`How about some change?
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How about some change? Let’s serve it up with a full awareness that it is exactly what everyone wants. Lets just take what we believe needs to be done, with no connection to reality, but rather a storybook story where every body is the same as everyone else, where we all drive inefficient little clean cars with perfectly inflated tires, spend four hours a day separating our garbage into five or six different containers (Lest we be fined!), spend hours waiting in lines-everywhere, make nothing, buy just what we need (decided by an all-knowing government agency), possess no weapons, eat organically and as a vegetarian, don’t drink. do no drugs, and never overeat or become fat, all have access to a barely competent health care system, accept communal property ownership, realize that all you earn belongs to the state(They will take your money first take what they need and give you the rest), there is no rich or poor, the whole world loves us, there is no need for a Constitution, or a Bill of Rights(Because these are evolving documents), there are no criminals (Just misguided or ill people) - therefore no prisons, there is no need for religion(Clearly the root of all evil), count our carbon dioxide exhales and our carbon footprint calculations so that we can be taxed fairly…
Sorry, I may be the only person on the planet that really dislikes that John Lennon song. I despise the Pollyanna way that some folk have always thought that the way to a utopian world is to throw out the baby with the bathwater and create some ridiculous world that denies the human condition, or human propensities. There has been no end of human communal/governing experiments- from the small Shaker Communities in the mid-1800s to the failed Communist Society in the U.S.S.R. The hardest thing is to have the proponents get that it doesn’t work. In the last fifty years the progressive movement has spent most of its time pondering the ‘what if’ in their theories. That no concrete form is ever thought up is because they believe that their theories are perfect and correct – failure is not from the flaws in the thinking, but in any scapegoat available. I have even heard an acquaintance of mine explain that the only reason that Communist System failed was because the evil United States, through Cold War machinations, stressed and forced the system to spend its assets on defense rather than its people.
It may come down to a psychological conundrum- human beings do well in small tribal groups. The optimum number that I have researched being thirty. So with family and friends we all have approximately a thirty people tribe around us. Now in reality, if all your friends are on Facebook you need to get a real life. (All right – Facebook is pretty cool in a six-degree kind of way!)
In my hippie days the concept of a perfect world stemmed from the idea that my tribe is cool and wouldn’t it be great if the tribe could extend to all humanity.’ Hey man- pass the dub over here – I am having a moment.’ My friends went on to get their Degrees get tenure, and teach Marxism to empty headed naive young people- who grow up to be Lawyers, Community Action Folks (God Bless them each and every one!) and presidential advisors. Do they not have Liberal Colleges in Hawaii and Chicago?
Putting aside my snarky – probably construed as Right Wing hatemongering – all not true - comments. In my early years I was an Illinois Democrat (and a hippie California Democrat) , that’s right, the very Party organization that produced President Obama. When I saw the party hijacked by the ubber-socialists I backed out. When I found that a small businessperson was under financial attack from both parties I spent many years being anti-politics and pro business (Translate to ‘Let the individual succeed.’) I watched corrupt unions bled off their members and betray their trust over and over. I decided to join the GOP and work toward a centrist view and support for the little guy, ideals that the Democrats abandoned for the - ‘Take from the rich give to the poor (Wreck the middle class!)Everybody needs to work for the Government (We probably all will before long!) and every one who doesn’t is a ‘say no’ republican.’ - agenda!
So what do I believe? You may be amazed at how easily I roll from one side to another – something we should all do. Stop listening to the pretty news heads - they are all (FoxReb and CNNDem) lying!!!! Here it is in a nutshell.
Focus on jobs. I wrote a piece to Congress 20 years ago that used the metaphor of an old growth forest to describe where I believed the state of business would be in the near future. It was my humble belief that the old trees like the mega-corporations would kill off the small growth, or small businesses below them. Small business hires 80% of the people in our country and yet the Government continues to heed the needs of big business and ignore small business needs. Big business can afford large campaign funds and pay for lobbyists. Sorry - we lose!
Help small business grow. Not by taxing and creating a new bureaucracy, but by cutting taxes specific to small business and creating startup incentive programs in depressed areas and enterprise zones. Reduce Performance Bond cost amounts and create a small business surety fund to establish affordable guarantees – this will allow a larger base to participate in Government Contracts. The same Insurance program could also make SBA loans easier to acquire. For all the talk and politics the most difficult problem for small business is capitalization, an age-old problem. The mantra goes like this: ‘If I had the money, or credit, I wouldn’t need to borrow the money.’ Solve the capitalization problem and you put the country back to work.
Health Reform is a fraud and not because of my political affiliation. Here is what is true. We need to wrestle power away from the states and there is the rub. The individual States have authority over the health and welfare of their citizens , as guaranteed by the Constitution. Taxing and regulating Health Care within the borders of the State supply the coffers and the election campaign funds at the State level. Will the States give up this power so that we can all have affordable Health Care? If Health Care Providers could sell Insurance in all States the cost of Health Care could easily be cut by a third. (Business 101- the same simple system Wall Mart and McDonalds uses.) So why can’t we have it that way – because Congress really does know how much money is available and they want it. The States will not give up their revenue, just so Congress can fill its coffers, and if you think that the Feds, upon gaining this ability, will pass the savings to the taxpayer, you are an innocent, think the world is full of butterflies and rainbows, and I know you haven’t ever seen an ‘R’ rated movie. It is not in the nature of Bandits to give up their spoils easily.
3.Tort reform – this is a contentious subject. Some would say that big Business needs it ass kicked every once and awhile. Others would say if we controlled the payout by establishing a top-end amount it would create savings for the consumer. Why is medical malpractice so high? Because there are so many cases and so many people prove their cases. Negligence + successful lawsuit = $$$ Why do Big Companies get sued and end up paying out millions? Negligence + Successful lawsuit= $$$
Two things have to happen:
One – before there can be tort reform for medical malpractice there has to be a termed medical review board (Of Doctors) with the will and authority to police their industry. Hiding incompetence behind corporate veils and allowing an incompetent Doctors to continue to practice is a major problem. The same should be so Nurses, Hospitals, and Nursing Homes, but not Review Boards of unqualified bureaucrats, Politicians, prestige seats, and certainly not another tax sponging Government agency.
Lawsuits over a certain amount need to be reviewed by one of these boards before a lawsuit can be filled – there can be no power to stop a lawsuit, but it will shorten the duration of a trail by giving clear evidence and opinion.
Two – establish a fair top end for settlement and establish fair fees and profits for attorneys, taking into account that most cases are taken on without cost to the client. The chance of this happening is almost nil. The ‘Practice’ of law has become a drain on our economy. I don’t advocate its demise, but believe that the ‘gravy train’ as finally come to the station. It’s time for that’ Industry’ to begin reigning itself in. Will it? Probably not in any substantive way. - most of the Right Honorable Members of Congress are Attorneys.
The bill has passed, done with some very shady dealings and procedures. The States are gearing up, and deals will be made, and now comes another circus down the road - Republican or Democrat, all you need to do is follow the money (And watch Ron Paul go bonkers)!
That’s it for my two cents.I’m just an old guy sitting in a diner and this is my point of view.
Why is doing what you love the hardest thing to do? Is it because failing what you thought defined you would be too devastating a thing from which to recover? If so, we stay where mere accident has left us.