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Vectra Bank Expert Jeff Thredgold

Wouldn't It Be Nice If…

Written by Jeff Thredgold, President, Thredgold Economic Associates

September 21

…more people would recognize that the U.S. recession is over, and companies would begin hiring again

…the unique combination of liberals, moderates, and conservatives elected to Congress this November could actually work together to address this nation’s ills

…“government” would recognize that it is there to serve the people, and not the other way around

…American corporate and consumer confidence would rise solidly in coming months

…America’s silent majority (our parents and grandparents) received greater respect for the enormous wartime sacrifices they made to help protect the freedoms we all enjoy today

…members of Congress had to participate in the same health care program as the one dumped on the American people

…solid Mexican economic growth would provide more good jobs at home

…teachers received more admiration and respect from students and their parents

…more working people would save seriously for their Golden Years (an estimated one-third of the U.S. population saves zero for retirement)

…America’s Vietnam War veterans would finally get credit for serving their country

…our national campaign season was much shorter and less exhausting…for candidates AND voters

…there was a stronger collective effort to improve opportunities in America’s inner cities

…fewer people were killed each and every year in the name of “religion”

…the Castro brothers would bite the dust and be replaced with a stronger move toward democracy

…President Obama and the Congressional leadership were more focused on providing incentives for wealth creation and less focused on wealth redistribution

…there were less irritating ways to bring buyers and sellers together than junk mail, spam, pop-up ads, telemarketing, and endless TV commercials

…our 401(k) balances would continue to rebound nicely in coming years

…Jon and Kate were never heard from again

…politicians were elected based on experience and ability, not on who can spend the most money and sling the most mud

…incompetent corporate CEOs who drive companies into the ground were not rewarded with multi-million dollar “golden parachutes” to simply go away

…the Congress would soon get serious about reining in the growth rate of entitlement programs in coming years (Note:  In regard to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid…we do not have to cut spending…we have to slow down the growth rate of future spending…BIG difference!

…our kids realized sooner that Mom & Dad might actually know what they are talking about

…“far left” liberals and “far right” conservatives would back off a bit

…the violence and language in today’s movies could be toned down a bit

…Wall Street “high rollers” had greater legal and financial accountability for the financial market abuses of recent years

…the news media would run positive stories more than once a generation

…U.S. firefighters, police officers, and military personnel received our respect ALL of the time

…the Osbournes were never heard from again

…drive-by shootings were replaced by drive-by moonings

…some of the mind-boggling research advancements in energy production and alternative energy soon made their way into the economy

…F.I.C.A. (Social Security/Medicare) taxes were less painful…four out of five American workers now pay more F.I.C.A. taxes than they do federal income taxes

…airlines that lack serious competition in various markets didn’t gouge the public

…we weren’t running a federal budget deficit of $160,000,000 every 60 minutes

…men and women were from the same planet

…we actually got serious about U.S. energy independence with a program geared to 1) conservation, 2) alternative sources of energy, 3) access to much more oil and natural gas in Alaska and on the Continental Shelf, and 4) developing massive deposits of oil shale in the West

…American military personnel could see their families more often

…the Federal Reserve’s eventual attempt to unwind unprecedented monetary stimulus would be successful, with inflation staying under control

…primary and secondary schools had to compete for teachers, students, and funding—just like colleges and universities

…we could make real progress in “clean burn” coal technology

…the President and the Congressional leadership would stop talking about being “pro-business” and actually a) promote pro-business policies, and b) remove anti-business initiatives that dominate their agenda

…“old fashioned” common courtesy between people made a big comeback

…the nation’s tobacco companies would leave our kids alone

…the $800 billion+ 2009 stimulus program had contained more in the way of real economic stimulus and less social engineering

…we would all get more involved in enriching the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves

…residents of the Middle East could get along with each other

…the problems in schools today were still spit wads, gum chewing, and truancy, as opposed to violence, drug use, and pregnancy

…Paris Hilton’s 15 minutes of fame were finally over

…the Administration and the Congress would get very serious about reducing future budget deficits

…we could benefit more from years of practical business experience of millions of retirees, rather than simply “putting them out to pasture”

…each long-term member of Congress was required to take a year off, start a new business with limited funding, meet a payroll, and then deal with the complexities and hassles THEY have created

…your garbage disposal didn’t eat better than two-thirds of the world’s population

…the outcome of many lawsuits was determined more by the facts and less by who has the deepest pockets

…the role of “peacekeeper” wasn’t associated with so much violence

…many spoiled and pampered athletes in MLB, the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL had to get regular jobs at regular wages (at least for awhile)

…we would all keep in mind that despite the problems and challenges we face in the U.S., this is still one of the greatest countries in the world


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