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Mr Freddo is an artist. He is an abstract painter who spends his day bringing his paintings to life. (and checking the markets.) Prior to painting, he was the CEO of a well known and successful San Francisco Bay Area bread bakery.
  • Look to the Future California! 0 comments
    Jul 16, 2009 1:28 PM

    Americans, Californians, our problems are solvable over the long run if not in the short run. 

    In life, one is rewarded for creating, whether a broadway play or a big mac. Our world economy is based on the interactions of those created values. Those that create extraordinary value are rewarded extraordinarily. 

    In America and California, in an effort to maximize our comparative advantage, we funneled our very best and brightest minds of our generation into finance. The engineers were shunned, and engineering jobs were exported. Thus we forgot what we knew while teaching the rest of the world how to catch us quickly. 

    We weren't too concerned. We kept churning out new financial products and believed that the financiers are the real masters of the universe. 

    What we now realize is that a great deal of the growth in finance was based on false premises. 1. That you can take a basket of turds, squeeze hard, and create diamonds. 2. That you can alter the basis rules of personal finance and own a million dollar home with an income of $50 thousand a year. 3. That you can allow bankers to become salesmen and still not lose capital. 

    To return our state and nation to greatness, we must immediately begin to build our future businesses that will create real prosperity for the 21st century. These companies will be technologically driven, will rely on domestic employment, and will start from nothing to become dominant world beaters in 20 years. They will serve as platforms of innovation spinning off new companies and creating new markets. 

    These new companies will create a new class of wealthy capitalists, men and women trained to make money by taking risks, applying technology, and building strong stateside businesses that act as engines of employment for our citizens. 

    So let's stop whining about who is to blame. Why we failed. Why we are doomed. WA WA WA! 

    Let's start moving toward the solution, the answer, the bright light. Our clueless legislators, should start asking venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers what they need to get the pipeline of new companies rolling now so that we will have successful, exciting world beaters that employ our children and grandchildren. 

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