Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are? Or would you rather be a victim? Recently I saw an election poster. The candidate observed that “we the people” have been given a system that makes a tiny number of people unbelievably wealthy at the expense of everyone else and turns everyone else into debt slaves and cheap labor. Yep, but being a politician he forgot to add that his class is also looking for tax donkeys to give him and his family stupendous advantages over “we the people” and an unbelievable standard of living at our expense. A while back, I read Chelsea Clinton had a net worth in excess of $30 Million. Not bad for a young woman still in her early thirties. I'm sure it was solely the result of her business acumen. First of all, any time anyone asks you to give up your money and/or your freedom for some greater good, particularly their greater good. Be suspicious. Be very suspicious. If a clergyman is telling you the way to riches is by giving your money to his ministry ask, “If you get rich by giving away your money, why don’t we have a reverse offering? I’ll let you give me some money.” Politicians have been leading the nations of the world into destructive folly for millennia by asking peasants and slaves to sacrifice their lives for the benefit of the ruler and his elite inner circle. Banks don’t lend you money because they want you to be a happy fulfilled customer. No. They want your money. They want debt slaves. Given that this is the world as it is you have three possible options, other than giving away your freedom and your money to someone in the hope that they have your best interests in their heart. 1) You can play their game by their rules and win. Lloyd Blankfein is the CEO and chairman of Goldman Sachs, a company famously described by Rolling Stone Magazine. "The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." He also served as Secretary of the Treasury. Blankfein was not born rich. He grew up in a New York City Housing Authority project. His father was a postal clerk. His mother was a receptionist. He went to public schools, but went on to get his degrees from Harvard. 2) You can play their game by your rules and win. This is the primary purpose of the Silver Eagle Experiment. I don’t know how to get from public housing to a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, but I do know if you work hard, avoid debt, consistently live on less than you make, and put the balance in an age appropriate investment portfolio there is a high probability your financial life will be OK. Use your freedom and your money wisely. Take responsibility for yourself and your family. 1st Timothy 5:8 observes, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Yes, the powers that be want a surplus of low cost docile labor both in this country and in China. However, you have the freedom to better yourself. You can improve both your standard of living and your net worth by the simple virtue of providing services or goods of greater value to benefit your neighbors. It isn’t impossible. About 9.6 million American households have a net worth in excess of $1,000,000. That is a lot of millionaires. There are roughly 115.2 million households in this country. According to my calculator 8.4% of American households are millionaires. I have read the profession that has created the largest number of millionaires is—drum roll—dry cleaners. 3) You can play your game by your rules and win. I know a man who has a day job. This man and his wife also own and operate a small organic farm and emporium. In concert with like minded individuals in his area he offers herbs, heirloom vegetables, potions, lotions, and soaps, as well as high quality meat to their community. They are achieving a level of freedom and self sufficiency that is beyond my experience. They don’t like the system they have been given. They have decided that they will create and live in a totally different system. So you see, it's all up to you
You can be better than you are You could be swingin' on a star How about Old Blue Eyes' version of this pop classic?