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Finding Vacation Destinations Inside The U.S. To Help The American Economy: Left of Center View

The economic recovery Americans seek will not come simply by closing our borders and taking on a bunker mentality. The economy of the U.S. is tied to the economies of nations around the world. The modern economy is a global economy. Americaís fortunes are tied to the fortunes of the rest of the world whether we like it or not. Thatís not to say that America does not have many wonderful vacation destinations to offer but we donít need to shy away from international travel in some vain attempt to keep American dollars in America.

American airlines and travel companies make a lot of money and employ many Americans servicing foreign travel destinations. When an American books a trip abroad they are spending a lot of money right here in America. The pilots and crews of the domestic flights they take to get to hub airports and many of the pilots and crews of the international flights are Americans who would not be employed were it not for people traveling abroad. Those few Americans who can afford to travel in this economy and do are the lifeís blood for people working in the travel industry regardless of where they are going when they travel.

Beyond the Americans that are employed supporting international travel is the fact that many American tourist destinations are now run by companies from overseas. Chinese and Japanese financial firms have bought interests in American travel destinations and see high profits at the expense of underpaid American workers and undocumented workers who are treated little better than slave labor right here in America. Like any oversimplified debate this question does not really have a simple answer. Right now just as other countries need our tourist dollars we need the dollars from international tourists coming here. How we welcome foreign visitors plays a large role in their desire to come here and support our economy.

We need to think beyond the simplistic if we want to improve things for our national economy. Education is the answer, not kneejerk reactionary actions. Americans do need to be smart in how we spend if we want to improve our own fortunes. That doesnít mean that we abandon everything not American. Some foreign companies are better employers of Americans than their American corporate counterparts. Which is worse, a Japanese company that makes cars in America with American workers or an American company that makes computers in China using Chinese labor? Itís not always as clear cut as some would make it out to be. Sometimes supporting the American company actually hurts the American economy.


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Finding Vacation Destinations Inside The U.S. To Help The American Economy: Right of Center View

America is a beautiful country. From the untamed wilderness of our national parks to the thrills in our many theme parks there is something for everyone inside our borders. There are natural wonders and manmade marvels to amaze people of all ages. So why do we need to go outside our borders to rest and relax? In this time of lost jobs and struggling economies we as a nation need more than ever to support the people who live here when we make our vacation spending decisions.

America has virtually every type of climate available around the world and countless ways to spend our time relaxing. From the tropical beaches of Hawaii to the deserts of the American Southwest to the arctic expanses of Alaska we have the worldís diversity of environment at our disposal. We have manmade wonders such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Rushmore to amaze and inspire generations of Americans to reach for the stars. We have natural beauties such as the waterfalls in Yosemite and the Grand Canyon to remind us of Godís power and glory. America is a vast wonderland of discovery.

As someone who has traveled in and out of the United States I can tell you that the Eiffel Tower is impressive but it is nothing next to the sheer awesomeness of Mount Rushmore. You can travel throughout the world and you will never find anything even close to our Disney theme parks. The international versions are mere shadows of the American parks. While every country has its wonders America is overflowing with them. We are an international tourist destination for a reason. We have a lot to offer to anyone who takes the time to seek it out.

One of the keys to our recovery is Americans making the decision to support American workers and American business. For decades we have chosen to spend our money on goods and services produced by people outside of our borders. In doing so, we have done an extreme disservice to ourselves. Now we are suffering the consequences of our choices. Jobs have gone away and people are losing their homes. Families are not able to put food on the table for their children because theyíve been out of work for so long their unemployment benefits are running out. We have to stop this cycle now before itís too late. We need to support our people by focusing on spending our money in America on American goods and services. We need to make the choice to dig ourselves out of the hole we are in.

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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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