June Issue: Opportunity? Re-Invest in Rural America

The ongoing din and chatter in the air the past several years sluggish economy has been an active and boisterous discussion  over “creating opportunity,” and “creating jobs,” from the state to the federal legislatures. clearly the theme  resonates with many, plays well in the media, and sounds ever so compassionate, gives one the warm and fuzzy feeling, but  at the end of the day, what we’ve been left with is a lot of platitudes, rearranged deck chairs, and an demonstrated ignorance of who creates jobs, products, materials, and the wealth that our country has grown from: independent business, from the corporate entities to the small independent contractors.

In spite of the media’s beating the drum hailing our current president and chief, the leadership vacuum plays and appeals to a crowd so entirely engrossed in their own self interest of entitlement that common sense has dissipated to nonsense, most apparent on the international stage, but increasingly apparent on both the lack of coherent energy policy based on results  rather than imagery, and the economic front where attacking the golden goose of business is viewed by as the means to recovery... say what?

While we all love our offspring, what we’ve done with the national economy the past few years is the equivalent of giving young teenage children credit cards with no spending limit, and allowing them to splurge on every toy and trinket while  running your entire household, and maybe your business. The sad truth of the matter is congress is spending our children’s  credit, and we’ve hamstrung their ability to think, create, and pay from decades of fundamentally flawed policies, brought to a head by the past few years of lunacy.

Government DOES NOT create jobs. Government purpose is to maintain infrastructure, defends the country (more or less),  eeps the peace, and creates positions. arguably fire, police, water, roads, etc. help maintains the infrastructure and public  safety, however creating jobs that push the economy is creating product or services that generate “new” cash, and add value into the economic chain.

For all the political’s conversation about creating jobs, all the talk about a “green economy” and renewable energy, the message still seems to be missing this administration and a large number of the congress is what would actually work in  terms of helping out the economy: predictable and stable rules and regulations, and a positive climate in which opportunity is fostered.

As it stands, this administration, and the regulatory agencies, are demonstrably hostile towards business in general, in spite of the talk to the contrary.

There is a genuine and fundamentally flawed perspective that maintains an air of uncertainty in the business sector, part of which comes from other businesses (ability to borrow), and much of which is the direct result of governments incessant interference and top down management style. In the current climate of regulatory overkill, slowing and lengthening the process, and legal hurdles acting as “gate keeper” of quite nearly everything, opportunity is being throttled, not encouraged.

We hold that many of the problems we currently encounter stem from the lack of accountability that’d been fostered by the move from localized control of public policy witnessed over the past many decades as the center of power for our system of government migrates further and further away from local, city, county and state control into the ever encroaching hands of the federal government, well beyond their constitutional authority.

Our countries founders had seen this failure of accountability before when they separated from England, and in other systems of government where individual initiative was constantly thwarted by a mindless bureaucracy so cumbersome that its existence was self-serving. Their answer, which served well for 200 years, was establishing control at the local level, investing power at the county level, and specifically enumerating and limiting power especially at the federal level.

Certainly this does not set well with the current administration, along with many in the ranks of the Washington Dc elite, but rural america in particular has taken the brunt of most serious hit socially, and economically, not only over the past several decades, but to future generations as opportunity, jobs, the economy and our future generations properity and freedom is being vanquished.

Big fish in a little pond

The argument and elitist mind set from the urban power grab centers, which one can experience as easily as watching the evening news, is that they know better because they are wiser.

Recall the financial collapse we are still reeling from... the best and brightest minds financial minds in fact not only engineered, but presided over that melt-down. The regulators and governmental entities at the federal level simply kicked their can of responsibility further down the road, along with most of congress, as billions and trillions vanished in thin air. comforting thought?

The brain drain from rural economies to the cities, comes from the planned and executed attack on small-town america, and rural economies, where rather than seeking a local solution that everyone could live with, the top down command and control of centralized management mind-set took the route of shutting everything down.

While there have been decades of this debacle continuing on, america’s strength, our character, work, ethic and our youth have been sacrificed.

We’d suggest another route, one which we see splashes of promise in parts of the rural west, where members of the environmental community have recognized the thirty years of litigation yields few, if any, promised improvements to their communities and are finding success by bringing local control back into their lands through Rural Fire control boards and other entities. The difference we’re seeing is their commitment to working and producing an outcome on the landscape beyond perpetual planning.

Their incentive: solutions. The driver... they have to live with the results, for better or worse, a very different line of reasoning and commitment to getting on the ground action.

Rural america’s decline parallels what we’ve witnessed for our country as a whole. certainly many factors come to play but real growth in the real world economy can be achieved by encouraging rural america through the opportunity afford-ed as it had been originally imagined in uti l izing our own natural resources, and thereby opening up opportunity from the bottom up.

Hell of a shocking concept, opening up opportunity and encouraging growth in the rural areas once again. The challenge is investing in our future by opening the multiple opportunities, industriousness and individual leadership of individuals.

Certainly it is a departure from the past forty years plus of centralized thinking that helped bring us to where we are now. Real hope and real change, real opportunity is available through providing the tools available, and the rich store or resources we have within our own borders.

The big fish from the big pond have largely shuffled a lot of chairs and muddied the water. While its possible leadership from the smaller communities would do no better, we believe they will at least come with a set of principles sorely lacking at present.

Deming approaches middle age gracefully.

The Deming logging Show, June 11th & 12th, is rapidly approaching middle-age (something many of us are all too aware of) with this year’s 49th edition approaching, however they’re approaching it with a very orderly transition to the next generation both in leadership and in competitors.

A lot of organizations of all kinds find their demise by failing to recruit, train, and hand the rains to the new generation, but the transition at Deming has been gradual and graceful with the end result of a lot of young blood being infused into the leadership and operations particularly over the past 10 years.

This will mark the 49th edition of the Deming logging Show, approaching the half-century mark in 2012, and it’s grown well since its roots were established in 1962. at that time compensation from the State Dept. of labor and Industries was very slow. Finley came up with the idea of having a logging Show, put on by local loggers demonstrating what they do on a daily basis.

The first show was considered a success, as 800 people paid $1.00 each and seemed to enjoy it. The money went to the injured logger. The Deming logging Show has continued year after year, raising money to help those loggers and their families.

We hope to see you there!