Monthly Archives: January 2014

Government Intervention is NOT the Solution to Poverty

I’ve now read two books that say that government cannot solve people’s poverty.  The poverty I am writing about is that of people existing on $2 or less per day; although comparative poverty above that desperate state is also immune to government “solutions.” There is a huge opportunity in learning how to provide useful products to this huge market 2.8 billion strong.   But it can be done, and can even be profitable.

People existing on $2 per day or less require special attention to arrive at a product that is affordable, such as the treadmill pump, which can pay back three times its cost within a year to rural farmers in India and Africa.

Providing healthy water to rural areas of India, Africa and the poor American populations is a challenge being met partially by spring water.  But many other opportunities to help this population abound.  It will take extremely dedicated, hard-working and visionary business persons to conquer poverty in the world.  But it can be done.  I sincerely believe that and, I believe, that it is the only way it can be done.

We all have a part in this worldwide march toward Heaven on Earth.  While government won’t provide the solutions, its members must be free of corruption, and be wise, honest, capable and efficient.  Governments can stand in the way of conquering poverty; or they can –through wisdom, honesty and capability—help to engender private enterprise to conquer extreme poverty.

We can and we must look to private enterprise as the primary route to a prosperous world, one in which the $2 or less a day customers rise into a more and more prosperous state.

Contemplating the Upcoming Elections

I have a vision, that of a Heaven on Earth; and I believe that the citizens of America must help all of humanity to get to that ultimate destination, with God’s enduring, steadfast love.  With that in mind, I believe that it is very important for Republicans to win in 2014 and 2016 in order to proceed in the direction of Heaven on Earth.

I believe quite deeply in democracy, one person, and one vote.  Republicans need to articulate their truth and fight fire with fire to illuminate the electorate.  So many people are hurting from under-employment; lack of purpose and meaning in their life; and addictions to drugs, sex, alcohol, and smoking.  Self-discipline is at a low point, not only in America, but in the world.  We need a renaissance of values!  Of course, in many places globally, we also are in need of democracies and a rule of law.

Although we are in The Innovation, the wisdom-associated values that Copthorne MacDonald initially articulated—empathy, truth, honesty, cooperation, universal well-being, general knowledge, creativity, compassion, justice and peace—are not changing.  While technology is racing ahead, these values are more critical than ever.  What we say and do is of utmost importance.  Our values can support good behavior—actions and words that are pleasing to God and lead humankind toward Heaven on Earth.

I believe, quite frankly, that the American people—and the world—deserve better than what the Democratic Party has served up: President Obama, ”Obamacare,” higher taxes, spending galore and extremely poor political appointments and management.  It is therefore absolutely critical that the Republican Party triumph in House and Senate elections in 2014 and win the Presidency in 2016.  We must turn this country toward Heaven on Earth while we are still the sole superpower.  The window of opportunity is limited.

There are aspects of the world economy that cry out for serious and informed attention.  The national debt and entitlements in our country are just the start.  Japan’s debt is worse; Europe has big problems and even China has state and bank problems.

The United States is in dire need of leadership like we had under President Reagan.  I’m a Reagan Republican and proud of it.  Leadership is not follow-ship, this articulation of policy on this basis of day-by-day popularity rather than the short/medium/long-term effect of those policies.  President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton are simply not in tune with the above.

Secretary Clinton has no business experience that I see.  How in the world is she qualified to be CEO of our government?  Is she supposed to have some business acumen obtained from her errant husband?

But my main problems with Hillary are her hawkishness and lack of basic character and honesty.  In think that her lack of integrity led to her lack of results in the very important Iran situation.  She just can’t be trusted by anyone, most especially including the American people.

I believe that we have to transform the Republican Party, holding fast to its values and wise, capable, honest leaders, but adopting the vision of heaven on earth.  That will not only be advantageous politically, but be so good for the future of America and the world.  We have a robust, stable democracy, but we need to allow our best leaders to rise to the top of our nation, not celebrity-type figures.

More thoughts on “The Business Solution to Poverty”

Ruthless affordability is part – a big part – of the business solution to poverty.  But the market is so huge – 2.7 billion living on $2 or less.  Apple made dramatic products going after the “high end” market.  If companies go after that low end market with great innovation, persistence, determination and hard work; they can develop customers and fans at all levels.

I’ve spent a lot of time – about a month roughly – reading and marking up “The Business Solution to Poverty,” then reviewing the marked up version with more marks and highlighted and finally on the third time through doing my book review.  After doing the book review I went back through it almost two times.

I really believe in the basic premise of the book – that business is the only way to conquer extreme poverty and, for that matter, most any kind of poverty.

We are in The Innovation Age and we must innovate – in business, government, religions, and every human entity.   But, at the same time, we must not let the wisdom-associated values go and we must rid ourselves of the negative values.

I sincerely believe that $2 or less per day poverty can be defeated, and the way to do it is through capitalism, free enterprise or business – whatever you choose to call it.  It won’t be easy.

So many very good and charitable people have given their lives to help the poor.  But business can help them help themselves.  It is very basic.  The receiving human of charity or government aid just doesn’t respond in a way that allows him or her to elevate themselves.

Somehow, we must use our own time and money to move toward prosperity.  What is missing are corporations that seek profits at all levels – from the customer to the corporation itself.

“Profit” is not a bad word.  It is the only thing that can allow the poor to “profit” themselves and allow businesses to sustain growth to help other “customers.”

And “customers” is the right word.  The poor should not be an object of pity, but rather as fellow human beings for business to present profitable opportunities.  It can be done, but it won’t be easy.

Multinational corporations may risk their reputations in the ventures proposed in this book.  But look at the reward, not only in profits from the poor, but profits to the poor.  And, amazing public relations victories within the corporations and all their customers and potential customers.  It might be the best advertising dollars ever spent for so many really insightful corporations.

We are one human race and we must help each other – not so much with self-defeating handouts but with thoughtful business with both goodwill and a real profit in mind for all.

The 2013 world GDP is approximately $75 trillion according to the book.  But the global South is, in a way, the focus of a lot of well-meaning people.  Let’s get it right this time – not to try to play “hero” to the poor – but to help them help themselves through profits.

I have real concerns about the United States and how government aid is multiplying, unwed mothers number about 40 percent, and a lack of basis competence in our government – especially the Presidency.

The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must take care of that precious element of our existence.  The future is only known by God.  All the humans – me included – must peer as clearly as we can toward Heaven on Earth.

Humans Versus Technology

My calling is calling – not to dwell on what was or is, but rather on what can be.  Technology is going forward full speed ahead.  It is important that humankind grow, grow and grow in mind, body fitness and “little piece of God.”

The future is all we have ahead of us.  We must take care that humankind does not allow technology to “outrace” us.   I just found out today that there is a robot that can outrace the fastest human on earth.  We have seen so many of the unskilled jobs erode and even more of that looms in the future.

But “knowledge” jobs and “people” jobs should do well because I just don’t envision technology “taking over our planet.”

“Big Blue” won one chess game from the world champion human, but the champion won the match.  We must all think of ourselves as in a race, not just in terms of knowledge, but in terms of wisdom and values – improving ourselves, children, spouses, and in our own way – everyone else.

We each have a role of reaching for Heaven on Earth, one by one, million by million and billion by billion.