While I do applaud the president for some of his achievements, he has failed to lead this country forward. Given all the resources available to him, he still cannot foresee the facts ahead of us.
Yes he is a great orator, but he truly sucks at being a leader and a visionary. I wish we had a democratic opponent against him. The current president would certainly lose. A negotiator he is not. While I truly admire his success in life, a FDR he is not, the best thing he can do for this country is to resign and open the field to other democrats that are more capable.
I am beginning to understand what our original tea parties felt, what the citizens of Tunisa, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Saudi Aribia, etc feel. Yes it is time for revolution. It time for all corruption to end, for the oligarchs to fall wherever they may be, whether they be kings or presidents, their time has come, much like the revolutions in Europe in times gone by. The people must reign. The corporate and special interest influence must diminish.
The corporate and special interest influence in congress is way too significant. It Has been stated that they own congress. "They" include the military-industrial complex, the insurance industry, big pharma and farms, the oil industry, and Wall Street and the top 2% that hold nearly all the wealth which was earned off the backs of the lower 98%. We need to break free. Congress needs to prove that they represent the people and not the special interest. It also appears that this corruption is spreading to the judicial system.
Congress and the states need to do the following to remedy the corruption:
1. End the corruption in Washington, make it illegal to represent the special interest by any form of contribution to the congressional member. Make it illegal for corporations to support a specific candidate either financially or through ads supporting the candidate. Let corporations have their 1st amendent rights regarding issues, but not in support of a targeted candidate or political party.
2. The supreme court has succumbed to special interest and political interest. It no longer represents the interest of the constitution or its people. Congress and the states have to take the necessary action to correct the situation.
All members of the three branches of government need to be imprisioned for tax evasion when they accept contributions or benefits from special interests and do not report them. Why are they immune from prosecution for corruption and tax evasion?
Congress needs to do the following to cut costs and increase revenues:
1. Reduce defense spending by 10%, and we will still be outspending the industrial world and will not detract from our position as the number one super power. Control Department of Defense spending. They cannot account for $2.3 TRILLION SPENT during the Bush-2 years. Stop contributing to the corruption in Afghanistan. We give them $22 Billion each year. They just take our money by the plane load to other safe havens. Reduce the "contractor" expenditures by 80% in Iraq and Afghanistan. They just feed money to the insurents to continue the conflict. President Karzai of Afganhistan is currently aligning himself with Iran, Pakistan and China. So why do we support him? Where did we fail? Ask the military-industrial complex. They do not want peace. It is unprofitable to them. Ask the contractors, they need the conflict to secure their revenues and profits. Who loses? The US taxpayer.
2. Reduce our contribution to NATO as most NATO countries reduced theirs. Reduce our forces in Germany by 50% now. Why do we need 50,000 troops in Germany? The other NATO countries need to pay their fair share. We need to end the welfare to the NATO states. They need to take responsibility for their own welfare as we expect of Iraq and Afganistan. and . NATO zone countries use their savings in defense to economically compete with us. Who wins? The NATO countries and the US military-industrial complex. Who loses? The US taxpayer.
3. Stop being the enforcer for the international comunity. If they want our help and intervention, let them pay the bill.
4. Eliminate the OIL subsidies. Why give taxpayer money to the most profitable business? I could understand this at $10/barrel, not at $100/barrel. In the past the government passed a windfall profit tax on the industry. Why does it not do so now? Who Pays? The common taxpeyer.
5. Eliminate the ethanol subsidy. The industry is only 8% efficient, and just drives up the food prices. The loss to the taxpayer is doubled.
6. Eliminate the farm subsidies. They do not need it and they just add to the increase in food prices. Again the loss to the taxpayer is two fold.
7. It is reported that congress is favoring a new subsidy to the natural gas industry. This is crazy. How do we pay for it? Borrow more money from China for an industry that cannot support itself? Or is this just another ripoff of the American Taxpayer to benefit the oil and gas industry
8. Eliminate the corporate tax loop holes that allow such companies as GE to ride on the backs of taxpayers.
9. Increase Taxes on the top 2%. They need to contribute to society, as they benefit the most from society yet they pay taxes at lower rates than the middle class.
10. End Corporate welfare for the profitable and non-essential corporations. If it is not fashionable for individuals to receive welfare, why allow it for corporations? Why does the middle class need to subsidize corporations?
11. Continue the implementation of the Wall Street reforms passed by congress. Increase regulations to eliminate the absurd speculation of Wall Street and the Hedge Funds. The US citizens can no longer subsidize their gambling, forgive their losses and excuse their profits.
12. Further regulate the insurance industry. They are basically out of control, and not serving the interest of its customers. They continue to increase prices and reduce benefits.
The US government is borrowing money from China to pay all these subsidies and expenditures. What is wrong with this picture? What is wrong with our leadership that allows this?
Congress needs to be more proactive to increase employment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and credit. It needs to do the following:
1. End The H1B visa program, The US worker is well Qualified. The US worker is also are asked to train the visa recipient that will replace the US worker for less pay. The visa recipient will then return to his country and compete with the US company that trained him. We lose on all fronts.
2. Eliminate the tax incentives that allow corporations to export our jobs and hire in the foreign countries.
3. Have an energy policy that leads to more employment and less dependency upon foreign sources.
4. Support the biofuel industry that can support 70% efficiency, whether it be the RTP process led by the UOP division of Honeywell, the TCX process of Celanese or the algae process led by Solazyme, etc.
The European Commission, Airbus, airlines & biofuel producers are in aviation biofuel accord.
The Eurozone is now ahead of us in their biofuel implementation program. We have the technology, and the pentagon has approved biofuel for jets, helicopters, and marine vessels.
If we exploit biofuel technology, we can have full employment, no deficit spending, increased oil independence, smaller trade deficits,
China has taken the lead in solar and wind technologies and production. Will we allow them to take the lead in biofuels? The Chinese government has taken a key role in supporting their clean energy industry for wind and solar and they just have extended their efforts to biofuel production. Why does our government default in this regard?
This technology is a game changer. We need to change the game. We need a program for the exploitation of biofuel technology like the Manhattan Project, or the Moon Project, where we had national priorities. Why do we not have such a program for biofuel/energy independence? The cost to the government is minimal, yet the benefits are substantial. Our primary competitors are China and the Eurozone, yet many of the lesser economies are making greater progress towards energy independence than the major economies.
5. Exploit our natural resources regarding natural gas, coal, oil, and geothermal. We need to use more of our natural gas, and geothermal assets for energy and transportation. Here again the technology exists. Why do we not use it?
6. Recognize that the US is, or will soon become second to china in economic power. China needs to step up to their responsibility, and we need to step down on ours.
7. Recognize that Wall Street nearly bankrupted this country and will do so again. Their policies and actions are not conducive to supporting a recovery of the American economy that they have destroyed. Their only interest is how they can further screw main street to increase their bonus.
Congress is against items 1 thru 8. Are they controlled by special interests? At what cost to the tax payer and our national sovereignty?
If we can break free of the largest influence to bring America to its knees, perhaps we can survive. Given our leadership in the executive, legislative and judicial branches, it is becoming increasingly doubtful. Corruption therein is just too rampant.
Where is the problem? Let us face it, it is the American electorate that chooses not to be informed, and that does not vote. Would any intelligent rational informed person allow this situation to occur?