The Future… Buffett plans to own it

I found this couple of paragraphs in the 2010 Berkshire Hathaway annual report. It was taken from the letter that Warren Buffett annually writes to his shareholders. It expresses a theme that I have incorporated into my blogs, website and workshops over the past several years, but is much more direct and comes from a source who is placing huge bets on the future.
“Last year – in the face of widespread pessimism about our economy – we demonstrated our enthusiasm  for capital investment at Berkshire by spending $6 billion on property and equipment. Of this amount,  $5.4 billion – or 90% of the total – was spent in the United States. Certainly our businesses will expand abroad in the future, but an overwhelming part of their future investments will be at home. In 2011, we will set a new record for capital spending – $8 billion – and spend all of the $2 billion increase in the United States.Money will always flow toward opportunity, and there is an abundance of that in America.
Commentators today often talk of “great uncertainty.” But think back, for example, to December 6,  1941, October 18, 1987 and September 10, 2001. No matter how serene today may be, tomorrow is always  uncertain.
Don’t let that reality spook you. Throughout my lifetime, politicians and pundits have constantly  moaned about terrifying problems facing America. Yet our citizens now live an astonishing six times better than when I was born.  The prophets of doom have overlooked the all-important factor that is certain: Human potential is far from exhausted, and the American system for unleashing that potential – a system that has worked wonders for over two centuries despite frequent interruptions for recessions and even a Civil War – remains alive and effective.
We are not natively smarter than we were when our country was founded nor do we work harder. But  look around you and see a world beyond the dreams of any colonial citizen. Now, as in 1776, 1861, 1932 and 1941, America’s best days lie ahead.”
The bold highlights are mine just in case you missed the main theme.  I don’t think I have anything to add.


Jim West is a Commercial Realtor in Vancouver Washington. His specialty is helping local companies Stop Leasing! and Own their business property. He also works as a Tenant Representative - assisting companies to locate and negotiate a successful Lease for their business operations. He has a public workshop series called Commercial Property Success Series.

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