Are there any ways to maintain our free market systems integrity and stop the free fall of our economy while preserving our representative republic and principles of democracy?
* we need to get some options on the table first of all. With many, many great and innovative ideas along with known methods and their consequences, it would seem we have plenty that could work in some combination. But, these are not on the table as viable options and they must be to even be considered.
* money and money-making enterprise does not happen in an isolated system – meaning that economics in a broad sense is flowing, fluid and dynamic rather than closed-loop stasis or “static”. Some, in fact many options that may work well in a closed-loop or static system don’t work in the same manner on macro-economies (of scale.)
At the point in which a macro-economy becomes static and ceases to be a moving target to be fixed, it is normally too late to mask its demise. Certainly, its “fixable” but not only do many corrections and stimulations need to be done simultaneously, but also the anticipated results and predictable outcome aspects are harder to adjust.
However, that being said, the greatest one solution that I, personally, can see is to awaken a new and extraordinary set of business models that serve the needs of our country and a global consumer base. That’s my opinion. A set of new and more adequate technology groups, applications of current advances into business as products and services, applications of advances into transportation and supply services sectors, along with a greater use of effective, lower overhead delivery and marketing systems could make genuine positive change in the system.
Its not always about creating something nor in stimulating the manufacture of products (as has been made obvious in the intangibles being sold in financial markets.) However, at its core, without creating something, manufacturing something, selling some things that are tangible and concrete, without providing for real needs in the lives of people who as consumers, purchase them – there isn’t a marketplace nor macro economy to be a construct.
It is an absolute fact that money can serve no end but in trading for a commodity of some kind, by definition. It can’t provide nourishment by eating it, doesn’t warm nor clothe, and in the throes of our Great Society still won’t give its owner the basic provision of needs unless traded in acquisition of them.
Consequently, as a model of efficiency and first thrust while maintaining a form of government and market driven economy to which we’ve agreed, a number of influences can be rightly made. Change the level of regulations downward and to a far less stringent and costly basis for start-ups of small and medium-sized businesses to stimulate immediate growth. Enhance manufacturing incentives for companies in existence and starting up to apply new advances and technologies while helping to lower costs and train to use them and to apply them effectively. Encourage development of existing consumer-based possibilities by adding capital across the board into small and regional banks / community banks precisely for startups, for expansion, refurbishment, new technology and new employee hires to be made in the community. Help make paperwork and systems supporting employees more user-friendly, based in reality and efficient.
Provide education to a higher level for all through direct subsidy of colleges to train any and all who would choose to participate of any age group. Provide innovation capital in a different way than currently exists whereby anyone can have some reasonable amount by application and good excuse to create what is theirs to create, barring none from access to this opportunity either by its difficulty, its screening process, its qualifiers for application, its costs or by virtue of no one knowing about it.
Stop micro-managing the twit out of everything as a government entity with four miles of paperwork, reports and time-consuming, man-hour consuming processes which are not providing oversight, coordination nor better service delivery. It would be helpful if the degree of coordination within the government among its members and agencies and programs were enhanced. But without an interface of coordinated and flowing interaction with the communities its serves, the government serves no useful purpose. Great strides in these areas have been made but some old ways are still stuck on stupid and remain to this day and to our great detriment.
Stop using our department of labor as a clearinghouse for jobs, screening and for potential employers to use as a temporary employment services agency and as a personnel / human resources department. That is not a facility of government nor of a democratic government, in particular, nor of a free market economy. It puts others in that business, out of business and out of employment. Free training was funded to be offered through DOL which has also become a hybrid of the antithesis of what was intended. To many service workers and case managers in these human resources government agencies, programs that exist are unknown and at the local and state levels, the funds intended for the use of these programs have been diverted to other things. Often these funds are benefitting government employees, being used for training seminars and workshops to be covered for government employees in expense-laden convention and hotel facilities, giving bonuses and other opportunities to agency staff, administrators or local business “friends” and being diverted to cover pet projects and programs to the exclusion of others rather than where the funds were intended to help. These practices need to be stopped or modified.
Change passport, visa and international movement regulations, requirements and fees to something approaching good and common sense. It makes the opportunities to interact globally into a strange proposition of chance and undue expense. This includes movement of more than key executives wanting to vacation in Switzerland. The movement of business startups into the global arenas can be facilitated as well, but many small businesses could expand if their products and services could simply be offered in cities and regions across America where right now it is prohibitive.
Once fees, permits, licenses, registrations, patent fees, copyright fees, trademark fees, state filing fees and on and on, have been paid, applications made and not one sale has moved forward, why would anyone want to go through the process on the “iffy” chance it might work?
Written by Cricket Diane C “Sparky” Phillips, 09-27-08, USA