Improving Our Systems

Cascades Peaks, July, 2012

Cascades Peaks, July, 2012

London is hosting the Olympic Games in a wonderful fashion. In fact the transparency and insight that the venue affords has brought to light the need to improve the Games from an ethical and humanitarian perspective. Many of the athletes and national organizations are involved in systems of preparation for competition in these and other world events that need improvement. It’s time to start or improve standards and enforcement – especially to protect the most vulnerable.

There are many wonderful stories of athletes having success in various games or sports. It can be inspiring to hear these stories told, and the athletes often want to help others to be successful, too – a heartwarming part of many tales. Many of the sports or preparations for the sports cause a significant reduction in the quality of life. In that case it might be best to help others to compete in other sport, educational, work and business opportunities instead of what they may have gained a great amount of financial reward from doing. It would be better for those that are helped to have a better quality of life, wouldn’t it?

When a Republican says they are for cutting taxes, they usually don’t cut taxes for anyone but the most wealthy. The Republican candidate of almost any current political race is proposing many poor plans. It is not wrong to change taxation regulations, but shifting the burden from the wealthy to the less advantaged is ludicrous. We want taxes to be reasonable and fair, and some like B&O and inheritance taxes don’t make much sense to be very much. Some local communities in the US pay excessive taxes, and their tax rate should go down significantly even if it means a RIF would be necessary. All governments should get involved in the creation of new businesses and jobs – whether by private or government organizations. The resulting businesses can always be sold later.

Vote for the Democrats this time around, get involved and help make government robust and better. Help make life better with taxes being directed to goods and services where needed. Private businesses and the wealthy are not going to be very fair and robust at making life better for the most part as they tend to be shortsighted and lack compassion. Make government be for and by the people. It’s not easy.

Do We Believe the Wealthy Are Poor?

Cascades Flower, July, 2012

Cascades Flower, July, 2012

The economy has been really tough for over four years. It wasn’t exactly running smoothly before that with people piling up debt as their income and job opportunities diminished. The Republican led economic policies started us down a path of weakening the non-upper classes and the United States of America as a whole. Do we really want to repeat the mistakes of the pre-Obama era?

Healthcare in the United States has slowly been improving despite the horrible economy inherited by the Obama administration. We are on the brink of having a kind of healthcare system that will begin maximizing team oriented health benefits and minimizing unnecessary costs and bankruptcies paid for by the middle class. Sure some adjustments will be made to improve the new system from time to time, but that is what we always need to work at – improvement.

We don’t just want catastrophic healthcare, but we want thorough, compassionate, best practices, team oriented healthcare from conception to the end of our lives. The nurses, support staff, technicians, nutritionists, therapists, doctors and other medical practitioners of all kinds need to part of our healthcare. Yes we need to pay for it, and yes it is a tax. However, it is a tax we are already paying, and it is a tax that should go down over time as we better manage the team. It is not really a new tax, rather it is a new way to gather resources to pay for a necessary cost in a better more cost effective approach.

There are other taxes we should be ready and willing to pay including those that develop our infrastructure with robust mass transportation as a priority, education through at least a bachelor’s degree without the need to go into debt, housing for everyone and good jobs and job assurance for everyone. It will be a tough challenge to get these important things done and done well.

The Democratic Party has a strong lead on good leadership these days. Help get the Democrats elected in the local, state and national races. Don’t let mass media ads created by a relative few for their own profit persuade you to hurt yourself, your loved ones and descendents by supporting the poor wealthy. They are not poor, and they can afford to pay their fare share of taxes based on the ability to pay principal.

Daniel A. Jones, July 14, 2012

Get out and get a bit healthier

Shell on a Coast Salish beach

Shell on a Coast Salish beach

No matter how you feel or what your state of health might be, it is good to maintain or increase your healthy activities and improve your nutritional intake. Enhancing your physical health will increase your relative happiness, which in turn helps you to have greater empathy for others. People that are improving their health are more likely to lift up the world or want to make things better for everyone and future generations.

Buddy up and share your journey. Having others to help you stay on track will help you to succeed. Your mental health will improve with your physical health, but your mental health will also improve when you develop positive relationships with other caring people. Lift up the world as you are uplifted. Treat people well – really well.

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What qualities are we looking for in a leader?

It doesn’t matter whether people are looking for a leader of a team, company, city, district or nation, the qualities of a leader are important to get right. It is even more important that the leader will work hard to help all constituents to have a better life, and not make empty promises that primarily help people that have it made.

There is nothing wrong with raising income taxes on more well-to-do constituents, if they already have a high level of wealth. In other words, people that have tens of millions of dollars of real property should be taxed at the highest rate. Earned income actually should be taxed at a lower rate than dividend or capital gains income. However, we all want to contribute to government goods and services that are valuable at a reasonable rate for our level of income. Those that have more should expect to pay more, but not excessively so.

Government fees for permits and such should also be adjusted downward for those with relatively less accumulated wealth and income. Many jurisdictions have been overcharging constituents and essentially denying them government goods and services unnecessarily. The ability to pay principal should be on the mind of good leaders at all times. Then, there is the case of some people really paying excessive income taxes. A good leader should have experts truly evaluating what their constituent’s tax burden might be, and make sure to adjust things to be more fair.

Daniel A. Jones, April 22, 2012