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Were Crazy!: A Memoir about U.S. Values Bert McLachlan

Were Crazy!: A Memoir about U.S. Values

Bert McLachlan

Published January 18th 2014
ISBN : 9781493664672
Paperback
490 pages
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This is a guidebook for our children and grandchildren, to make sure they understand the mess the seniors are leaving them, and what they will need to do about it! They inherit the confusion of a struggle of values. So this is a low-tuition course onMoreThis is a guidebook for our children and grandchildren, to make sure they understand the mess the seniors are leaving them, and what they will need to do about it! They inherit the confusion of a struggle of values. So this is a low-tuition course on Whats Important?, from the curriculum of The School of Hard Knocks, from one senior citizen who wants us all to keep thinking about our own values.Values...about religion versus morality, about businesses as financial parents, in a world weakened by the total fiscal irresponsibility of Keynesian economics and central banks, during our nations misguided escape from the discipline of personal and family responsibility, and with a lost understanding of the vision our libertarian Founding Fathers had of the necessity of protecting the rights of the individual, as we wandered for the last century into the authoritarianism and centralized government of the mistakenly-named progressives.Getting back on track is going to require clearer thinking about values than their parents have had.In fact, many parents may want to give copies of the book to their children and grandchildren, as actually valuable and relevant parts of their educations and development of values.The book basically carries a theme of the importance of individuality vs. authoritarianism, not only in personal and international relations, but particularly in a needed return to adherence to the principles and provisions of our Constitution, which was actually intended to protect people from government. And there is of course much more.Some of the many questions addressed in depth by WERE CRAZY! are:Universal human values? So who is entitled to what? Own gold? This time Is different? Deficits dont matter? Cholesterol under 200 is OK? Learning Chinese? The End of Empire? The West will soon be only 1/7 of the worlds population? 41% of us born out of wedlock? Who is this somebody else who is supposed to pay for everything? Religion versus Morality? A worshipful attitude is not good? What is love? Multiculturalism? Commanders vs.Teachers? How to really listen?Can you really help anybody? What good is democracy for poor people? End the Fed? The media get us into wars? Nation building in Vietnam, Iraq, or Afghanistan? Or anywhere? What should we (or should we not) do in Syria? North Korea? Iran? To the Palestinians? Our bankrupt Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and political cowardice? What was once our dollar is now worth 5 cents? And its getting worse? We are in a recovery?What is the Rule of 72 and how does it apply? Premarital sex? Which economists and financiers have the best understanding of the big picture? Are our big problems domestic or foreign? Our federal government solves problems? Businesses paying for employee medical costs and ex-employees retirements? Financially characterizing your own business?Exercising to lose weight? How much has Congress been spending for every $1.00 of its income? Whats the trend? See the numbers yourself. The trust fund? The 10th Amendment? The U.S. is broke? Why does Article 1, Section 8 of our Constitution matter?Why compare your own answers with those in the book? Because the future of our nation depends on our values about these very subjects.* * * *WERE CRAZY! is available as an ebook directly from www.smashwords.com/books/view/384621, where you can read a first 15% sample at no charge by clicking on read online. The nearly 500-page paperback copy can be ordered directly from www.createspace.com/4505349.* * * *A complete bibliography of all books covered in the memoir is an education in itself, and can be viewed at amazon.com, clicking on books, and on Look Inside, where the vertical bar on the right can be used to scroll down about half way to read pages 475-481, although excerpts from these books are better read in the context of the memoir itself.* * * *