How To Fix The Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California Border Crisis

By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014
RightOnTheTruth.com ©2014
In Brief…

How could anyone abandon children to travel alone as strangers in a strange land, absent provisions over hundreds of treacherous miles, knowingly subjecting them women to gangs and human predators? Through desperation. Multiple governments have enabled this travesty. And God only knows, nobody is perfect. But there is a humane way out. And it is not complicated. The cost is sustainable. But it consists of fair compromises. And honesty. (Note the Department of Homeland Security Mission statement at the close of this blog.)
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It is time to put politics aside. All people need to work together as members of one race– the human race– to resolve challenges for the good of all humanity. If America doesn’t do it, no other country will. It has been said that when America is strong, the world is angry; but when America is weak, the world is dangerous. That said, let us look forward.

Here are some humane solutions, based on fair and honest ideas:

1. First and foremost, secure the border. Without a secure border, nothing else will work. Because illegal aliens will only continue to pour in to escape tyranny and abject poverty. Refugees hope to find freedom– while terrorists hope to destroy freedom for humanity. A strong border protects THE WORLD. All people should demand a strong border. Period.

2. With a secure border, we need a single processing center in ONE concerted location. All refugees MUST be processed through this ONE processing center, with no exceptions, and include levels of processing, with local, state and national governments working together. America has the right—and the RESPONSIBILTY—to know who is coming in– don’t you have the right to know who is in your house? How many terrorists, drug dealers and criminals are getting through our border right now? Do you know? Ask the border patrol: they know, and why they are imploring government to respond effectively. –This processing center would work in concert with a global network of resources (see HSA quote at the end of this blog,) and assess and maintain a safe cap on the numbers of entries each year. Criminals and terrorists would be expelled back to their own governments post haste– with those governments paying for travel expenses. (see #6.) Yes, this is flat-out racism: human racism, the bias to preserve, protect and defend the human race from criminal and terrorist behaviors.

3. Confine immigrants to non-used Army and military bases, barracks-style. National Guard units and retired military members would rotate as paid peacekeepers. (see #6) Refugees aren’t prisoners– but neither are they Americans. Everyone will work: let the people grow their own food; clean their living quarters; repair the facilities; wash and sew their clothes, etc.. NO FREE RIDE. People work hard when they reap the fruits of their own labor.

4. Implement educational classes. Reading, writing and speaking English. Also, math, civics, law and banking. Teach them marketable skills through a core of retired or volunteer teachers. Teach American history and government because if you want to be an American, you must understand the heart and soul of America: why they have come here. –As people learn, they can help teach the newbies. Use internet courses. Employ reasonable healthcare: network the Medical Schools with advanced med students working under the auspices of Doctor-instructors. Base healthcare upon proven health habits: eating healthfully (a plant based diet grown on premises,) no junk food; no tobacco, no alcohol, no drugs; no junk TV, no violence, no pornography, etc.. A library is a good way to spend time. (Read how to pay for this in #6.) –Provide access to volunteer spiritual leaders via honest principles for the universal good of humankind: NOT perversions that advocate genocide, crime or terrorism. –Those who proceed through this plan, sign legally binding documents swearing to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God. Their efforts should be no less than the oath at a Presidential Inauguration. Of course they are free to decline, and instead, return to their own countries and pay for their own travel. These are tough choices, folks. But these are humane choices, too.

5. See who emerges from this 3-year, 4-year, or 5- year PROCESS, as leaders in positions of public trust, who then could assist other refugees though this lawful, fair and humane process. IF AND WHEN individuals DEMONSTRATE full abilities to take their place in American society– with language skills, self-sufficiency and THEY UPHOLD THE LAW– then, and ONLY THEN, should they be allowed to become naturalized citizens. Research data show that when people LEGALLY immigrate to the USA and work hard to better themselves, communities grow strong: within 3 generations they are business owners and college graduates– law abiding citizens. Global thinkers acknowledge the fact that higher education is key to upward mobility AND dispelling terrorism. People who see opportunity in their future aren’t suicide bombers: but intolerance stems from enslavement to lies and deception.

6. OK– here’s the money part. So, how does America PAY FOR THIS PLAN? She doesn’t: the new citizens do– as do governments who encourage their citizens to leave:

A. For each individual entering the processing center, send a monthly bill to their former governments. Deduct this expense from US FOREIGN AID. Aid to Mexico and Columbia alone tops out at a BILLION DOLLARS a year. American leadership repeatedly campaigns, “everyone should pay their fair share.” They are right! Everyone means everyone.

B. If, after completing this humane and regimented process, and people are living in American society as LEGAL and LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, earning a LEGITIMATE paycheck, then it is time to pay their fair share. Collect a percentage of their pay from each working citizen every month from every naturalized citizen. This repayment could extend for 10 years, or more. All people would have been informed about their choices up front via initial processing. Each has the freedom to choose to take advantage of this plan, or go back. These are tough choices, but don’t we all have tough choices to make in life?

There is a reason why people flock to American shores. Most come to create lives of opportunities; others want only to destroy the American Dream. But honest, hard working people come to America to live in opportunity and freedom. And Freedom is not free. It carries the responsibility to preserve, protect and defend freedom, and do so fairly and honestly.

There IS a better way than CHAOS on the border.

What are your thoughts? Is it better to teach others to fish… or to feed them a fish?

If this plan has sustainable ideas, send it to our Congress. –Thank you.

And to quote Ronald Reagan, “God Bless America.”

–Right On The Truth
By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014

Here’s what the Department of Homeland Security was created for:
The Department of Homeland Security would make Americans safer because our nation would have:
One department whose primary mission is to protect the American homeland;
One department to secure our borders, transportation sector, ports, and critical
infrastructure;
One department to synthesize and analyze homeland security intelligence from multiple
sources;
One department to coordinate communications with state and local governments, private
industry, and the American people about threats and preparedness;
One department to coordinate our efforts to protect the American people against
bioterrorism and other weapons of mass destruction;
One department to help train and equip for first responders;
One department to manage federal emergency response activities; and
More security officers in the field working to stop terrorists and fewer resources in
Washington managing duplicative and redundant activities that drain critical homeland
security resource

www.dhs.gov/mission

Illegal Aliens Storming The Southwest Borders of TX, NM, AZ and CA– And How To Resolve It

By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014
RightOnTheTruth.com ©2014

In Brief…

How could anyone abandon children to travel alone as strangers in a strange land, absent provisions over hundreds of treacherous miles, knowingly subjecting them women to gangs and human predators? Through desperation. Multiple governments have enabled this travesty. And God only knows, nobody is perfect. But there is a humane way out. And it is not complicated. The cost is sustainable. But it consists of fair compromises. And honesty. (Note the Department of Homeland Security Mission statement at the close of this blog.)
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It is time to put politics aside. All people need to work together as members of one race– the human race– to resolve challenges for the good of all humanity. If America doesn’t do it, no other country will. It has been said that when America is strong, the world is angry; but when America is weak, the world is dangerous. That said, let us look forward.

Here are some humane solutions, based on fair and honest ideas:

1. First and foremost, secure the border. Without a secure border, nothing else will work. Because illegal aliens will only continue to pour in to escape tyranny and abject poverty. Refugees hope to find freedom– while terrorists hope to destroy freedom for humanity. A strong border protects THE WORLD. All people should demand a strong border. Period.

2. With a secure border, we need a single processing center in ONE concerted location. All refugees MUST be processed through this ONE processing center, with no exceptions, and include levels of processing, with local, state and national governments working together. America has the right—and the RESPONSIBILTY—to know who is coming in– don’t you have the right to know who is in your house? How many terrorists, drug dealers and criminals are getting through our border right now? Do you know? Ask the border patrol: they know, and why they are imploring government to respond effectively. –This processing center would work in concert with a global network of resources (see HSA quote at the end of this blog,) and assess and maintain a safe cap on the numbers of entries each year. Criminals and terrorists would be expelled back to their own governments post haste– with those governments paying for travel expenses. (see #6.) Yes, this is flat-out racism: human racism, the bias to preserve, protect and defend the human race from criminal and terrorist behaviors.

3. Confine immigrants to non-used Army and military bases, barracks-style. National Guard units and retired military members would rotate as paid peacekeepers. (see #6) Refugees aren’t prisoners– but neither are they Americans. Everyone will work: let the people grow their own food; clean their living quarters; repair the facilities; wash and sew their clothes, etc.. NO FREE RIDE. People work hard when they reap the fruits of their own labor.

4. Implement educational classes. Reading, writing and speaking English. Also, math, civics, law and banking. Teach them marketable skills through a core of retired or volunteer teachers. Teach American history and government because if you want to be an American, you must understand the heart and soul of America: why they have come here. –As people learn, they can help teach the newbies. Use internet courses. Employ reasonable healthcare: network the Medical Schools with advanced med students working under the auspices of Doctor-instructors. Base healthcare upon proven health habits: eating healthfully (a plant based diet grown on premises,) no junk food; no tobacco, no alcohol, no drugs; no junk TV, no violence, no pornography, etc.. A library is a good way to spend time. (Read how to pay for this in #6.) –Provide access to volunteer spiritual leaders via honest principles for the universal good of humankind: NOT perversions that advocate genocide, crime or terrorism. –Those who proceed through this plan, sign legally binding documents swearing to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God. Their efforts should be no less than the oath at a Presidential Inauguration. Of course they are free to decline, and instead, return to their own countries and pay for their own travel. These are tough choices, folks. But these are humane choices, too.

5. See who emerges from this 3-year, 4-year, or 5- year PROCESS, as leaders in positions of public trust, who then could assist other refugees though this lawful, fair and humane process. IF AND WHEN individuals DEMONSTRATE full abilities to take their place in American society– with language skills, self-sufficiency and THEY UPHOLD THE LAW– then, and ONLY THEN, should they be allowed to become naturalized citizens. Research data show that when people LEGALLY immigrate to the USA and work hard to better themselves, communities grow strong: within 3 generations they are business owners and college graduates– law abiding citizens. Global thinkers acknowledge the fact that higher education is key to upward mobility AND dispelling terrorism. People who see opportunity in their future aren’t suicide bombers: but intolerance stems from enslavement to lies and deception.

6. OK– here’s the money part. So, how does America PAY FOR THIS PLAN? She doesn’t: the new citizens do– as do governments who encourage their citizens to leave:

A. For each individual entering the processing center, send a monthly bill to their former governments. Deduct this expense from US FOREIGN AID. Aid to Mexico and Columbia alone tops out at a BILLION DOLLARS a year. American leadership repeatedly campaigns, “everyone should pay their fair share.” They are right! Everyone means everyone.

B. If, after completing this humane and regimented process, and people are living in American society as LEGAL and LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS, earning a LEGITIMATE paycheck, then it is time to pay their fair share. Collect a percentage of their pay from each working citizen every month from every naturalized citizen. This repayment could extend for 10 years, or more. All people would have been informed about their choices up front via initial processing. Each has the freedom to choose to take advantage of this plan, or go back. These are tough choices, but don’t we all have tough choices to make in life?

There is a reason why people flock to American shores. Most come to create lives of opportunities; others want only to destroy the American Dream. But honest, hard working people come to America to live in opportunity and freedom. And Freedom is not free. It carries the responsibility to preserve, protect and defend freedom, and do so fairly and honestly.

There IS a better way than CHAOS on the border.

What are your thoughts? Is it better to teach others to fish… or to feed them a fish?

If this plan has sustainable ideas, send it to our Congress. –Thank you.

And to quote Ronald Reagan, “God Bless America.”

–Right On The Truth
By Suzy Right, LLC
©2014

Here’s what the Department of Homeland Security was created for:
The Department of Homeland Security would make Americans safer because our nation would have:
One department whose primary mission is to protect the American homeland;
One department to secure our borders, transportation sector, ports, and critical
infrastructure;
One department to synthesize and analyze homeland security intelligence from multiple
sources;
One department to coordinate communications with state and local governments, private
industry, and the American people about threats and preparedness;
One department to coordinate our efforts to protect the American people against
bioterrorism and other weapons of mass destruction;
One department to help train and equip for first responders;
One department to manage federal emergency response activities; and
More security officers in the field working to stop terrorists and fewer resources in
Washington managing duplicative and redundant activities that drain critical homeland
security resource

www.dhs.gov/mission

The FEAR Factor

The Fear Factor:
© Suzy Right 2013

In Brief….

When we speak of FEAR, we speak what we THINK is FEAR. Alfred Hitchcock, the great slight-of-hand film maker, said that human imagination is the most dangerous thing on earth. That’s the essence of so-called, TERRORISM: designed to arouse fear for what COULD happen. Extremists expend their lives plotting crimes against humanity, to instill fear. This illegitimate power is a temporary chaos. Genuine power and strength build nations and justice– and are born of COURAGE to do the right thing, for the right reason; righteousness. Every culture produces heroes that build good– and fools that destroy themselves. Heroes, like principles, are eternal. Our job is to bless the fools on their way; and bless the heroes by picking up the baton and doing right, for right reasons.
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America is a culture of contrasts. People flock here from around the world for Freedom and the pursuit of their own happiness. America was born out of revolution against an unjust system– and the Republic has seen many power plays back and forth ever since! Other nations are evolving likewise. Like all cultures, America has seen the best and the worst of humanity. Our history embodies the struggle for justice for all. But some desire tyranny and revenge instead, and attempt to subvert others into relinquishing their freedom through fear. This violent struggle is not unique to America.

For example, will ‘terrorism’ kill educational opportunities for Pakistani women? A school bus was ambushed there by the Taliban, a mob of angry men– angry about girls going to school. One man shot a young school girl in the head and neck, intending to kill her and to kill education for all girls. But this girl is a fighter– she was nursed back to health in the UK, and became an international symbol of justice for women, global-wide. Her name is Malala and now a citizen of Canada, receiving education and international recognition for her courage and tenacity to stand up to terror. She has the support of at least 50 Islamic Clerics, who issued a Fatwa, a legal judgement, against the man who attacked Malala. Did he succeed? 75,000 young Pakistani girls now attend school. Courage.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-10-17/pakistans-girls-look-up-to-malala-defy-taliban-and-go-to-school

And why do Pakistani girls want an education? For the same reasons why anyone wants an education. To think and decide for themselves how to live. And that usually means, freedom. A petition was launched, using the slogan, “I Am Malala,” which led to Pakistan’s first ‘Right to Education Bill’ for girls. Courage.

Why hasn’t the Taliban succeeded in their tactics? Because people are waking up to the fact that FEAR equals ENSLAVEMENT.

Once a bully bullies us into FEARING what the bully MAY do to us, and we live in fear of the bully, we stop dreaming our dreams and abandon our FREEDOM– we become SLAVES. And the bullying will never end. Because bullies are never satisfied– they live in fear of being bullied themselves, so they keep up the ruse, intensifying their fear-tactics. That’s how the Taliban became angry in the first place. They were brain-washed and bullied into slavery, acting out what they were told to perform. And education teaches us how to think, not bullying us into telling us what to think: that is why bullies fail in the face of reason. And that is why so-called terrorism is failing around the world. It is time for the bullies to come in from the cold.

When I heard about the angry man who shot Malala and left her for dead, I prayed. I don’t want anyone to be a slave. I researched where she was taken to heal: and I emailed the hospital a prayer for Malala. It spoke about how God is Good: the two words come from the same root in Indo-European language. I would imagine that various cultures worshiping one loving and benevolent God, share a similar God-Good derivative in language. And even if some children are taught that God is evil, that lie is planted out of FEAR, not Godly Truth or Love for Mankind. The time for thinkers has come. Courage.

Like many people, I pray for Malala and the world. And that means praying for to quell violence. Prayer is the only true weapon. Nothing else can heal the broken heart. Like the song says, Love is the answer. We can hate the sin– the deed– but we must love the sinner. Separate the deed from the doer. Raising a child in hate– or abuse, cocaine, or violence– results with grownups who hate– abuse others, use drugs or are violent. I know, because I’ve wronged my fellow man.

Years ago, I hated my ex-spouse. We bludgeoned each other with fear and coercion. A pattern replicated from childhood teachings. But it didn’t help me heal from a broken heart: it cost me my dignity and self-respect which delayed my healing. Eventually, I re-evaluated my motives and desires: I wanted a better life. Years later, when faced with an opportunity for us to meet in court, I wielded honesty and strength. This time, my conscience was clear as I offered an olive branch of Truth– and was protected from false threats of fear. I followed the rules of decency and civility– and that is what resulted. Now, decades later, with a grown son and daughter who respect the honesty through which this was resolved, they read documents that speak of justice, not self-justification.

Justice for one preserves justice for all people. like Malala and millions of everyday heroes, who stand up for Life, Truth and Love, in every land. Courage benefits all Mankind. Revenge destroys itself. Justice sustains the world– and our children, and their children. We must embrace our humanity in order to grow, learn, live, love and forgive our foolish mistakes. Forgive self first, to forgive our neighbors, especially those who betray us through violence, lies, or unjust laws. No more fear. Just… Courage.

Perhaps Malala would agree with Thomas Jefferson, when he courageously wrote: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Blessed day, One and All!

Love, Suzy

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Standing At The Abyss

Standing At The Edge Of The Abyss

Right On The Truth!
Suzy Right llc ©2013

In brief…

I love my country! The land of the free and the home of the brave. Just as other individuals must deeply love their own countries… their homelands. But there is substantial trouble brewing. Trouble that will not be resolved overnight. Decisions made today will affect us for generations. Right now, America is engaged in a war of rhetoric against itself: with some believing that we can continue endlessly borrowing from other nations, primarily, China and Russia– to whom we are selling our gold reserves; while others believe that borrowing to pay ourselves is a one-one ticket into oblivion. It pains me to see this great divide between the masses: each half convinced that their side is right. But, in fact, if we can put aside our political rhetoric long enough to look deep inside ourselves, we would find that WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME SIDE: THE SIDE OF JUSTICE. That’s my prayer, my wish, my blessing– for ALL the people of the WORLD to know that we’re all on the same side. The side of justice. For ourselves, our grandchildren and the future.

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It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged– OK, four. Four long, empty months– partly because I had to stop and watch the world go around… and partly because I started new work that is quite consuming. But, hey– something triggered my thought this evening after a hard day on the hamster wheel…. The film, “Wall Street.” The one classic scene which I can recall, almost verbatim– which I’ll get to in a second.

First of, if you’re paying attention to the news, you know what’s going on in Washington, D.C.. Not much– at least, that is to say, Congress is not doing much except passing the gauntlet back and forth between the two major parties, each one claiming to be victimized by the other. In the meantime, almost half the population is on some sort of social welfare: disability; food stamps; welfare. And why? Because, like every other country on the planet, America is broke and getting broker. Almost 17 TRILLION dollars in the hole. And what is leadership doing? BORROWING more plus printing hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars each and every month, trying to keep two steps ahead of the bill collector. Except that the bill collector is– well, us– John and Jane Q. Citizen. The people of America are being held hostage by our political leaders. And why? Well, that’s the 64-thousand dollar question. And the one I can’t figure out, except to say– that the parties in D.C. are both fighting for political position. The Democrats will do anything to gain political yardage for the 2014 elections; and the Republicans will do anything to take the 2014 elections.

But, the truth is, that someone has to stand up and be the HERO in this madness. Unemployment statistics show a minor decrease (meaning more people are working, right?) Wrong– the statisticians are playing with numbers: if we were to factor in: recent college graduates still looking for full time gainful employment: those unemployed who had given up looking for work altogether; and those now working either part-time or temporary jobs: and, sad to say, if we took an honest assessment of minority workers who have a higher unemployment rate– then the unemployment statistic would realistically be closer to something like 15- or 16%. Like other countries around the globe. Why aren’t we getting the real numbers? Because it is not politically correct.

And that is where we are selling ourselves short.

Look– if a teenager were to ‘borrow’ his or her parents’ car, drive in excess of the speed limit, and stay out past legal curfew– and then have an accident, what would a good parent do? Besides driving to the hospital to make sure everyone is all right, and besides having a meltdown– he or she would naturally embrace their fool-hearty kid, thank God almighty, that s/he was OK– and wonder how or if the parent had played any part in the mess at all– at least during the punishment phase of this drama.

But, what can a normal citizen (or, as in my case, ‘almost’ normal citizen,) do, exactly, in response to the runaway car on the highway that is going on in Washington? Besides drafting a few emails and phone calls, here and there, imploring for reason? Well, let me tell you about MY part in this whole mess. As a citizen, I’ve been overall irresponsible and apathetic about developments that have put America on the path we find ourselves now. A generation ago, plus or minus, when I studied about the growing national deficit, I pooh-poohed it: thinking that 20 or 30 years into the future are too far away, and couldn’t touch me… besides, after achieving some pricey degrees and a hefty career to boot, why should I worry about someone else’s problems? If this sounds at all familiar, welcome to the club. So, basically, I have no-one to blame except myself for the apathy and ignorance and self-centered drive that kept my attention clearly focused on a personal robust future, all the while, I forgot to watch was going on outside my narrow window. Cold comfort for my future grandchildren.

It may sound like I’m beating myself up… but I’m not. Because I am contributing through emails and phone calls, as I said, bringing my opinions and concerns to the forefront. And, don’t forget, prayer. Prayer moves mountains, as the Bible says, and I don’t believe I’m being politically incorrect to say so– once upon a time in this great land of ours, the Ivy Leagues were initially established to train Ministers and preachers, not politicians and economists– a little known fact, perhaps, but nevertheless, true. And since I find myself now instigated to go back to my roots of ‘petitioning government,’ encouraged by the Framers of the Constitution, I rather enjoy a good Biblical quote now and then. I hope you do, too. If you don’t know too many, may I suggest a read now and then.

Living simply, to simply live, also means to me to take responsibility for one’s own decisions– which is exactly why I simply prefer to live unencumbered and free– I just don’t like being ‘beholden’ to anyone else: least of all, government. I may not be a member of Congress, but I sure do petition the members. And I now tell them what I think. And what I think is this: I like Democracy, not Socialism. I don’t like Socialism much at all, possibly because I’ve met many people over the course of my life, who had fled Socialism and Communism, risking life and limb to live freely under the flag of Democracy. And the American flag is the tallest in that department. Worth fighting for.

So, re-building a tattered career takes much of my time, but I still have time left over for my blog (bless you all for reading!) And I do apologize for the delay… or abyss… which reminds me….

…the final scene of the third act of “Wall Street,” Oliver Stone’s masterpiece, opens when Bud, the film’s protagonist, just arrives at his prestigious job, trading other people’s money for a fat commission, to find the packed office heavy with an ominous silence. He glides nonchalantly through the luxurious rooms, co-workers afraid to look at him, as if seeing a ghost… as Bud asks, “what’s going on? –Who died?” When, suddenly, his mentor, clasps his arm around Bud’s shoulder, whispering, “when a man stands at the abyss, the only thing looking back at him is his character… and that’s what keeps him from going into the abyss…”

America: our character must keep us from going into the abyss, as so many other great nations have gone– as long as we see our character. We must look deep inside ourselves, before we can see character deep within each other.

Blessed day, one and all. And God Bless the Principles of the United States of America!

–Suzy

Suzy Right llc © 2013
RightOnTheTruth.com ©2013

Honesty Is The Best Policy.

In Brief…

We’ve all heard the adage… honesty is the best policy. But what does it mean? Honesty, sure… except if we can get ahead through the labyrinth of lies… like cheating on exams to get into a ‘better’ school– kissing up to the boss for that promotion at work– or hide when our spouse asks how much money we spent… after all, lies provide a temporary peace. That is, until the truth comes out destroying our good word. And truth always comes out. Relationships built upon trust must house something to trust- our good word- and thrive, despite life’s tragedies. But, when spouses lie to each other, is the marriage better for it? Check the divorce rate. –Also, look at social contract. If We, The People, accept dishonesty in our daily lives (marriage, work, community,) why should elected officials accept anything more? Isn’t it true that we will never attain more honesty than what we live? Honesty is the best policy… if happy marriage and thriving Democracy are our goals… and for our children, too.
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A friend is being married and a few of us offered to stage the wedding shower. We decided to offer written notes of advice to the newlyweds. I thought about my own marriage. You can weather a lot of crises in a couple of decades of wedded bliss, and I asked myself: what advice would I want to hear, if I were starting out all over again?

One word came to mind: honesty. The ups and downs of our marriage flooded my memories as my fingers flew across the keyboard– and all I could say was, Thank you, God. Thank God we’re honest with each other. Brutally honest. Head-banging, screaming-at-the-top-of-our-lungs-at-each-other-honesty. And wordlessly-weeping-in-each-other’s-arms-honesty.

Life can be brutal. That’s why marriage can be brutal.

It is said, that through disappointments and failures, we develop character and wisdom. We must be two of the wisest humans on the planet! Except when compared with the other 5+ billion humans who, just like us, live day to day with failures, successes, joys and disappointments. In our twenty four years of marriage plus several homes, two kids, 9 pets, including one horse, three home businesses, seven cars, multiple vacations, tens of thousands of miles, 2 miscarriages, eight careers, 6-figure loses, one near-divorce, several lawsuits, multitudinous joys, I realized that without complete honesty, our marriage could not possibly survive. Let alone, thrive. Hence, to the newlyweds, I say:

“Be honest. Honest with self, with each other, with your marriage. Have the integrity to speak your mind at every turn, honestly. And forthrightly. Each of you. Even when failure reflects in his eyes and cuts your heart in two. Be honest. Give each other your faith, your fidelity and your integrity. It is the only thing you bring to this third party, this marriage. Because it is neither yours, nor his. Marriage cannot survive without your trustworthiness or nurturance, despite futile attempts to money it. Be honest. Even when cruelty cuts his heart in two and confusion drives him to desire a lie. In all situations and conditions, be honest. Breathe honesty… live it, dream it, drink it in, embrace it as manna from heaven… because truth sets you free. It is nourishment for the hungered soul in a barren world. Be honest with your mate. –And then, when you two navigate through unchartered waters and the turbulence of betrayals, he will trust his life to your moral compass… and you will trust yours to his. And that is everything. Everything you will ever need. And your children will bless you. Be honest. Thank you, God.”

On a larger scale, it is often said that our political leaders are anything but honest– a generalization with which I disagree. After serving briefly, many years ago, in a political vocation, I met and befriended many ethical politicians. But I also noticed that in fact, dishonesty can only survive in a dishonest environment. Like bacteria breeding in a lab plate. In fact, when I’ve pondered the claim of lacking integrity in Washington, I’m reminded of my earlier Sociological pursuits– knowing in my heart that we humans would not accept unethical behavior by others… unless we accept it in ourselves. It’s that simple. And that complex.

The Social Contract between We, The People, and government, calls for a commitment by all parties to engage in cohesive, balanced roles in this dance of Democracy. It is the basis of our rule of law, granted by the ruled, enacted by representatives that We, The People, employ at our behest through the contract of public petition and election. So why accept the so-called absence of honesty of our elected officials? Perhaps, it is because we accept it in ourselves.

It is time to say to ourselves… “Be honest…because honesty is the only thing We, The People, bring to this third party, our government…. Be honest…. Wield integrity to petition our government…. Be honest… live it, breath it, drink it in… be honest. Because honesty will set you free. And your children will bless you.”

Never demand from others what you refuse to demand of yourself. Be honest. –Thank you, God.

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Copyright 2013 Suzy Right llc

“Hope is the Voice of the Heart” -author unknown

“Hope Is The Voice Of The Heart”
–unknown author.

In Brief…

If we listen to the news, contention and animosity between people fill the airwaves. I can’t help believe that this mindset leads to violence. It’s times like the one right now which I would really like to see news reporting only GOOD stuff. And there’s plenty of good going on! Let’s put the world situation in perspective– there is much GOOD is going on to ever become discouraged and lose hope. That’s why I love hearing children laugh! And babies cry! These are the sounds of GOOD and the promise of a new tomorrow. Do not silence the voice of the heart… keep hope in the voice of your heart… believe…

Why do we let ourselves be persuaded that world affairs suck? Look at the facts, not the emotionality. OK- here are some facts:

1. The world has always been in strife: governments have conflicting interests;
2. But people, however, share much in common: the desire to live and worship in peace; to educate their children for a better future; and to live long and prosper (to quote renowned historian, Dr. Spock, from Star Trek– he travelled to many worlds, not just ours.)

Let’s keep perspective: facts are facts, but animosity springs from ‘spinning’ the facts. And mortals have been spinning stories since the beginning of time. It started when, one night, Mastodons attacked a cave– and that one caveman ranted and raved to rouse help from neighboring cavemen. Plain and simple. Newspapers do today– to rouse anger so readers support politically slanted stories.

There is a great division between the people of the United States– or so the news would like us to believe. Truth be told, politics make strange bedfellows, meaning, political alliances are temporary, based on gathering Mastodons. But apart from the temporality of politics, humanity is forever. It is time for the news media to stop dividing our people.

America was built on diversity. It was neither easy nor equal, but after almost 250 years of birthing pains, the nation is more diverse and equitable than ever. And despite all our shortcomings, more people emigrate to our shores each year than all other countries combined. Why? For freedom. Freedom is written in our laws, the basis of our government and economic systems. Everybody’s got a shot at freedom in America. It’s what we do with it that defines who we are. Freedom is the hope in the heart of all immigrants who come here to escape repression. They hope for a better future for themselves and their children.

That’s why the media should be focused on the Truth about America. Don’t spin the story to sell papers or rouse anger between our sisters and brothers– but tell the story about the American struggle for freedom. It is ongoing, evolving our political, legal and monetary systems. But everyone can weigh in– that’s the cost of freedom. That’s the greatness of America, the heart and soul of this country. This American ideology. The American way of life. It far outweighs the monetary wealth of this nation, the evolution of freedom. It’s what binds the people of America– it’s our history and our future. And all brothers and sisters must be a part of it. Participate in your government! Let your voice be heard!

Readers, think twice before giving into the anger and division of our diversity as the media would have us believe… think first upon what binds us in common ground. Children laughing and babies crying… in freedom. Do not silence us. Thank God for America. Keep hope in your heart– and write your political leaders to work together for world peace.

–copyright Suzy Right llc 2013

Budget Cuts Too Great? Not At All! Follow The Lead Of The American People!

In brief…

I love my country! The land of the free and the home of the brave. But people are not perfect and right now, the United States government is engaged in war: a war of rhetoric, against itself. And a house divided cannot stand. There are those who would have the American people believe that sequestration of 10% budget cuts across the boards (excluding entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare,) would spell the end to civilization as we know it. Au contraire, mi capitan! House minority leadership declared on national TV that our 16-trillion dollar debt (and growing by the second,) is a ‘non-issue’…but, if that’s true, how can an 85-billion dollar sequestration (spending cuts,) mark a national disaster as the Executive and others purport? Many Americans already know what the government has yet to practice: yes, we all can live on less. Many of us already do.

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Back about 15 years ago, my partner dragged home wearily from yet another grueling day on the hamster wheel: the new trigger-happy boss fired suppliers left and right, including my hard-working hubby’s prime account. The supplier was gone with the wind (along with the 10 year network,) our income loss was a staggering 50%. We had had no warning. We sat down with a pot of coffee, legal pad, calculator, pencils, erasers and our bill book and began to dump the debt. Gone was the new car at a thousand dollar loss, but a 300 dollar savings each month. Also gone were cable TV, vacations away from home, Saturday afternoon matinees, trips to the mall, restaurants and pricey gifts. With each pay period, our family would first express gratitude for the 40 or 50 dollars for our two-week food budget (factor $60.00 to $75.00 for today’s inflation.) Homemade veggie soups and breads became daily events. We learned to play chess and board games, listen to radio, read books, borrow tapes from the library and take hikes. We changed our lifestyle—but first had to change our attitude. Now, we remember those days as some of our best! Being broke is a temporary state, but poverty is a state of mind.

Now I’m just guessing here, but I’m sure we are not the only American family to have experienced a fiscal cliff. In fact, research shows that most Americans have undergone, at one point or another, a serious downgrade in income and cash flow. What happens to us is less important than how we respond. Those of us who live through tough times must gather our wits, our strength and our faith to tread on new paths. It’s called, ‘reinvention.’ And it is as old as the hills.

Across history and the continents, people have always searched for greener pastures. If you aren’t Native American, your relatives came to this continent in search of two quests: spiritual freedom and the right to earn and keep prosperity. Heck, even Native Americans emigrated across the Bering Straights to the American Southwest and beyond. Why? For a better life. More food, wild game, shelter, open land—namely, freedom & prosperity. The pursuit of happiness. It takes courage, inspiration, defiance– and the spirit of achievement, especially for our offspring and future generations. And after thousands of years on planet Earth, nothing has changed. People are still sprawling out, looking for greener pastures and the key to a better future for their kids.

Americans already have tightened their belts: our politicians have not. Look at the 340 MILLION dollars spent thus far on government getaways– http://video.foxnews.com/v/2194624315001/government-employees-exploit-blank-check-of-taxpayer-money/

–spent on over-priced conferences, trips, and airliners that resemble paradise in the skies! And for what? Are teleconferences, or SKYPE, ineffective forms of communication and groupthink? ‘Hardly. But some government workers take blatant advantage of the unknowing American taxpayer, and stiff the public till because they can. One such recent conference cost American tax payers over 150 thousand dollars—with the events planner earning in excess of $53,000.00! Ego! Pride goeth before the fall.

The reason why Americans have no patience for rhetorical threats of fiscal cliffs and sequestration is because we already tighten our family’s fiscal belt. We live it. We have to: world governments engage in money wars, leaving their employers— we, the people—holding the proverbial bag of bankruptcy. Here we are, 16+ trillion dollars in debt—and growing by the second– with the executive spending a million dollars on a Hawaiian vacation. I genuinely like the POTUS—he has many likeable traits– but this is not behavior which sets a realistic example of prudent fiscal leadership. Government serves the People, not the other way around: government must follow the suit of it’s employers: We, the American people.

Sequestration? It should become the basis of the new American budget, part of the regular routine. Slash 10% across the boards. How else will the American government learn from it’s people– it’s employers—to follow our example and live within the bounds of a balanced budget? Looks like Washington D.C. could use an attitude adjustment: try it, folks! It works! Government: Stop mortgaging our kids’ and grandkids’ future! Follow the lead of the American people!

Citizens: get involved! Email your government representatives today! Demand a balanced budget now. Cut the pork!

Blessed day, one and all. And God Bless the United States of America!

–Suzy

Suzy Right llc © 2013
RightOnTheTruth.com ©2013

The Meat Strike

In brief:

When housewives of the New York suburbs decided that the price of meat was too high, they did the only thing they could….boycott. Within weeks, the price suddenly dropped. Maybe it’s time for a meat strike of government.
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I can still remember how ‘foot stomping’ mad mom was… all the neighborhood housewives were mad! With hungry kids and husbands on the rush hour, the high cost of red meat made it harder and harder to stretch the family food budget. The word, vegetarian, never entered our rib eye culture: reserved, rather, for the hootenanny and hippy set in Greenwich Village and Woodstock. We wanted meat!

When the retail price of red meat hit an all time high of more than a dollar a pound– all heck broke loose at our house! Mom snapped into action– telephoning neighbors, asking them to go on strike: stop buying meat! She even telephoned the newspaper. She helped launch a meat boycott. About 3 days into the strike, we walked down to Joe’s butcher shop– at the time, the only place to buy a ‘decent cut of beef.’ Yes, we bought our favorite Kaiser rolls (served with mom’s exquisite meat-free lentil soup.) But when Joe, the butcher, asked: “what kin I get ya today?”–I took a step back and watched as a wave of General Patton washed over mom’s brow. Digging her heels in, she stood tall and said in her best commander tone: “no meat today, Joe– your prices are just too high—and we’re just plain tired of it!” He haltingly tried to explain about the cost of the middle man… but mums shook her head resolutely.

Pride swelled in my little girl heart– like Cinderella must have felt when the handsome prince stood up to that no-good step-mother and bratty half-sisters. But my stomach also flip-flopped at the idea of cheerios for dinner. Joe’s face flushed a ghostly white as mummy paid for the rolls and, head held high, she waltzed out of the shop. I puttered behind her, drooling over the counter packed with plump red cuts of beef. We ran into our neighbor outside and as I wiped the drool from my mouth, the women discussed the strike and exchanged recipes for meatless hash. We walked home as my stomach grumbled and mom lectured about the ‘power of protest’– let your voices be heard! Petition your leaders! Later, I picked my cereal and dreamed about hot lunch at school.

Within a few weeks, behold! Protest worked! The meat strike was over! The price dropped below a dollar a pound—and we all flocked back to Joe’s.

This day, as we speak, the United States Congress is involved in it’s own meat strike: the House has passed legislation that if Congress does not do its job– and pass a national budget—then, no red meat for Congress. No work, no pay. Bravo! It’s the Senate’s duty to present to Congress a budget—but hasn’t done that in over 1100 days. Where’s the consequence for not doing their job?

The national treasury is broke. America is broke. We are at war with ourselves. A house divided cannot stand. A meat strike may be the only way to communicate to government that OUR leaders must STOP leading us into debt, bankruptcy and despair. Government should LEAD us into sense and solvency.

After all, can WE THE PEOPLE afford a failed government? Why should government get paid for driving us into bankruptcy? (Note: actually, I’d prefer bankruptcy– then the fed would HAVE to re-organize with trustees: painful, but necessary.)

To the American Government– take a lesson from the New York housewives who refused to buy meat that was economically infeasible. Likewise, $16 trillion dollars of debt—and growing– is unfeasible. Do your job! Serve the American people!

Americans: don’t pay government when government fails.

Folks: WRITE your Congress–

Democracy can only work with voices of–

WE, THE PEOPLE.

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Living Simply To Simply Live!

In Brief….

Happy New Year, one and all! –Well, America has made it through the ‘fiscal cliff,’ with some new legislation… much to the delight to some… and to the chagrin of others. America has once again, kicked the can down the road. One thing is for sure: the cost of living in America is going up- up- up! And not in the distant future… but right now. Taxes will begin to roll into our lives from every nook and craney. We must get ready to live on less. That requires stamina, creativity and the humility to achieve. “Be the change you want to see in this world,” said world humanitarian, Mahatma Ghandi. And his wisdom is still applicable today—genuine wisdom is timeless, right? –So, to begin the New Year, let us put on the New Thought! How to prosper in a shrinking economy with growing debt and expenses?! Each of us must learn how to live simply in order to simply live! Here are 35+ suggestions, most of which Suzy’s already applied with her own family. Be sure to write me your own suggestions to live simply. In the meantime, enjoy!
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Regardless of political affiliation or income, all people share at least one common denominator: to live, prosper and provide for their families. To me, I want to be happy… I want my kids and grandkids to be happy… and live in a world of possibilities. The recent merry-go-round of the 90’s falsehoods in de-regulated banking and mortgage have collapsed: the days of mega-increases in stocks and home values were just an illusion and— as painful as it is for me to say– our government enabled the illusion through voodoo math and deception. Many governments enabled the illusion around the world.

America is in deep financial troubles that are worsening by the second. http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/

In a nutshell…. the federal government continues to borrow more than we take in: America borrows while the federal deficit (the imbalance between revenues and expenditures,) balloons by trillions of dollars. How much is that, really? My mom read an article to me decades ago that if we had one million dollars in the days of Christ (2000+ years ago,) and had spent a thousand dollars every day since Christ was born… we’d still have cash leftover. A million is 1,000,000, or 10 to the sixth power (10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10 x 10.) You can buy:
• 22 brand new $45,000.00 sports cars— with cash leftover for the tax;
• or three houses worth $333,000.00 each– with cash leftover to pay the tax;
• or 6 townhomes worth $150,000.00 each– with cash leftover to pay the tax.

A BILLION dollars is 10 to the power of 9: 1,000,000,000. A billion dollars would buy
• 300 homes worth $333,000.00 each with (you guessed it) cash leftover to pay tax;
• Or 666 townhomes worth $150,000.00 each with cash leftover to pay tax:
• Or 2,222 sports cars worth $45,000.00 each with cash leftover to pay tax.

A TRILLION dollars is represented by 10 to the 12th power: 1 followed by 18 zeros!! 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.00 My calculator doesn’t compute trillions, so I challenge you to compute how many sports cars, homes and townhomes a trillion dollars buys.

America currently is 16 trillion dollars in debt. Actually, way more— when you calculate as of yet unpaid interest on these loans. Because interest rates are artificially low (the fed artificially holds interest rates low, which pisses off the Chinese and others who lend us trillions,) the government doesn’t address the interest. But consumers know that interest is the sleeping tiger. If your Visa bill says you owe them $5,000.00, that’s just principle. The “payoff balance” is the nasty surprise. Just like our national debt— which will fall to the next 3 or 4 generations of Americans. So much for our freedom! Life will seem like indentured servitude.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indentured_servant In fact, the government now makes it possible for college grads with big debt, to easily work for government: institutionalizing ‘debt forgiveness,’ in exchange for their continued employment. This may seem like a good idea to some: but others may see this as a trap to stay in basically, a low-paying job. Besides, these jobs may have been doable without college whatsoever. Kinda like another merry-go-round. And let’s remember that those among us aspired to become doctors and lawyers have way more debt than most other students. Choose wisely!
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/student-loan-ranger/2012/10/03/student-debt-affects-generations-of-americans
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/student-loan-ranger/2012/09/26/striking-rise-in-six-figure-student-loan-debt
http://www.finaid.org/loans/forgiveness.phtml

How is the executive dealing with the ticking time-bomb of our national debt? By raising the debt ceiling: how much America can borrow. How can we possibly re-pay this gargantuan debt? Through gargantuan taxes which will ruin the value of our currency. In Germany, for example, following WWI, a loaf of bread cost the German people a wheel-barrow full of paper money. That’s called, hyper-inflation (the root cause of Germany’s desperation to amass military power, leading to WWII.) Hyper-inflation is where our lawmakers are leading our grandchildren, as America will then slump into a third -world country ripe for hyper-corruption and crime.

How will Americans survive the future of crushing debt and taxes? By living simply now. Live simply to simply– live.

Here are some suggestions for those who want to be prepared for what is heading inevitably heading our way:

• First and foremost: SAVE your cash. Take your credit cards out of your wallet. Buy only with ready cash;
• Learn to live with less: less house, less vacation, fewer clothes, less expensive furniture, less food—
• Change your lifestyle to eat more plant based diets— learn about nutrition and lose weight. Your doctor– while you still have one– will bless you! –Get up and move!
• Research recipes for home-made soups and stews: freeze extras, saving on time and energy. Your waistline (and colon!) will thank you!
• Drop the fatty and trans-fatty junk food: BAKE and COOK your own wholesome foods. Then check the internet for cooking contests for you and the kids. Winning even a token prize is a big kick!
• Re-evaluate your life insurance. Term life (to protect your family,) may be the better buy as opposed to the pricey whole or universal life policies.
• When it comes to Property/Casualty insurance, remember the cardinal rule: less stuff means less premium cost. Call your agent and have ‘em run some numbers for you.
• Cut every expense from your home budget that you can: remember, it ain’t how much you earn—it’s how much ya keep. And future life in America means keeping way, way less.
• Learn about tax codes– take advantage of the knowledge and apply what you learn. http://www.irs.gov/
http://tax.findlaw.com/federal-taxes/tax-basics-a-beginners-guide-to-taxes.html
http://www.law.cornell.edu/lii/get_the_law

• Look at home-based businesses: and tax advantages—while we still have them. When tax codes begin to change, you’ll already have a handle on steps to take to protect your income.
• Educate your kids so they can start their own soccer league– forget about pricey clubs. Find your own reasonable alternatives.
• Ditto for your golf game: start patronizing public greens; there’s no shame in managing your money effectively. The only shame would be going broke without knowing why.
• Cut your bills by 10-15- or even 20%. Don’t know how? Start with the electric bill: turn off house lights in all rooms but the kitchen– and do homework, computer work, etc., as a family. Teach your kids how to use a dictionary and encyclopedia. Standardize this every evening for an hour or more. Once you see how easy and fun it is, ask the others what ways mileage, consumption and bills can be reduced– while increasing recycling and community activities.
• Stage weekly ‘family meetings,’ to incorporate successful real-life strategies. Use the 10-20-30 rule: 10% of every dollar goes to petty cash for fun things; 20% of dollars goes to short term saving; and 30% goes to long-term savings. Start out small, and work up to the really big numbers. Use activities like can collection & redemption (from local schools and businesses,) and part-time jobs;
• Pick a community-based activity, like food collection from leftovers at the grocery store to donate to charity. Apples with spots may not retail: but peeled apples make good sauce at the homeless shelter. Sandwich shops often throw away bread crusts: but soup kitchens could use them. Be creative and get involved.
• Read newspapers and start paying attention to government and the number of Executive Orders regulating laws– http://www.ucsb.edu/searchresults.shtml?q=Executive+Orders Keep informed about changes in civil liberties and law.
• Start exploring second-hand stores. Not only are the buys phenomenal… but teach effective money management.
• Put your ego aside. Having the newest, the biggest, the most expensive of anything, is an ego-trip. Set up a trading emporium with neighbors and friends. Shop around online, while we still can.
• Get comfortable with spending less cash and saving more. There is great worth in using what you have, buying less than you need and sharing more with others.
• Re-cycle your clothes to the Salvation Army and others– abide by the “one in—one out” rule. When one comes home to the closet, donate one you haven’t used/worm in several months. Photo it and document it for taxes. While we still can.
• Make sure each family member has “a job,” not necessarily for allowance, but to contribute to the family or community.
• Volunteer at the local zoo or museum. You may also earn free passes and more quality family time.
• Live simply and if you can, rent out that vacant room to a boarder or family member. Choose wisely from school, neighbors, church, co-workers, or student exchange. Check out a simple tenant’s agreement— and keep the time frame short until you’re sure it’s a good fit. Shop around. Double check the tax ramifications.
• Vacation close to home. Subscribe to local state and national parks. Or just pay the day rates. Camp out; bike-ride; hike and enjoy nature.
• Grow a garden: outdoors or indoors with hydroponics. Start a garden club. Learn about vege-power houses, such as kale and spinach. Trade with others.
• Cut back on water usage. Set the timer when showering; use a watering can; trade out lawn plants with drought-resistant plants; plant fruit trees for your zone.
• Learn to can food. Enlist the whole family: everyone has a job– finding bargains; prepping foods; organizing the kitchen; labeling and inventorying back stock;
• Learn how to sew. Teach children. Knit, crochet, or hand sew.
• Start a hobby like re-staining wooden doors; mastermind it into a home business by giving your neighbors a ‘deal,’ and encourage them to tell their friends.
• Learn how to change your car’s oil, change a tire, replace the windshield wipers. Teach your kids.
• “Save” your kids a little less, and teach your kids resilience a little more. When kids screw up, there are consequences. Don’t rob your kids of their life lessons: has anyone robbed yours from you?
• Play the ‘do it yourself,’ game; research anything and everything you need to know but were too embarrassed to admit. Challenge your family to do the same. Then, share the info and feedback. Make it fun!
• Invest in a time share, if you want: just be sure that it isn’t a ‘use it or lose it,’ place… and pay it off, giving your family years—or decades– of enjoyment.
• Get used to saying things like, “we can’t afford that;” or, “that’s too expensive.” Truthfully, the adage goes that, “a fool and his money are soon parted.” America has been acting foolish for a long time and it’s going to hurt a lot of folks.
• For colleges, try on-line or community colleges. Most 4-year school curriculums can be cut in half with two years at a community based college. And some states offer guaranteed entry into the 4-year schools in state, if the community based curriculum is completed successfully. (Besides: research data show that most college freshmen want to escape living at home as the motivating factor for a dorm-based 4-year program.) Try to pay as you go, whenever possible.
• Without sounding too preachy… attend a church, temple, synagogue or mosque to exert your spiritual muscle. Hard times lay ahead for all of us and we need good ideas, like forgiveness and justice. Read a Bible. Ancient language too cumbersome? Try a new living translation. Start a Bible study group and invite various ministers and others to share ideas.
• Set the example of living life to the fullest and do not be afraid of the future: just be prepared. Families, neighbors, co-workers will need truth! To be yourself, one needs to know thyself.
• Express gratitude for having this opportunity to learn new life skills– your kids will thank you some day.
• Get creative! Write your own suggestions. And write me! Let me know how it’s going!

We often hear commercials telling us to buy gold– because soon, our paper money will be worthless. If I brought gold coins to the market, I’d probably get mobbed! Silver, on the other hand, seems reasonable. I can imagine a silver coin paying for a bag of groceries or a tank of gas. But gold? Too dicey for my tastes. What do you think? Write me.

Also, in case the American economy heals, our country heals, and we grow stronger, not weaker– then all these suggestions still have taught us how to be resilient. And self-sufficient. I pray to God that that is the case. Better to be safe than sorry.

One more note: research data show that most children don’t WANT stuff– they want their families. So, play a board game; read books; bake or cook something wholesome; do an art project. A long time ago, a group of friends made funky Disney-style grave ‘stones’ from papier-mache for a terrific Halloween party. Those markers are still the center of my girlfriend’s lawn each autumn! –Invite your kids to help create suggestions. Children have a natural desire to help out… to contribute….to make a difference. By practicing common sense plans, they learn:

1. –how to survive tough times, AND prosper;
2. — and they can do it again!

These two facts are the basis of success to living simply in order to– simply live!

Keep in touch, one and all. Don’t’ forget to write Suzy! And keep living simply!

©Suzy Right llc 2013
©RightOnTheTruth.com 2013

American Debt– per Einstein: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over…. while expecting different results!

In brief…

    Although the title is a paraphrase of the great thinker’s words, insanity seems appropriate in describing our current national economic policy of blind borrowing.  Obama asks Congress to pass a national budget based upon: twice the increased tax rate he campaigned for, and fewer budget cuts… including more expenditure for ‘stimulus.’  Haven’t Americans seen this before?  There’s a reason it’s called a, “budget deficit:” because ya can’t spend what ya ain’t got: we cannot keep borrowing from China… unless we want to become Chinese.  The Fiscal Cliff?  Insanity.  Some members of Congress know that.  OK: raise revenues BUT be fair and decrease entitlements by 1% or 2.  Fair compromises.  Balance budget deficits and revenues through humility and discipline… with everyone’s participation, especially leadership: Congress and the Executive.

(Note: America is in a production-consumptive imbalance–  Americans consume way more than we produce.  But that’s a whole other blog, so for now….)

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How can it be that our national government is expending time and resources NOT resolving our seriously flawed economy–  when you spend more than what you take in, the budget is flawed.  Outcome: deepening debt resulting with a dim future.  The American government is spending money it does not have.  Budget proposals thus far seem like the same old, same old.

Look at it this way: using a credit card to buy a $1000.00 TV, but making only minimum payments drives up the cost and makes the debt unsustainable: ultimately, payments service the debt, not pay off the debt— and the TV really isn’t his: it belongs to his creditor.  To make matters worse, what if the borrower keeps charging more and more stuff, without paying off the debt?  Heirs will be burdened by debt, leaving their credit in tatters— with dim prospects.

That scenario is America: how we’ve incurred $16-trillion dollars worth of debt which compounds by the second.  The American government keeps borrowing and spending more money than what is raised in revenues.  No, this didn’t happen in one year or one administration–  it is a collective bad habit that has gone uncorrected for a generation and longer.  Your grandchildren–  and mine–  and our great-grandchildren will pay off our debt via higher taxes taken from their paychecks, which translates to lower actual earnings.  They will pay a slew of expanding taxes, inflation (the ‘hidden tax,’) and social entitlement programs.   Imagine your kids’ lives–  when their take-home pay translates to 1/3 (or less) of what they earn.

Where does Washington spend our money?

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=1258

The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (cbpp.org) outlines that America spends 6% of the national budget on debt servicing: about $230 million dollars in 2011 alone—and we borrow to pay that!  But, the question remains: why doesn’t our government STOP spending what we don’t have?!  If I ran my personal budget like the government, the bank would be at  my door–  with the sheriff!

During my marriage, there have been a few times when my spouse and I had to reduce our spending by as much as 40% to balance our budget during changes in our careers.  We’d brew a pot of coffee and sit down with calculator, legal pads and bill-book in hands, to hammer out a sustainable budget for our family.  Keeping the family as our key focus, ego was put aside.  We found all kinds of creative ways to cut expenses–  no cable TV, trips to the movies, or impulsive buys.  For a year, we kept the TV and radio OFF–  and played chess, cards and board games while snacking on carrot sticks and herbal tea.  We learned about ourselves.

Sometimes, I think America wastes our resources to “outdo the Jones’s:” as if we’re failures if we don’t overspend.  But discipline (or austerity) is a teaching tool.  Challenges always are.  Our family discovered we didn’t NEED 300 channels on TV; we didn’t NEED to quell boredom through shopping; we didn’t NEED the luxury car—not if it jeopardized us.  And, frankly, it would have been unfair to cut expenses for some, but not for everyone.  On a national scale, sure, taxes might be expanded for some— if entitlements are sliced by 1% or 2%.  Cut government salaries by 2% or 3%, and 4% or 5% for higher earners.  EVERYONE should participate– executive, judicial and legislative branch employees for federal, state and local governments.

A personal family story taught us kids growing up about effects of the Depression of the 1930’s: two relatives (city workers,) were asked if they would prefer a 50% cut in pay—or unemployment altogether.  They took the cut.  The same scenario seems relevant today–  except NOT a 50% cut in pay, but a 2% or 3% cut in pay… with the highest earners taking a 4% or 5% cut in pay.   If the Executive asks high-earning Americans to pay more tax, it’s only fair that all Americans pay more.  Walk the talk .

My spouse and I downsized when our business failed, making the transport of household goods so not worth it.  We gave most of it away: relatives, friends, and after a yard sale, the local family shelter benefited.  Among the truck loads, were 600 pounds of coffee table books: geography, history, fiction, world events.  I suggested the shelter create an evening “reading hour” for families: no TV or radio, just families reading books– together.  Because what happens is not as important as how we respond.   Most of the world’s enduring writers and leaders sprang from humble beginnings.  Children enrich themselves with the world of possibilities through books– no matter their immediate circumstances

Americans are extremely generous: donating more than $300-billion dollars a year—more than 152 other countries.

https://atlasofgiving.com/

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/01/24/10228112-report-americans-more-generous-in-giving-to-charity-in-2011?lite

This is a mark of how much Americans appreciate other human beings.  Why would we re-distribute our wealth to total strangers?   Perhaps we want others to benefit from American opportunities.  It isn’t just for the tax-deduction… which may become a thing of the past anyway.  And if the tax deduction does go away, it will be interesting to see how donations will be affected.  But for now at least, Americans are a generous people.

http://philanthropy.com/article/Americans-Are-Most-Generous/130137/

America must also re-assess its foreign aid: it is unsustainable to continue giving away money to other countries, when we borrow money to pay our bills.  The time for thinkers has come for a new national plan, taking into consideration all aspects of a healthy budget–  not just those that make for a popular or political spin.

http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/politics/us-foreign-aid.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/us-foreign-aid-by-country_n_1837824.html#slide=1405868

When it comes to life, when it comes to choices, when it comes to action–  we must humble ourselves to new thought and new action in order to create new results.

Hence, the opening statement of Einstein’s definition of, ‘insanity,’ – repeating the same thing, again and again, while expecting different results.  The same things again and again, are burying America–  and others– in debt.  Hence, I offer a call to a new action:

“Mr. President and Congress, please sit down face-to-face.  Honestly and effectively compromise on the big picture: America.  Americans need a government that functions: chaos only diverts attention.  The truth is, every American needs to practice austerity, including you, Mr. President, and you, members of Congress.  Practice what you preach; walk your talk.  Lead by example.  Find sustainable ways to reduce spending along with, yes, raising revenues responsibly: take a pledge to reduce a dollar of spending for each dollar of revenue raised.  Here–  I’ll start….

I, Suzy Right© 2012, hereby solemnly swear, to balance my personal budget and not borrow what I don’t have…. And to diligently pay off my credit card debt in its entirety…. that I will tighten my belt by not spending what I don’t have… and achieve the overall goal of fiscal thrift and economy while protecting my family and country, while giving continued support to my neighbors… so help me God.

Thank you.  And God Bless America.”

 

–Suzy Right © 2012

–©RightOnTheTruth 2012