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An Open Letter to the President and the Congress of the USA:

A few Open Letters over the years

October 26, 2013: Problems logging in

Autumn 2013: Students -Get Serious about life and business

March 22, 2012: Log in to update your account

November 16, 2011: Sergey Brin, Google

August 2011:  Economists are clueless!?!  But, you're not!

August 2011:  We all must participate (Barack Obama)

25 July 2011:  NYT Nick Kristof, Bonuses for Billionaires

July 2011:  Economic Development Project for the 30/90

February 2011:  Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education

September 2010: Stephen Hawking and Len Mlodinow's
Grand Design: It is not as grand as they think.

March 2009:  60/60:  A Beginning for GPS-based Cities
Referred to as Priceless-Cheap Real Estate, this letter might be considered the simple beginning of a billion-dollar idea.

January 2009: President Barack H. Obama
Encourage the unemployed to start a business

October 2008: Hugh McColl, Jr., a Chairman, Bank of America on "60 Minutes" says"There is nothing good about being small."

May 2007:  New York Times Launches Small Business Video
based entirely on the Small Business School episodes


Index of a few letters by topic and author

Topic

Focus / Author Episode
Critics Internet / Gloria Internet Basics
  Mo's / Joseph Mo's
Education College / Thomson Favorites #1 & #2
  HS / Coyman Related episode
  HS / Bonetti Chocolate Crickets
  Learn from All  
Help! Internet / Bernadette Staying Power
Indexes Index of Learning Companies  
Industries Type of Business:  Restaurants  
Key Ideas Cash Flow / Gardiner Many
  Compensation Many
  Financials / Stickney Related episode
  GPS-based Cities   $0-to-$1B
  Incubators / Shamiso  
  Podcasts / Gardiner  
  Retirement / Anderson  
  Services (Professsional) Many
  SWOT Analysis / Anderson  
Paths & Steps An Idea / Jason  
  Start Up / Cope
Producers We are all Producers  
Thanks Cliff Prescott, Fat Towels  

we all must participate TO pay down the debt & CREATE JOBS


UPDATED:        Sunday, November  2, 2014
FIRST SENT:    Tuesday, July 26, 2011   through whitehouse.gov


To the President and Members of Congress:

This note was submitted at whitehouse.gov message site and on several Congressional websites. It has also beeen mailed as a physical letter.  Of course, your Compromise Debt Ceiling Bill that passed on Tuesday, August 2, 2011, was weak.  We all now recognize that it certainly did not spare us from the downgrade.

I propose for your 2015 (and retroactively, 2013 and 2014) budget that you negotiate "Cut-Cap-Balance" by amending it to "Cut-Cap-Tax-and-Balance" and be sure to add under "Cut" the following: Waste (duplication and non-essentials), Greed (over-payments), and Theft (double and triple payments and payments for nothing). 

I believe that if you were to go back to IBM's Sam Palmisano (this link goes to an 11:30 minute video. Go to 8:01 or 9:20 to the end), you could get some free help. 

If you were to implement their Business Intelligence software systems across the board throughout the government to catch those business ratios outside the means, “Cut” would take on new meaning.  You will begin to catch the bad and the ugly abusers of the systems.  Please, at the very least, let's engage something like Palmisano's healthcare oversight plan. It is a good idea and politically expedient.

Just on those moves alone you would abruptly slow down our bleeding.

Add "Tax" and introduce a simplified tax code.  No exemptions. No exceptions.  Everyone who makes a dollar participates. Here's a first pass at the numbers.  Get the best financial wizards to work on these numbers until we all contribute our fair share.*   The value of every entitlement also needs to be defined and even those who require government assistance participate.

Start at .1% for all those who receive a federal government entitlement,
.5% under $1K (no more than $50),
1% under $10,000 (no more than $100),
2% under $20,000 (no more than $400),
4% under $40,000 (no more than $1600),
6% under $60,000 (no more than $3,600),
8% under $80,000  (no more than $6,400),
10% under $100,000 (no more than $10,000),
12% under $200,000 (no more than $24,000),
14% up to $500,000 (no more than $70,000),
16% up to  $1,000,000 (no more than $160,000), and
18% over $1,000,000  (at least $180,000).

No exemptions.  None.  It goes to the threshold of pain for everyone.  No free rides. 

For all of us, there is an option to make a contribution. Call it conscience, empathy, or guilt money.  Each receives a personal thanks from the President.  Anyone giving over a $1M contribution gets an invitation to a state dinner.  There should be some quid pro quo for $1M. (Note: In this manner, to retire the debt will require 18 million people to contribute $1M.  If we had state dinners 100 nights of every year where 100 people were to participate, we could retire the debt in 1800 years.)

We will have simplified the tax code and government people might gain some respect.

The citizens of the USA have proposals that would help get the USA back to work.
Here is one of my ideas from 2009.  There was no response so I guess  it was not good enough.

Here's an idea that should be right up the Green Movement's mountain and it'll create jobs:
Ecology Mountains: Garbage-to-Methane, Natural Bridges Over Highways
That is more on the web here: http://smallbusinessschool.org/page2131.html

At any time I'd be glad to talk with anybody about these pages or any of these points in this note.

Warmly,

Bruce

*We all need to profoundly understand the statement made by economists within universities throughout the USA and oft quoted by organizations like the National Taxpayers Union:
"Top 1% of Taxpayers Pay More in Federal Income Taxes Than the Entire Bottom 95%."
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