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Occupy an Economics Book: The Ignorance of #resistRNC

#OccupyRNC or #resistRNC is set to stage a huge demonstration at the Republican National Convention in a little more than 2 days. The economics aside — We’ll get to that in a minute — take a second to look at the “big money” and corporations argument of the occupy movement. The organization of the website they have built for this event is staggering resistrnc.org they’ve set up a map like a battle grid with strategic locations (including Romney ville a play on the depression era Hooverville). The map even includes real time updates so occupy rioters can avoid police, barricades and even fires (which there is talk of them planing to set using molotov cocktails). Now this is no small task. A ton of planing and organization went into this website, not to mention money. It is very clear that some “big money” is behind this plot. Leftist corporations like Greenpeace and Labor Unions are likely to be involved in providing funding and tactical organization for such a massive endeavor.


The whole premiss of the occupy movement is a joke. If the protestors had bothered to learn anything in their high school economics classes we wouldn’t be in this mess. They would realize that republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are far more likely to improve the economy. Occupiers look at images like the below graphic and get all riled up.


Ignorance of occupy the RNC

The problem with the above graphic is that if you read this article the labor participation rate has dropped to a near 30 year low of 63.7% what that means is that 36.3% of americans are not working and generate zero income. Now please if I’m wrong let me hear about it in the comments, but if according to the map 40% own roughly the size of Bermuda and 36.3% generate nothing towards GDP or really any economic indicator, then doesn’t that sound perfectly and exactly fair? That sounds like the perfect amount for the 3.7% poorest wage earners in America.


The problem is they want you to focus on that 40% but 40% isn’t a fair number. Because only 3.7% live in that spec the other 36.3% are either married to or the child of somebody in the other regions, or squatting in the 1% land. A better number to look at would be the disparity between how much the 40% have compared to how much they use. Because in reality that spec on the map probably uses closer to 40% of the government resources which comes from your pocket. So if occupy wants to talk about what is fair they should go back to their spec and tell us from there. The “wealth gap” as they call it comes from not working not from unfairness, and in any system somebody always has to be at the bottom. The great thing about our system is you don’t have to stay there.


And if you don’t believe it, then do what you always do and listen to this actor and the mainstream media.


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Internet Privacy or The Art of War?

Microsoft Surface IE10 Sun Tzu Art of War



This is only part one of my first and last blog post for Penton Marketing Services. To view the entire post as well as other social media, SEO and PPC content please follow the link below:


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Internet Privacy or The Art of War? - Part One


"All warfare is based on deception."

- Sun Tzu, The Art of War


Microsoft has announced that for IE10 “do not track” will be the default setting. For many internet users this is a welcome move; however the repercussions in the advertising industry could be monumental. According to this article from adage.com, Microsoft’s decision has sent the industry into an uproar.


"Be extremely subtle even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate."

- Sun Tzu, The Art of War


Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch wrote in a blog post, “We ultimately concluded that the appropriate privacy-friendly default for DNT in IE10 is ‘on,’” Microsoft appears to be the champion of the public with this decision, offering users strong default privacy settings, but it doesn’t take an MBA to immediately realize that this is a business move and, obviously, was made taking corporate accounting into account (no pun intended). Serving ads for Microsoft, as described by adage.com, is a “money-losing sideshow”, but for the industry leader and Microsoft’s largest competitor Google, serving ads is the mainstay of their financial model. This decision to turn “do not track” to auto on is an aggressive move, and it indicates that Microsoft is on the war path.


"To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy."

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War


At the same time, Microsoft has also announced their new tablet, Surface, which is another bold move into stiff competition, this time with Apple. Surface appears, at least on the outside, to be very iPadesque, but with a couple of key built-in features that give it a competitive advantage. The most notable of which are the keyboard, angled camera and kick stand. If it interfaces with Xbox and/or the Kinect, this gamer is going to be waiting in line come ?/?/soon (no word yet on release date)…


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Economic Development and Human Behavior

Breaking News: There is still economic crisis!


what does the bailout mean for you
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan can fix it
Infographics from 27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis

The nature of human beings will never change. For this reason economic development should be easier than we make it out to be and yet we find ourselves in recession and bailout debt. The fact is human behavior is relatively easy to predict. A person will always seek the maximum amount of reward for the minimum amount of effort. Don’t believe it? Go look at the line in front of a lottery machine. As with all rules some people might argue an exception here or there. For example somebody might say, “What about nonprofits?!” Valid. However, is that really an exception or are they just seeking a different “reward”. For some people the well being of their fellow man might be the ultimate reward. Hopefully we can come to agree on this natural human behavior.

So, a human will seek to get the greatest return on his efforts. This natural human behavior is what brought about the greatest inventions of our history; the wheel, fire, the atlatl (spear thrower), and of course the toilet. A force, it seems, powerful enough to override this behavior in human beings is of course Love, a force that draws us to do all kinds of work for the benefit of others. But, I digress. How does this speak to economic development?

This simple human behavior explains the actions of both the 1% and the 99%. Let’s face it Occupy Wall Street is not interested in fairness. They want the maximum amount of money for the minimum amount of effort. That is why they want wealth redistribution. They are not willing to put in the work necessary to raise themselves up to reap the rewards earned by the 1%. Money doesn’t just fall into the wealthy’s laps. Somebody worked hard for that money. Maybe it was their parents (Love), but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it that money went exactly where the person who earned it chose for it to go. The wealthy make their money by investing their time, their talent, or their money in activities that have high returns. The largest reward for the least amount of effort.

Here is the major difference between the 1% and the 99%. The 99% invest a small amount of their time their talent or their money, and when they reap their reward they enjoy it. The 1`% invest their time, their talent and their money and then reinvest the outcome again and again. They stack earnings upon earnings without spending their reward. They do this because they understand that if they don’t spend their reward they can get an even greater reward, and the more times they stack this activity the greater reward they will get for the sdmallest amount of effort.

Now our society wants to punish them for this activity. We say they have made to much money with to little effort, and that some people exerting less effort deserve some of that reward too. Here in lies the problem. The economy is driven by this 1%. Maybe the 1% has 99% of the money, but as part of the 99% you should realize that your money is only worth what their money is. Your money can’t have a different value per dollar than their money. Say for example you have $10,000 and I have $990,000. I have enough money to buy a house and you do not. You say that’s not fair so you want 15% of the money. Now you have 150,000 and I have 850,000. I can no longer afford the expenssive house, but neither can you. What’s worse is that GM has realized that you can afford a car now, but they don’t want to make more cars they want to make more money (Maximum reward for the minimum effort). So they raise the price of their cars until the same amount of people are buying them (if the economy tanks they will go out of business, sound familiar?). This is not economic development this is economic recession.

Scenario 2: I have 990,000 you have 10,000 and nothing changes. In this scenario for GM to make more money they MUST make more cars. In order to make more cars they have to build new plants and hire new employees. You are one of them. You graduate from McDonalds to GM now you make 90,000 but I still make 990,000. that’s (carry the one) 1,080,000!? What happend? There is 8% more money??? Not only that because I have 990,000 I can afford my big house that means that the house I would have bought goes down in price (less demand). Now you can afford a car and possibly in a couple of years a house. This is economic development. It’s not about how many dollars are in your bank account its about your “buying power”. Big business and big money are good things. When people leverage their rewards to make even greater rewards everybody does better. If we want to encourage economic development we can’t punish people for making money. Human behavior also dictates that if you quit getting rewarded for an activity you are far more likely to stop doing it, and we really don’t want big money to stop investing in our economy. That is not a viable economic development plan.

If the Donald Trumps and Bill Gates of the world sit back and enjoy their money on tropical islands instead of investing it. We will all starve to death.

Facebook: I will NOT vote for Obama in 2012 - nobama

As I sit here sat there in BWI airport; lurking around the internet at 2:00am I ran across a tell tale sign that Obama might be slipping out of relevance for younger voters. The photo here copares the facebook pages:

I Will Not Vote for Obama in 2012

and

I Will Vote for Obama in 2012

probama vs nobama obama looses the popularity contest

All I have to say is, “Score board” and Rasmussen Reports seems to agree. President Obama swept America away on an emotional tide of change, but all he really did was dig a trench between her people. President Obama is having trouble getting the support of his friends because they are starting to see through the smoke and mirrors to the heart of his act, which is nothing short of communism and a vast collection of government mandates.


Since I initially posted this article the numbers have changed drastically, the nobama group is now at over 680,000 where as the probama group is only at a little more than 120,000. However another interesting turn of events the probama group has been advertising outside of the US to try and compete for numbers with the nobama group. The ads below were being served in the Philippines via Facebook during my most recent trip to see my son.
Facebook Obama pads numbers

Obama seeks support abroad through facebook

Facebook seems to agree with my assessment a public forum that is usually filled with Obama support can’t even muster 1/5th 1/6th of the numbers as the anti-Obama counter part. I predicted this trend here several weeks ago when I discussed how Republicans were winning the share of voice in trending Google searches. People are tired of Obama, and your die hard liberal Democrat supporters are of course going to vote for him, but Obama should be very worried about those folks in the middle. Gay marriage, Socialist medicine, anti religious freedom the list goes on and on… He’s setting fire to all of his bridges, and if he’s not careful it is going to cost him this election, but he seems content at the moment to advocate for higher taxes on the rich while simultaneously courting the mega rich for campaign funds.


Mitt Romney vs. Obama

If you look at the arguments set forth by these two competing Facebook groups above one thing stands out. The pro Obama group whines A LOT just look at their opening argument. “Ever since he took office he has had everything thrown at him” Duh! He is the president. It’s in the job description, no excuses. In sharp contrast we have this from the anti Obama group,


"Our objections to Obama for president are political and ideological — not race. With that said, keep our discussions civil and on message. We’ll try our best to block/ban any user that is racist or uses violent, angry, aggressive rhetoric towards other persons. Thank you."


Much more adult and mature.


I believe we will see this trend continue and I think “I will not vote for Obama in 2012” will reach 1 million soon. The other group may never. I hope you will join me in liking the page because if we move any further forward with change we will fall off of a cliff. Nobama.

Catholic Church takes legal action against Obama

The Catholic Church takes legal action against the Obama health mandate

In an move worthy of praise dozens of Catholic organizations joined the Cardinals of America in a lawsuit aimed against the bad policies of President Barack Obama who knowingly and without reservation trampled on the constitution violating every US Catholics freedom of religion. Cardinal Timothy Dolan has wasted no time in his new position. He is turning the tide of American thought against these failed Obama policies which threaten thousands of charitable organizations around the country. President Obama made no effort to when faced with this issue to respect the country or its people. Hopefully this instance will help to turn the tide of American public opinion against the failed ,and destructive, radical policies of this reckless administration. Thank you to CNSNews giving the fair and righteous coverage this story deserves. As MSNBC and CNN look for inconceivable ways to spin this story and label the Catholic Church as an anti-American aggressor don’t you buy into it. Over the next few weeks and months the media absolutely will make every attempt to drag the Church through the mud. Priest scandals will be brought back up, and talking heads will undoubtedly talk about the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. The powers that be will use every dirty tactic they can to discredit the Church, and the one tactic that will be out of their reach is a legal argument.

I will continue to write about this story as it develops, but please stay tuned in educate yourselves, and don’t just sit back and hope somebody else fixes the country. Get involved! Show your support! Voice your opinion! “There is one evil that we must fear most of all, and that is, the indifference of good men!” -Boondock Saints. The only thing that our aggressors need in order to win against our civil liberties is for you and I to continue to do nothing about it. Nothing you do this year will be more important than fighting back against this onslaught of anti-American radical left policy. Get angry and do something about it! Join these facebook groups Our Once Great Nation and I will NOT vote for Obama in 2012 comment, like, email, call, REPEAT! Don’t just watch DO! America is counting on you!

As I sit here in BWI airport; lurking around the internet at 2:00am I ran across a tell tale sign that Obama might be slipping out of relevance for younger voters.  The photo here copares the facebook pages:

I Will Not Vote for Obama in 2012
and
I Will Vote for Obama in 2012
All I have to say is, “Score board” and Rasmussen Reports seems to agree.  President Obama swept America away on an emotional tide of change, but all he really did was dig a trench  between her people.  President Obama is having trouble getting the support of his friends because they are starting to see through the smoke and mirrors to the heart of his act, which is nothing short of communism and a vast collection of government mandates.
Facebook seems to agree with my assessment a public forum that is usually filled with Obama support can’t even muster 1/5th of the numbers as the anti-Obama counter part.  I predicted this trend here several weeks ago when I discussed how Republicans were winning the share of voice in trending Google searches.  People are tired of Obama, and your die hard liberal Democrat supporters are of course going to vote for him, but Obama should be very worried about those folks in the middle.  Gay marriage, Socialist medicine, anti religious freedom the list goes on and on… He’s setting fire to all of his bridges, and if he’s not careful it is going to cost him this election, but he seems content at the moment to advocate for higher taxes on the rich while simultaneously courting the mega rich for campaign funds.If you look at the arguments set forth by these two competing Facebook groups above one thing stands out.  The pro Obama group whines A LOT just look at their opening argument. “Ever since he took office he has had everything thrown at him” Duh!  He is the president.  It’s in the job description, no excuses.  In sharp contrast we have this from the anti Obama group,
"Our objections to Obama for president are political and ideological — not race. With that said, keep our discussions civil and on message. We’ll try our best to block/ban any user that is racist or uses violent, angry, aggressive rhetoric towards other persons. Thank you."
Much more adult and mature.
I believe we will see this trend continue and I think “I will not vote for Obama in 2012” will reach 1 million soon.  The other group may never.  I hope you will join me in liking the page because if we move any further forward with change we will fall off of a cliff.

As I sit here in BWI airport; lurking around the internet at 2:00am I ran across a tell tale sign that Obama might be slipping out of relevance for younger voters. The photo here copares the facebook pages:

I Will Not Vote for Obama in 2012

and

I Will Vote for Obama in 2012

All I have to say is, “Score board” and Rasmussen Reports seems to agree. President Obama swept America away on an emotional tide of change, but all he really did was dig a trench between her people. President Obama is having trouble getting the support of his friends because they are starting to see through the smoke and mirrors to the heart of his act, which is nothing short of communism and a vast collection of government mandates.


Facebook seems to agree with my assessment a public forum that is usually filled with Obama support can’t even muster 1/5th of the numbers as the anti-Obama counter part. I predicted this trend here several weeks ago when I discussed how Republicans were winning the share of voice in trending Google searches. People are tired of Obama, and your die hard liberal Democrat supporters are of course going to vote for him, but Obama should be very worried about those folks in the middle. Gay marriage, Socialist medicine, anti religious freedom the list goes on and on… He’s setting fire to all of his bridges, and if he’s not careful it is going to cost him this election, but he seems content at the moment to advocate for higher taxes on the rich while simultaneously courting the mega rich for campaign funds.


Republican verse Democrat in search volume

If you look at the arguments set forth by these two competing Facebook groups above one thing stands out. The pro Obama group whines A LOT just look at their opening argument. “Ever since he took office he has had everything thrown at him” Duh! He is the president. It’s in the job description, no excuses. In sharp contrast we have this from the anti Obama group,


"Our objections to Obama for president are political and ideological — not race. With that said, keep our discussions civil and on message. We’ll try our best to block/ban any user that is racist or uses violent, angry, aggressive rhetoric towards other persons. Thank you."


Much more adult and mature.


I believe we will see this trend continue and I think “I will not vote for Obama in 2012” will reach 1 million soon. The other group may never. I hope you will join me in liking the page because if we move any further forward with change we will fall off of a cliff.

Barack Obama recognizes unborn babies as human beings

Obama counts unborn babies as human for his own gain

No president has ever championed abortion like President Barack Obama. From his run for the white house in 2008 to his current bid for the 2012 election Barack Obama has said time and again that he fully supports abortion as a choice for expecting mothers to dodge the responsibility of mother hood. That is why the discovery this mothers day that President Obama requires unborn babies to be registered as separate guests from their mothers on any White House tour is so upsetting. Barack Obama clearly acknowledges the growing baby within as a person while simultaneously supporting its indiscriminate execution. Please do read the article above for the full story.


With the revealing of this policy of Barack Obama’s White House it should be interesting to watch how he wiggles his way out of this story. There is a good chance that a staff member will be fired and a statement will be made, but don’t you buy it America. At worst Obama accepts that the killing of what he knows to be a human being is ok, but even in the best case scenario President Obama is trying to pad the White House visit numbers. Why would he want to do that? That is the key question, and maybe there is more to that. It is ludicrous however to claim that the policy is for security reasons. The only explanation of the situation at this point is that the practice is for White House security, but to assume that a fetus is somehow a security threat is insulting to the intelligence of the American people.


What are your thoughts? Do you think this news will be swept under the rug by Presidnet Obama’s gay marriage announcement?

Obama & Class Warfare: Liberal Agenda a “Coalition of Special Interest”

There is one main difference between liberals and conservatives. A liberal looks at the entire world and searches for ways to fix every single individuals problems, and they believe it is the governments job to do so. In stark contrast a conservative looks out at America and asks, “How can we best build this nation as a whole in order that everybody might prosper together.”


Behind the liberal facade of wanting to help everyone lies something a little less noble and a little too ambitious. You see, any individual issue in the liberal agenda could never garner enough support to be made into law. That is why they have created their “Coalition of Special Interest”. This is because in general liberals do not desire “change” for the majority of the nation they desire it for the minority. Their changes effect only a small portion of the population positively, but affect the majority of the nation in non positive ways. More specifically they desire governmental change for positive effects to themselves. The liberal agenda is reminiscent of a child at the lunch table who sees his neighbor with a fruit roll up while he himself has an apple. The child then complains to his mother about how unfair this is and demands something be done about it. Unfortunately usually the liberal answer is to complain to the teacher to divide everyone’s lunches up into equal parts or to make a rule about what must be in the lunch bag.
(speaking of which…North Carolina replaces a 4yr olds turkey sandwhich with chicken nuggets for health reasons and this Chicago and Boston force parents out of health decisions for their own children )
The conservative answer to this lunch room example would be two fold:


1. Deal with it.


2. If it’s that big of a deal get a paper route and buy your own fruit roll ups.


The beating heart of this liberal mind set is the idea that together the “Coaltition of Special Interest” can beat the majority and get what we want. One person wants socialized medicine, another wants abortion and still another wants free birth control from the government. None of these ideas make good sense for our nation. Beyond the obvious moral implications these ideas are financially unsustainable for the long term fiscal health of our country. We are spending money for these liberal agenda action items that we don’t have.


So what is the big liberal answer to fix their over spending? Easy steal money from rich people (read: fruit roll ups). Most people aren’t rich, so if you put together a group like occupy and lie to the general public by saying you represent 99% of the people it’s easy to get a lot of support for terribly irresponsible spending. Instead of resting the fault on those doing the spending (liberals looking to make special interest groups happy) just blame rich people and play into people’s jealousy over their neighbors success. It is a very well crafted plan. With one major pitfall. If policy makers new anything about the economy they would know that raising taxes gives you more money in the short run but much less money in the longer run. Lowering taxes gives you less money immediately but in the long term it improves the economy and increases total income to the government.


However, maybe liberal policy makers aren’t as ignorant about the economy as we think. What better way to increase your votes than to set the country up for economic failure. The more disenfranchised people in our country the greater support liberal politics gains (even if they caused the problem). Maybe the left knows exactly what they are doing. Look at Obamacare for your example. It didn’t have a snowballs chance in hell of passing right up until the last minute. Closed door deals were brokered. Off the record promises were made. Low and behold come time for the vote Obama had gathered enough yes votes. Yes votes that the majority of politicians are beginning to regret making.


Conservative issues are much more difficult to gain support for. That is because conservative ideas are more responsible in general (we’ve made some missteps but i’m not interested in digressing over these petty examples the left will bring as a counter point.) Conservatives don’t support spending money the government doesn’t have. This is because conservatives understand that the government doesn’t have a single cent, there is no such thing as government money. That money is our money. When a college student with a part time job, and $15,000 in school loan overflow, enters the food stamp program he is stealing. Conservatives understand that. Conservative policy can be unpopular because it suggests tightening your belt and watching what you spend. Being responsible isn’t a good political move because in our culture public opinion champions the irresponsible, just look at our heroes: skanky drug addicted celebrities, drug addict and rapist sports figures, and unfaithful politicians and public figures. What this nation really needs to regain it’s strength economically is to not get its way for a while. America needs a spanking and a time out. Not a fair portion of a fruit roll up.