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Don’t wait for politicians to take the lead

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A Message to Working People: an essay by Robert Reich former labor secretary……        Your typical wage is below what it was in the late 1970s, in terms of what it can buy. Two-thirds of you are living paycheck to paycheck. Almost 30 percent of you don’t have steady employment: You’re working part-time or on contract, with none of the labor protections created over the last 80 years – no unemployment insurance if you lose your job, no worker’s compensation if you’re injured, no time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours a week, no minimum wage, and you have to pay your own Social Security. Over 37 percent of you have dropped out of the workforce altogether because you’ve become too discouraged even to look for work. That’s a near record. As if all this weren’t enough, the schools and infrastructure on which you rely have been neglected, and the ravages of climate change — droughts, fires, and floods – are worsening.

Yet the American economy is twice as large as it was in the late 1970s. As a nation, we are richer than we’ve ever been. We could afford to do so much better.
None of this has happened by accident. Those with great wealth have translated it into political power. And with that power they’ve busted labor unions (to which a third of private-sector workers belonged in the 1950s but now fewer than 7 percent do), halved the taxes they pay (from a top marginal rate of 91 percent in the 1950s to 39 percent today, and from an effective rate of 52 percent then to 18 percent now), cut safety nets, deregulated Wall Street, privatized much of the economy, expanded bankruptcy protection for themselves while narrowing it for you, forced you into mandatory arbitration of employment disputes, expanded their patents and intellectual property, got trade deals that benefited them but squeezed your pay, and concentrated their market power so you pay more for pharmaceuticals, health insurance, airfare, food, internet service, and much else.
This is bad for everyone. Even those at the top would do better with a smaller share of an economy that was growing because the middle class was expanding. And they’d do better in a society that hadn’t become so angry and susceptible to demagogues blaming immigrants and imports for what has happened.
But none of this will change unless we change it. No single person – not even Bernie Sanders, had he become president – can do what needs to be done, alone. You and I and others must continue to organize and mobilize. Do not find refuge in cynicism. Change is slow, and at times seems hopeless. But change must come. Do not wait for politicians to take the lead. We are the leaders.

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“Darwinian Economy,” staring at us !

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With the planet staggering under the greatest load of debt ever seen in human history….

There are some very smart, well informed writers, editors, and financial counselors, of which some I admire and practice what they have to say, that are saying three things about the results of the present economy which are inevitable:
(1) devaluation of the dollar
(2) war (civil or international)
(3) lowered standards of living in the USA
– for at least a decade!
The Economy has hurt many good people. I believe there is a mass of people who are desperate to find smart ways of making money, to Make Change Happen.

With this “Darwinian Economy,” staring at us what is the American public to do?
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Stare the “Darwinian Economy” dead square on and declare “the ‘masses’ are coming!”

Consider the following . . .

How do you “leverage” your efforts to maximize your earnings and efforts now?

Get a 2nd or 3rd job? (Too much time and too little pay?)
Hit it big in stocks and bonds. (Without expertise and careful planning the odds are against you!)
Hit the lottery? (Odds are 80 million to 1 – against you!)
Start your own traditional business? (Too time consuming/expensive.)
Buy a franchise? (Expensive, time consuming – 1/3 fail within 2 years.)
Begin working at a low cost, home business quickly!

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A Real GEM: Going the Extra Mile

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Discovering the Golden Rule to be the Law of Attraction

The Golden Rule in Business

 Arthur Nash: The Golden Rule in Business By Bro. HAROLD MARSHALL, Massachusetts

Here is a true story of a great man who, discovering the Golden Rule to be as much a law of human relations as the law of gravitation is in the physical world, applied it to industry with amazing results – as shown by the fact that on May 23, he distributed $600,000 worth of stock in his Company to his fellow- workers. A fuller account of Arthur Nash and his work may be read in his book entitled The Golden Rule in Business, in which we are shown how a profound spiritual experience worked itself out in a great industrial enterprise – solving the tragic problem of capital and labor by doing away with it altogether, and making use of a new – old principle taught and preached in our pulpits, but seldom used.

The son of devout parents, educated in religious schools, and destined for the ministry of a church that makes tip in perfervid zeal what it lacks in numbers, Mr. Nash might well have said with the Apostle Paul, “After the straightest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.” Then came the shattering vision of a larger life than could be contained in his little system. He escaped expulsion for heresy by leaving his church before he was cast out, but he did not escape from becoming an outcast. The young minister had to take whatever work offered, wandering from job to job, and casual labor made him a casual laborer. “I am often asked,” he says, “how much my personality has to do with the success of our company. I want to answer definitely and positively that I had no personality until I accepted a principle, and that it is out of the principle that the personality developed. When I was carrying the hod at the Soldiers Home at Marion, Indiana, I had the personality of a hod-carrier; when I was working in a bridge gang on the Vandalia Railroad, I had the personality of a bridge gang worker.”

Speaking recently in the neighborhood of his birthplace in Indiana, Mr. Nash said: “Last night as I walked the streets of this city and my mind went back thirty years and I remembered how I tramped these same streets in rags, a tramp lost, without God and without hope in the world, working at all kinds of jobs but never sticking to any for more than a few weeks, sleeping often in the woods, I never became so little in my own eyes, so humble before God.” “To those who have caught a vision of its meaning,” said Walter Rauschenbusch, “democracy is a holy word.” And to Arthur Nash the word “brother,” which to so many of us is in merely a part of our ritual, became also holy and a literal living reality.

Shortly after this vision came to him, he had to decide how far he was prepared to live it in his own life. He was forced to take control of a sweatshop in which men and women had been exploited as they have been from time immemorial. The pay-roll sheet which he took home with him that night showed a wage scale ranging from a maximum of $18 per week for men down to a minimum of $4 for women, at a time when the war had doubled living costs. It burned and quivered before his eyes like the letters of doom on the walls of Belshazzar’s palace. For him it was the day of decision. The next morning he went down to the shop, called the little group of workers together, told them that he had been made to see that they were his brothers and sisters, and that he intended to make the Golden Rule the governing law of the factory. That meant that when any policy was decided he must ask himself, “If I were in your place and you were in mine, what would I want you to do?” And he told them that he expected them to let the same rule govern their actions.

Now, of course, any sane business man would instantly see that such a policy could only lead to bankruptcy and ruin, especially in the clothing industry, where competition is fierce and merciless.  There is a homely old saying, however, that the “proof of the pudding is in the eating,” and the verdict as to whether Mr. Nash’s policy of making the Golden Rule the governing law of his factory was sane or insane must be decided by results.

There was nothing in Mr. Nash’s own business past or in the previous history of his company to lead anyone to anticipate a rapid growth, but bear in mind that Mr. Nash insists that brotherhood is not a counsel of perfection but a divine law of life.  He insists that the Golden Rule is God’s greatest economic law, the divine law governing human relationships. Now all modern- minded men have come to realize that to discover and obey the laws of the universe is to succeed, to ignore or disobey them is to fail. What evidence can Mr. Nash offer to sustain his assertion that the Golden Rule is the law of life?

In 1918, the company occupied half a floor in a small building containing many other clothing manufacturers and had twenty-nine employees, and the total business for that year amounted to $132,000. In 1919, the business amounted to $525,000; in 1920, $1,580,000; in 1921, $2,077,000; in 1922, $3,750,000; and in 1923, nearly $6,000,000.

This means that from making a few hundred suits and overcoats a month in 1918, they have increased to an output of 10,000 to 12,000 a week, which means four completed suits or overcoats a minute for every working day.

The capital of the company had grown from $60,000 to $1,000,000, and is now $3,000,000.

But this is not the story of a factory but the study of a man. One who knows him intimately remarked not long ago that the most remarkable development of these six years has been Arthur Nash himself. When he determined to make brotherhood the law of life, it was with the expectation of business failure, not with the hope of business success. By 1920, however, he saw his faith in brotherhood as the law of life working an industrial miracle. The Golden Rule was for him becoming literally the Rule of Gold.

But this threatened to make him personally the victim of another kind of misfortune. “I became conscious,” he says, “that with a company working in obedience to this law, while practically all other companies were drifting or disobeying the law of success, a spectacular development was inevitable. As I owned practically all the stock of the company at the beginning of the experiment, in the natural course of events I was doomed to become a rich man.  Please let that word ‘doomed’ register in your mind, for that was the horrible mental picture that was before me. A little later I met my friend, Harold Marshall, of Boston, and told him something of this. He seemed to sense deeply the thing that was in my mind, and I have heard him many times tell great audiences that I had said to him with a look of deep concern in my face and agony in my eyes that I saw no way to keep from becoming a millionaire.”

Mr. Nash has not told the whole story of that interview, moved perhaps by generous consideration for the writer of this article. For he himself had then decided to escape from the possession of great wealth by giving the business to the workers. He outlined to me the plan by which he proposed to supplant his corporation by a co- operative workers’ association. The discussion lasted far into the night, he insisting that he must do it immediately, I insisting that he was dealing with a group still incoherent and most of whom were economic children, and that he must keep control until he had taught them self-control and given them opportunity to develop a group consciousness. Finally he yielded, saying, “Well, if I must, I must, but how I dread it!”

“Yes,” I said, “but remember this, that crucifixion is not a fact of history but a process of life. This is what Paul meant by ‘dying daily.’”

Of course, misunderstanding has been inevitable. Many times and by many people the old sneering question has been raised, “Does job serve God for naught?” Three or four years ago certain magazines made bitter attacks on his motives and his integrity, based on entire misstatement of facts. I then wrote a statement of what I knew to be the truth, but before publishing it sent a copy to him. Here are some paragraphs from his reply.

“Once and for all remember that we have passed the point where it should ever occur to you that I have any human feeling. We are only pawns in the great game of life, to be moved as seems best regardless of what particular square we may be on or the direction in which our inclination would carry us.

“I note what you say about making reply to the charges that have been made. I hope you will think carefully regarding this before you do so. Read over again the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah and study carefully the seventh verse, and remember that war is destructive, whether it be a battle of words or a battle of cannon and that there is only one standard in the final judgment and that is ‘By their fruits ye shall know them.’ What we need is not someone to fight battles for us or someone to answer our tormentors, but the prayer of all the Father’s children that the mind which was in Christ Jesus may be in us.”

To have watched not only Arthur Nash’s own development but the way in which the workers associated with him have caught his spirit and in turn passed it on to the newer workers in the group has been a rich and thrilling experience. Step by step they have found their way to ever-increasing economic efficiency. Day by day they have developed an ever closer fellowship. It would have been easy to understand how the small original group could have been welded into a family under the influence of a great personality, but there are now nearly four thousand of them, recruited from many races, members of diverse and often conflicting religious sects. Yet together they have taken and together they are living this workers’ pledge:

“In the spirit of Jesus we unite ourselves in the Fellowship of the Golden Rule, pledging our utmost endeavor to make God’s law of brotherhood the law of our lives.”

Here is an adventure in dynamics, not an experiment in mechanics.  It ignores our common class and caste philosophy and advances to a new insistence upon elemental democracy. It is as illogical, as thrilling, perhaps as prophetic as primitive Christianity.

If there is any body of men in the world who ought to understand it, to sympathize with it, and to imitate it in their own lives, it is us of the Network Marketing Business.

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May 25, 2011 at 6:59 am

Green Smoothie Nation…

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Just made a green smoothie hmmmm,
D E L I C I O U S ! ! !

Here’s the recipe:

1 small zucchini
2 celery
12-20 red seedless grapes
1 cored green pear
1 seedless orange ( really sweet ! )
1 banana, 1 juice of lemon
1-2 C. ice water for consistency

blend, divide in half / add 2 C. spinach (1 C. each half )
add some mint for a little zip!

W O W !
Another lip smacking good meal replacement!

Les Heichel

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May 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

“What do I intend to do with my New Year’s Resolution?”

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 Napoleon Hill said "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe – the mind can achieve."
 
This year I want start out right—on track to achieve more than I have ever dreamed.
But to do this I will need a game plan.
A goal.
And what better way to achieve my goal than to have an intention of what my goal
will be after it it is realized. To visualize my goal as if it is already accomplished.
So I ask myself—what are my intentions?
 
Follow along with this discussion as I continue it later this week.
 
Committed To Your Success,
 
L e s
 

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January 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm