“Incompetent” is the best word I can think of when describing our morbidly obese government. In general, a bunch of career politicians with no substantial business experience (few exceptions) are collectively running the largest business on earth – America.

They want to be judged by promises, but we must judge them by results. We the people have voted in representatives who are not qualified or capable of running this country. Most of them, including the CEO, have never run anything except a campaign and even those are funded by donated or taxpayer dollars. A Girl Scout selling cookies has more business management experience than most of our elected officials did before they started managing America’s budget and our livelihood. Is it really a surprise that they have driven our economy to the brink of collapse with debt levels beyond comprehension?

They are doing the best they can with what they have – a high priced education with absolutely zero real-world business management experience. While they use our country as training wheels for experience, we are the ones (not them) that must hang on for the wobbly and unsecure ride. Buckle up.

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Our elected officials make their incompetence our problem. We are held accountable for their failures. They write different rules for us than themselves. Their salaries and grotesque retirement packages are not on the line – ours are. In desperate attempts to “make money,” they continue to gouge and penalize hard-working Americans (and businesses) with new and higher taxes to support their exaggerated incapacity to manage money. They overpromise and underdeliver, and we have to figure out how to make up the difference.

While the representatives we’ve elected continue to destroy the American economy, below are five things we can do to combat the onslaught.

Survival strategy No. 1: Start a small business

Small business and entrepreneurship is why America quickly rose to become the most dominant country in the world. The best thing you can do to help America’s economy, despite incompetent leaders, is to start a small business. The taxes, paperwork and regulations for doing so will feel like a vicious trap, but remember, the government tries to get as much as they can from people with initiative. They fear what they do not understand, and far too many of them do not understand business and are very intimated by citizens who do. They’re ignorance and insecurity results in unfair burdens for small business owners. Yet without small business, America would crumble. Despite the hurdles, I encourage you to start a small business. It is one of the best things you can do to boost our economy.

Survival strategy No. 2: Buy American

If you want to help America’s economy, buy American-made products. Just because our government cares more about foreign economies than our own doesn’t mean we should too. American workers need your support, because they don’t get it from the ones they voted for. We have to look out for each other. Make a concerted effort to seek out and purchase American-made products and support businesses based in the United States. They need us now more than ever.

Survival strategy No. 3: Support your local church

If there is any institution who the government has turned their back on more than small business, it’s the Christian church. It’s ironic (and sickening) to watch the war on Christianity develop from a nation founded on Christian principles. Deliberate and desperate attempts to banish any form of the Christian faith (as if it’s a bad influence) from public and government institutions are a blatant statement about our government’s opinion of the church. Local churches are an integral part of what makes America great, and they need our support. The effects of our government’s complacency to protect Christian values and willingness to pander to those who don’t like them are more than evident in today’s increasingly immoral and corrupt society. They are directly related.

Survival strategy No. 4: Stock up

Yes, stock up; harder times are ahead. If we ran our own personal budgets like our elected officials run this country’s budget, we’d be in prison or homeless on the streets. Their frivolous and unaccounted for spending will result in harder times ahead, despite the smoke and mirrors they present on the evening news. It is wise to prepare for this by keeping an adequate store of food, water and other survival supplies, even though executive orders are in place for times of emergency that “provide for the seizure of all food supplies and resources, public and private, and all farms, lands, and equipment.” By stocking up you will be investing in our nation’s economy and also establishing a life-saving store of survival supplies for uncertain times ahead. It’s a win-win effort.

Survival strategy No. 5: Get out of debt

Don’t live by the example our elected officials have set. Unlike them, you are held accountable for your debt. Unfortunately, you will ultimately be held accountable for theirs as well. In tougher times ahead, personal debt will be a strangling noose around your neck. The stress of debt makes all circumstances more difficult. Live beneath your means, and make an effort to pay down debt as fast as possible. Tackle small debts first. Set a budget and establish a timeline. Take personal responsibility for your actions, and do your absolute best to pay down any debts you have. It will not only help our nation’s economy, but yours as well.

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN.

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