Okay I really want to speak about a subject I honestly know little about but from what little I know I find it rather troublesome that it is set up the way it is. It begins with government and their need to try and protect us from ourselves. In many areas of our lives this exists already, we started to buckle up when the laws told us to, Now we just take it for common sense but 30 years ago it was an infringement on our civil liberties. They don’t think kids should eat fat food, so they ban soda machines in schools and make sure the cafeterias don’t serve anything that the kids might enjoy but hey at least they aren’t getting fat. What ever you think about these type of government intrusions the premise is that they are there to stop us from harming ourselves. An other recent government platform has been the assault on the 1% and if you really want to dig into this the .1% who control so much of Americas/worlds wealth. We have heard how this in balance of wealth is not healthy for the country and that it causing the decline of the middle class. Politicians of all colors try to say they want things to change and be different, well have I found an opportunity for them to help fix this. Recently when looking for a place to invest some extra money other than the stock market I came upon the website CROWDFUNDER.com which is one of many newly created websites to match startup entrepreneurs with investors. This idea sounded like a great option to invest in so I proceeded to try and create an account. During this process I became aware the SEC not the Football conference but the Securities and Exchange commission regulates who can invest in startups under the Venture Capitalist or Angel investor banner. It turns out you need to make $250,000/year for two years or have $1 million dollars in assets not including your primary residence to invest in these new businesses. At first I was confused by these stipulations and so I began to dig a little deeper. It turns out that the Government/SEC feels they need to protect the un-educated investor from wasting their money on potential bad investments that they are obviously not smart enough to smell out because they aren’t rich enough. I was dumbfounded, in a country that allows any single person to go to Las Vegas or any other casino and gamble every penny they have at any time they wish win or lose(Funny that the government takes half of that if thy win) won’t allow me to invest my money in a new company that drives Americas economic heart, Nope you’re not rich enough. So if any of these said employees for the people of the people want to really do something to help us middle classers keep pace with the 1%ers then maybe they could change these laws sooner than later. Now I haven’t done the research here but I have a gut feeling that a lot of our Reps in government are apart of the 1% and man what an easy way to keep the best opportunities to yourself. You know what option they did give to us Neanderthals of the 99%, its called kickstarter.com . Here you can invest your money in exchange not for a piece of the pie but a future product or early release. Heck on this website Hollywood actors have raised millions of dollars while already apart of the 1% to produce movies they will make millions more on and in exchange for your investment you will get a copy of the directors cut free, so maybe I better watch what I wish for because there is a lot of the 99% that just aren’t smart enough.
*The government is looking to allow people to invest up to 1% of their annual income in to potential crowdfunded startups. Ohhh let me get out the balloons and sparkling grape juice (I’m shocked they allow me to regulate my own alcohol consumption since I’m not that smrt)