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Will America’s Business’ Heed This Call to Action?


 

President Barack Obama talks about Egypt at a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Larry Downing

President Barack Obama talks about Egypt at a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington February 4, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON | Sat Feb 5, 2011 6:03am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called on U.S. businesses on Saturday to do more to boost the economy by hiring more workers and making investments.

The government has an obligation to make the United States the best place to do business, by providing the best schools, incentives to innovate and the best infrastructure, he said, but added that businesses also have to do their part.

“If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America,” Obama said in his weekly radio address. “They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages and invest in the future of this nation. That’s their obligation.”

Obama had difficult relations with the U.S. corporate community during much of his first two years as president, as some businesses — and the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce lobbying group — balked at his initiatives to revamp Wall Street regulation and overhaul the healthcare industry and took umbrage at some of his sharp rhetoric on executive pay.

But the White House sought to mend relations of late, by toning down the presidential rhetoric and making staffing choices that appeal to the corporate community, such as making Bill Daley, formerly of JPMorgan Chase, the new White House chief of staff.

Obama heads into the lion’s den on Monday by making his first address to the members of the Chamber.

In the weekly address, Obama said he would tell the Chamber that government and business have mutual responsibilities.

“If we fulfill these obligations together, it benefits us all. Our workers will succeed. Our nation will prosper,” he said.

With the economy the central concern of U.S. voters, the White House has been promoting its push to support businesses, and generate more jobs, despite having its attention distracted by the crisis in Egypt.

Obama has been traveling around the country to tout initiatives including a program to increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and another to expand access to high-speed wireless.

“All we did for these companies was provide some tax credits and financing opportunities. And that’s what we want to do going forward,” Obama said.

His address aired the day after the Labor Department said U.S. employment rose by only 36,000 jobs in January, far fewer than economists had expected. But the jobless rate plummeted to 9.0 percent from 9.4 percent in December.

“This week, we received a report on jobs and unemployment that told us we’re continuing to move in the right direction,” Obama said. “But we need to get there faster.”

THE SPIRITS TO MOVE hopes you found this article interesteing.

Produce Prices Rising…how are you compensating?


Information is being to come out that produce prices are increasing by 2-3 times. How do you plan to offset these price increases?

Here are a few suggestions to help combat this in these hard economical times:

1.) Planting a garden during the months that your climate allows.  Do you know that when you plant your own garden you are not only cutting down on the family financial situation, but you are also helping the environment as well.  The bee population may increase with the pollination of the flowers for some of the seeds planted, it may help to increase natural gases put off by the vegetation during growth.  Many business’ now are even participating in communal gardens.  Employees offer their time to plant, weed, water, pick and donate or eat the items grown.  What a great idea!! This may relieve some of the on the job stresses each day along with helping some of the community food shelves.  These are only just a few of the positive things that may occur.

2.) Shopping the local farmers markets.  What a great way to support your local community farmers and reduce costs for your family grocery shopping.  Do you realize that many of the farmers markets now not only sell just vegetable items?  Many now also sell meats, breads, flowers, natural made soaps and so much more.  You can find the location, times, seasonal sale schedule and so much more at www.mfma.org (for Minnesota).  Google farmers markets to find you location in other states.

3.) Shop the local big box stores with other family members, co-workers or neighbors.  If you are single or just a family of a couple, you may not think to shop the big box stores such as Sams Club, Costco or others that are starting to pop up.  Can’t eat a  50 lb. bag of potatoes? How about splitting the bag with other people you may know that eat the same items.  You can also do this for such items as paper products, personal care products or anything you can buy & use.

4.) DONATE!  If you decide to do any of the following and you get an over abundance of items, many food shelves will accept donations of most products.  Check with you local food shelves, shelters, churches or places of help to see what they will accept.

Most say that in tough times, we need to lean on each other to make it through the tough times.  I hope some of these suggestions have helped to show you some ways to keep costs down in your own family and to be a contributing factor to those that are in a less than fortunate situation in these times.  Sometimes, THE SPIRITS TO MOVE moves us in different & unusual ways.

South Metro Market


Being in real estate is definitely a line of work that keeps me on my toes and looking at the papers, internet & talking with other agents quit often.  Especially in the market we are in.  With the number of foreclosures, short sales and some just trying to do a regular sale, keeps me always looking to educate myself so my clients get top notch service, knowledge and answers to their questions that are to the best of my knowledge.  With that is knowing what is available on the market and what my clients needs are.

Let’s look at a high demand neighborhood that many thought they could never live in.  I will not say you can purchase a home for pennies on the dollar by any means, but have you looked at the prices lately in The Wilds Neighborhood Golf community?  Well, don’t waste another second…they are INCREDIBLE!   To live in a neighborhood that centers around one of the top golf course in America, close to recreational endeavors, small town feel but only minutes from bit town living, a short community to the Mall of America and so much more.

Here are some examples:

3 bedroom, 3 bath executive townhouse on the golf course sold just over 6 years ago for $380,000.00.  Well, believe it or not this home is now pending to be sold with a list price of $275,000.00.  Did I mention pending? Yes, it is going to be closed and word on the street is it will be lower than the list price even.

Single family home is what you are looking for? There are the same sort of deals out there as the one mentioned above.  Some are on the course, some have pools & some well you would just gasp if you saw what they offered on the inside!

So, when THE SPIRITS TO MOVE, hits you…contact Vickie Gylling at RE/MAX Advantage Plus or check out her website at www.VickieGylling.com and get quality service, knowledge & care you deserve when making such a decision.