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Sunday, January 19, 2014

THE ECONOMY IS IMPROVING SOME SAY BUT IN MOST COUNTRIES - WE ARE STILL HURTING FROM THE WOES IMPOSED IN 2008.

All over the world the emerging countries are braving the many hurdles and trying to give their constituents they best they can in terms of Quality of Life issues.

We see that in South Korea, China, India, Germany, Brazil and many South American countries; many African countries some emerging and others who economy is at a stand still, Middle-Eastern countries; some doing very well and in South America where some countries are doing very well - and others are in the doldrums.
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Here is the United States the very fact that the United States agreed that we need a 'balanced budget" - that we would not shut down the government - like we did the last time around - this one fact has prompted a sigh of relief - all over the world.
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This prompted the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United States Treasury, The U.S. Federal Bank and many large financial institutions worldwide in Germany, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Doha, France, India and other Central Banks in many countries - that have put in place - checks and balances. There seems to be an effort among the European nations more - to see that we do not have a repeat of the 2008 economic spiraling of the international economy - that begun with the United States of America.
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Yet when Greece suffers, Spain suffers, Portugal suffers, many small countries in Africa, South America, Central Asia suffer - we all suffer in greater measure - and more when countries declare bankruptcy - as did Greece.
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The modern monetary system favors the richer countries - here in the United States - most everyone knows that 99% of the population is suffering, living paycheck to paycheck.
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The one percent profit a lot and control 95% of the profits made - this is in the BILLIONS of  dollars - added together in the Trillions of dollars.
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What most people do not understand is that the rich in the United States have failed to help people - here at home and all over the world. They could if they wanted - but as I said these filthy rich monsters - do not want to lift a finger.
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We must not be led astray with the little Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and others do - the money they spend is tiny facade charity; which is but a drop in the ocean.
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Here in the United States one in three children go to bed hungry. We call ourselves a Superpower - but, we do not have the decency to respect our children.
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One in four seniors - go to bed hungry - and this is not fair.
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In their golden years the seniors - should get the best we have to offer - but, this Nation, the United States of America - does not give a rat' ass.
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There is a false sense with false values in the Stock Market. TWITER for example has never made a profit - yet, for some strange reason - their shares on the Stock Market - are doing well.
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Is is the same with FaceBook and may other companies who have the ability to use Media and Hype - to fool the populace and for those who invest in the Stocks and Shares. More to invest - taking a chance in an investment that may come to haunt - them.
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Most people who work hard do not have time for the Stock Market. The techies that now abound in numbers in San Francisco, may be gravitated to the Stock Market - they have money to burn. The have all the time and money to waste and we see them and are not impressed by the values they express.
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A single bedroom in San Francisco goes for as high as $3000 - in the year 2088 this same bedroom could be rent for S1000 or at the most $1200.
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San Francisco is a rich city - we have hundreds of millionaires - many do not care about the poor, the indigent, those that work hard all their lives, are decent - but now live a life - surrounded by those that profess a dog eat dog - mentality.
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The City and County of San Francisco for the last 20 years has focused on wrong choices.
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Failed to provide good transportation.
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Failed to proved sound education.
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Failed to provide good health programs for all San Franciscans.
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Failed to keep the populace safer - with an increase of petty thefts, home break ins, assaults, petty crimes that have forced decent families - leave our City in droves.
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Of course housing and the increase in rents is the number one reason - thousands of families that contributed so much to this great City and County of San Francisco - have left - San Francisco.
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Here in the year 2014 most of us are hurting - and people are very careful how they expand their earnings and savings. No one wants to get trapped - not I not anyone what I know who has sense - and does not see too much prosperity in the workplace .
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We forget quickly that most people who invested in Retirement Accounts - lost on an average 60% of their savings - if you are passed 60 years - or you are 65 year and older - it is difficult to recoup from such large financial losses.
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Americans are hard working and decent - and so many seniors who were retired were forced to go back to work in their golden years - just to survive - put bread and butter on the table.
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The scenario is the same in Europe - not long ago I visited Rome, Florence, Vienna, Nuremberg, Berlin, and Frankfurt. It was an eyes opener.
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Talking to people who are not sure how strong the economy was doing - more in Germany where they have a higher standard of living - but still have a long way to go to catch up with the United States of America.
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On the other hand the planned economy of Germany when it comes to jobs, the stellar trade schools, the social programs, the educational programs, the excellent products the Germans produce backed by the German government - all point to a better way of spending money - and addressing Quality of Life of issues.
More empowering the people of Germany.
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The Germans have sound gold reserves, have done a good job when comes to producing "clean solar energy".  They export and their exports are in huge demand.
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In the United States we are just beginning to address our GRID - our huge system of providing sound energy. Most of system over 70 years old.
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The Germans are proud of their infrastructure and their roads are well built. We in the United States have a long way to go with our highways, our bridges, and the roads in our City.
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The United States with outsourcing - we once produced good products - not anymore. The companies that we talk about and make huge sums of money - do not and cannot produce good jobs in the thousands. I can name them but it is of no use.
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We tried to address some of our National programs - with the Stimulus Money.
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As often happens - those that produced their "shovel ready projects" - also made sure that they used the money in a nonchalant manner - here in San Francisco, in Chicago, and in other cities too.
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San Francisco is bragging that we have over 38 cranes in the air - 38 huge developments - these developments are helping folks outside San Francisco. Causing too much disruption and congestion on the streets. Who wants to live in the all the Market Price units - or are we producing Summer Homes for the filthy rich - only these folks can afford the $5 million and $10 million condominiums.
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There is little is no compliance at the job sites - with less San Franciscans and more folks from outside San Francisco.
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The Contracting Monitoring Committee - does not have a sound "policy body" - a Commission that can lay down standards. There are no checks and balances - and this does not bear well - not for San Francisco - and less for San Franciscans in general.
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The Mayor, the City Administrator, the Controller, the City Attorney, the District Attorney, the body that regulates standards and the pay roll - have yet to address - how do we enforce - the many irregularities on the many job sites.
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Our politicians talk the talk but as I say often - spewing hot air, diatribe - we; as a  City have failed to walk the walk.
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It is very easy to say we are doing well. We are not. To pay rent, to survive we have to work two and three jobs. Permanent jobs with good benefits are hard to come - who is fooling whom.
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Our San Francisco Board of Supervisors have failed us.
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Our San Francisco Policy makers - have left us in the dark.
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We do not have any empirical data - that points us in the direction of progress. San Franciscans doing well and wanting to stay in San Francisco.
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 To the contrary - we are still suffering from the spiraling economy of 2008 - since then we are crawling like a snail - we want to say we are doing well - but this is not happening -  more while the 99% suffer.
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San Francisco can do better - not so much by talking but by rolling up our selves and producing - helping those that need help most. San Franciscans have been patient - but, not for long.
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San Franciscans need good jobs - and the "techies" and others that have come here - better respect our values, our standards, and most of all respect our - hospitality. Aho.