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Herding the Fat Cats: A Holistic Approach to Stifling Corporate Greed?And Solving Our Tax Code and Healthcare Problems in the Process!

Herding the Fat Cats: A Holistic Approach to Stifling Corporate Greed—And Solving Our Tax Code and Healthcare Problems in the Process!

After a year of bailouts and a barely-breathing economy, many Americans want to know what 2010 will bring. Has corporate America really learned its lesson? Author Blaine Loomer isn’t waiting around to find out. He offers up a holistic solution to ending corruption in America’s big businesses that will also create some much-needed progress in other areas.

  Cincinnati, OH (December 2009)—When President Obama criticized the “fat cat” bankers early last week, he was echoing the sentiments citizens on both sides of the political fence feel toward Corporate America. No wonder. As we look back over the past 12 months, it’s hard not to be disgusted by The Year of the Bailout. The spectacle of be-suited executives begging for government handouts is truly sickening to the Average Joes and Janes who struggle to pay their bills with their own meager, recession-choked finances. What’s worse is that most of us suspect no lessons were learned—Corporate America’s lousy decision-making isn’t likely to end any time soon.

That’s why Blaine Loomer calls BS on the whole system.

“Just consider the worst of the worst of Corporate America for 2009: AIG,” says Loomer, author of the new book Corporate Bullsh*t: A Survival Guide (Mitchell Publishers Inc., 2009, ISBN: 978-0-9842016-0-0, $29.50). “Its executives spent almost half a million dollars on a fancy retreat after receiving $85 billion in bailout money. That’s so outrageous it’s almost comical.

“The government bailed AIG out to try and protect the economy, but it didn’t address the problems that put AIG in that position in the first place,” he adds. “Too often, the government or some other entity swoops in to clean up the messes corporate fat cats in various industries have made, but nothing is done to prevent these disasters from happening in the first place.”

Despite 2009’s rock-bottom low points, reforming Corporate America is possible, says Loomer. He suggests that our nation take a holistic approach to dealing with the corruption, greed, and poor decision-making that plague many of our companies and industries.

As his book title suggests, Loomer is accustomed to advising people on how to navigate corporate bullsh*t on a personal level. (The book offers solutions to problems ranging from lack of corporate accountability to toxic colleagues to securing promotions and raises.) However, he is also plenty comfortable taking a macroscopic view of the BS.

Below, he offers up a four-part example of how a holistic problem-solving approach can help keep Corporate America in check while also addressing some of the nation’s other pertinent issues—namely, our overly complicated tax system and healthcare reform. 

The Problem Part One: Publicly trading corporations are allowed to run amok.

The Solution: “The SEC needs to have more enforcement capability,” says Loomer. “The real problem here is not the current legislation, although it does need to be updated. The real problem is that the proper resources aren’t in place to enforce the existing laws.” 

In his book, Loomer proposes that the U.S. staff up the SEC with auditors to be embedded in all public companies. These auditors will attend board meetings and audit company activities as well as investment instruments to make sure these companies are being good corporate citizens. SEC agents will be there to protect the interests of the shareholders, other investors, and employees in an effort to “prevent” greed-driven executives from shooting their own companies in the foot.

 “I would also like to see an SEC review board that would analyze new investment instruments for the risk of catastrophic losses,” says Loomer. “Investing is a zero sum game, and if someone is making 500 percent returns, someone else is taking 500 percent losses.” 

The Problem Part Two: New SEC staff will require money that isn’t available.

The Solution: “You’re probably thinking, This guy’s crazy. Staffing up the SEC for this task will require thousands of people,” says Loomer. “And you’d be right. But remember, we are approaching all of this with a holistic view. That said, let’s talk for a minute about a flat tax—an option that frequently comes up for debate.” 

One concern opponents of a flat tax often bring up is that it will cause a loss of jobs in the IRS and in accounting firms. The last thing anyone wants to do these days is eliminate jobs, but Loomer points out that we have an opportunity here to not only staff up the SEC to enforce greater corporate accountability but to also minimize the cost of managing the tax system. 

“Basically, the funds saved through the simplified tax system would be moved over to the SEC where they could be better utilized,” he explains. “The IRS employees, who already have the skill set to monitor financial instruments, should be able to make the transition to the SEC with minimal training.” 

The Problem Part Three: Independent accounting firms will suffer.

The Solution: To talk about what fate would befall the accounting firms in Loomer’s plan, let’s bring in a seemingly unrelated topic: health care reform and the possibility of a public option. Everyone is worried about government health care costs spinning out of control, right? By taking a holistic approach to these problems, the tax accountants displaced by a simplified tax system could go to work in the health care arena. 

“After all, who better to monitor the health care system than a group of auditors and accountants?” asks Loomer. “These accounting firms could work on a contract basis to monitor some or all of the health care system.” 

The Problem Part Four: Health insurance employees will lose their jobs.

The Solution: Just put these people to work administering the new health care system. 

“My answer is: Why does the government want to take on another huge cost center to administer health care when skilled people are already in place?” asks Loomer. “We could contract with the insurance companies for the administrative services that will be necessary when health care is reformed.” 

The best part of Loomer’s vision? It could conceivably allow America to solve several of the nation’s most tricky challenges without incurring extra costs or raising taxes.

“This is certainly a bold plan, and I realize that putting it into action will take more than a simple snap of the fingers,” admits Loomer. “But it seems that this kind of holistic approach is much better than trying to solve these problems one at a time, as if they weren’t all interconnected. Remember, we are all paying for the system we have now—the one that has allowed corporate greed and government ineptness to drive our economy into a recession—and we will be paying for the system we have in the future. We might as well make it a better one.”

 

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About the Author: 

Blaine Loomer’s expertise in the corporate world evolves from over 20 years of experience in corporate management and sales. He has consulted with thousands of companies over the years, from enterprising individuals of mom and pop shops to executive officers of some of the largest corporations in America. As a corporate sales expert, he has hired, educated, and managed sales teams across North America. Over the years Blaine has logged millions of miles and fostered business relationships with thousands of people from all walks of life, both domestic and international. Through his travels and experiences, he has gathered a wealth of knowledge. After 20 years he has decided to put down the suitcase and share what he has learned with you in an effort to help you succeed in the pursuit of your career.

 About the Book: 

Corporate Bullshit: A Survival Guide (Mitchell Publishers Inc., 2009, ISBN: 978-0-9842016-0-0, $29.50) is available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers. 

For more information, please visit www.corporatebsguide.com.

 

Blaine Loomer?s expertise in the corporate world evolves from over 20 years of experience in corporate management and sales. He has consulted with thousands of companies over the years, from enterprising individuals of mom and pop shops to executive officers of some of the largest corporations in America. As a corporate sales expert, he has hired, educated, and managed sales teams across North America. Over the years Blaine has logged millions of miles and fostered business relationships with thousands of people from all walks of life, both domestic and international. Through his travels and experiences, he has gathered a wealth of knowledge. After 20 years he has decided to put down the suitcase and share what he has learned with you in an effort to help you succeed in the pursuit of your career.

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A New, Scientific Approach to Goal Setting – That Works

A new, scientific approach to Goal Setting – that works.

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Four steps to a new approach of enhancing self-esteem.

You have the power to run your own thoughts and to decide to increase the level of your self-esteem. Here is a new approach on self-esteem using the kind of states and emotions you experience every day: acceptation, appreciation and esteem. You will use these feelings or states of mind to increase your level of self- esteem whenever you want.

Practicing these four steps to enhance your self esteem will change the way you see yourself and the way you feel about yourself.

1. A state of acceptation. First, access an experience of acceptation of an outside event, for example a traffic jam or the weather. It is something you may not necessary like but you can accept it. Feel the emotion and notice your posture, your sensations and how you look. What are you thinking and how are you thinking it? Notice the tension in your muscles. Are you relaxed?

You will now amplify this state and emotion inside of you until it reaches 8 or 9 on a scale from 1 to 10. Let the feeling of acceptance build and make an anchor by touching your left wrist, or whatever part of your body that seems ok for you.

2. A state of appreciation. Secondly, access an experience of appreciation for something outside of you, for example your baby, a sunset or your health. In the same way, notice your posture and your sensations in your hands head and body? Let this feeling of appreciation build as well and make an anchor by touching the same part of your body as in step 1.

3. A state of esteem. Third, access an experience of esteem of something marvel about, someone you admire, something you honour and esteem highly. Notice your posture and the sensations in your body. What do you look like when you are standing in awe? How is your breathing? Let this feeling of esteem/awe build as well and make an anchor by touching the same part of your body as in step 1.

4. Apply to Self and Your Life. Now, you’re going to think about yourself and touch the part of the body you selected in step 1. And as the process of “esteeming yourself” continues, notice how your thoughts and emotions change about yourself because you can now easily feel appreciation for your skills and abilities; you can feel acceptance about those things in your life that you may not like; you can feel esteem for yourself as a human being.

Finally, every time you are tempted to feel critical of yourself, you can do this! It’s up to you!

The fact is that you’re important and it’s like the world tries to pull you down by saying “you’re not enough good…thin enough…smart enough…” The fact is that you are somebody and you have value. Your contribution to the world is important. This exercise helps you so you know it emotionally and not just intellectually.

No Limit Life – The Best Problem Solving Approach

Poker is one of the most popular card games in America. Unlike other cards games that can be won by luck, poker requires strategic planning, quick thinking, and clever execution to win the game.

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Born in New York City, Charlie Shoten is a computer entrepreneur and insurance executive. Later, Charlie Shoten developed an interest towards poker game, and became a professional poker player. In his poker career, he has cashed in more than fifty poker tournaments across the United States. Owing to his successes, he has become one of the top-ranked professional players in the poker game. Despite his successes, he felt he is not happy with his life. So, he started analyzing his own life, and identified the basic problems that make him stressful. Once he started solving them, his life has become happier. Charlie Shoten wanted to share his experience, and started writing the book No-Limit Life.

No Limit Life by Charlie Shoten mainly deals with problem solving skills both in games as well as in life. It is more like the author’s biography that discusses about problems that we face in day-to-day lives as well in poker games, and also suggests the best way to solve them. This Charlie Shoten’s book is simple and easy to understand. Although it deals with problem-solving techniques, the book is full of fun and is suitable for all age group. For poker players, who want to know more than just poker game, then this Charlie Shoten’s book is worth a buy. You can get the latest edition of No Limit Life by Charlie Shoten from Tupelo Super Store, which also have a huge collection of other poker books.

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Taking a Natural Approach to Stress Management

One of the biggest problems we have today is dealing with stress. Everyone gets stressed from time to time. Stress is actually a normal function of the body.


Under certain conditions stress can be helpful. One in four people suffer from the adverse health affects that stress can cause. It is estimated that seventy to ninety percent of adult visits to doctors are due to stress-related complaints. These problems cost an estimated 300 billion dollars annually in healthcare expenses.


Even though everyone can suffer from stress, the way we experience can be very different. There are some common symptoms and causes, however. What causes one person to be highly stressed may not bother another in the least.


When we are anxious, hurried, worried or feel threatened, our bodies begin to tense up. This reaction probably benefited us in caveman days-the well-known “fight or flight” reaction which prepared us for battle and allowed us to hunt prey. In the modern environment, the stress hormones released do not dissipate in the way that they did in our early history-we feel stressed, but don’t engage in physical activity. As a result, these stress hormones attack the organs and create long-term problems if not dealt with adequately.


Constant worry or mental anguish creates chronic tension. This tension begins to take a toll on the body, mind and emotions. This chronic tension can result in anger, depression, fatigue, physical pain, irritability and many other unpleasant and undesirable reactions.


If we can identify what it is that causes stress, then we can effectively manage it. There are several common approaches to alleviating stress that can help most people. These approaches don’t have to use drugs, but a natural approach that can produce long-term beneficial effects.


One of the best ways to reduce stress is to plan ahead. We can’t know everything that will happen, but there is an advantage to getting there on time or even a bit early. Be prepared, and not just if you’re a Boy Scout. Plan to arrive early for appointments; if you’re held up in traffic, you still arrive at the meeting stress-free.


Be prepared also means: make sure that you have enough gas in your car, enough change for the bus, enough of the basic supplies at home such as food staples, and have extra keys made for those times when they get misplaced. Getting things ready ahead of time removes time-imposed stress. Prepare a lunch the day before. Pick out your clothes the night before.


Be prepared to wait. If you have a few minutes before the appointment, have a book or magazine handy. This will help you to deflect concerns about the upcoming meeting.


Get organized. Create a place for everything at home and at your workplace. Put things away when you are finished with them so that you know where they are. Learn to say no and to delegate responsibilities and chores when possible. Taking on too much will surely lead to stress. By making these simple adjustments you are taking a natural approach to stress management.

Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Stress Management.