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Is The Global Economy Stabilizing Enough To Begin To Bring Jobs Back To America?: Left of Center View

Regardless of the strength or weakness of the global economy, the only way to create and keep jobs in America is to make it more difficult and less profitable for corporations to move them overseas. You canít deregulate industry because, well, because thatís a big part of what got us into this financial crisis in the first place. You canít over regulate industry either, because, well, because thatís what also a big part of what got us into this financial mess in the first place. So if neither works, what possible solution could there be?

To fix a problem we must first attempt to understand it. We often fall to clichť solutions simply because we donít understand the problem. Is the problem too much crime? Should we build more jails? Jails, while keeping bad people off the streets, unfortunately are where criminals also pick up the skills to succeed in the only opportunities available to them outside of prison, most of which involve crime.

Speaking of criminals, we all saw what the executives did when we released them from regulation Ė they grabbed as much money as they possibly could and hid it where it couldnít be recovered Ė offshore. They cut jobs and slashed benefits and community programs to increase their short term profits because none of them planned to be around for the long term. Suit wearing strip-miners sandblasted the American economy to pull what wealth they could from it, letting the rest wash out to sea.

With people living longer traditional pension and healthcare costs have skyrocketed. Previously people retired at 65 and expired shortly thereafter. Now retirement is a career and can last just as long. While this and should be a wonderful thing, the problem is that the costs to continue the system are out of balance. And as with most things over-corrections have been made to the point that the younger generation that is paying for their elders retirement, whether it be through pension plans or social security, are almost guaranteed that the system they are paying into wonít be there when they need it.

For people entering the work force for the first time pensions and benefits are executive perks. It simply blows their minds that even entry level employees used to receive them as well. But why should it? After all that is the promise of the American dream is it not: Work hard and anything is possible. Work hard and earn a better life for you and your family. But, as everyone in the private sector knows, thatís just not true anymore.

To bring jobs back to America and strengthen our economy we have to move backwards, not forwards. The private sector has always been ahead of the curve, with the public sector a distant second. But these days for the average worker the only job security is in the public sector, the only pensions, the only full health coverage, regular pay raises etc., all of this has been all but removed from the corporate culture. It has gotten so bad that many in the corporate world spend more time worrying about keeping their jobs than they do on performing the job itself. Not really a healthy work environment. But what if they didnít have to worry? What if the same government benefits that were available to them? What if it cost corporations more to sever employees that it did to retain them? What if instead of paying billions in bailout money for executive bonuses, we used that money to fund healthcare and other normal benefits extended to government employees and thereby removing some of the pressure from the private sector?

We already have a federal healthcare and pension programs, but why not extend them to cover all Americans? Social security and Medicare are helpful to seniors, but without a major overhaul neither will last into the next decade, so why not fix them now? Expand government level benefits to cover all working Americans. Itís fair not welfare. Taxation without representation is not a policy that works, just ask the British.


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Is The Global Economy Stabilizing Enough To Begin To Bring Jobs Back To America?: Right of Center View

Bringing jobs back to American workers should be the priority of every politician in America. Right now we have over ten percent unemployment and far too many jobs have been sent overseas. Beyond the jobs that have been sent overseas are the jobs that have been lost to illegal immigration within our borders. Because our politicians donít have the strength of will to stand up to the special interests or make the hard choices that would best serve the American people we are mired in a downward spiraling economy with no real relief in sight.

When NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) was passed, many warned that it would lead to lost jobs and damage our economy. Since its passage we have gone from near record growth in our economy to near collapse. Reckless government policies opening our markets to businesses from abroad without constraint while doing virtually nothing to improve American presence in foreign markets has left us buying all their goods while they buy almost none of ours. Our store shelves are full of products made in every country but ours. The problem is, when you go to the countries where the products come from, thatís whatís on their shelves also. There is no equity in American trade policy.

To combat the lack of growth in some business sectors, investors began to get creative with how they invested money to the point of doing things that could not possibly be expected to be sustainable. The end result of that was financial ruin for tens of thousands of Americans. From wiped out pension funds and stock portfolios to loss of employment due to financial restructuring of the companies they worked for, American workers have borne the brunt of the burden of our current economic situation. Hard working people have paid the price for the mistakes made by the people who run the show. Government changed how our economy worked by making sweetheart deals with foreigners and turning a blind eye to people stealing American jobs. The working people of America paid the price for it.

To solve the problems facing America, we need to focus on bringing jobs back to American workers and redefining our trade policies to bring equity in international trade. For every item we buy from foreign companies we need to sell something to them to bring balance to trade. When those jobs come they also need to go to Americans first. Illegal immigration needs to be stopped and we need to limit legal immigration until our economy can sustain the people already here. Being practical about it we need to make sure we can feed, house and clothe Americans already inside our borders before we try to help outsiders.

For the global economy to recover fully Americans need to get back to work. We are one of the largest blocks of consumers of products made outside the United States. Without American consumers buying their goods foreign companies will have a hard time rebuilding their economies. In order for us to buy their goods our people need to be employed. For our people to be employed they need customers to support their companies. For our recovery to happen we need our trading partners to be actual partners and support us like we support them.

The global recovery is showing some signs of starting. Global economic markets are on the rise and some companies are starting to hire in America. It is a weak recovery and not building at a rate that anyone would like to see but it is starting. If we want to keep it going we need to make sure that we take steps to protect American jobs and establish trading partnerships that ensure American goods and services are present in foreign markets. We also need to make sure that people working in this country are legally eligible to do so. Additionally we need to suspend the H-1B visa program until American unemployment drops below three percent. American jobs need to be held by American workers and American products need to be sold in countries that produce goods for American markets if we are to ever have a full recovery.

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A Legal Immigrantís Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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