GM’s Fate Offers Hope

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Everyone has felt the effects of the recent economic recession. Some of the biggest companies in America closed, or came close. One of the industries to feel the impact of recession was the automobile industry. From bailouts to bankruptcy to completely revamped management teams and business models, the big car companies came crashing down to earth.

GM was no exception. Known for its sluggish decision making, this giant fell hard and required billions of dollars in government aid to remain in business. Now, reports, promises, and an entirely new structure of business offers a glimmer of hope to the company and the Americans who view this icon as a symbol of prosperity within our economic structure.

Although GM faces the largest slump in car sales according to predictions, it is promising to pay off government loans in less time than the mandated payment term of 2015. The company spent 40 days under the supervision of courts, which is less time than most expected. During that time, the changes made to the company should produce the speed, customer care, and streamlined decisions necessary to pull the company up by its bootstraps.

“We recognize that we’ve been given a rare second chance at GM, and we are very grateful for that. And we appreciate the fact that we now have the tools to get the job done,” CEO Fritz Henderson said in a news conference.

Some of the tools come in an eight member executive committee which will replace two senior leadership forums. This alone indicates the company’s seriousness in the matter of improvement. It is estimated that over the coming year 6,150 positions in the salaried employment departments will be cut. Of those destined to be eliminated, 450 positions are with executive jobs.

Based on this and the fact that the government will now own a majority of the company, it is looking as if GM can see the light at the end of the tunnel. If GM stays relevant, produces vehicles a more earth conscious society wants, increases the speed at which decisions are handled, and improves customer care, they may just pull off one of the biggest come backs in corporate history.

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Alternative Medicine-Quackery or Real?

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As more focus is placed on the health of America, with obesity leading the way, it comes to mind that there are alternatives to traditional medicine. A rise in interest has given alternative medicine a place alongside Western medicine.

Alternative medicine includes a wide range of therapies from acupuncture to herbal remedies and homeopathic practices. There are even a few healers who claim to have the power of God behind them who do not adhere to any known practices in medicinal healing. One such healer calls himself John of God and practices in Brazil. He is said to be able to heal simply by thinking, touching, or performing atypical surgeries. John of God claims he heals through the spirits of doctors past and does not do the healing himself. His patients are of mixed opinions.

Some think John of God and others like him have a power to heal that is divine in nature and completely on the up and up. Others believe John of God to be heretic who is not what he appears to be and in fact, may be unstable. There is one common belief among the masses, though: they do feel changed by an encounter with John of God.

Acupuncture, an ancient healing method utilizing blunt needles at chakra  points throughout the body, is probably the most widely used and most trusted of the alternative therapies for illness. With a record dating hundreds of years and results that do lessen pain according to patient reports, it may be something to consider when one isn’t feeling up to par.

Basically, there are choices out their for taking care of your body, mind and soul. You just have to make the decisions based on facts and information to find the combination that works for you.

It should be noted that traditional, Westernized medicine should not be abandoned in lieu of the choices available. It may be beneficial though to heal more than the physical body. Alternative medicine is built on the belief that full healing comes from treating the whole individual and not just the physical manifestation of illness in the physical body. Science has already confirmed that prayer does indeed have a positive effect in patients during the healing process, but science has not yet determined that alternative measures should replace traditional methods.

It is my belief that the two could work in conjunction with one another in a manner that does promote healing more thoroughly. I believe we heal better, live longer, and are happier when our spirits as well as our bodies are attended to and our needs met. I think the addition of alternative medicine to a traditional medicine approach for all illnesses could increase the number of positive results seen. However, I do not think that alternative medicine can completely replace traditional methods nor should it. It is another faction of health care and not a separate entity of health care.

Before changing your health care regime, please check with your physician. The information in this article is not meant to replace medical advice, but only to inform. Herbs can interact with medications, so check before adding any herbal remedies to your routines.

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Obama’s Stimulus Package: Is it Working?

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Obama’s aggressive stimulus plan may be failing, or at the very least, hitting a stumbling block. 467,000 were shed from the U.S. economy, giving hints that the average American worker has not seen relief from the recession.

The current rate of unemployment is an at the highest rate seen in the last 26 years, sitting at an unpleasant 9.5. Thursday’s reports show an alarming trend that promises the end of the recession and the loss of jobs to come are not yet at an end.

Alan Ruskin, a strategist at RBS Greenwich Capital. “The employment report can largely be taken at face value, and the face value story is a labor market that is not improving nearly as rapidly as the May data suggested.”

Before depression sets in at the newest reports, it should be noted that June did show an improvement from the starting point of January as more than 600,000 jobs per month were being lost at that time. Also, the jobs lost according to the report are widespread among several industries and not limited to specific job markets. Some of this loss could be the simple fluctuation that occurs naturally within any one industry over a period of time.

In layman’s terms, this translates into the short term goal of Obama’s stimulus plan not being met. While there is still hope and a sense of promise from the data that the long term effect of the stimulus package will be reached, the immediate state of the economy is not showing it. The recession will end based on a simple physics concept: All things end. The ending of one process will spark the beginning of the next. The solution offered by Obama is not one that can be expected to have immediate results the population desires. Instead, it will have a slow but steady increase in success as the economy recovers with each new aspect of the package as it is introduced.

The bottom line: be patient. There will be a brighter economic future, but nothing gets fixed overnight.

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