Government and Business
Heaven Can Wait
Something to Think About Anyways
By now most Americans know that they must live with an economy that is not to their liking, but about which they can do nothing. There should be more jobs. They should pay better. There should be less bankruptcies. There should be more innovation. There should be more activity. There should be less stress in the workplace. There should not be so much discouragement. There should be more creativity. There should be more opportunity. People who want to work should find jobs with ease, not get bogged down in the red tape of personnel departments and their obsession with forms. One could go on and on. Ours is an economy that still functions for most. But it should be for all.
Our historical, ancestral waves of immigration were motivated by many concerns. Chief among them was the rare freedom to forge one's own economic future. This is still the case. But the business environment has changed dramatically. How many jobs were there once that no longer exist? I am thinking of old movies with characters who plug telephone boards, type, or operate elevators. Perhaps it is only whimsical, nostalgic, and absurd to focus attention on them. But without these kinds of human, not robotic jobs, what is left? Not everyone can hold an MBA and be a business manager. Unemployment now rivals the gate to hell in terms of size alone.
The point is, there is nothing wrong with the American people and everything wrong with their Government. This is especially so when it comes to business. Take a walk or drive and see firsthand how much empty commercial space there is as well as houses and buildings falling into various states of dilapidation. I respect Corporate America as well as familiar name franchises, but the spirit of personal entrepreneurism is missing. It is absent not for nothing. The Government steps on people who want to go about business in maverick ways. It stifles ideas. Its main function is, it seems, to get in the way. It impedes progress rather than the other way around.
Has anyone picked up on how politicians lately have been dividing the American people into two, opposing camps. The preferred American is referred to as the "hardworking taxpayer". It is him or her whom they love and cherish, since the professional politico's one and only standard of evaluation rests on the bedrock of personal taxes. Simply put, the more the merrier. All other Americans may as well take a hike. They do not contribute to the national slush fund. To our Senators and Congressmen, money is not everything, but taxes are, and taxes are paid with money, but not just money. Rather they are taken wholesale without the payer's least apprehension why. There is nothing especially patriotic about April 15th. Yet, the proceeds are the motivation that makes the payees spout patriotic rhetoric and stand before crowds and act as though they were true successors to the men and women we look back on in history with awe and reverence.
It bears repeating. Our economic woes have nothing to do with the citizens of the United States. Let me be the exception that proves the rule: there are no lazy, good-for-nothing Americans, only reprehensible Government representatives. Americans are exceptional workers in every endeavor. Why not raise the minimum wage tomorrow to $10 or $15? From the employer side, why not reduce taxes accordingly? I am only thinking off the top of my head. Surely, our Nobel Prize winning economists can think of many additional changes that can be implemented as fast as possible. Why talk about 2016 when 2014 needs immediate action? Why not go even further. Why not dissolve the Senate and the Congress? At least for a time, until its members come to their senses. Unrealistic, I know. But their spending practices must be curbed. They are habitually flirting with danger. What makes them so sacred that America should, due to their profligacy, go belly-up? They are responsible for our debts, not the people they were elected to serve. They should not burden their very own constituents with their corrupt cronyism. Is that not at least a legitimate gripe? Americans know how to conduct business in a respectable fashion without Government interference. Americans will take care of the elderly and the needy, too. They do not permit or facilitate hunger and despair, though these things do indeed occur. They can accomplish great deeds without Uncle Sam's intervention. Government hand-holding has, well, gone out of hand. Its cost, needless to add, has slid off the charts. Those who have been saying for years that Government is the problem, not the solution, apparently wasted their breath.
To Sharpen the Blade that Cuts Taxes
Are Lower Taxes Essential to a Healthier Economy?
Stop Fooling Us
There is widespread discontent throughout the nation. Never before has there been such a lack of confidence in our representatives and public servants. In fact, the theft of America, designed for, of, and by the people, may already be a fait accompli. What can we do? Some are leaving -- for good. The party, they think, is over. They cannot live the American dream. Nowhere is it to be found. No one disputes the greatness of America in the past. Few believe that this greatness is alive and well at present. Most would like to believe in its future. But by and large, the transformation of our nation into a monstrous entity bearing the same name, using the same insignia, and still promoting the same values, only without true conviction, is a possibility that looms large. It is not impossible. However, if Americans were truly informed as to what was going on, all this and more could be fixed overnight.
Are We Still Capitalists?
It Really Is the Economy
The best gauge to our national health is the state of our economy. That is because our economic activity defines who we are. Americans like to work. They work overtime, Saturdays and Sundays, too. They sleep at an office, if need be, or worse, to get a job done. They are not nearly as work-shy as sometimes portrayed. The main fault has to do with an economy that is restrictive and limited. Its constraints do not add up in the midst of a system that proclaims itself democratic. To crush business on a daily basis, grind many industries to a complete halt, and practically speaking, deport whole sectors, is in effect to produce, little by little, a phony democracy. We do not want that. We will not have it.
Shall We Just Wait and See or What?
From the point of view of business, speaking only in generalities, it seems clear that our Government is in business for itself, not us. We are their public servants, not the other way around. But as to what to do about it, I can only draw a blank. Very probably, it needs to get worse in order to get better, though more of the same ad infinitum might not result in a positive change at all. At the very least, American citizens must somehow treat the Government so that its addiction to taxes is cured. Sky-high debts are untenable. The only way to pay them down is for the Government to delve into the black market or do remunerative favors for foreign nations. Not good. Taxes cannot solve problems while simultaneously creating the biggest problem of them all. The next step to alleviate indebtedness would be confiscation. In fact, there might be a fancy legal loophole by which the Government could, for example, simply take over Apple Computer. Its profits are serious money, much more so than what can be gained rifling through the pockets of ordinary citizens. I would like to lighten up, I guess -- this subject is so lugubrious. I hope, at any rate, that my random thoughts on a subject I am admittedly not schooled in will inspire others more qualified to get down to brass tacks.