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Politics & Power

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A Time For Reflection

Today is my birthday. Forty one years ago on this day I came into the world. As I look back at the life I have led and look forward to the years left I find myself wondering what mark I will leave on the world. When all is said and done and my spirit leaves this fragile body behind, what will my contribution to humanity be? Will I leave this earth a better place for my being here? Will I have done great harm? Or, on balance, will I have had little to no effect on the world around me?

As I sit here in my home office and listen to my five year old son talking through his day before going to sleep I realize that I likely have fewer years ahead of me than behind me. It seems in many ways just the blink of an eye since I turned twenty-one and was sure that I would one day be a rock star or an actor or someone of great importance. Twenty years later I find myself thinking about what work I need to do before time runs out and how I can make the world a better place for my son. Gone are the desires for fame and glory, replaced now with concerns for the future and the question; “Can I do nothing more to make things better?”

My wife and I are very conscious about doing right by the people around us, especially the less fortunate. We give as much as we can to anyone who needs our help. We try to make sure our son sees giving back as a part of normal everyday life. We are politically active and do our best to stay informed of the real issues despite the efforts of the political spin machines to distract us. But is there nothing more?

I often use this forum to call people to action to make change happen for the good of all. Tonight I would ask that everyone that reads this to simply take a moment to take stock of their lives and ask; “Is there nothing more I can do to make the world a better place?”

When we see the homeless person begging for change for food and we are carrying the leftovers from our overly large meal at the restaurant home for later, why not just let them have the food we are too full to eat and wish them well? When we get ready to throw out the garbage that we all know can be recycled is it really that hard to put a shopping bag to the side of the garbage can and put the recyclables in it? How hard is it to do the right thing?

Our time on this earth is very short and if you believe, like I do, that what we do in this life matters in the next it is important that we all do those things that we know are right each and every day. Regardless of what name is used for the higher power in the universe most of us agree that there is someone watching and that someone cares whether we do right or wrong in this life.

We have to decide what role we wish to play in the world. We can either contribute to the problems of the world or be a part of the solutions to them. When I leave this world it is my sincere wish that I will be able to leave behind a world that is in some way better for me having been in it. Until that day comes I will try to take stock from time to time and remind myself and those around me that doing the right thing is not nearly as hard as staring into the mirror at someone who does not.

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We Need Your Help

Reform America is putting together a new resource for our visitors and we need your help. We need you to tell us about the local banks and businesses in your area that you have done business with. We need to know the good and the bad about the local businesses in your community.

In an effort to truly stabilize our national economy we need to stabilize our local economies. To stabilize our local economies we need to support the businesses that keep our neighbors and customers working. Part of doing that is re-distributing the money in our communities from the wealthy corporations who outsource labor while laying off American workers to the local businesses that hire our friends and neighbors.

It’s also time to expect more from the banks that we let use our money. Some corporate banker in New York doesn’t care one whit about Joe Smith in Peoria because he has a million other Joe Smiths to fill his pocket if this one leaves but the banker in Peoria who only serves Peoria cares about Joe and will do more to serve Joe’s needs. We need to start working together to support the businesses in our back yard that actually care about us and our needs.

To help people find the businesses in their areas that deserve our support we are developing a new web page with information provided by you the people in the communities. By not only listing the local businesses but also giving local feedback about them we can help make the decision to make a real change for the good of your community easier. If you’re like a lot of us, you’ve been doing business with the corporations for a long time and it’s a hard habit to break but if we all make an effort to stimulate the economy of our own communities we will see the jobs come back and things improve fare sooner than if we wait for the politicians and CEOs to help us.

The government is not going to save us this time and the fat cats on Wall Street just don’t care. We will have to save ourselves if we are to turn things around. You can help us save ourselves. Please tell us about the banks and businesses in your community. We will add the information you give to that of others and build a comprehensive national resource for people wanting to fix our nation from the ground up.

By May of 2010 we hope to have enough information compiled to launch a page devoted to supporting small local businesses across the nation. Over time we will continue to expand the information to include more businesses in more communities until we have a comprehensive listing of all the good small businesses that locals recommend in every town, city, county and state in America. We know that this is an ambitious goal but we also know that you, the American people, can help make it a reality. To send us information about the small businesses in your area you can e-mail us at advocacy@reform-america.net. We will send you a confirmation e-mail and add the information you give us to the national database.

From now until the time of the new page launch in May the names of all contributors who wish to be will be included in the "Thank You America" page border for the new page. Your friends and family will be able to see your name and know you cared enough to try to make a difference for your community.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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