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It's been awhile since I have blogged, as I have been working my way through the tough parts of life. But I feel like the current state of the US economy is pulling me back into action. The common factor on most Americans minds is “what is the trouble with our economy?”

You really don't have to look that far to find some answers:

  1. A current presidential, millionaire candidate that has been outsourcing work to other countries in order that his golden pockets get heavier?
  2. A clothing designer who has US Olympic team uniforms made overseas? Yah, that makes sense!
  3. A city mayor, ex basketball player, who thinks the solution to a city's financial woes is building ANOTHER arena for basketball?
  4. A state governor who thinks the solution to rapidly declining funds is to increase taxes on local business and cut much needed services to the needy?
  5. A population of older parents who think ALL successful kids must graduate college with an unending debt of school loans before they even make money or know how to do anything productive at all?
  6. Education officials that need $200k jobs to do…. What exactly? While the teachers and students struggle.
  7. Checkout lines that are robotically controlled by the patrons themselves, while previous cashiers lose their jobs?
  8. A population of prisoners that continues to increase and grow more dangerous but not be valued by anyone at all?
  9. Allowing religious institutions to play politics, own property, devalue opposing populations and yet pay 0 taxes?
  10. A small percentage of Americans controlling most of the money?
  11. Banks being saved by the government for making crooked decisions?
  12. Athletes who make more money than entrepreneurs?

And the problem with the economy is what again???

 

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As everyone in California knows, our economy has slipped and fallen and needs a really big “clapper” to obtain help getting back up again. Years of abuse by corporate greed coupled with bad state leadership has resulted in a collapsed economy that spends more money than makes. Our budget battles are long and drawn out and always result in services being cut to some deserving California communities.  Nobody is happy in the end and California continues to be propelled into an abyss of despair that seems impossible to stop. Image of dollars and cents

But maybe if Californian’s join the 21st century and begin to think more progressively and put away their bibles and “holier than thou” attitudes, (leave those archaic moralistic ideals to the ignorant) we may be able to bring back a thriving, energetic, and creative economy.

The basics of balancing a budget are rather simple and based on numerical facts. All that is needed is basic arithmetic, you know…addition, subtractions and occasional multiplication. A budgeted entity must bring in more money than it loses annually while maintaining all of the static assets it has obtained in past years. Very simple and yet, politicians solutions are always to CUT CUT CUT.

On our road to recovery, I propose three simple solutions that would help reduce funds loss and increase funds gain.

1. Legalize Marijuana – Regean showed us in vibrant color that a War on Drugs does not work, is a miserable failure like many of his other brilliant ideas and actually costs way more money than it makes. It makes no money actually and indeed only costs us lots annually. It costs money to hire police to monitor the population for abuses. It costs us tons in court fees and representation. And it costs us even more to house prisoners in palatial prisons with all of the medical, dental and legal aid they can dream. A guaranteed three hots and a cot for all offenders! In opposition, a legalized Marijuana commerce could create jobs. It would encourage new entrepeneurs to endeavor in business creation. It would bring in countless dollars in tax revenue.  It would free up police funding while helping the coppers to actually catch the “really” bad guys. It would reduce money lost needlessly in court fees, documentation and representation. And finally, it would help to reduce a heavily strained prison budget loss. So why haven’t we done this already? Preacher John says that “if Marijuana is legalized then everyone will run around higher than a kite and all chaos will ensue.” What rubbish is that! Anyone can buy Marijuana now anyway on most any corner in most any city in the entire state. Guess what? People who don’t smoke it now probably will not smoke it after it is taxed. I don’t smoke it now, and if it is legal, I still won’t smoke it. Its just not my thing. Give me a bag of Cheetos and some peanut M&Ms and you can smoke the pot and help our economy with your tax dollars!

2.  Legalize Prostitution – Hookers and Johns are apprehended everyday in almost any locale in this state. Police are paid to create elaborate stings to catch these sinful bad people who are exchanging money for services rendered while not paying any tax dollars on those same services. Thats called bad business folks! Many of the same economic red lines that appear in #1 above are the same here. Lost revenue to police forces. Lost revenue to court proceedings, public defenders and the like. Lost revenue to house offenders in overflowing prisons. And finally lost revenue in no tax dollars collected. But again, Preacher John says “legalizing prostitution will only encourage people to go out and have sex with strangers in sinful pursuit.” Again, Preacher John doesn’t get out much because that is going to happen no matter what he preaches from his pulpit. We might as well collect some tax dollars, provide prostitutes with safe places to operate and stop wasting money in catching these people who are just going to get out of prison and go back to doing it all again tomorrow. STUPID!

3. Legalize Gay Marriage – (I think Preacher John passed out on this one!) Imagine the marriage industry in California booming and opening up opportunities for hungry entrepeneurs to start one of many opportune business plans based on a larger population of marriagable people? San Francisco as a city saw a huge boom in marriage related business during its “illegal golden age of marriage”. Florists, wedding planners, bakers, beautificans, caterers, musicians, artists, organizers, churches, community centers, and others would boom with a newly energized population of eager wedding consumers. Not to mention the large green tax dollars showing on budgets everywhere. And this is not counting the later divorce proceedings that would also bring in rivers of dollars later!

Its time for California to wake up, for its population to smarten up and for its leaders to recognize that to balance a budget you must bring in more dollars than you use each year. Stop cutting and start thinking wisely. We need real leadership now.

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