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Consumerism is Good

Heresy right? If this title sound nuts to you, I challenge you to keep reading.Yesterday, I read an old friend write the following facebook status, “Don’t be a consumer, be a creator. The consumer economy is dead. Live simply.”

It sounds noble, but it is short sighted. Why? Who is going to buy (consume) your creations?

Creativity-Innovation/Consumption are each a side of the same coin. We need to be both creators and consumers.

Yes! Create! But but don’t forget to consume other people’s creations. We seem to have lost that sense of balance. Our culture seems to have drifted to point where consumption is viewed as a vice.

It also seems this entire create vs. consume mindset has produced mass myopia and hypocrisy.

Case in point, the Apple iPad. Now, I have no issue with Apple products, most are superior to competing products in many ways. It is more the zeitgeist that surrounds Apple products that I find disturbing. That zeitgeist is that Apple products are hip, cool, and the best for creative people. But… In reality iPods, iPhones, and especially iPads, are not creation devices, they are consumer devices that are used mostly for more consumption. They are also highly priced status symbols – which I have no problem with, except that these products, in reality, represent the exact consumerism that many Apple fans rail against.

It doesn’t matter if you are on the right or the left, or a Democrat, Republican, or Independent… hoarding, extreme frugality, and anti-consumerism will not lead us to prosperity, it will lead us to poverty.

Yes, be creative. But it is no virtue to be anti-consumer. It is quite the opposite, to be anti-consumption is selfishness. It is the failure to support anyone else’s creations but your own.

New 1099 Rule in ObamaCare Hurts Small Business

We need to get the word out on this and get it stopped.

Section 9006 of H.R. 3590 (Obama Care). Section 9006  places an unprecedented burden on small business by requiring any business that purchases more than $600 of goods or services from another business to submit a 1099 tax from to the Internal Revenue Service. The mandate is to take effect in 2012.

Small businesses are hurting everywhere right now. Regulations like these take small business owners off the task of running their businesses and make them serve as unpaid clerks for the federal government. The last thing we need is for America’s small business owners to be caught up in more red tape. This isn’t a small deal. It raises the barriers of entry for entrepreneurs and puts them at a competitive disadvantage against large businesses that have entire departments to deal with regulatory issues.

How can you help get this stopped? First educate yourself about Obamacare. This book is great place to start, then spread the word. It looks like Republicans will be take the US house and possibly the US Senate in Nov 2010. Once elected you need to stay on them and demand that they repeal this 1099 obamanation.

You can show your support by buying and displaying these stickers:

You can buy them here

Congressman Dan Lungren of California is working to get section 9006 provision repealed.