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The Maslow Mindset

< Promoted from the Dispatches by texasgalt because "back to basics" is the common sense approach to restrain a wildly out of control federal government. ___________________________________________________________ A topic I taught my job-seeking workforce skills students was Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. His theory is neatly summarized by the American Lung Association’s former slogan “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”.

Culturally, we’ve lost sight of Dr. Maslow. We’ve become distracted by the top three layers of the pyramid, areas reserved for people and countries of means. Wealthy people. Wealthy countries. Like we used to be.

But, some contend, we’re still a wealthy country, the wealthiest country. We can afford to be entranced with love, caring and self-actualizing. But obviously, nobody’s wealthy when spending more than comes in, when the debt is so great you must borrow to pay the interest on the debt. When you’re living on your Visa card, are you wealthy? I don’t think so!

What to do, what to do? I’ve become convinced there’s no ‘fix’ for it, we can only address it, and by that I mean ‘hack away’.

When the opposition decides to do something, they simply do it. It make take threats, bribery, coercion and other words & deeds that would make a normal human being blush, but they do it to get it done, whatever disaster it might be. (see Obamacare, stimulus, et.al.)

When our Precinct Project and Unified Patriot goals are realized, and Constitutional Conservatives assume power, they need to simply revoke, disband and make gone vast swaths of the FedGov. Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead, also let the chips fall where they may and other similar cliches.

In love with the Department of Education? Sorry, you lose. Heart the Dept of Energy? Too bad, move along now. BFF with Health & Human Services? Environmental Protection Agency? Tough, those are places that no longer exist. They, along with many others, have joined the USSR in the dustbin of human history. Good riddance!

Our clever policy architects can determine where to assign the few remaining tasks & responsibilities to the surviving departments; those logisitics don’t matter to me. When the household budget needs belt-tightening, you hack the low-hanging fruit and let Maslow’s Hierarchy dictate the rest. Eliminate the 600 channel cable TV, high-speed DSL, the pedicures & golf outings, fancy vacations and restaurant meals; preserve the roof-over-the-head, gas & electric and food on the table. Back to the basics, as they say.

This method has worked for Mr. & Mrs. Joe Sixpack, you know, around the fabled kitchen table, from time immemorial. So why not apply it nationally? Not just as a technique, but as a mindset. A Maslow-mindset.

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  1. Thank you Mr. R. You have addressed the question “What comes after?” We are not sending CC’s to DC just to vote yea or nay on appropriations, we are sending them to eliminate mechanisms whereby future Congresses can come in and waste money, and to eliminate places where Socialist bureaucrats can lay low til the coast is clear. Where I live we have a County health department and a State health department. We do not need Kathleen Sebelius. Et cetera.

    • That’s the idea. Eliminate the insane federal duplication of services as the low-hanging fruit. We spend gazillions locally on education; why on earth do we need or want the Feds involved?

      Rinse & repeat…endlessly.

  2. mriggio, I remember studying Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but what they are teaching now has a different foundational base. Anyway, the way I learned it is that there is a basic foundation of needs that support development of “higher needs”. If the foundation falls apart, the entire support system become suspect.

    Yeah, I think we’re going to have to get back to the basic needs. I have to admit that I have my share of questions about cutting major programs all at once. Some of these programs have become so interwoven in how our modern day society is structured. If we just rip all those programs out of existence at one time, is it possible that it could feed into the “chaos theory” that is constantly implemented by our opponents?

    But we have plenty of other areas that we could be focusing on, like getting rid of duplicate functions and eliminating programs (such as urbanization programs) that have been put into place with future international goals in mind, etc. There is also plenty of waste and fraud that goes in the programs we do have, but I don’t see this as something that will be addressed unless efforts are made to focus on and increase oversight.

    Overall, I agree with what you have stated. I just have questions about the best way to approach it.

    • Yes, the foundation has shifted. We’ve forsaken the basics for the end product. We obsess about kid’s self-esteem while ignoring the tools needed to achieve measurable success. Everyone wins, competition is discouraged, yet everything’s just great.

      When it comes to cutting, I’m becoming a fan of outsourcing.

    • lineholder- I agree that we need to eliminate in steps and stages. Not that long ago the CBO came up with a list of something like over 500 duplicate and repetitive government agencies and departments. I’ve wondered why the R’s didn’t jump on that and include every one of those departments in the spending cut legislation.

      • SEC, I’ve been questioning that one as well.

        Just an opinion FWIW, but going after the duplicate agencies would have a cost impact (both present and future) but it wouldn’t actually eliminate services. All the moaning we hear from the left every time eliminating a service is mentioned would be a mute, ineffective point. And I think this kind of approach would probably appeal to fiscally conservative independents.

        But then again, I’m also one of those people who thinks that if we really want to reduce/eliminate abortion, we should regulate the entire abortion industry to the hilt.

    • So many states have regulations and departments which could easily handle the [formerly] federal matching department. Look at the Gulf Coast states and their management of the oil drilling business, for example; any one of them or a consortium of all of them could have handled the Gulf spill better than the Feds did.

      My dad worked in the oil business in the Bay Area during the 70’s and 80’s, and in response to the potential disaster that a serious oil spill in the San Francisco Bay would cause, the refineries and oil companies got together and created Clean Bay. It was an inter company agency that handled any spill caused by any entity in the Bay, and did so successfully, without any government intervention. Whether a tanker, or a barge, or the loading dock, a pipeline, or the refinery itself, any spill was immediately taken care of, and the area cleaned up. I remember him being called out in the wee hours of the morning, because he was the on call person to handle some disaster.

  3. Wonderful piece, mriggio! It is so good to read plain common sense. And you are completely correct that the Left is ruthless when it comes to achieving its goals, no matter who gets in the way and who gets upset about it. I don’t admire it in them because it hurts all of us and this country, but I sure as heck would admire it greatly if the ones we elected could demonstrate the same single-minded attack on the hundreds of programs and agencies that need to be gone.

    And the places burned down. And the ashes hauled off to be buried. Maybe then I’ll actually believe that those entities are really gone for good.

  1. Thank you Mr. R. You have addressed the question “What comes after?” We are not sending CC’s to DC just to vote yea or nay on appropriations, we are sending them to eliminate mechanisms whereby future Congresses can come in and waste money, and to eliminate places where Socialist bureaucrats can lay low til the coast is clear. Where I live we have a County health department and a State health department. We do not need Kathleen Sebelius. Et cetera.

    • That’s the idea. Eliminate the insane federal duplication of services as the low-hanging fruit. We spend gazillions locally on education; why on earth do we need or want the Feds involved?

      Rinse & repeat…endlessly.

  2. mriggio, I remember studying Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but what they are teaching now has a different foundational base. Anyway, the way I learned it is that there is a basic foundation of needs that support development of “higher needs”. If the foundation falls apart, the entire support system become suspect.

    Yeah, I think we’re going to have to get back to the basic needs. I have to admit that I have my share of questions about cutting major programs all at once. Some of these programs have become so interwoven in how our modern day society is structured. If we just rip all those programs out of existence at one time, is it possible that it could feed into the “chaos theory” that is constantly implemented by our opponents?

    But we have plenty of other areas that we could be focusing on, like getting rid of duplicate functions and eliminating programs (such as urbanization programs) that have been put into place with future international goals in mind, etc. There is also plenty of waste and fraud that goes in the programs we do have, but I don’t see this as something that will be addressed unless efforts are made to focus on and increase oversight.

    Overall, I agree with what you have stated. I just have questions about the best way to approach it.

    • Yes, the foundation has shifted. We’ve forsaken the basics for the end product. We obsess about kid’s self-esteem while ignoring the tools needed to achieve measurable success. Everyone wins, competition is discouraged, yet everything’s just great.

      When it comes to cutting, I’m becoming a fan of outsourcing.

    • lineholder- I agree that we need to eliminate in steps and stages. Not that long ago the CBO came up with a list of something like over 500 duplicate and repetitive government agencies and departments. I’ve wondered why the R’s didn’t jump on that and include every one of those departments in the spending cut legislation.

      • SEC, I’ve been questioning that one as well.

        Just an opinion FWIW, but going after the duplicate agencies would have a cost impact (both present and future) but it wouldn’t actually eliminate services. All the moaning we hear from the left every time eliminating a service is mentioned would be a mute, ineffective point. And I think this kind of approach would probably appeal to fiscally conservative independents.

        But then again, I’m also one of those people who thinks that if we really want to reduce/eliminate abortion, we should regulate the entire abortion industry to the hilt.

    • So many states have regulations and departments which could easily handle the [formerly] federal matching department. Look at the Gulf Coast states and their management of the oil drilling business, for example; any one of them or a consortium of all of them could have handled the Gulf spill better than the Feds did.

      My dad worked in the oil business in the Bay Area during the 70’s and 80’s, and in response to the potential disaster that a serious oil spill in the San Francisco Bay would cause, the refineries and oil companies got together and created Clean Bay. It was an inter company agency that handled any spill caused by any entity in the Bay, and did so successfully, without any government intervention. Whether a tanker, or a barge, or the loading dock, a pipeline, or the refinery itself, any spill was immediately taken care of, and the area cleaned up. I remember him being called out in the wee hours of the morning, because he was the on call person to handle some disaster.

  3. Wonderful piece, mriggio! It is so good to read plain common sense. And you are completely correct that the Left is ruthless when it comes to achieving its goals, no matter who gets in the way and who gets upset about it. I don’t admire it in them because it hurts all of us and this country, but I sure as heck would admire it greatly if the ones we elected could demonstrate the same single-minded attack on the hundreds of programs and agencies that need to be gone.

    And the places burned down. And the ashes hauled off to be buried. Maybe then I’ll actually believe that those entities are really gone for good.

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