Buying Back America’s Independence

Buying Back America’s Future
By: Joy Lynn Smith

It is easy in these times of economic uncertainty to find nothing but doom and gloom on the horizon for America’s struggling economy, however, I have a small idea that given some momentum and a little fore thought could well set us on our way to permanent national recovery. Not the national recovery of a few short months or years with the heavy downswing that inevitably follows such fortuitous change but the actual stable steady climb and recovery of the United States economy and the permanent recovery to the value of the United States dollar.
Here is how it works. The population of the United States as of the 2000 census was almost 300 million, estimated in 2008 at 303 million. If each person paid $2 dollars a month to a fund that would be directly paid on the principal of the United States National Debt (never to be handled by a politician and the person in charge of donations will never be paid for the services rendered) at the Federal Reserve Bank we could pay a total of $7.2 billion dollars per year towards the principal of the national debt. For the average household of four people that is a measly $8 dollars a month or $96 dollars a year, less than the average cable bill a month for an American household.
I hear doubters already spouting off on how that is not a drop in the bucket compared to our debt but “here is the rest of the story” to quote Paul Harvey. Look at the national debt, which is (rounded up for convenience since this article will take time to circulate) $13 trillion dollars and multiply that by the National Interest Paid which is 20% or $2.6 trillion dollars a year. Now take the $7.2 billion we could deduct from that principal balance and multiply that by the annual percentage rate and you get a total of $1.4 billion dollars saved in interest per year.
Again the doubters are yelling loudly this is nothing. However, the shear relief of that much interest payment for a year could well shore up the failing economy and will start the recovery process for the value of the American dollar. Then the true government the American public will put before our congress the requirements of their employment as public servants to their government . These requirements will include that they will continue to pay on the interest owed on the debt since that is all they can manage to figure out. They will freeze their salaries and benefit increases as many of the American public has already had to do. They will be required to pay for their own lunches or brown bag it as the American public has to do. If they have business trips they must itemize and account for every penny they write off as a business expense and report it to the IRS just as the American public has to do. They will post publicly itemized statements of every dollar spent that they have been entrusted with monthly (written in plain English with easily interpreted spreadsheets to show each penny so every American can easily understand). They will be required as servants of the American public to donate to the fund that is paying down the principal owed for the national debt. Then we will require that the savings on the interest for each year be applied to the principal balance of the national debt it will not be allocated to more government spending or shoring up businesses that are financially irresponsible.
Furthermore, all donations to the national debt will be tax deductible. This will encourage U.S. businesses that have been moving their factories and business overseas two ways to improve their lot in the American business landscape. They will be able to see their dollar increase its value both nationally and internationally and the more they donate to the cause of American independence from the Federal Reserve Bank the larger their tax credit for a year.
Further requirements will be added to the list of things to ensure the continued strength and recovery of the American financial outlook. First all people residing in the U.S. will be required to bank at banks owned and operated in the U.S. Secondly the congress and president will no longer be able to deficit spend. If they cannot pay the bills they will learn to do as we all do, live on what you make. Thirdly we will stop the sending of our soldiers to foreign nations to help them rebuild from their disasters and personal wars or settle their internal disputes. Instead we will use the money saved to use our good old American ingenuity to figure out how to no longer need oil for fueling our transportation of people and goods.
We will require that we only send our soldiers to nations which attack us first. Given that nearly every real upstanding second amendment right advocate in America is well armed and willing to shoot an invader that chance is slim. The savings in expenditure alone for supporting troops throughout the world will allow us to pay our soldiers an actual living wage and still leave more money to apply to the principal on the national debt. We are the big bad American’s that no one appreciates anyway so its time we just focus on taking care of ourselves. Bring our men and women home to guard our borders. Boot every illegal alien out of the country and make them apply for citizenship and the right to use our public money. Guard our own borders as all other countries in this world do and keep out anyone unwilling to go through the naturalization process that will make them tax paying and law abiding citizens.
With just the donations of $2 dollars per person and the additional payment of the savings on interest added to the amount paid on the national debts principal each year we could pay down the principal by more than $8.7 billion per year. This does not add all the money we could require congress to add to the principal payment each year with the savings we get from other ideas I have mentioned. While $8.7 billion doesn’t seem like a lot in comparison to $13 trillion dollars of current national debt the accumulated savings over the course of 14 years would be $122.3 billion dollars. This figure is reached by taking the annual donation of $2 dollars per person per month (303 million people) which adds up to $7.2 billion per year plus the interest saved by paying that $7.2 billion (that is 20% times $7.2 billion) which is $1.4 billion subtracted annually from the national debt. That figure alone would increase the value and buying power of the American dollar rapidly.
With the tax incentives for donations toward the principal of the national debt implemented for large and small business owners the snowball effect, and the resulting depletion of our national debt, would begin to unravel the mess our lackadaisical approach to monitoring our public servants has thrown us into. We the people of the United States of America need to start now buying back the freedom and independence of our country from the reliance on foreign investors and do it before our children have been sold into permanent slavery.

Cc: Glen Beck, Fox News
Mike Huckabee, Fox News
Rush Limbaugh
New York Times
Denver Post
Mark Levin
Sean Hannity

Published in: on March 5, 2010 at 7:07 am  Leave a Comment  

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

You can tell by the title, I’m sure, that I love the snow and it has brought to mind a new and fascinating idea for my book.  I love how the weather, the climate, and the landscape of a location or world in a story somehow add an entirely different sort of character to any tale.

Rainy days can add an element of sadness or reflection, storms add anger or drama and tension, ahh but snow for me snow is the most dramatic of all.  It is quiet and cold, peacful but deadly.  Snow is both hope and horror depending on the story and the situation and either one is a remarkable.

It can lie like a serene white virgin ocean when untouched by foot or claw.  It is a sea of cold and death and wind driven fury when you are exposed to its strength unintentionally.  Snow is all those things that most fascinate me about life.  In one moment hopeful, beautiful, and something to spark the imagination in the next it is fury and death with icy fingers.  But most often it is both at once and in my story I think I shall make it that way also.

So enough of my pointless meanderings through the foggy depths of my twisted mind.  Thanks again for any of those unfortunate souls daft enough to read this strange stuff and for those of you who read and write keep dreaming, writing, and believing.  Adios till next time.

Published in: on January 10, 2009 at 7:00 am  Leave a Comment  

This Just In!

I have just finished watching The Duchess and have for the first time in years shed tears at a movie.  It touched in me a chord that I so truly know.  What a woman must suffer or will suffer would drive a man to his death.

For men are so accustomed even in our society to having both what they want and what they need, and though to a lesser degree than in days of old, usually at the expense of a woman.  It makes me think back on all the times growing up that I heard my father tell me or my mother some idiotic statement like, “Women are good for making babies and cleaning house.”

Appalling really, I assure you, but yes that attitude still is very much alive.  Then those self same men that spout such drivel wonder why women become feminist Nazis and try to run them over.  It is sad that in order to be heard the sexes on both sides feel they must shout or resort to brute force in one way or another.

I don’t feel becoming the polar opposite of what I was taught about women from my father is the answer.  Though I am also equally certain that being walked on is not the answer either but in the middle somewhere is what we should strive for.  I could not see myself living with my husbands mistress and am so uncontainably happy I did not have to endure such non-sense.

This movie reminds me, as I’m sure it does a lot of women, of just how much we’ve gained and yet how much more we have to go.  Now to be treated as a mans equal we must consent to be treated not as a woman but as a man.    We cannot have our identity as women and be treated as seperate but equal. Instead we must shed who we are and become what men are, as if they are the bar to which all must be measured, and all that we bear or accomplish is but a paltry sum in comparison.

I know this latest blog has little to do with writing or journaling but I could not help but comment for the movie touched a nerve, as all good ones do.  I hope you have endured or ignored with grace my latest rant and if not many pardons.  Have a wonderful evening and until we cross paths again keep writing, dreaming, and believing.

Published in: on January 5, 2009 at 5:26 am  Leave a Comment  

I am doing something!!!

Okay so that is not the standard title one would expect to find in a blog but it fits.  I am doing something.  What you may ask.  Well I would love to expand on that.

I am writing my fool head off between work and readying for my latest excursion into the realm of higher education.  I am so enjoying and hating this re-write.  I love it because it is finally coming to life in a way that more closely resembles my imagination version of this particular story and hating it because it isn’t done yet.  Impatience will kill my drive so I am busy distracting myself, when I get too frustrated, by working on my school project, work, home, kids, and this blog.  Enough irons in the fire?  Why yes actually, a few too many.  But it is enjoyable and I’m discovering that taking time out for what I enjoy is an endeavor that is thoroughly feeding my soul.

I thought being single again at this point in my life would be a sentence worse than death but I am so full of hope and energy I can’t find enough things to keep me occupied.  It’s wonderful.  For those of my fellow writers out there who may have a similar life change in their present set of circumstances just know that the result and what you get out of the experience lies entirely in how you look at it.  I have found in my new direction, freedom, purpose, and hope.  I am so thoroughly thrilled with all the places and things I am able to experience now.  Not because I have more money, I have less.  Not because I have more time, I have less of that also.  But because I have found that I am free of the smothering oppression of a situation that was depriving me of emotional oxygen.

Thank you all for reading this drivel and if it applies and you needed to hear it I’m glad.  If it didn’t and you read it anyway thanks for your time.  And if by some chance you just enjoy my twisted mind machinations thanks for the effort at trying to follow along.  Till we meet again in cyberspace keep dreaming, keep believing, and keep writing.

Published in: on January 4, 2009 at 3:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Going, Going, Gone

It is strange to think that this year is already over.  I watched it fly by as my life flew apart and back together and all the while I was wondering what is going to happen next.  But next is almost done for this year and I figured this was a good a place as any to make my plans (insert God like laughter here) for the year to come.

I am nearly done with my re-write and am shopping agents again but in this market and with things and people being so pessimistic I am doing the unthinkable for us writers that are set on getting published for that horrid thing called money.  I am going to self publish with a reputable firm that I have thoroughly researched and highly recommend to any writer who is writing g-rated fiction, Tate Publishing.

Then I am finishing my bachelor’s degree as an English major and getting my teaching certificate.  Then I am going to see how many of these plans actually manage to come to fruition by the end of the year. (again insert God like laughter here) So this time next year I am going to check back and let you know.

Well that is all I really had in mind to share tonight but I appreciate your time spent on reading my aimless rantings.  As always keep writing, reading, dreaming and believing.  Till next time, or next year whichever comes first, dream on.

Published in: on December 27, 2008 at 2:41 am  Leave a Comment  

I’m Back

For those who may have stumbled across my page and looked on with sadness at my absence, I apologize.  I have had some serious life changes.  However, these changes have only temporarily interrupted the rantings of this workaholic writer.  I am now back and able to write at will on my obscure little blog.

I have, since my brief hiatus, been working on the re-write I have mentioned formerly in my blog.  It has been going well and I have managed to cut it down and weed it out considerably.  The third, and hopefully final draft, is racing along at a whopping pace of, okay so I won’t embarrass myself here and mention it to anyone.  But it is going.  I hope this latest post finds someone who reads my little ramblings entertained and happy that I have not completely vanished from the cosmos.  I will return with hopes that you will also.  Until then, keep writing, dreaming, and chasing the dream.

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 5:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Morning Pages

This is my morning pages.  Its a task that is less fun than you can imagine but something that lets my brain get boiling so to speak.  For all you wanna be professional writers out there, just like me, it is a must to get in the habbit of writing every day and I’ve found that per suggestions of my writing group and mentors like Holly Lisle that sitting down to write in the morning with a specific goal of a certain number of pages is a nice warm up for the real deal, you know when your pounding away at the next great american novel.  Don’t I wish.  But even better it allows your mind to be free to express itself in ways you might not have considered before.  You never really think about what your writing you just write.  And sometimes, lately to be honest for writers lump has me stumped, all I seem to write is this is my morning pages over and over.  Trust me its boring but it is a habbit you know, like that dirty word excercise, you make something a habit long enough it becomes part of the routine and thus something that is a daily must do. 

So I am making my writing a daily must do, much like I’m attempting to make that other word, what was it, oh exercise, a daily must do.  The writing is much easier trust me.  I’m one of those block heads that thinks exercise is something you get when you work in the yard, chase your children, walk the dog, it never occured to me untill recently it might be something I should do purposely.  Purposely, that is a good word write with purpose, on purpose, every day that is what makes anyone a writer not being published or doing book signings but the real everyday grind of actuall work it takes to write.

If you notice I haven’t edited this.  I’m simply typing away with my thoughts wandering willy nilly all over the place.  That is the purpose of this excercise, oh dang that word again, it is meant to get your mind wandering and oil up those gears so you can sit down with purpose and work on you novel, short story, poem, or childrens book with all the creativity and gears in perfect working order.  It works too.  That’s the best part.  There have been several times since I’ve started this per suggestion that I didn’t have a clue what I was going to write about that day because that dreaded writer’s lump had me blocked but this excercise helped take off the pressure I put on myself to be perfect and do everything just so.  Yes I know I’m very type A.  But the good news is its not catching. lol

As for writers lump, why do I call it that?  Well because I think block is just not the correct word.  A block is solid and unmoveable it sits there in your way without intention or motivation to move or adjust.  A lump is softer more maliable and though it too is in your way you can knead, pound it, and punch it right into shape or at least reduce it to a size you are able to easily climb over or move.  Block is just to permanent sounding so therefore I only ever get writer’s lump. 

Now that you have had the disturbing glimpse into my strange mind workings I encourage you to take a chance set aside a time every morning to write three pages.  That is your goal, not what you say, if you say anything at all, maybe you just write words you like or simply these are my morning pages when you can thing of nothing else but give it a try it really helps.  So this is the end of my morning pages and I am signing off.  I’ll be displaying this post exactly as it was typed, typos and all, so that you can see this is not about doing it perfectly just doing it and allowing the thoughts to flow.  Do you know how hard it is for me not to use the spell check function or go back and read this before I post.  I’m practically hyperventalating here, so type A lol.  Well all till next time, keep writing, keep dreaming, and keep being you.

Published in: on May 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags:

The Crow, The Crow

Okay, so I know there must be a dozen ways that I have made the same dumb mistakes but I always do it again and again.  I thought, right on this book is ready to go I have the message that I want in it.  I thought this story is right on.  Then I handed it out to some friends and their words busted my bubble.  I had some doubts but I never trust what I think so I wanted some second opinions.  I should have listened to that little voice; I wasn’t wrong.  It needed work.

I have a good concept, I created a solid world but I let the story drift to far out.  Now I’m tightening it up and paring it down.  In this process I visited one of my favorite haunts, Barnes & Nobel,  and for those of you who may stumble across this little unknown blog I have two wonderful recommendations for a situation such as mine or for those of you who don’t want to get there in the first place.  The books are:  Your First Novel by Ann Rittenburg and Laura Whitcomb and Self Editing for Fiction Writer’s by Renni Brownie and Dave King.  I highly recommend the second it not only has checklists it has practice assignments for those of you who work best inside that sort of framework.  I personally can’t live without my lists. 

Well I hope you have had a few chuckles at my folly and learned something along the way.  I know I did.  Till next time keep writing and keep dreaming.

Published in: on April 8, 2008 at 4:47 am  Comments (1)  
Tags: , ,

Who and How Many

This may sound like the title of my next project but the truth is its a conundrum I can’t seem to wrestle to the ground and hogtie.  I’m finished with my novel a whole 75,000 words and its a women’s fantasy fiction with christian themes.  It has a great pace, an involving story, and the characters and world are not paper mache. 

This may sound like the perfect novel, however, it has gremlins.  How short is too short?  How long is too long?  When is involved too involved? Who do you send it to in hopes of finding out?  These questions have been plauging me as I’ve sent it to agent after agent only to receive a form rejection without explanation.  So I began surfing the web, handy little tool that it is, to find the answer to my burning questions.

Guess what; its a crap shoot!  You get what you get.  Some agents want the next C. S. Lewis and some want the 130 page airport novella.  It depends on their agency and what mood they’re in.  This shouldn’t discourage you (I say this tounge in cheek as I battle with frustration, aggravation, and a tinge of depression over my continued failure at finding an agent).  It is a combination of providence and the process of elimination, I’m quickly discovering, that lands you an agent. 

So I will close this blog on a positive note.  There is no recepie for getting published.  J. K. Rowling couldn’t be farther away from Louis L’Amour and the common denominator between Christopher Paolini and Francine Rivers well there just isn’t one, except for the fact I love them all.  They are all exceptional writer’s in the genre they represent but the length depth and breadth of their novels are completely different.  The only definite in this business; your persistence will pay off if you’ve done your part and made sure the book is as close as you can get to publishable the minute it is accepted.  Keep writing, dreaming, and putting thoughts on paper folks it will pay off. 

Published in: on February 27, 2008 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
Tags: , , ,

Writer’s Rant

**The Myspace blog post as mentioned previously.  Enjoy my rancor, or not!  

 Okay people I have to rant today.  It’s been bugging me all night and I can’t even tell you how long it took me to get to sleep; so here goes!  I understand that there are honest mistakes out there; when you spell a word that you’re certain you know you’re positively sure you spelled correctly so you don’t bother to check, then later end up smacking yourself in the forehead when re-reading.  But what is up with misspelling a word then putting this behind it-(sp?). 

Are we writers or not?  If you’re truly authors then practice a little professionalism please! It’s called a dictionary for cripes sake; it doesn’t cost that much, and for the digitally inclined they have them all over the web for free.  If you make an honest mistake well that is bound to happen to anyone, but if you aren’t sure of a spelling don’t add in an inane little symbol like (sp?) that proves you’re just too lazy to use spell check or look it up in a dictionary. It makes you look like a complete amateur!  Challenge for this week find three completely new words, use a dictionary (online or hard copy), look them up, learn to spell them, and how to use them in a sentence.  I’ll submit mine tonight!  Who is going to take up the flag and carry the message that to be a writer you must have a soupcon more intelligence and ambition than your average blogger.  Till tonight, keep dreaming, believing, and writing.

Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment