America is divided on so many issues, its a wonder that things aren’t worse than they are. Too many politicians use wealth, gender, race, religion, and other tactics to divide us. As long as we are divided, we will be unable to solve critical economic and social issues. Divisive rhetoric can lead to riots, destruction of property, and death. Shootings of police officers, abortion doctors, military personnel, and innocent civilians, are the result of hate speech delivered by demagogues who would divide us.
Corrupt politicians lie, deceive, scare, and smear to buy the votes of various groups. Abortion, health care, Islamic terror, global warming, income inequality, immigration, education, gun control, welfare, tax policy, foreign policy, and other issues are used to divide us. The deceived often vote for politicians who never keep their promise. As a result, social and economic problems never get solved…they often get worse.
The next president will inherit a catastrophic mess, made worse by an Administration riddled with incompetence, deception, and a poisonous determination to remake America into another Socialist failure. Obama does not have to spend time on developing his legacy. The Obama legacy will be: “The Worst President Ever.” But the problems the next president will face began long before Obama. Decades of political mismanagement will have to be overcome. America requires a leader who can unite the country to support tough decisions. The leader must be a great communicator who can address every issue with honesty, and clarity. The issues are critical:
The Federal government cannot afford to borrow 40 cents of every dollar it spends on political promises that can never be kept. Funding schemes for Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, unemployment insurance, and other government obligations are unsustainable with so much of the population out of work and not paying taxes. When interest rates increase, as they surely will, drastic reductions will be required in every program. Future administrations will be faced with difficult choices. It may take decades to get out of the mess that politicians of both parties have created.
With an extraordinary leader, America can recover. Millions and millions of new jobs must be created. Jobs enough to employ the unemployed, and enough to bring back the millions of Americans that have given up looking for work, that are not even counted as unemployed. Jobs enough to create a labor shortage, so that competition for workers creates wage increases across the board. Jobs enough so that millions of illegal immigrants are given temporary green cards so that they can come out of the shadows, and become taxpayers. Jobs enough to shrink the welfare population, and dramatically reduce the cost of welfare.
Jobs cannot be created without incentives for those who create jobs. Instead of punishing businesses and entrepreneurs, Government must become a partner with these job creators. Government must restore the American Dream that allows risk takers the opportunity to achieve, and keep, fabulous riches. Tax rates must be cut much more deeply than anything yet proposed so that businesses and investors around the globe will flock to America. Any regulation that adds cost to business must be refined to achieve the goal without adding cost. Punitive regulations must be permanently removed. Spending policy needs to be redirected from partisan political goals to goals that meet the needs of all Americans: Defense; Energy; Education; Economy; Infrastructure; and the like. Funding must be made available for the general welfare, not for some political special interest. Government will never be efficient unless the Civil Service regulations are revised to reward outstanding employees, and replace poor performers. Government unions must be abolished. Mandates and subsidies should be ended. Government spending programs must be reevaluated, rejustified, and refined: Is the cost of a program worth the benefits? Does the program enhance freedom? Is the program sustainable? Can the goals of a program be achieved more efficiently? Is the program working as promised?
Americans are not stupid, as some have suggested, they are just ill-informed, or misinformed. Most don’t know how jobs are created, how government can impact the economy in a positive way, the beneficial steps that can be taken to improve education, health care, Social Security, poverty, racism, and so much more. Freedom is the only reason that America has the opportunity to fix all the issues that divide us. Freedom can unite America. If America is united, we can solve any issue using freedom as the key. Now that the 2016 Presidential contest is beginning my hope is that candidates will focus on freedom, and goals that will bring people together.