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Banks pay their executives great wages, but tellers and personal bankers don’t make enough to live on, many need 2nd jobs or a spouse with income.

There are countless industries, manufactures, look at Wall Street executives that make huge salaries, but employ workers cheaply.

Greed plays a huge factor in our economy.

9 thoughts on “NATIONAL SURVIVAL”

  1. Sanders is a socialist and as such is an enemy of the vast majority of US citizens. If socialism is so great why doesn’t Bernie and his ilk move to Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, and the list goes on and on. If you want to go on a National Geographic tour of the World’s poor go to any socialist country. Sure, just outside Mexico City you can watch barefoot youth climbing through heaps of garbage. I do not travel to countries where clean water and toilet paper are considered luxuries and that is why I avoid all socialist countries. Unless I were an elite like Bernie that lives a life of luxury off the tax-payer’s sweat and then trashes the greatest country on earth. The US has created more wealth for individuals in the history of the world because of individual freedom. We, the individual, have the opportunity to make our own decisions. Sometimes we make good ones and sometimes we do not, but they are still our decisions and not being made by Bernie and his cohorts.

    Decades ago my Father took me on a ride to Lake Forest, Illinois. My Father grew up on the other side of the tracks as the saying goes, in Highwood, Illinois. Highwood was home to mostly Italians and Swedes. The Swedes cut down the trees for railroad ties and the Italians laid the track.

    When we were driving through Lake Forest my Father would stop the car in front of the estates of the Armours(meat), Cudahys(meat), Swifts(meat), Fields(Marshall Fields & Co), Walgreens(drugstores) and Searles(drugs). A few of the founding families of Chicago. As I gazed up at the huge mansions my Father gave me some sage advice. Never be jealous of another man’s success, it gives you something to shoot for in life.

    A few decades later I purchased 1.3 acres of land in Lake Forest for $350,000, and built a home for my wife and three sons. The land was on the tee of an old golf course that had been the private golf club of Arthur Lasker. It was his summer estate and he made more money in advertising during his lifetime than anyone ever, then or now. For citizens of St Louis his summer estate was bigger than Forest Park.
    My Father came over for the Sunday family meal and he pulled me aside to explain his connection to the old Lasker estate. His Father worked on the Northshore Railroad as a conductor and he said that on Sunday afternoons the men would gather and smoke a five cent cigar as a treat for a week’s work. Some Swedes mostly Italians and one German. My Father told me that during the summer trucks would come into Highwood early in the morning and hire 40 workers to maintain the Lasker estate grounds. And the trucks returned everyday Spring, Summer, and Fall. This was the 1930’s and everyone was happy for a job. There was Relief, but no food stamps, Medicaid, WIC, unemployment, or any of the other 60 plus programs we have today. Neighbors and family helped neighbors and family. I learned in business that I never got a job from a poor man and government regulation just created more useless bureaucrats that got their jobs from political patronage and stood in the way of us that could build, create, and accomplish.

    He was proud that I owned this land and home because it brought back good memories. He also gave me some more sage advice when he said be kind to the people on the way up because you might meet them on the way down.

    I no longer live in Lake Forest, rather I live in Dogtown, Missouri and could not be happier because I was always kind to the people on the way up and down.

    Most Respectfully,

    Rick K. Nelson

    Rick K. Nelson


  2. To quote Gordon Gekko: “Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of it’s forms, greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind, and greed…you mark my words…will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.”

    Damn I love that movie!


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