As I look at our great country, I can’t help but see wonderful people, doing the best they can with what they know how to do. These are really the times that try men’s (and women’s) Souls. As Charles Dickens said in his famous book “A Tale of Two Cities” 1859, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…we had everything before us, we had nothing before us….” In short, the more things change, the more they remain the same.
What can we do to help our wonderful country in its hour of need. In order for things to change in America, the people of America must initiate the change. I know you are tired and weary of the sound bites, wars and uncertainty in your finances but you can make a difference. Only you can make the changes we need happen. Here are some suggestions:
1) Employment is very slowly improving BUT 70% of the business activity in this country is in the service sector. Chain store sales don’t cut it for long-term employment. We need to see more business related industries.
Encourage people to start their own business and/or take part-time jobs.
2) Take the time to search out “Made in America” businesses and products. Pass this along to your friends.
3) Contact Congress in writing about cutting spending NOW–that means all of Congress, staff etc. get pay and benefit cuts across the board to lead as an example.
4) Less government spending means less taxes needed. Encourage government to cut waste. Track it and expose it. Join organizations and groups–or start one–which is actively engaged in making the government accountable. Remember you are the “employer”.
5) Spend without going into debt. Get acquainted with your local Dollar Store, shop wisely, practice discipline.
6) Stop forwarding dumb emails in which you have not checked out the facts inside the email. This not only spreads fear but also encourages stupidity and laziness. Rants and gossip through emails might make you feel better but it does nothing to really accomplish positive change.
7) Invest in American companies. Eventually they will start bringing jobs back to the USA as wages increase in developing countries. As these countries become more industrialized, wages and benefits will be demanded by the workers. This is history repeating itself as England did in the 17th century. Your own economy gets hurts first while cheaper markets are found outside its shore. Remember the American colonies got too expensive for England. Sooner or later companies return to native shores once wages and benefits rise overseas–and they are and will.
8) Lower your spending on gas. Walk, take public transportation, carpool and just “say no” to running around town. Make every trip worth your time, energy and money. We in California now pay close to $4.50/gallon. We remain the way shower for trends in the US.