Best Interests Initiative Power point show
Best Interests Initiative –Outline
Desired result/build Backwards
B.I.I.- non-governmental solutions to community problems that create governmental actions.
Education/Career Training– Education is the foundation of a nice life.
No bad legal job
Cost of College
Military Education Option
Straight To Work Option
Hip Hop Music and Culture – Rap is an art form and artist should be free. Musical sub-culture leads to choices which lead to financial consequences.
Art imitating life
Life imitating art
Hip is a Culture
Dress and Speech (Employability)
“Old men for counsel; young men for war.”
1 Kings 12:8
Music Executives/Klan’s work
2nd Thessalonians 3:10-15
Law/Freedom What’s more important than freedom?
Would you rather be a slave in 1815 or an inmate in 2015?
Put it on the scale.
Bill Badass- no one tells him what to do
Cost of Prisons- big governmental budget item
$21,000 for Georgia inmate in 2011
$90,000 for Georgia Juvenile offender
Reporting to government
Alcohol, drug and food addictions
Basic Law 101
Ignorance is not an excuse
Civil, Criminal, Torts, Property And Family Law
Two hour Intro to Law for Youth
Home Economics/Housing Everything starts at home/Home Training
Home = Small Business
Home Business Plan
Investing- college cost, homeownership
Training- etiquette, faith walk, dinner table discussions
Research- Successful families, DIY Home Improvement, Useful T.V.
Development- building stronger kids, parents who learn from other’s wisdom, family sacrifice for career opportunities
Risk Management- Nipping problems in the bud, surrounding family with positive people in healthy environments, particular about schools.
Savings/Financial Foundation- untouchable nest egg, retirement program at work, struggle-free living
Marketing- Networking positive constructive people who witness your solidness, dating people who enhance your life
Human Resources- family members are new employees/partners, exhaustive interview process, detailed research of history and experience
House is 2nd biggest investment
Renting is buying for someone else
Means – Don’t bite off more than you can chew
House Poor/Counting Chickens
Struggle, Stretch, Strain
Struggle is part of life
Constantly Stretching Money
Financial and Emotional Strain
Smart Financial Planning
$3,000 Rims on $2,000 car
Air Jordans at the Bus Stop
Lump Sum / Earned Income Tax Credit
Public Policy Arena Agenda Everyone has an agenda/staying paid
Eye for detecting agendas
Teachers’ Union – Johnny Can’t Read
Activists- sincere or love drama
Press as Activists
Right Wing Media and Hip Hop Culture
Negative Energy = Opportunistic Agenda
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Tail Wagging the Dog
Conflict and Demonization = ratings and money
Presidential Candidates Building a Brand
Hip Hop Industry – worse than the Klan
Do anything for more money
Music executives get the real money
East money for thugs and dancers isn’t easy
Role of Government/Unhealthy Liberal Agenda
Federal Government should protect everyone’s rights
Temporary Assistance leads to Entitlement Mentality
Does assistance limit doing for self?
Are city liberals’ agenda healthy for rural communities?
Every voice at the table
Far Right and Far Left too vocal
Justice Clarence Thomas’s Grandfather : Keep the government out of your business
Everyone has an agenda
Develop Agenda Detection Capabilities
Compare and Contrast
Personal Responsibility Choices, Decisions and Consequences
Government can’t fix everything
Solutions start with personal responsibility
Own what you did
Conservative Movement P.R. movement failed: Too Mean
Speaker Newt Gingrich’s federal government limited role: fair playing field
Prosperity determined by actions
If your life stinks, what did you do or didn’t you do
Choices, Decisions and Consequences
Does governmental involvement encourage risky decision-making?
Deliberation – big choices require a slow well-researched decision-making process
Focus – implement and execute decisions
Family Engineering – who had a baby with whom at what time and under what financial conditions
Self-analysis – look in the mirror
Faith and the Moral Compass
Faithless people – costly circumstances
Why God allows suffering? Earthly Heaven
Moral Compass = Act Right
Matthew 22:35-40 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Randy Pausch: Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.
Thoughts, Words and Deeds
JFK: Ask Not
Romans 13: 1-5 1Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.2Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
Rulers do not bear the sword for no reason
Without order, chaos
Residual Benefit of Church
Understanding – Proverbs 3, 5-6. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Limit life in the streets
Positive Networking/ Job Search
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Biblical justification for wealth seeking
People your faith consider wrong
Religious, Spiritual and Righteous
Plenty room in Hell
Peace: respectful and considerate toward others
T.V. and Social Media Influence
T.V. and internet shape lives
Fashion, Cultural and Social Trends
T.V. as an educational tool
Maury Show, Honey Boo Boo
High channels: Law, Food, Home, History, Money
Facebook isn’t the devil
Educational You Tube
Summary- media shouldn’t replace family
Life and Death
Personal responsibility for diet and exercise
Foods literally “to die for”
Food choices: low-fat fat back
First Lady Michelle Obama’s food choices efforts
Government involvement – public healthcare cost
Speaker Newt Gingrich: healthcare system should reward fighters
Moderation – portion control
U.S.D.A. My Plate: Fruits, Grains, Veggies, Protein, Dairy
Other Choices: Alcohol, Illegal Drugs, Relations
Doctors with pills
Emergency room = doctor’s office for uninsured
Annual exams for early detection
Big Pharma vs. diet/exercise
Emotional Problems – Self-medication
Peace, Rest and Happiness = Good medicine