Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wonder


Just finished reading "The Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by John Perkins. It was a readable account of his personal and conscientious reflective journey as a so-called EHM. The overall message leaves the reader wondering how many people contribute to the corporate and government conspiracies throughout the world. More importantly, to what extent do we all contribute to these conspiracies and financial facades in our everyday lives.

This book really got me thinking about our most recent presidential election. I am most displeased with the inconsistencies that occur throughout our nation. I hate big government with a passion; however, voting regulations should be consistent throughout our nation. My sister Juliette was able to vote in NH. While I am happy she finally registered (as all members of the US should be allowed to vote), the registration period had already passed in MA. She was able to vote in NH due to the recent "Out of State Student" legislature that recently passed in September. No offense to NH, but I would not want out of state students, who live in NH for a total of 4 years max, voting for laws that effect the entire state's long-term population.  Regardless of that side issue, with today's economy and technology, there should be a viable way for individuals to vote anywhere in this country. It's ridiculous that technically anyone can vote by walking into a building, stating a street, and claiming a name. While it is illegal, is it possible? Absolutely  Why do we need photo identification? To drink? Yes. To buy cigs? Yes. To get a library card? Yes. To vote? Nope, not needed. Voter fraud should not be able to occur. The corporate world and tech stars who create what grandparent's consider "big brother apps"i.e. "Find My Friends" should be able to solve what I see as an issue with today's voting system. It's simply outdated, and the recent voting machine and system glitches is a clear sign that something has to be fixed.

A few things I considered before voting:
Who will most let federal government act as a guideline and protector for allowing the individuals, county, and state legislature to act freely.
Who will create the most opportunities for individuals to succeed. I do not believe entrepreneurs and business owners should be taxed the way they are currently. People who have the perseverance and gumption to get ahead in this world, individuals who are creating more jobs and increasing domestic trade by opening businesses, should be punished and hindered by excess taxes.

Additionally, I am supportive of all efforts that encourage international students, who study and prove they are capable of applying their higher education in the states, to stay and build a life here. Thereby, contributing to building this nation in a positive and proactive nature, and encouraging the continuance of the ever stifled "American Dream."

Regardless of who I voted for, I hope that Education and the encouragement of preventative care (nutrition and fitness) continue to be two of the most consistent items on our nation's agenda in the upcoming years.  I feel these two topics are closely related and if these issues are left to fester, they will surely become this great nation's Achilles Heel.

"EDUCATION AND INCOME 
Obesity has long been associated with education and income. The report found that about one-third of adults without a high school diploma were obese, compared with about one-fifth of those who graduated from college or technical college.
And one-third of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared to one-quarter of those who earned $50,000 or more per year. The obesity-poverty connection reflects such facts that calorie-dense foods are cheap and that poor neighborhoods have fewer playgrounds, sidewalks and other amenities that encourage exercise."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/18/us-obesity-us-idUSBRE88H0RA20120918

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