at1with0 wrote:Ok, so using your great education, tell us what is the ideal way to tax the American public. Equally as important, tell us how the government should spend its tax revenue.
The current spending spree is the reason government can't figure out how to cut anything. They can't cut anything and continue to spend the way they are and instead of cutting back on spending, they just want to tax more. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Once this government has stripped the rich in this country bare or run them out, the middle class will be next. The video I posted a while back on this tax the rich mentality was spot on. I'm not sure if anyone bothered to watch it or not. The government could effectively strip us of all our savings and assets, rich included, and it wouldn't even cover the budget for a full year. They'd still have to tax all of us an additional $40.00 and that's just to get us by for one year of current spending.
A few thoughts:
Feed our hungry children
for starters. It's amazing to me how cynical people here are, they walk past families on the street and ignore them but somehow they weep like a baby when they see families on the street in other countries. Oh but it's America, they had their chance so screw them.
Stop policing the world. We've got our own issues, let's get them sorted. Actually protecting our borders would be ideal, instead of letting the CIA run drugs and guns back and forth. The war on drugs has become the "war on cash", meaning the CIA brings the drugs in and the local police seize the "drug money" on the way back. They aren't even trying to stop the flow of drugs into this country as documented in Tennessee and other states I'm sure.
Infrastructure: Our bridges, roadways, monuments and neighborhoods are imploding. The government's "bidding process" is a sham as the contracts go to their lobbying buddies who never seem to finish the job on time, or on budget. Especially if a union is involved. Get politics out of it and let the free market do what it's supposed to do, keep America competetive.
Education, invest in it. Stop cutting the goddamn budget to build more stealth bombers. We're behind the rest of the world already as it is. Oh and stop giving a free ride to exchange students while jacking up the cost of tuition for American students. We're essentially paying to educate everyone else so they can take that stellar education back to their home country. Maybe this is why we're behind across the board, a.k.a. "Idiot America". Stop dumbing down the curriculum so "that one kid" in class can pass and instead focus on bringing those kids up to speed, whatever it takes. Tutors, smaller classes, whatever. This could be accomplished if not for budget cuts, resulting in fewer teachers and crowded classes.
Research and developement. If the government insists on funding this stuff, how about something meaningful instead of the next potential plague. When's the last time we got something beneficial to mankind? It pretty much all goes to the military and big pharma. Bigger bombs and erectile dysfunction ads.
Meanwhile cancer researchers in hospitals full of dying children, depend on donations because the research is demonized by the religion of politics. Treatment makes money, curing does not.
Foreign aide. Ok, they've had a nice long free ride here. It's time for it to end. We can't continue to prop up the rest of the world while going broke ourselves. I don't care if they collapse, there I said it. Suggesting this results in the religion of politics rearing it's ugly head and using every tool at it's disposal to ostracize anyone for it. Although this includes everyone, the religion of politics seeks to label you Anti-Semitic. Yes, really. If you cut funding to God's people you are a Satan-worshipping Neo-Nazi!
War. Stop funding these undeclared, unconstitutional wars directly or indirectly. Tell NATO it can get troops from these so called other member nations to deploy around the world for their cause. Barring that, tell NATO to take a long walk off a short pier. War is not good for the economy, history shows this. Unless of course you'd like to go back to the days of button-less jackets, zipper-less pants to make bullets that we seem to be heading towards again. People seem to forget that part while glorifying the world war era in HD on DVD and Blue-ray. If anything, it's how our government keeps us broke and dependent on them. Do your part, support the war, support the troops(I do of course), don't question what we do, glory to the state....uh, I mean, God Bless America!
Our troops. The war doesn't always end for these men and women when they make it back home, history and the statistics(largely ignored by our government and MSM) clearly show this. John linked an article on this as well. They need help, therapy for PTSD as well as medical care for any health issues that arise. Some of these soldiers had previous job experience before signing up but most go in straight from high-school. Blowing up stuff sounds cool but does nothing for your resume unless law enforcement or private security are what you're after. Those that remain enlisted can maybe, oh I don't know, be used to defend our
borders instead. Our Congressmen and women retire rich, our troops not so much. They usually find that the government tries to screw them out of the benefits they earned.