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I wrote a few weeks ago that regardless of which one of the current three presidential candidates wins, it won’t make a hill of beans to Middle America. When it comes to viable economics, the three not only don’t know much, they don’t even suspect anything.

Ron Paul was a truth teller first and foremost. That is why I supported him. But, he asked Americans to make meaningful change in order to have any hope of restoring our economy. That was a mistake on his part and therein he was deemed a kook of sorts. Like, “If you think I’m changing my habits, you’re crazy. John, Hillary and Barrack said I didn’t need to, all I have to do is vote and wait, no other action necessary.” I get a tear in my eye just thinking about it.

It occurred to me that I know exactly how Ron Paul feels about now. Two years ago when I was writing the first draft of my book, “The Biggest Lie Ever Believed,” I predicted that housing would do exactly what it did, oil would do exactly what it has done, that the banks would do exactly what has occurred; and people looked at me like my hair was on fire. Today they call and ask me what’s going to happen next. Ron Paul will get lot smarter as time passes.

For all of you who are willing to adopt the wait-and-see attitude for substantive change to be unleashed in 2009, you won’t be disappointed; things will definitely get a whole lot worse. And technically, getting worse is a change.

As for me and mine, we’re going to go out and look for our own firewood rather than waiting for the government wood chopper; I feel a definite chill in the air.

So how long will this mess take to turn around? That depends on when you start turning it around. Oh, you mean when will our government turn this thing around? They already did, it used to work and now it doesn’t. That’s a definite turnaround.

When Mr. William Jefferson Clinton put pen to paper on both NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and the WTO (World Trade Agreement) he gave the other people in the world permission to do your job for less money and they took him serious.

If you don’t think we live in a strange place, we now have some union leaders backing Mrs. Clinton. That should be a subject suitable for Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Note that I said, “Union Leaders,” and not union workers, the leaders get to ride on Mrs. Clinton’s jet.

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If I were betting on the buffalo or high paying union jobs coming back to the U.S. first, I’d give 5 to 1 on the buffalo.

Getting back to a little personal action, what are you going to do, wait or wander? I’m suggesting that wandering away from the crowd would make good sense about now. A good head start could make all the difference in the world.

Don’t get me wrong, you’ll have more company if you hang around with the gang who is going to wait and see what government is going to do about your personal predicament. And, when they do the same thing they have been doing for the last 60 years, which is make things worse, you will already have the crowd assembled to launch a “whine fest.”

Or, you could sell a bunch of junk. Reduce unnecessary debt. Dump the mini-mansion and Hummer. Look for employment in critical sectors of the economy (there will still be an economy), hang around with some other folks who have the same self-preservation ideals, and get happily on with the rest of your life.

The U.S. isn’t just going to pitch on its head and everyone isn’t going to die. Okay, maybe some the Wall Street Suits will jump out the windows but that would be a business opportunity. If you could pin point a time, ticket sales could be tremendous.

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This whole thing boils down to personal responsibility, get out there and do something for yourself.

Wake up Middle America. The good book doesn’t really say “The Lord helps those that help themselves,” but I’m pretty sure that it warns, “The government helps themselves to those that will let them.”


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Mike Folkerth is the author of "The Biggest Lie Ever Believed" and is not your run-of-the-mill author of finance and economics. The former real estate broker, developer, private real estate fund manager, auctioneer, Alaskan bush pilot, (more...)

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