Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Romney and Perry argue over just who has created the most jobs.  Obama is out telling the nation that Congress should just “pass it now”, in reference to a $400 billion spending (oops, jobs) bill.  Still largely overlooked by all, is the very basic concept that government does not and never has, created jobs.  Jobs result only from the successful operation of a business.  This brings forward two very important points which all potential voters should consider. 

1.  If jobs result from successful business, what is the measure of whether a business is successful?  Those actively involved in daily business endeavors, like you or me, would immediately state that a business is successful when it generates a profit (i.e. makes money).  A profitable business maintains employment and leads to further employment through expansion.  If we are accurate, why then does every action of government attempt to limit, control, or exploit the profits of American business?  Tax rates, regulation, and interference work in opposition to the success of American business.  Simply stated, If I cannot profit from my business, I will not hire.  If I cannot profit, I will not expand my business.  If I cannot profit, why should I work at all?

2.  If our other “conservative” candidates truly understand this principle, why do they continue to tout their own record of job creation?  Do these candidates sincerely believe that they, as chief executive of a state or as a member of Congress, actually created jobs?  If so, they share the mindset of the current administration which they claim to oppose.  If not, then they are playing upon the ignorance of many voters.  A true conservative record will reflect an individual who held government at bay.  A great leader will place the credit of job creation where it should be and will not foster ignorance for the sake of election.

America is a poor credit risk.

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Today, the credit rating agency, S&P, lowered the U.S. credit outlook to “negative”.  The agency identifies the reason as uncertainty as to whether meaningful debt reduction will ever occur.  Not surprisingly, the Obama administration is downplaying the announcement, saying that it “underestimates the ability of America’s leaders to come together to address the difficult fiscal challenges facing the nation.”  If it were not so serious, this statement would almost be funny.  When was the last time your government inspired confidence?  When was the last time you felt our nation was in capable hands?  If you can’t remember, it is time for fundamental change.

Social Issue are Economic Issues

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

To all of those who would like to focus the discussion away from social issues, I offer this reminder.  As long as the Federal government is involved, social issues are economic issues.  Our current deficit and debt are at least partially the result of social programs.  Outside of national defense, border, or trade policies, identify one government program that does not at its core address social or domestic issues.  Do not be mislead, bringing social programs into the upcoming budget debate is entirely appropriate and absolutely necessary.  If the Federal government spends one dime on a social issue, the American people should have the opportunity to determine whether they support that program.  Social Security, health care, Planned Parenthood, or any other pet program cannot be exempt from scrutiny.  It is our “Great Society” which has brought us to this point in our history.

Priorities

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

What must get done?  What cannot be allowed to end?  What bills have to be paid?  These are questions that might very well be asked in any household across the U.S.  As families attempt to budget their lives, they first establish priorities.  Food, shelter, electricity, and fuel likely top the list.  No matter the circumstances, these things must take priority.  While this seems a fairly simple and reasonable approach, Washington seems to have never considered such.  While our borders are a joke, we fund Harry Reid’s cowboy poets.  While Americans are without jobs, we fund the EPA’s efforts to curtail business.  While American soldiers defend our freedom, we fund needle exchanges for drug addicts.  It is evident that it will require our voice to explain the budget process to Washington.  Start with what has to happen and work your way down.  When you run out of money you are done, no matter how noble the program or how many votes it might garner.

No Cherry Blossoms?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in jeopardy.  The Smithsonian, the National Zoo, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Park will all be forced to close their doors if the government shuts down.  The media is parading a host of disappointed tourists before the camera.  While fascinating to witness, where is the outrage over Washington spending this nation into oblivion.  What good are all of our National Parks if we bankrupt our nation.  What difference will it make that we had the best of intentions as we stand before the ruins of America.  Friends do not be distracted by the horror stories.  We may yet prevent the greater horror.

JaredBlankenship.com

Extremists?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Harry Reid has said that the Tea Party is made up of a bunch of extremists who are delaying the budget process.  He has forgotten several key points:

1.  The Democrats controlled both houses and failed to even prepare a budget all.                                                                            

2.  These extremists are average American citizens, not some special interest group.

3.  It has never before been considered extreme to live within our means. 

4.  The American people are not stupid.

Pay by the mile

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Leave it up to our Democrat friends to find innovative means to tax Americans.  Try this one on for size.  Tax the vehicle-miles traveled (VMT).  The Congressional Budget Office says that this will make us more efficient with our trips to the store and result in greater awareness of the cost of using the nation’s highways.  The reality is simply that they have squandered our dollars on other things and now need more to repair roads.  Those of you who drive 40,000 miles a year because you have to, can only image the impact on your budget.  Can you say higher taxes, increased cost for automobiles, outrageous compliance costs?  I say NO, Senator Kent Conrad, let’s just properly manage what we currently pay.

What happened to unemployment?

Monday, March 14th, 2011

What happened to a focused and determined effort to address unemployment?  I seem to remember this being a central theme of both the previous election and the State of the Union Address.  While our leadership is distracted by other things, let us consider a proposal which was suggested by a wise group of seniors who allowed me to share lunch with them today.  Their suggestion:  provide jobs for American citizens by supplying the majority of our country’s energy needs from our own resources.  These experienced Americans understand all too well the folly of being dependant upon foreign nations for our energy needs.  Imagine the jobs that could be created if we would just say no.  When will we heed the advice of experience?

The luxury of time….

Friday, March 11th, 2011

My banker recently asked (demanded) a budget and cash-flow for the 2011 business year.  As a businessman, I was forced to sit at my desk and analyze the numbers and submit a budget.  It resulted in some difficult choices as I consider future fuel prices, but my banker received a budget in timely fashion.  Why cannot the “brightest and the best” within the halls of Congress do the same?  Our budgets have long been adopted because we do not have the luxury of time to argue, debate, point fingers and stall.  Our banker is waiting.  Unfortunately, the entire leadership of this nation does not yet realize or understand what a vast majority of average American citizens know all too well.  The banker is waiting.

Last man standing

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Collective bargaining within the public sector is not a battle between employee and employer.  That may have been true of past struggles in the private sector.  Today we witness a contest to determine who will be the last man standing.  Unions may very well bankrupt the state, but they will have what they believe to be theirs.  Of what value is an agreement with a bankrupt employer?  Perhaps it does not matter if you are the last man standing.