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Effects of Political Decisions and Your Income

Kevin Drum of Washington Monthly talks about the differences in economies under democratic and republican leadership in his article: “Your Salary in 2016 — The Big Difference Between a McCain or Obama Administratio: Middle-class families will earn about $13,000 more in eight years if Obama wins and $5,000 if McCain wins.”clip_image002

The article shares several historical studies that show that under Democratic Leadership, the economy has faired better, consistently.  The Gross Domestic Product has grown each year, the stock market performed better, individual incomes increased and annual federal spending decreased each year the nation was lead by a Democrat.  Conversely, Republicans tended to decrease taxes on the rich, and showed lower overall economic growth.  Prior to election years, the Republicans were able to show great financial gains and controls, then return to less fiscally and nationally inclusive policies once they won the election.

Looking at the situation, I have to wonder, based on history, why would I vote Republican.  It is like surfing in shark infested waters.  People do.  I just don’t know how much sense it makes.

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IT and the Small Business that Could

When you are a small business, it is hard to get your head around some of the new technologies coming around the corner.  You’ve got the obligatory cell phone and the ubiquitous office PC’s and maybe some type of laptop computer.  You’ve heard horror stories of losing data, security flaws and frankly contradictory information.  clip_image002Sometimes, it simply comes down to, “What’s the point?”

I think that many IT pros will say, “yes, it will make your life better,” while other business owners will tell you, “it’s easier to do it on pen and paper.  The computer is always breaking down.”

Well, both of these are true.  More than likely, your computer will allow you to do all kinds of things much faster, and in a bigger way.  The mere fact you can read this article is a testament to that.

However, like anything else, you’ve got to maintain your system, be it you laptop, your server, your smart phone or your email systems.  There is no reason to expect that these things won’t break down.  It would be quite unwise to not have a plan for when the systems do break down.

What it comes down to is simple: if you are not an IT pro, you’ll want to work with two people: 1- a management consultant like myself who will help you evaluate your entire business and strategies to help you choose the best technologies for your organization, and 2 – an IT consultant who can work with you to make your final decision, with the goal of getting the best solution for your organization, help you learn how to use the system and help you choose a maintenance program that makes sense.

In most cases, there is no need to over-purchase your IT solutions.  If you are a small business, you are probably not going to be the best candidate for SAP, a blade server system and a full-time tech person.  Your consultants should help you make the best decision.

Can you afford to hire two consultants?  Is it worth it?  Well, would it be worth wasting 10,000 on IT that is wrong for your organization that you cannot use?

Trust the professionals.  Welcome to the 21st Century.

“The man who does things makes mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all-doing nothing. ” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Integrity and Sustainability

CNN – Powell Choice Of Obama A Slap To GOP, Analysts Say.  One of the reasons for Powell’s decision was based on the negative campaign being run by the GOP. clip_image002 While his decision and explanation carry much more weight, there are many people – inside and outside of America who may feel the same way. 

Does this mean Senator McCain is less capable then Senator Obama?  Not actually.  But what does this say about his character, and that of the Republican Party?  A “win at all costs” mentality could result in 305,461,482 losers (.t the time of publishing).

No one exists in a bubble.  As a business owner, you cannot expect to go around the community tearing down other business, customers and employees, and expect to achieve your full potential If you are a small business owner, and you act without character and integrity, your business will more-than-likely fail.  I have seen it over and over and over again.  I have seen the same business owner fail over and over and over again.

You’ve got to take care of the people, business and communities that take care of you.  That doesn’t mean that you wait for them to do something – it is not a self-serving activity.  You make the first steps without seeking your own objectives.  You compete, but you do so with honor, character and integrity.

As my friend Robert Rosner would say, be a “Friend for Life.”

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