It’s time. ALL you age 50+ entreprenuers, Innovation Experts, Problem Solvers its time to unite and make our voices known once again. We (yes I am 53) need to come together and straighten out the entreprenuer, innovator and problem solver challenges that face the USA. I strongly believe that it was our generation that became the backbone of what made the United States of America the incredible country it became over the last 25 years.
Many of us have been cast off as to expensive, outdated, or perhaps the hated 3 letter word….”old”.
Sadly the “New Norm” economically, housing market, job market and gas prices are still a work in progress. I dislike with a passion the pain and suffering being inflicted on lower and middle class Americans. The short and long term suffering that adults over age 50 have been experiencing have been profound and insulting.
For the past 30 years millions of proud Americans have worked long hours and help grow many successful companies. This age group has been the cement like foundation to so much of America’s success yet today many are cast aside as expensive and unworthy.
According to CNNMoney today 10’s of thousands jobs will be impacted when the cuts take place March 1. Like I said in an earlier blog post all three political parties are blaming each other but down deep they all realize it is a necessary action.
Save Lives, Save Children, Make Living Wage Jobs, Create Self Dignity. I don’t really think my goals are that difficult to understand. What rule is it that states if one is not an elected official and/or not a President/CEO of a major multi-billion dollar company one can not create and/envision a significant/major solution to gun violence in the USA?
Ok people it is time to wake and smell the roses. It’s time to stop picking on the companies that have chosen to manufacture their products in some other country versus right here in the USA. Don’t entirely blame the companies; it is “us” the consumer and their stock holders that demand they make the substantial profit the companies are making combined with selling their products at incredibly low prices. If anyone would like to pay an additional 20%-30% more for nearly all products they purchase please step forward.
The time has arrived to make friends with these companies that currently have been wise and manufactured their products in other countries. A discussion to provide them with financially intelligent choices based on optimum profits and stock holder happiness can and will provide a compelling reason for bringing them their manufacturing and assembly operations back to the USA.
Attention: Rockord Register Star, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, CNN Money, CNN, Business Week, The Washington Post, Google, Bill Gates
Complaining about gun violence, unemployment and high crime rates in Chicago, or Rockford Illinois is getting very popular for local politicans and the media.
I think all the politicians in both Rockford and Chicago Illinois should get together and have a really big press conference for all the media to attend to provide as much “NEWS AT 5” footage as possible. Lets hear all the complaints about lack of police officers, lack of jail space, lack of handcuffs and finally the need for stiffer sentences for those that break the crimes.
At what point will there be a willingness to sit down with innovators, problem solvers, high ranking “Decision Maker” politicians to develop, implement Free Enterprise business model solutions to the “reasons or causes” of gun violence/violence and high crime rates?
Indeed there is a magic want to create jobs. It takes an innovator, problem solver and perhaps someone that lives it each and every day to in fact search out and find that evasive magic wand that you claim does not exist.
For some reason the media and elected officials refuse to accept that a person not in the public eye, not elected, not terribly egotistical can actually search out find that magic wand to job creation. Really?
Here is the problem in a nutshell:
1. Lack of living wage jobs in America
2. Lack of educated Americans to take the jobs that already exist
3. Corporate America realized that after The Great Recession of 2008 that they no longer need millions of extra employees to get the job done.
4. Unemployed workers want jobs, but either re-training is difficult to accomplish or excessively expensive.
5. 1,000’s of United States Manufacturing companies have moved their manufacturing operations to Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and other low wage, low skill, low need countries.
6. The middle class is disapearing and the lower class is growing as the nearly 80% of the United States lacks post high school education.
7. Age 40+ Americans are being laid off at astounding numbers as a result of the “new norm” in the global market place as it relates to financial compensation.
CNN – Mr. John D. Sutter the solution is not that difficult, but by no means impossible to impact within each and ever downtrodden community in the USA.
As a high school teacher for the last 14 years in Rockford, Illinois I have come to realize that dreams of success that my students entertain do not depend on the their skin color, their gender, or their sexual orientation.
The school I teach is located in a city that in the last census stated that only 20% had a post high school education, and currently 85% of my students receive free or reduced lunches. Do they have a chance to be the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Dr. Percy Juilian? I would say the deck is stacked sky high against them.
Here is what I learned last night during President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
1. He feels business will be the economic savior of our union.
2. He has great expectations of young people in the United States.
3. He has become buddies with Tim Cook CEO of Apple.
4. Obama and Cook have negotiated Apple to start manufacturing some of its incredible products in the United States in 2013.
5. Obama has created an Manufacturing/Education facility in Ohio
6. Obama wants to create 3 more in the most heavily impacted cities in the United States.
7. Obama would like bigger business to make it less difficult for business to surivive and flourish.
Rubio essentially agrees with everything except #7. He wants smaller government and less regulations that will make it less difficult for business to succeed due to less paperwork.
Bottom line. Lets get over the political obstacles and get on to finding a middle ground. We need to spend less but also need to grow more. Neither party has said that “no” money can be spent. Regardless of one’s political opinion I don’t think anyone honestly feels that our country has a chance of success with out a combination of cuts and spending.