Everyone wants freedom. Freedom to be themselves without being shamed or made to feel wrong. Freedom to own guns and other forms of protection. Freedom to determine what goes into their own body, and what comes out of it. Freedom of speech, of association, of assembly. Freedom to move about the planet. Freedom to fully self-actualize. Freedom to earn a profit as they see fit. Freedom to conduct business or manage their own property without government interference or excessive regulation. And yet….
First quarter GDP, following the massive tax cut that was supposed to serve as a stimulus, clocked in at a meager 1.7% after peaking at 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2017, before the tax “stimulus” took effect. Unless GDP grows in excess of 3-4% annually, the deficits resulting from tax cuts will not be met with adequate tax revenue from increased profitability to cover the costs of their implementation. Not by a long shot.
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Sometimes I am asked why I feel hopeful about the state of humankind. I’m hopeful for many, many reasons. I see the life experiments being run by millennials, and I rejoice. I observe the rising activism that isn’t self-serving, but focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone, and I rejoice. I notice the spiritual movements, the consciousness movements, minimalist and environmental movements, the social justice movements, and I rejoice.