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I'm a veteran and a craftsman; My last (employment) job, like many others, vaporized subsequent to the economy and housing market following the same path as a yard dart. As far as I'm concerned, I regard the primary blame to hang on the shoulders of the leaders and within the banking, mortgage and government offices; the plight of desperate people trying to grab hold of the American dream of home ownership didn't help any either but their part in this was secondary.
I am fed up with the deterioration of ethics, integrity and civil concern among these leaders (and many others) who function with such selfish interests and lack of discipline. Well, if our elected officials and the leaders of industry cannot or will not live within a set of disciplines or practices that support us all, I'm in favor or a different form of government that will enforce accountability and consider prudent and wise modifications to the "freedoms" that allow them to continually screw us (the working class). At some point we need to recognize that our leaders are unable to live within the boundaries go hand in hand with honesty, integrity and common sense.
I think that it is time to consider the wide range of "class priviledges" and "advantages" garnered and reserved for the elite class to have passed their limits and have gone far beyond the description of "fair and just rewards". The concept of using "professional stress" and "predatory competition" as justifications for providing unrestrained wealth and compensation is a bogus manipulation and misguided psychology that has pervaded workforce dynamics and yielded little more than overly complex and corrupt systems of economics and commerce that, in turn support a stratified "class system" of society that needs to be evolved beyond, in my opinion.
The world is running out of 3rd-world, impoverished countries to be taken advantage of in our quest for economic and political supremacy. At what point are we going to be able to look upon one another, among all races and cultures and recognize our commonality as human beings and quit searching for distinctions that make any one of them more "devinely called" and superior beyond all others. You can continue doing it but there is a price to be paid for that quest; I believe we experiencing a lot of the unavoidable economic and technological derivatives that are going to lead to our demise.
Though I'm looking for work, I have little incentive to seek employment to support the system that has effectively robbed the middle class of the resources and future that they worked hard to provide for their children and that is being effectively transferred into the coffers of the priviledged elite class, who always seem poised (and willing) to pounce upon these "opportunities" of misfortune within the lower classes. I find the relative regularity of this eventful dynamic, occuring over the course of history, to be rather "interesting; almost as if someone were orchestrating the series of events leading up to the recurring milestone wherein property and fortunes are transferred from one hand to another in the midst of personal tradgedy. Such is how I perceive the detrimental practices that have, once again, gotten us to where we are today.
I do not agree with the predatory manner that competition is eschewed and practiced in economics and commerce. I do not like the dynamic that pits people against one another in order to get ahead or be the leader of the pack. I think it is largely a manipulative (though relatively effective) psychological mechanism to keep people at odds with one another and occupied with climbing the corporate ladder rather than having the time and incentives that would allow cooperative sharing of resources. The net result being the allowance for streamlining and economizing efforts, resources and products, minimizing waste and enabling efforts to be made toward developing "mutual-benefit dynamics" within a disciplined system of incentives and rewards. Of course, this would also necessitate instituting safeguards that fail to exist in order to protect against greed and avarice. I think that our current socio-economic situation reflects the inherent suffering that an intrinsic element of the structure of priorities and incentives within "the system" that allows for unlimited opportunity and wealth for select "privileged" individuals at the expense of so many others "below" them.
Many people are out of work and losing all while others are "making out like bandits" from the same set of conditions. I regard It as neither accurate nor acceptable to relegate conditions to serving as indicators of "normal fluctuations" within the market and dismissing the evidence of illegitimit conduct by saying: "...Well, some are stupid and lazy while others are wise and shrewd."
Unfortunately, I think (and perceive) that these events, involving Wall Street, the housing market and all the foreclosures ensuing within "the system", serve as evidence and as an idictment upon "the system" for the manner in which it is designed to reward those who are willing to compromise honesty and integrity in order to prey upon the misfortunes and misdeeds of all other participants. While it may serve to promote dynamics that sustain activity, I am critical of the lack control and oversight that could mitigate the incentives and stimulus afforded to criminal elements to gain access and reap benefit.
I would like to see a change in the structure of priorities that affect the quality of society; I think too much focus is being given to the flow of money and not enough attention is being given to developing the moral fiber of the people creating, controlling and managing the flow. A wiser development of incentives to direct the course of society would be helpful also; just because we "can" do something does not necessarily justify that we "should". And along those lines, realizing that bad people are seeking to profit from the same flow of cash going around, we might want to explore how we can establish effective "filtering mechanisms" that can eliminate their access to legitimate cash streams in order to launder the products of their ill-gotten gains. Technology may be necessary to implement adequate security measures that can restrict if not curtail the integration of profits from criminal activities into the GNP. I do not accept that the current system of economics and commerce is the best we can do.
I want to live and work to support efforts to build a society that is a far cry better than what we have today. That entails establishing more transparent leadership structures and simplfying patterns of oversight and accountability to work toward elimination of waste and corruption at all levels of management and production. I prefer to invest my efforts among a community of people who recognize that we can choose to share a conviction that we have more in common as a single species by working in harmony with discipline and social regard for the benefits of intelligent cooperation.
Toward this goal I am interested in either finding and working with or helping to establish some sort of enterprise (preferably non-profit) that can provide work opportunities for senior aged craftspeople, and veterans to create products and provide services for the support of human service organizations around the world; the premise of which is that "we are all in this together".
I'm not trained or educated as an entrepreneur so that end of the "technicalities"would be better left to qualified people. My concern is more for the support of craftspeople and veterans, like myself, who have been displaced and have crossed an invisible threshold that places us at a disadvantage in a job market geared toward working with a younger workforce. With this consideration, I tend to favor an endeavor that is not "working in competition with" but rather "working in support of" related organziations and the people (perhaps victims of natural disasters). These organizations need financial help and logistics support of all sorts for survival and comfort of the people they serve and the ongoing functioning their staff and facilities; all of which may subsist by means beyond the normal conduct of commercial contract budgets and proceedures and thus, not subject to the same level of "competitive pressure dynamics" as profit-based businesses. The products and services I have in mind would serve to be used to generate financial donations and support for these organizations.I believe there is a viable association of "needs" and "resources" between these two groups of interests and I think there is room for this type of partnership to exist around the world in order to provide mutual support between these types of operations.