What problems face America today?

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    List the top five, then offer a somewhat comprehensive solution. Leave the cliches, glib comments and ad hominems out. If you have nothing to offer, don't post.

    P: Spending, the deficit and the Debt

    S: The House of Representatives needs to share the pain and recognize zero sum games harm everyone. The Debt is a long-term result of years of deficit spending under both Democratic and Republican Administrations.

    Hiring needs to be frozen and early retirement offered if we are not to exacerbate the unemployment problem. The size of government reduced by attrition, not lay-offs. This applies to all levels of government.
    Taxes need to be raised across the board on a flat percentage - for example all tax payers billed 5% on their tax liability and the revenue used only to reduce the debt (not the deficit) until we have reduced our interest payments to a manageable level.
    Taxes need to be raised on all non-commercial fuel used for transportation, forcing commuters to use public transportation (a tax credit on a dollar for dollar basis for those rural zip codes where public transportation is not an option).
    The deficite needs to be fixed by safe and sane practices, across the board cuts put people at risk. It makes no sense to cut the jobs of first responders, continue to ignore our aged infrastructure or allow medical costs to rise because we ignore creating an environment where early detection. Early detection of disease allows for cures or manageable treatments at a lower cost than waiting for the crisis.

    NEXT: Unemployment
     
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    One hundred percent of working America should pay taxes. Class warfare will not succeed.
     
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    P: Unemployment

    S: Job creation. Yes, the government can create jobs, both within all levels of government and the private sector too. The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) of 1973 put the unemployed to work. It benefited the private sector in two ways: providing new employees whose salary was subsidized and new customers as the former unemployed now had income to spend on goods and services.
    A new iteration of CETA will also help replace government employees who leave by attrition or are offered early retirement; new employees will be hired under different conditions than those who leave: Salary schedules will be lower, retirement benefits less generous and medical costs shared more equally between the government employer and the employee.

    NEXT: Energy
     
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    Our major crisis: Quit listening to the pundits and talking heads that are trying their hardest to relegate us into a second tier economy.

    We have to produce and export vs surviving as a service economy and importing all of our goods.

    Eventually, we will have to take the lead in space travel and colonization of other planets. I know that sounds far fetched but sometime within the next 40 years we need to be on the leading edge of such technological advances.
     
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    One other note Willow alluded to: This class warfare envy will have to be pushed off the cliff if we are to advance. This is 1960's thinking and allows politicians to exploit various groups. It's pitiful and deplorable.
     
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    You don't even know what class warfare is.
     
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    Tax the rich is class warfare. YOu demonrats are quite open about class warfare.
     
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    Class warfare is just one of the stupid phrases they lap up like pablum.

    How I wish the facts mattered as much to all Americans.


    Its so easy to just throw these phrases arround like they really mean something.

    They are planted in your brains and encompass the majority of your thought process.

    When if ever will they be willing to challenge their masters??
     
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    Get back to a Constitutional form of government
    Start paying down the deficit.
    Get rid of the Majority of Socialists who run the schools, Universities,Media and Majority of the Government,and make them the minority again like they have always been.
    Socialism is not freedom.
     
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    Stuff it up yer azz.
     
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