Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dear Senator Casey

I got an email today from Senator Casey, and I liked to send an answer to him. But somehow is the Senator connection - not only to him - a one way street. My only chance to tell about my opinion is to put it here. So I do.

Dear Senator Casey,

Thanks for your response with all the facts about your
participation and involvement
I appreciate your email.

It is a good result that with the help of the Pakistani people Taliban criminals have been caught.
Since a long time I remember the Pinkerton Detective Agency - I read about their success when I was a kid - and I was wondering why instead of sending detectives to get those people a
huge military power
has been deployed killing people, most often civilians, even on weddings. I am sure that for each killed civilian there will be several civilians who decide to become a partisan then. History tells us that.

I know that the American Army is superior to the Russian Army, but there may be a defeat for the American Army, too, as it was for the Russians. This will be a big disaster, may be worse than Vietnam.

It is always important to remember history: Napoleon got defeated in Russia, and Hitler led the German Army into Russia the same way, and got a much worse defeat. Here in the United States people think, the American Army is superior, but that doesn't help as long as civilians are suffering.

The United States made a big mistake after all the help to the Afghan fighters to get rid of the Russians.
The United States should have helped to rebuild this country, as it was done with Germany and Europe after the German surrender in 1945. To make a living, Afghans started to grow and sell poppies instead.
The evil cycle began.

What I learned in life is that action results in reaction, and it is shown again in Afghanistan.
What is needed is a really intelligent approach - please don't be offended and don't take this personally - there is so much research available about peaceful (I mean peaceful, that means without using a peacemaker) conflict solutions, and there are so many groups worldwide which are training and trained for peaceful conflict solutions. We cannot afford to have a war forever. Nature (and BP) is showing us, that there are more important things to do than to kill our (often supposed) enemies. We have to have more friends, and there is no way to get a friend by putting a gun on his head.

NASA predicted huge solar-storms for 2012, and if you look into the history of solar-storms, you will find that the Canadian Niagara Falls electricity generation was badly damaged years ago, and that the Canadians invested billions of dollars into rebuilding and hardening their grid and equipment against another solar-storm coming up.

I predict that there will be a catastrophe here in the United States when these solar-storms are coming in 2012. A part of the electricity grid will be blown up, which means a blackout for a much larger area here than it was last time. The effect of the solar-storms will
blow into Nuclear Power Plants
and may blow up Nuclear Power Plants. Other countries have emergency plans to immediately switch off all Nuclear Power Plants when there is a solar storm coming. There is no rule about this here in the United States, as far as I know.

I do not understand why President Obama endorses building of new Nuclear Power Plants.
He should know that this doesn't make sense. Nuclear Power Plants make the United States vulnerable to terrorist attacks and do not help against a real threat to the power grid. There should be a push into Solar and Wind energy before it is too late. Solar and Wind energy will generate much more jobs than Nuclear Power Plants and make the United States independent from oil states and uranium mining states. Wind and sun are on our own soil.

When electricity is gone, there soon will be
no drinking water
in all our towns, all the frozen food will be gone very fast, and cars won't get gas at gas stations any more, to name only three of the many results.

I would be happy if you could spread the word for a better world.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Short Notice

On Monday, October 12, 2009, in my blog "Health Insurance Premiums Rising?" I questioned the penalties for not buying health insurance and wrote "Premiums have to be paid, but where is the money coming from? For most of us, money to pay premiums comes from a job."

Times have changed. I have to correct myself.
Now we see a recovering economy, but our society is still loosing jobs.
There is enough to do, but seems to be that no more paid jobs are coming.

So I may write again "Premiums have to be paid, but where is the money coming from?"
But now we need a new answer.

Did you know - or let's say, did you ever realize - that we live in a capitalist country?
I hear your outcry "Of course I know, and I am proud of it. It is the best system ever".


Depends what's happening next.

I guess nobody told you that a worker or an employee is an expense for a company. Don't take it personally. Production cost always have to be as low as possible. That's the main reason for outsourcing and automation. When I was young, my idea was to invent automation to reduce the burden of heavy work. That worked. But there is another effect. After a while automation reduces the cost of manufacturing. And automation is done easy with easy jobs. That's why easy jobs are disappearing first, because automation is cheaper. More and more jobs are disappearing, because of automation, and because of less request for goods. It brings goods in abundance and the latter brings prices down to a level we never did know before. But the jobs are gone.
And they may never come back.

What now?

Our teacher told us, if you don't know how to proceed, step back from the blackboard, get a better overview.

That's what we need now. A better overview.
Let's look at our country as a whole. Let's look at our natural resources, let's look at our production, let's look at our people. Wasn't there somebody who told us we should move on to become an ownership society? Think about it!

Isn't it true, that we, the citizens of this beautiful country, are the owners of this country?
If we put the right things together, we are allowed to say citizenship of this country equals ownership of this country, true? Who else should own this country if not this country's citizenship as a whole. If you really think about it, you will agree. We all share this beautiful country. It is a free country, and we are sharing it.

And there is the point:
Companies are paying dividends to their shareholders.
And there is the solution:
Our country pays citizen dividends to US citizens.

Look at it!
Suddenly all problems are solved. Everybody gets enough money each month for food and shelter. This is a rich country. And it doesn't need to raise taxes to do so. On the contrary. We can get a flat tax rate, everybody pays the same percentage. We don't have to pay subsidies any more. Suddenly everybody who likes to be self employed, may do so. People are starting to make inventions for a really better life. People are working voluntary on a lot of places who need help. Mothers have time to care for their little ones. And so on, and so on.

You may say "Who will work, if everybody gets money every month without doing anything?"
I will ask you then "What about you? Are you giving up your good paying fulfilling job?"
I guess not. But if your job is not good paying, you may look for a better one. If your job is not fulfilling, you may look for a better one. If you leave your job, somebody else will come to take over, somebody who did not have a chance before to get a job in this time we live in.

Things will move forward. When we start to be a ownership society getting our citizens dividend, the new millennium really begins.