Two pieces of knowledge could turn America into a paradise

We could turn America into a paradise by understanding two truths:

1. Our Monetarily Sovereign federal government never can run short of money.

Ben Bernanke: “The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press (or, today, its electronic equivalent), that allows it to produce as many U.S. dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.

Alan Greenspan: “A government cannot become insolvent with respect to obligations in its own currency.

Money is not a physical object. It is not a dollar bill or a coin, both of which are titles to money, not money itself.

Money is nothing more than numbers on a balance sheet. The federal government has absolute control over its balance sheets. It can change numbers at will, merely by passing laws, which is how it created the first U.S. dollars. It simply passed laws.

The federal government can add money to your checking account by instructing your bank to increase the account’s balance. It sends your bank a “Pay to the order of” document. New dollars are created and added to your account when your bank obeys those instructions.

Federal checks don’t bounce because Congress passes laws to prevent bouncing. Example: Every time we reach a “debt ceiling,” Congress raises it so that federal checks are honored.

That is how the federal government pays bills and creates dollars.

2. Federal spending never causes inflation. Shortages of critical goods and services cause inflation. The most common inflation-causing shortage is the shortage of oil.

The blue line is inflation. Purple is oil pricing. Vertical gray bars are recessions. Inflation tends to parallel oil pricing. The data show that oil shortages cause oil prices to rise, leading to inflation.

The best way to cure inflations is to remedy the shortages. Contrary to popular wisdom, federal spending does not cause the shortages that cause inflation.

Again, the blue line is inflation. The red line represents federal deficit spending. You’ll see no parallelism here. The data show that spending does not cause inflation.

The federal government cannot run short of dollars, and federal deficit spending does not cause inflation. Once you fix those two absolute truths in your mind, you will understand the rest of this post.

We cannot rely solely on a private sector, constrained by money supply and the profit motive, to finance what the world needs. The federal government is constrained neither by money supply nor profit motive.

Here is how I visualize paradise. No poverty. No hunger. No crime. No “bad” neighborhoods. Good healthcare for all. The Gaps between the richest and the rest are narrow. All who want a good education receive one. Children and the elderly receive good care.

There is plenty of good food, good water, suitable affordable housing, good air, and good weather.

How do you visualize paradise?

Here are just a few of the things we could do:

1. Provide free, comprehensive, no-deductible healthcare and long-term care to everyone in America, regardless of age, income, or health history.

The government can pay for everything related to medical care: Doctors, nurses, hospitals, drugs, ambulances, equipment manufacturers, etc.

There would be no need for Medicare Part A, B, C, D, or Supplementary. The government would function as the insurance company.

It would not be “socialized medicine.” As with Medicare, the government only would pay, not administer. Doctors and nurses still would make all medical decisions.

2. Eliminate the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax on employees and employers. FICA is the ultimate regressive, anti-employment tax that is utterly useless.

Contrary to popular myth, FICA does not fund Social Security or Medicare. FICA dollars taken from employees and employers come from the economy. Those dollars are destroyed upon receipt by the U.S. Treasury.

3. Provide tax-free Social Security benefits to everyone in America. Each person would receive the same benefits. There would be no age, current employment, or previous employment history deductions.

This may be the most direct benefit to employ because it can be done at the stroke of a pen. President Obama did it temporarily in 2011. FICA should be cut permanently. Payroll-Tax Cut Measure Signed Into Law by Obama

4. Provide free college for everyone who wants one. Education is so essential to America’s future that the founders of this nation made sure it was provided free to everyone — at least, for grades K-12, where monetarily non-sovereign (state & local) governments offer it.

Today, college is far more critical than it was back in the 1700s, so for the same reasons that grades k-12 generally are free, college should be free and accessible to all.

5. Pay a salary to all those attending school. Going to school is a job, like any other job. America needs an educated populace.

Many children, especially those of high school and college-age, don’t attend school because they and their families need income.

A school salary will help young people resist the temptation to quit school, commit crimes, or join gangs.

6. Federally funded school lunch for pre-school through grade 12. No means-testing, thus eliminating the stigma.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost lunches to children each school day. 

About 7.1 million children participated in the NSLP in its first year. By 2016: 30.4 million children participated.

Like most federal programs, the NLSP is unnecessarily complex and means-tested. There is a lunch program (“high lunch” and “low lunch), a breakfast program (“severe-need” and “non-severe need), an after-school-snack program, a special milk program, a summer food service program, and a seamless summer program, each having various remuneration schedules.

Rather than having a government agency serve as America’s dietician, the entire breakfast/lunch program should be handled like Medicare, where the doctor makes the decisions and Medicare pays the bills.

For NLSP, the local dietician should schedule the meals and submit costs to the government. Not only would this be simpler, but it would encourage serving fuller, better, more nutritious meals.

7. Eliminate means-testing from all federal programs. Federal means-testing is complex and expensive. It arbitrarily defines who will receive benefits and eliminates the poor who almost, but not quite, are poor enough.

Means-testing stigmatizes those who receive benefits; it encourages cheating to qualify and discourages efforts to improve one’s means.

A classic means-testing example is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, food stamps). It is a massively complex program with many requirements.

According to the Council on Aging:

*The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the most extensive domestic hunger safety net program, helping low-income older adults achieve food security.

*Approximately three out of five seniors who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on benefits—an estimated 5 million people.

*For older adults with low income, the $1,248 average annual benefits can mean the difference between having food and going without.

Federal means-testing has one purpose: To minimize the amount of money the federal government spends.

Yet, there is no reason the federal government ever needs to minimize spending. The federal government has infinite money; federal spending creates economic growth, and federal spending does not cause inflation.

Federal means-testing for benefit programs is all negatives with no positives. It is based on the false premise that the federal government’s finances are limited, like state and local government finances.

8. Financially support the research, development, and usage of renewable, low- or zero-carbon energy. We have begun to experience the terrible result of carbon-based fuels. Global warming is upon us, with even worse results coming.

The government must do much more to encourage zero-carbon energy: solar, wind, geothermal, hydrogen, hydro, and nuclear.

It must fund research on unknown or unproven energy sources, for instance, the massively expensive tokamak. Solar panel production should be supported, and installation should be free. Financial support should be given to companies offering existing forms of renewables and to people who use renewables.

That will help reduce climate change and take inflationary pressure off oil.

9. Financially support the research and development of low-carbon-fueled cars, trucks, buses, ships, trains, airplanes, homes, offices, and factories. This includes funding research into more efficient batteries and electric infrastructure, transmission networks, superconductors, and charging stations.

10. Financially support the purchase and use of low-carbon-fueled cars, trucks, buses, ships, trains, airplanes, homes, offices, and factories. Often, the public is slow to adopt new technology, especially if it is not immediately and financially beneficial.

The federal government has the power to make adoption financially beneficial while R&D brings the technology into economic self-sufficiency.

11. Financially support water purification and desalination research, development, and distribution. The world is covered with water that isn’t good for drinking or growing crops. We need more efficient water purification, desalination, transportation, and usage.

America is losing its fresh water daily.

An ‘environmental nuclear bomb’ as Utah’s Great Salt Lake dries up.

What is Water Scarcity?
Water scarcity involves water crisis, water shortage, water deficit or water stress.

Water scarcity can be due to physical water scarcity and economic water scarcity. Physical water scarcity refers to a situation where natural water resources are unable to meet a region’s demand while economic water scarcity is a result of poor water management resources.

About 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, and 3% of it is actually freshwater that is fit for human consumption. Around two-thirds of that is tucked in frozen glaciers and unavailable for our use.

Water scarcity already affects every continent and around 2.8 billion people around the world. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.””

Causes of Water Scarcity: Overuse, pollution, conflict, distance, drought, governmental access, global warming, illegal dumping, groundwater pollution, and natural disasters.

All of these can be moderated or eliminated by properly used government funding.

12. Financially support farmers and advanced farming methods (for example, hydroponics, genetic engineering of more productive, healthful crops, reduced use of fertilizers, water, and pesticides).

The federal government financially should support the purchase of efficient farm equipment.

American farmers are nearing extinction. President Trump’s trade war hasn’t helped matters. After the United States slapped tariffs on Chinese goods, including steel and aluminum, last year, China retaliated with 25 percent tariffs on agricultural imports from the U.S.China then turned to other countries such as Brazil to replace American soybeans and corn.

Even large companies are facing unprecedented challenges; Dean Foods, a global dairy producer that buys milk from thousands of small farmers, filed for bankruptcy in 2019.

13. Give more financial support to pure scientific research. Unlike applied research, pure research is not designed to result in profits. Its purpose is to add to scientific knowledge. It is why we went to the moon and want to go to Mars, not for immediate gains but for learning.

Sometimes we learn much that is valuable today. Sometimes we find that much we may discover has value 100 years from now. We build a long-term knowledge base handed down through the generations. That is one of the qualities that differentiates humans from all other animals.

Even “failed” research has immediate value in showing what doesn’t or might work in the distant future. Failed research can be the beginning of serendipity.

The profit-motivated private sector cannot justify doing much pure research. For example, pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to spend money searching for the causes and cures of rare diseases. But that research is valuable, not only for curing rare diseases today, but it may lead to other purposes we hadn’t even imagined.

Consider such projects as weather prediction and control, meteor and comet protection, volcano prediction and control,

14. Support the states with a per-capita payment. Something like Social Security for the U.S. states.

State and local governments are monetarily non-sovereign.

Unlike the Monetarily Sovereign U.S. government, states generally run short of the dollars they need to take care of local problems: Schools, streets, infrastructure, parks, garbage/recycling/water, police, fire departments, etc.

Most states borrow, which means they later will need to spend less (provide less to their residents), tax more (take more from their residents), or both.

The federal government should take those burdens from local taxpayers’ shoulders.

15. Federal support for the postal service. The mail is as vital to America as any other government service. There is no public benefit to requiring the postal service to pay its own way.

The Postal Service receives no direct taxpayer funds. It relies on revenues from stamps and other service fees.

Although COVID-19 has choked off the USPS revenue in recent months, factors that arose well before coronavirus have contributed to the unsustainability of the Postal Service’s financial situation for years.

While the USPS generates enough revenue to cover its operating costs, its pension and retiree health care liabilities push its bottom line into the red. The USPS has operated at a loss since 2007.

Because of the rise of email and digital communication, USPS has seen the volume of First-Class Mail decline from a peak of 103.5 billion pieces in 2000 to just shy of 55 billion pieces in 2019.

USPS has tried to increase the delivery of marketing mail and has tried to compete with UPS and FedEx in the parcel delivery sector, including by forging a delivery deal with Amazon.

This has provoked criticism from (past) President Trump (Because of his personal animosity with Jeff Bezos.)

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Can there be life without beauty?

16. Increase support for the arts. The arts are the difference between seeing the world in color vs. drab shades of gray.

Science provides pronouns, nouns, and verbs, but the arts offer adjectives, adverbs, and interjections.

To live as humans, we need music, painting, architecture, poetry, and literature.

If you have visited or seen photos of Soviet-era architecture, you understand the cold, functional, inhumanity of a joyless world.

17. Eliminate income taxes on all but the top 1%. The Gap is too wide, and it is widening. In that regard, here is what FOX wrote:

In 2018, the top 1% of taxpayers – defined as those with adjusted gross income (AGI) (AGI) above $540,009 – earned 20.9% of all AGI and paid 40.1% of all federal income taxes, according to data from the Tax Foundation.

The group paid more in income taxes (at about $615 billion) than the bottom 90% of taxpayers combined ($440 billion).

Do you see what’s wrong with what the mouthpiece for the rich wrote? That 20.9% figure is bogus. Much of the income the top 1% receives isn’t counted in AGI (Adjusted Gross Income.)

Think of the fully paid, comprehensive health insurance, travel, meals, vacations, apartments, stock options, entertainment, clothing, taxis, and other expenses that companies spend on behalf of key employees.

You pay for those things using your AGI dollars, but the upper 1% doesn’t. The richest among us may not remember what it’s like to write a personal check. Do you think Donald Trump even carries a wallet?

Then there is real estate depreciation, which is how billionaire Donald Trump pays fewer tax dollars than you did.

And remember, FICA and other taxes paid by the “lowly” 99% are not paid by the 1% who don’t take salaries.

GOVERNMENT WASTE

Waste is bad. The word “waste” is a pejorative. State and local government waste comes out of your pocket.

But federal waste is another matter. The dollars cost you nothing. In fact, wasted federal spending adds stimulus dollars to the economy.

Of course, it would be far better for those dollars to have produced something of value, but the mere spending benefits us all.

So, don’t worry so much about wasted federal spending. Of course, we want federal dollars to be functional, but even the most outrageously wasted dollars — bridges to nowhere — still add to the nation’s economic growth.

SUMMARY

There is so much the wealthiest entity on the planet — the U.S. government — could do to benefit Americans and the world.

But, the government is restricted by the widespread false belief that federal finances are like state and local government finances.

That false belief seems logical to the private sector, which is monetarily non-sovereign and limited in what it can spend.

I have listed several areas where the populace would benefit from federal money input. You probably can think of many others.

None of these suggestions involves socialism, which is ownership and control. All the federal government would be asked to do is provide money.

The federal government already has the power to bring us closer to paradise. You only need to understand the two essential truths and convey them to the world:

  1. The federal government cannot unintentionally run short of dollars.
  2. Federal deficit spending does not cause inflation and often can cure inflation.

Scott Pelley: Is that tax money that the Fed is spending?
Ben Bernanke: It’s not tax money… We simply use the computer to mark up the size of the account. (Quote from Ben Bernanke when, as Fed chief, he was on 60 Minutes:)

Statement from the St. Louis Fed:
“As the sole manufacturer of dollars, whose debt is denominated in dollars, the U.S. government can never become insolvent, i.e., unable to pay its bills. In this sense, the government is not dependent on credit markets to remain operational.”

Press Conference: Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, 9 January 2014
Question: I am wondering: can the ECB ever run out of money?
Mario Draghi: Technically, no. We cannot run out of money

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.

The most critical problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socioeconomic ranking and to come nearer those “above.” The socioeconomic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

  1. Eliminate FICA
  2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
  3. Social Security for all
  4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
  5. Salary for attending school
  6. Eliminate federal taxes on business
  7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. 
  8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
  9. Federal ownership of all banks
  10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.

MONETARY SOVEREIGNTY

2 thoughts on “Two pieces of knowledge could turn America into a paradise

  1. Ive been reading your blog for many years, probably over 10. This latest version of your directive to paradise is once again difficult to disagree with. Point on. My problem is reconciling these obvious truths with perceptions most have about government funding mechanics and their resulting political persuasions. Simple truths aren’t very good for diversion, obfuscation, and moat building. Those on top are advised to expand that gap you love talking about. Maybe its human nature, but our hierarchical society is sort of self reinforcing, people listen to other successful powerful people they identify with. Of course those same influencers want to reinforce whatever separations are gifting them their very sway and authority. Feedback loops that make it extremely difficult to be contrarian. That being said, just like the false security blankets of religion, maybe its easier to just be stupid and obsequious. Go along to get along, and i might add, agree with the false premises in order to keep your sanity. Before i understood monetary sovereignty things sort of made sense, now the world seems insane and nothing politically initiated seems sincere. Its all either pandering and evil manipulation or sad abject stupidity. Then i look at my own place. I’m broke now, beaten down. literally crippled, and i have a zoo of animals to care for. Unlearning how i use to view the political economy, including a useless bachelors degree, and being enlightened to the truth hasn’t really helped my life. Same as the empathy i have towards other sentient species has trapped me in a self defeating negative feed back loop. My social financial life would be so much better if i viewed the world as most others do. Rodger, I do thank you for an education, though unfortunately i cant say its helped outside of just simply knowing the simple truth about money.
    I know you’re an older gentleman and maybe that age and wisdom can help me. My recent nightmare has cost me so much, and our wonderful US government oppression towards small business caused it. Here’s the story, i know its long but its full of nuance so a short version might not do it justice. Also what’s important from my perspective is what i do with the funds, not how i earn them. Like most consumer products the crap i sell is just something needed in order to exchange for currency to keep the lights on, so to speak. I”ve sent this same text to Naked Capitalism but never got a response. I get it its personal, but its really not. No one has helped my 501c but me and my sister, now im forced to beg or plan to abandon a menagerie of incredible horses dogs and cats. Maybe you have an idea?
    I know everyone has their own problems, and at the end of the day life is hard followed by “those are the risks you took” type reflections are invoked when one hears of businesses failing. Surely reading this story can invoke that sort of rationalization. But in that same moment of thought, I know some people do sincerely care about animals. Therefore, I’m going out on a limb here asking you and whomever might stumble upon this for some advice and possibly help. The insanely unlikely, unpreventable, and unfortunately extremely costly nightmare that just happened to me will directly affect an assortment of horses, dogs, cats, and pigs in the 501c animal sanctuary I’ve run since 2015 with my sister. Sadly, she was killed in 2018 by a distracted texting driver as she took a morning walk around the block from our mother’s house. In her memory I’ve continued on, spending all my income and most of my time making sure the beings in my care live their days out surrounded by a healthy clean environment. The main focus being ex older thoroughbred and standardbreds who otherwise would have probably ended up in kill pens after being bred and worked to near death. Surely this reality is understood, and I don’t want to take up your valuable time expanding on what you certainly already know.

    I was fortunately able to single handedly fund this sanctuary and give the time because I owned an importing business focused on cheap consumer electronics manufactured in China. That business isn’t terribly time consuming. Caring for the animals is, yet it’s a satisfying blessing; unlike the importing business which was nothing to toot my horn about. Cheap home theaters and maybe slightly better projectors was the focus. The end seller was flea market salesmen and street hustlers. Another- words just some more cheap garbage to hawk, certainly not quality consumer goods for a fair price or anything remotely related to a necessity. That being said, where else was I going to earn the money needed to fund these animals. I’m almost sixty, a cripple, and have been self-employed my entire life. Ten years of my past actively training and driving a stable of trotters and pacers. Which of course gave me a bird’s eye view of some horrors. The sanctuary costs me over ten grand a month to feed, house, and vet the menagerie. Getting donations without knowledgeable fundraisers or an interested party with deep pockets is nearly impossible. Basically, I tried not to bother anyone and was appreciative my business offered the resources.

    I’ve probably imported over 300 containers in the last eight years and never had a problem. What follows is a summary of what recently occurred at the Port of Houston US Homeland Security Border Patrol and Customs, and in my humble opinion a damn irrational horror show.

    My largest customer wants the best projectors we can find. A factory in Shanghai provided this product to us for many years and I was under the impression they had relevant licenses. Last time I was there they showed them to me and I was confident they weren’t stupid enough to add unnecessary or unrequested features that have obvious trademarked licenses associated. Though I should have known better, unable to travel there anymore because of Covid, coupled with the USA’s constant China demonization, the risk reward cost benefit analysis wasn’t very favorable anymore. I made about a 20% margin pre pandemic, subsequent Covid with container costs rising from 7000 to over 20000 and truck freight increasing in proportion, those margins have dramatically decreased. I definitely don’t have pricing power so passing these insane costs on isn’t possible. Should have stopped a year ago but was scared I couldn’t find an alternative income source to fund the sanctuary, as well as hoping conditions would ameliorate. There was also the human element, the people I sold depended on these products for their living. Relationships that went back over twenty years made it difficult for me to abruptly cut them off and recoup my capital quickly.

    Four weeks ago, an expensive 200-thousand-dollar container of mine came through the port of Houston. Unluckily it was randomly pulled for inspection. At the time I didn’t think anything of it since my junk has passed many inspections. A few days later my customs broker said the officer requested an HDMI license to allow for the marks on the box associated with that technology. I immediately sent them my factory’s license but Customs needed to authenticate it. That process took a ridiculously long two weeks, and only because I finally contacted HDMI did it get verified. Shanghai is under lockdown and my factory never answered HDMI’s email requesting information on the consignee, me, since US Customs wouldn’t provide it because of the old privacy baloney. Seems ridiculously inefficient, redundant, and definitely time consuming. So, after HDMI is finally authenticated, Customs adds I have two other problems. A Bluetooth logo shows up on one model when illuminated, as well as functionality, and on another there seemed to be 2 marks that resembled Apple icons used on their phone apps. Mind you I doubt customs has ever gone this far in an inspection regarding use, normally they’re concerned with manifest congruence showing duties are in accord with their category and boxes don’t show trademarked logos illegally displayed. Like the HDMI logo, which I had permission to use. Plus of course contraband. Also let’s not forget at this point I’ve already paid China for the merchandise in order to get a release, as well as the logistics company for freight and duties. For the life of me I don’t understand why inspected containers aren’t handled a bit differently with respect to payment. Maybe it might be a good idea, if credit terms aren’t a factor, to escrow funds involved so Chinese factories have some skin in the game and an incentive to not mess up. Instead, they get paid, and you as the American idiot with the least control get financially ruined, and possibly criminally charged. I know there are insurance companies that will take your goods to an American embassy and certify compliance before export, but for cheap consumer electronics it’s an impossibility considering price and time additions.

    So now my containers cargo is seized by US border patrol and customs, headed into a bureaucratic labyrinth needing expensive legal advice and a lot of time to navigate. I’ve retained a customs attorney whom tried to negotiate a fix for the problem before the official seizure. The Chinese factory sent me software I could upload that would remove the icons and Bluetooth functionality Customs is complaining about. They also sent me a text chain that would reasonably indicate their culpability, surprise, and my lack of intention. Unfortunately for me the head investigator in Houston says he knows a thing or two about computers and if we upload clean operating systems, we can still later on reactivate the Bluetooth functionality because that he says” is hardware installed”. Of course, the Chinese factory claims that is false and also added they are Bluetooth licensed anyways. They emailed me a copy and I forwarded it to the lead investigator. Customs said it was invalid. I have no way of confirming since it is impossible to get through to anyone at Bluetooth.

    I don’t think there are many small companies after 2 years of this horrible pandemic surviving a hit of over 200 grand in one sweeping action. That loss of operating funds, coupled with lost revenue from their biggest customer, then amplified with an impending nightmare of large monthly legal expenses, capped by an insanely large penalty, would surely end their endeavors as well. Unless they have access to large lines of credit and huge potential revenue growth. I have neither. At this point I’m broke and unable to continue running the importing business to fund my sanctuary. Oh, and I did send documents supporting the 501C and its mission begging the officer to have a bit of compassion and please let me rectify errors. He never addressed me again but did express to my lawyer his rejection reasons based on his supposed extensive knowledge of computers. This entire fiasco makes little sense to me in that importing can pose such risks, even after doing it for almost ten years. Especially considering how many products this country relies on through imports, much from China. None of this is a problem for large box stores or giant corporate entities that do this every day, but it is insanely risky for a small enterprise. Other people involved in my silly little importing circle have had similar issues and were usually allowed to fix, or were just much smaller values. The system and the limited leverage or control a small importer may have with their supplier encourages importation of the cheapest and least technologically adept products because of this complex layer of logos, patents, and trademarks. It is hard to believe trying to bring in a better product for my end user wound up just ruining me. Once more, I never knew the Chinese factory put those logos on the operating system because they were clearly instructed not to use trademarked logos that were licensed. They knew better. Counterintuitively, importing an inferior projector that barely works, and then re boxing here, is kind of the message one learns from this insanity. Maybe that’s just my desperate attempt to stay relevant, really the rules are written to simply dissuade small businesses from competing with corporate box stores, who of course would never think of dealing with a factory that stooped so low as to engage in intellectual property theft.

    This is a long story and sorry for the time, but I’m desperate. My horses depend on me caring for them and I’m going to run out of the remainder of my funds shortly. Obviously figuring out a way to alternatively fund this rescue would be a miracle, but I doubt it’s going to happen. Nor do I think I can find a job that will offer enough compensation to offset the loss of my business. Minus some incredibly good fortune I need to find adequate homes for these animals as well as some funds in the interim. I also would appreciate some ideas on getting my importing problem solved sooner rather than later, and deflecting the eventual punitively prohibitive fines that will be levied. Also, some advice on how to put pressure on the Chinese factory that made the error. They’re going to continue exporting to the good old USA as if nothing ever happened. In fact, I know a Canadian importer who’s already contacted my customer explaining how he’s sure the same factory won’t make that same mistake with him because, well he’s just more adept. Of course, really, they’ve just learned from my plight. Obviously correcting what shouldn’t have been added to my brands. …. It’s just not right. This damn factory never skips a beat, has no liability or responsibility, and in the end the United States of America destroys its own citizen forcing the closure of another small business with all the usual aftereffects, yet at the same time enriching the Chinese factory, ensuring no deterrent for them to not make another similar mistake. Ironically and comically giving a Canadian company the opportunity to displace an American small business so the same garbage can be imported. Albeit cheapened even more, of course accompanied with a modest price increase for this ex-customer of mine who surely understands the inherent dangers associated after my fiasco. It’s almost riskier than actually importing contraband. I have to find a way to communicate and get this draconian insanity out there. Understanding perfectly well that no one is shedding tears because Customs seized a container of cheap consumer electronics headed to shady salesman adept at overselling, I still anxiously must figure out how to manage the animals I care for with the knowledge my funding dried up. They are on a beautiful farm in Ocala an old friend from my racing days let’s me use. It’s such a damn frustrating shame if I can’t figure this out. Maybe my logic is flawed, but if I find another facility to offer refuge, that action displaces the potential home of another unfortunate animal exploited and in need, which now because of my problem might not have a place to go. So please forgive my import of personal issues and maybe put this out there in your community. Thankyou

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    1. Larry, I sincerely am sorry for your troubles. I wish I had the expertise to help you with your many problems. Perhaps one of my readers does.

      I can offer you but one suggestion. When a person is overwhelmed with many difficult problems, the best course of action is to pick one problem, — the most urgent, or life-changing one — and focus all your efforts on it. Let all the other problems go. They will solve themselves (perhaps not in the way you wish, but eventually all problems solve).

      For example, If you’re out camping and are lost, you have four problems: Water, food, shelter, and finding help. Normally, the best course is first to locate water because, without it, you will die quickly. That’s usually the most existential one (unless you’re in a snowstorm). Solve the most immediately, existential problem, first.

      What is your single, most important, most urgent problem? The horse? Other animals? Potential bankruptcy? A container? Your business? My guess is none of those is existential.

      I hate to be cold, but you have to take emotion out of it as best you can. What is the worst thing that can happen with each of your problems? The horse and other animals could die. That container never might be recovered. You could declare bankruptcy. What else could happen?

      You still are alive. And being alive your first assignment is to stay alive. If you can’t pick a problem to solve, because they all are unsolvable, then focus on this question: What will I do if I can’t sell the animals and they all die, and my business goes bankrupt, and I declare personal bankruptcy? What can I do to start over?

      What is the one thing you absolutely, positively will need to do to stay alive. That is the first problem to solve.

      Much good luck to you.

      Rodger.

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