Monthly Archives: May 2013

Restaurants Going Green

Last night I went to one of my usual restaurants.  However, I forgot my jacket.  Nevertheless, it was a warm evening and I was appropriately dressed in a Soldiers of Love (the charity that I founded) yellow polo shirt and slacks.  As usual, I sipped a couple of glasses of red wine–my minimum and maximum–and had dinner.

As soon as I was seated,  I began reading a book review that I am writing.  But it wasn’t long before I got quite cold.  I must have asked four or five times for the restaurant staff to turn down the air conditioner.  Again and again, they assured me that they would, but they never did.

I realize that my slight discomfort is not of any real consequence.  But the situation got me to thinking about our planet and those power plants whose operations harm our good earth.  What if restaurants and other public places, such as offices and theaters, would adjust their thermostats to a comfortable, but not overly chilly temperature?  Some people might be slightly uncomfortable, such those who are naturally hot-natured (and those who are very overweight).  The result would be that many diners would be comfortable (and not have to bring sweaters and jackets to restaurants when it’s warm outside) and certainly electricity–and money–would be saved.  This proposal is a concrete way in which restaurant can, and should, help our planet’s very real climate and environmental issues.

Leadership, Simplification of Regulations and the Global Economy

We must have leadership in America and elsewhere in the developed world in order to improve the global economy.

There are a lot of strong corporations in America and around the world which would love to start investing heavily in jobs and other ways.  But the combination of heavy taxation and ridiculous regulations make growth investments minimal.  Corporations, particularly United States corporations, generally have strong balance sheets and could jump into action IF the government tends to its tax policy; simplifying and lowering, simplifying and lowering regulations and tending to entitlements and Obama care.

It’s not something that is insolvable.   A bipartisan commission should be appointed with the sole mission of reducing, simplifying and making understandable ALL federal regulations.  Additionally, a bipartisan committee of Congress should address taxation to simplify, lower and make understandable that mammoth of ridiculous complexity.We have already had a commission on entitlements.  It’s time to enact into law their basic conclusions.  More than that it is long overdue and that and the above other issues are putting a continuing burden on our economy, especially as to job creation.

Our world needs vibrant businesses to employ our people, engender ownership rewards and security, serve our customs well, pay reasonable taxes to support tightly-controlled governments and their vital services only; and contribute to the communities and charities around the world in wise ways.

The Obama Administration, Congress and the Federal Reserve System have hurt the job creation of our country by not acting as I have recommended above.  Bringing long-term federal debt to a short-term basis and doing the same thing in Freddie Mack and Fannie May is down-right dangerous to our economy as well as our entire planet.

Why does the United States have the highest corporate tax rate among developed countries?  It doesn’t make sense.  Global corporations can keep their foreign earnings outside our country along with their ability to provide jobs, dividends and buy back shares of their stock; not to mention building new facilities in our country—something that is inhibited by difficult and complex regulations.

No Ordinary Scandal

I read in The Wall Street Journal an opinion article by one of my favorite writers, Peggy Noonan.  In her piece she cited two Watergate level abuses as follows:
    1. “…the obviously deliberate and targeted abuse, harassment and attempted suppression of conservative groups.”
    2. “…the auditing of the taxes of political activists.”
The president acts totally shocked and unconnected.  What ever happened to President Truman’s pronouncement that, “The buck stops here.”
The scary part of this extraordinary scandal is not only that the government’s revenue-producing arm of government was used for political purposes, but that the abuses led up to the 2012 elections.
    I agree with Peggy Noonan that the magnitude and nature of these flagrant abuses demand the appointment of an independent counsel.

Democracy in Cuba

A world full of robust, stable prosperous democracies will be a world of permanent peace.  Capitalism tempered by democracies with free, fair trade should become a reality for all of humankind.  It provides a vehicle for honest work to be not only honored, but to contribute to the greater good.

I seek to inspire Cubans and others around the world to work toward a globe full of democracies with a kindred spirit.  In fact, I would be willing to die with dignity in Cuba if that would serve to further the goal of removing their oppressive regime and instill democracy in that country.  I recently watched an online course regarding non-violence.  The instructor, my friend Michael Nagler, compared India’s Gandhi-led non-violent ousting of the British to the violent revolution in Algeria.  In India, of the 350 million citizens, only 2,000 lives were lost; and their democracy still stands.  In contrast, of the 11 million Algerians, 800,000 lives were lost and they ended up with a dictatorship.

The Beginning

We are at the beginning of the beginning.  My calling is calling, not to dwell on what was or is, but rather, what can be.  We can have peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, spiritual harmony, racial harmony, ecological harmony and health, as well as moral purpose and meaning because God loves each of us and all of us with an enduring, steadfast love.

 

I believe that I have been called by God Almighty and that little piece of God within me to try to promote and advocate for a Heaven on Earth, and to seek to establish the ten elements of a Heaven on Earth as goals for humankind.  I intend from now on to focus on that calling and not be diverted by other less important things, even my church and charities.