everything in this post is Gbaji quotes wrote:
The current economy is the result of some poor choices about 10 years ago (made by both parties but primarily the Democrats) which was made worse by even worse choices made by the Democrats in 2009 and 2010. Honestly, that has very little to do with the decades of failed policies bit, but it certainly didn't hinder the foolishness that lead people to support the silly idea that somehow by spending a boatload of money we could fix an economic problem that ultimately had to do with not having enough money.
Firstly, the deregulation of Wall Street that started in the 80s and still continues now is one factor that can be blamed. Secondly, the massive, and often unnecessary deficit spending(NEVER pay for war with deficit spending, it can lead to nothing but economic instability, and yet you have, twice in the last 10 years, I think you still are actually) has kind of @#%^ed you over pretty badly. You didn't have enough money, because you spent it all in the @#%^ing desert.
1. Immediately call for the repeal of Obamacare. I agree completely. Affordable, or even free, universal health care is a great thing, but it is a huge mistake to introduce that sort of expensive thing, right in the middle of an economic downturn. Gigantic blunder.
2. Immediately repeal any and all economic focused spending increases passed over the last 3 years. This includes the approximately 40% of the recovery act which hasn't yet been spent (plus any that has been allocated but not yet spent as well). Somewhat viable, I suppose. Perhaps instead the recovery money should be just spent on what's needed. I'm assuming that you mean the money handed out by the stimulus. I;ve read a lot about a lot of that money being pocketed by businessmen and politicians, spent on pet projects, or wasted in some other way. Perhaps instead it should be tightly controlled by the government and directed to where it would be most useful directly from there
3. Make a pledge to the American people that he will oppose any tax rate increases for as long as he holds office. No. Force those who pay no tax to pay tax, small tax cut to small businesses, small tax increase on the wealthiest individuals(notice, I'm leaving out large companies here, it would prove your system to be completely flawed if a huge corporation stops hiring and starts outsourcing because its Billionare CEO got taxed a touch more.), enormous fines and moderate jail sentences for individuals who are caught trying to get out of paying taxes whether it be by purposefully lying at tax time, or sending piles of their money to offshore accounts.
4. Ask his party's members in Congress to make the same pledge. Not the way your political system, terribly flawed as it is, works.
Perhaps cutting military spending and pursuing a policy of military isolationism would be very helpful as well, save billions not sending men off to die in wars they shouldn't be fighting in in the first place.
Change then nature of the war on drugs, continue to fight against proven killers such as Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, etc., legalize marijuana, treat it like alcohol or tobacco, the revenue would be great. I don't say this as a user(2 months sober actually), I say this having learned how much money goes into fighting marijuana, and how much money could be made by selling it like, as earlier stated, alcohol and tobacco, both save and make money.
Regulate Wall Street. A company that purposefully misinforms its customers and investors and proceeds to bet against itself and proceeds to become part of the cause of a recession as a result, should not be able to do so, but thanks to deregulation, it can. I'm a capitalist, but there is a line where it stops being the pursuit of that "American dream", and becomes absolute greed.
Pay cuts for President, his staff(Sec. of state, etc.), Senators, Congressmen, and all other major government positions. Not only would this save some money, but you'd find that the quality of politicians would go up because less would be thinking about the money they make, and more about, you know, actually doing their jobs.
Stop preventing trade with countries with different ideologies, if another country might even remotely be willing to pay for American things, why prevent them from doing so because they're communists? or fascists? or muslims? Did you know that Cuba originally turned towards the USA when Castro took over? Could have worked out really well, but because his regime seemed somewhat leftist, the USA refused to do anything to help, and this was before Castro had even declared a political leaning for the new Cuba, and before he had even spoken to anyone from the Soviet Union. Your ideological bullsh*t is costing you money, and has been for over 50 years.
By the way, I highly doubt that anything could have the economy fixed within 6 months. This is a worldwide issue now, and it's not just about you. But if you can fix yours internally, it can be a start to fixing a much, much larger economic cluster@#%^.
Really? It's not that we wont, but that you don't like the answers we give. It just can't occur to you that "not spending" and "not raising taxes" is actually a viable solution to an economic problem. Shocking, I know!
It seems to occur to you that not spending is a viable solution, doesn't seem to have ever occurred to any politician with any amount of power for the last 11 years. Because guess what, your government is still throwing money at unnecessary things.
Hopefully I've answered your question.
In a way. Usually I never get a serious response to my requests for someone to throw some ideas and stuff out there. While I disagree with a lot of what you said, at least you actually gave an answer to the question.