Selling-Out!

Value Less selling-out is becoming a new American Standard and tradition. We can watch as businesses that have grown over 40 or 50 years into excellent success stories of American Value are bought up by Financial Investors whose pulse is a military drum circulating cash.

depression-1250870_1280Investors know how to make money At any cost.  The sellers of great businesses know how to take money with no concern for cost. Where did the sellers forget the pride, the hard work, the dreams, and the love that they poured into creating their success story?

If I can make an observation It appears to me that forgetfulness begins With getting closer to death and losing value for this world. It is sensing your mortality and making a decision to do everything that you think money makes possible before you die.  Of course there is another choice; staying on the path you have followed with pride and doing what feels right as you enjoy the rest of your life peacefully with self satisfaction.

Unfortunately a good number of business owners do the former. So I recently watched one local business called the Mae Volen Center Change its name To  The Volen center Distancing itself from its founder. Then I noticed That the buses bringing senior citizens to and from the center where more recently labeled Adult Daycare,  yet in a small corner small corner words still said  “Volen Center”  (but small enough to be missed).

My mother-in-law had gone there for years and years to spend time with other seniors like herself.  She entertained them as well as being one of them and they all had a great time. Functional but aging seniors forgot they were old there!  But now it sounded like a place for people who are incontinent and needed care like little children.  All I could picture when I saw the new name “Adult Daycare” was adult diapers. I don’t know if they have new owners but I suspect it’s a near happening. Why else would you take away such a good name that meant so much to so many people and bury it in a depressing generic title? Will it be one of the casualties of valueless sales?

Then early yesterday,  I saw on the news that Amazon bought Whole Foods. What will play-1538331_1280this become? Amazon Is the marketplace takeover of the century. They are rapidly becoming a worldwide Monopoly for the sale of nearly any item, in my impression. They turn the supplier, creator or manufacturer into meaningless junk as they dictate the price by stomping on competition. Do you think this is good long term? If you do look at what has happened to America!  Jeff Bezos is the genius Of taking over the market By losing money until you put your competitors out of business. Investors would call it earning market share. I do not see him as a great businessman. I see him as another tyran soldier who goes to war and wins by killing off enough of the “enemy,”  competition.  He now rewrites history by having his name plastered in the history records Of tyrants Who are now called Heroes Because of their power, influence and money.

What will happen to Whole Foods under Jeff Bezos? Let me guess he’ll hire a lots of employees give everything a personal touch and be sure we have the finest quality food just as Whole Foods started out to become and even at better prices…… surprise me Jeff!

I don’t think you’re going to buy that Story And neither will I. Who knows what he will do with it.   It certainly won’t be what it was or what it could have become. Not that I think Whole Foods Is the best thing coming or going; It is too expensive for most people unless you live in one of the wealthy neighborhoods that it tends to locate to. However, it was a positive dream that drove people to think less toxins and better health!

So what is missing in these two business transactions? I think it is a fact that businesses light-bulb-1002783_1280start with a great idea,  are inspired by love, pride and soul and if they keep running that way they become a success. I have been down that road.  Success meaning that all people benefit and the business owner finds himself or herself reasonably profitable.

But, why do they have to sell their soul when it’s time to sell? How did they forget all that inspired them, does money make that happen? I think it is the fear of death and the desire to buy as much cocaine like living as you can before death comes to visit. To me it is pathetic and a sign of the downward spiral that America is going through. However there is always hope in youth and the rebirth of expectations fueled by the belief in invulnerability and immortality.

Perhaps the cycle of business and life Is tied together In ways that only years can make visible. Perhaps there’s a better way.  If there is, most don’t see it.  A majority of frustrated Americans trusted in that vision when they voted for Trump. Right or wrong most believed he had too much money to be concerned with its accumulation. They sport-562154_1280hoped that here was the dreamer who wanted to achieve something good, something spectacularly good filled with pride, something filled with greatness, something he had not achieved solely by making money. Let’s hope that the dreamers are right and not the people who sell their success stories for one last futile dream they believe money will buy before they die.

 

 

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GOOD – A bail-In For America!

A Lesson From Greece…

Now that American bankers and the darlings of  Wall Street are wallowingmoney-1078267_640 in wealth again, maybe it is time they shared in the debt we and our children have been given by our great government bail out.   Here is a great story from “Good.” Donald Trump you should read this! A Lesson from Greece:  Time for an American Bail-In by Tim Fernholz

Because I feel this story is so important, I have added here a copy of  some of the text from the above web site in case it becomes inaccessible. Note though published several years ago, it is still incredibly relevant!

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HAVE YOU EVER SEEN FREEDOM’ DREAM? NOT LATELY? LET ME SHARE IT WITH YOU!

spaceshuttleatlantis-launch-01What was it in the distance; hard to see on this overcast day? It looked like a cigar with a pencil strapped to it; but, it was in fact the result of millions of years of mankind’s dreams, America’s unified pride and the results of individual freedom to achieve our dreams! As the sun came up from behind the clouds and lit the landscape the view shifted.

Joe stood near the water’s edge and observed this now gleaming pencil like object, pointing skyward, a half mile away across the intercostal. At that distant point in Canaveral it was T minus 30 seconds and the tension was building in the crowd of thousands. These people, like Joe, stood in the now hot florida sun, several deep from the road, waiting the experience of a lifetime. Hand held transistor radios reported from every direction weather and launch status in a cacophony much like standing in flock of excited seagulls.

Joe watched intently as the distant gantry rolled back and misty plumes of gas flared skyward from the dangling hoses. T Minus 5 seconds and crowd began to cheer! Then Zero hour and the flames erupted like a newborn sun beneath the ship. The very Earth below Joe’s feet began to vibrate but it was hard to tell if it was the thundering giant a half mile away or the crowds screaming, cheering and jumping up and down with excitement. Joe was sure it was both.

The niagara like cascade of water, cooling the launch pad, created clouds of steam so huge as to engulf and rise above, the now snail like ascent, of our dreams creation in its caressing arms. Then as if on cue, the huge rocket accelerated skyward to the awe of Joe and millions lost in their screams of joy and visions of America’s future. ……………. It was then we Knew America Was Great!

It was before the corruption of congress, the executive office and bribes from Industry, sucked the spirit, dreams, hope and financial strength out of Americans.  It was before the creation of the corporate cronyism that now rules America.

Freedom entails risks!  I for one will vote For Change! We cannot afford to go on with the corruption that Hillary is financed by!