Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chaos or Community, Please No Scapegoats for Bad Economics

Mainstream media author Holly Scklar once wrote a great book called "Chaos or Community" which talking points centered on poverty, seeking solutions not excuses and scapegoats about bad economics.

I remember reading the book talking about inequalities in economics where she cited that an example that 1 percent of America's rich had nearly much equivalent wealth to 95% of the bottom line. In these families, at least a fifth of the children lived in extreme poverty in the wealthiest nation on earth, America.

When we undercount poverty towards unemployment having even a job will not be the key towards getting out of extreme poverty. Thus in the unemployment environment ike today, economics is a good prescription for chaos as Holly describes in her book.

Hence, credit is due to the first week of the present administration as so far it understands having a sustainable development as it starts a new environment of pro-people, pro-jobs and pro-nature. Some people have the thinking that this is traditional washington politics but it is not as the greatest minds are in this economic team.

Back in the days when Martin Luther King was assasinated, he was assasinated while organizing one of the great Poor People's Campaign. King was trying to focus on stopping the ways we scapegoat on wealth redistribution. Thus ending how our financial system redlines discrimination by strengthening again the "Community Reinvestment Act" and creating more free trade zones might just be a good start.

And in final I commend the new president for enforcing the much needed laws on "Nondiscrimination". Society needs nondiscrimination laws enforcement and creating new ones without prejudice to race, culture, gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientations, immigration status and or political beliefs.

Yes, Mr. President you can and you will as right now you have everyone on your side.

Alex Esguerra

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Expressing your Voice as part of the 8th Habit during stressful recessions

In times like the present economic hardship and difficulties we face today, a lot of people look up to people they cherish and admire in order for them to get some tips on coping with their daily lives. Any author like the recently deceased John Updike who has profound influence on others represents leadership and vision.

During the course of studying lives of great achievers and leaders, we notice about a pattern and routine that made their significant contributions simply made notable and important. Through their persistent efforts and inner struggle, they have greatly expanded their four main human intellect and capabilities. the highest of these capabilities focuses on mental vision, physical discipline, emotional passion and spiritual conscience. Such manifestations also seem to prove the means of expressing their voice.

Vision is seeing a future state with the mind's eye. It is applied imagination. Things being created twice through mental and physical and then we begin the process of reinventing our own self.

Years ago when I used to give public speeches on entrepreneurship, I seemly represent my own desire, my dreams, my goals and future plans. Some people thought if they were just mere fantasies or reality. But in my own inner self, I know the immeasureable power and capacity I can in reinventing my own life. Thus, vision is infinite and is greater than history, greater than emotions, or baggages of the past. So when we talk about vision, we should always consider on what is "out there", what can other people see and their potential.

Just like when we we use to talk about affordability to the limited income earners at
was the time that the present was enjoying the fruits of the material world. That time we can only connect to real poor and the homeless people whom did not see the great recession coming. They have not even seen the bottom line yet. So as we travel to this new atmosphere of change, having the first african american president in the White House of the greatest nation on earth.

As any great achiever or philospher like Aristotle said, "Where talents and the needs of the world cross, therein lies your vocation" So as we create a new passion in our lives, perhaps finding our own unique talents, our special role and purpose might be that motication we need to get through life no matter how hard it is.

As we now move to seek a more deeper understanding of the challenges beneath it is just appealing for us us to look into the 4 major roles of leadership - Vision, Discipline, Passion and Conscience.

So no matter what horrible circumstances are in our daily lives today due to this stressful environment, it is such circumstances that we will find our own individual calling and true voice within.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Lowering but getting Insurance is a necessity today

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Lower Your Insurance PremiumsFor many people, particularly those with a family that depends upon them, having an insurance plan in place is a necessity. With a policy in place, parents can take comfort in knowing that their children will be taken care of. Similarly, even if you do not have children, a life insurance plan will guarantee that your spouse is able to handle the financial burdens of your funeral and will also be able to afford to maintain the lifestyle you have built together.

Although insurance is a necessity for most, that doesn’t mean you have to pay high insurance premiums

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dreams of My Father, A Story of Race and Inheritance

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January 20, 2009 signifies the making of history in the United States almost 25 years after the assasination of Rights Activist Leader, Martin Luther King. In this great moment also translates the unsetimental and compelling memoir in his book, Dreams if My Father by Barack Obama.

The son of a black African father and an american mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American with Asian roots from Indonesia, Kenya and Hawaii. Dreams of my father starts from the story when Barack loss his father through a car accident. This then leads to a emotional odyssey in a small town in Kansas to the family's migration to Hawaii, Kenya where he reconciles his divided inheritance.

Eventually we know that Barack Obama was elected 44th President of the Unites States on November 4, 2008 and is known for his bestselling books, "The Audacity of Hope" and "Dreams of My Father".

In page 51 of his book, Dreams of My Father he remembers coming across the pictures of a black man in Life magazine who tried to peel off his skin. Today starts a new era in race, gender and ethicity towards equality and freedom in America.

Hopefully, in the coming days there will be indeed changes to a once deeply racially moticated society towards free enterprise and market capitalism. May this be the start to signal that even the poor, under privilege nobodies, small businesses, disabled and ethic minorities have a right to be treated fairly in this new era.

As the new President takes over a deep chaotic financial mess may this dreams of his father lead him in making the right decisions towards prosperity.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Macworld convention in San Francisco without Mr. Apple

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After meeting some friends today for the Macworld convention we have all were amazed first on the real cold winter breeze coincides with the not so unusual crowd drawing people even at nearby hotels near the convention center.

In the fast years, this convention was really some spectacular event which droves a lot of hotel lobbies, bars and restaurants to be a real busy meeting area. Since the predominance of Apple and Steve Jobs aura is no longer felt, I guess the sudden chilly weather became more a talking point as it has never been this cold since 1999 when the stock market collapse 10 years ago during a recession.

Well, maybe will just have to wait on what the turn out exactly would be and if there will still be new tech toys to expect in the few days on a more quiet MACWORLD conference,

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