Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Abolish Taxes and the National Debt to Eliminate Budget Cuts?

I am reading about the history of money in the USA. Did you know there was a time when no citizens paid taxes? The USA created its own money, debt-free, to pay its bills and the government itself acted like a bank. It made loans to the people, and the interest on those loans was enough to operate the government, so there was no need for taxes.

Why do we pay taxes? It's because we, the people, have accepted debt and taxing as part of our lives. Find the words “Federal Reserve Note” on all your printed money; this note is a loan that must be paid back, plus interest, to the banks that own our currency debt. Our money itself is debt-based, not debt-free, and it's borrowed into existence through the central banking system.

Why do we have budget cuts? It's because the debt-based money we created required $359,796,008,919.49 in 2012—just to pay the interest on the debt-based money we created. We are trading the land of the free for the home of debt-slavery.

Just think about this. What would it be like to go back to creating debt-free money and abolish all our taxes?

Attraction Factor 6: Affect Others Profoundly

You are going to affect others around you anyway, why not affect them profoundly? The more you touch others in a positive and significant way, the more attractive you will become—but how to do this?

It is amazing that many people comment about my deep questions when I ask what they want to achieve or do to make life count for them. To me, this is a normal question you’d ask someone you care about. How can I help you do what is really important to you?

We affect each other when we are real, helpful and responsive to each other. It’s about calling forth the greatness, wisdom and experience of each other. It’s about noticing and acknowledging the effort, struggle, failure and success in each other’s life. It’s about speaking the truth you see in ways that are respectful and constructive. It’s about connecting your head and your heart together because no matter what your head says, when you lose heart, you lose.

I don’t believe anyone gets enough appreciation these days. How about affecting people who don’t get much appreciation? About every week for over 15 years, I make a lunch run to the same Taco Bell, and Hannah has always been there with an infectious laugh that spreads the joy all around. I have gotten to know the whole lunch crew there, and at the end of my burrito, I make it a point to go back to the counter and thank them. Sometimes I kid about how fat I’m getting or whether Tonya or Justin makes the best burrito. It has a profound affect on me too.

When have you noticed a salesperson who was particularly helpful in a store? How about the chef at the restaurant or the cook at the burger joint? The school teacher or professor? The dental hygienist? A family member? Have you made it a point to tell them how they make a difference for you, and thank them?

What are some ways you can profoundly affect others as you go about your day?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Boston Tea Party Today: Patriots or Scalawags?

      The original Boston Tea Party was in 1773 when 342 chests of tea (about a million dollars worth today) were thrown from cargo ships into Boston Harbor by a group of men dressed as Indians. What if we had the Boston Tea Party today? Whether they were patriots or scalawags, their damage was done to protest unfair government.

      What trouble would they get into today? The tea was taxable, so this could be a Federal offense. The tea was privately owned, so it would hurt the farmers, the processors, the wholesalers, retailers—the whole supply chain. Non-union labor unloaded the ship. Boston harbor became a gigantic environmental tea spill. They stole, vandalized, trespassed, impersonated Indians. Who knows what other laws they would be breaking today? On top of this, what a moral offense to waste so much good tea! Somehow, nobody got hurt and a crowd cheered them on by some accounts.

      Can you imagine what the government officials thought of the tea party? Scalawags, vandals, outlaws all. Yet we celebrate them today as patriots who stood against the tyranny of unfair taxes and laws. I can see that conditions are ripe for patriots and scalawags to have another party. What will they substitute for the tea? What will we call the party?

Attraction Factor 5: Add Value Just for the Joy of It

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.
—Elizabeth Bibesco 

    Adding value in your relationships is attractive—the challenge is to discover what is valued in each of your relationships and then add more of that. In business, you add value for your customers by giving something extra like good service, good pricing or some good cookies. In personal, you add value by finding out what the other person values and building this into your relationship. The very act of asking other people about what they value is an attractive thing to do (just don’t argue with them about what they value).

    The aspect of the practice of adding value which will make you most attractive is the joy that you experience in doing so, not the quantity or quality of the value you are adding. Big difference.

    For example, I love playing banjo, singing a variety of tunes and telling jokes with my bluegrass band. The audience always gets something extra in our music, our jokes or the relationship we share on stage.

    Often, the best value to others is the byproduct of what you do for your own joy.