Archive for Thursday, February 5, 2009

More entrepreneurs needed

February 5, 2009

Back in October I wrote a column about the bailout and suggested then that government should stay out of the financial business world. As of now, that did not happen and the price tag keeps going up and up. We probably will never know where our tax dollars have actually gone. The outcome would be far greater, in my mind, if the money had gone directly to small businesses and individual taxpayers.

The only answer to the situation is more people starting new businesses and services. Every one in the country during World War II was working, and that would be the answer today. This involves a climate of creative risk-takers as it is not easy to go into business.

We need to encourage elementary schoolchildren along those lines. There are so many possibilities for new products even though we think everything has already been invented. Some of the possibilities are fuel-less motors that would run without oil products and new inventions for transportation and home heating.

A few years ago we went to the visit a display that the fifth-grade class had in the gym. Everywhere were their inventions and plans on how to improve what had already been invented. Such imagination is what is needed for new items. I am constantly reading about how someone started out with a unique product that eventually grew to the point where they are making millions.

Not every child will be a creative risk-taker. I do know we have some great teachers in Lansing, along with good parents that encourage their children any way they can. There is a need for workers as well as leaders.

I have no idea what the next few years will bring, but we are hearing a lot about how everyone will have to “put their nose to the grindstone” and try not to spend what we do not have.

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