Moving the Cattle
Have you ever felt like time is moving too fast? I hear that all of the time. One of
my mentors once said “You have as many hours in the day as others have
had – people like Einstein, Beethoven, Newton and Lincoln.” Ouch. He
knew how to shut down a complaint.
But those famous people did not contend with the distractions of 2013. These
aren’t just distractions, they are addicting distractions. The hours
spent on television have increased exponentially with the advent of HDTV
and game cubes. The growth of the internet and smart phones have
transformed humans to spend more of their time looking down and
developing the size of their thumbs. Commercial marketing and social
media have become more dominate and dictate our lives and our time.
Just think of your holiday experience – how much was spent online
shopping or at the mall. Everyone is working harder to produce the same
or less. America is being controlled.
I coined a phrase to describe this constant assault on our time. I call it ‘moving
the cattle’. Keep the people focused on something other than their
money. Make it seem like the most important item of the moment. When
they stop to think, move them somewhere else. In conjunction, make the
tax laws more convoluted. Blame the other side. Create political and
class warfare and blast it everywhere.
Taxes should be simple. They should be transparent. And they should to provide just
enough to serve their purpose. Anything more, and you have to question
the intent of those that raise them without making an attempt to fix a
system that screams for an overhaul. After all, it’s 2013. And it
doesn’t take an Einstein to fix it.
Mark Schuster, Partner
January 10, 2013