With all the concerns society has today, education is often mentioned as one of the most important. The irony is the lack of educational opportunities is not the problem. There are more colleges, technical schools and learning centers available now than ever before in the history of the country, not to mention the cost is rapidly rising to well over $10,000 per year per student in high school.
The National Anthem
With the contagion of these displays by athletics during the playing of our National Anthem, we are seeing classic predictable sequences playing out that relate to business cycles, political correctness and the violation of our core values. These all have patterns that can not be ignored without experiencing very unpleasant consequences that can impact the future of our country.
In my editorial, the art of compromise, I addressed the ingredients needed to avoid these “unintended consequences”.
Art of Compromise
Having lived much of my professional career in large cities, where people forgot that all food comes from the farm and not the grocery store, I have had more than my share of debating extreme ideas that result from radical thinking.
The irony is both liberals and conservatives have essentially the same desires and values: We all want a peaceful, clean world where everyone can be trusted, regardless of what they call themselves.
With the on going saga of the health care debate, I find it ironic that a senator suffering from brain cancer would be hauled off the operating table to cast his vote to continue debate on overhauling the health care system in this country.
I have already commented on what it takes to fix health care, but now it’s time to address the issue of term limits.
The fact is we already have term limits in this country.
How the government invest our tax dollars comes to a very critical point when dealing with health care. When does our personal obligations to our health care stop and when does The Government’s responsibility to provide health care start? That point is known as the social contract that must be decided by “we the people”. It is not for the politicians to decide. It must be decided democratically.
This point is at the root of the country’s health care problem and calling it health care is a misnomer.
Our Congress is again dealing with the issue of raising the debt ceiling. This almost biannual event is becoming a grandstanding show and not legislation. I would think congress would be embarrassed for showcasing their incompetence of not being able to control their spending.
They seem to have no concept of how to run government like a business. It is the biggest business in the country after all and we have politicians who have never run a business in their life trying to manage it.
The recent events with North Korea are the result of years of “kicking the can down the road”. Like all situations, where only the symptoms are addressed, the problem always becomes worse if not addressed directly.
Rewarding of bad behavior always breeds more bad behavior. The climate of political correctness is largely responsible for this result. North Korea is on the same spectrum as any social disorder that occurs today.
Editorial #2 for WJAG July 15, 2017
Reasons Businesses and Governments Fail
The main reason businesses fail is the same reason we have a failing government. Government, like all businesses, must follow fundamental rules of economics. Following these rules made this country’s businesses the most successful economic power in the world, in spite of the unfriendly business tax climate in this country.
The Purpose for Term Limits
The premise for term limits is fundamental to the proper function of our United States Government.
Anyone who opposes the concept of term limits is disagreeing with the purpose of our American Revolution. We do not want to be lead by a king, we want to be managed according to the way the owners of the country agreed to, the U.S. Constitution.
Government is the biggest single business in any state or this country.
And the system of application
The tax system in this Nation is inherently backwards and the root of many of the problems we face today. It penalizes success and reward inefficiencies and unproductive activities.
The tax code today finds all the areas in the economy where money is being generated and ‘fines’ them for doing a good job. This causes four steps to happen:
- The taxed entity will look for ways to cut that tax cost.