Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Disappointing Economic Recovery, Or, An Ongoing, 20th Century, Industrial Based, Structural Collapse.

Are We Dead Yet

Some people would say that since the Great Recession supposedly ended in 2009, the recovery from it has been a bit on the slow side. Others would say that the US economy today has recovered and has done so quite well, and, it is simply the rest of the world that is having the problem that America, unfortunately, has no choice other than become involved with.

While neither of these two cultures of US economic managerial thought are of course very rosy, what is really worrisome about these thoughts is that they are completely false and being floated by the very people who should be dealing with the much larger fact that this so called recovery is not a recovery, but still, very much a part of an overall and continuing post 20th century, US industrial structural malfunction that remains monumentally unresolved.

With the Federal Reserve once again sticking its head in the sand by refusing to do anything other than wait and see how the whole global marketplace will find a way out of this mess, with the Reserve simply stating that the timing is still not quite right to raise rates, while they are apparently waiting until a predetermined unemployment rate combined with another predetermined rate of inflation has been met before they do so, what is entirely missing from this scenario is a blueprint for America's 21st century mixed energy economic and industrial growth strategy.

As this 21st century infrastructure blueprint is in fact the only way out of the ancient political morass that keeps us locked into the ghost of America's 20th century industrial past, the economic tools the Fed should be applying to enable a rational industrial bridge to form between two very dynamic but very different American industrial centuries is being entirely ignored by the Fed both in its monetary and fiscal approach to being America's supposedly wise old banker. As the only way to characterize the Feds' perpetual insistence on keeping interest rates near zero is in fact an admonition on the part of the government as a whole that the larger tool in the Feds' tool box, which is indeed fiscal policy, can't at all be utilized without significant tax reform, the notion of tax reform, which of course is the harbinger for long term, high paying job growth, is still only part of the issue that must be resolved very soon.

Whereas there was once a time where a standard notion of Fed monetary policy coupled to fiscal policy assured a relatively smooth upwards and downwards journey of interest rates, and, the fluctuations of those rates corresponded to both the automation of our manufacturing sector and the globalization of markets to which our manufacturing sector sold its product, quite simply, those days are over forever and the sooner we realize this as a nation, the sooner we can establish a tax policy that will enable virtually every manufacturing sector the financial leeway to reinvest from a purely infrastructural level back into the country the Fed is supposed to be watching over to begin with.

As the discussion over a new national tax policy has been actively engaged in for the better part of the last thirty years, and the end result has almost always been hamstrung by a Democratic party insistence upon the constant need to fund what now can only be considered as a colossal collection of purely redundant social programs combined with an equally redundant collection of regulations, the simple fact of the matter is that with the technologies we have at our disposal today in this 21st century mixed energy based industrial America, social programs at large, and, of all scale, can easily be absorbed into a dynamic work force growth strategy that would clearly redefine not only the nature of work, but, the nature of welfare if in fact, there was some foreseeable future situation in which unemployment would be as rampant, demonstrative and repetitive as it has been in the past thirty years.

With the only real reason for this thirty year period of American job loss being American industrial inventiveness, as that inventiveness is in fact inherent in the natural evolution of the healthy American creative mind, that inventiveness simply invented automation which in turn put people out of work. But, again, today in 2015 America, the list of industries that are both needed and readily available to go in and literally rebuild every single home in every neighborhood in America, stand waiting for all aspects of the federal government, including the Federal Reserve to draft a highly substantive fiscal policy that puts, among other things, taxation into the proper and constructive context of enabling existing as well as future corporate entities to simply breathe in precisely the same manner as a healthy 21st century American domestic economy breathes in and out, unhindered by now 20th century fiscal redundancy.

As I repeatedly write on the subject of our collective national need to redress the framework of NAICS, I do so because in fact such redressing is at the core of not only the Federal Reserve's, but the Commerce and Labor Departments collective responsibility to keep constantly refreshed. As the last time such redressing occurred it did so due to the fact that the Department of Labor was able to identify a sizable growth in our nation's service sector workforce, that workforce today being quite international in scope has been identified by both the Labor Department and the Commerce Department as well as the Federal Reserve as a functional element of our current American workforce. Unfortunately, the NAICS redress that occurred way back in 1992 was extraordinarily short sighted in that now in 2015, that global American service sector work force is tied to the very global American corporate entities that are locked into what is clearly today still an ongoing global economy in overall economic decline.

Thus, as the Federal Reserve is hoping to achieve a certain level of national employment that is tied to a certain level of inflation, what the Fed seems entirely incapable of programming out of its monetary policy are the enormous fiscal constraints that will at best be able to maintain a certain rate of either employment or unemployment long enough for the 1992 NAICS redress to sink further into the regulatory decline that ultimately cannot be rectified until both corporate tax realignment and subsequent 2016 or 2017 NAICS redress is firmly tied to our domestic American industrial and economic growth framework.

What is the most fascinating about the overall prospect of this NAICS redress, is the sheer national based industrial excitement that will come about once in fact such a redress has been addressed.

As again such a redress would have substantial impact on virtually every American industrial sector, the greater dynamics of this redress would in fact be the capacity of seemingly separate industrial sectors to industrially co-mingle or co-habit ate forming in the process of such economic interaction, the very new NAICS classifications that will again enable the Fed to function from the constructive basis of both monetary and fiscal symmetry as in fact it was originally intended to do back in 1913.

Whereas I cannot foresee such a redressing taking such a length of time to blueprint, I can and will guarantee that until its is redressed, our nation's economy will continue to bear the brunt of its own failure to do so. And as it will, virtually every aspect of 21st century environmental concern we as a nation have, every aspect of global but domestic based economic competitiveness we as a nation should have as well as every aspect of education reform, community economic revitalization we endeavor to attain, every aspect of transportation infrastructure renewal, public utility renewal, agricultural renewal, shipping via air water, rail or roadway, and on and on and on will remain entirely beyond our collective socioeconomic reach until we do.

As again, fully redefining the federal tax code is at the core of this endeavor, or more precisely, the attainable outcome of such NAICS redressing, so to are state tax codes, county tax codes and municipal tax codes nationwide, which in turn once collectively redressed redress as well all models of municipal bonds which again can be considered as guarantors of government loans associated with the level of economic growth that fills out significant aspects of our 21st century Fed monetary and fiscal protection policy. Being of the somewhat old fashioned belief that limited government produces limitless private sector growth, today, quite unfortunately, the noose that is around our collective national economic neck, is in fact, that government, whose parameters have become quite counter productively over protective in the past thirty years. While I can clearly understand that the scope of our American market economy has within that thirty year period enabled us to expand economically in a clearly significant global manner, and in fact Fed policy has served as somewhat of a protector for us, industrial change on quite the monumental scale is immediately before us now. As it is, in fact, we have to change.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

In a note on Friday morning, Kit Juckes, a strategist at Societe Generale, wrote that the easy money has been made, and things are about to get a lot harder for investors.
"Making healthy investment returns when QE-inspired asset inflation is all but played out, emerging markets are slowing, Europe is stagnant and the Fed is showing a distressing lack of leadership, is going to be really, really difficult,"Juckes wrote.

'Should the Fed raise rates?' is the wrong question — here’s the right one

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Is The Great Recession Really Over? What Would Happen If Nothing Happened With Our Money?

Mike Patrick Dahlke

Think about this.

Let's for a minute say that prior to the housing bubble burst in 2008 and when we thought the sub prime lending crisis was being contained, our nation could have moved to take the steps necessary to avert that crisis.

Think about the fact that while we could have, we did not.

Think about this.

Now today in 2016, we are still dealing with the fall out from that sub prime financial debacle and are perched upon yet another set of financial blunders that are quite ready for melt down as well.

Whereas the 2008 global financial crisis was all about mortgage debt, today's model for financial concern is at the very least twofold. With the first being that of auto loan debt and the second being that of student loan debt, these two blunders in the making added to the continuing trefoils in the residential mortgage market belie the fact that as a nation we simply have not looked at all seriously upon our financial problems from the standpoint of whole and substantial infrastructure re blueprinting that in fact must be looked at if we are ever going to actually get ourselves out of this decidedly and consistently downward economic vortex.

As auto loans back in 2007 stood at roughly $781 billion and today that segment is at $1.3 trillion, the collateral for these loans is increasingly being devalued in every bit the same manner as America's housing sector is not truly gaining any value. As essentially we are today loaning good money for junk cars in every bit the same manner as we loaned good money to junk houses prior to 2008, some form of a light bulb should probably be going of somewhere in someone's mind and, in doing so shedding light on what should be quite obvious to us as Americans who have now lived through more than a few industrial ages. And more than a few periods of socioeconomic realignment.

While of course it should be somewhat obvious that in fact we still are not doing this, even more evidence suggest that we still have no intention of getting this whole mess straightened out. As another piece of that evidence is indeed student loan debt, that debt today is at $1.3 trillion which is twice what it was back in 2007. As the irony here is profound, job growth since 2007 has been almost exclusively made up of low wage earning positions that do not require the education that our American students had to go into debt in the first place to get. Yet another startling fact is that while these significant debt issues are coming to an obviously dangerous financial tipping point, there are still more financial complexities staring us in the face.

With one in particular being corporate debt that is now $2 trillion more than it was in 2007, what we are seeing unfold is clearly a situation where even the corporations that through global expansion more or less created this long term path to domestic American infrastructure collapse are in fact collapsing themselves as their voluminous maturing debt has little to no where to go and get refinancing for anywhere in the world. Adding all of this to the fact the virtually every national economy is more or less flat lined now in 2015, perhaps we as a nation are finally poised to redirect our economic interests back to our own mainland. As this whole global economy thing has more or less proven to those who have obsessively nurtured it that always exiting one town for another ultimately causes these halfwit economists to run out of roadway, the current and wholly abysmal performance of global markets should prove to them that the junk they left along their path to global socioeconomic perfection, should, in all likelihood be given a second look.

As that junk was in fact entire cities with entire economic portfolios which of course included people and their natural ability to develop tangible industrial skills, well let's for a moment say its time for at least one American manufacturing sector to focus on the development of automobiles that are only capable of driving in economic reverse.

When you think about this for a moment, all kinds of really remarkable economic outcomes can be imagined. Just take the old and historic term “looking in your rear view mirror”. As I'll bet the person who came up with this term was more than likely an old Nebraska farmer watching as his own son drove off the farm to get to New York, the farmer coined this term due to the fact that he knew that eventually “what goes around, comes around“. As what is coming around to our America today is a debt burden that cannot even for a moment be resolved by going around, the rear view mirror in the reverse only automobile is again the answer to resolving that debt burden just as it was during every period of highly erratic global economic market force meltdown in the past. Even though we have today, considerably more global market economies from which one would think global expansion can remain constant, the fact of the matter is that when it comes to global economics, “there is no place like home” simply because the home, in the terms of our United States of America is in fact “falling apart at the seams” and will continue to do so if we don't.

As we as an industrial nation have clearly reached a point technologically as well as industrially here in 2016 where in fact we really don't need these global markets to in fact fully develop the economic models we are capable of constructing for ourselves, the fact of the matter is that no nation in our collective body of global nations will benefit at all from our historically inventive collective American industrial mindset if in fact we don't.

So, as the title of this essay is “What Would Happen If Nothing Happened?”, this question is in fact the point.

As it is, what would happen if nothing happened? I mean what would happen if we collectively took it upon ourselves to just stay home long enough to rebuild our industrial and economic job creating infrastructure? What on earth would the rest of the world think?

As my two personal responses would be to borrow a quote from “Gone With The Wind” and that quote being “frankly my dear, I don't give a damn”, the other quote would have to be “How Do You Keep An Idiot In Suspense”. As the latter of the two is my favorite, the reason it is is due to the fact that ultimately, keeping other nation's in suspense is at the core best interest of our own national security whereas listening to a bunch of world leaders whine is simply something I frankly don't give a damn about. While this might sound somewhat unworldly in perspective, pleasing other nations for the past forty years has led to our obvious own national infrastructure deterioration all then, and, unto the point that our own children have to borrow money to go to college only to find virtually no industrial mechanism within our own country or other countries, for that matter, from which they can actually find a job.

Having put my personal opinion out there. let's get back to looking in the rear view mirror in the reverse only automobile and the fact that the roads we've abandoned here at home could use quite a bit of work before we can make the reverse only automobile marketable.

Whereas one would think that logically, manufacturing the reverse only automobile would be perhaps more profitable than say manufacturing the rear view mirror, and that logically, the proceeds from manufacturing the reverse only automobile would in turn enable us the financial wherewithal to rebuild our roads and bridges, logic as it has been defined in America for the last quarter of our 20th century and thus far in the first few years of our 21st century is in fact not logic at all. Or if it is logic, it is at best, complacent industrial logic that leads to short term industrial growth potential and will not produce jobs. Inventive logic on the other hand is a much more compelling endeavor, and as it is then, it must in turn be our nation's inventive 21st century industrial infrastructure based, economic benchmark that we must endeavor to adhere to. As this is the case then, the reverse only automobile and our re engineered roads and bridges will only be able to be accomplished if in fact we re engineer and re market the rear view mirror first.

Think about this.

What possible economic benefit would come from a rear view mirror?

First of all, the term “rear view mirror” is something that was created solely for the transportation industry. As it was coined to simply define a device that was used to help us see what was behind us as we traveled forward, it was as well, a safety device that helped prevent a host of unwanted calamities from occurring, from backing up or changing lanes while operating a vehicle to simply looking to see if your better half was finally coming out of the grocery store, the device was and remains quite useful and logical. Unfortunately however as it has been attached to the automobile for all of these years and its future automotive use is tied to the fact that it is attached to a ever increasing stable of automobiles that are aging, it, along with the automobile it is attached to are in fact in economic peril today in every bit the same manner as America's housing industry is in peril. This of course is all happening logically and economically in our nation today. From the perspective of 21st century inventive logic however, the term “rear view mirror” is in and of itself, entirely reworked. As it is reworked, it is not only reworked for the transportation sectors, but for the housing sectors and the energy sectors of our whole 21st century domestic infrastructure based industrial economy as well.

Within the multifaceted redefinition of the term “rear” then comes “view” as does “mirror” come along as well.

In our transportation sectors, “rear” may not apply whereas “view” and “mirror” most certainly do. And, they do, not in terms of being attached to a vehicle but instead attached to the roadway upon which the vehicle drives. On dangerous curves, on winding north facing mountain roads filled with snow that needs melting, both the term “view” and the term “mirror” apply quite aptly causing in the process another term “mountain snow melting mirror ahead” as well as the term “curved highway safety mirror ahead” to become a part of our American socioeconomic dialog, a part of our National Highway Transportation Safety Administration guidelines for new road construction and an extension of our nation's NAICS coding framework as well. All of which produce new American industries and new American jobs for our unemployed American college children as well as their unemployed American mothers and fathers.

In our housing sectors, the term “rear” will and can apply, whereas so can both the term “view” and “mirror”.

The “rear” of the house that is shaded and without the view of the “sun” or “solar gain” can utilize the “mirror” to achieve both. Thus creating the American “rear sun and solar mirror” industry and of course, further articulating national building codes while in turn extending the framework of NAICS coding and creating jobs in the residential, commercial and industrial construction sectors while in turn expanding our nations manufacturing base.

In our energy sector again the term “rear” and the term “view” and the term “mirror” apply once again. As they do they do in unison with both the industries engaged in the manufacturing of passive solar energy technologies and active solar energy technologies to simply highly articulate the suns rays to specific areas of the architectural footprint a given building might in fact find such technologies environmentally and economically useful.

One of the most fascinating aspects of global economic markets today is the overall fragility of the markets' structural framework. As by fragility what I mean is that the global economy is for the most part, only engaged in the movement of established industries worldwide, the sheer volume of industries that have yet to be invented are in fact not being invented due largely to the fact that they do not fit logically into those global markets as such they are currently constructed. Whereas the trading game on the various global stock exchanges has for the past ten years been more or less consumed by such trading practices as corporations buying back shares of their own stock and in the process artificially boosting their share prices even though they acquire more debt in the process, what historically will, and, in fact already once again is starting to occur here in 2015 is that corporate earnings are starting to level off at the same time where the capacity to borrow against those earnings is showing signs of becoming more restricted as well.

As all of this is essentially occurring out of a combination of industrial complacency, poor domestic corporate tax policy (and overall tax policies) and an overall sense of domestic American regulatory overkill, the very issues that all of these entities working together can effectively achieve goes continuously out the window of our nation's otherwise inventive industrial institutions.

So, as the title of this essay is “What Would Happen If Nothing Happened?”, this question is in fact the point.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mike Patrick Dahlke

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Pension Reform: Welcome To Illinois, If You Don't Like It, Leave

Mike Patrick Dahlke

Pension Reform is Not Structural Renewal,
Nor Is It The Path To Infrastructure Revitalization.

Regardless of how one wishes to imagine it being true, Pension Reform will never work in any manner if the Path To Infrastructure Revitalization is not first addressed.

As it is fairly obvious that new energetic money cannot possibly go into fixing the problems that old lethargic money created, until the blueprint for actually making that new money has been put into practice, the notion of pension reform is at best, nothing more than an excuse to keep those who are in control of not only those pensions but the regulatory entities holding on to old infrastructure blueprints in charge of virtually useless municipal endeavors.

In other words, as long as people like Michael Madigan of Illinois continue to belligerently man handle both his allies and his opponents by insisting that his entrenched and useless power will somehow overlook the fact that the State of Illinois has become virtually powerless both regionally and nationally (not to mention globally), everyone of his beloved public employee unions along with every road and bridge in the State of Illinois will do nothing but continue to fall apart, and, in the process, continue to fuel the overwhelming level of social anger that cripples the state on virtually every economic level. With the State of Illinois known nationally as the place to avoid by friendly business, friendly government and friendly people, those that live in the state are at best an angry mob of old union stalwarts who if I am certain had Mr. Madigan removed from what ever thrown he has adorned himself with, would, in the same breath, have to come to realize that the state would benefit substantially if in fact, they themselves stopped living in the mythological world of ancient 1950s industrial Chicago supremacy.

With virtually every economic problem that is facing the State of Illinois being of a socioeconomic nature, addressing the fundamental need to bring a fresh breed of anger management professionals into the State of Illinois would, in all likelihood serve the state better at first than bringing a team of positive and forward thinking green urban planners into the state, which given the overall poor mental attitude of the people of Illinois, would undoubtedly have to come later. But, for the sake of having a real discussion on pension reform in general, let me focus on that for awhile.

As pensions were paid into by people who worked their entire life doing what essentially was very hard work maintaining the whole of the State's infrastructure, obviously the pensions and the infrastructure are collapsed. But, as they are, there is virtually no need for them to be so, and that can of course change, and do so rapidly if infrastructure as a whole was looked upon as something that takes place every day on every block in every neighborhood in the State of Illinois just as it does in every state in the United States of America.

Having written some ninety or so essays on this subject, infrastructure, just like good manners, essentially begins at home. As it does, looking upon infrastructure in a very much nontraditional order of assention, is today in 2015, much more logical than looking upon infrastructure as it was addressed in the 1950s. Whereas back in the 1950s we as a nation were literally building entire towns and cities anew, today we are rebuilding entire towns and cities “renew”. This simple fact then, clearly benchmarks the justification for starting our national infrastructure renewal initiative at Bob and Ann's back door rather than starting at the gateway to Bob and Ann's town or city. With the justification for this decidedly reverse infrastructure logic being that the roof over hanging Bob and Ann's back door is ideally suited for the placement of both a solar array and a rain water management system, installing these technologies first (and prior to building larger municipal systems first), has the clearly stated economic management impact of long term municipal infrastructure development as a baseline from which, of all things, new definitions of municipal employee unions can and would emerge, and again quite rapidly and fluidly, and, from a platform of logical, neighborhood based, whole and comprehensive infrastructure blueprint.

As such a blueprint does indeed start at Bob and Ann's back door, the moment these two 21st century green based energy technologies are installed on their roof, the cost of doing the same on Ralph and Harriet's next door is already more or less known as is the framework for the municipal micro public utility models that emerge from both installations. Given the fact the both Bob and Ralph are retired pensioners and their daughters are now working for the village as either employees or subcontractors, the magic of continuously funding the pension of two old retired guys goes directly into their hearts as they know that their money is safe as is the money their children are earning is equally safe by installing solar arrays and rain water management systems into every home in the village – even if the village happens to be located in the State of Illinois.

Whereas you might be thinking that solar and rainwater technologies might not fit onto every home in the village, and, of course, you would be right, there are literally dozens of other technologies ready to be plugged into communities nationwide, if in fact mean spirited jerks like Michael Madigan would finally get the message and leave town to become slave drivers in Iraq.

But, again, this essay is on happy pension reform and happy urban infrastructure development both of which are the key to happy American 21st century green industrial urban economic development.

Let's for a moment consider natural gas. In particular how that gas gets to and leaves Bob and Ann's and Ralph and Harriet's house in the village. And, again, let's look at that natural gas installation beginning at these two homes as opposed to ending at these two homes. With the first thing considered being that of heating these two homes, prior to the installation of the pipeline is the need to conduct a whole house energy audit for these folks.

Whereas these two homes are in fact model home redevelopment projects from which all other homes within the village are patterned from, they are as well, training ground for the small army of residential architects, engineers and tradespeople that will ultimately descend upon the entire village to in fact, “rebuild the village renew”. Thus, once the energy audit has been completed, building retrofitting begins and residential heating and cooking gas line installation begins as well. But, as the whole house energy audit was in fact a whole house energy audit, it was as well, a whole house transportation energy audit. Given the fact that Bob and Ann and Ralph and Harriet own vehicles, and those vehicles are somehow oddly called Hybrids, yet another natural gas line, perhaps additional electrical wiring are now being integrated into their garage and as they are, they are as well laying the economic foundation for new municipal transportation based public utilities which again have the tendency to require a municipal work force to manage and upkeep. Fortunately both Ann and Harriet are pensioners who have two sons who work for the village installing and maintaining these new technologies as either employees of or subcontractors for the new village municipal hybrid transportation agency. Both Ann and Harriet are happy that their pensions endure while the future economic goals of their two sons is guaranteed as well.

As you can probably tell by now, this story has been written with the twofold and deliberate intention of making angry nitwits like Michael Madigan begin to think of something other than angry nitwits like Michael Madigan while in the same breath, hopefully enabling more than just a few people in Illinois to do something about developing organic and sustainable 21st century, green industrial smiles as well as sustainable, green industrial investment portfolios in the process, which of course leads to the development of sustainable green pension funding initiatives.

But, let's go a bit deeper here and talk about labor, and, in particular, the actual purpose of labor, and, even more so, the cumulative dynamics of a 21st century green industrial, mixed energy development labor force. In doing so, let's talk as well about the potential size of this labor force, the need for collective bargaining such labor forces may encounter, and, the long term employment trends related to a host of industries that absolutely require a labor force, while in turn requiring significant regulatory oversight to assure not strict and cumbersome militaristic personnel management but a broader and significantly more cognizant appreciation for the knowledge this labor force will be responsible for both executing and proactively managing for every bit of the next seventy or so years. As it is this discussion that ultimately enables a broad host of industries to flourish from within the true context of a whole national infrastructure blueprint, this discussion is of course quite timely now in 2015.

Looking back again to the home of Bob and Ann, and, specifically to the incorporation of both solar array and rainwater management technologies, the given fact is that the vast majority of preexisting homes in America will benefit substantially from the installation of both of these technologies. Whereas the scope of the benefit does in part become a dictate of the specific architectural needs and nuances of Bob and Ann's particular home, essentially, every home located in a vast array of regional sectors will most certainly, upon the installation of said technologies, will become a decidedly integral part of the municipal utility infrastructure of which that home is functionless without. Bob and Ann need these technologies to be installed on their home to both reap the benefits of these technologies from a purely environmentally based personal comfort level as well as from an economically based basic standard of living benchmark. Thus as keeping up with the Jones was indeed a socioeconomic mantra that was on one hand a measure of status back in the day, it was and remains an overall statement of mutual community based economic participation on the other. Quite simply, in our 21st century municipal blueprint, what they indeed want for their home, is without saying what the community as a whole needs to assure again, long term infrastructure continuity.

Having said all of the above then, the cumulative dynamics of a 21st century green industrial, mixed energy development labor force is quite monumental in scope. As it is, collective bargaining then becomes not the notion of protecting workers rights as much as it becomes a prerequisite for maintaining overall economic livelihood for the whole community, which essentially means that the ancient notion of collective bargaining more or less becomes a vast waste of a city's overall infrastructure budget. If I can take the risk of becoming socially philosophical here, collective bargaining that is based on highly task specific 21st century industrial functions, becomes not only the guarantor of a long term sustainable wage, but as well, the guarantor of continuously improving personal real estate property valuation. In other words, the collective bargaining taking place is much more the function of a communities overall green industrial educational based as well as economically based long term 21st century industrial growth plan and overall dialog about the execution of the plan as opposed to what is now waiting for some distant entity that is more or less handed down to communities by narrow minded political brats like Michael Madigan who have never, even for a moment, stepped foot in their community to begin with.

As the day of top down governing has essentially come to an end in virtually every industrial nation in the world, regional governing from within the framework of both managing existing and emerging regional mixed energy based power utility grids, regional agricultural marketplaces, regional transportation modeling, regional building code modeling and zoning retrofitting, regional banking and investment modeling, and, so forth and so on, simply all hinge on the ability of an individual community or an individual neighborhood within a much larger urban area to focus collectively on the bargains of localized, micro infrastructure modeling as opposed to nationalized macro infrastructure modeling within that overall and much more progressive collective bargaining model.

But, again, as all of us, in spite of ourselves, are world class Americans who truly believe in our country, regulatory onus remains a national imperative which of course means that franchising out regulatory authority that essentially remains federal in stature, must remain at the federal level for no other reason than to assure a continued sense of dynamic national industrial unity. As the big issue coming now from such agencies as the US Department of Labor is to attempt to redefine American labor from within what today can only be considered as a Hodge-podge of more or less industrially disconnected private sector entrepreneurs, the substantially more valid emphasis on total national infrastructure retrofitting that must indeed start at Bob and Ann's back door, has to be anchored from within the umbrella of a broad host of federal regulatory entities.

As those entities, based upon what I have described above, must have a fully engaged outward bound neighborhood based focus, the liaison team must be such that they all simply know Bob and Ann, Ralph and Harriet, the father's daughters, the mother's sons and all who while living in a community far from Washington, trust the dialog that comes from Washington is indeed community based. Thus as Michael Madigan seems hell bent on perpetuating the government pensions of those who long ago retired, his one singularly valid point would be that government workers indeed do have a point for their existence if in fact what I described above were to come to a whole, green energy based fruition.

Whereas I doubt seriously that our nation will ever again require the level of union intervention based representation that was utilized in our earlier industrial history, the fact remains representation in the terms of our greater national organizational imperative is quite ripe for change.

Within the discussion of industrial competitiveness, within the realization that one company manufacturing a solar array may have a better product than another, traditional market forces apply here in every bit the same way as such market forces have been applied within the framework of our historic, free market system of American enterprise and innovation always. If say, one company can produce a better solar array system than another, the regulatory constraints of the federal government can and must be what in fact they have always been. In the case of a whole house energy audit then, if the government mandates the necessity of the audit, and, in turn, establishes basic performance standards for Bob and Ann's house, and, those same standards are applied as well to Ralph and Harriet's house, and acknowledging the performances standards as being decidedly different, the companies who manufacture the technologies that meet those decidedly different set of energy based needs remain entirely free to compete with one another from within a given community or region for the sale and installation of such technologies. But, again, in staunch and severe opposition to Michael Madigan's belligerent attempt to keep control of public employee unions without ever for a moment demanding of those unions that substantial reeducation of the workforce represented by those unions, essentially keeps Michael Madigan and his team of unscrupulous and undeserving team of highly under educated and highly pompous union public employees in constant violation of the terms of binding arbitration established by the NRLA in 1935.

As those terms clearly state the cause and rules of collective bargaining as being bench marked from within one specific, collective bargaining based legislated NRLA mandate of “Good Faith”, Michael Madigan and his team of unionized, under educated political bullies is and remains demonstrably at odds with the original premise of that collective bargaining good faith clause. Being obsessed again with his own power, without even for a moment having an inkling of knowledge pertaining to the growth of a remarkably diverse collection of 21st century American industries, his abject failure to acknowledge his overall lack of knowledge is in fact what is causing happy industries, happy government regulators and happy people in general to run like hell from his mean spirited State of Illinois.

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Mike Patrick Dahlke

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