Having coffee the other day at lunchtime catching up on my work, I met a very interesting young man that was sitting at the table next to me. We started talking because my coffee spilt onto his shoes and while I was apologizing we began what would be an hour-long conversation about jobs, Chicago and Americans.
On the surface, my new friend seemed very different from me. I’m an older white lady from the rural mountains of Pennsylvania and he’s a young Black man from the inner city of Chicago. However while discussing our life experiences, we were surprised to learn that we shared many similarities. We were both in the Army, and we consider ourselves survivors of different environments. He and I also moved to Oklahoma to find work—work that was not available in the two states of Illinois and Oregon, mainly because they have been under Democrat leadership for many years.
After our conversation, I was inspired to write this because the realization is that very few states have a surplus and unemployment is still out of control.
Have you reviewed your states debt? Have you reviewed your states unemployment? Double those numbers for ‘real’ unemployment. Because of this, there is and will continue to be a “Boom vs. Bust” situation in the cities and towns across the nation.
North Dakota: “The state is putting some of the record revenue into a state trust fund and cutting property taxes, but it still expects to run a $1 billion surplus for the two-year budget, nearly all of which will fund infrastructure in its fastest-growing areas.”
Oklahoma: “Revenues from gross production taxes on oil and natural gas have boosted the general fund, and lawmakers are optimistic about a flat state budget this year, an enviable post-recession scenario to be sure” Why? “The onshore oil boom is not due to the Obama administration….While energy production overall in the country has gone up significantly it is because of private land production, it is in spite of the federal government not because of it.”
The economic boom that is occurring was not created by politicians but by fracking technology created by one man—the late George P. Mitchell–that now allows for Americans and American organizations to develop two of the nation’s natural resources. Politicians do however control laws and regulations to allow or not allow Americans to have jobs, create a stable economy and strengthen National Security. Political Parties, both Democrats and Republicans, argue about what is best but rarely do they accomplish what is needed for long-term results. I’m not saying that all states can rely on their natural resources for job creation but all states that have ethical business minded leadership have the ability to attract business and create an environment for job creation. Cities that have been under Democratic policies for years are crumbling.
The Bust: Most Democrat-led cities.
Why? Do Democrat leaders not have the ability and/or ethical behavior to what was right? Do politicians not have the ability to understand the business world and what was needed to create success in the long run? One thing we all know for sure is that despite their many failures, they ensure that their political Party gets re-elected time and time again. Unfortunately many of these politicians have turned leading a nation into a political popularity contest—with the losers being Americans and American businesses.
Meanwhile, the President and the Democrat establishment last week were promoting ‘economic revival’ for American cities—forgetting to mention the many failures, some of which include Detroit, Portland, OR, New Orleans, Washington D.C. (and the list goes on). Leadership requires the ability to confront and conquer the issues that you fear the most.
Need a job? I’m not sure I would count on the political Parties that have been running and developing the future for Americans who live in cities like Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, Trenton, Portland…
But back to my coffee-covered friend…
At the end of our conversation, our solution to solving many of the nation’s economic problems is based on a real “economic revival”. If fracking was put to proper use, it could give America true national security, strength and stability for American families. From TheAge.com: “A recent report by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government predicted that by 2020 all of America’s oil could be produced either domestically or within the western hemisphere, ending the US dependency on the Middle East. In November the International Energy Agency predicted America would be energy independent by 2035.”
Interesting how small conversations can help create solutions for the entire country.