Six Things That Could Improve America

Can We "Fix" America?

The United States of America is going through difficult times right now. Confidence in our country is sinking to an all time low. The cost of goods is skyrocketing and the economy is hitting rock bottom. We are being told that things are improving, but at the same time we go to the gas pump and grocery store and pay even more than before. We have the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements fighting against each other, when they really need to work together to work on a solution for all people, not just the republicans or the democrats. We have more people than any other time in history living off of some type of government assistance.

I am not a politician. I am a teacher. I don't claim to have the experience or really the knowledge to be a politician. I do, however, see things from the eyes of a regular person wanting the best for the country that I love. A country that I want to be around at its best for my grandchildren. So with that in mind, I have sat down and made a list of what I think will help improve this country...


Put Education First

1) The number one thing that must be changed to fix America is put education first. You might expect this from me since I am a teacher, but I truly believe that this is what will best help America and Americans. If we can give our children a quality education we can fix any other problem we have. We can raise a generation of politicians with morals...we can raise a generation of bankers that know how to count money and invest money...we can raise a generation of architects that create new and innovative buildings...we can raise a generation of business people that know how to create new and innovative businesses that will take us into the future...we can raise a generation of teachers that can teach that next generation how to make this country even better... we can raise a generation of adults that will be self reliant and not dependent on the government to provide for their every need...

Fund Education

2)Education needs to better funded. Money that is meant for education should be used wisely...and should be monitored.Money for education should be distributed fairly and wisely... Money that is lining the pockets of politicians and their special projects should be used to fund education. Then maybe we wouldn't have to worry about how to fund prisons...

Put A Cap On Spending

3)There needs to be a cap on spending...quit increasing our debt limit and learn to live within the budget...as families and businesses, we must control our spending...shouldn't we expect the same from our country? Can't afford that special project that will further line your own pockets? Don't do it... Wouldn't it be wonderful if at the end of the month when you are struggling to put food on the table, you could just sign a law that puts more money in your bank account?

Blanket Tax

4)Put a blanket tax on every family and every business...a flat 17% for everyone across the board would allow our country to get back on track...or at least get us started in the right direction.

Tax everyone the same...rich, poor, middle class...businesses and regular people...I realize not everyone would be happy with this, but how many of us are happy with the way things are now?

Fire All Politicians

5)Fire ALL politicians - not just the democrats...not just the republicans and the independents and replace them with honest, trustworthy citizens who want the best for our country and not what's best for them personally...Can we really do this? Of course not. But we do have the power of the vote. We can find good, honest, hardworking Americans to elect, not career politicians. The United States was founded by regular people wanting what was best for the country as a whole, and not just for them personally...

Renew Faith In The USA

6) Renew faith in our country. We are still one of the best countries in the world. We have to remember that and have faith that we can be what we once were...If we had people and not career politicians making the decisions for the country, we might have more faith in our country. If we remember that we are, indeed, one of the few countries that is willing and able to help each other out and help other countries around the world, we might have more faith in our country. Without faith in our country, our country will fail...

Are these attainable? I think they could be...but I think our country is going the wrong direction right now and it will continue to until the right people in the right places at the right times do something to make it right...

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HattieMattieMae profile image

HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

i'm in agreement 100% with this! :)


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Your hub is a bit short on content and you being a teacher, I would have thought that you would have used paragraphs? However, let's not deal with the petty issues of your Hub writing and get to what you wrote about.

I'll agree- #1 problem- Education is underfunded. Your #2? Makes note of #1 and of the greed in Washington, which we as a Nation could do without. As for #3, if spending was more level, instead of government spending 16% on Education and 50% or more on defense, then they would have more revenue to work with, because those who are educated, would be doing more valuable things, like working well paying jobs or starting businesses of their own, which would increase overall revenue.

As for #4? A blanket tax? No, that wouldn't work and would lower tax revenue, considering their are more poverty stricken families than there are wealth people.

As for #5? Fire all politicians and promote from local level? The honest ones who do actual good work on the local level? Then I would agree. However, I do agree with many others about "Term limits". There are far too many politicians who have been in office for 10+ years or more, which has revealed that they are probably the most corrupt and supporting the "status quo". If you're not sure what the "status quo" is? It's called "corporate protectionism". Protecting the upper 1%'s wealth from being destroyed, by their own foolishness and ignorance.

As for #6? What faith are you insinuating? A little clarity is needed, before I decide whether or not, we are on the same page.

Other than that, you have a good basis, but needs more. Welcome to Hubpages! :)


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The Rising Glory 5 years ago from California

1. I agree, but probably not in the same context as you. My wife is a teacher and our school system is broken, not because we don't spend enough money on schools but because we teach our kids stupid things instead of things that are applicable to life. #1 is that money should be taught in school, which unfortunately the vast majority of teachers know nothing about, including my wife who is a very well educated teacher. #2. Totally agree with the removing the "lining of the pockets" part, but we spend SO MUCH money on education it is ridiculous. What is far more important then spending money on education is cutting the waste in education. Virtually every administrative office of any school district could easily be cut in half and function fine. So the lining of the pockets of NEA and local unions along with Admin needs to be the focus. #3 - totally agree. #4. A major tax overhaul would be great. I am for a flat tax, so I'm with you here. #5 - Not realistic. Stop and think for a moment. They are in there because "we" voted them in. Fire them all and put a new group in, the new group comes from the voters. Until people are educated in economics (MONEY) they will not understand how they are taxed through inflation and how they are trained to be wage slaves. Just look at the number of people who are "Pro Union." What are they? They are people who need someone else represent them because they cannot stand for themselves. Proper education is the key here. #6. Ronald Reagan was great at this. There is an American Pride that runs deep and that pride needs to be reunited. It takes a special type of person who can accomplish this.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Education is very important but the "putting it first" is always about money...the only viable solution to improving education is money and more money. We keep throwing money at a problem that it cannot fix. There are too many attitude adjustments needed in education for money to be the solution. We keep doing the same thing over and overyet expecting a different outcome....the definition of insanity.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks to all for the comments...

Hattie - Thanks for your comment! I like that you agree!

Cagsil - I wrote this originally as an answer to a question - I wasn't really concerned with paragraphs and perfection, but I understand why that would bother someone..I understand that not all of my fixes are doable or even possible - but in my perfect world these could all happen...Maybe I should have said renew our belief in our country, rather than faith...Thank you for your comments!

Glory - I also agree that we are forced to teach too many things that are not relevant in the real world...I also believe that if we had more funding - and that funding was used correctly - schools and children would be better off...and I agree that 5 is unrealistic...wouldn't it be wonderful if we could put well educated people in charge of taking care of our country - people who know how to balance a budget and how to make everything run the way it should...Ronald Reagan was the best at this...it didn't matter if he was republican or democrat, he was proud of America and its people...thank you for your comments!

Wayne - I agree that money alone will not solve the problems in education - and there definitely needs to be an attitude adjustment...thank you for your comments!


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

I agree because without knowledge people don't have power to help themselves, and as long as the government makes the choices they are now with canceling foodstamsp/federal grants/non-profits the children will suffer the most, and they have worries going to school because they don't have homes, food, and a good education. What are we teaching our children with the politicians only concerned about keeping money in their pockets! The teachers are the ones that raise these kids to succeed, while the parents have no jobs.

It's a pitiful thing these days when our children know the government doesn't give a shit and they live in woods, and 700,000 are already homeless, and than they get fined for pissing in the street. lol Where they supposed to go, bathe themselves, get food to eat, sleep at night. Let's see these politicians sleep on the street, or their children.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Justateacher, I only mentioned paragraphs, because it would make it easier to read. That's all. And, yes you're right, in a perfect world, all of it would be doable and could happen. I can already see how and what path should be taken, which is why I left the comment I did. It's understood that if government spend the money(revenue) received more wisely, then they would be able to pay down the debt this country has accumulated over the last 200+ years and still promote growth, true valued growth.

The biggest problem is getting the politicians to abide by spending and making the necessary cuts, where it needs to be made and cutting funding for education isn't an option. I'll also agree, there are quite bit wrong with the Education system, which is wasteful of resources and those are some cuts that would also need to be taken into account. And, as I said, promoting politicians from local levels would be a good thing, ones who are proven to be on the side of the people and not on the side of business. Being on the side of business only supports the "status quo", which I described in my first comment. I appreciate your time.

On a side note- you might want to check out "The Learning Center"(you can get to it by a link at the bottom of every page), it could be helpful to you and your experience on Hubpages. :)


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Cagsil - I understood where you were coming from about the paragraphs...and I agree...it would make it easier to read.

Thanks for the advice..I will check out "The Learning Center"

Hattie - I liked that you agree and now like it because of your explanations...

I appreciate the comments and the help!


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bonnebartron 5 years ago from never one place for too long

or perhaps diversify what we teach, or teach people to think for themselves, it is the indoctrination of our people that make us blind little sheep.


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kashannkilson 5 years ago from Portland, OR

Nice Hub.

1. Completely agree! There is no way for this country to prosper without educating it's citizens.

2. Schools should be funded well, but we have to handle how that money is being spent a little bit better.

3. Long term, you have to change the country's spending habits and revenue streams.

4. Taxes need to be restructured no doubt about it. End subsidies, flatten rates, simplify. You can actually lower rates if you make sure that everyone pays what they owe.

5. What we have to do, is take the money out of bad politics. Lobbying and campaign donations are legal bribes. Stop that and you will get people in office that want to be there to do the work, not to sell votes and make the extra paychecks.

6. Good call. It's funny how much national apathy there is isn't it? When I was a kid, it seemed like Americans loved America. I don't see that now. We are angry, beat up, and reactionary. I'm not saying there isn't good reason for that, but we could use an attitude adjustment as a country.


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

@justateacher: For the most part I agree with you but I have some slight differences which I don't believe are important here. My intent of responding is not to argue or change your points, it is to say that no matter what someone believes or how they word it, the main thing is that we continue to have new ideas to bring up so other people can open their minds and think about solutions. Yes, maybe your solutions could work, maybe not all of them could but everyone that reads your hub gets their mind going to come up with other ideas. That is what is important. Keep thinking of the new ideas, that is what we all need. Sooner or later some of them catch on and then they are tweaked to make work for the good of all.


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

Teacher, I understand your passion for education and we must not cut it to pieces like some would do. There is a dangerous mindset in this country that thinks if we take away all the social programs and give the big corporations free reign everything will be OK. It will for the Corporations, the people however will perish. The tax structure favors only the rich and takes more from the mid and lower classes. Has our country been so brain washed that we can no longer see the things that are directly killing us? We still vote for the parasites that suck our lifes blood from this country like they were the second coming. All things are possible once you free yourself from the lies and think for yourself. Don't listen to them only judge them for what they do not say. Look to what they accomplish and for whom. Good Luck to all of us, we're gonna need it,

Peter


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

Everytime I read a comment from Peter I throw up in my mouth! Peter show me a poor person that pays taxes! When you can answer this question, I will no longer consider you to be in the same class as the rest of the liberal idiots on this site!

Bonnebartron, you cannot have it both ways! Democrats lead to things like "it takes a village to raise a child" this is socialist mentality and in the socialist society, thinking for oneself is prohibited! ..........you would need to come to the conservative side for that one!

JustTeacher, nice hub, except morals are not taught in school. Morals are taught at home! My daughter took Spanish for 3 years and never learned to speak it! A friend of mine went to an immulsion class for 3 weeks and speaks spanish very well!...........educations on all levels sucks in this country! I have a good friend from South Africa I met when we were both children, he has been here many times to visit! I met him when he was ten and he could speak 5 languages and write in 3, American teachers are hundreds of years away from that type of teaching.


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Ty Gillis 5 years ago from Palm Bay, Florida

AR I agree that Peter is a parrot of every Liberal in existence.(Puke!) When we stop to analyze the Education in this Country, the first thing people say is to throw money at it. Have you been in an Elementary School classroom lately? They're packed to the gills with teaching material, it's amazing. Second, who are we comparing ourselves to? Japan? They do not teach the same well rounded education that we spew out to our kids day to day. In Japan, they concentrate on all the fundamentals Math, Science, Geography, Reading, etc.. They only touch on Art, music, and literature; until about the nineth grade, then they split into more pointed studies as to was their interest is in. Also, they never pass students because they might feel bad if they were left behind.

It would be excellent if we could get back to basics, but liberals wont let us because of social issues, like if it is mentioned in the Bible then we can not taught. That's the basis of our morals and our ethics, but we might offend somebody. This is why we are tearing ourselves apart, because the majority of the people in this Country are worried about feelings rather than truth. Another reason why we have politicians rather than Statesman. They care only about agendas and lining their pockets because they're all lawyers or they're being backed by some group like the Unions.

Here in Florida, we have the FCAT test. Everyone is up in arms about it not being fair because "how could one test show your knowledge?" I'm 40, and I've been standardized tested the entire time I was in school. But because they take money away from those failing schools to entice them to do better, it's wrong. There has to be a measure to make sure that all students are being educated to a minimum degree. If they're not, pin point the problem teachers and get rid of them. They should have a free ride just because they're teachers. If they can't do their job, adios, get someone else that can. And I don't buy this poor school in the ghetto thing either. If there is kids that don't want to learn, cut them out and discipline them. If they can't be disciplined, send them to Juvenile Detention. We have to toughen up and stop babying everyone in Society.


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Jonesy0311 5 years ago

I truly admire your passion for education and I agree that it is important. However, money is not the answer. Currently, the U.S. spends more tax dollars per student than any country in the world. In several districts, the funding has reached more than $30,000 per student annually. Obviously, not even a significant portion of this money reaches the classroom. The problem is not a lack of funds. It is corruption. We decided to go socialist and let the government handle education. Well, just like Animal Farm, the piggies are getting fat at the top. The education system is one of the most corrupt bureaucracies that I can think of. Add to this corruption, teacher's unions and policies which reward bad teachers just as handsomely as the good ones. This is why communism doesn't work. The bad ones get worse and the good ones give up. Also, we should never have allowed tenure positions for teachers below college level.

I have always advocated a voucher program which is like a scholarship that attaches a dollar amount to each student. That student can attend whatever public or private school that his/her parents desire and the money will follow directly from the state. This would increase competition. Sadly, education itself is not the problem. Rather, "public" education is the root of this evil. Once they have to actually compete with private schools, the bad schools will crumble and the good ones will prosper.

As for you points 3 through 6, I couldn't agree more.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

I agree that "throwing" money at a bad situation will not, alone, make that situation better. Maybe the funds that are out there should be distributed more evenly and more fairly. Some districts get more money for less work just because of the state they live in, or even the part of the state they live in. I understand that there is a difference in the cost of living in the different states and districts, but that doesn't change the way we teach and the supplies needed to teach. Technology is such a huge part of our lives today, yet some school are still relying on technology that was outdated ten years ago, while other schools have all the best and newest technology. Even in our district, funds are distributed depending on the socio-economic status of the neighborhood the school is in - the poorer districts get extra funds and therefore can purchase more technology than the schools in the middle income neighborhoods. Up until recently, teachers who worked in the lower income areas got a stipend for working in those areas. I understand that the extra money is to entice teachers into these neighborhoods, but often the teachers that do end up in these areas are not the best available and they are getting paid more.

Because I work in a middle class school I don't get that extra money and neither did our school. We had to go "begging" to some of the businesses in the area to get new computers for our students - the businesses were getting new computers and we got the hand-me-downs.

I am ranting now...and need to stop :)

Thanks to everyone who has commented and stirred up the conversations. I truly appreciate you all and feel honored that you have read and commented on my hub!


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buyamerican 5 years ago from United States

1. Agree, but America doesn't have the money to spend on education.

2. American politicians are paid way less than French/German/Italian politicians. Why take their money away ?

3. The problem is not spending. Spending is good for the economy. The real problem is free-trade, because only Americans (North Americans) are applying it.

China, Europe, Japan,etc... they don't import anything, so their governments can spend all they want, it comes back to them. Not in USA.

4. I believe that taxes should be raised, globally. But if it is for military imports or anything like that, forget it.

5. I can't deny that most of our politicians are untrustworthy, but let's face it. We citizens haven't really been doing any better.

6. 100% agree, and I think it has to do with our education. Nowadays Americans believe that they live in an inferior country, they all idolize Europe and Asia.

That is the root of most of our economic problems.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

So when are you running for office? Great list.. but you should have include an enema... LOL kidding


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Okay...so I forgot to include the enema...maybe on a later rewrite lol ;)


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kschimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

I only wish to fund education that teaches kids to actually read the text of their Constitution and do the math necessary to balance their own checkbooks. I am weary of funding cultural sensitivity training, socialist indoctrination and interpreters for illegal alien parents (while ASL-using American citizen students are underserved.) I'd like to see better results from what I'm already spending. So far I'm not impressed in NC--that's why our charter and private and home schools are bursting at the seams!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Kshimmel-I am in total agreement! We spend more on esol than on sped!!! Not fair!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I agree with your sentiment. Education is important and it has different meanings to everyone. I believe if you are a child in the system and grow up to make good grades you should get the help you need to go to college and get started in life.

And I also stand with you on politicians getting us in trouble but what we need is not someone who stands on policy but common sense- I'm sure they still exist. Great hub! Voted up and shared!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you for reading! And for sharing!


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Ken Burgess 4 years ago from Florida

Vote Romney/Ryan... get rid of the Union thugs that protect the bad teachers and abuse their positions for personal gain... Unions for Steel Workers, Auto Industry, back in the days when it was a deadly dangerous job... good stuff.

Unions that protect teachers who cannot adapt to new realities and technologies, protecting teachers that abuse their position and harm our children... that's garbage... and we need someone who will try and break those Unions, not reward them for their corruption.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Ken...I agree...at one time in America we needed unions...we don't anymore...I have seen good teachers lose their jobs during redistricting because a bad teacher had the backing of the union...thanks for reading!

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