If you have being breathing the past few years you know that 2012 has been a tremendously prophesied year, and according to the Mayan Calendar, time runs out. Notable visionaries have predicted worldwide changes to the Earth’s surface, redefined coast lines and continents divided. Others have interpreted the new year as the beginning of a NEW AGE of enlightenment where we see our place on Earth in a more holistic way, fully connected to ”Mother Earth” and to all of Earth’s population. Whatever you believe 2012 will bring, how you live it is your decision. For myself, I will live it a day at a time, do the best work I can do that day, appreciate ALL that is presented to me as an opportunity to learn, grow and enrich the experience for myself and for the people I encounter that day. So my wish for you is the same. It is your decision, should our paths cross, I will do my best to make it ALL it can be.
2012, I choose to think of it as a New Beginning. Michael Grant
Confidence Drives The Economy
We meet folks all the time that want to buy or build a new home who are slow to commit because of their lack of confidence in our economy. We have a congress that isn’t doing its job, an uncertain economic future and the average Joe isn’t sure if he will have a job next week. In my opinion, it all boils down to lack of leadership. Lack of leadership in congress (on both sides of the isle). Lack of leadership in the business community and lack of leadership in our society. By this I mean it is about time we all stood up and said enough is enough.
Why do we have career politicians; people that get so far removed from everyday life that they can not possibly understand what the average Joe needs or wants. Well I will tell you. It’s because we keep voting them in! Our founding fathers intended congress to be a cross representation of “the people” they represent. How can a senator or congressman that has never been in a Walmart or Dollar Store possibly understand the needs of the average Joe? They can’t! It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, live well or live modestly. Everyone has had to make changes in their behavior as an adjustment to our slow economy. The paradigm has shifted with all of us EXCEPT a great number of our representatives in congress. They play by different rules. They have their own healthcare program (there exempt from the Obama healthcare program you know), their own retirement plan (they still get paid after they leave office), they are exempt from insider trading, etc. etc. Why should they play by a different set of rules than the rest of us? I think both the House and the Senate should have mandatory term limits just like the president does. This would force them to go back home and make a living just like the rest of us and would bring new representatives into office that understand the challenges of the times.
Just my two cents…..
Joe Folsom , Modern Rustic Homes 706-273-7140 Web: http://www.ModernRusticHomes.com
Trying to assess the truth and reality of the Occupy Movement has been difficult. The news media brings us sensationalism and tragedy, but little real content. The few spokespeople that have surfaced with an intelligent message have been drowned out by the guy banging on the drums in the background. Then there is the Occupy venue, most notable the park in New York, now cleared out for sanitation reasons. I’ve no doubt the park was getting a little gamey, dangerous and ineffectual towards the Movement. The articulate Occupiers that we have seen are really the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface are a huge number of people equally frustrated and afraid for our country. I wonder why we have not seen an Occupy Washington D.C. Would this not be more appropriate?
So what is the real message of the Occupy Movement? I think it is a growing number of people that are frustrated, fearful and disgusted by the dishonesty, the corruption and the complicity of Wall Street and Washington. So let’s be honest. Would the State of the Union have gotten into this mess had the Power Brokers in Washington not become the minions of the Wall Street cronies? It does take two to tango. Look at the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle if you need evidence of how corrupt, and incredulous this dance has become.
So what do we do about it? We do have a choice and are better equipped than ever to let Wall Street and Washington know how we feel. We decide who we will vote for in an election and we decide which companies from which to purchase products and services. If you think your vote doesn’t count, YOUR WRONG! That is what the career politicians are counting on. It is time each and every one of us stands up and does his or her part in deciding our future. Yes, it is up to YOU and it is up to ME to make a difference for our children and our future. Write your congressman. Write your Senator and let the guys in Washington know they represent us and are accountable to us. More importantly, let them know we are not sitting this one out. We are watching and will hold them accountable for their actions and their votes. Lastly, send a letter to the companies that are ripping us off, and then quit doing business with them. We can make a difference. Get out and vote this coming election and make a difference in our future, our destiny and our quality of life.
Vote with your ballot and your pocket book. Take notice of your candidates’ content and character before casting your ballot. Choose wisely and for a candidate with conviction, direction and a track record with the ability to lead. Look for candidates that respect and understand our Constitution and have real solutions for today’s greatest challenges. We live in a country that offers freedoms and privileges like none other. Exercise this freedom and cast your vote. Let our representatives in Washington know we are the people of the United States of America and our voice will be heard.