February 2, 2017

Springfield Ohio? Well, this would be a town if it had a taxi....and somewhere to go.

The only taxi to be found in, or around Springfield Ohio, is a cop car.

No but seriously, taxi cabs are, at the time of this writ, dubious.

One of the three taxi "companies" told me that he would ordinarily be able to pick me up and working, but that he had just taken sleeping pills and did not think driving under the influence to be a good idea. I hesitantly agreed. He told me to try another taxi company, which we'll refer to the other taxi company as "Number two" taxi company.
The second taxi company, a.k.a. Number Two, is available five days out of the seven days in the week, between the hours of too late and forget-about-it...phhhttt.....not an option.
Still another taxi (last one!) ...simply doesn't answer the phone...ever.

Enough said about the public transportation, you're on your own in Springfield Ohio.

But what if we can put Springfield on the map to where the other towns would WANT to come here? style="background-color: rgb(153, 255, 153); color: rgb(0, 51, 51);"> Then there'd be a need for a real taxi company...or a bus even.
Read on, my great idea to save Springfield, and transform it into the model town is forthcoming. ";-)

What about Springfield's Media P R O G R A M M I N G? The media here is readily-available from a few regulated sources, just like everywhere else now.
However, in 2016 an outsourced media source touted neat graphs and figures for the Springfield Citizens to aspire to.

style="font-style: italic; background-color: rgb(204, 204, 255);">Maybe "aspire" is not the best term to use here, Springfield's fate. https://www.npr.org/2016/09/19/493920060/springfield-ohio-a-shrinking-city-faces-a-tough-economic-future

What about Springfield's Justice S Y S T E M?
Observing first-hand Springfield's Justice System (pronounced "just-us" system), was enough for my having bothered to make a whole entire pseudo-website about the issue. That being found here:
So what's left in Springfield?
Well, on a positive note, I could tell you about the people. I like the people here. Some of the citizens in this area appear conservative, but for the most part, black, white, hispanic, indian all alike, appear to be open to new ideas and are friendly. I haven't been held at knife or gunpoint yet, so that's saying something...sort of.

However I feel the citizenry are screaming inside for something to happen, a new leadership to stop the downward spiral of Springfield's economy, their fate.

It appears that the most creative idea that the present leadership can come up with is by enjoying the front of illusions with their tax cuts to the monopoly box stores. Springfield has enough of the monopoly-type businesses and it appears to basically profit those most whom collect the taxes moreso than the people. Those same monopoly stores are in every city so how will Springfield acquire outside dollars if it can't attract outside interests (in other words, if I live in Enon I'm not coming to Springfield to shop at walmart....Enon has a walmart too (i am actually just presuming that right now).

The much-needed new leadership needs to LESSEN the stringent economic and social control over it's masses just long-enough so the cash-poor citizens can rebound financially. The citizens are basically demoralized with a seemingly low sense of optimism, and for good reason. It's time to ...

My Plug:
Invest in NEW BUSINESSES that are unique! Unique businesses are what draws a family to drive to another town.
Unique is what draws money from all the towns around that visit Springfield!
(*as opposed to the illusions of two choices in best buy or walmart, mcdonald's or burgerking, kroger or....My point is, we've tried that already the nation-over).

See, every City has a walmart in their back pockets these days. Nobody is coming to Springfield for our Walmart, so no new money is coming into Springfield there. And every City has a Home Depot and/or a Lowes, so nobody is coming to bring Springfield a dollar for the drive when they can just go to the monopoly store in their own backyard.

But what if we took these vacant buildings and created something new that only Springfield has?

People from all around would have to come to Springfield
(*hopefully spending at least a dollar or more).

The people are screaming for something exciting (hell, I caught myself hoping for a tornado one night....seriously).

Okay, let's look at the facts.
Statistics show the stark decline in Springfield's income, but let's look at this data a little closer.
Springfield's income decline

Firstly, why?

Why is Springfield Dropping at such a dramatically differerent fall than the rest of the Cities of Ohio?

Statistics also show that the Springfield population has been diminishing, and yet our pay-rates have also?

With less people there should be an increase in value.
For instance, if you are the only mechanic in town, you can afford to raise your rates $1.00 more than the nobody you're competing with. You are a necessary agent so long as a motor exists.

Just to be clear, the illusion that more money is earned within the cities is due to the cost of living factor.
Housing becomes a critical commodity within the cities, as does food, water, etc. If the cities were to pay the same wage rates as the hinterland, nobody could afford to go to work and the pay rate wouldn't cover critical necessities (such as housing, food, fees, fines, insurances, licenses, etc.).

style="font-weight: bold; background-color: yellow;">So, when in regard to the following statements concerning earnings, the figures are used with the assumption of the cost of living being subtracted from earnings leaving the residual. style="font-weight: bold; background-color: yellow;">

style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(153, 102, 51);">A variable element
style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);">When the polity opened our borders in the Nafta / Cafta acts, the nation was intuitively against it. Fugitives from other countries are sure to pack the list to arrive here...sure, controlled media might have been programming a different story into our last unwashed braincell, but for the most part, most of us were apprehensive of the media's lauding of such an event. The polity went ahead and opened wide the borders anyway. style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);">
When MAJOR industry, conglomerate monopolistic corporations which are now global entities, need more profit, they call on their "lobbyists" to buy the ability to move mountains (so to speak). style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);">Bagfuls of money are carted off to become "donations" to the politicians/public relations group. Who can say "no" to a huge bagful of money?
style="color: rgb(153, 51, 0);">The major industry needed more profits and one way to attain more profits is to drive the pay-rates and other perks down. Pay Rates and Perks are expenses, to the capitalists .
The public, programmed with media touting Walmart as the big bad entity, were flashed images of an entity that sold products for only a few cents over the cost of their purchases. On face value it all seems perfectly fair, until you follow the ownership tree and ties. Imagine an American Company that leaves America for lower taxes, fees, fines, licenses, etc. That soon after your company relocates, all you need do to sell your "chinese" products back to America is to use the embedded corporation called Walmart (or Sam's or one of the last two other players on the monopoly board). However, it is possibly a magician's trick....and like a good magician does, out comes the hand, it reveals products for cheap. Intuitively, you should know to look for the other hand, for it is in the other hand that the real magic is taking place.

Working for the Capitalists

Life is worth less than Ten Dollars
Trade God's gift of an hour, for this?

A young man visitor stated to me that he earns only $9 (and some change) per hour as a mental health physician. Nine dollars for an hour of life. Hmmm... I thought about that for a second and remembered that I was earning more than that at age 16 and my position was manual and nowhere near the level of this health physician. His field is a specialized field, and in 2017 here in Ohio his pay rate is just under $10.00 to alter his life for one hour. Ten dollars. We won't delve into the possibilities of what this man could have chosen to do otherwise with that one hour of life, until tested we'll never know. To ensure that the young man fall in line and never doubt the worth of his life, up goes the utility prices or up goes the taxes or up goes the new regulations....trapped. Looking from another perspective, let's consider which group would command a higher rate of pay, the large group (such as a city) or the town with a small population ? Keep in mind, the illusion is to show much higher rates in the city but look at the poverty and other take-aways. Surrounding yourself with the lucky few in a city that have jobs will not ensure that you will always maintain that job (now which group are you in?).
The answer is, the smaller population earns higher than the larger populated area. More people mean more labor to choose from, but it raises competition in the labor force causing lower pay rates. And although these lower pay rates are higher than in the outlying areas (generally), there are also many variables which actually reduce the general pay rate between the groups. For instance, If there's only one job opening, and you're the only person in the room applying for the job,
you'd have the job and your value would go up (regardless of whether you are in the city or the outlying areas).
However, when the walls are removed as in Nafta, and everybody and their brother is let into a country, fierce competition for jobs ensures a lower pay rate to the lowest "winner" of the room of 50 men and woman trying to apply for the same ONE job.
Hungry people are desperate people.

So that's why I ask, when seeing the Springfield Ohio statistics, WHERE IS THE MONEY!? How is it possible that our town of Springfield has been dropping in population, as shown on the graph below, but their earnings are also dropping (as opposed to a constant or increased rate)?
Springfield's Population Decline

Let's say, for arguments sake, you are in a house and there's 3 other people that live with you in that house. Regardless of where you might be in the pecking order, you adjust to that position you've been relegated to (or beat down till you learn your place, if someone else is king). If you live in that same house for 20 years with the same 3 other people, you all will know every nook and cranny of one another's personalities, the weaknesses and strengths, the quirks and boiling points, etc. You know your place. You know the routine. You have a place to call home. It's a secure feeling to have familiar surroundings day in and day out.

But, what happens when after 20 years of living in that house when all of a sudden the walls are removed against the occupants wishes? The walls are down. Now you're cold. Now you barely get to talk to the other three that you've come to know. Now you find you are sharing your bed with 150 other people you don't know. Some of them speak a strange language and have peculiar attitudes, customs, religions, some of them hate you, because you had a house and they didn't.
If a group wanted another group to allow the first group to hire more forces that would keep the second group in order, all it need do is give a reason to the second group to beg for their oppression. Nafta allowed fugitives, who are the first wave to want to leave their homeland for obvious reasons (the aspired-class would not be the first wave to want to leave their prosperity), now there's more crime. Are you ready for more police now?
style="font-weight: bold; background-color: rgb(51, 255, 51);">Divide and conquered.

The nation is almost $20 TRILLION dollars in debt **update, in less than a year, it's now almost $22 Trillion, are you starting to see the wrong direction yet? ( http://usdebtclock.org ), mismanagement trickled down.
Chain of command will ensure the looters get away with the "Greatest heist ever", to quote me.

NPR News provided us with the following population decline for Springfield.

Springfield's Population Decline

Once every three years we have a "Give the next Generation a Break" Festival.

Well, it's not actually a festival, however it would be a tri-annual reason to celebrate if you happen to have kids.

Springfield Ohio has way too many vacant business shops and buildings.

It's making Springfield appear to be a ghost town.

But what if we raised 12% Tax increase on all those vacant buildings that go unrented? That would be incentive to get some of those buildings producing instead of dragging us all down.

No? Oh, the taxes, right. Well, there's a way out of that 12% increase for allowing a building to go unrented (making Springfield look like a ghetto in the making).

Here is how the "Give the next generation a break" festival works:

style="color: rgb(51, 51, 153);"> style="color: rgb(51, 51, 153);">A property-owner of unrented buildings could avoid the 12% increase in taxes by simply opting for the 'Save Springfield Program', which would allow our kids reduced or rent-free spaces for that particular year.
style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> Those kids are filled with niche ideas!
One of your Springfield kids is going to open one of those vacant commercial buildings and may surprise us all!
Families from other townships and cities will come to the new store for and by the kids (as an example).

Kids will possibly inspire the parents to get involved too! Family-based comeback.
style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> Those kids of yours will aspire! Those kids of yours will create! Those kids of yours will compete! Those kids of yours will excel! End of Story.

What made our Nation great back when I was young, was our VIBRANT and DIVERSE market place, as well as the vibrant free social environment. Nowadays, just having a home-based business that makes peanuts for wages is overly oppressed by the Codes Departments and other profit -eering agencies (before its even had a chance to make a real dollar).

style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> What does Sprinfield have to lose? We're already at the bottom!
style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> Let's try something else, in ANY other direction than: http://usdebtclock.org

style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> The graphs that follow below are showing a downward trend to becoming the worst disaster Springfield has ever experienced.
If we stay this present course style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> ,

style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> is there not a bottom?

Springfield's Population Decline

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style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> Give a kid a break, give him or her a place in which to express themselves, to draw other townships and their citizens to see what a model town can do when it departs from the monopoly stores!

style="background-color: yellow; font-style: italic;"> Unique, peculiar, wild market place that only a kid can create.

style="font-style: italic; color: rgb(102, 0, 0);">The vacant buildings would suddenly become un-vacant. By going in a wild new direction that may at first-glance seem bizarre, just might be the one direction that saves our tiny Springfield. New incentive; where the kids can express themselves by creating new niches and markets, in an effort to turn the trending direction of value here in Springfield, around.

Void of jobs (or worse, slave-wage earning jobs that degrade and demean the worker's self-worth and creativitiy) ensures your house is broken into, your property is stolen, your family member is physically harmed and robbed. Surely we can pave the direction for the children whom are the next generation? Or do we remain on this dire path which is where a general leadership is taking us: http://usdebtclock.org

Give the next generation a break (Even God commanded a Sabbath, a rest from the profiteering from a land).
Cease the stringent economic and social control and watch our own offspring grow. Save Springfield by our creative handiwork....no legal bars allowed (they've taken more than their rightful share already). Imagine the doctor's office that went out of business and lay vacant for years at the end of your block, when all of a sudden you get a call from a neighbor-friend of yours with the usual questions, "What are you doing?", you reply "Nothing, what about you?", and blah blah blah with a whole bunch of words saying a little of nothing. Oh but no, wait! That Doctor's office now has a kid or group of kids in it that are selling ice cream without the poisons, or non-gmo greens, or glow-in-the-dark frosty drinks, or featuring a new invention....NOW YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT! Do you wanna go to see what is going on down there? Sure you do, your friend too! Now the money is moving and the people are out and LO~! People from all over Dayton and those "c" towns are coming to Springfield! Imagine a city with not only a taxi, but a reason for one! Imagine a city that becomes the model city and shows what a collaborative community effort can achieve! Have some faith in those kids, release the tethers and restraints for a minute. If the kid is found to be doing something egregious, then he or she loses. But if the kid should excel, then after the first year grace period of rent-free or reduced rent, the kid is now free to continue at the regular rental rates. C'mon Springfield Polity, let's instill some sense of self-worth and self-esteem in your kids! All we need to do to turn this slump around is for the leadership to go on vacation for a year j/k';-)
Population Decline

Springfield's Population Decline

Pay-rate Decline
Springfield's income decline Not to change the subject but...

Although I find the population here to be highly rated, not so with the weather. If you wanted to go solar....you need 4 times the panels that would be required in a place like Florida, Arizona, and other sunnier locations. I lived in another State prior to Ohio, the Codes Enforcement Department seemed less strict there. Whereas the Codes Enforcement Department in German Township could just as easily be painted wearing a cowboy hat perched atop a horse with his sidearm drawn! Ah just as well....there's not enough sun in Ohio for a cheap solar plant anyway. One wind generator isn't going to cut it here either. There's some decent wind right now but all-in-all I firmly believe that to finance a one-generation self-powered homestead will consume one entire lifetime. Ohio = more panels, more space, more wire, more charge controllers, more maintenance (who knew it was going to snow on my panels....and then just sit there!).
By the way, the only reason I'm bothering to leave this review of Springfield is the fact that I'm stuck.....I've never lived in a town without a taxi...what do people do to get around here if they don't drive? I almost overlooked something; Springfield has GREAT soil if you want to grow your own food!
I would like to see my immediate community here in the German Township of Springfield Ohio, come together to create a common collective of the properties for the benefit of the immediate community. For instance, I have an acre without fences. All of my neighbors also have about an acre without fences. That means we all have unused, potentially profitable yet untapped resources (we'll call them back yards). The backyards all connect together without fences. But what if we put up a fence to include a portion of each of our yards? We sign a contract with eachother that if anyone wants to drop out the neighorhood garden program, that person need only alter the fence off their piece of the community spread. There is no required work from any of the neighbors (we have to accept the fact that there are the elderly and sick and should not be punished by withholding wholesome and plentiful fresh food from them simply for their non-participation. It's enough that their property is also included in the seasonal plot for all of us to enjoy.
To clarify, the simple seasonal wire fence would not be erected to keep people out, but to keep the critters away from the naturally grown food! I believe the neighbors would MAKE time to be in that common garden! Some would come out because it's a piece of their property in that fenced-in area and want to do something different with their plot, others would come out for some fresh air, and others would come out because they never knew their immediate neighbor and want to learn more of that other person (so as to put to rest any erroneous pre-assumptions). Some would come out because they are bored and want to walk through the garden for a pepper or stalk of asparagus, and some because they want to chat with their other immediate neighbor over this issue or that. And of course, some would come out to the garden because he or she simply loves gardening.

style="color: rgb(51, 51, 0); text-align: center; font-style: italic;">The neighbors would all reap the benefit of garden-fresh food at almost zero-cost.... style="color: rgb(51, 51, 0); text-align: center; font-style: italic;">a fence, a seed, a hoe ";-) style="background-color: rgb(255, 153, 102);">FIRE!

Springfield could use a better website in which to honor them.
At the time of this writing, there is a website that Springfield has, it's called https://springfieldohio.gov.
*update Feb 6, 2018: The website is looking better, however is it not possible to give the working class police and firemen real faces? They deserve at least that much honor. I'm not one to knock another man's work but that webpage needs to be revamped. Presently they have a dismal website with what could easily pass as China's Red Army in the place labelled POLICE.
The people in the photo are wearing uniforms with a headpiece I've never noticed here. The eyes are all covered with sunglasses. Sunglasses indicate something to hide, a non-human(e) wall of resistance. But there they all are, somewhat unidentifiable. Surely we could paint a less morbid picture of our police force here. Underneath the picture of the regime-wandered warriors is another picture labelled FIRE RESCUE. At this point it becomes apparent to me that these are some canned pictures since words cover the features of the few faces in these photos. The working class robbed of identity again, just a bunch of frowning faces with glasses on. style="color: rgb(0, 0, 153);">Surely we can do better than this. Here is the original docment which left me wondering. It is dated 2016 City in Decline , message by URI BERLINER
No taxi, huh? Potential need, potential market, potential income....all I need is a license.....a leased car.......hmmmm......


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