Happy Birthday America!

July, 2015

shamrock_presentJuly 4th – our nation’s birthday—is a good time to celebrate our past success, and to reflect on what tomorrow might bring.

We are a country rich in natural resources. A skilled work force. And, educational resources to prepare our young to succeed in the competitive world-wide economy.

Yet, as we turn on our televisions and computers, read our newspapers and listen to our radios we are constantly hearing negative news.

We hear from politicians that it’s the other party’s fault. We are told time and time again why we can’t do things. Everything is about getting elected or re-elected. Where is the vision for America???

Our nation was built on a “can do” attitude. We had lots of challenges as a young nation. However, we believed in America and its future.

Our leaders did bold things. In the 1800’s we acquired more territory and settled the west. We went from the Pony Express to a railroad crossing the country in a matter of years. Thousands of Americans crossed the plains, following the challenge to “Go West Young Man!”

Last century we won two world wars, went to the moon and built the strongest economy the world has ever seen.

Where is that “can do” attitude today??? You don’t hear it from the Washington, DC crowd. All we hear from them is excuses.

The image of our political “leadership” has never been lower. Our trust in them is dropping each day. We cannot continue this course.

A House Divided Cannot Succeed.

Most Americans still have that “can do” attitude. We want to achieve. We are tired of federal and state government creating one obstacle after another that block our success. Let’s quit the political divide and get America moving again.

We have elections in a year and a half. The American people are thirsty for true leadership. We seek candidates who have a positive image for America and the commitment to carry it out.

Yes we have problems, but most of them are of our own making. A strong leader can and should reverse this course of destruction.

Summary

Our forefathers gave us a great country. We have no right to destroy it.

We must speak out to our Congressmen, Senators, Governors and Legislators. Tell them we have had enough. We can’t wait until 2016 for results. We want positive solutions now. That’s why we elected you.

America is a great country. Let’s make it greater.

Happy Birthday and God Bless America!!!

Good News for America!

June, 2015

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Recently, we celebrated Earth Day. More gloom and doom was standard fare in the news.

But, Stephen Moore from the Heritage Foundation has a different point of view. In a recent Washington Times column he wrote:

“Forty-five years ago when the first Earth Day was held, the catastrophe that awaited us was mass starvation, overpopulation, our supplies of oil and gas running on empty, and even a coming second ice age.

“Every single one of those predictions was spectacularly wrong. The opposite occurred.

“But the doomsday machine rolls on. This is one of the greatest mis-information campaigns in world history. The state of our planet has never been stronger. Nature has never been more bountiful.”

Food Production

Moore goes on to say, “Global per capita food production is 40 percent higher today than as recently as 1950. In most nations the nutrition problem today is obesity—too many calories consumed—not hunger.”

Pollution

“Air and water are cleaner than ever. Since the late 1970s, pollutants in the air have plunged. Lead pollution plunged by more than 90 percent, carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide by more than 50 percent, with ozone and nitrogen dioxide declining as well, ” Moore writes.

Energy

Thanks to fracking, we have the largest reserves of natural gas in the world. Oil production is booming. Retail gas prices have come down.

Without the fracking success, ask yourself, what would oil prices be with all the current turmoil in the Middle East? Gas prices would have soared to $5 or $6 per gallon. Our economy would have shrunk. We might well have had a recession. But instead, our economy strengthened thanks to fracking and our domestic oil and natural gas surpluses!

Stock Market

The stock market continues to reach new highs with the Dow index at 18,000+. This benefits millions of Americans, not just the rich. Remember, stocks are part of worker’s 401k’s, IRA’s and other retirement plans. However, no one talks about that.

Government vs. Free Enterprise

Too many Americans believe that government control is the answer to our problems. They want to mandate toilet controls, the light bulbs we buy and the kind of energy we use.

Wrong! Activities like these only restrict choice and increase costs.

Look to Europe and you will see the impact of “Big Government” everywhere.

It Does Not Work!!!

Summary

Let’s take a few minutes and reflect on the great things we have in America. Enough of the “Gloom and Doom.”

Instead, let’s talk about our many successes.

  • Salute our progress in energy…Don’t try to shut it down.
  • Quit trying to pick “Winners and Losers” in the energy field and elsewhere. Let the free marketplace make these choices.
  • Stop “Regulation Mania.” Let us decide which light bulbs we want to buy.

America’s success was built on freedom of choice and a strong belief in our opportunities.

America is a great country. Let’s celebrate our many successes!!!

Minimum Skills = Minimum Wage

May, 2015

skills-wantedStreet protests and social commentary urging increases in the minimum wage may seem noble, but the logic
is flawed.

The basis for one’s earning power is tied to one’s skill level. The greater the skills, the greater the earning power. This is an economic fact of life.

The market for labor is based more on the employer’s needs than the employee’s wants. If the employer needs welders, he will hire welders and pay them in relation to the marketplace.

If there’s a shortage of welders, the employer will have to pay more. If there’s an abundance of welders, they’ll be paid less. This is the way the system has worked and will continue to work in the future.

Minimum Wage

It is common for one to start a career as a limited skill worker. These jobs usually pay in the minimum wage range because the required skill level is relatively low.

As the individual adds skills, and therefore becomes a more valuable employee, he or she can move to a higher paying position.

It is up to the individual to enhance his or her skills.

Unfortunately, our political “leadership” continues their divisive ways of pitting rich vs. poor. They claim low skill workers are entitled to $15 per hour in spite of their limited skills. That is not sound logic.

In Seattle and other West Coast cities, where $15 per hour minimum wage laws have passed, employers are finding their higher labor costs are not sustainable.

Help Wanted

Millions of good paying jobs are available. However, employers cannot find people with the right skills to fill them

We have an acute shortage of people trained in technical skills like computer science, electricians, auto mechanics, etc. We need more technical schools to train these people. The few such schools we have usually place 100% of their graduates in good paying jobs.

One example is Olathe, Kansas where the school district’s Advanced Technical Center produces certified, award winning auto technicians, welders, culinary chefs, nurses and more right out of high school. Graduates from the welding program can start work at up to $25 per hour, and be making $65,000 to $70,000 within two years.

Summary

Your skill level determines what you are worth in the marketplace. Every person should ask themselves, “What do I need to do to make myself more valuable?”

America is a great country. Opportunities are there. It is up to the individual to increase his or her skills to take advantage of all that our country has to offer.

Bottom line: More Skills = More Earning Power.