Originally Posted by Irish Stout
I'd like to believe that all of us as Americans have a strong desire to see our partisan Federal Government work together to reach some solutions that will help to lead us out of our current economic woes and away from the fiscal cliff.
Maybe we can't start immediately with a balanced budget, but there has to be some common ground where both parties can concede and agree. Dems won't give up Obamacare or tax increases for the wealthy, Republicans wants corporate tax rates lowered.
What else do the parties want and where can concessions be made? I'd like honest input. I'd like to write my representatives and ask them to work towards compromise, but I think its important that we as citizens have an idea where we would mutually agree first.
My current suggestion is to lower the corporate tax rates. I don't know that anyone has an issue there. I'd also take Romney's idea to close corporate tax loopholes (though I do not know what they are). I would suggest that the Republicans stop fighting against Obamacare, unless they have a way to improve it. Are these not things that can be agreed on? What else can we agree on?
Obama needs to trade.
He needs to offer tax cuts, tax incentives, and tax breaks for hiring the chronically unemployed as well as incentivizing corporations to hire Americans. The tax breaks they want should come at the price of more jobs, more green jobs, and special consideration for people who have been out of work for awhile or the under employed.
Obama needs to right size the military which does mean cuts but it means spending on better technology, cross training your war fighters, and better government accounting, supply, and systems that benefit the war fighter. We can fight wars on all fronts if stop fighting our own infrastructure. Real time battle field information versus multiple layers of commands. Cut makes a good point. We cannot gut the military in order to have a military but in the same aspect we need to do more with less. Get rid of stupid soldiers and keep the ones who can perform at the highest levels.
One of the best green job initiatives that can be created is better support for telework, co-working, and flex jobs. Americans who are job searching would rather have a half of a job than nothing. They should create tax breaks for companies who hire flex workers after 90 days try out. Since Obamacare is the law of the land why not use that to create a more flexible workforce?
There needs to be transparency on Social Security even if it's a modified and truncated version of the truth. Ro makes a good point. This is critical to understand why Obamacare was needed and what the real issues are with Medicare and Medicaid that no congressmen of record has addressed.
Energy "exploration" needs to be reviewed so that the strictest standards for "TRANSPORT" and strictest standards for "STORAGE" of oil are coveted. No more preventable natural disasters. The environment needs to be protected while we harvest needed fuel. China needs to be brought into this discussion. Alone we save nothing.
I think if that if corporations want lower tax rates it should be in exchange for effective R&D, educating it's workforce, job training centers where workers are not trapped in one position their whole careers, and reward good corporate citizenship instead of greed.
The bottomline is our average slack jawed moron citizen needs to be able to make a working wage so he can afford the consumerism he was sold when he was conceived by meaner circumstances which created him. We have to build a nation where the stupidest bubba can be treated like an equal because he has the opportunity to be better than he really is.
The fastest way to end racism is through education. The quickest way to let old antipathy die is having opportunity. Poverty breeds contempt and the rich need to realize their long term interest (globally) is with American citizens.