It’s been a while since I’ve written many blog posts. The truth is I am having a difficult time writing about marketing, sales, leadership and creativity at this point in time. I wasn’t sure why I was feeling this way. I’m going to be 62 this year and I realize I am in the last passage of my life so I thought that maybe I’m worrying too much about picking the perfect thing to do at this time. It’s important to me to not waste time on stuff that I don’t believe will matter. I’d like to leave this world a better place if that is possible.
I see a lot of people struggling right now with the economy. How can I help them? I’m very worried about people who have started their own business and don’t have much of a marketing background and probably little to no sales experience.
But, the one thing that keeps forcing its way into my thoughts is what’s been happening to our own country. Nearly 15 million people are officially unemployed and another 12 million have either settled for part-time work or given up the search for a job. Many of these people have started their own businesses with most of them relying upon trading time for money which is not sustainable over the long haul especially if you don’t want to work 7 days a week and 12 hours minimum a day.
These 27 million people are in even more trouble because most of them have gone through all or part of their retirement funds trying to keep their homes or pay back the banks. And, meanwhile, Republicans and other Conservatives have declared war on social safety net programs in order to look like they are trying to balance the budget. The budget was balanced before George W. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and a band of war criminals lied to invade Iran while letting Osama Bin Laden slip into Pakistan. “It’s the war, stupid,” should be the battle cry for anyone who really wants to balance the budget and stop some of the madness of the military-industrial complex.
Over the last 40 years this country has become a democracy in name only. The wealthy control everything and the government, politicians and courts have sold all the rest of us out. Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex back in the 50’s and we ignored him. As a result we are now faced with a country that is not a democracy and millions of people who thought they were middle class and living the American dream only to find there is no longer any middle class. There is the wealthy and the rest of us. And, heaven help the poor because most everyone else has already done so.
More and more people who thought they were middle class are losing their homes because they have lost their jobs and are no longer employable. This is happening while the financial CEO’s report enormous new profits along with windfall bonuses for the same people who are largely responsible for this mess. Goldman Sachs average year-end bonus was $430,000. Meanwhile, 43,000,000 Americans are receiving food stamps.
Am I the only one seeing this? I don’t think so. I’ve sent out queries to friends and business contacts and they’re seeing the same things. Maybe it’s the people I associate with, maybe not. So I thought I’d post this here and get your input. What are the top three things you have personally noticed happening around you that concern you? What about that issue concerns you most?