July 2018 Newsletter
you study our history, The United States took a war
between the states to lead toward becoming united. A
confederation of independent states have reluctantly given more
powers to the federal government.
Recently, Thursday, June
21st 2018, while many of us were in the heat of our day, the US
Supreme Court was in the heat of conversation of giving back
some states rights. They overturned Quill v North Dakota. The
decision barely made it. 1 vote made the difference.
With the beginning of
our Summer, states can begin to require sales tax from out of
state sources. I'm not sure what sort of software we will need,
but I'm sure thousands of $$$ will be spent by small companies
like ours to comply.
What I hope is that
there will be good use of these extra funds. How can we resolve
the huge prices of medical expenses? We don't want research to
stop do we? We cannot pay ever-increasing costs of individual
healthcare. We can't pass it all onto employers as was recently
tried. This reduced many small business opportunities. Larger
companies are outsourcing jobs outside their primary nations of
monetary support! Should states use a portion of sales tax
revenue to either: Relieve indigent care? Relieve other costs of
medical care? Incentivize research?
complain about ROI on the newer more expensive drugs. As
research finds tinier specifics that help disease, the drug
programs are less macro and more micro in how many people will
be prescribed. But when your child can be saved with a
$400,000.00 treatment, how can we deny? Hospital systems
from Kansas City to Greenwood are buying each other to stay on
top of their game.
How about our roads
& bridges & other infrastructure? Where ice heaves and
big trucks run, there's never ending pothole creation. (or sand
sinks, or any ground shifts) We all know thousands of pounds of
pressure are also placed by our thousands of single driver cars
too. Do we charge more for tags? Do we increase property or use
or sales taxes? Do we encourage more Uber type ride shares? Do
we increase the number of students with engineering degrees?
Anybody else looking at the ever increasing costs of college?
How might we further research funding through universities
working with medical venues?
I wonder if anyone has
done a state by state research on the total revenue taken in by
Each state government since about 2000, when the Internet
restrictions began affecting decreased revenues from sales taxes? I betcha several
other taxes have increased. For sure as inflation drives up
wages, the progressive taxes work for the government
But the average buying
power of the average citizen is declining. Why? How can we have
a rise in minimum wage to $15.00 without ever increasing
inflationary pressures? What if the relative wages increase
above the costs? Can we do this by better aligning job positions
with job candidates? Can we incentivise a better program as AI
and technology reduce the numbers of menial jobs, (and several
not so menial - professional incomes - will be hit hard too).
MUST! aS EvEr RiSiNg STRESS LeVeLs make us
dizzy, increase anxieties, change lives, and suicides increase, I
first advise the wisdom of the ages:
Love the Lord, your God, with all your
heart, soul, mind, & strength. Pray for wisdom among our
leaders, and those in the background who influence our
leaders. AND, Love your neighbor as you would love
So as we all
"render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's, we must
as much as possible render unto God that which is God's.
Those who can give: Have
pride in the fact that you can contribute to this wonderful
earth and it's inhabitants! "Jubilee" was to be a
celebration of giving back, for those who were over time, more
advantaged, for what ever reason. Find JOY in knowing you are
making a difference. Jubilee joy was for the giver as much as
for new opportunity for the enslaved of Israel. Whether through
some taxes, some tithes, some time with family, Bite your lip,
Swipe that card, and Right some of the wrong we all face... a
little at a time.
4th of July
is a National holiday. And even Chuck will take time to visit
Mom in Edisto, SC. I
know that I need the respite. dON'T YOU? All of us need a “pause
button” in life. I remember not too many years ago, the July
month was taken for our boot & hat makers to refurbish equipment and do
much needed cleaning. Heck fire, I remember lots of
Give me 3 days, give me
3 days, Mister & I'll come back more than before! ( Yep, a
ChuckyT spin on a "famouse" song!)
There is a serious side
of our life, but we can find meaning, find joy, find purpose
even in the seriousness. I like laughing at myself, better than
anybody. Laughter keeps my body chemicals where they need to
My friends often
congratulate me on staying busy. Busy does not mean profitable.
Busy does not lead to happy. Bees live about 30 days & die
don't they? If we take a time to ponder on things, to laugh at
life, to be grateful for this 4th of July Celebration of our
Nation, to remember there is a God greater than our
"Issues" & "Challenges", we can
"get outta that box". We can reframe, reposition our
possibilities, regenerate the innovation and cooperation that
has always made the USA strong. And it will make you strong too!
So go make an effort to
prove to your spouse how much they are appreciated. (Dr
Gary Chapman - 5 Love Languages) And kids, And parents,
And peers, And direct reports, And suppliers, And clients, (And
politicians?), And God! When Jesus was challenged, He
asked whose image was on the coin? Caesar's! From Dr Ravi
Zacharias: The next question might have been - whose image is on
you? Right answer --> As Esau told Jacob, I see the
image of God in your face. Render my friends!
God Bless You.
Above all else, let there be Love!
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