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Soy Alcalde (Presidente). Y ahora que hago?

Esto es un diario para nuestros politicos que ganan puestos de eleccion popular y quieren ideas sobre que hacer:

No entiendo como los alcaldes pueden usar de excusa: “No hay dinero!”.

Hay miles de formas de hacer dinero en SPS, solo hay que tener la buena intencion de multar a la gente de manera cordial cuando hacen las miles de cosas malas que hacen a diario.

Crear empresa publico-Privada para:

1. Construir puentes o reparar calles. Recolectar dinero a través de patronatos y luego deducir Los aportes de cada persona de los impuestos que deben pagar a la muni.

2. Multen en Los semaforos x luz Roja y vueltas en U o contra via y Crear fondo para reparar calles. Con la cantidad de infracciones diarias, bien sacan el sueldo de un policía por semáforo.

3. Violaciones a zonificacion a Los Negocios que se instalan en zonas residenciales y Crear fondos para desarrolar areas verdes. Cuantos negocios hay en zonas residenciales de los cuales los vecinos nos pasamos quejando?

4. Pasar ley que permita usuarios que produzcan Energia a partir de Fuentes renovables, como solar, eolica o hidroelectrica, la pueden vender a la Enee.

5. Parar y multar a todos Los que hablan por cellular mientras manejan. Usar fondos para Los hospitales publicos!

6. Multas para Los que se estacionen en las aceras o doble (San Vicente, Copantl, Hotel Cordillera, Circunvalacion, Colegio de Abogados).

7. Cuando arreglen calles, arreglen los bordillos. De otra manera la basura y las piedras que se lavan del bordillo a la calle vuelven a hacer hoyos. Yo creería que esto es intuitivo!

8. Poner a trabajar a la unidad de Parques y ‘Boulevards’ xq su negligencia en arreglos y diseño de Lo que se puede sembrar causa problemas a lineas Telefonicas y de Enee. En SPS nos fascina planta arboles con la idea de ser conscientes con el medio ambiente. Tanto asi que prohibimos el corte de arboles en la ciudad si no es con un permiso especial. Todo esto esta bien hasta que nos damos cuenta que sembrar arboles inadecuados causan problemas serios:

  • Arboles de alto crecimiento: Dañan el tendido electrico cuando crecen
  • Arboles de raices extensas: Dañan los alcantarillados y hasta los pavimentos
  • Arboles frutales: Generan atraccion de fauna indeseada
  • Arboles con estructuras quebradizas causan problemas al tirar ramas secas sobre cableados

9. Implementar modalidad de Compras tipo GroupOn a traves de patronatos para las colonias que puedan mantener las colonias fumigadas y sus areas recreativas limpias y activas.


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USA, NASA, Mars Exploration & Global Recession

Did anyone read this?

http://mashable.com/2012/12/13/death-star-petition/

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The US is in dire straits indeed. Once the beacon of innovation, freedom to create and quality standards creator, the USA has now taken a backseat…all the way to the back, behind developing countries who mass produce anything the USA produces faster, cheaper and without so many obstacles.

CHEAPER

The USA spent the last decade automating every one of there production processes, not as a means of cutting costs so much as a means of improving quality control of their final products. Along came China with a huge starving workforce and put the US machines out of business.

FASTER

US employees are highly productive but quality controls and export politics slow down the produce-export machinery. The USA is a country of honest people and hard workers that respect the detail to their jobs for the sake of respect, not because of the laws. Developing countries have a workforce which has to be controlled in order to produce a high quality product. The end result is an economy that produces faster and has fewer steps towards exporting than does the USA.

OBSTACLES

The US has so many agencies checking imports and exports it really slows the economy down. As efficient as checkpoints are, there are always delays. Think about how many compliances an exporter or importer in the USA must meet just for the Dept of Homeland Security, not to mention FDA, Customs, BATF etc. Not to mention the human rights groups.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Long gone are the days when the USA was the factory of the world. A service economy is fine, but it won’t solve unemployment issues, internal debt issues, deficit issues, medicare issues etc. There is a large population in the USA who cannot solve their labor, credit, health and education problems unless the economy provides for them in someway.

If you consider 100% of the workforce stretched from one side, the white collar workers to the other side, the blue collar workers; the USA has lost a great deal of jobs right in the middle of that spectrum. Now they have immigrants taking up the bottom, blue collar part of the spectrum and a very small amount of people in the upper tier. So the only jobs left are the extremely white collar, service oriented jobs, most of which are stuck in R&D and the USA has no way of monetizing it. Kinda sounds like Facebook. Facebook has 500 million clients not buying anything at the moment. If they could just figure out how to sell something, anything! The USA is stuck in pretty much the same place. NASA’s Mars program is the perfect example of this. Its amazing! Who the heck would have thought we’d be planet hopping by now? No other country even comes close to this.

The amount of knowledge and not just knowledge:

(how to send a rover to mars)

but the mental-rational pre-emptive problem solving expertise engrained in NASA personnel:

(how to send a rover to mars and do it in such a way that we document every step along the way, recording parameters for just about anything, with double and triple backups in most cases, considering all the options and then some, paving the way to future missions while executing the current mission, overshooting goals and expectations in every way and all of this in the greatest of public scrutiny which directly impacts their operating budget every 4 years!)

OMG, if only the US government was 1/100th that efficient.

WHAT CAN THE USA DO?

Well, that’s just it! The USA is sitting on a pot of gold. They just don’t know how or who to sell it to! How do you put a value on the space knowledge the USA has gained over the past 40 or so years!?

Could you sell insurance? World Space Knowledge Insurance which gives the countries the right to access ELE protection when the time comes?

Could you sell raw materials? Space mining will be quite profitable since the US was the first to get to Mars and the Moon and thus will probably be the first to get to other planets and moons, they can claim them as their own…just like ancient super powers claimed colonies and land all over the Earth way back when.

Could you sell the knowledge of how to get to a planet with the desired characteristics and how to populate that planet in the name of your own country should you desire to do so?

I dunno what the answer is, but whatever it is, the USA is sitting on something huge. I hope they stop bickering with the Chinese over cheap computer chips and patent infringements and set their sights much higher, high into the sky!

How do you think the USA could monetize their space knowledge?


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USA – NASA – MARS – GLOBAL RECESSION

Did anyone read this?

http://mashable.com/2012/12/13/death-star-petition/

;

The US is in dire straits indeed. Once the beacon of innovation, freedom to create and quality standards creator, the USA has now taken a backseat…all the way to the back, behind developing countries who mass produce anything the USA produces faster, cheaper and without so many obstacles.

CHEAPER

The USA spent the last decade automating every one of there production processes, not as a means of cutting costs so much as a means of improving quality control of their final products. Along came China with a huge starving workforce and put the US machines out of business.

FASTER

US employees are highly productive but quality controls and export politics slow down the produce-export machinery. The USA is a country of honest people and hard workers that respect the detail to their jobs for the sake of respect, not because of the laws. Developing countries have a workforce which has to be controlled in order to produce a high quality product. The end result is an economy that produces faster and has fewer steps towards exporting than does the USA.

OBSTACLES

The US has so many agencies checking imports and exports it really slows the economy down. As efficient as checkpoints are, there are always delays. Think about how many compliances an exporter or importer in the USA must meet just for the Dept of Homeland Security, not to mention FDA, Customs, BATF etc. Not to mention the human rights groups.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Long gone are the days when the USA was the factory of the world. A service economy is fine, but it won’t solve unemployment issues, internal debt issues, deficit issues, medicare issues etc. There is a large population in the USA who cannot solve their labor, credit, health and education problems unless the economy provides for them in someway.

If you consider 100% of the workforce stretched from one side, the white collar workers to the other side, the blue collar workers; the USA has lost a great deal of jobs right in the middle of that spectrum. Now they have immigrants taking up the bottom, blue collar part of the spectrum and a very small amount of people in the upper tier. So the only jobs left are the extremely white collar, service oriented jobs, most of which are stuck in R&D and the USA has no way of monetizing it. Kinda sounds like Facebook. Facebook has 500 million clients not buying anything at the moment. If they could just figure out how to sell something, anything! The USA is stuck in pretty much the same place. NASA’s Mars program is the perfect example of this. Its amazing! Who the heck would have thought we’d be planet hopping by now? No other country even comes close to this.

The amount of knowledge and not just knowledge:

(how to send a rover to mars)

but the mental-rational pre-emptive problem solving expertise engrained in NASA personnel:

(how to send a rover to mars and do it in such a way that we document every step along the way, recording parameters for just about anything, with double and triple backups in most cases, considering all the options and then some, paving the way to future missions while executing the current mission, overshooting goals and expectations in every way and all of this in the greatest of public scrutiny which directly impacts their operating budget every 4 years!)

OMG, if only the US government was 1/100th that efficient.

WHAT CAN THE USA DO?

Well, that’s just it! The USA is sitting on a pot of gold. They just don’t know how or who to sell it to! How do you put a value on the space knowledge the USA has gained over the past 40 or so years!?

Could you sell insurance? World Space Knowledge Insurance which gives the countries the right to access ELE protection when the time comes?

Could you sell raw materials? Space mining will be quite profitable since the US was the first to get to Mars and the Moon and thus will probably be the first to get to other planets and moons, they can claim them as their own…just like ancient super powers claimed colonies and land all over the Earth way back when.

Could you sell the knowledge of how to get to a planet with the desired characteristics and how to populate that planet in the name of your own country should you desire to do so?

I dunno what the answer is, but whatever it is, the USA is sitting on something huge. I hope they stop bickering with the Chinese over cheap computer chips and patent infringements and set their sights much higher, high into the sky!

How do you think the USA could monetize their space knowledge?


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How our Latinamerican businesses operate…and prosper

I just got referred to these 2 articles. And I got to thinking how the US of A has lost the war since the 2000’s! They were the indisputable champ during the 1900’s but what happened to the powerhouse, the military might, the beacon of liberty and prosperity?

http://latintrade.com/2011/05/the-contrarian-fear-not-despot-nor-devaluation-but-do-fear-your-rival

http://latintrade.com/2011/10/the-contrarian-bet-on-the-hare-not-the-turtle

I have been working with the Chinese since 2007. Thus I follow their economy and their foreign affairs closely. It’s indeed a very complex subject but I ran across an interesting situation the other day. In an auction type website I posted a job (a highly technical design service job). I received posts from Brasil, Argentina, USA, India, Romania and Pakistan. There is something inherent to doing business in all these countries that is common to all except the USA. Haggling! Immediately after the bids poured in, I began haggling to all bidders and the only ones who were offended by the bidding were the “Americans”.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the pitfalls of haggling; the lower quality products or services, the worker disdain or lack of loyalty etc. The very thing that made USA great, pride in their work, is now quite possibly a double edge sword digging into their heel.

At some point USA quality was the best. Therefore many people were willing to pay the premium. However, nowadays the global marketplace includes 10 times as many suppliers willing to offer the same product or service for less…for a lot less? What about the quality you ask, equal and in some cases better. Yes there are many crap-quality chinese products, same as with some “american” ones. I agree there are probably more crap-quality products in China than in the USA, but there are great quality products in China nevertheless. Why this happened? The very same foreign affairs attitude of being the world police and having the power to invade any country they wish (overtly or covertly), usually for economic reasons, has driven so many of the world’s countries into poverty levels that forced those inhabitants to settle for less as the USA inhabitants hunger for more.

Put it all together and you’re left with a poker player with no hand whatsoever at a table with many more players holding full houses.

Can the USA turn this around? Can they compete with developing markets that have become black holes for investor capital? Can Peter compete with Pedro or Ping? Remember, you can’t just invade China or Brasil…they’ll kick your ass! 🙂


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What Mel Zelaya did for Honduras

He forced a policy of annual minimum wage revisions which businessmen have began to take more seriously as evidenced by the recent 2-year agreement in January of 2012.  This is what government is supposed to do and he set the wheels in motion because in the past minimum wage revisions were few and far between and when they were agreed upon, they were a joke (3-5ppts below inflation) and even if they were agreed upon, businessmen rarely implemented them and the Secretary of Labor never did anything about it.

Im right of center and I had operating costs affected in the company I work for, just like everyone else.  But you know what, in the end, my workers are happier and Im sure they are much more loyal.  Thats what its all about, without capital investment there is no labor, but without labor there is no capital growth.
So even though I was happy to see him go, because those extreme leftist ties were going nowhere good, fast…when people ask me what he did for Honduras, I say:
“He gave labor a hand, a reason to lift their heads up high!”  And doesn’t everyone have a right to feel good about themselves and their hard work!?