Economic Prosperity

From 1870 to 1913, America’s real GDP increased from $20 billion to $131 billion from 1870 to 1913.

That is a huge GDP increase. It brought prosperity to America. Over those 43 years, America had its highest growth ever over any continuous period of time

In 1913, the US central bank, known as the Federal Reserve, was established.

The relevance of this GDP growth is for Americans to comprehend that America achieved its best growth during a period when it did not have a central bank. Also, there was no so-called stimulus conjured up by government.

The only stimulus applied to America was by the American people who worked hard and developed products and services to improve their lifestyles using capitalistic principles.

Crimes, Morals, Ethics, & Lying

Too Much To Cover… But let’s start anyway.

There are more ethical people than unethical people in today’s world. I never thought about it, but I agree.

I only lie, cheat, and act immorally and unethically if I am likely to get away with it. But I don’t want to think about this.

I never lie, cheat, act immorally and unethically except when I state that “I never lie, cheat, and act immorally and unethically.” Why would I ever think about this?

Is it worse, that is, less good, to be immoral or amoral? I don’t understand this issue.

If you are a lawyer, is it possible to be ethical most of the time? I wouldn’t even try.

If you are a lawyer is it possible to tell the truth most of the time? I wouldn’t even try.

I don’t concern myself with lying, cheating, and being immoral and unethical. Why should I?

An act is not immoral, unethical unless it directly hurts someone. How could I know?

Should all immoral, unethical acts be crimes under the law? If so, everyone would be in jail.

If I steal something and then use it for a good purpose, was it a crime to steal? I better not think about this point.

If in my business I promote a less worthy person ahead of a more worthy person for an irrelevant reason, is that ethical?  (Disregard the wise business practice aspect.) The government will not allow me to think about this point.

If in my business I promote a less worthy person ahead of a more worthy person for an irrelevant reason, am I treating the less worthy person ethically? Again, I’m not allowed to think about this.

If in my business I hold back a more worthy person because I need to promote a less worthy person, is that ethical?

If I don’t cooperate as much as I can with my team members, is that unethical?

If as an employee, I don’t work to my full potential, am I being unethical? I better not think about this point.

If I don’t work to my full potential, do I earn all the money I am paid?

I Know What I Know

But Do I Know What I Don’t Know?

I am fairly smart and well educated. I know that I know a lot about many topics. In fact, I am so confident that I know so much about so many topics that I do not need to learn much more.

There are people who believe that I need to learn more about a variety of topics. I realize that I don’t know what I don’t know.

Because I don’t know what I don’t know, I am curious and want to learn about new topics.

But I don’t want to learn much about new topics. I enjoy being arrogant and ignorant.

Lecturing — Everyone’s Favorite Pastime

This survey was to contain 9 questions. Instead, let’s get to the point without lecturing. SO, here is the 9th, the last question:

9.  Would you like all those who lecture us on how to live our lives, what to do and not do, what to eat and not eat, who to like and not like, and more  —  to stop lecturing?

And what else do you have this to say about being lectured to by so many people?

But because lecturing is so prevalent today, just a few more non-lecturing points follow.

9+1. The lectures we get from some politicians and some issue-oriented leaders dictate the ways they believe we should feel and act.  Have you noticed that many liberal advocates who are most adamant rarely smile or include much humor in their lectures?

9+2. The September 11, 2001 attacks by cave-dwelling extremist fanatics is an example of lecturing given the ultimate action. That is, those cave-dwellers sit in their caves, living like rats, mandating that women are not allowed to function as human beings, and lecturing that Western Civilization is not fit to exist so they must end its existence in the name of their god.

Danger & Warning Signs

Recognizing Danger Early Is A Necessary Prerequisite For Prospering and Surviving Over the Long Term

The luxury ocean liner Titanic was known to be unsinkable.  On its maiden voyage it sank. Do you think this type of accident could happen today?

A fluke accident caused the Concord airliner to crash while taking off from Paris. Do you think this type of accident could happen today?

Sunday, December 7, 1941 at 6 o’clock the Japanese executed a sneak attack upon the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor killing over 2300 men and women.  Do you think a sneak attack could be as successful today?

The naval warship USS Cole was attacked by terrorists. Do you think this type of accident could happen today?

In 1933 Hitler came to power in a bloodless takeover through political maneuvering during the election for chancellor of Germany. Do you think this type of bloodless takeover could happen today?

Have you heard about terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels, Madrid, Mumbai, Bali, Peru, the Middle East, etc.? Which do you think is the greater danger to a nation, a sneak attack by an outside enemy that unites the people against the enemy, a bloodless takeover by a politician that divides the populace, or is this issue too complex for you to think about?

Have you thought about the post-election legal maneuvering to ‘win’ US elections?

If you were losing a contest that was important to you, would you want to win by changing the rules? Likely you answer this “yes”, if you are a politician.

Energy Policy

Get A Plan

Today’s world uses a wide range of directly distilled products, byproducts and oil derivatives to provide energy for everything from manufacturing to farming to cooking, cleaning, shopping, going to and from work, to entertainment and more. These comforts and normal requirements available in industrialized nations are provided by energy originally delivered as energy from the sun and today derived from energy stored in oil.

Use of America’s Alaskan reserve, known as ANWR, and undersea drilling, and pipelines stretching across long distances are needed to replace nearby empty oil fields and bridge civilization’s needs until new sources of renewable energy can be invented, discovered, and implemented.

Industrialized nations are in a precarious situation under OPEC’s control because they have failed to develop independent comprehensive long-term energy policies to insure adequate oil supplies at fair prices, coordinated short-term plans and policies to deal with OPEC, and coordinated long-term plans and policies to deal with OPEC. Development of alternative efficient, clean, abundant energy sources is proceeding but is frought with political road blocks.

The United States should immediately develop a national near-term and long-range oil source discovery policy. This policy needs a plan to invent alternative energy sources, initiate an end to passive acceptance of OPEC controls, and provide global coordinated global leadership to effectively deal with OPEC.

Leadership will be needed before the industrialized nations can organize to develop a policy.

Major industrialized nations should join together, develop a plan, and confront the oil producing nations that belong to the OPEC cartel as well as the non-OPEC oil producers to implement a high-level long-term policy and supply arrangement.

Reasonably priced, available oil supplies are essential to support today’s civilization and provide for evolution to more efficient forms of energy.  Industrialized nations should establish an Organization of Oil Consuming Nations, OOCN.

Since the early 1970s the industrialized nations have competed against each other while groveling under OPEC on its terms. Industrialized nations continue to be terrorized by the OPEC cartel’s machinations, quasi-price fixing, and unenlightened management that has little understanding of productivity, progress or business.

The proposed OOCN organization should provide a unified front to negotiate with OPEC on its scale. OOCN should identify itself as OPEC’s biggest — and only — customer. Even if any nation, including China, chose to not join OOCN, it would not be a large enough customer to support the ravenous needs of the OPEC cartel. The OOCN would still operate on a large scale to buy oil commensurate with OPEC’s supply oligopoly.

OOCN would be mandated to build a coherent Long-term Global Energy Policy, make long-term supply and price agreements with OPEC. Importantly, OOCN would be empowered to deal separately with non-OPEC oil producing nations. OOCN could fracture the OPEC oligopoly into a multi-lateral market consisting of buyers and sellers — each needing to do rational deals.

A separate multinational coalition of energy consuming nations could elect to cooperate in an energy alternative program charged to coordinate oil, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, coal, nuclear, geothermal, wind and fuel cell sources with user demand, and develop efficient, abundant, long-term alternative energy sources.

Do you believe the following energy sources could provide adequate supplies of efficient, clean energy for all industrialized nations if allocated efficiently within each nation and region?
Nuclear
Geothermal
Solar
Wind
Oil
Hydroelectric
Fuel cells
Coal
A combination of each

Deception

Smoke & Mirrors & Other Deceptions

We believe deception is more prevalent today than 50 years ago. We observe examples of deception in the personal relationships of some friends.

Do you observe examples of deception in your workplace? Do you participate in deceptive maneuvers in your workplace?

Do you believe you could succeed more at work if you used deceptive tactics more often in your workplace?

If you did succeed more at work through deceptive tactics, would that be success to you?

Do you believe we live in what can be labeled The Age of Deception?

What Worries Me

Generally, I am a person who contemplates serious issues, is concerned about about where society is heading, follows the news, but doesn’t get too involved. My best friend prefers to follow sports only, doesn’t contemplate serious issues, and goes through life without taking anything seriously.

I worry that I worry too much.

Some life-style things that worry me include that I don’t exercise enough
and some days I exercise too much. I feel guilty if I don’t exercise most days. And, stupidly, I feel guilty if I don’t exercise enough to give me pain.

Some work things that worry my friend include that she don’t worry enough about work, but that on some days she worries too much about work. She feels guilty that she dislikes her job and that her co-workers dislike each other and their boss. They all dislike the company they work for.

Some political things that worry me include that I don’t trust my government, there is a lack of political leadership in my country and around the world. Where might any decent leadership ever come from?

Some food things that worry me include that I enjoy eating all foods that I like and enjoy eating foods that the experts say aren’t good for me. Sometimes I eat too much good food and often too much junk food.Some everyday things that worry me include breathing second-hand smoke, global warming, air pollution, high taxes, cholesterol, aggressive drivers and those who run stop signs & red lights.

Some bigger things that worry me include that most people don’t recall the real bull market in stocks started in August of 1982. Most people don’t understand that economic ups & downs often take a long time to develop — 8, 15, 20 years & more. The long Reagan policy induced bull market in stocks was an early sign of today’s prosperous economy. Seeds of today’s prosperity were planted in 1981.

I am worried that I may not have answered this survey correctly.
I know I shouldn’t be since there’s no right or wrong way to respond.

I wish we could all stop worrying so much about many of the things that the media and politicians tell us we should worry about.