Positives in Sequestration

by | Mar 12, 2013 | Archives

Despite all the bad news about sequestration, there are positives in this law.

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Photo from Citizens Against Government Waste.

The webpage of Citizens Against Government Waste says: The automatic cuts known as sequestration, necessitated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, kick in on March 1, 2013 barring a further delay or enactment of an alternative. In addition, the continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government for the first six months of fiscal year (FY) 2013 expires on March 27, 2013, meaning Congress must decide how to fund the government through September 30. Finally, the normal budget process for FY 2014 is set to begin shortly, although the President’s budget has been delayed and senators had to be threatened with losing their pay in order to pass a budget resolution for the first time in four years. Hanging over these deadlines is the nation’s record $16.6 trillion national debt, which is a constant reminder of the profligate spending that has become rampant in Washington.

There has been a lot of negative noise government cuts slowing the economy.   Perhaps in the short term the ripple effect will reduce growth.    The silver lining is a vastly important positive growth factor that is good for the economy.

The simple fact is…  every dollar left in the hands of private enterprise, and kept from the government, will have a more positive impact on the economy.

Governments are inefficient in their spending.  US government spending is the most inefficient because at unsustainable debt levels government spending becomes an illusion.   The government prints more and more money.   That money buys less and less.

Money left in the private sector is more likely to be converted into real productivity and growth.

Whatever happens know that less in government is good.  Know that this will bring positive change.  Look for the positive.  Know that this can make your life better.   Adapt to this change.


Photo from New York Times article linked below.

Take for example Detroit.  Where could conditions be worse?

A New York Times article entitled “Private Boom Amidst Public Blight” says:   Private industry is blooming here, even as the city’s finances have descended into wreckage.

In late 2011, Rachel Lutz opened a clothing shop, the Peacock Room, which proved so successful that she opened another one, Emerald, last fall. Shel Kimen, who had worked in advertising in New York, is negotiating to build a boutique hotel and community space. Big companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield have moved thousands of workers into downtown Detroit in recent years. A Whole Foods grocery, this city’s first, is scheduled to open in June.

On Friday, just as Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, was deeming an outside, emergency manager a necessity to save Detroit’s municipal finances, the once-teetering Big Three automakers were reporting growing sales.
“It’s almost a tale of two cities here,” said Ms. Lutz, who is 32. “I tripled my projections in my first year.”

Around the country, as businesses have recovered, the public sector has in many cases struggled and shrunk. Detroit may be the most extreme example of a city’s dual fates, public and private, diverging.

At times, the widening divide has been awkward, even tense.  As private investors contemplated opening coffee bean roasters, urban gardening suppliers and fish farms, Detroit firefighters complained about shortages of equipment, suitable boots and even a dearth of toilet paper.

“You’ve got to walk before you run, and for many years we weren’t even walking,” William C. Ford Jr., executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, said of the developments of late within Detroit’s private sector. “But now it’s really interesting.

Even as the political and financial situations continue to deteriorate, in spite of that, there is very hopeful business activity taking place.”

In the eyes of some, the signs of a private sector turnaround have only served to accentuate divisions: a mostly black city with an influx of young, sometimes white artists and entrepreneurs; a revived downtown but hollowed-out neighborhoods beyond; an upbeat mood among business leaders even as the city’s frustrated elected officials face diminished, uncertain roles under state supervision.

Change is with us… always has been and always will be.  Technology that aids the emergence of  the global economy speeds up the change and creates a widening gap between the rich and the poor.

Many of us can make positive contributions as we enhance our lifestyles with a micro business.  Learning how to use modern technology to write and publish can help you have a personal boom that helps reduce the public blight.


We can help you learn how to write and publish to sell in three ways.

#1: Join us at a Writers Camp.  March 15-16-17, 2013  Mt Dora Florida or June 14-15-16, 2013

See info below on different writers who will be attending this course…and offering more and more insights!

Merri and I will both talk about how to write to sell along with:

Bob Gandt

Bob Gandt

Our friend, Bob Gandt, published his first story at age sixteen – the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has logged something over 25,000 hours, written and published thirteen books and countless articles.

Gandt’s flying career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a Navy fighter/attack pilot, weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and airline captain.

At age 20 he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. As a carrier-based attack pilot, he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. In his 1997 deja vu work,”Bogeys and Bandits” (Viking Penguin), he joins a Navy F/A-18 training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.

In 1965 he began his career as a pilot for Pan American World Airways. For the next 26 years he flew around the globe, domiciled in places like New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong. His 1995 book, “Skygods” (Wm. Morrow & Co.), recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the once-great Pan Am.

In 1998 Bob made his screenwriting debut on the CBS series  “Pensacola: Wings Of Gold”. Drawing on the material from his book “Bogeys and Bandits”, he worked as writer and technical consultant for the twenty-two-episodes, which starred James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

Bob’s sixth non-fiction work, “Intrepid”, co-authored by Bill White, with a foreword by former naval aviator and presidential candidate and senator, John McCain, was published in the autumn of 2008. In November, 2010 – “The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of WWII and the Men Who Fought It”, from Broadway Books.

In 2011 The New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States announced that Bob was winner of the 2011 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.

See Bob Gandt’s website here.

Mike Herron

Sue Herron wrote:  Merri and Gary, I wanted to share with you the item Mike has now checked off his bucket list.  He has written and published a book, Black Diamonds.  “Meagan Turner’s cruise to Alaska takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself caught up in fulfilling a legend to reunite two Native American lovers. The path she chooses leads her on a journey of self-discovery and exploration that tests both her courage and willingness to follow her heart. The town of Homer provides a scenic backdrop for a captivating tale of romance and intrigue. Black Diamonds is Book 1 in the Colors of Alaska Trilogy and is the first novel by author J. Michael Herron.”

You two were an inspiration to us as we read about the eBook publishing in your blog.  He always thought he would write a mystery but ended up writing a love story.  He is now working on the second book in the trilogy, Blue Ice.  He set his 2013 goals to write the three books in the trilogy and publish them and then write a stand alone as well.

Just thought I would share with you how our 2013 is starting out.  I know this year is going to be AWESOME for all of us.



You can get Black Diamond for Kindle at Amazon.com FREE TODAY March 12, 2013.   Click here.

Dave & Sherry Johnson


Dave and Sherry, after being clobbered in the last economic downturn rose like Phoenix rising from the ashes and created Small Community Magazines that bring good news to the community and earn the publishers excellent profits.  They are helping to expand this community concept.

David Cross

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David has an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience spanning 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.   He started working with the internet from the getgo and we have been lucky that he helped us start our website in the 1990s.
He was also Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009 until he came to work with Merri and me full time.

Dr. Jim Vigue

Jim has a master’s degree in leadership, an MBA in marketing and a Ph.D. in holistic health. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging
Medicine and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is board certified in alternative medicine.

Jim is also a former USA Baseball/Major League Player’s Association Coach of the Year as well as an award winning author on such diverse subjects as baseball, finance and menopause.  He works with many professional athletes and his baseball book spoke out against steroids long before the condemnation  was popular.

Jim’s most successful book has been my menopause (and other mid life issues women and their partners face). His son Kris  also wrote a book while a college student that was subsequently used by the University of Dallas in their sports management program entitled “How to Achieve Your Million Dollar Dreams at Any Age”. The book  isn’t about making a million dollars but more about making all your big dreams come true, a great subject for high school and college. Kris had his dream of playing major league baseball ended by a career ending injury his freshman year at Stetson. Kris was named one of the top high school players in the country by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. His book is about having to give up on one dream and transition into others.

#2: Join our Publish a Positive Community Magazine  Workshop March 18, 2013. See more on why we believe in small positive community magazines. Order a FREE report here.

#3: Take our online course “Self Fulfilled –  How to be a Self Publisher”.

You can attend one, two or all three programs.

Writers Camp  $799 or $999 couple. See details here

Positive Community Workshop  $499 single or couple. See details here.

Super Thinking + Spanish  $699 or $899 couple. See details here

Save $898. Join the one week Super Thinking Marathon.J  oin us for a week long Super Thinking Marathon, with our Writer’s Camp,  Positive Community Magazine Publishing Workshop and Super Thinking + Spanish.

Join us for Super Thinking every day for a week, March 15 to 21, 2013  $1099.   Normally  $1997. Saves $898.

Couple $1,499.  Normally $2,397.   Saves $898.

There is still time to join our March writers camp and or the entire week March 15 to 21, 2013 or our June 14-15-16, 2013  camp in North Carolina.

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New York Times Private Boom Amidst Public Blight