

  • YES
  • NO
  • I USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
  • I USE OTHER FORMS OTHER THAN GAS RELATED
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HAVE YOU SEEN A INCREASE OF FOOD PRICES THAT COULD BE DUE TO THE INCREASE IN FUEL PRICES?

  • YES
  • NO
  • UNKNOWN TO THE CAUSE
  • HAVE NOT NOTICED INCREASE IN FOOD PRICES
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DO YOU THINK THAT A WORLD WAR WOULD SOLVE THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS?

  • YES
  • NO
  • WILL MAKE THINGS WORSE
  • Have not given any thought on this
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QualityContent 4 years ago

There are no more jobs, and it will only get worse. Automation and robotics are replacing manufacturing jobs. Most other jobs are being downsized and shipped overseas and aren't going to return.

Govt, healthcare, trades, those are about the only high paying jobs left. Oh and financial, can't forget those. Too many people and not enough jobs.

Actually the problem could be solved easily, just eliminate money. It's only slowing our progresses as a species, and we have no more use for it.


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KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

You really put some thought into this hub and I appreciate that. You make many thoughtful points. I personally think people have mixed up needs and wants so far that they can't dig themselves out of the holes they have dug for themselves. The economy just makes this much more painful and obvious.

I do not drive which is a big deal in a city like Los Angeles but I refuse to pay those high interest rates. I save each month, little by little and do not plan to buy a car until I save 6 months worth of savings. Why?

Because, as I have mentioned before Laurens Wright, I landed without any cushion after the revolution broke out in Cairo. I understand that without creating some security for yourself, you are liable to end up in very compromising positions. As a single person, it is easy to keep my lifestyle simple.

Maybe for families this is much more difficult. I think many people could bennifit from your suggestions. I think they are smart in any economy.


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LAURENS WRIGHT 4 years ago Author

Thank you QualityContent for your comment. Yep, we have over 7 billion people on the Earth. Food might be one of the areas that might be a whirlwind of opportunity for investment and terrific growth. The food market is one niche that is a must! The cost of gas still seems to be the problem being that once the people put in gas, there is no usable money left to do any thing else. I wonder just where the gas profits goes. Again, thank you for your comments.


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LAURENS WRIGHT 4 years ago Author

Ohhhh, How I do agree with you, KrystalD. Simple ways of living and not having to rely on automobiles, transportation and others makes life so much more enjoyable. I am looking at the way that the economy has slowed in the last 10 years and how much the cost of living has skyrocketing because of energy costs. The rate of pay is not keeping up with the standard of living. For many families, I see that the parents are struggling and depriving themselves to feed the children. The soup kitchens are now having many families that just can not make it any other way. People are losing their houses and their jobs. Some areas of the country have not been hit by high unemployment while other parts have. Sometimes it is so much better to have so much less, that the fall is not as far. Thank you, KrystalD, as always, for your wonderful, intelligent comments of pure insight!!


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CHRIS57 4 years ago from Northern Germany

All the MUST DO´s and MUST HAVE´s, isn´t that something for a good old fashioned dictatorship? That comes along with a MUST.

A lot of your answers are contradicting. "Have very low gas prices" certainly is not the incentive for "Promote the renewable energy program". "Cut the government staff and expenditures" doesn´t match with "Give grants to alternate energy research".

So what are you really up to? An economy based on good prayers and wishes will only exist in your imagination. It takes real incentives and smart decisions to make things move.

And talking about incentives, what is better? Demand side incentives or supply side subsidies?

Talking about economy: What is better? Consume for today or invest for the future?

Talking about productivity, what is more human? Have a worker do the job of a robot or find a way to distribute the benefits of productivity gains among participants of an economy?


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LAURENS WRIGHT 4 years ago Author

Thank you,CHRIS57, for your very intelligent comments. Being that you are from Germany, you might see things different from the people elsewhere. Each person sees and have their own perception of what is causing the world's economic problems and many people might have thoughts of the solutions, which may or might not reflect to the true causes. Again, thank you for your comments.


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CHRIS57 4 years ago from Northern Germany

Laurens, you are right that perception of the causes for economic problems on this planet differ. However, doesn´t that imply that the causes are always the same (and only how you look at the problems is different)?

So lets follow your thought. A major reason for economic differences is that things are distributed unevenly in the world. Some countries have plenty of natural resources, oil, .., some countries have sunny beaches, some have neither but rely on good organizational and technical skills. Some economies produce lots of stuff, some economies are proud to be service oriented, but don´t make many things.

Those differences create the demand for world trade. But you can only trade goods, not services, and here is where the problems start.

Mankind has used technology from the invention of the plow on to make life easy. Today only few people are employed in agriculture. We have combines, harvestores. What applies for food production also applies for any other industrially produced goods. And the threshold of how much producing of goods you need in an economy to get by is determined by technological progress. And that progress does not differ too much on this planet, just allow me to skip undeveloped countries with nil economic impact for this planet.

So if producing stuff is below a world average in an economy, than this economy has to buy stuff abroad to maintain its living conditions. The US for example has a productivity of some 10% of GDP, world average is 14%. So the US has to import 4% of its GDP to maintain status quo. Look at the trade tables and you find out, how much 4% of 15 Trillion is, more or less. Manufacturing countries like Germany run at 20% productivity and guess what, they have to export 6% of their GDP, because technological progress dictates that they can´t make use of the full 20%.

The US as a whole (public, household, corporate) has to borrow that deficit money every year. Is it really a miracle that things don´t run so good in the US if the whole nation is on debt dope, not only the government?

And things really go bad, if the borrowed money is only used for consumptive means, because that doesn´t leave enough money to invest. When there is no investment, then there is no production.

My suggestion: Create incentives to make the US more productive and all the pain will go away.


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LAURENS WRIGHT 4 years ago Author

WOW!! I think that you have the whole idea in a nutshell. The credit has ruined the US, while the productivity has deminished. Without being productive, the US will keep going deeper in debt, just to keep up with the living condition and at some point, survival. Thank you for your wonderful and well thought out comments. You NEED to be the one leading the US!!!!! It would not take long, with your knowledge and ideas, to get the US back in the running!!! Thank you again !!

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