What do you think are the top 5 priorities for the United States in the next six to ten years?
Was Romney Right About Everything? Probably not but at least he was trying to illuminate the important priorities of the day.
It amazed me how many people got sucked into the slogan-ism of this last campaign. Remember the ‘War on Women’ slogan used by the Democrats. Hmmm… Let me see their idea was to suggest the key topic of the day had to do with women making a choice of birth control methods; abortion (choice after pregnancy), after sex pill (paid by either tax money or health care plans).
The real war on women is one of ideology. Current liberal thinking is to take the most extremist practitioners of Christian ideology and suggest this is the norm. Meanwhile in an effort to not cast all Muslims as hate-mongers and repressive to women, they seek to find examples of more moderate Islamic representative spokes persons. All the while supporting arms to some of these extremists in the middle east and ignoring their intolerance to anything other than their own view on moralistic thought and male dominance over women. Look to the middle east to see the real War on Women.
The highest priority, the nation’s economy. It not only affects the so called American dream as well as the stability of this nation. It was largely side stepped, except to say how Detroit thrived and Osama died. Over the past several years we have seen the national debt climb trillions of dollars while each year Congress spends more that $1 trillion over what we take in from taxes and fees. Partisanship has increased under President Obama because of what he says about his Republican contemporaries and his unwillingness to hold open bi-partisan meetings as he promised over the economy and jobs. He didn’t routinely meet with the House Majority Leader concerning the economy but took every media opportunity to bash him. Meanwhile, health care legislation was passed despite overwhelming public opinion against it, while the economy continues to suffer. Democratic leadership stated they needed to pass the bill before they knew what was in it.
The next priority, energy independence, became another backdrop to further the alliance between government control and those willing or paid enough to be puppets of the ‘Global Warming’ manufactured crisis. The administration were trying and failed desperately to support both wind and solar projects, having sunk billions of dollars into them.
News reports in 2007 stated the Arctic would be ice-free in summer by 2013, citing a scientist in the US who claimed this was a ‘conservative’ forecast. Perhaps it was their confidence that led more than 20 yachts to try to sail the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific this summer. All these vessels became stuck in the ice, some at the eastern end of the passage in Prince Regent Inlet, others further west at Cape Bathurst.
Shipping experts said the only way these vessels were likely to be freed were by the icebreakers of the Canadian coastguard. According to the official Canadian government website, the Northwest Passage has remained ice-bound and impassable all summer. The northern ice pack has increased dramatically in the past year. NASA images show an increase of 60%.
What do you perceive are the top 5 priorities for the next 6-10 years? Oh, was national or universal health care one of them? Remember we’ve been in the throes of an abysmal economy for several years which began in the Bush administration. Those of you with only partisan politics in mind will say… Bush started it and Obama inherited it. You would be partly correct.
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992. The Act amended the charter of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reflect the Democratic Congress’ view that the GSEs “… have an affirmative obligation to facilitate the financing of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families in a manner consistent with their overall public purposes, while maintaining a strong financial condition and a reasonable economic return;” For the first time, the GSEs were required to meet “affordable housing goals” set annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and approved by Congress. (Wikipedia)
* The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, (Pub.L. 106–102, 113 Stat. 1338, enacted November 12, 1999) is an act of the 106th United States Congress (1999–2001). It repealed part of the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933, removing barriers in the market among banking companies, securities companies and insurance companies that prohibited any one institution from acting as any combination of an investment bank, a commercial bank, and an insurance company. With the passage of the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, commercial banks, investment banks, securities firms, and insurance companies were allowed to consolidate. The legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. (Wikipedia)
A year before the law was passed, Citicorp, a commercial bank holding company, merged with the insurance company Travelers Group in 1998 to form the conglomerate Citigroup, a corporation combining banking, securities and insurance services under a house of brands that included Citibank, Smith Barney, Primerica, and Travelers. Because this merger was a violation of the Glass–Steagall Act and the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, the Federal Reserve gave Citigroup a temporary waiver in September 1998. Less than a year later, GLB was passed to legalize these types of mergers on a permanent basis. The law also repealed Glass–Steagall’s conflict of interest prohibitions “against simultaneous service by any officer, director, or employee of a securities firm as an officer, director, or employee of any member bank.” (Wikipedia)
Early on in the Bush administration, representatives met with Congressional leaders on housing, reviewing who receives loans / FANNIE MAE – FREDDIE MAC, and government backed securities being sold in the market. All of the questions posed to the Congressional leadership on those looming problems were rebuffed by Democrat leadership, some went so far as to say this was a form of racist accusation.
In 2003 Barney Frank (D-MA) strongly disagreed with the Administration’s assessment, “these two entities – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – are not facing any kind of financial crisis … The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.” (Stephen Labaton, “New Agency Proposed To Oversee Freddie Mac And Fannie Mae,” The New York Times, 9/11/03) October: Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE) refuses to acknowledge any necessity for GSE reforms, saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” (Sen. Carper, Hearing of Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, 10/16/03) (Wikipedia)
2005 April: Then-Secretary Snow repeats his call for GSE reform, saying “Events that have transpired since I testified before this Committee in 2003 reinforce concerns over the systemic risks posed by the GSEs and further highlight the need for real GSE reform to ensure that our housing finance system remains a strong and vibrant source of funding for expanding homeownership opportunities in America … Half-measures will only exacerbate the risks to our financial system.” (Secretary John W. Snow, “Testimony Before The U.S. House Financial Services Committee,” 4/13/05) July: Then-Minority Leader Harry Reid rejects legislation reforming GSEs, “while I favor improving oversight by our federal housing regulators to ensure safety and soundness, we cannot pass legislation that could limit Americans from owning homes and potentially harm our economy in the process.” (“Dems Rip New Fannie Mae Regulatory Measure,” United Press International, 7/28/05) (Wikipedia)
When the financial crisis hit, caused by multiple converging problems; the lack of sound lending practices, brokerage firms creating investment and insurance investment schemes based on the belief the real estate market will not fail in mass (sort of the Titanic ocean liner logic) and the death of the manufacturing industry, most especially in Detroit, all of these parts are intertwined and the economy ground to a halt. The hemorrhaging was to be solved through another government sponsored loan program on a scale heretofore never envisioned.
Both republican and democrat forged an alliance with one thought in mind, neither one of us wants to be blamed for this mess. All free market principles were thrown out in the bath water as both clamored for a government solution. In point of fact the free market economy was stated as the culprit and the media carried the bath water for this titanic government bailout program. In reality, all of the government oversight and control of the free market home loans served to undermine the entire system. Along with that, the deals that were cut to allow the huge combining of investment firms with full bank privileges created a pre great depression opportunity for calamity.
TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) was signed into law under George W. Bush, hailed by both parties as the way to correct the market place fumbles and get the economy moving again. Of course the causes of the troubled economy haven’t been addressed. Business has attempted to pick up where the pieces fell but not before the Obama administration proposed what they called a Health Care Reform act. This is aptly named because the public gets to witness another government created crisis with a contrived solution, mandatory health care.
If you thought things couldn’t get much worse than 2008-2010, well think again. Rather than focus on solutions to rebuild the economy, the Democrat controlled House & Senate along with the President of the U.S. unilaterally decided to impose their version of improved health care for all. On a Whitehouse blog post on September 16, 2009, the following excerpt, “…a clear message to those who seek to undermine his agenda and his presidency with these tactics: “We will call you out.” Hmmm that must be more of the reaching across the aisle message reenforcement. Perhaps it’s another version of reaching out and touching someone. Well here’s my calling out to those who are in a state of confusion on the Health Care Reform act which had to be passed before it was read.
As long and as tedious and confusing as it is (remember it’s written through a combination of legislator staffers and the influence of health care lobbyists) it basically sets up further health care industry regulations and billing structures loosely modeled previously under Medicare. New codes have been added to permit reimbursement procedures and doctors will have even less of a say in how they proceed in diagnosis, prescription and rehabilitation (wellness). Everyone that files taxes will be obligated to declare they have purchased or are covered under a government approved health care plan. Those who have incomes below a specified threshold are to receive refund credits. Just how that is done is yet to be fully disclosed. Employers and employees are attempting to understand how it affects them but rest assured it will all be amicably addressed through IRS policy as they have the task of enforcement.
Much of the provisions of the new health care bill are being pushed to a later date for implementation other than some of the tax revenue collection procedures. That is to say, before most of the benefits kick in, increased taxes on items named within the bill will give the initial appearance the bill is cost neutral or even somewhat beneficial to the bottom line. A clever way of keeping any real negatives away from the upcoming election cycle. What many people think about when they hear of this new act, pre-existing health conditions must be covered and it sounds like everyone will be covered.
Immediate results from this new health care law(s) are private sector employers are adjusting the work week to 30 or fewer hours, elimination of long term health care benefits for former employees who have retired under a coverage plan and Congress voted for themselves and their staff to exempted from having to pay up to 75% of the premium.
One final priority which of course has serious impact on the U.S. economy is war. We have been involved in wars every decade after WWII. The costs in manpower (women too), material and concentration of tax payer resources to pay for these wars is astronomical. I’m as big of a patriot as any but I see the neglect of our own country in order for us to carry the banner and the fight to all corners of the globe. We continue to try to influence people by bullet and bomb rather than kindness and favored policy. Sure, there are those that say we dangle the carrot by giving away billions of dollars but during the entire time show the stick and threaten with, rocket, bomb and bullet if compliance isn’t achieved. One of our strongest motivational set pieces ought to be the past efforts of peaceful civil rights advocates. They had plenty of reasons to fight it out in the street but they managed to prevail on their constituency and suggest there’s a better way. It’s time our nation learn from those peaceful leaders.
If you’ve become angry reading this, perhaps that’s good, however direct that anger to those who are creating the problems not someone who’s pointing them out. There are other problems to sort out but if you don’t prioritize and start with the top, you’ll never solve any. The solution starts with us as citizens by putting a lot of pressure on Washington to do a more responsible job. If not, the consequences could be more catastrophic than the myriad harbingers of doom often talk about…
MY TOP 5 NATIONAL PRIORITIES
- Grow Economy
- Cut Spending – balance budget
- Seek Energy Independence – continue alternative energy research
- Reduce Our Efforts in Military Diplomacy – Seek Peaceful Solutions First
- Remove our military from War Zones (example – Afghanistan – Syria)
Now here’s an experiment you should try so you can understand how much junk science is floating around. Let me explain the background news first. Recall all of the warnings we have heard about coastal cities going under water as the ice pack melts? Now with the ice pack increasing, we should be hearing how all these cities have averted disaster because the ice pack is re-forming. You don’t hear that do you? Now go fill a glass with ice and water. Get it near the top. Let it sit out until the ice melts. What happened? Did you counter or surface you set your glass on get soaked from the overflow? It might have from condensation forming on the glass however, did the water over-flow? You can get back to me on those results…. Right!!??
- Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year with top scientists warning of global COOLING (dailymail.co.uk)
- Reality TV jet skiers rescued in Northwest Passage (cbc.ca)
- Global cooling: Arctic ice caps grows by 60% against global warming predictions (dailymail.co.uk)
- Canada, U.S. may be missing the boat on Arctic shipping (globalnews.ca)