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Politics & Power

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Working For The Greater Good

In modern politics the good of the people is often a casualty of political expedience and partisanship. We the People are secondary in the concerns of our leaders. Primary in their minds is remaining in power and living in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. Through the use of media and spin they convince us that the trivial divisive issues they want to talk about are important to us while they fail to address the issues that actually affect our daily lives. We have allowed our system to be hijacked by people no more concerned with our daily lives than we are about the daily lives of ants.

The truth of the matter is that we have allowed ourselves to become distracted by titillation and emotional issues that donít really have any real effect on our lives. When you stop and look dispassionately at the sexual exploits of a politician, do they actually affect you in any way? No. They donít. So why do you care? What affect does it have on your daily life if some person that youíve never met decides that they want to have a relationship with someone of the same sex or have an abortion? None. Absolutely none at all. So why is it important to you that your congressperson is for or against these things? What is more important, your daily life or some principle that will never directly affect you?

We have been distracted by these meaningless debates for too long. Our educational system is in shambles and we are worried about same sex marriage and abortion. To be blunt, perhaps if more people were in same sex marriages and had abortions we would have enough resources to teach the fewer children that would result. Sound cold? Maybe it is but the cold hard facts donít lie. We are spending billions of dollars to run campaigns for and against things that frankly donít matter in the grand scheme of things. Why shouldnít two consenting adults be able to marry regardless of the gender of the person they are marrying? Why not spread the joy of marital bliss and the lovely legal merry-go-round of divorce to everyone? Why should gays get off easy when they decide to break off a long term committed relationship because some younger hotter person caught their eye? Let them marry and divorce. Who really cares? If you do, youíre not spending enough time thinking about real issues.

We need to focus as a nation on the things that actually have an impact on our daily lives. If we donít properly educate the next generation we wonít have a strong economic base for the future. That is a problem we NEED to address. If we allow the people on Wall Street to run wild and do the same things that led to the bank bailout again, we will all suffer. We NEED to address that issue for the good of ALL Americans. We NEED jobs for the people of our nation who have been left out in the cold by corporate greed. Politicians need to be taken to task for their lack of focus on the real issues. To do that we the people need to focus on the real issues instead of the divisive non-issues that they want us to get fired up about.

The greater good of all Americans needs to be what we are concerned about in making decisions about who to vote for in elections. If the issue is something that is covered by a bible lesson in church, it should stay in church. Preachers are here to teach morality. Politicians are here to address the issues of the state that affect the people they represent. We need to un-blur the lines between religion and politics and focus on getting the politicians to work on real issues. Once every American can read, do math, has a job, has medical coverage, has a home to live in and has healthy food on the table we can worry about gay marriage and abortion. Until then, we need to stop fighting about nonsense and focus on real issues that actually affect our daily lives.

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We Need Your Help

Reform America is putting together a new resource for our visitors and we need your help. We need you to tell us about the local banks and businesses in your area that you have done business with. We need to know the good and the bad about the local businesses in your community.

In an effort to truly stabilize our national economy we need to stabilize our local economies. To stabilize our local economies we need to support the businesses that keep our neighbors and customers working. Part of doing that is re-distributing the money in our communities from the wealthy corporations who outsource labor while laying off American workers to the local businesses that hire our friends and neighbors.

Itís also time to expect more from the banks that we let use our money. Some corporate banker in New York doesnít care one whit about Joe Smith in Peoria because he has a million other Joe Smiths to fill his pocket if this one leaves but the banker in Peoria who only serves Peoria cares about Joe and will do more to serve Joeís needs. We need to start working together to support the businesses in our back yard that actually care about us and our needs.

To help people find the businesses in their areas that deserve our support we are developing a new web page with information provided by you the people in the communities. By not only listing the local businesses but also giving local feedback about them we can help make the decision to make a real change for the good of your community easier. If youíre like a lot of us, youíve been doing business with the corporations for a long time and itís a hard habit to break but if we all make an effort to stimulate the economy of our own communities we will see the jobs come back and things improve fare sooner than if we wait for the politicians and CEOs to help us.

The government is not going to save us this time and the fat cats on Wall Street just donít care. We will have to save ourselves if we are to turn things around. You can help us save ourselves. Please tell us about the banks and businesses in your community. We will add the information you give to that of others and build a comprehensive national resource for people wanting to fix our nation from the ground up.

By May of 2010 we hope to have enough information compiled to launch a page devoted to supporting small local businesses across the nation. Over time we will continue to expand the information to include more businesses in more communities until we have a comprehensive listing of all the good small businesses that locals recommend in every town, city, county and state in America. We know that this is an ambitious goal but we also know that you, the American people, can help make it a reality. To send us information about the small businesses in your area you can e-mail us at advocacy@reform-america.net. We will send you a confirmation e-mail and add the information you give us to the national database.

From now until the time of the new page launch in May the names of all contributors who wish to be will be included in the "Thank You America" page border for the new page. Your friends and family will be able to see your name and know you cared enough to try to make a difference for your community.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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