(L80) My Retrospective Retirement Speech: What I Accomplished, and How I Did It

When I give my retirement speech one day, will be proud to say that I was able to overcome the hand I was dealt in childhood. I will be grateful to recount the fact that I broke the cycle of abusive relationships, divorce and traumatized children. I will hopefully be able to stand before my many children and grandchildren who will be healthy, happy and proud to call me theirs, and tell them that I followed my dreams, not my bank account. I will tell my family and friends how I took ahold of my education from a young age, and used that independence and self-discipline to open my own business one day; maybe a bakery or an animal rescue. I will tell them that God has carried me such a long way from where I began, and how he has gifted me with so many angels throughout my journey. I will tell them that even though my job was not always the same as my calling, I knew God would guide me exactly where I needed to be when I needed to be there; and that he will do the same for each and every one of the people surrounding me.

When I give my retirement speech, I hope that everything I aspire to be today as a seventeen year old will never change; I hope I will be able to look back on my life and see the generous, kind, loving and outgoing person I have always strived to be. And even though sometimes I may fall short, I hope that I never lower my expectations for myself, morally or physically. I hope I always follow my calling, and that I never give up on anything that is truly important to me or the people I love. I will be thankful to be able to say I am soulfully strong, and that I am full of joy for everything I have accomplished; I will be able to say this because I am a fighter, and I never backed down.

Lastly, I would thank God, and all my family and friends who stuck through the think and thin with me; especially my husband, Carmine, who I couldn’t have done any of this without. He has been my inspiration, my refuge and my guardian angel. I hope old age never softens us my love, because we are going to be the two most badass, lawless and loveable retirees that ever did live.

(L70) Labor Unions & Price Inflation

Do Labor Unions Cause Price Inflation?

Labor unions and the people who assemble within them cause great price inflation; this is probably done unknowingly by most, due to the fact that the people making up labor unions are ever so self centered. Some of the things most focused on by labor unions include minimum wages, mandatory hours, overtime pay and social security payments. In personal efforts to secure a higher pay for a minimum number of hours, labor unions have run the money supply of their employers nearly dry. In order to compensate for this lack of income, business owners are forced to jack up the prices of their goods and services. As hours grow and wages rise by force, prices will also be raised by force. The single-mindedness of labor union supporters is causing a worsening of their own economic situation. Labor unions are the product of selfish, uneducated and economically ignorant individuals; they do nothing but worsen the very situations that labor-unioners are trying to get themselves out of!

(L65) Protectionism

Does a tariff on imports also reduce exports?

Tariffs on imports do in fact reduce exports. This happens because output is bound to lag when tariffs and quotas are put in place to protect (and promote) inefficient domestic producers. As output decreases, producers will not be able to keep up with demand, either domestic or foreign. Foreign producers then decide to extend their market share in secret, much like Walmart. By the time competitors realize what is happening to their customer base, it is too late to catch up because foreign producers have much more competitive prices and a higher production rate. Domestic exports are no longer in demand by this point in time, seeing as how consumers can get better deals elsewhere.

(L60) Made In China: American Monopolies

Would you pay 20% more to shop at a store that sells only American-made goods?

Well, the answer to this question depends on what the product I am in search of is. If I am looking to buy baby toys including things that are going to be chewed on etc., I am going to be very particular about the ingredients. If I can find a cheaper overseas product with ingredients just as safe as the ones I can find onshore, then it will come down to price. However in general, I believe that borders around our states and countries are just imaginary lines. I feel no need to shop exclusively for American products, seeing as how the only reason I am paying more in America is because of government exclusion and tariffs restricting overseas trade. The lack of products coming in from foreigners creates the ability for American producers to jack up their prices. This is a monopoly granted to American producers in relation to certain products; I do not chose to support government monopolies when I have other options available.

In short, if I can find what I want/need for a price that I like, I am going to buy it; regardless of who it comes from.

(L55) High Bid Wins or First Come, First Served?

In what area of your life would you prefer ‘first come, first served’ to ‘high bid wins’? Why?

Well, in my current situation first come first served is more convenient for me than high bid wins because, quite honestly, I am nearly broke and I have more time than money. Convenience however does not always equate to morality, and so I would have to say that I would always prefer high bid wins. My reason for this is that by deciding first come first serve should be the standard of the market, I am penalizing people who’s time is more valuable than their money.

A high bid wins standard throughout the market would be comparable to (something along the lines of) a six-flags line for a ride. There would be two lines alongside one another; one where time is less valuable so the wait is longer and the price is cheaper, and one line in which you can pay more for a shorter wait. This is a more fair, and  free market based system of serving customers because it favors both people who have more money, and people who have more time. Nobody is penalized or excluded.

Another example of this would be online shopping. Nobody waits in line to shop on the internet, they just pay and wait for their product to be shipped. At checkout however, there is an option to pay more in order to have the product shipped faster. The idea of high bid wins, otherwise known as priority shipping, is not condemned in society because it is private. However should this system be applied in public, people who have been trained their whole lives to wait in line become outraged, as they feel their have been cheated or treated unfairly by this high bid wins system of market freedom.

(L45) Tax Funding Schools vs. Churches: What’s The Difference?

Is a tax-supported school different in principle from a tax-supported church?

A tax funded school is no different than a tax funded church in the sense that it favors one set of ideas; the ideas of those who hand out the funds. State granted tax support creates a biased environment, under immoral standards of foundation (theft and coercion). All people are paying for these things, whether they support them (and utilize them) or not; the favoring and support of one group at the expense of another (everybody else) is wrong, immoral, and violent. A tax funded anything is comparable, if not fundamentally the same to any other tax funded organization.

(L30) Do You Have What It Takes?

When asked the question of whether or not I have what it takes to become an entrepreneur, I can surely answer yes! I know that I have what it takes because just last year (my junior year), I started my own dog walking and pet sitting business. I serviced myself to my neighbors because I was living in an apartment that was animal friendly, and many dog owners had to leave during the day to go to work. I had multiple clients, and business spread mostly through word of mouth. I made up colorful and informative flyers that would catch peoples eyes as they were leaving the parking lots and getting their mail, and introduced myself to other dog owners when I was out walking dogs. As business picked up, I also began making and selling different types of dog treats, and giving them out to neighbors with my name and business information on them to reel in more clients. Being an entrepreneur takes perseverance, creativity, and interaction skills. It also involves budgeting both time and money. These were things I knew when I began, but learned much more about through experience.