Being Thankful, no longer enough………..

Thanksgiving is that time of year that we are supposed to focus on what we are thankful for. Of course, black Friday sales and hundreds of “deep discounts” bombard us via e-mail, social media and every other possible media outlet. For many, football dominates the weekend along with special “feel good” movies and TV shows.

After Thanksgiving weekend we return to our businesses, trying to get as much done as possible while finishing our Christmas shopping and hoping we are invited to the “right” parties. Yes, there is another major disturbance and that is the many presidential hopefuls from both parties that speak in generalities about how they will solve all our problems. Promises of great strides in our economy along with better security will result in all of us leading better lives.

I find it very interesting that not one of the candidates is talking about the base issues, such as:

  • Infringement on our religious freedoms in schools, and all levels of government
  • Increased crime rates in many of our cities
  • A broken education system
  • Billions of dollars wasted at the National level in all aspects of our government operation
  • The vulnerability of our youth as they are attracted to isis, gangs or other groups trying to destroy our constitution.
  • A non-working health system, not just for our Veterans but for all of us
  • The impact that legalization of marijuana will have
  • Decreasing support for our law enforcement departments
  • A country that relies on a hand-out for almost half of its population
  • Increasing national debt
  • A tax system that does not work
  • Increasing racial tension… Who is pushing this???

My list is much longer…. As small business owners we are, in my opinion, the last line of defense to keep our country from fading away as have so many previous “great nations”. A grass roots movement has to start and that can only happen if we talk to other business owners and express our concerns. We can still make changes at our local level by voicing our concerns and voting for our elected officials that understand the real problem in our community, state and nation, and are not afraid to take action.

While working hard to make our business grow, we have to also step out of our comfort zone and realize that change will only happen if we make it happen.

Your comments and thoughts are welcome.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Nick J. Petra CFP   www.strategicduck.com     nick@strategicduck.com

Thanksgiving is that time of year that we are supposed to focus on what we are thankful for. Of course, black Friday sales and hundreds of “deep discounts” bombard us via e-mail, social media and every other possible media outlet. For many, football dominates the weekend along with special “feel good” movies and TV shows.

After Thanksgiving weekend we return to our businesses, trying to get as much done as possible while finishing our Christmas shopping and hoping we are invited to the “right” parties. Yes, there is another major disturbance and that is the many presidential hopefuls from both parties that speak in generalities about how they will solve all our problems. Promises of great strides in our economy along with better security will result in all of us leading better lives.

I find it very interesting that not one of the candidates is talking about the base issues, such as:

  • Infringement on our religious freedoms in schools, and all levels of government
  • Increased crime rates in many of our cities
  • A broken education system
  • Billions of dollars wasted at the National level in all aspects of our government operation
  • The vulnerability of our youth as they are attracted to isis, gangs or other groups trying to destroy our constitution.
  • A non-working health system, not just for our Veterans but for all of us
  • The impact that legalization of marijuana will have
  • Decreasing support for our law enforcement departments
  • A country that relies on a hand-out for almost half of its population
  • Increasing national debt
  • A tax system that does not work
  • Increasing racial tension… Who is pushing this???

My list is much longer…. As small business owners we are, in my opinion, the last line of defense to keep our country from fading away as have so many previous “great nations”. A grass roots movement has to start and that can only happen if we talk to other business owners and express our concerns. We can still make changes at our local level by voicing our concerns and voting for our elected officials that understand the real problem in our community, state and nation, and are not afraid to take action.

While working hard to make our business grow, we have to also step out of our comfort zone and realize that change will only happen if we make it happen.

Your comments and thoughts are welcome.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

Nick J. Petra CFP   www.strategicduck.com     nick@strategicduck.com

 

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