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Is their Approach Viable?

Can you Trust them?

Man taking oath with fingers crossed behind his back
What's your approach to life? Are you cautious about what other people want you to believe, do you take what they say with a healthy pinch of salt? Do they walk their talk? Can you trust them?

Does the person saying "Trust me!" have a track record? Is he a politician wanting your vote? If so, does he blame the previous administration, or take full responsibility for the consequences of his actions? What results have he and his policies achieved so far? Will his policies help him become wealthy, or you, or increase your taxes and your share of the national debt?

secret of success is to be skeptical, to check out the viability of what they say. Explore their motivation, ask yourself if they would gain by misleading you before you make up your mind. Don't be taken to the cleaners. If it sounds too good to be true, then start running - there's no such thing as a free lunch and it usually is!

Does what they say Make any Sense?

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Do they make sense? If not, remember that "no sense" can be written as one word: nonsense. Whenever someone tells you something - or wants your vote - you'll change your life by asking yourself: How much will they gain if you believe what they're telling you? Will you also benefit? Are they, in fact, reliable?

Does their history show they're committed to the truth? Have they followed through on their promises in the past? Or have they promised some variation of: "Read my lips, no new taxes!" and then broken their word by increasing taxes?

Are they
being right? Do they insist they're telling the truth, despite the abundance of evidence to the contrary. Do they compromise their integrity by seizing on the smallest trifle that can be interpreted to support their case, while ignoring everything that disproves it, no matter how compelling?

can not
your way
of recession

your way
of debt.

Is their warped secret of success to tell you what you want to hear rather than the awkward truth. Are they deliberately trying to mislead you because they have a large stake in the outcome?

Dan Hannan's trenchant phrase (see 2:30 minutes in): You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. Indeed! Appreciating that these financial realities apply to governments just as they do to you, to companies, and to everybody else will change your life.

Even for a government, the money comes from somewhere, and that's from all its citizens. Any government that spends more needs to take more of your earnings, as well as more of your savings. They don't consider spending less, so it's only you who has to tighten your belt!

Where does the Money your Government Spends come from?

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The money they spend comes from somewhere - it all comes from you! Your government has just three ways to take your money. They are:
  1. the taxes you pay

  2. the money they borrow for you and your children to pay tomorrow

  3. general inflation, devaluing the purchasing power of their money in your pocket

Who the hell did I miss out?

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Who the hell did I miss out?
This U.K. newspaper clipping is a bit difficult to read, so here's its text:

Can you believe it? My Income Tax return form has been sent back to me because, in response to question 4, "Do you have anyone dependent on you?", I replied: "2.1 million Illegal Immigrants, 1.1 million Crackheads, 4.4 million unemployable Jeremy Kyle scroungers, 900,000 criminals in over 85 Prisons, plus 650 idiots in Parliament and the whole of the European Commission." They said this was not an acceptable answer! So, who the hell did I miss out? Alan, Evesham

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Food for Thought

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"One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them."

- Professor Thomas Sowell, PhD, incisive American economist, social theory, philosophy.
Prolific author in race relations, education, decision-making, and practical economics

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