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GMO Nightmare

 
The subject of GMO's is something which I have received a few emails concerning my position on lately and one request to write a blog on the issue to share it better.  I have been in many discussions on this matter in person with people and on the Internet yet have missed expanding on it here.
GMO's is a very important subject in my humble opinion although not so with many in the political world. We have here the issue of personal freedoms and the right to know about and control what we take into our bodies, possible health issues and governmental control over our lives.

More Transportation Energy

 
Common sense has got to be brought back into the picture when dealing with balancing between progress and environment. The fact is no matter what we do we can not survive without extracting resources or building new means of producing energy. Nor can we keep up with our needs and keep cost down without doing so. We need to build a new refinery in Montana to assist in our transportation needs. This would give us more good paying jobs, boost our economy and lower fuel prices for us within our state.

Economic Growth

 
The plans for the economy is a subject which needs to be handled as a cross spectrum situation. There are many things that effect our economy which need to all be addressed. I promote our economy on this premise. To start with we have to drive home the point that government can not create jobs. It can only create an atmosphere which allows for individuals to do so. The true base to build Montanas economy does not come from outside corp. influence. Our economy will only grow when we create Montana based businesses by Montanans. Cutting business taxes for Montanans who are currently in business or want to start one is a must. Getting rid of the maze of specialty licenses, requirements and over regulation is also a must. My plan includes these steps. I also promote the growth of co-ops. These organizations assist people in purchasing items for personal/business use at a lower cost, and gives a means for small producers to combine products for better market introduction. I also push hard for a more value added aspect to our production and marketing methods. It makes no sense at all to export raw products then import finished goods from these products back into the state. Let's create the finished products here at home, this will lower our cost as consumers within the state and give us a better return on what we ship out of state thus boosting the states economy. I am also pushing the hemp market (which is legal in MT). With putting just 1% of our agricultural lands under hemp we would boost the state economy well over $100 million dollars a year off just raw material and oil alone. Finished goods from this product would grow the economy many times over. It would also enrich our soil for other crops on a rotating basis, help purify the air better and clean up surface water which seaps into our water table. It is pest resistant and can be grown chemical free, thus being even better for our environment and creating a better profit margin than traditional crops with less cost to the farmer and less impact on the environment. I also promote better harvesting of our natural resources. This is one area Montana is in a prime spot to capitalize on. Better management of our wooded areas would boost our timber businesses, clean up large areas of bad lands, and cut our expenses on battling wild fires. This act alone would also help with air and water quality, and less medical bills to Montanans as a result of smoke issues related to wild fires. Insurance cost would come down as property would not be as threatened. All these things would free up money resources for Montana citizens which they would by human nature spend elsewhere on goods and services which would actually increase our economy vs draining it of funds or costing the state hough sums of money to combat. One area the state could help in a direct manner to boost the economy which does happen to be the responsibility of the state is with our infrastructure. Better flow of goods and services from a sound and sufficient infrastructure, (roads, power, water, communication), increases our ability to do business and have lower cost means of getting goods from production spots to market. There are areas within our current agricultural industry that we need to expand in which would also pick up our economy. The layout I have given here would grow the Montana economy and create good paying jobs across the state, virtually eliminating unemployment issues for our citizens.

Job Killers

 
Most people across our state and country would agree that job creation and availability is very important to our individual lives, families, communities and overall health of our state and national economy. We have many things which are standing in the way of job creation and our individual financial security. In this case all too many key into the for or against big business aspect. Yes, many of the job killing things are related to big business. This part of the issue can take volumes to cover and will be addressed in future postings.

O MY Bama, We actually agree on something.

 
Just another few comment about the proposed pipeline fairy tail. I don't agree with Obama on many things, yet on this issue I would be inclined too at least in part. He, as I, do have great concerns about the Ogallala aquifer which the line is set to run threw. We also have in common the understanding that the Republicans will try and pound anyone against the project as being anti jobs with their claims of 1000's of jobs being created. Their claims to this is not totally true. With most projects like this, there is actually very few new jobs created.

Currency/Subsidies Intertwined

 
There are a couple of subjects which overlap where we end up fighting among ourselves and in many instances all too many people are trying to walk both sides of the fence at the same time. These subjects are subsidies (especially farm) and moving our currency back to a product based value and elimination of the Federal Reserve Bank. Here I will point out the snafu we are in. I will use farm subsidies as an example not as a finger pointing issue or lay blame on just farmers. That is the furthest thing from my mind.

Truth on Unemployment

 
Officially the unemployment rate is bouncing around the 9 percent mark nationally. This is only a partial truth. One which the government really does not want us to look into or fully understand. In reality, unemployment is around the 20 percent level the same as the Great Depression, maybe even a little higher.
The unemployment rate given out by our government is measured by the number of people in the workforce actively looking for jobs. Those who are in part-time and odd jobs here and there are not typically used in the figures.