Monthly Archives: January 2013

Thoughts on Heaven on Earth

We all need to try to understand God and especially His calling for us.  My calling is calling, especially for a Heaven on Earth.

I don’t know and I don’t have any ancient writing to prove it, but I believe or think that perhaps our hell is in all the bad things that happen to us during our lifetimes; and I also suspect that Almighty God loves each of us and all of us with an enduring, steadfast love that will eventually lead to a Heaven on Earth.  Additionally, I believe that, because Almighty God created us and each of us and all of us have a little piece of God within us, He will welcome us all with loving arms after death.  He wants us to love one another—worldwide.  We can have a Heaven on Earth, and the operable word is “can.”

We need a can-do attitude when it comes to a Heaven on Earth.  President Reagan had an optimism and strength to move the world into a much better place.  We must adopt his fiscal frame of mind and reach into ourselves for truth from birth until death.  We must also, day by day, develop self-discipline, character and resilience.

The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must leap toward innovation because this is and must be the Innovation Age.  It’s important to develop a faith in that little piece of God within us and Almighty God.  The ancient books contain much wisdom and truth, but there have been vast changes in humankind since they were written.

The Golden Rule is essentially in all the great religions of our world.  So are the prevalent and critical values such as justice, peace, honesty and compassion.  We must, day by day, improve and strive to help others.

I believe that prosperity is in great jeopardy now because of the debts and obligations of our country, Japan, many nations in Europe, and elsewhere.  That’s an important and vital reason why we must innovate in our government and education systems.

We can and we must reach toward a Heaven on Earth.  We must not settle for a chaotic world and a desperate state of existence for anyone.

That certainly doesn’t mean collectivism that President Reagan so wisely opposed.  It means the all-out effort to educate people globally, and it means inspiring people to reach their potential, in every way—mind, body and little piece of God.

We must not live our lives pointing and understanding with human labels such as slut, whacko, etc.  We must learn to accept all others as gifts from Almighty God and somehow try to walk in their shoes.  As the song goes, “Love is the Answer.”  We are more alike than we are different.  We should recognize that and live by it.  We must spread kindness day by day, year by year, and lifetime by lifetime.  That’s how, in essence, a Heaven on Earth will be achieved.

It’s essential to the progress toward a Heaven on Earth that our government gets its spending under control.  We cannot sustain a budget deficit of $1+ trillion while so many have sacrificed so much; how can we let it trickle away with trickle-down government?  We must innovate in government and education.  It’s essential to reach toward a Heaven on Earth and avoid a depression and/or hyper-inflation.

We all have our roles in the journey toward a Heaven on Earth.  I believe it is something that we should think and pray about to understand our own role.

Democrats must convince the President of the facts about our national debt

I am trying to live within my budget and I think that I am succeeding.  At the end of this month, I will have better information.  It’s sad, even tragic, that our president doesn’t think our country has a spending problem.  It’s also very bad that during his presidency Americans who are poor or in the middle class have lost ground.

It’s time for President Obama to step up to the plate and recognize reality.  His fellow Democrats have a role to play in convincing him of the facts—that our national debt, entitlement obligations and deficits must be addressed in a bipartisan way.

Truth and Kindness

Everyone ought to be in a lifelong search for the truth in everything in their lives, and all that surrounds us, from where we live to our whole planet.  We should seek wisdom, comprehensive knowledge to the highest degree possible, and the positive values of compassion, honesty, peace, justice and many others.  We should seek to avoid the negative values of hate, envy and greed.

Kindness should pervade our lives.  Truth, wisdom, character and resiliency also have an important place in our lives.  Step by step, day by day, life by life we must try to practice The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  We must all reject the negative values of hate, envy and greed.  We can and we must do these things, not just at times, but throughout our lives.  We must incorporate love in all phases of our day-to-day lives.

Education and the Innovation Age

This afternoon I read an article in The Economist.  The article delineated both sides on whether or not innovation is at a rate as it was in the late 1800s and early 1700s.  I believe we are in the Innovation Age and The Operation is part of it.

Imagine if we in humankind can really learn to understand ourselves.  If we can do that, we have a much better chance of improving ourselves.  A Heaven on Earth will undoubtedly require us to dramatically innovate.  Think of the ten elements.  Each requires tremendous human change, that is, human innovation.  Education is the key in many areas resulting not only in knowledge, but wisdom, character and honesty with ourselves and others.

With technology and extreme changes in our education systems worldwide we can innovate and accomplish the goal of a heaven on earth, with God’s enduring, steadfast love.

We need to simplify, innovate and educate.  From an early age until death we all need to grow and develop a healthy mind, body and little piece of God within us.  The exciting thing is that our growth can bring abundance to all of us.  Of course, there will be different incomes and net worths, but eventually—maybe not too long, perhaps fifty years—all will have the necessities in life, with the ideal being that all will be grateful for what they have and not be envious of those who have more.

The wisdom that we can teach includes comprehensive knowledge, possible to a degree with extreme innovation in education.  The other key components of wisdom are compassion, The Golden Rule, honesty, justice and peace.  Family values are also sorely needed.  Our out-of-wedlock birthrate of forty percent is just not acceptable or conductive to the sort of bright tomorrow that I envision.

One thing in that Economist article on innovation was that the threshold of innovation was higher and higher in terms of the knowledge base necessary.  Perhaps there is some truth to that, but not everyone on the planet has to hold a graduate degree and spend long years in research and development.  Motivation is far more important.

Of course, self-discipline is another key part of character, wisdom and positive values.  Just about everything worth doing requires effort, sometimes extreme effort over a long period of time, decades even.  It took me a long time—decades—to arrive at the conclusion that my two daily glasses of wine, minimum and maximum, are just the right amount for me.  Alcohol is a hard drug and has ruined many lives, but prohibition certainly didn’t work.

I would advise everyone to learn how to express themselves, in writing as well as speaking because being articulate is critical to many phases of one’s personal and business life.

The Inovation Age

We really are in the Innovation Age.  We must innovate everywhere, including our federal government.  All this change must be done in a kind way.

I’m excited.  I think 2013 is going to be a great year for me personally.  As far as our economy, government and the world, however, I still have grave doubts.  Innovation is happening in the private sector, but it is direly needed in governments, especially in the developed world.

It’s a rainy day as I look from my desk, sip my first glass of wine, write and listen to music.

We must make things simpler for people.  The explosion of knowledge is overwhelming for many people.  Our leaders should tackle anything that can be reduced and simplified—such as laws, regulations and taxes—and the sooner the better.  I just glanced at one of my bulletin board posts:  “Rethink Possible.”  We all need to do that.

Each of us and all of us has a role to play in that wondrous journey to a Heaven on Earth.  Think about it.  Pray about it.  Discuss it.

The importance of a balanced budget

The financial soundness of the United States of America is tenuous.  It is important for the president to engage the Congress and realize that we must bring our federal budget into balance.  I realize his worldview might be drastically different from mine, but it is time for him to wake up to Adam Smith’s reality.  The truth is in free markets, capitalism tempered with democracy and free, fair trade.

Communism and socialism are not a part of the American heritage and should not be adopted in any significant way beyond what has already been done.  We must ensure that our nation is fiscally healthy.  Our country, if it fails to understand our financial plight, will undo what President Reagan did, which was to expand the prosperity of the world through free markets and capitalism and spread democracy in places no one thought it would go.

We need to unite behind fiscal sanity or we are doomed, and the world will regress into places we don’t want to go.

The government’s resolution must be to cut spending

I read in The New York Times today that the time is not suited to a “grand bargain.”  But the reality is that we must control expenses, for which much detailed study and cutting need to be done.  This will require extensive reductions in force because there is an incredible amount of duplication and waste in government; therefore an agency, such as the General Accounting Office, needs to do extensive study, and Congress and the president must act.  These trillion dollar deficits just can’t continue long.  This isn’t a matter of our children and grandchildren—our economy is already depressed because of the burden of national debts and obligations.

The fiscal cliff presents an opportunity, but regardless of the outcome, the increasing debt and obligations will continue to hurt us—the poor and middle class the most.

We need leadership from the White House and the huge executive branch supporting the president.  It’s time to cut, cut, cut—not so much the military, but practically everything else; entitlements must be reformed.  The federal work force compensation must be examined and brought into line with private industry, considering medical and pension benefits.

Everything that the federal government does to address that annual $1+ trillion deficit must be done with kindness.  Federal workers who are laid off should be given optional occupational interest tests and ability tests and placement services by private contractors.  These services should also be open to the unemployed general public.  Self-employment for all these individuals ought also to be encouraged and fostered.

The federal government is bloated and overpaid and we just can’t afford it any longer.  Our nation can have a bright future if we come to our senses and innovate in our federal government.  We must be united to do this—on a bipartisan basis it can be done.  It must be done!

A strong America—economically and militarily—is a crucial force for good in the world.  The world is at a point that if it can evolve through trade, communications, spiritual harmony, travel—the many interconnections that have never been present before—we can become a world full of democracies.  A world full of robust, stable and prosperous democracies will be a world of permanent peace—a goal that humankind has longed for throughout our existence.

The federal budget must be brought under control.  Our economy is limping under this burden and the uncertainty that it causes.  Excessive regulations of all forms are also at fault for the poor performance of our economy, long after the initial impact of the great recession.

Too many people—including many elected politicians—have little understanding of our economy and the dangerous state in which we find ourselves.  President Obama’s Joint Chief of Staff—our top military person—said that our biggest national security threat was our national debt.  Our credit rating has been downgraded.  James Baker said on Charlie Rose that “we’re broke.”  Now, we can continue to limp along as we bleed $1+ trillion per year, or we can face reality.  I’m facing reality personally.  Why can’t the federal government do it?

The federal government, led by President Obama and Congress, ought to be given a mandate for a government-wide review of waste and duplication and a fast track method for action to eliminate it.  Entitlements ought to be reformed, and our tax system should be scrapped for a flat tax.  Regulations should be drastically reduced.

The politicians in Washington know the solutions.  All must take courage and join in a bipartisan effort.  The debt won’t just go away.  Neither will that $1+ trillion deficit.  These will bring us down much sooner than later.

Each citizen has a role.  We must not only reach for financial literacy personally, but also seek the truth about our economy as a whole and our federal government’s role in it.  We are sorely lacking in both respects as a nation.

Winston Churchill told the English people early in World War II that he had nothing to offer but “blood, sweat and tears.”  That’s the type of speech our politicians should be making to educate our citizens about the fiscal danger right now, not twenty years from now.

I wonder if the House of Representatives met today and whether the Senate passed a bill yesterday.  I certainly would like to see a complete reform of our taxes, entitlements and regulations, as well as a complete restructuring of our bloated federal government.  In carrying out these reforms, we must be united and bipartisan and kind.

All of our politicians—President Obama, Vice President Biden, senators and congresspersons—must summon all their courage and lead.  Congress needs to let the General Accounting Office loose and let it screen the bloated federal government from top to bottom.  In his study Senator Tom Coburn found $3 trillion over ten years that could be saved from duplication and waste.  I was in the federal government for twenty years, and believe me, the Senator is certainly on the right track.

What is our role as a citizen of the United States of America?  Quite simply, our role is very similar to all adults and even children on earth:  to seek truth.  We should not overly shield from ourselves because of self-interest.  The thing that too many people don’t understand is that “trickle-down government” doesn’t work.  It was tried in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and simply failed.

President Obama is an experienced community organizer.  Although  I don’t question his character, I do wonder whether he has a genuine understanding of capitalism tempered by democracy and free, fair trade—the formula that made us the biggest economy on earth.

With our credit rating going down, our debt so high ($16+ trillion or about $51,000 per citizen), and our high entitlement obligations (about $120 trillion), we must make some adjustments.  Practically everyone in Washington with any sense at all understands this.  And they know the answers, maybe not in detail, but on an overall basis.

Those of us who understand our government and our economy are crying out for leadership.  I’ll say that again:  we are crying out for leadership.  I hope you heard that, Mr. President.

I see what needs to be done in our government.  But what can I do?

I’m not a political hack.  I’m one who seeks truth and a Heaven on Earth.  I believe that all of humankind has a stake in what we do, because a strong America—economically and militarily—is a force for good in the world.  We must ensure that our government acts, and acts responsibly.  We can and we must!