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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Do We Really Need a US President, Birthday Freebies, More

Bruce’s Poor Man Survival Bulletin
A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
For Independent Minded People!
ISSN 2161-5543
In This Issue:
1.       How about a ‘country manager’ instead of a president
2.      Birthday Freebies
3.      Keeping food safe during a power outage
4.      FIFO Pantry Storage
5.      The continuing war on Americans by Americans
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” — Winston Churchill
Use a ‘National Manager’ Instead of a President to Run the Country?
During my lengthy hospital stay I had the chance to discuss what is happening to our country with various medical staff and even food service crew, the type of folks who make up the backbone of the middle class.   Nearly 100% of those I spoke with feel our country is going downhill and both parties are responsible.  Almost everyone seemed to feel neither party cared about America anymore.  The middle class has taken huge hits in terms of losses, lower wages, no benefits, higher cost of living, etc.
In fact, the US has plunged in world rankings of freest economies to number 18 (below the United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Qatar and others) according to the Fraser Institute’s recent 2012 Annual  Report on Economic Freedom of the World.  Most of us realize prosperity follows freedom, and freedom in the US has fallen substantially since 2000.
Aside from driving out career politicians, we began to discuss alternatives to our current system and one woman suggested we might be better off with professional managers rather than career politicians…a national ‘city manager’ if you will.  Ask yourself how a typical city manager concept might be adapted to our country.  Sure, as in Great Britain which maintains a Royal Family, we could continue with a president as a figurehead.
A city manager is an official appointed as the administrative manager of a city, in a council-manager form of city government. Local officials serving in this position are sometimes referred to as the chief executive officer (CEO) or chief administrative officer (CAO) in some municipalities.   However, in a technical sense, the term "city manager," as opposed to CAO, implies more discretion and independent authority that is set forth in a charter or some other body of codified law, as opposed to duties being assigned on a varying basis by a single superior such as a mayor.
Could we initiate something like this to run our country on a professional rather than political basis?  We could still have a president for symbolic purposes but Congress would appoint-hire someone with pragmatic skills at cleaning up the budget and economy, having the power to make strategic cuts to excessive government laws, regulations and agencies which cost too  much?
The city council appoints the city manager who is responsible for the city’s day-to-day management and operations.  Perhaps this might allow our country to function better?
Some of the basic roles, responsibilities, and powers of a city manager include:
  • Supervision of day-to-day operations of all city departments and staff, directly and through department heads;
  • Oversight of all hiring, firing, disciplining and suspensions;
  • Preparation, monitoring, and execution of the city budget, which includes submitting each year to the council a proposed budget package with options and recommendations for its consideration and possible approval;
  • Main technical advisor to the council on overall governmental operations;
  • Public relations, such as meeting with citizens, citizen groups, businesses, and other stakeholders (the presence of a mayor may alter this function somewhat);
  • Operating the city with a professional understanding of how all city functions operate together to their best effect;
  • Attends all council meetings, but does not have any voting rights
  • Additional duties that may be assigned by the council
Structural problems in the US economy and US government budget loom in 2013 and neither party seems willing to address the mess they’ve created. Federal finances are on autopilot for national bankruptcy.
Could this type of operation be successfully transplanted to running the country more efficiently?  An interesting concept…what are your thoughts?
Protect your privacy by switching to a ‘Dumb Phone.’  The Pew Research Center reports on the hazards of smartphone ownership…31% have lost their phone or had it stolen and 12% say another person has accessed the contents of their smart phone, violating their privacy and finances.
PM’s Compendium of Useful Resources
Your birthday is the one day a year when you can relish being treated like a king or queen. In addition to the pampering by family and friends, your favorite restaurants and shops will lavish you with birthday freebies that go far beyond just cake and a song.
There are literally hundreds of birthday offers out there like free meals, no-cost activities, and retail discounts that are all yours, just for being born.
Before spending money to treat yourself on your birthday, check to see what’s yours for nothing. Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson has the rundown on all kinds of birthday freebies. Check it out:
Do power outages have you worried about the food in your refrigerator and freezer? Here are tips to keep your food safe for as long as possible and to help you determine when it's time to start throwing things out.

FIFO Pantry Storage

I am looking for FIFO (first in/first out) pantry storage solutions for my canned goods, but I am not finding storage racks. Lowe's and Menards used to carry pop can racks, but they don't any longer. Is there any place you know of that has storage racks? Or is there some other solution?

Perfect for What You Want

Shelf Reliance created and owns the patent on these shelves. They're perfect for what you want. They're sturdy, easy to assemble, and adjustable.  More at:
FBI Tracks Your Transactions
The government is watching your purchases made with credit cards and even with store loyalty cards. They no longer need to get a warrant to do this thanks to more and more intrusive laws being passed in the name of national security. Some people argue that it doesn't really matter as long as you are not doing anything illegal. Others, including myself, feel that mistakes are often made by governments, and I prefer more privacy. This video describes some of what federal agents are doing with their...Continues here...
It's slow progress, but a federal judge agrees with the Electronic Frontier Foundation that federal agencies, including the FBI, are dragging their feet on releasing documents that would reveal the extent to which private companies will be forced to tailor their technology to make it easier for the government to spy on the Internet. The EFF has filed filed two freedom of information requests, in response to which they received damned little. Judge Richard Seeborg says the feds need to go back and try again.
Get more web privacy by using a proxy server such as Anonymizer or Proxify…look for them on the net
The Nanny State Updates…
Police Corruption Out Of Control
The percentage of police officers accused of crimes in some police departments is higher than the percentage of people in jail from the overall population. Since police have a huge amount of power to invade personal privacy, this high level of criminality is disturbing. See what you can do to protect yourself from rogue law enforcement.
By 2014, the US Department of Homeland Security will be able to scan you at the molecular level from 164 feet, and you won't even know it. Starting 2013, the US Department of the Treasury will be able to scan every bank and brokerage account you have in the world.
US Small business surrender their 1st Amendment Rights – Justice Department Memo  Eric Holder's Department of Justice responded to a lawsuit filed by the owners of Hobby Lobby. The lawsuit is over the health care mandate.

The owners of Hobby Lobby say that being forced to provide services that are abortion related are against their religion and violate their First Amendment.

The Department of Justice's response was stunning. They claim when an American starts a business, they essentially surrender their First Amendment rights.

Read it for yourself.
If analysts are correct-soon it will be farmers driving Maserati’s, not stockbrokers –Food prices will continue to rise worldwide.

The Parting Thought-The Magnitude of the Mess We’re In
The War on Americans by its own government…
These days, even using your cell phone on a city sidewalk can cost you. Police in one New Jersey town now issue $85 tickets to anybody caught "texting" while walking.
According to Forbes, the local government fined a high school $15,000 for running a soda machine in their lunchroom.
Meanwhile, a North Carolina government inspector recently confiscated a preschooler's lunch — a turkey and cheese sandwich, fruit, chips and juice — because it wasn't "healthy."
Guess what they made her eat instead... chicken nuggets from the cafeteria.
In New Jersey, there's a town that will fine you $85 for "texting while walking..."
In California, there are towns where you could get fined for smoking in your own backyard...
And in New Orleans, police will stop you from giving a glass of water to parade-goers...
You cannot live well without learning for yourself how to embrace the idea of risk.
Unfortunately, thanks to Big Government, millions of Americans are forgetting how to do just that. They're letting bureaucrats "Bubble Wrap" their lives instead, with precisely the outcome you'd expect.
For instance, take the "do-gooder" park ranger in California who Tasered a man for walking his dogs through a public park without a leash...
Or how about the Virginia cop who shot and killed a 54-year-old teacher during  a traffic stop. Why? Because the frightened teacher rolled up her window and tried to drive away.
And then there's the case of the two Girl Scouts who were recently banned from selling cookies from a stand on their front lawn. Again, why? Because they didn't have a "commercial license."
This is just government run amok — and it just gets worse from here.
For example, remember garage sales? These days, there's a law against that too. If you don't get a city permit first, says The Wall Street Journal, cops will roll up and shut you down.
How about confusing local recycling rules? In San Francisco, if you don't get it right, you pay. The fine for putting newspapers in the wrong bin runs as high as $500.
Driving a muddy truck? Whoops, here come the regulators again. If you drive through Minnetonka, Minn., without hitting a carwash first, you could pay up to $2,000 in fines.
Ask yourself how many more aspects of life should we let Big Government control?
The point here is that government was never meant to be your "mom."
Yet according to a report on MSNBC, some 40,000 new laws will go on the books just this year.
There are laws against buying a drink for your waitress... against skipping rocks on a public pond... or holding a private bingo game.
These days, you can't even run a lemonade stand with getting hit without a $500 fine. Says Forbes, if you don't have a "peddler’s permit," the cops will shut you down.
Meanwhile in Minnesota, you can't sell a pumpkin on Halloween without a license. If you've got a cow, you can't sell the milk to neighbors, either.
In Massachusetts, the state hit a fisherman with a $500 fine for untangling a whale from his fishing net... because they wanted to do it for him.
And in Philadelphia, you'd better not try to make money off your blog... because first you're supposed to buy a "blogger's license" for $300.
We're destroying the spirit of enterprise.
Even the government's own Small Business Administration says that regulations alone will cost the average entrepreneur about $10,585 per employee.
According to Henry Silvergate, a civil liberties lawyer, there are so many new laws it's likely that you break at least two or three laws per day without realizing it's happening.
Remember how government spending was supposed to save jobs and give retirees a safety net? Instead, we got the unstoppable debt and pandemic dependency on Medicaid and Social Security.
Our terror wars... our gigantic prison population... our exploding political divide... they're all a direct result of stupid government planning that took a wrong turn.
Guess what happens when you roll over and accept what bureaucrats do?
I'll give you a hint — it creates the ultimate form of job security.
Not for us, obviously... but for the bureaucrats.
The more decisions we cede to the authorities, the less we're able to make decisions for ourselves. They know that, and they want it that way.
Because it creates dependency.
The servant has become our master... and we pay them to keep us in line.
How did we let it get this far?
The answer is a little-known psychological phenomenon called "incremental degradation."
Learn more about how you can stop government madness by getting our series on Taking Back our Country from dysfunctional Politicians & Bureaucrats at our main page:
 “Until the next revolution”, the Poor Man
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1 comment:

minimalistgroup said...

Interesting concept about needing a president. After all, Wall Street has already purchased Congress so why do they need a president too?
Regardless of who wins, the American people will lose as nothing good will come from another election...we're already bankrupt and over regulated and spied on.