Tag Archives: Business

The Road to Serfdom – Your Property…Someone Else’s Benefit

With the millennial generation flocking to Bernie Sanders and Pied Piper socialism, a short course in basic Economic Literacy seems timely and necessary. While it is impossible to cover every detail, this article does provide intellectual ammunition on many of the most important aspects. Thank you for posting it, quoting from it, and forwarding it to your friends and colleagues. Best regards, Paul Economic Literacy 101 – Do Millennials really want the Big Government socialist policies Bernie and Hillary advocate? Paul Driessen America’s 18- to 34-year-old “Millennials” have been tutored in group-think schools that extol socialism. Now they lionize liberal politicians whose class-warfare prescriptions include taxing away all but maybe 1% of the nation’s 0.0001% billionaires’ wealth, then going after Wall Street, Big Business, millionaires and upper middle classes – and giving the “revenue” to those who “need” or “deserve” it more. The entire process revolves around three central questions. Which ruling class elites get to determine who loses, who wins, by how much? Who grants them the power to do so, and holds them accountable? And what happens when the inevitable discontent over their autocratic decisions boils over? Interestingly, many of the same generation have flocked to see films …

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#SAVEINTALCO…Intalco Families Reach Out to Local Leaders for Help

#SAVEINTALCO…Intalco Families Reach Out to Local Leaders for Help On November 2nd 2015 Alcoa announced plans to curtail Intalco by late January 2016. So, late on Nov 24th, I, a handful of employees, and some other wives and significant others of employees at Intalco were discussing the curtailment on our Intalco FB group page…we decided we couldn’t stand by after the Nov 2nd curtailment announcement and instead began writing, both email and physical mail, everyone we could think of who had power to keep Intalco open. We immediately began writing Governor Inslee, Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, Suzan DelBene, Doug Ericksen, Vincent Buys, Luanne Van Werven, Kelli Linville, Jon Mutchler, Dave Gallagher at the Bellingham Herald, Alcoa officials, trending celebrities in the media who fight for American jobs, the Whatcom County Council, local political groups, local and state media outlets and even Presidential candidates. Soon after the letter writing began one of the Intalco spouses started the tagline #saveintalco to use on social media so we could utilize viewing traffic. The hashtag has been used on Facebook and Twitter both directly on elected official’s pages, and those in the media spotlight, their pages and groups that fight for blue collar workers, …

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A Day Off in the Life of a Business Owner

I received a message on Saturday during the Husky game, from my sister who is a small franchise owner. “Electricity out.  No fries, broiler, or coolers.  Went out around 1:00.  Still out, ordered generator. Have about 30 minutes until we have to throw away a cooler full of food. “ Lest we forget:  property taxes, corporate tax rates, undereducated workforce, making payroll, Obamacare, and $15.00/hour minimum wages  are not their only worries. Some days,  it just comes down to keeping the door open and the lights on. ~ Lorraine Newman

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Health and Safety…the language used to sell a Green Agenda and higher costs of living for Everyone

Everyday local and national news headlines screech “heath and safety,” it’s the moral thing to do! We are told; “What’s a few pennies, a few nickels, a few dimes, a few quarters, a few dollars, a latte-or-two, for the health and safety of a nation?” Hundreds (if not thousands) of latte’s later we are still being sold that same jargon. When will our sacrifices, our social obligation through taxation and regulation be enough? Are we affecting the poverty level? In the 1950’s the poverty level was 22.4%, in the year 2000 the poverty level was 11.3% and in 2010 the rate rose to 15.1% (after all that stimulus spending???) and yet we are still bombarded with the hysteria that the sky is falling, we have to force equality by sharing everything through mandated minimum wage, hundreds of new taxes and regulations and now President Obama and Governor Inslee are implementing their plans, by executive order (the actions of Kings over the Serfs) for massive new carbon restrictions “and” carbon taxes. More pain for the health and safety of our nation. Really? Well the best way to balance all of this is to reach out and expose the hypocrisy. Did you …

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Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Tax is just “Cruel”

Last Wednesday’s debate held at the Whatcom County Courthouse was reported to have been very well attended (a packed house) and because I was unable to attend the event, I asked Karl Uppiano to provide a report on the debate. ~ Kris HaltermanHi Kris, We had a full house at the Whatcom County Courthouse (a.k.a., the council chambers) last night for the Cap & Trade Debate, hosted by the Freedom Foundation. The panel included Senator Doug Ericksen (R) – Chair of the Senate Energy Environment & Telecommunications Committee Daniel Simmons – Institute for Energy Research, Director of Regulatory and State Affairs Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D) – Chair of the House Environment Committee Dr. Yoram Bouman – Environmental Economist & Author I can’t distill two hours down to a few paragraphs, but I can recount the highlights. This was a debate about Governor Inslee’s cap & trade proposal. However, we were frequently reminded by several panel members that there is actually no official policy or legislation to look at, so it is all speculation. We were essentially told to assume that the CO2 science is settled, to accept that global warming is a foregone conclusion, and to get on with debating …

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What’s the future for the American Innovator?

On the Saturday Morning Live program of May 10th, 2014 I interviewed Paul Akers to discuss why everyone should want to be their own boss. The shows focus was intended to motivate the listeners to understand that unemployment is a choice.  To highlight the fact that we live in a Country that allows anyone who desires to start their own business to say, “I built that!”   Or, “I did that!” “If people focus on personal improvement to fix the waste in their life, stop trying to fix what they perceive to be wrong in other’s lives, and accept that business is a necessary and integral part of society’s ability to improve itself…America will be the place our Founders intended it to be.” ~ Paul Akers, Entrepreneur and President of Fast cap, author of “2 Second Lean” (Interpretation from my conversation with Paul Akers on Saturday Morning Live.  ~ Kris Halterman) With that said, Paul Akers, a very successful entrepreneur, broke my heart when he admitted that if he had the choice to do it again, he would not.  Not that he wouldn’t start up his own business, but that he wouldn’t do it in the United States because of the regulatory …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan 11, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews Jennifer Shelton from the Washington State – SBDC (Small Business Development Center) to discuss how the SBCD helps entrepreneurs, small business startups and existing small businesses set themselves up for success.   National Office: http://asbdc-us.org/ State Office: http://wsbdc.org/ Local Office: http://www.wwu.edu/sbdc/      

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