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7 Steps to Lift Yourself Out of the Recession: Part 2: There is No Use Complaining

By: Steve Johnson

2/1/2010 - 18 Comments

It seems like complaining has become part of American past time, despite the fact that we live in the richest nation in the world.

This is Part 2 of an article series which takes a look at 7 steps to lift you out of the recession, no matter how deep it gets.

Most of the time complaining is based on coveting, which is wishing you had something that someone else has and thinking that you deserve to have it just as much as someone else. 

Complaining starts as a condition within our mind and if nurtured, results in disastrous words and actions. Complaining can be very dangerous when nurtured and supported by social support like organized complaining groups that take political action.  

The goal of organized complaining is to plunder your neighbor for the things that you think you deserve. 

Social Justice

Term like ‘social justice’ and ‘welfare’ are often used to organize and justify complaining. 

The irony of the term ‘social justice’ is that it undermines justice by empowering governments to take money from the very people that justly earn it.  It allows the government to confiscate things from people that deserve them and give them to people that do not deserve them.   

Social justice destroys the rights of individuals and their ability to earn a living with hard work and savings. 

Organized Complaining

Organized complaining enables governments to plunder your neighbor through increases in taxes and inflation, so that others can be given stuff without having to work for it. 

Organized complaining has played a large role is the phony economy of the last decade.  Obama is a champion of organized complainers.  He was elected by organized complainers and has since given trillions of dollars to organized complainer.  The money he gives to his special interest groups will need to be paid for by the next generation of hard working people. 

Coveting leads to more coveting, just as plundering has led to more plundering.  As a nation, we need to stop coveting our neighbors stuff, each one of us.  So that we can elect new leaders that do not create laws and policies that plunder our neighbors. 

For example, the housing market bubble was created by coveting our neighbor’s house.  The organized complainers elected senators like Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank who helped get the federal housing administration FHA to give away homes to people that couldn’t afford them. 

Then they funded the government mortgage giant Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to support the housing market and justify their cause to give everyone a home.

In the end, everyone else had to pay for the homes that were given out, as the losses were paid for by the sinking value of homes as the housing market collapsed and housing prices plunged.  This is how organized complaining began the foundation of the phone economy. 

Complaining does not help the economy and organized complaining leads to a disastrous economic collapse. 

‘Do not covet’ is part of the Ten Commandments because it is foundational to civil liberty and justice. 

The Ten Commandments were not created to limit our freedom, but to give us freedom.  We need to start teaching them again in the public schools if we want to get a difference outcome. 

Besides leading to plundering one’s neighbor, complaining is very unproductive and it causes other people to be unproductive as well.   We need more productivity instead of less. 

We need to return to upholding honesty and integrety as noted in Larry Johnson book, Absolute Honesty. 

Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity


The deepening recession is going to take a lot of hard working, productive, entrepreneurs to adapt to circumstances, move forward and create solutions.  All of which is hindered by organized complaining.

Collapse of Phony Economy 2.0

After the collapse of the phony economy 2.0, there will be no more room for complaining, so the sooner we get rid of it the better.  Organized complaining will soon lose its political power and will no longer result in anything after all the wealth has been squandered and spent. 

If you live on government assistance of any kind, I suggest you consider finding another source of funding.

Everyone will need to get a job and work hard for everything we have, like we did when this nation was created.  If your wealth has been squandered, welcome to the club. 

We need to stop complaining, stop looking for government handouts and realize that government solutions only further reduce all of our wealth. 

We need to understand that as individuals and as a nation that it is more valuable to protect the wealth of our neighbors and the formation of wealth, no matter how much or how little you have, than it is to support government actions to take and consume the wealth of others.

Without protecting wealth an economic recovery cannot begin to take hold.  To begin rebuilding the economy, we need to stop complaining and begin protecting wealth formation.  

In Part 3, I’m going to talk about how difficult it is going to be to accept the collapse of the economy after everyone from the media to the President told us time and time again, that the economy was going to recover. 

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