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Choosing Sides; Who Would You Pick?

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Good Morning Middle America, your King of Simple News is on the air.


I’m back from camping in the rain and have a new found appreciation for indoor plumbing. We did have a great time with our kids and grandkids and I also had time to ponder all of their futures.


Life in America is changing as we enter a new era where the conscious thought of natural resource consumption and population expansion will become everyday subjects.


In a way, we will reinvent the way that we live as Americans and perhaps it will be a better way in the end; which brings me to the subject of today’s article.


While I was sitting at nearly 10,000 feet in the beautiful forests and clear rushing streams of Western Colorado’s majestic San Juan Mountains, I had a thought. What if we could wipe the slate clean and pick teams for a new start for America? Who would be picked first and last?


Would we pick a high paid CEO to lead us? Would we pick a current Congressperson to represent us? At what point would we pick a Wall Street trader to be part of our team? Or, a multi-million dollar movie or sports figure?


My opinion is that the above mentioned people wouldn’t get to be on our team at all. We would pick those who would benefit our team, not weigh it down.


Remember Gilligan’s Island? While the plot was conceived as a spoof, there was a little more truth than fiction that played out in the scripts. The movie star was glamorous, but worthless as part of the survival effort. The millionaire and his wife wanted the others to take care of them as they attempted to continue living their past lifestyle.


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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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