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Stimulus, Trade, Immigration Reform, Will Anything Fix The American Economy?: Left of Center View

"Fixing" anything on a major scale is a lot like fishing: no matter how much planning and preparation goes into the process, eventually success or failure will come down to blind luck. Still you are guaranteed not to catch anything unless you put a line in the water.

So America is trolling right now, looking for a way to bounce back to her former prominence. The problem is that the usual "fix" for an economic recession - war, may in fact be one of the primary causes of the current crisis. Politicians are good at seeing the potential from an armed conflict, but slow to admit fault. America chose to re-fight the war that bankrupted the Soviet Union and add a second war in for good measure yet somehow we are surprised at the cost to our own prosperity.

But blaming the war for our current troubles is like blaming your pole for the lack of fish in the boat. It may be a contributing factor, but by no means is it the only factor. It is fair to say, that just as there is no single solution to our current economic woes, there is likely no single cause either. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been expensive but they have not caused banks to fail or companies to lay off workers.

There were other forces at work damaging our economy. You can point the finger at Washington or Wall Street and probably have a legitimate case to make for them being at the heart of the current economic woes of America. While there is plenty of blame to go around, it is crucial that we expend our energies elsewhere. We do need to find the root of the problem, but only so that we can eradicate it. The solution does us no good if we don't know how we got into trouble in the first place because we would likely make the very same mistakes and mess it up all over again. Allowing the cause to continue makes any effort at a cure futile.

What we can't do is fall back into the trap of letting this degenerate into a debate about who messed what up. We just got done holding an election where we rejected that type of mindset in favor of taking a new direction. We can't allow ourselves to forget that because it's easier. In just six months America has gone from “Yes we can!” to “It’s all their fault!” America was awash with a new spirit of hope and change just a few short months ago. The world welcomed us back. Our leaders, one in particular, told us that the road back to prosperity would be long and difficult, and we cheered. Partially because it was so refreshing to hear someone admit it. We cheered the notion that we would have to make sacrifices in the days ahead. But now that those days are here the cheers turn to jeers and we’ve gone back to trying to find the perfect place to point the finger so we can avoid admitting that we all played some role in creating the current situation. It’s harder than we thought to actually do the work of solving problems. It’s much easier to wash our hands of it and blame “them”. So perhaps if we wish to "fix" our problems, we should first examine our attitude.


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Stimulus, Trade, Immigration Reform, Will Anything Fix The American Economy?: Right of Center View

The solution to the current economic crisis is simple. Companies need to start investing in jobs. Employment drives consumerism and consumerism drives profitability. If we want to dig ourselves out of the economic hole we are currently in business needs to stop panicking and start hiring.

The current crisis is being driven by panic. Companies see doom and gloom around every corner and are circling the wagons to try to fend off the invisible enemy. What they are failing to realize is that they are actually hurting themselves every time they decide to lay off another batch of employees. There is something called the “Butterfly Effect” that comes into play every time companies tighten their belts.

The “Butterfly Effect” is the theory that one small change can cause another small change that causes a larger change starting a ripple effect, which can eventually snowball into a major event. In economics this is a solid model. When a worker loses their job they can no longer spend money. The money they spent in the past kept other people in business so when they lose that money, they stop spending as well impacting all of the people with whom they spent money in the past. It sends ripples through the economy and eventually affects the original company that laid off the employee at the beginning of the chain. In essence the company is taking money out of their own pockets by laying off their employees and the more they lay off the worse it gets. It’s like trying to get out of a hole by digging down deeper.

The problem is that the companies are so focused on the micro-economic picture of their own bottom lines right now that they don’t see the larger impact of their decisions which eventually negatively impact their own companies. Further damaging the economy are companies laying off workers while hiring executives. They are doing greater harm with this practice because the spending of the executives is far less than the spending of the employees that were eliminated to free up the funds to pay the executive.

People who make more do not spend more on average. Lower paid people spend a much higher percentage of their income than higher paid people. When you take the same amount of money and give it to more people it has a much more positive impact on the overall economy than when you give it to fewer people.

The bottom line is that if you want to fix the economy you need to start hiring people. When people have jobs they spend money. When they spend money, they support others who spend what they earn. The end result is that people and businesses profit enabling expansion and more hiring, also known as economic growth. Growth and recovery will only come when those who have money begin to spread that money around and get the economy rolling again. This is not a conservative or liberal issue. This is how economies work. Spending drives growth and when those who have the money fail to spend it for whatever reason, the economy falters and stalls.

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A Legal Immigrant’s 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 “The Race” 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 isn’t 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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