From: Jim Chesky
Subject: Okay, Ann, now you have ruined my Christmas
Dear Ann Grackin:
Well, now you did it. You've pulled the fake beard off
the department store Santa Claus and sent us all scurrying
for cover in Toyland.
Yes, of course you are right. We are trying to live in
a holiday dream. Only, the holiday is long over and most
of us do not want to believe it. We believe the politicians
who are happy to say we are the greatest, but do not remember
our own high school history classes where all great societies,
on the brink of failure, declared their greatness. I am at
a loss to understand the thinking I see among so many people
who are given so much responsibility. Not long ago I heard
a friend lament over how parents were failing to properly
raise their children, not even calling for the most minimal
of disciplines. He was demanding that parents be tested before
being given children to raise-up. I asked, were we not the
same? Undisciplined children running through the isles of
the world's store, we are spilling over the displays, taking
what we want, and crying if we do not get it. However, our
tantrums will not get us what we want forever. Soon, maybe
sooner than we believe, we will be asked to leave the store,
since we can no longer afford to shop there.
I read where you said you are working in Europe. Does this
mean that soon our opinions will be imported as well? It
may not matter; really, truth is truth wherever it is spoken
and whoever says it. Once, when my dad, mother and brothers
all stood looking at a neighbor's new German made camera,
my dad remarked that it was good to know that the new camera
was so finely made, but shook his head and asked, "Why
can't we make this?" To which our neighbor replied, "We
don't have the discipline, Walt."
Several times in history, we had garnered the resolve and
put a shoulder to that difficult wheel. Reluctant as we
were, we did it. However, we need a leader that will call
for this resolve. Not a Santa Claus in one form or other.
As always, I enjoy your writing. When will you do your
book, run for office, and right the world?
Jim Chesky, Nextel
From: Rich Cree
Subject: Your Comments About Debt
I realize that being fiscally responsible would be the best
of action. However, from reading the state of the U.S. economy
BUSINESS WEEK and other business publications, I believe
that you will find
data to indicate that for over the last 30 years, 70% of
people have not had real wage increases---most of any of
have gone to the top 30%. Add to this economic data, I see
the fact that
the Chinese are selling at 30% below cost over a wide range
of products with
an undervalued currency and rampant intellectual property
theft. How do we
make any long-term economic plans, when most people are fighting
economic survival---how can we even think about our children
grandchildren when many people are in a life and death struggle
this vicious economic jungle called lasse faire capitalism?
I think that
Maslow's hierarchy of needs kicks in at times like this with
Now, added to these harsh economic facts, I find that this
to be oblivious to the debt, clueless about the Chinese economic
of U.S. jobs and insensitive to the plight of most Americans'
plight. I really think that I live in a country not established "of
people, by the people and for the people" but "of
the rich, by the rich and
for the rich"---everyone else is irrelevant to that
basic premise. Until
this economic focus changes, I don't think that you will
have much hope of
solving the debt issues until the greed economy and its enrichment
few has changed.
Howard Industries, Inc.
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