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The State of the Country Under President Obama

  1. VVanNess profile image89
    VVanNessposted 3 years ago

    "With unemployment down and the housing market showing some good numbers. The second part of the health care bill taking effect and with spending up. The country is slowly moving in the right direction." -from another Hub (unnamed)

    I don't agree. Unemployment is actually higher now than it ever has been (citizens are just running out of unemployment eligibility and have stopped reporting it, like us), the fiscal cliff is making chaos out of the airline industry as airports all over the country are shutting down and taking all business and jobs with them, and the health care "reform" is destroying our current population of doctors, as many of them are quitting, none of them are taking new clients, and they are all worried about their jobs. How do you feel?

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      JaxsonRaineposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      We just have to get used to the fact that the unemployment figures post 2007 don't mean the same thing as the unemployment figures pre 2007. Our economy is now drastically different.

      1. VVanNess profile image89
        VVanNessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Do you believe that the country is getting better under President Obama, or incredibly worse?

        Is there anything you would change about the decisions being made?

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          JaxsonRaineposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I think, overall, we have been stagnating. I also think things are going to get worse as obamacare becomes fully active. It's going to add way too much burden to businesses which are already struggling.

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            JaxsonRaineposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Changes I would make:

            Eliminate corporate taxes.

            Item-by-item review of all regulations. If it doesn't prevent one entity from causing harm to another, it's gone.

            Cut government spending by 5% a year for 4-5 years.

            Implement an incentive-based program for identifying government waste. If you report waste or come up with an idea to increase efficiency, we'll give you a one-time check for 10% of what that waste equals over the course of a year(some folks could literally retire off of a program like that).

            Take benefits out of business, make them all personal. You get paid, shop for your own insurance.

            Just a small start to a list I could come up with.

            1. VVanNess profile image89
              VVanNessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Wow! You've put a lot of thought into these. What great ideas! If the government just gave the citizens a chance to truly express themselves, I'm sure we would find an incredible amount of extremely innovative ideas and cost saving methods that would put us on the map. Very nice!

            2. innersmiff profile image79
              innersmiffposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              You forgot about legalising the competing currency and saving us from inflation.

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                JaxsonRaineposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                There are many, many topics that I simply have to acknowledge I don't understand enough about smile

                1. innersmiff profile image79
                  innersmiffposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  This is a really good, short, and free, book on the subject:
                  http://mises.org/money.asp

                  'What Has Government Done To Our Money?' by Murray Rothbard

                  1. VVanNess profile image89
                    VVanNessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Wonderful! I love the recommendation! Thanks!

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                VVanNessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                What suggestions would you make if you had a say innersmiff?

                1. innersmiff profile image79
                  innersmiffposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  Firstly, legalise the competing currency. The Federal Reserve's inflationary policy destroys Americans' purchasing power, and pumps too much money into the financial sector.

                  Dismantle the fraudulent fractional-reserve banking system so as to restore banks to their proper function: saving money.

                  I agree with everything else Jaxson said except I would cut government spending by a lot more than 5% a year. Ron Paul's idea of a trillion dollars in the first year sounded tempting.

                  End the war on drugs and restore the production of those things to the free-market. Cannabis and hemp production alone would create a boon in the economy, and the money saved from enforcing the law and imprisoning people can be put back into it.

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                    VVanNessposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Awesome. It's nice to know that there are citizens out there that are educated on what's happening and have ideas about how it could be fixed.
                    I really like Jaxson's idea on citizens being able to make suggestions to the government. If they were truly listening to the people living here, and actually taking their concerns and suggestions seriously, I believe real change could finally be made in this country for the better!

 
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