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Do We Need To Fix The Global Economy To Get America Back On Track?: Left of Center View

Well first and foremost, to get America back on track we need to fix the American economy and a major part of the process involves understanding that we can't fix the Global Economy. As one of the major players on the global stage there are certainly things we can do to influence world events and situations. But before we do anything we need to have an understanding of the potential long term consequences of our actions.

We tried to go in and "fix" the situation in Iraq, and that mess has already lasted longer than the Second World War, cost almost as much, and the situation is really no closer to being fixed than it was when we got involved. If we have this much trouble stabilizing the economy in a single country, do we really think we have a shot at doing this on a global scale?

And then there's China. We owe China a lot of money. We have outsourced most of our factory jobs to China. China is feeling the global economic crunch too, but honestly there really isn't a damn thing we can do to ease their burdens, economic or otherwise, and we really shouldn't even try. Historically the one sure fire way to end a recession is to start a war. We really don't want to go to war with China. We put up with North Korea, because we really don't want to go to war with China. That's a fight that even if we win, we lose, they lose, and if it escalates, the world loses.

The American economy does need to be fixed, but to do that we need to focus our efforts here at home. Detroit went from one of our strongest industrial cities to a virtual ghost town. We can rebuild and revive cities like Detroit, but to do so we need to make some changes here at home; changes that would be unprecedented. We need to stop corporate greed, massive executive bonus payouts need to be a thing of the past. The Unions are necessary, but they need to also be realistic in their demands. To get America back on track, we need to get America back to work. The only way to do this is to work together and support each other. The next time your call is transferred to a call-center in India, hang up and write a letter to the company explaining why you will no longer be doing business with them.


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Do We Need To Fix The Global Economy To Get America Back On Track?: Right of Center View

In the modern world, trade is global. Like it or not we need to have people in other countries buying American goods for our businesses to survive. Itís no different than the local businesses needing customers. It is simply on a larger scale. Just like the pizza parlor will close if there are no people buying pizza, American businesses will shut down if their customers overseas dry up. The bottom line is that if the economies that support our economy fail, we suffer for it.

To aid in the recovery of foreign economies we need to make American goods and services affordable in foreign markets stimulating spending in those markets. When spending increases jobs are created to support that spending. Unfortunately it seems like our leaders are too short sighted to see that business needs to prosper in order to promote job growth. Instead they see business as an endless source of cash to promote their big government agendas.

American businesses are taxed at a rate that is disproportionately high compared to businesses in other nations. In many cases not only are the international companies taxed at a lower rate they are subsidized by their regional governments increasing their competitive advantages over American companies. It is time Americans face facts and stop trying to put all of the blame for our problems on big business. Our government has repeatedly tied the hands of business and made it far more difficult than it needs to be for business to support the economy that puts food on the tables of American families.

If the government wants to get involved in fixing the economy, they need to make it possible for our businesses to compete on a global scale. Taxation needs to be relevant and fair. When companies are building products to sell overseas, they need to be allowed to limit their costs so they can price the products competitively for the market they are targeting. Part of limiting costs is not having an undue tax burden. Other government actions like requiring companies provide healthcare for their workers increase costs and hurt competition.

To solve the global economic crisis we need to allow businesses to do business without being hampered by unnecessary regulation and taxes. We need to allow trade to occur unhampered by political agendas and make American goods as attractive to overseas consumers as American consumers are to overseas businesses. We do need to help the global economy recover in order to improve our own economy. To do that we need to create an environment where business can prosper and jobs can be created here and abroad.

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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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