You Can Count On Change

Count on Change

Changes abound. If there is one singular thing we can all count on, it is change. Changes that affect us as a whole usually sift down from the “higher powers” of industry and government. The captains of commerce and our world leaders make decisions oftentimes regardless of the wishes of the people. They don’t think we notice because they are in their own worlds and out of touch with the general populace. They think we were born yesterday.

My father-in-law needed extensive repair on one of his rental properties and called in a plumber. Jake was a fellow who Dad had used on several projects in the past, and he knew his work was reliable. Jake is a personable guy and likes to talk. He started off by giving an estimate and then poked his head out of the maze of pipes to complain about the costs of repairs. He said there was no good reason for plumbing parts to go up 13% over the past 12 months. He’s been in the business for 25 years, and he doesn’t see a need for the increase costs, – that naturally has to be passed onto the customer. Where does it stop?

Jake is just one tradesman faced with increasing costs. He doesn’t like it any more than the rest of us. When it comes to the necessities of life, the small business person along with the rest of us are at the mercy of those who feel their bottom line and their personal gain would be better if they raise prices, sometimes by just pennies. As the months and years add up so do the pennies.

Raising rates on all consumer goods is a regular practice. Prices may dip in one area, but rocket up in another. Prices may seem seasonal, but all in all it’s a huge juggling act performed on the world trade stage.  wtotbt-s-q-c-a.jpgIt’s all quite complex and beyond the comprehension of the ordinary individual who purchases everyday necessities, and well beyond this writer’s understanding. I am sure of one basic tenet, and that is, the powers directing the ebb and flow of commerce are generally self-serving. Call me a cynic, but I wasn’t born yesterday.

Our health care is another area in which we, the consumers are dropped a line that hooks many of us into believing we have to take what we can get. Recently, I watched the 9-part series: The Truth About Cancer, A Global Quest. Ty Bollinger travels the world to discover, treatment after treatment for curing cancer. He speaks with credible scientists and researchers who have spent most of their lives debunking the case that cancer is incurable.

This documentary gives explicit information and guidance to anyone who wants to look further into evidence based alternative cures. It does not promote one clinic or cure over another. It is worth watching the first episode if not all 9. Cancer is a thriving business and as long as it generates income, cures will not be sanctioned by the groups that profit by it. Personal gain for a few means the loss of life for the many.

I believe it’s healthy to be a bit of a cynic when we sense that we are being dealt with disproportionally. Not everyone will raise their voice, so it’s up to a few of us to speak for the rest. Believe it or not, change can happen if enough stand up and let those who so adeptly reign over us know that we weren’t born yesterday.

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