What Can Americans Do To Make A Difference In The Four Years 2013-2017
Who says Americans cannot solve America's problems? Working together we can even help solve the World's problems!
Author's Note: So much of Election 2012 looked like "hatchet jobs" that first we need to find that damned hatchet and bury it!
America has enough brains, brawn, and talent to solve all America's problems. They are not few, but we are many. In fact, we have over 300,000,000 American "problem solvers" and we can even help solve the World's problems
There is one condition. We can only accomplish these goals by working together, working hard, consistently, and being willing to sacrifice the "Me, My, Mine" for a lot more "We, Us, Ours."
Here is what it will take, and what it will look like, if we are to succeed.
The Unemployment/Under-employment Problem:
Every one of the Americans with the "brain, brawn and talent" we need has to be able to look for and find worthwhile employment to meet America's needs, their personal needs, and the needs of other Americans who are dependent on them.
The Education Problem:
We cannot remain a strong, safe, and competent force in the world, if we don't produce the "brain, brawn, and talent" needed to staff our government, maintain our military, run our businesses, and meet the other demands of the next four years in an increasingly competitive world. That will require that K to C (Kindergarten to College) can meet or exceed the educational standards of our competitors. Is there anything we want more than to have all of America's children fully prepared to pursue successful lives in all the years ahead of them?
The National Security Problem:
With enemies who consider themselves "at war with America" all the elements of national security need continued funding at their current high levels. The security of America's long borders remains a major concern for everything from monitoring incoming shipments to preventing illegal border crossings. The safety of every American and every American institution is under threat.
The Entitlements Problem:
While the American economy was strong and robust Americans funded programs designed to protect almost every American from almost any eventuality. Older programs such as Social Security were allowed to continue based on the average life expectancy of Americans back in the 1930s, medical reimbursements were based on the lower medical costs of the time, and programs were added without careful attention to how they would be funded. Every branch of government, and especially the Congress, must take steps to update these programs so that benefits are fair and properly funded both for now and for the future needs of all Americans.
The Tax Code Problem:
In the most recent election process both sides made clear that reform is needed to make the current tax code clearer and fairer while meeting the legitimate revenue needs of America. One objective must be to continue protecting those Americans living in poverty, while spreading the tax burden more equally among those who are to be taxed.
The Immigration and Illegal Immigrants Problem:
A divisive factor which continues to stir controversy among all segments of American society is the subject of what to do to have a comprehensive immigration policy which encourages legal immigration and deals with illegal immigration. If America is to have the national unity it must have to deal with its other problems, this problem must be dealt with and given the priority it deserves, realizing as we do so that illegal entry into America is also a national security problem.
The Crime Problem:
Criminal activity in America can affect every American. It skirts the tax code, does physical harm, and is a constant threat to the goal of "domestic tranquility" and to the most vulnerable Americans. Criminals and gangs are "the enemy within." Prisons are expensive and actually breed crime and recidivism, White collar crime and organized crime with their scams, cyber theft, drugs, and pimps are a national disgrace. Americans can support law enforcement better to insure an improved quality of daily living. Courts which are back logged need attention so that justice can be served, and police and sheriffs departments need adequate funding and adequately trained and equipped personnel to do what Americans have a right to expect them to do.
The need for national unity problem:
As the recent election campaigns did far too little to make "the way ahead" more clearly defined, a first order of business in the new Congress must be to define it. Congress has real power to do this, and it's not necessary to wait for a State of The Union address to tackle the problem of national unity. The House of Representatives is just that, men and women elected to represent their district within their state. That is their job and Americans have a right to expect them to earn their pay and perks. The United State Senate is made up of elected men and women chosen for their important role of advise and consent. They are not elected to obstruct the will of the people, but to protect and support Americans' hopes and wishes for a better tomorrow. Grandstanding is for victory dances in the end zone. Government is supposed to move the ball down the field to allow the American team, all of us, to participate in that victory dance.
Have all of America's challenges been listed here? Certainly not, but these are at the top of the list. Without getting Americans back to work, paying fair taxes that fund national security, better education, and the fight against crime, these American problems will not be solved. Without a Congress of a House and a Senate in which the will of the people finds expression in the work of the day, stalemate will prevail at the very time that progress and problem solving are required.
Americans working together can solve all of America's problems, and a stronger America can play a leadership role in a world today which needs the stability and strength a stronger, more stable, more united America can provide.
The time for Republican and Democrat "party rhetoric," "attack ads," and just plain posturing is over. Now it is time for all Americans of every party and persuasion to do the work required in their personal lives, family life, and in the challenges ahead. The end zone is yards, even years, away. It is time for a winning playbook and the team effort required to get us to the real victory dance.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
Let's look ahead from a 2015 perspective....
- A Haiku - Congress
Members of Congress haven't seemed to realize that they have a window of opportunity to continue being regarded hopefully by the citizens they represent. Isn't that worth preserving?