It’s time for America, and Americans, to think outside the box, so to speak. The nation we live in today, and the federal government we put up with, was the creation of other people’s ideas, and we are living with the consequences of those ideas. If we want to change America for the better, we need people who are willing to try new ideas, which could change things for the better for all Americans. And we don’t need people saying we can’t do these things because “we’ve never done that before”. It’s this kind of shallow thinker who lives in a world created by others; people who lack new ideas and the courage to try them never change anything. What we need are people who have good, workable ideas that will help us to create a more just America. Justice for all is what we seek, and justice is the standard all such ideas should be measured by.
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~ JFK
“‘Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.” ~ RFK
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
Here’s an idea….I think the People of America should own the natural resources of America, like oil and coal. This way all the money BIg Oil and Big Coal makes could belong to us instead. Then we could use this money for whatever we want, like health care for everyone, or education, or both. The Big Oil and Big Coal companies have proven themselves to be greedy heartless criminals who are exploiting our national resources for their profit, so I think we need to co-opt this wealth and use it for the common good of all. I think in our current situation, although it seems somewhat socialist, we really need to do this. It would only be natural resources like oil and coal, so it’s not like I am advocating Socialism per se, or Communism, which I most certainly am not doing. I think this is a good, common sense idea whose time has finally come.
“Should We Nationalize Natural Resources?” See: http://brienamb.newsvine.com/_news/2011/05/06/6600151-should-we-nationalize-natural-resources
“Nationalize Our Natural Resources” See: http://www.theyoungturks.com/story/2011/8/25/105151/109/Diary/Nationalize-our-natural-resources
“What are we to say about the socialization of productive goods? The socialization, or nationalization, of the means of production and of exchange (lands, factories, commerce) may either be total or partial. When socialization actually contributes to the common (public) good it does not contravene the principle of Christian ethics on the subject of property. This should be our compass in this matter also. One may consent to such socializing of property only in those cases in which it seems really required by the common good, that is to say, as the only truly effective means of remedying an abuse or of preventing a waste of productive forces and direct them for the good of the economic welfare of the community so that the national economy in its normal and peaceful development may open the way to the material prosperity of all the people, a prosperity such as will at the same time likewise afford a solid foundation for religious and cultural life.” The Social Teachings of the Catholic Church (The Right of Property). See: https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/the-social-principles-of-the-catholic-church/
Here another idea, which could “kill two birds with one stone”: Federalize all US and Interstate highways, because they are inter-state, as opposed to inner-state roads, and were built by order of the federal government. This would 1) remove the federal highway monies the federal government now uses to extort the states into doing their will concerning things unrelated to highways; and 2) this would immediately require hiring thousands of new federal highway workers to begin repairing the roads, and would allow the states to be relieved of the burden of repairing the US and Interstate highways, which are the roadways most traveled and torn up by heavy truck traffic, and free them up to maintain only state highways, as they should.
“Federal Highway Funding Unconstitutional” See: http://politicalpistachio.blogspot.com/2011/06/federal-highway-funding.html
“Highways: The New Unfunded Mandate” See: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/terrihall/2011/10/highways-the-new-un-funded-mandate/
We should also have the federal government take over driver licensing from the states, because people drive inter-state and not inner-state only, and because the state driver licensing programs are a proven – deadly – failure: nearly 40,000 people die, needlessly, on our nation’s highways every single year. We cannot continue to allow the states to hand people driver’s licenses without people knowing how to drive. Driving a vehicle around the block and parallel parking is not driving, and a driver’s license is not a learner’s permit. The federal government licenses pilots, and it should also be responsible for granting licenses to drivers. All amateur vehicle drivers should be subjected to the same safety rules and regulations that professional truck drivers are now subjected to.
Here’s another idea. The U. S. has an open and free trade relationship with the most murderous and oppressive regime on the planet: China. This relationship has flooded our nation with cheap, foreign made goods which has resulted in the devastation our national economy. A strong manufacturing base is essential to any economy, and ours has been sold out (by both political parties and their corporate special interest partners) to an oppressive and murderous foreign interest. Why? Money. To those in power—both political and corporate—profit is more important than people.
Closing the economic door to China—until it changes its evil ways—would not only be the right thing to do, morally speaking, it would also be an important impetus to rebuilding our manufacturing base. For example, many of the cheap goods we currently get from China could easily be made in areas of the U. S. that have been in dire economic straits for many years, and this would boost our economy rather than the Chinese economy.
A well known Democrat, Robert F. Kennedy, in his 1967 book To Seek a Newer World, said the federal government should support the development of light manufacturing in the ghettos of all large U. S. cities as one remedy for ending the cycle of poverty in America’s inner-cities. This idea, which I think an excellent idea, was apparently murdered along with Bobby Kennedy. No Democrat has mentioned it since. Nor have any Republicans. And they certainly haven’t come up with any better ideas, nor, for that matter, have they come up with any ideas. We should cut off all trade with China and begin making things here by creating light manufacturing in both urban and rural areas of the nation that are economically depressed.
Our politicians in Washington, today, show absolutely no compassion for those in need. They don’t care about the problems of the inner-cities, nor do they care about the problems faced in rural America; and they certainly don’t care about the summary executions of political prisoners in China – all they care about their own money and their own political power.
US Congressman Ron Paul recently said that if he were elected president of the United States he would do away with the Commerce Department, the Education Department, the Housing Department, the Energy Department, and the Interior Department. But this is not necessary, because what we need to do is get rid of the waste in Washington. Many federal programs are duplicates of other federal programs, and many agencies, bureaus, and commissions in Washington don’t do anything at all:
Three men and women whom President Obama recently nominated to the US Elections Assistance Commission, which is a federal bureaucracy that has already finished the job it was originally created to do, and where the federal government is needlessly perpetuating it by hiring more employees who, on average, make $100,000 a year in salary, plus bonuses and federal benefits. This sort of government waste is what needs to be reigned in. I’m not nearly as concerned with corporate CEOs who are being over paid with private monies as I am with thousands of “assistant deputy directors” in hundreds of federal agencies throughout Washington who are getting rich off the backs of hard working American taxpayers. These crooks are getting rich via public, not private, money. Throughout Washington, federal employees are getting rich off the backs of hard working American taxpayers. The difference being that these crooks are getting rich via public, not private, monies.
According to the US Government Accounting Office (GAO) the US federal government spent $125.4 billion US taxpayer dollars in improper payments in 2010: “For fiscal year 2010, federal agencies reported an estimated $125.4 billion in improper payments, an increase of about $16 billion over the fiscal year 2009 estimate of $109.2 billion.” http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-443R
Also, according to the GAO, the US federal government has wasted nearly $200 billion US taxpayer dollars via needless duplication of many federal programs: From The Congressional Record – June 29, 2011: According to US Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN): The US federal government has 101 programs for surface transportation. They are run across four different agencies.
We have 82 teacher quality improvement programs—82 separate programs across 10 different agencies, and they are not in the Department of Education. There are 10 different agencies—9 of which are outside of the Department of Education—that have teacher training programs.
We have 88 economic development programs run by 4 agencies costing $6.5 billion a year—88 separate economic development programs.
We have 80 programs to provide transportation for the disadvantaged, across 8 different agencies. We spend $314 million on it. That is a good cause, and it is something we can do, but 80 different programs?
We don’t know what we are doing.
We have 56 programs for financial literacy from 21 different agencies.
Nobody who knows financial literacy would run 88 separate economic development programs and pay for the overhead of all of those through all these different agencies; rather, they would have 2 or 3 and have a concentrated program and direct the emphasis of that economic development program.
We have 21 programs for homeless assistance.
We spend $62 billion on 18 different food and nutrition assistance programs. We only need 2 or 3, not 18. We need to have metrics measuring whether we are effective in helping people with food and nutrition.
We have bureaucracy after bureaucracy, and each of them doesn’t know what the other agencies are doing. There is no coordination, and there is no measurement of the effectiveness of what we are doing. See GAO report overview: http://www.gao.gov/ereport/GAO-11-318SP/overview
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While America starves, Washington thrives:
“Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Decline More Than Forecast” See: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-25/home-prices-in-20-u-s-cities-decline-more-than-forecast.html
“Home Prices on the Rise in DC Area” See: http://www.nbcwashington.com/the-scene/real-estate/Local-Home-Prices-Going-Up-96969574.html
“Life is good in the capital of crony capitalism”: See: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/2011/10/life-good-capital-crony-capitalism#ixzz1bo6L9A2e