From Dennis Miller of Casey Research:
One of the greatest joys of writing Miller's Money Weekly and our premium publications is working with Alex Daley, Casey Research's resident technology guru, who also wears many other hats. While I can walk and chew gum, Alex can also whistle and juggle.
I've never reported to someone considerably younger than I am. What a treat! We are different in so many ways: I have a black book, he has a cell phone; my appointments are written on my big desk pad and his are programmed into his cell phone. You get the picture.
Normally, I write about some sort of investment idea every week. This week, Alex gave me a surprising challenge: "If you could give one message to your readers, what would it be and why?" He was serious.
Only one message? Well, it would be to America's youth, particularly those who are of working age, but either unemployed or underemployed. If there is one generational difference between my generation – and that of most of our readers – and theirs, it's that they bought the idea that good grades and a college degree guarantee instant success. Many now realize that's just not so and are disillusioned, seemingly waiting for the government to do something to help. They need to get moving and learn to fend for themselves without the government's help.
Alex responded with a couple of thoughts:
"This should be your last article of the year. Readers are hopefully chilling out and enjoying the holidays. It sounds like a great article, one that many parents and grandparents may want to forward to someone on their mailing list. Forget the number crunching for the week and share some of your life's experience."
Dear readers, this one is from the heart...
Not long ago, I proudly watched my grandson Justin roll his wheelchair down the aisle to receive his college degree. I sat and listened to several speakers tell the graduates that "the world is your oyster" and to "go forth and make a difference." Their unspoken message was that the hard part was over, they made it through college, and – to borrow the old Army recruiting slogan – now they could "be all that they can be."
As a parent, I believe our primary responsibility is to teach our children how to survive on this planet. If we can teach them to thrive, even better. As I saw Justin hitting the books over the years, I thought to myself, "How well is his education preparing him to survive and thrive?" I had my doubts.
In the October 19, 2012 edition of The S&A Digest, Porter Stansberry published a letter from the son of a subscriber.
It was in response to an article Porter had written, with some solid advice for young people today. The bulk of the young man's letter outlined his budget and said that it's impossible for young people to accumulate even a modest amount of investment capital.
He went on to justify his personal career choice, pointing out that people with a technical degree might be earning more money. Then he chose to ridicule Porter's credibility...
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