-- Tom Hoefling
"The Democrats, and far too many Republicans, talk incessantly about 'jobs, jobs, jobs,' as if that was the ideal. I have a different take. I want my fellow Americans, and my fellow Iowans, to OWN our country and our state, and the means of production - to work for themselves, and for their posterity. That's far better than merely earning a paycheck, as honorable as that might be. One other thing: the only jobs government can really create are government jobs anyway, of which we already have far too many."
-- Tom Hoefling
1/12/2014 02:38:11 pm
Iowa should lead the nation in the first "Right to Own" state.
1/12/2014 08:53:25 pm
Mr. Hoefling has hit the proverbial nail on the head. Directly on the head! The tradition measure of job as the indication of a growing economy is archaic in today's world of automated systems of all kinds ...1 in 12 sales jobs have been replaced by the CRM's (customer resource management) and other systems. Benk Tellers by ATM's Middle management by ERP's. How is the economy growing but the jobs are not coming back. THE JOBS ARE GONE! Not to china but to silicone valley's creation of the automated workplace. Here is the only answer possible! OWNERSHIP. www.capitalhomestead.org
1/13/2014 01:24:12 am
Own or be owned. That is our only choice. To not own wealth producing capital is to be a slave, period.
Tom Hoefling understands the economics of reality and the reality that tectonic shifts in the technologies of production, which is continually shifting to the non-human factor means and eliminating jobs and devaluing the worth of labor. ONLY by assuring that economic growth is financed using financial mechanisms, such as insured, no-interest capital credit loans, that build overtime viable, diversified share ownership interest participation in private sector corporations by EVERY citizen simultaneously with the growth of the economy can we build an economy that supports general affluence for EVERY citizen.
1/13/2014 03:37:59 am
“Neither is labor tending in the direction of liberty. Practically all the demands of labor today are tending in the direction of wage-hour, legislation, betterment of working conditions, and the right to organize - all of which are good, necessary, and indispensable. They must be encouraged and not discouraged. But these demands indicate that labor today is stressing the means rather than the end. They prove that labor is thinking in terms of that which will satisfy man’s material appetite rather than that which will satisfy his dignity as a human being. Labor is thinking more about material security than about liberty or independence. Independence can come only from that which guarantees it; namely, private property. By private property here, we do not mean principally consumable goods such as a rented house, food, clothing, an automobile, but rather productive wealth, e.g., his own farm, cooperative enterprises or a share in the management, profits or ownership of industry. It would seem today that labor is satisfied with only created wealth; not creative wealth; with consumptive wealth, not productive wealth. While labor must insist upon its rights and upon short hours, just wages, good working conditions, and the right to its own unions, it must at the same time not forget that its real peace and prosperity lie beyond any of these things. For when they are all cared for, man is still not independent. So long as a laborer receives his salary from an employer who pays him, so long as he is dependent upon an organization for a continuation of his just working conditions, he is not independent, though he may be well fed. Liberty means the liberation of personality from the tyranny of the herd. Labor must remember that it is possible to have a country of well-fed slaves. A nation of dependent citizens is not the kind of nation we set out to be. It is not enough for the labor to be politically free, it must also be economically free. Unless there is a wider plea for that independence which comes from the ownership of private property, labor will degenerate into economic slavery and will have no other security for continued material prosperity than the threat of a revolution. The ideal is not to make the workers dependent on industry but to make them to some extent independent of it. This means that labor must not forget that it cannot stand on its own, unless it has something it owns.
3/11/2016 10:39:11 pm
Yep, . . back up to the top.
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