Rachel Marsden

By now, it should be pretty clear to anyone with even the faintest pulse that regardless of who ends up winning any future elections, they aren't going to change your personal economic reality quickly enough to suit your liking. And that's only if they even manage to find the courage to sufficiently cut through all the lobbyists and special interests to implement any significant ideas at all -- which is unlikely in all cases. Forget relying on politicians to determine your fate. Take charge of your own situation. Here's how:

1. Don't wait around for employment. Create it for yourself. The relationship between work and pay has been so corrupted by entitlements that our society has lost sight of the basic formula for survival. Figure out what you think your time, education, skills and experience are worth, slap a price on it, then get out there and sell yourself. Research market demands, then decide how your skills can best serve them. Don't wait around for someone to give you money to start a business -- start small, grow organically and re-invest any profits back into the business. Don't worry about starting from scratch with very little -- everything has to start with a first step. You may as well invest in yourself. A new study by the National Employment Law Project has found that 58 percent of new jobs created during the recovery are "low-paying," as in under $13.83 per hour, anyway. If your time is worth more, then start demanding it. While no one is paying your way, you aren't beholden to anyone either. You're totally free. Partner with other independent contractors like yourself when you need to. No one ends up leaching off anyone else. The flipside though is that you can't ask to get paid not to work, but you can vacation whenever you want.

2. Look abroad. America's shop floor is now in China. The likelihood of any American politician slapping adequate export duties on any goods made there to level the playing field is slim-to-none. And despite Mitt Romney constantly calling Russia a "geopolitical foe" or variation thereof, the country joined the World Trade Organization on August 22. As much as politicians spout protectionism, it just doesn't reflect reality. Increasingly, barriers to doing business abroad are dissolving completely. Why not look to the opportunities available to you outside the U.S.? Research another culture. Learn a new language, or even move overseas -- which many countries make easy for the self-employed. At no other time in the history of the world has technology provided the average person with greater access to the world market.


Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
 
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