Today I came across an interesting map while using my Mint.com account. This map gave me a glimpse of the United States that I haven't really seen on any news program (probably because it is so depressing, but maybe C-span did it?). I am sure that this isn't really news and that is why I haven't labeled it as such. I would have you take a look and find your county and see where it stands in comparison to the rest of the country. Is it what you expected? Mine sounds worse from tv ads then what it actually is, which surprised me. Just a remark about the map itself. It would have been helpful to have a total # of counties per state in each category and a total # of counties in each category for the United States as a whole. However I would like to take that a step further if we put our country's totals along some of the other nations of the world, how do we fair? I'm sure if I Googled enough and spent enough hours I could come up with such a thing but then what would I do? Would it make a difference to anyone? Would it make me an advocate against poverty more then what I am already? I have been told that nature abhors a vacuum. the vacuum I'm talking about is vision. If people could (know) and see what they want to do and are encouraged to aspire to do it( not all have that clear map and desire). If Government's would not encumber these peoples visions (through all the possible ways that it does, no specifics at this time) If every area on this map had 3 (or more) job opportunities for a decent wage per person seeking, in each area and these jobs were the kind of work that would make the person feel fulfilled (based on their own personal desires) then I think we could see our nation's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) would explode beyond anything that was ever predicted.
I know I use a lot of IF's but If's are used in planning a project (how much will it cost if we do this?), in programming they are conditionals (If this then that) , in dreams and visions they are weights (If only I get to this place...,If he asks me...., If the bank...). I know that my talking about 3 or more job opportunities is pie in the sky right now but it is not impossible. All it takes is those that have been given the clear vision on things to create for a business dream (a farm, a ranch, a sandwich shop, a builder...etc.) be able to do it with the least amount of 'stop progress' , 'stop the idea' as possible. Those organizations that stop peoples dreams have no care nor concern for the loss involved (does the spotted owl ring a bell, whats been the dream cost loss for this?) and the loss goes beyond just the originator's dream it can be other peoples dreams that are waiting for this particular time and originators idea to come forth.
I believe that without a vision the people parish and having so many things being created by our Government and other groups that are actually causing the people to lose their visions and then fall into poverty.
After carefully looking at the map, I have come to the conclusion that I should probably move to Wyoming, but having not overlayed this map with a map of Government land holdings yet, I will hold off until I can understand what is the real truth that I see in Wyoming.
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