I have worked on a few projects where one of the conversations that is still going on concerns systemic problems in our country. How do we change systemic problems?
Companies start with an idea in start-up country, and if everything goes according to plan, which of course would include a perfect storm, the company grows. Jobs are created around culture and a work organization chart. Once you get to the point where the company is as big as Google or Apple, it’s almost impossible to change the environment. It’s not as easy as it was in the early days to take out a large whiteboard and figure out a way. Also, an early stage founder doesn’t realize that lobbyists are part of the roadmap.
Big companies are starting to devour the world. How do we change that? They own the food on the shelves, the data we create, and the money to run the competition. Take a look at our health system. It’s set up to have a backstop when bad things happen, not when you need an allergy shot. Why? There is no point in being proactive, but rather defensive. It is expensive. Our system spends over $ 40,000 per year on individual homeless people for a family of four. it’s $ 120k. The average age of a homeless person is 11 years. Think about it. This person is already destined for a tough life. Does this make sense? Homelessness is expensive. Systemic racism was part of our country from day one. How do we break this?
It appears that the 1% and many in the government enjoy profitable monopolies. I just watched Crime of the Century, and although I’d read about the Sackler family, it was the ineptitude at the government level that really hurt me. There is no doubt that government officials and lobbyists trying to break things up for their own benefit do not really understand the way large corporations work. They just cause a number of other problems.
It took us about 40 years to get to this place. It’s like we’ve lost our integrity as a nation. Politicians have used media to build a foundation for legitimate, selfish people. If you’ve seen the PGA this weekend you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The crowd that passed Phil Mickelson was scary. What happened to this gentleman sport? Does everyone need to video their presence on an iPhone and share it with the world? Look at me!!
We should support our people, not the big corporations that have caused so many problems in our country. That is what government should be about, about the people. We’ve got to a place where it’s fuzzy than ever to fix the bloat. It’s not just about paying more taxes. It’s about making some huge fundamental changes. I hate being so cynical these days, but I’m not sure we’ll ever get there.