What do you consider to be the most important issue that America needs to take care of immediately?
Climate change. The livability of our planet depends on taking action to slow it down. Without a habitat, jobs and government don't matter one iota.
Creating more job opportunities which translates into more home buyers, more car buyers, health insurance, more consumer purchases, more taxes for the Government, more programs for education and small business owners. Strong America means a working American. Education is fantastic but if you have a Masters and are flipping burgers, something might not be right. Great question, one that we should all follow more closely.
Stop taking everything away from the little people. Give us something back! Take Tax money away from the rich, not the poor people, that is why they have to apply for food stamps and medicaid, but be $2 over the "so called poverty level and you get nothing. It is sad. We are all going to Hell in a hand basket.
The same as every other country in the world, JOBS! Particularly unskilled and semi skilled jobs. Once those jobs are in place other jobs fall into place (eg: IT, wages clerks, admin positions, transport etc;) Once people are working they are not only saving costs by not drawing unemployment benefits, or paying their taxes, but there are residual benefits.
A (VERY) simple example: If more people are working, the need for sandwiches increases. A sandwich shop will sell more sandwiches, a drink and maybe a chocolate bar. To cope they will possibly need to hire more people. They need more bread to make the sandwiches, creating a bigger demand from the bakery, so the bakery may need to hire more staff. The bread needs to be transported, so that needs a driver, the transport company needs someone to look after their administration, and if they need more drivers they need people to administer wages and personnel etc;
So that's one tiny example, simplistic, but can you imagine that on a far larger scale! Get 2 million people working, off benefits, paying taxes, buying products paying bills.
So to go back to my first sentence JOBS are and have to be at the core of all policy makers decisions. It must be made a priority, and everything else should fall into place!
Getting our financial house in order. Government needs to become streamlined and efficient which will require less revenue. Getting our financial house in order will make us stronger and bring more confidence within the private sector. Business needs confidence in the economy through a solid efficient government operation. It is important for businesses to know what their taxes will be each year so they can decide to expand or keep their business at the same level.
The economy for sure. I think if they revamped the tax code to be fair that would help tremendously.
It boggles my mind how we can be spending so much on foreign aid when we have so many problems domestically. How can we be our brother's keeper if we cannot look after ourselves here in America?
Jobs, plain and simple. When people are working and making a decent income, crime goes down and citizen morale goes up. Since 2008 when the buble burst, crime has been skyrocketing in every state in this country. We have flash mobs now where 50-70 people rush a store at the same time and take whatever they can fit in there arms. This was almost unheard of before 2008. When people work and have money, a lot of social issues such as crime, go way down. Second of course would be the housing market.
There are a lot of issues that need attention (jobs, environment, education) but despite how important all of those issues are, there is one MAJOR issue that is blocking all of them from progressing and it is centered around money in Washington. We need fair elections where there is a level playing field, not one candidate outspending the others. We need to reduce or eliminate lobbyist influence so politicians are answering to the people first, not the person who is throwing the most money at them. And we need to see results from these politicians or have them suffer consequences, rather than inaction being rewarded with a cushy benefits package. Nothing important is going to get done until these problems are addressed.
Creating job opportunities for the people in our country...everyone needs a chance to make a living and take care of their families.
Making a start--a real one--on transforming the energy economy to a sustainable one. Climate change is just starting to bite, but it's a big threat to the rising generations. And it's not the sort of thing you can just jump in and fix at the last moment.
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