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J.Patrick Hickey

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I'm 68 years old and have lived in Sedona, Arizona since '89. I moved here from Crested Butte, Colorado which was my home from 1969 'til 1989.

Though I've always been into self-directed learning, and consider myself to be a "cultural creative", I did undergraduate work at Oregon State University in Liberal Arts, and graduate work at Colorado University in Asian Studies. I'm still into life-long learning, and never considered myself to be an academic, as I had little interest authority-based evaluations.

Today, as far as I'm concerned, formal education especially at high-tone Harvard, Stanford, etc may be worthwhile for technical fields, but has produced "scholars" who lack insight, vision, or flexibility. Take the current president, for instance. He still apparently believes in "top-down" organization even though it is failing miserably. He's unable to step aside and open up to the real source of recovery power, the grass-rootsl! A restoration of American greatness cannot emerge from the pinnacles of the outmoded authority-structures of the financial institutions!

Personally, I'm delighted with my evolving "new way of living" lifestyle. Leaving "the box" behind has opened my life to incredibly rewarding developments. I've overcome health challenges (heart condition, etc), and now am as vital and healthy as I was decades ago.

I believe it is possible for anyone who loves life deeply enough to make changes in diet, personal environment, and by making exercise into a delightful hobby -- and save Medicare a considerable fortune. You know, even the savings in drugs alone really adds up, not to mention saving another $1/4 million on heart operations.

Since "sick-care" medicine can't make anything off me, they nullify me. I just have to settle for enjoying living in Sedona, AZ, climbing steep Red Rock mountains (my favorite is Bear Mountain), riding my mountain bike on the delightful "Bell Rock Pathway", while often taking as many nature photographs as I feel like.

Though my economic resources require frugality, I have learned to lead a pretty good life by valuing my time (more with each passing hour). Heck, in 32 years, I'll be only 100.

My passion for learning entices me into spending about 1,000 hours a year doing my research on the Internet. I focus on the unfolding of the U.S. and International economy, and the rest of the time ferreting out integral health knowledge which is already extensively available, with more discoveries emerging every day.

I am concerned that the U.S. economy may be a house of cards, which could fold up at any time -- hitting suddenly like an earthquake. Certainly, many brilliant economists are starting to lose sleep at the prospect of inflation of the dollar and of oil. How much more can this dual-mode American economy withstand before the "normally functioning" middle class slides down to join the "nullified former middle classes"?

The dishonesty of the government is obvious to those of us on the short end of stick, as we're told we won't even get COLAs because there's supposidly no inflation. Big lie! Even at 10%, with an income of $1,000 a month, where does the other $100 come from?
"It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God's will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you - try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God's will yourself!"

Anyway, I think it'll be a good sign when enough Americans realize what's happened to them, and get mad enough to do something about it!

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