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(Gun Violence + Young People + Unemployment) x Little Hope = Local Newspaper Obituaries

Rockford has a horrible history of young people being dead at a very, very young age.
Rockford has a horrible history of young people being dead at a very, very young age.
(Gun Violence + Young People + Unemployment) x Little Hope = Local Newspaper Obituaries.

As a sophomore in high school in 1976 I started coaching youth baseball during the summer. I went on to coach little kids in baseball for 12 years almost every summer and love each and every ball, strike and out. As a young adult I worked for a local community center in shall I say a “marginal” area of town where gang violence was sadly and tragically abundant.

I became creative and dedicated to finding solutions to the gun, gang and young people doing the wrong things at the wrong times and ending up dead. With the assistance of a local YMCA we created a “Late Night or Midnight Basketball League” targeted for “at risk” young people. The program started at 10:00 p.m. and the basketball games ended at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Proudly for the last nearly 14 years I have been teaching high school business, computers, newspaper, yearbook, accounting to a population that is represented by 85% free/reduced lunches, 7th highest city crime statistics, and 3rd most miserable city to live. Sadly, I have developed a diverse, complicated first hand knowledge of the difficulties faced in difficult times in difficult at best surroundings.

1. Was the program a success? YES
2. Did it reduce gun violence during its offering? YES
3. Did fewer young people end up Dead? YES
4. Was it a long-term program that could make a long-term impact? NO

What this program did show was that given a large, complicated problem of gang/young people having nothing to do in the evening with way to much energy solutions could be discovered.

1. Is there an easy answer to gun violence, gangs, underemployment, unemployment, companies with manufacturing operations in third world countries? NO
2. Is a solution to these impossible? NO
3. Is the solution difficult, complicated, and creative? YES
4. Do I have those answers? YES

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We Can and Should Do Better… All Americans deserve the effort….

Tears of gun violence have become a familiar refrain throughout the United States of America
Tears of gun violence have become a familiar refrain throughout the United States of America
We Can and Should Do Better… All Americans deserve the effort….

The time has arrived when Americans must realize that we face a new norm economically and employment growth stagnation. We (Americans) have gotten lazy. With the exception of the nearly constant media circus related to cell phones and other electronic devices. Sadly, most if not all the production of those technologies are manufactured in China, Taiwan, Japan or other Asian countries.

Americans have spoken for a second time and chosen the best man for the job of saving Americas bacon for the next 4 years as it relates to job growth and business creation that without fail tends to drive the “mood” or “happiness” feelings of Americans around the globe.

There have been tragic moments of violence in many unsuspecting locations throughout the United States. As a reflex action and in my opinion the least complicated action to be taken gun control was made a priority by our elected few. The time has arrived when “we” Americans must once again get the creative juices flowing yet again and discover a solution not to gun control entirely, but more specifically the reason that violent people need or have the opinion that they need to use a gun to get their issues into the mainstream press.

The United States of America became the incredible country it is now due to forward thinking problem and challenge solvers that were able to take adversity and create viable and inspirational industries that exist today and employee thousands of Americans. I am not blowing smoke, but rather envisioning the United States of America taking another step forward to prosperity for all whom are willing to put in the effort to live dignified existence.

Solutions can be thought of from a wide variety of people. Often times those that are closest to the problem are often blinded by the bright light that often glows from the complicated problems and issues. The solutions have not been easily discovered and formulated. The challenge that remains are for those that can and currently do control the minds and agenda of out nation take the time to contact me to in fact discover the future of our country the Great United States of America.

There is a solution to gun violence, underemployment, unemployment, teen deaths, gang violence, gang growth, mass shootings, gun control, hold ups, school violence, low graduation rates, and other difficulties that inhibit the happiness of Americans. Send an email to: patrickfox016@gmail.com to become a part of the solution rather than a member of the bucket brigade attempting to put out the gun violence by limiting the use of an innate object rather that the spark of that ignites the violence.

Chinese Workers vs American Unemployed

Chinese workers are motivated, proud and demanding of a better more dignified existance.
Chinese workers are motivated, proud and demanding of a better more dignified existance.
Americans of all colors have a commonality of being unemployed all over the USA.
Americans of all colors have a commonality of being unemployed all over the USA.
Chinese Workers vs American Unemployed

Let me first say God Bless the incredibly highly motivated and proud Chinese workers that desired a better life for them and their familes that had historically been relagated to rice fields and small villages of no wages or little wages.

Let me follow up by saying it is about time that “WE” proud Americans tear out a chapter from the Chinese motivational manual and get the desire for a more proud and motivated lifestyle. We Americans need to stop bitching and moaning about the bad rich guys and the liberal or conservative government officials that are being blamed and GET A LIFE.

The time has arrived for Round 2 in the Match of the 20th Century for Jobs, Dignity and Family strength via earning a dignified and respectable wage. Sadly, “We” Americans have gotten our butts kicked in Round 1 but the good news is that Round 2 could be a Game Changer for the once Proud American team.

I am not rich, I did not attend Harvard, Yale or a Big Ten University or even been elected to a political office. That being said, I do have viable, doable solutions for our high crime rates, low high school graduation rates, high foreclosure rates, high underemployment rates, high unemployment rates, low college education rates that can be directly impacted by a comprehensive, innovative, and entreprenurial effort that very well may mean “We Americans” could win the next several Rounds of the Match of the Century.

The New Norm demands New Entreprenuers… NOW

The New Norm demands New Entreprenuers… NOW

It is time to wake up and smell the roses everyone. The recovery is here and sadly this is a jobless or mostly jobless recovery. I know that reality rather sucks, but sometimes as much as we hate to acknowledge reality it is time to man up and dip a toe in the real world.

The United States of America is the most powerful, influential country in the world for one reason and one reason alone. We were the best and creating solutions to the needs and wants of the population over the last 150 years. The challenge we face now is that “WE MUST” essentially forget about our trophies, accolades and other awards and get entreprenueral hungry once again like we did coming out of the 1800’s.

We have lost two incredible innovators Walter E. Disney and Steven Jobs. They have had detractors and copycats, but they were the best at transforming the world into a better place.

Help me get the word out and make the United States stonger for everyone within its boundaries not just the 10%.

Why Gun Violence? Lets take one state and build a wall around it for those…

Why Gun Violence? Let’s take one state and build a wall around it for those…

It’s been said by some that guns are the reason for gun violence. I would propose the idea that people are responsible for gun violence. It is truly sad that some in our population lack the education, social graces, motivation, mental capacity, or just luck. Some say that these limitations or obstructions to success are self inflicted, thus the blame falls squarely on those that tend to shoot their self in their foot.

I would argue that unless we completely build a wall around an entire state and ship all those covered under the previous categories to live out their lives in chaos within the walls then we need a viable solution to correcting their status.

The time has arrived for innovation, creativity, genius, open-mindedness, and an understanding that until we respect, accept that their exist a major problem within our population gun violence and or violence in our communities, schools, theaters, work places, and homes will not subside but rather heighten in occurrence.

The plan I have created and desire its implementation will do the following:

1. Increase educational levels for undereducated
2. Increase working wage jobs
3. Increase home sales
4. Increase economic activity via taxes derived from employment
5. Decrease Drug Use
6. Decrease Gun Violence
7. Decrease Violence
8. Decrease Domestic Violence
9. Student discipline issues in schools
10. Decrease unemployment
11. Decrease veterans unemployment
12. Decrease baby boomer unemployment
13. Increase industrial tax base for local and state governments
14. Increase skill based education levels
15. Decrease home foreclosures
16. Decrease personal bankruptcies
17. Decrease teen and young adult deaths due to gun violence

USA is in danger of losing middle class living wage dignity

USA is in danger of losing middle class living wage dignity.

My entire life I have felt that if one works hard, refuses to give up, and keeps focused success would come their way. At 53 I no longer feel that is a given. Since 2008 when the economic, and financial world of so many Americans were rocked to its core the presumption of success based on effort, motivation, staying focus no longer promised anything.

Major companies in the USA have taken their jobs and thus money to North Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan and other locations not located in the USA. 100,000’s of jobs left our shores for in expensive wages, no insurance costs, and little or no regulation.

I have nothing against any of those people that have taken the jobs with the companies locating in foreign countries as they have essentially hit the lottery as compared to their prior financial existence. These new employees have gone from working in the rice fields, farms to making what they consider to be a fortune.

Back home in the USA… many of our population with limited or perhaps only high school education live in poverty, despair and in many instances complete humiliation and lack of dignity. The populations I refer to is are those that consistently commit the crimes with and without guns, exist on charities, and act as a sponge on local, state and federal budgets.

The time to change the direction of the USA and its deteriorating middle class is now. Don’t presume it is going to get better without first acknowledging that in fact it needs to improve.

USA forgot how to innovate…let’s remember

USA forgot how to innovate…let’s remember

Innovation and the desire and willingness to innovate are what made the United States of America the incredible country it is today. Sadly, that same innovation ability has faltered regarding new industry, inventions and or services. Instead most of our companies are tweaking old designs of inventions and industries that have existed for a very long time.

The global meltdown in 2008 cost 100,000’s jobs and now we are seeing a economic recovery unlike any post recession or depression experience. The recovery has become known as the “Jobless Recovery”.

Thus the argument for this blog:
The financial markets are hitting records, companies are making record profits and yet the companies’ generally did not rehire layoff employees from the 2008 meltdown. Sadly, companies realized they could achieve “like” or “better” financial results without hiring back employees by better use of computers or robots.

That is fact… now Americans must begin to do what made us the great nation we are today… TIME TO INNOVATE once again.