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My Plan to Unite Americans

Updated on May 19, 2019
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James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with three non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Americans Unite!

I published an article entitled Partition America, which received mostly excellent reviews and enjoyed wide readership.

The only naysayers were Liberals who felt that instead of Partition, a way should be sought where Americans can stop squabbling and unite behind a common agenda.

I would love to be a uniter—not a divider. Therefore, I have a plan to do just that: Unite Americans.

The United States Physical Map (without political division)
The United States Physical Map (without political division)

Illegal Immigration

To solve the immigration problem, I propose that we make it law that every illegal in this country must come in and register with the government—with a promise of no deportations for anyone who has steady employment and no criminal record. Issue them a three-year work visa.

Anyone who does not show up to register or come back for an interview after the three-year visa expires, is to be deported immediately. If they keep employment for three years straight, paying taxes and FICA, without committing a crime; start them on a process to become permanent residents of America, on the condition that they can never receive any public assistance; and they can never vote or register to vote or try to vote.

If they don't want to become a permanent resident but are employed, they may receive another three-year visa instead. Anyone convicted of a felony will have their visa revoked and be deported after their sentence if fulfilled.

Eliminate the automatic citizenship by birthright, which is very rare in the world anyway. No more 'Anchor Babies.'

We outlaw Sanctuary Cities. We end the Immigration Lottery. We end Chain Migration. We build a Wall.

MIXED MESSAGES ON IMMIGRATION
MIXED MESSAGES ON IMMIGRATION
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DEMAND RIGHTS
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DEMAND RIGHTS

A Solution to our Medical Care Costs

To solve the medical care crisis, I propose that we overhaul the system. My plan starts with tort reform, to limit settlements in medical malpractice claims to $250,000—saving at least $25,000,000,000 per year and thus lowering the cost of health care. And to win any settlement it has to be proved that the doctor was willfully negligent, not just that as a human being who is only practicing medicine anyway he simply made a mistake.

We should open up competition among medical care insurance companies to where they compete for customers nationwide, just like GEICO, State Farm, and Allstate do now for car insurance. Competition always drives down prices.

Insurance should be decoupled from employment. We should buy health insurance individually the way we buy all other insurance. This will spur employment by removing the burden of this cost from employers who must offer the exact same plan to everyone.

This industry should be deregulated so that dozens of medical insurance companies can offer many more insurance plans for people—freedom of choice. If I want no insurance, because I do not believe in traditional medicine, or don't believe I am going to get sick, I should have that right. If I want an inexpensive policy that only covers serious illness or accidental injury, I should have that right. If I want a full boat policy that covers dental, eyewear, holistic medicine, chiropractors, Viagra, plastic surgery, every trip I make to a doctor or even coverage for my pets, I should have the right to buy that.

I would ban insurance companies from investigating existing conditions, only allowing the charging of any rate they want to charge—against stiff competition—to vary by age (as life insurance does). The rate you pay when you sign up should remain the same until you reach retirement age.

I would turn over billing of Medicare and Medicaid to Visa/MasterCard—savings $90,000,000,000 per year (by reducing fraud).

Lastly, I would stop health care providers from reporting their deadbeats to the credit bureau. Getting unexpectedly sick or hurt is not the same as signing a contract to borrow money, and it shouldn't ruin one's credit when disaster strikes. I don't think it helps collect the funds anyway. All it does is hurt people.

WHAT DOES A TRILLION DOLLARS LOOK LIKE
WHAT DOES A TRILLION DOLLARS LOOK LIKE
HEALTH CARE CRISIS
HEALTH CARE CRISIS
A MILLION DOLLARS COMPARED TO A BILLION
A MILLION DOLLARS COMPARED TO A BILLION

Community Organizers, NEA, NPR & PBS

I propose that the taxpayers no longer provide funds to any community organizations of any stripe. If what they are doing is worthwhile, let them find private funding for their activities. This system is rife with fraud and exists mostly to game the taxpayers. 99% of them are partisan to one political party and it is egregious for people of both parties to fund them with the sweat of their brows.

I propose that we defund the National Endowment for the Arts. Any art that people want to see they will pay to see; or private endowments will be made because someone deems the art important enough to fund it for all. The government has no business deciding the public value between my art and your art.

I also propose no more federal money for NPR or PBS. States can fund them, private donors can fund them.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS USE FUNDS OF ALL TO SUPPORT ONE POLITICAL PARTY
COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS USE FUNDS OF ALL TO SUPPORT ONE POLITICAL PARTY

Fannie & Freddie, Public Employee Unions & Grant Money

I propose the government sell Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, thereby getting out of the mortgage business.

I propose that unionization efforts continue to only use the secret ballot.

I propose that all unions for public employees be disbanded and public employees barred from unionizing - as they were for all of American history until the 1960s. The public is not a robber baron that some little helpless guy needs defense against. And the endless cycle of billions of taxpayer money finding its way back to the Democratic Party after being laundered by unions - a scam if there ever was one - has to cease.

I propose that all grant money be accounted for and transparently distributed, and distributed 50% to Conservative organizations, with a web site where any citizen can view where their tax dollars have gone. Further, any money dispensed must be voted on by Congress. Let's eliminate 'pork' spending, as well, by making Congress vote on any line of a bill that includes tax monies.

UNION VIOLENCE
UNION VIOLENCE

Education

I propose we allow parents to send their children to any school they see fit with vouchers. If it costs $7500 of taxpayer money per year to educate a child, a taxpayer should have the right to send their child to the government run schools—or a Christian, or Jewish, or secular private school of their choice.

This way, Conservatives can stop bellyaching about the homosexual public school agenda; the Darwinism; the religion of Secular Humanism; the religious songs about President Obama; The denigration of President Trump by leftist teachers who tell the children he is like Hitler; the indoctrination of our children into ideas they staunchly oppose (while using their money to do it).

Conservatives can have the same amount of funds to send their child for the type of education they want their children to have—and Liberals can implement any agenda they want in the public schools because there will be no one left who cares to oppose them. The can promote Atheism, hedonism, America-hating, white privilege, 20,000 'genders', or even pure Satanism.

I propose that all federal funds for universities be forfeited unless 50% of the faculty and invited speakers are Conservatives.

I propose that the federal government no longer have any involvement in student loans. Private companies and banks can loan to creditworthy folks, and states can have special programs.

TEACHERS UNION IN CHARGE
TEACHERS UNION IN CHARGE
PUBLIC SCHOOL LESSON FOR EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN
PUBLIC SCHOOL LESSON FOR EIGHT-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN

Abortion

Lastly, I turn to abortion. It's hard to find common ground on this one. The trend is not good for Pro-Abortion folks. The last poll shows Pro-Life up by 52% to 41%.

I have a solution that will stop the fighting over it. We pass a Constitutional Amendment repealing Roe v Wade, devolving the abortion question to States Rights.

Therefore, by voter referendum or by state legislatures, each state can have their own abortion laws, appropriate to the kind of people (the majority anyway) who live there.

In some states it may be banned altogether, in others paid for by state funds, in others somewhere in between regarding parental notification, health care provider conscience clauses, methods used, live birth problems, trimester restrictions, infanticide etc.

With this, I propose the Federal Government no longer support Planned Parenthood with taxpayer funds, but individual states may, and private donors, of course, may.

I hope this plan can be agreed to by the vast majority of Americans, thereby uniting us, not dividing us.

PREGNANCY IS DESIGNED TO HAVE THIS RESULT
PREGNANCY IS DESIGNED TO HAVE THIS RESULT

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    • James A Watkins profile imageAUTHOR

      James A Watkins 

      2 days ago from Chicago

      Glenn Stok! I am honored by your presence on my Hub and I sincerely appreciate your kind comments. You are legend in the Hub Business. I was very impressed reading about the meeting you attended.

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 days ago from Long Island, NY

      Very well thought out plan on all counts James. Many of these issues are very complex social concerns, and it’s usually difficult to make it fair for everyone. But you have achieved describing quite meaningful solutions.

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      James A Watkins 

      6 weeks ago from Chicago

      Why Ruth Gaipa, my real life friend, how pleased I am to 'see' you here. Thank you for coming by to offer this warm word of encouragement. I am glad we agree. Doubt I'll run for office but I will continue to teach. ;)

      James the Younger

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      Ruth Gaipa 

      6 weeks ago

      When are you running for president? Makes more sense than anything I have heard for a long time. Agree completely!

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      GA Anderson— Greetings! As far as I am concerned, you are right on time, GA. Perhaps we can rekindle and renew interest in my ideas here.

      Thank you ever much for the laudations! I am glad we are in agreeance. I appreciate this visit from you.

      JAW

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      ga anderson 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Greetings James, as I am reading this at such a late date after publication, no need to rehash all the points that the good comment have already touched on.

      So, briefly I will say, Dan good common-sense ideas. But of course you understand you have threatened every special interest out there.

      Great find, great read.

      GA

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Shyloh Malpractice Insurance for surgeons— I agree with your comments totally. After all, doctors are only "practicing." I think we, as a society, need to stop blaming them for their failures and be grateful for their successes. We have gone litigation crazy. That is a sign of a nation that has lost its moral compass.

      Thank you for reading my article. I appreciate your encouragement of my candidacy. :)

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      Shyloh Malpractice insurance for surgeons 

      8 years ago

      You have some very good ideas, how can we put you into the office? I know that if we all stopped complaining about things like malpractice insurance for surgeons, maybe they wouldn't need it so much if we stopped blaming the surgeon for 'killing' someone just because they couldn't save a man who got shot in the head. That isn't their fault go after the guy with the gun not the doctor who feels just as bad as you do.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Jimmy Fuentes— Your visits have encouraged me. Thank you for taking the time to read my works. I very much appreciate the comments, too. It is good to engage in conversation with somebody who is sharp about politics.

      The pre-existing conditions problem is just that: a problem. I'll have to put my thinking cap on about that.

      I love the Singapore idea. As you know better than me, insurance is for accidents, not oil changes and fan belts. Anything that is free is going to be over-utilized. Of course, people are not thrifty with other people's money—especially gubmint money. :D

      I enjoyed your comments very much. You make good sense and you are in the business. Thank you and you are welcome.

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      Jimmy Fuentes 

      8 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga

      Hi James,

      All of your post is well thought and sounds great. The only area I have any "expertise" in is the insurance industry and how it pertains to healthcare. There are a few things that I have heard that are quite interesting as far as solutions/ideas. 1. Obviously tort reform as you have already covered. 2. We always hear about portability as far as the ability to buy healthcare across state lines which would increase competition and typically drive down costs. My only question regarding "portability" is from the insurance agent's perspective, with licensing across state lines. 3. While it may sound great that insurance companies should cover everybody regardless of pre-existing conditions, here is the problem with that argument; that would be like your car being on fire in the parking lot and you running in to your local auto-insurance company and telling them you want to pay for insurance and have them cover your car that is on fire. Insurance companies are FOR PROFIT. If you force them to take literally everyone; what is the result? Well the large majority of people that will get insurance will be the sick which would cause the company to have to pay out more than they take in. It is called over-utilization. The whole concept of insurance is that a bunch of people pay in and when someone gets sick, they can use it.

      One of the most intriguing ideas I have heard of is apparently what they do in Singapore. They do actually have a government paid insurance program BUT here is how it works: It is a Major Medical Plan. The individual is responsible for the first $5000 of their insurance in a calendar year. After that, it is on the government (taxpayer). But here is what happens, the utilization goes waaaaay down. Why? Because if it is YOUR MONEY for the first $5000, you are likely to be a little more judicious with going to the doctor or hospital arent you?

      See that is the problem with HMO's, Medicaid, etc. When it doesn't cost you anything or minimal cost to go to the doctor or hospital... What do you do when you get the sniffles? You go to the doctor. This drives cost WAY UP. So Singapore having a government paid major medical insurance plan (NOT GOVT RUN HEALTHCARE) is a very interesting model. You could even raise the limit to $10,000 and then people could buy insurance to help them cover the first 10,000.

      Sorry for the super super long comment. Just a very interesting topic for me. Thanks for the post James.

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Joni Douglas— Stop making sense! Right? Thank you for visiting and for your encouragement. It's always great to hear your voice of reason.

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      Joni Douglas 

      8 years ago

      No wonder BDazzler nominated you for president on the forums. I'd submit your name to Obama for the answers to all that he seeks, but your approach is just too full of common sense for the likes of Washington.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      BDazzler— Thank you for your kind words. I'll surely let you know if I run for office.

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      BDazzler 

      9 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      If you decide to run for president, and I am serious about this ... please let me know. I would love to work on your campaign.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      drpastorcarlotta— Thank you!! I so appreciate your wonderful words. I am glad we are in agreeance.

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I agree with you James on the ILLEGAL IMMIGRATIONS!!! YES! It's fair as well! GREAT HUB!!!!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      raeann80— Thank you very much. The Medical Malpractice problem is more far-reaching than I mentioned here. It is the cause of billions of dollars worth of painful and invasive tests performed to protect against lawsuits. The thought being: you can't sue us, we gave you every test under the sun. The way it is now doctors are routinely sued for not ordering some test or the other. Doctors are not gods. I believe they do the best they can. They can't save everybody or diagnose with absolute certainty everything that can go wrong with the most complicated machine in the world: the human body.

      I greatly appreciate your concerns. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      raeann80 

      9 years ago

      Your ideas are so innovative. I really like the idea about having limiting the amount you can get in a malpractice suit. I know that there are a lot of people that are right taking Dr. to court, but there is a lot of people that want to get paid, and now people like me can't go to the doctor because it cost to much. When I worked my insurance was changed and I had to pay for all cost up to 3000 then my insurance would kick in. That's a waste of money, so we tried to add me on my husbands and It would cost me $500 a month. Thats half my mortgage! Things really need to change, before americans get that "no taxation without representation" feeling again.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      NWFirstChoice— Rod, I thank you for reading my article and leaving your pithy comment. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      NWFirstChoice 

      9 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      If a president ever considered this there would be riots in the streets.

      Rod

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      magnoliazz— Thank you! I agree that unnecessary tests are a tremendous burden on our finances, not to mention often painful and invasive. The health insurance industry only made a 3.5% profit last year, hardly exorbitant. It is the costs of the doctors and hospitals that is the problem, and there are ways to curb those.

      With the immigration fix has to be a solid border wall to keep illegals out. That should have been built forty years ago. I agree with Governor Brewer, and so do 70% of the American people. I agree with you. The waves of immigration a hundred years ago had an important difference—no social safety net for losers. Losers simply went back home. You had to make it on your own.

      Thanks for your outstanding and thoughtful comments.

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      magnoliazz 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Hello James- you have many good ideas, and bringing all these issues to our attention just makes one realize how complex things really are.

      Healthcare-We could save billions a year if there was an end to unnecessary tests! Example- An 88 year old man with prostate cancer comes in, and they talk him into a very painful bone marrow test. Its ridiculous!

      Also, the insurance companies are all about the money. There should be some massive government regulation to keep them honest, because they will try to get away with whatever they can! I still think universal health care is the best solution, but we will never see that now.

      Immigration-

      This is a good plan, but what happens when more and more Mexicans decide to come here? Can we really absorb that many people?

      There are no easy answers. I think Gov Brewer made an excellent move, but look at how angry people are! You do realize that people are angry enough to start a war with the illegal aliens? Something has to give, they can't just waltz in here and take over our country. Our ancestors had to go through all kinds of stuff to become citizens. They had to be healthy, have a trade and be sponsored.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Cathi Sutton— There were those who were trying to persuade me to run against that imdebile Alan Grayson, who unfortunately is in my district. But several high quality candidates stepped forward who don't have my uh, baggage. :D

      I am grateful to you for the high opinion you have of my writing. I have improved quite a bit. I would love to be syndicated. I'm going to work on that as soon as my book is done. Thank you for the lovely comments.

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      Cathi Sutton 

      9 years ago

      I noticed in above comments there are those who want you to run for office. (Which office)? Although I think some of the ideas you put forth are wonderful and do-able, I would strongly advise you to NOT get into the political scene. And I say this from the point of view of, "being in the world, but not of the world", knowing that if you sleep with dogs, you wake up with fleas. And being amoung those who do, in fact, believe in certain conspiracy elements being alive and kicking around the world, I would truelly hate to think of another honest, well intended person being used, abused, or maybe worse, wrapped up in the ball that seems to be rolling toward the NWO, and what that implies when examined along side prophecy. This is just my opinion, and by no means do I suggest we sit back meekly and pay no attention to what is happening all around us, or that we shouldn't be involved in manifesting our ideas. But your voice is not only well heard, I believe, on many levels, but as a "common" man, rather than a seated, paid political person , you have the ability to say what you want to say without undo concern about offending affilated party members or lobbiests. I would rather see you nationally syndicated instead of involved in politics. I believe more people would listen, and even heed the good sense you seem so prone to, without the political fire of left or right spurring them in one direction or the other. Thereby being better able to digest what you have to say in an objective manner. Plus, you could write, as you already do, about more than politics. So... this is just my humble opinion, and I'm sure not worth anymore than anyone else's. I hope you understand I am writting it with not only admiration for your writting skill, but also as a person who wishes you the best possible place in life. And, again in strickly my opinion, I can't imagine politics being that place. Salute.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      jjmyles— Thank you. I am well pleased that we are in agreeance. Right, I agree with your malpractice ideas. I appreciate you for reading and commenting. I especially enjoyed these two sentences that you wrote:

      "The less government involvement in all areas of our lives the better. . . the constitution . . . was designed to keep the federal government from over taking the state rights and individual rights."

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      jjmyles 

      9 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Excellent Hub. I agree with the points you have made. The only thing I would add, is In a mal-practice case, The patient should have any and all medical expenses that resulted from the mal-practice covered along with the additional amount for pain and suffering. Of course the cap of $250,000 for pain and suffering is certainly sufficient.

      The less government involvement in all area's of our lives the better. Our Politicians need to go back and read the constitution and start abiding by it. It was designed to keep the federal government from over taking the state rights and individual rights. Some of your ideas certainly would move us back to the original balance.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      K Partin— Thank you very much, Kerry, and you are welcome. We need 51 votes. That's all folks. I'll try to think of who I can submit this to.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Highest CD Rates— I am glad you agree with me because after reading your excellent remarks I agree with you. Thank you very much for coming by and sharing your thoughts here.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      prettydarkhorse— Thank you! I am well pleased we are in agreeance.

      Thanks for asking, Maita. Things are getting better every day. Five days in a row I have received a great blessing!!! Maybe I simply needed to cry out.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      tobey100— It is not an impossibility. Ideas can move mountains. I'm glad I have your support. Thanks for your fine comments and the visitation.

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      K Partin 

      9 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      James great job on this hub! How many votes do we need to get it passed the Senate? I'll vote for it. We need something! Thanks for sharing. Kerry

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      prettydarkhorse 

      9 years ago from US

      Hi James this is an excellent hub, I wonder why i havent read it before, I like your take on everything specifically corporate tax and also the 401K and immigration policies, it it doable and needs to be done..

      How are you by the way?, I hope things are getting better everyday for you,

      Thank you, Maita

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      tobey100 

      9 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

      James, no one could have laid it out any better. Let's do it! All we need to do is publish the plan, get anyone that wants our vote to support it, support them and stand up for ourselves. It's not an impossibility. Excellent hub sir!

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      Highest CD Rates 

      9 years ago

      I completely agree with your plan structure. I believe nation should work hard to stop illegal immigrations. This results in crime, unemployment for many deserving citizens and many more cons.

      This is not just the problem in US; however, it is a common problem in all the nations. We should stop it as it gets really frustrating when illegal migrants later get all rights and that too with aggression as if they are born to get it.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      rosariomontenegro— If illegal immigrants do not have continual employment, I don't think we want them here. This is vastly different than immigration 100 years ago. We welcomed all comers then because there was no taxpayer provided social safety net. If we just have open borders, one billion people would probably want to move here to be taken care of by the state. This is not sustainable. It is a great idea, but won't work. Immigrants should be accepted because they can do something we need done. Otherwise, they should stay where they now live. My plan certainly extends better treatment to those who snuck into our country illegally than I would get if I snuck into Mexico—or nearly any other country.

      Where we differ in our view of education, is that, in my view, the state schools do teach a religion: Secular Humanism.

      I don't mean to be divisive. In areas where I appear divisive I am always playing defense. Some one puts forth a change that I consider will have a harmful result and I oppose it. To me, that makes THEM divisive, since they want to change our nation, which I happen to think is pretty great.

      Thank you for your compliment. I really appreciate your open mind and your comments are excellent. :-)

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      rosariomontenegro 

      9 years ago from NEW YORK

      Hi James. I don't know what's going on here. Imagine that I'm considering saying that I'm in a general agreement with several of your points.

      For instance, to keep all immigrants that are living here inside our borders provided that they are not felons and that they have some way of earning their living, I agree with that one. Of course I wouldn't be so strict about the 3 year period with a steady employment record because it wouldn't be fair, if they go through periods of unemployement like anybody else but in a general way they manage to live honestly then they should be given papers.

      I do not agree with closing borders, this would be first of all irrealistic and also against the spirit of the country.

      I enthousiastically agree about some sort of limit to tort compensations although I'm unable to think of a sensible amount.

      I'm all for open competition among insurance companies, and this, nationwide, and not only for health insurance.

      What else? The education part I don't know. My own father who was a staunch defender of Catholic parents' rights and any parents' rights in a somehow similar situation as the one you fight, used to propound something similar to what you propose, but privately, as a dear hypothesis. He knew it was useless to even suggest it in the public arena. I am not sure about that one myself, it probably would divide Americans but really I don't know. I would rather leave the system as is, parents should be able to provide their kids with the religious education they desire to give them. I don't see any problem in teaching kids that science thinks this and our religious traditions think that and that that's fine, because one thing science does is: it constantly changes according with the state of its knowledge, that has a number of rules needed for its development. Is it so difficult to explain that there are differents types of knowledge and that everyone of them has its validity according to their rules and their function? We need scientific knowledge and we need intuitive knowledge and some need revealed knowledge and that's fine. Human mind is a wonderful limitless knowing device.

      About economy I just don't know so I'm neither in agreement nor disagreement.

      There is the question of abortion. Let me write about this in another comment.

      I wasn't able to read all the comments, but I agree so much with T Augustus about labels. We are all humans, we are all relatives by blood for heavens sake! We should not have dividing tags. But I know that tags are unavoidable.

      I agree with somebody that said that you should not run for office, you would be trapped by the system. But you should create instead a broad popular movement to influence politicians. Problem is, often times you sound quite divisive, other times you sound so sensible ... maybe you should become a little bit more visibly in accord with yourself before starting a public movement. But you certainly have the charisma needed for something like that.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      What a nice surprise to hear from you Mr. Jordan! I'll take the job if they'll let me have it. You've made my day by stopping by. Thanks.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Sarra Garrett— I believe that people have every right to protect their homes with guns, hunt with guns, and thwart tyranny with guns. Guns rarely kill people. People kill people. If they didn't have guns they would use the other methods: clubs, poison, knives, fists, spears, swords, arrows; etc. Automobiles kill far more people than guns but nobody squawks about taking those away. :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting. Welcome to HubPages my fellow Floridian. I have actually been to Lehigh Acres. :-)

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      Williamjordan 

      9 years ago from Houston TX

      Sounds beter than what we have been getting>

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      Sarra Garrett 

      9 years ago

      Too bad you are not in the Whitehouse now! What are your thoughts about gun laws? Do you believe that Americans have the right to bear arms and protect what rightfully belongs to them?

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Jeff May— You never know . . . there could be evil spirits.

      I agree with you that she needs to focus on policy and her question-fielding is not good. I don't know if she would be a good president, or even if she is electable. But, I do like her as a public persona.

      You've spent a lot of time in Michigan? Great! I lived in St. Joseph perhaps 30 of my years or so. Very nice there.

      I have enjoyed talking with you. Grading essays—that must be interesting.

      If you get time later I do have a HUB about why I had to leave Michigan.

      https://hubpages.com/education/Unions-killed-Michi

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      Jeffrey Penn May 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      I was merely extending the logic of your "antithesis" remark....

      As for Palin's extremism, that's a good question. Her witch-doctor pastor driving evil spirits out of her seemed a little weird, but the debate shouldn't get mired in that sort of thing. Since she is so engaged in political pot-shots, and name-calling, it is often difficult to examine her policy positions. Also, she has often appeared incompetent. If she is going to be viable politically, she will need to refocus on policy and get better at fielding questions from reporters.

      I've spent lots of time in Michigan and love it. And, at any rate, I should be grading essays... so thanks for the dialogue... While I don't share the same concerns, I do have a little better understanding about why some are wary of current political trends. Thanks.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      That's a good paraphrase. I remember old Lloyd. That's a good joke, too. Actually, I am originally from Michigan, and Sarah reminds me a typical Michigan girl (not in Detroit, of course). What do find extreme about her?

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      Jeffrey Penn May 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      I assume your “Iron Lady” reference is to Margaret Thatcher. If so, I have a lot of respect for her. If I may paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen, Sarah Palin is no Margaret Thatcher. If she is the antithesis of radical feminism, then she is herself a radical, an extremist.

      Your reference to all the men you know reminds me of the joke --- the good news is that God gave men two heads, the bad news is that men can only use one at a time.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Jeff May— I'm not sure "blinded" would be my description. I like the fact that she is a real woman. I am tired of these whiny baby-killers, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, and the lot of them with their endless facelifts. I think Palin was an excellent governor and certainly had more experience governing than our current president. But, of course, I am a big fan of the Iron Lady, too, and I have a feeling you abhor her as well. Palin represents, to me, the antithesis of radical feminism—not workplace rights and all that, which is universally accepted; but the feminization of boys and men, the man-hating, the whoring around, the lesbianism, the divorce, the cohabitation, the out-of-wedlock birth promoting radical feminism with their key focus on the murderous rampage of killing done in the name of "reproductive services." That last term alone should make any professor bust out "1984" and revisit the twisting of the English language done by those who have deceit and depravity in their hearts.

      I don't know how things are in the ivory towers, but believe me when I tell you that most all men I know would rather spend an afternoon with Sarah over Nancy hands down.

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      Jeffrey Penn May 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      However, I'm a little baffled by your statement, "I like... Palin." How can someone of your obvious intelligence be blinded by Palin?

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Jeff May— Thank you, Jeff. I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      Jeffrey Penn May 

      9 years ago from St. Louis

      You have some fine constructive ideas here. While I can, of course, disagree with some of your assertions, at least the focus is on policy and not hype, hysteria, and name-calling. Good Hub.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      habee— I remember when you started. You now have well over 200 fans. That's quite an accomplishment. Congratulations!

      You can certainly be the Education Czar. You can do multiplication, right? :D

      I've got Georgia on my mind. My step-daughter lives in Marietta and that's where I'll be spending my Christmas.

      Too early to tell. I like Huckabee, Romney, Palin.

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, James, it's amazing how much we think alike! When you become POTUS, can I be education czar?

      Illegal immigration is a problem here because of migrant farm work. The illegals are intimidated and abused due to the threat of being deported. Your system would address this.

      I was just wondering...who do you like in 2012?

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Glen G— I'm still waiting for # 2. :-)

      Thank you. It might not be easy to find them but it is surely possible. Our tracking methods are better than the Nazis had and they found six million Jews (sorry about that analogy).

      Not enforcing our laws is a big part of the problem. As you say, it leads to disregard of the law. DUH! And we surely need a big wall down there. Not to keep people in, like the Berlin Wall, which leftists love to compare this idea to; a wall to keep invaders out, like the Great Wall of China.

      ELB22 certainly did put that rather succinctly. :)

      Thanks for the excellent commentary.

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      Glen G 

      9 years ago

      Hey James, good read..

      agree on most but you wrote:

      To solve the immigration problem, I propose that we make it law that every illegal in this country must come in and register with the government—with a promise of no deportations for anyone who has employment and no criminal record. Issue them a three-year work visa. Anyone who does not show up to register or come back for an interview after the three-year visa expires, is to be deported immediately..

      My question would be how would we find the one's that dont show up ?

      They come from such a lawless and corrupt land I think they would just keep doing it the same way, really they have no fear of repercussion from our laws about being here illegally because there rarely enforced ...

      Again finding them would be a real trick, even if you did and deported them they would just hang around a border town for a day or so then come back...

      ABORTION: I think it should be left up to the family, screw the state, that is a major personal decision and no doubt a hurtful one that the Gov. or state should keep their nose out of....

      Everything else James Im good with, make a few adjustments and run for president, I'll vote for ya!....lol

      thanks again for the good read

      BTW I liked this from one of your readers: ELB22 WROTE:

      There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

      Well put

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Mark Zarr— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! You are welcome. Thank you for coming by and leaving your warm words.

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      Mark Zarr 

      9 years ago from Boise ID

      Hi, Thanks for writing! We need more people willing to stand up and call out the issues. Keep up the good work.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      ClareBaros— Metanoia. I did not know that word. Thank you for I am always interested in new words. I agree with you. I believe God would bless our nation if we outlawed abortion. I cannot believe any person thinks it is OK to kill an innocent baby in the very place designed to protect it. You are welcome.

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      ClareBaros 

      9 years ago

      Ah... huh, a stain that doesn't need to remain says the very simple universal law of metanoia (change of mind). . . promising it will not destroy us. And, if we proceed as such, there will be joy much!

      Thank you.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      ClareBaros— Very poetic! I agree with you that abortion is a stain on our national soul—an abomination. You are welcome. I plan to read some of your work soon. Thank you for the visit and the comments.

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      ClareBaros 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful dreams for repairing our torn seams . . . but abortion (causing our curses) is not a choice because a baby has rights . . . and until we get that just right, everything else will continue to be a fight.

      Thank you for your fanship. I will do my best in earning it.

      Have a wonderful day!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      RTalloni— Thank you very much for your kind comments. I am considering running for Congress. My Representative is surely beatable. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      RTalloni 

      9 years ago from the short journey

      You did the best you could do (great, btw) AND you maintain a teachable spirit. Please let us know when you are ready to run for office.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Godslittlechild— I am glad you do! Thank you for reading and for the support. :)

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      Godslittlechild 

      9 years ago

      I agree with you all the way!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      skye2day— I apologize for not responding sooner. I just got home from Israel!!! I'll be writing about that trip soon.

      I believe I have 22 votes now! :-)

      Regarding my comment on your Hub "Holy Spirit" it is well deserved. I highly recommend your work to one and all.

      I am humbled by your gracious words above. Thank you. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Audacious Shelley— Thank you for your kind comments and welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

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      skye2day 

      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Vote For James Watkins. I truly enjoyed this hub. Are you genious? Got ya. For reals James you touch many hearts, minds and spirits. I believe you are Holy Spirit inspired. Your words flow like fresh, living water. I am grateful our paths crossed. Washington DC could use your input.

      Thank You for leaving an awesome comment on my hub "Holy Spirit." He moves like the wind. I am not sure how I landed here tonight but I do not think it was a mistake.

      Blessings friend. I will be back. Hugs

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      Audacious Shelley 

      9 years ago

      This is an awesome hub, were you reading my mind or something?

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      ehern33— Thank you for visiting my article. I appreciate your fine comments. It may well be impossible—but we can dream! :-)

      I, too, am for term limits. Having professional politicians is one of our problems. Thanks for the compliment.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Jane— Will do. Thanks for the tip. And the visitation.

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      ehern33 

      9 years ago

      On the points you made I would basically agree. It would be great to see America united again but do the politicians really want this or is the ideology so embedded that it would be impossible; or are they so corrupt that any compromise will limit their powers and profits. I am for term limits and this should be a focus and let's see how many politicians are against it. Great Hub.

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      Jane 

      9 years ago

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      bryguy1— No amount of money will make up for the loss of a child. I think we need to reframe how we look at doctors. They are practicing. It is an imperfect art. America seems to have a "cure me or I'll sue you" approach, which studies show lead to billions wasted, and pain inflicted, for millions of unnecessary tests. You see, they'll get sued if they don't order the right tests, so they order them all. Tests are costly, to say the least. Much of what doctors do is to ward off lawsuits, not to mention $80,000 a year for malpractice insurance for surgeons. When court comes, a jury naturally sides when someone who was not healed versus a big insurance company. Of course, intentionally harming someone is criminal, but an honest mistake? A lot of the healing process is not in doctor's hands, IMO.

      I absolutely believe this country was founded on God's Teachings. My Hub "Founding Fathers" makes that clear. I abhor the removal of God and prayer from the classroom. The result is evident: 1/2 of our public schools have armed guards and metal detectors.

      https://hubpages.com/education/Founding-Fathers

      Thank you for your wise words. I appreciate you coming by and sharing your thoughts. Welcome to HubPages!

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      bryguy1 

      9 years ago

      James, I like some of your ideas but some I think need rethinking as well. Your ideas about immigration are great. I don't agree with the Medical Malpractice idea of being limited to $250,000.00. So you honestly think that if my child at an early age dies in a hospital due to medical mal-practice or the lack of care or caution used in treating or caring for my child should be limited to $250K? Many people are making that income in a years time. Will $250K make up for the years and years of loss of happiness, or the memories, what about my possible future grandchildren which might be lost due to this? Will this even cover the amount of counseling or health care needed for myself that might be needed as a result of the loss of my own child? I just think $250K is a bit low. The other ideas seem great. I'd like to know what your stance is about prayer being removed from our Schools? from the pledge of allegiance? This country was founded on the principles of God's teachings. Do you believe this James? This is quoted from the Declaration of Independence, what are your thoughts? Do you think that Church and State should be divided? Do you think God's teachings should be active in todays School System? Do you think it should be excluded from the Pledge of Allegiance? Quote from our "Declaration of Independence" We hold these truths to be self-evident,

      that all men are created equal,

      that they are endowed by their Creator

      with certain unalienable rights,

      that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      Here's another Quote: "We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled,

      appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent States, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliance, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent States may of right do."

      Reading these quotes what are your thoughts on these matters?

      Thank you James.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      elb22— Where have you been!? I'm glad you're back. Thank you for the compliment. That's a great joke. I love it!

      Roosevelt had it right. He was a man, not a sissy.

      You are dead on in your paragraph about the cost of medical equipment. Again, a case where the prices are set by the U.S. Government (Medicare), which always overpays. A free market system would clear that up immediately because someone would sell the equipment for less and take all the business. Lefties don't see that. All they see is an authoritarian state as the answer to everything because most of them have no experience in or knowledge of how business works. But regarding pills, we must remember the production cost of the pill is a small part of the investment of a drug company. The Research and Development of new drugs—the majority of which are never approved—is the major cost AND if there is not a financial carrot for success, who on earth would invest millions of dollars on a gamble?

      If, with a consumption tax, people buy less, that will mean that they save more and that would be great! Our national savings are at an historical low—dangerously low.

      I agree that anybody except an invalid should have to work doing something. Hell, put them in the DMV! Maybe the lines will shorten. :) I know people who have successfully applied for lifetime disability pay from the taxpayers in their twenties who told me, "I just don't want to work. I don't like being around people. I told my case worker, one leg is shorter than the other and she put me on disability." That is an absolutely true story and I could tell you many more like it. This is a symptom of a societal sickness created by the Great Society.

      Thanks much for coming by and leaving your wonderful words.

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      elb22 

      9 years ago from California

      JAW long time no see! Great HUB!! Glad to see you have been keeping up the good work! First a joke...

      Are you a Democrat, a Republican, or a Redneck?

      Here is a little test that will help you decide.

      The answer can be found by posing the following question:

      #You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children..

      Suddenly, an Islamic Terrorist with a huge knife

      comes around the corner, locks eyes with you,

      screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you.

      You are carrying a Colt Model 1911 45 cal. automatic pistol, and you are an expert shot.

      You have a mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.

      What do you do?

      THINK CAREFULLY AND

      THEN SCROLL DOWN:

      Democrat's Answer :

      Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the

      man look poor or oppressed?

      Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?

      Could we run away?

      What does my wife think?

      What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun, like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?

      What does the law, say about this situation?

      Does the pistol, have appropriate safety built into it?

      Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?

      Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?

      Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?

      If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?

      Should I call 9-1-1?

      Why is this street so deserted?

      We need to raise taxes, have paint and weed day

      and make this happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.

      This is all so confusing!

      I need to debate this with some friends for few days and try to come to a consensus..

      Republican's

      Answer:

      BANG!

      redneck's Answer:

      BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!

      BANG !

      Click..... (NEW CLIP)

      BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!

      Click...

      Daughter: 'Nice grouping, Daddy!

      Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?! '

      Son: 'Can I shoot the next one?!'

      Wife: 'You ain't taking that to the Taxidermist

      ...hope all enjoyed.

      Next a statement from Roosevelt in 1907...'In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.'

      I also wanted to add to your healthcare reform plan that currently allowables for durable medical equipment (DME) are marked up 400% because the actual cost of the item is paid for by the allowable i.e., a power wheelchair costs about $1200 to $1500 for a supplier but they will bill medicaire and private insurance $4700 to $7500 so that the minimum allowable paid out will always cover the full cost of the equipment. If you apply this concept accross the board you will see the impact it has on insurance costs. It has the same impact on medical professional because the retailers have to charge whate the suppliers charge thus driving up the prices of all medical equipment distributed from said manufacturer. Pharmaceutical works in much the same way except the mark up is exponentially higher. Anyone can from a manufacturing background can tell you that charging $50 to $1oo per pill is outright robbery. in many cases the actual production cost is under $1.

      I like you consumption cost idea too. I have long been a propponent of raising sales tax to supplement our current tax.

      One unfortunate resolt of both scenarios is a drop in the retail index because people comsume and dispose less. Although I somewhat agree with reducing waste I dont want capitalim to suffer.

      Lastly I want to run an idea I had a few years ago..

      I have always been alarmed by the large number of Americans who simply chose not to work in this country but instead live on government assistance. We take it at face value that claimants are unable to work and we dole out our pity in an open ended and poorly regulated aid system. Aid recipients should be assessed on their abilities (because even disabilities do not render a person useless to society). Most will possess various abilities (clerical, to menial labor) and be entered into a pool of for basic government labor. I feel that this system would provide tax relief and bring a sense of pride and ownership back to americans by being part of society. We would only be paying for them once as basic government employees instead of twice by paying for them to receive welfare or disability, etc., while we also pay a salary for a basic level government worker. This system could be implemented at all levels of government from city to federal to DOD. I have worked in and dealt with many of the current personnel in these jobs and can say with certainty the quality of service wont get worse than it already is. I would also include in this plan the use of non-violent offenders in public works capacities around the country with work experience and sentence reduction as incentive.

      Any way sorry for the long comment but I haven't talked to you in a while. Keep it up!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      aliciaharrell— Thank you very much. I am considering running for Congress next year. I appreciate your kind comments. Thank you for reading my Hub. :)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Tackle This— I am always pleased to find a kindred spirit. I agree that unions may have seemed like a necessity at one time. The power they now have is corrupting and corrosive. Thank you for coming back and leaving your words.

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      Alicia Rose Harrell 

      9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I found your plan better than what they are currently considering in Washington D.C. This article displays deep thought about these issues. May I suggest you take up politics, get yourself elected to the Legislative Branch (where the power actually is)? That way it shall be easier to propose. :)

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      Tackle This 

      9 years ago

      James, I agree with you. Unions should only employ a couple of attorneys that go to bat for you when you've been truly screwed. Thank you for the lesson. Sadly, I am sure that what could have been a good thing on a leash has turned into an appetite for destruction -- self destruction.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      spiderpam— It is nice to see you back! You have been missed. Thank you for coming by and leaving your gracious comments. Kids in Christian schools do better in life after graduation, that has been proven. It seems some want what is best for kids; others want what is best for the teacher's union. It is a shame it has come down to that, but it has.

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      spiderpam 

      9 years ago from USA

      Interesting and very thought out James, as usual. The indoctrination of our kids must end. I hope to keep my kids in private Christian schools. I always enjoy your writings. God Bless

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Tackle This— The unions are a big problem. There was an article last month in the "New Yorker" about the New York Teachers Union. After 3 years, they have lifetime tenure at $100,000 per year. After 30 years they get $50,000 per year pension for life. If they are suspended for misconduct, they sit in a "rubber room" doing nothing for 3 years while drawing full pay. Rarely can they be fired—no matter what they do. The problem is that humans have a default position of doing as little as possible if guaranteed a great salary no matter how they perform. This is not the way to maximize effort. Karl Marx said, "Unionism is the first step to Communism."

      Thank you for coming by and offering your insights. You are greatly appreciated.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      ragnarokfinis— Thank you very much for the compliments.

      I am concerned about this research you mention. It is a very complicated issue for me morally. I view the fetus as a little person. Organ donors must sign a statement before their organs can be harvested, and a baby can't do that. (This may change, by the way. The current administration would like to make organ donation mandatory unless one signs a statement asking it not to be done.)

      I don't have a clear mind on this. I don't land firmly in either camp. I suppose if the parents of the aborted baby want to donate the body to science, that might be OK.

      Thank you for graciously posing a tough question. I appreciate the visit from you.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      H P Roychoudhury— I have the greatest respect for India, one of our best friends in the world. I recently watched an excellent documentary, "The Story of India." I enjoyed it immensely.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article and for leaving your gracious comments. I appreciate it.

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      Tackle This 

      9 years ago

      Although, I agree with you about the ills foisted upon us via some of the actions of labor unions; many of those unions were probably designed to protect those employed by selfish scum. I, in some ways, am leaning hard toward. Also just to play devil's advocate for a moment what would be actually need that we cannot create here at home? Aside from some creature comforts.

      Have labor unions become somewhat evil? Probably. Fifty dollars per hour per individual isn't as wise as our Asian counterpart and their being willing to work for $28 per hour. Even though many of them are building cars, they are not operating on people. But at least they show up for work, which is more than I can say for 3% of Amerika (LOL)

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Calling Crow— Welcome to the Hub Pages Community! I am pleased that you enjoyed my work here. I am sure you have learned through your classes that a big problem with the IRS is 100,000 pages of tax code. People can't understand it.

      I am grateful that you tuned in and left such gracious comments. And you are welcome. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs. You first effort is excellent.

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      ragnarokfinis 

      9 years ago

      Before I begin, I would like to compliment you on a well-thought out, well-written Hub. Granted, I do not agree with all that was written, but still it was very clear and concise.

      That being said, I think the best option for abortion is keeping it as-is. There are cases where it is necessary, be it medically or emotionally. While I personally am against the taking of innocent life, abortion is better suited in a doctor's office than it is in back alleys.

      Now, keeping this view in context, would it not be fair to establish a clause that says that one could utilise the tissues collected from the aborted fetus to help spur stem-cell research ? While it is complicated and controversial, would it not better suit us to continue exploration in life-saving potentials than it would be to halt ?

      What are your thoughts on these ?

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      9 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Hi ,

      You got a large number of responses. But even though I am not an American, I am Indian, a country of greatest democracy who had a common ideology with America, wants to pay my highest tribute for you on seeing your concern for illegal immigrant, health care and what not. It purified my conscious to thing for people of the country of brotherhood.

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      Calling Crow 

      9 years ago

      I just wanted to say I truely enjoy reading the workings of your mind. I like how you stay middle of the road with a foot firmly on each side. And though I might vote for you, I do agree your pen has more impact now than it would behind a puffed up desk.

      As for the tax issue, ugh! I am just recently taking a class to become a tax preparer and let me tell you, the IRS is absolutely insane with the amount of money they demand from us. Yes, in-state taxing would be greatly beneficial, but do you really see the IRS ever just letting go of this sweet (and free) pie they have been sucking on for so long? Haha! I almost wish I hadn't taken that class. At times, ignorance is truely a beautiful bliss.

      At any rate and totally besides, I am very much enjoying reading your hubs! There are people many out there who think and many who talk, but few who think and talk at the same time. So thank you. I look forward to reading more from you!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      jiberish— That Brietbart dude is too cool. I love his work. He does have a pair. Thanks for the tip!

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      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

      James, Brietbart just had a piece that included my earlier post.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Harvey Stelman— Thank you, Harvey, for taking the time to read my piece. I appreciate the compliments. I will check out your friend. I have met Governor Perry as well as Senators Hutchison and Cornyn. I love Texas.

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      Harvey Stelman 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      James,

      Just read the above and I'm giving it a lot of thought. Unlike the President, I don't have to call for an immediate vote.

      You know we agree on many issues, so I know I will start off thinking pro. This was well written and thought out. I gave up my political desires because of illness. A friend is VP of the Dallas Republican Committee and running for the Senate in 2012.

      Any Texans wanting to know about him (conservative) his address is gregsenate2012@verizon.net Plese mention my name when writing. The Dallas chapter is having a meeting in the near future, and he can send you information on himself and the party.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      muley84— Very cool, man. I'm diggin' it.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi James, glad you like the new pic. It was taken last month in Cancun on my birthday, hence the shot and the cigar.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      donotfear— I thank you for your support. I have 21 votes now and that is my lucky number!

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      Annette Thomas 

      9 years ago from Northeast Texas

      James Watkins for President, 2012!

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I thought you meant this one, which is law:

      http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109...

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      jiberish— Thank you for that link. The usual suspects there. That bill has no chance of passing; they know that; it is a protest bill more than anything. No worries. :)

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      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

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      jiberish 

      9 years ago from florida

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