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Unique Fundraising Ideas During an Economic Crisis

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 11:46 AM PDT

Are you tired of the old boring fundraisers? Are you wondering why parents and supporters aren't giving as much? What can you do to have a successful fundraiser during an economic crisis?
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International Business

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International Business

Marketing Tips For Passionate Business Marketers

Posted: 31 Jul 2011 04:42 AM PDT

Learn about the most unrevealed marketing tips for the average passionate business Marketer & how they can improve your marketing investments. Take advantage of these FREE marketing tips that reveal only truth behind good leverage of money & time well spent.
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A Balanced Budget Amendment is No Panacea

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By Alan Caruba

As this is being written, early Sunday evening, the House has passed Speaker Boehner’s legislation, rejected on arrival in the Senate, and the Senate has rejected Majority Leader Harry Reid’s!

While the details of how much spending is to be cut are being negotiated, the sticking point is the insistence by some on a “balanced budget” amendment to the Constitution and that is likely the cause of this pathetic spectacle.

J. R. Kearl is a professor of economics in Provo, Utah. He has good academic credentials and, more importantly, he possesses a fair amount of common sense. In a July 19 opinion that appeared in the Deseret News, Prof. Kearl warned that “the balanced budget amendment now being touted by proponents is silent on distinctions between operating and capital expenditures, silent on distinctions between on-budget and off-budget expenditures, and silent on mandated expenditures.”

Those of us who lack degrees in economics may not be familiar with these terms, but they are crucial to how states—even those with balanced budget requirements—conduct the business of governance.

“Many states and local government have balanced budget laws, but they apply only to ‘operating expenditures’ and not ‘capital expenditures’ used to fund, for example, infrastructure and buildings,” wrote Prof. Kearl. “A balanced budget amendment that does not make this distinction rules out this option at the federal level.”

To write such an amendment would require language nearly as long as whole sections of the Constitution. It is impractical and unwise, particularly in the event of a war. It is not needed.

What the U.S. needs is a realistic budget that constrains the way its seemingly endless departments and agencies throw public funds at politically-driven pet projects, the “earmarks” we have heard so much about, and the conduct of functions that would work better if privatized.

As the Constitution defines this, it is “to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States…” Towards this end, the Constitution empowers the Congress to “regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with Indian tribes” among a number of enumerated duties of the federal government; read Article I, Section 8.

The United States does not need a balanced budget amendment. It needs to stop borrowing and spending money in stupid, wasteful ways. An amendment would only encourage a future Congress to create all manner of agencies and means to get around it and you can be very sure it would.

“In short,” says Prof. Kearl, “it is at best poorly written and incomplete, and at worst na├»ve and ill conceived.”

If a balanced budget amendment is the issue that is keeping the two houses of Congress from coming to an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, it is a very bad idea that ignores the nation’s obligation to pay its bills.

Cutting spending is the real issue facing a Congress so divided in ideology that even getting an agreement on that will be a major achievement. It is unrealistic to suddenly decide the nation should not borrow what it needs to meet its obligations. All nations borrow all the time.

There would have been no America if the Continental Congress had not borrowed from France to conduct the Revolution.

And this is hardly the first financial crisis in the history of the United States. We have been through a lot of them and, to our credit, have striven mightily to regulate our banks and other financial institutions that have too often failed us.

The present crisis reflects the way that, from 2000 on, we have been poorly served by those regulatory agencies and even by the ratings organizations, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, who sanctioned all manner of hocus-pocus financial instruments.

We are in this mess because both the federal government and individual Americans went on a borrowing and spending binge over the past ten years or so believing that the value of housing in America would always increase.

As they say in New Orleans, laissez le bon temps roulez, let the good times roll. Well, the good times are over until we get our house in order. To do that, the federal government will need to borrow enough to pay its bills.

After that, we need to elect legislators like Paul Ryan and others who will take a chain saw to the present federal government to reduce its size and its role in the economic life of the nation.

Too many feckless decisions have been made for too long by people who frequently came from or benefited from the very source of the problems we have. There are many entities to blame, but let’s get beyond the blame game long enough to pay our bills.

Capitalism is messy and risky, but it is still the best economic system ever devised. Diluting it with a lot of “social justice” programs as the U.S. has been doing since the Great Depression of the 1930s, has brought us to this point.

The least we can expect from Congress is to act swiftly and pragmatically at this point. Those calling each other schoolyard names should not be invited back to govern.

© Alan Caruba, 2011
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That's gotta hurt

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Andy Chowderhead and his Muslims Against Everyone and Everything Crusades was out marching yesterday in his self proclaimed shariah controlled zones.
London 24.
Islamist fanatics who plastered stickers in streets claiming that residential areas in east London were under the control of Sharia law, have held marches in streets today (Saturday).
Around 50 members of fringe group Muslims against Crusades (MAC) walked through Leyton in a noisy protest against British society.
Marchers chanted ‘Sharia for UK’, ‘secularism go to hell’ and ‘democracy is hypocrisy.’
Meanwhile, another demonstration by the group was held in Walthamstow.
Opponents of MAC from anti-fascist organisations and left-wing groups staged their own protest at the scene.
The fundamentalists of the MAC have thrust themselves into the spotlight over the past week by claiming that streets in inner-city east London were under control by morality squads enforcing the strict code of Shariah Law.
Stickers appeared in parts of Newham which set a list of strict rules which must be followed.
Speaking to this week, MAC spokesman Anjem Choudary claimed the new campaign was a response to the murders in Oslo, Norway, by killer Anders Breivik.
Mr Choudary also admitted to that MAC does not have enough members to enforce its own ‘sticker code.’
 The EDL were monitoring the two marches though were under instructions not to get involved as the real trouble was expected to come from other groups. Still this is an eye witness report of the antics.
I was in Walthamstow today and saw the demo. There was no counter demonstration from "anti fascist groups", that is a complete lie. Before the event the socialist workers had their usual anti EDL and BNP stupid stalls then disappeared
It's well known that anti-fascist groups will only target the likes of the EDL and BNP and literally have to tie themselves in verbal knots to justify not taking action against Islamic extremists.
It was good that the EDL wasn't there it as it was countered by moderate Muslims who were debating and arguing with them. This almost turned into a fight and the police had to intervene. A quote from a moderate "I'd rather stand with the EDL", caused a big argument with Abu Izzadeen the main man at the centre of it. Elsewhere there was sporadic trouble between the two. I spoke to some moderates and they were keen to argue with these guys which was good, it needs more of them to do this. Had the EDL been there it no doubt would've been chaos with EDL blamed as usual. It was a pleasure to see the MAC lot shaking their heads in despair. I overhead some of them talking and they were clearly not happy with how the day had gone.
So there you go, a complete fiasco for both the Muslim extremists and the so called anti fascist groups who deliberately chose not to face them. Well done to the Muslim moderates who opposed them and the comment "I'd rather stand with the EDL" has got to hurt big time for both anti-fascists and MAC enthusiasts.
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Strategic Ideas to Help You Position Your Business

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 11:59 PM PDT

Business positioning is a concept most service business owners find rather vague and indefinable. It's hard to execute something that you don't understand. For our purposes here, let's define business positioning as the practice of targeting a specific market and aligning business tactics, marketing, written writing and marketing activities to capture that market. Often service businesses aim for a specific market, but their follow-through is misaligned to attract those prospects.
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International Business

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International Business

Marketing - Seven Key Factors to Attracting and Closing Sales With Your Target Market

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 11:59 PM PDT

Don't make the mistake of believing that just because you offer your services, you'll automatically attract clients and close sales with them. It's critical to understand a few key factors that can make the difference between your business barely scraping by, and having a thriving business with a constant stream of targeted clients. Actually, these are simple concepts and not at all difficult to implement, but they are a must to do in your marketing and marketing writing.
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Affiliate Revenue

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Cash Profits Machine Review - Legitimate?

Posted: 30 Jul 2011 08:53 AM PDT

Thanks for checking out my Cash Profits Machine review. This program, which is said to be a top secret never seen before and never shared ultra secret profit generating system was created by Ben Anderson. Let's see if this system can really drive traffic and convert sales on your website.
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Unleashing Americans

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By Alan Caruba

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” -- Thomas Jefferson

My father was a certified public accountant, as is my older brother. I not only lacked any arithmetical skills, I spent much of my early years ignoring the ups and downs of the economy, thinking that these matters were beyond my comprehension. What I failed to understand was that the economy was as much a creature of meddling politicians as economic theories.

I was born in the midst of the Great Depression and have now lived long enough to be caught in a new one. I know that economists and others say we are in a Recession, but it feels like a Depression to me and to the millions of other Americans who are out of work and being laid off weekly. It feels like one to those who suffered foreclosure on their homes. It feels like one every time we go to the supermarket and gasp in disbelief at the cost of groceries.

The unimaginable debt that Americans have incurred by borrowing far too much as a nation and as individuals with credit cards, and the ease with which one could borrow against home equity, has now forced us to deal with the reality of a financial crisis that began in late 2008 when the housing bubble burst.

Historically, it started far earlier when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, elements of the 1930s New Deal, were created to bring “social justice” to the housing market. By the time of the 2008 implosion, they owned more than half of all mortgages issued in the nation.

While the politicians seek to position themselves to blame the other party, the saving grace is that in 2010 voters returned power in the House to Republicans; doing so by electing a large number of “Tea Party” candidates pledged to reduce the debt and reverse what have been the disastrous policies of the Obama administration.

Despite the breathless reporting of the 24/7 news channels, the parade of politicians on both sides explaining their positions, the real news is that Americans are finally engaged in a real debate over the debt and the nation’s future. In 2012 they will vote to change course and, just as European nations that also borrowed too much, they will have to accept austerity measures.

A lot of government programs and, indeed, whole agencies and departments should be ended.

It’s not the death of socialism in America, but it is the recognition that a government that seizes and redistributes the wealth of working Americans must be reversed, revised, and reduced in size and scope.

Too much taxation, too much regulation, too much borrowing, and too much wasteful spending is what the national debate is all about and it is a long overdue debate.

In the land of the brave and the home of the free, Americans want to be free to decide what kind of light bulbs they can purchase, what kind of cars they can drive, and end all the other restrictions that make doing business in America an expensive, unrealistic nightmare.

In a way, the infatuation with a completely unknown, untested, and inexperienced president has been a wake-up call. Barack Obama was packaged to be a celebrity, a “messiah”, when all he really was, was an ill-prepared, standard issue Marxist. He surrounded himself with economic advisors and unvetted “czars” who shared his belief that one last, big push could “transform” a nation that was more in need of a sensible budget than grandiose and failed socialist solutions.

The result was the appalling Obamacare law that attempted to seize twenty percent of the nation’s economy. The House has voted to repeal it. Twenty-six States have gone to court to have it nullified. A Republican president and Senate in 2012 will end it.

Obama and the “green economy” advocates around him have dumped billions into wind and solar energy companies that could not exist without government subsidies coupled with government mandates for their use. Combined, wind and solar provide less than three percent of the nation’s electricity and will never meet its needs.

The nation’s auto industry, once the envy of the world, is almost entirely controlled by the government that, even in the midst of the debt ceiling debate, was being told it must produce lighter, more dangerous automobiles to meet unrealistic demands that they provide more mileage per gallon. You cannot get more energy from a gallon of gasoline than you can from any other source of energy that is ruled by the laws of physics.

Openly scornful of fossil fuels, the Obama administration has rendered the nation more dependent on foreign oil and waged war on coal and now natural gas.

The Obama moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has wreaked havoc on the oil industry, pursuing the same policies of earlier administrations that have thwarted exploration and extraction of the billions of barrels of U.S. oil that go untapped and unused. Oil rigs have been departing the Gulf to other nations, along with thousands of jobs and millions in the revenue they contributed to the economy. The vast resources of the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge remain off-limits even though only the tiniest part of the refuge would be affected.

We suffered a socialist “stimulus” that stimulated nothing but an increased multi-trillion dollar debt.

I think America has turned an invisible corner and that as soon as we rid the nation of President Obama and his tax-and-spend Democrat supporters in Congress, the nation will begin to correct its borrow-and-borrow-some-more profligate ways. A smaller, less intrusive government may emerge in the years, the decades ahead.

The entrepreneurial energies of Americans will be unleashed if that occurs. The present Recession/Depression will join all the previous ones we have been through. We have all been chastened and we will conclude it wasn’t just Barack Obama’s policies, but decades of socialist policies dating back to the earliest days of the last century.

If that occurs, our children and grandchildren will have the excessive burden of debt lifted from them and American’s energy, innovation, and optimism will prevail.

© Alan Caruba, 2011
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Ensure Commitment and Entertainment Goes Hand in Hand in a Business Trip

Posted: 16 Feb 2011 06:44 AM PST

Is it your first job and you have been offered for business trip? Then you should be really happy. But there is a lot to do in the first trip for it to be successful.

The Three Most Common Reasons for Business Travel

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 01:40 PM PST

A lot of people think about business travel in a very abstract, detached way. When someone hears the word "business travel", they typically think of nothing but fat executives going to some desolate location, doing business in a state of misery and utter boredom. However, there are legitimate and indispensable reasons for business travel, and that is what we will be discussing in the following paragraphs.
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Metal Fabrication - The Foundation of Our Lives

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 10:52 AM PDT

Learn more about metal fabrication, the industrial process that began thousands of years ago and changed the world forever. For more, read on.
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The Right Mannequin for the Rite Store

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 11:54 AM PDT

Like the clothing you wear, it takes taste and talent to know what goes with what. Mastering your style is a critical step in your self-expression and allowing you to expose the parts of yourself that you want others to see. People are going to judge you one way or another and being able to influence their judgment not only puts you in control of their impressions but helps you get to where you need to go in life.
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Five Quick and Dirty Tips to Get More Ecommerce Sales Immediately

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 11:43 AM PDT

Whether you're a newbie to the world of ecommerce or already have a store running, you could probably use a few of these tips right now to help get more sales. Fantastic ecommerce copywriting can make a big difference, but there's more to it than that. Ecommerce and selling goods and services online is an exploding trend.

Top 10 Magento Plugins of 2011

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 09:12 AM PDT

One of the reasons why I love Magento so much is the abundance of high quality plugins available. If there is a feature you want on your Magento site, chances are there is a Magento plugin that will allow you to do it.

Finding a Host That Fits Your Business

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 09:00 AM PDT

Once you have already decided to launch a website for your business the next important task to do is to find the company to host for your E-commerce site. A good company will make a big difference in how the website performs, how frequent it goes down, the service provided and how quickly a customer can take action through the information on the site.
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Synergy in Teams

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 11:03 AM PDT

Synergy in teams, whether in the workplace, small groups or sporting teams, is that amazing feeling where things seem to flow smoothly, and the results of the team are beyond the ordinary. Synergy is the difference between a team of champions, and a championship team. In a championship team.
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The 5 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 02:00 PM PDT

Workplace stress is a very real issue for employees and employers alike. While a moderate amount of stress is not necessarily a bad thing, an overwhelming amount can have devastating effects. Causing health issues like headaches, sore muscles, and even manifesting in sickness, stress has affected everyone no matter the job or position.

Job Interview Training For Managers - Will's Story

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 12:24 PM PDT

One middle manager's experience of job interview coaching, booked when he wanted to land a promotion and hadn't been picked for a senior job he'd been very confident of getting. The article explains how the process works and what the value of the job interview training was to Will.

The Health Care Field Is Not Slowing Down In Terms Of Employment

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 11:06 AM PDT

If you are in the market for a new career and are eager to find something in which you feel completely fulfilled, you should make sure you have been looking in the right places. If you are a recent high school graduate, you have a long road ahead of you. Choosing a degree program for college will set the tone for your entire career; be sure you are making a wise decision.

8 Facts Which You Need to Know During Your Job Search Process

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 11:04 AM PDT

In today's competitive business world, many people are spending a lot of their time waiting to be called for interviews, waiting for interview sessions, waiting for final approval from the hiring managers and waiting for signing the employment contracts. It is very common for a job vacancy to attract hundreds of resumes. In order to improve your chances in the job search process, here are some important facts you need to take note:

Online Classifieds Are a Great Way To Find The Perfect Internships for Your Career

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 09:59 AM PDT

When embarking on a career as you move into adulthood there can be many choices that you have to make, many crossroads that can change your life in an instance. If you have a fair idea of what you want to do as a profession this will help but there are still little tips and hints that you can take on board in order to give your resume a little boost and to give yourself a better chance of eventually getting to the top of your chosen profession. Internships are a great way for those people in education to gain...
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Why Is It Important to Have a Disaster Recovery and Continuity Plan?

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 02:14 PM PDT

This article is designed to outline why it's important to establish business continuity management systems and processes and implement adequate contingency planning and disaster recovery provisions. One of the principal barriers to getting sponsorship for the BCM programme is peoples' preconceptions as to what business continuity is all about.

Four Tips on How to Handle a Business Crisis

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 02:13 PM PDT

Tips on how your business can be prepared and be ready to handle a business crisis. Having worked with a number of organisations from a variety of industries and sectors in developing and actually using their Crisis Management processes, it has been noted that there are a handful of attributes common to the successful management of crisis.

Five Tips on Developing a Crisis Management Plan for Your Business

Posted: 29 Jul 2011 01:23 PM PDT

One of the mistakes most commonly made is to assume that all crisis plans are the same. This article is intended to help you to ensure that the plan you produce is appropriate to the team and purpose for which it is designed.
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