Searching for Solutions
Wall Street Protests -
The root concern is trying to address inequities.
So important that we have a
Housing Crisis -
Current programs are failing. A radical approach is needed.
Health Care -
Beyond "Obama Care"
Social Security -
This program can be fixed.
After Health Care we can effectively address this..
Complex but self reliance is a must!
The greatest area of undo influence! Lots of "smoke blowing."
Over Regulation -
Government is ignoring advice from those who create jobs!
Fractured Politics -
Our political leadership and parties are severely split and lacking much
incentive to cooperate. If there was to be a
issue, this would be it!
Four Fundamental Flaws
Aside from these 4 "problems" that need to be addressed, there are 4
significant, existing conditions that aggravate finding resolutions.
These issues increase the difficulty and
resistance that must be addressed.
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Beneath the many and varied problems that Congress is failing to deal with
or is addressing only indirectly, there are four major, underlying
issues that affect almost all other issues. Our
viewpoints below evolved after spending hundreds of hours examining news
sources, political and activists' statements, public and private data
sources, and a review of a wide variety of internet blogs. Quite
frankly, many original views changed after reading, listening, and
reviewing a massive volume of positions and data. Root "problems" can
usually be resolved with proper and objective implementations of
legislation and regulations.
As our research evolved we discovered that
Congressional corruption and arrogance is blocking the way to resolve the
following problems and others. Please see "Four Fundamental Flaws"
regarding this extraordinary problem.
You may want to filter political proposals and positions in light of
First and Foremost - Economic Inequities!
We must absolutely reverse the increasing poverty level
and erosion of personal net worth! Past Congressional neglect and
cowardice to deal with the housing bubble and subsequent financial collapse has
robbed Americans of trillions of dollars of net worth.
America is creating an economic underclass that is
finding their backs against the proverbial "wall." This trend is
absolutely reprehensible for any nation calling itself a "free market
If America wishes to maintain a viable free market
democracy then we better darn well pay attention and make some serious
adjustments pronto! Just remember - revolutions, whether social,
political, peaceful or violent do NOT begin with the middle class.
It starts and finds support among those who have nothing to lose.
Abusive and corruptive entitlements steal democracy from our national
community! This goes far beyond Social Security and Medicare
programs that politicians focus on! Those government entitlement programs
can be fixed. There are those on Wall Street, in Law Enforcement, in
Congress, in Unions, in local and state governments and in our local "main
street" businesses who feel that their desires are "entitled" to exist
over the needs and rights of the general public. Entitlements generally
fall into four categories:
1. Government programs that we have already paid into;
2. Protecting the ability to abuse power and exercise undue
3. The right to make wise or stupid decisions and expect someone
else to cover your losses;
4. The right to receive continuous benefits regardless of one's
contribution (From welfare to Corporate Board Rooms to cushy Retirement
Third, The Economic Ball & Chain!
Not Social Security. Not Health Care. Not even
Unemployment. It is the Housing Crisis! If families fear
loosing their homes they will cut back spending. If families can not
readily sell their homes and find financing for their next home they will
be trapped where they are and unable to relocate where suitable jobs are
available. Stress has been shown to tear families apart and stress
has been shown to lead to a vast array of medical problems. It's
hard to find a stressor greater than being trapped in mortgage you can't
afford or living in fear that your own home may be taken from you.
The FBI warned Congress in 2004 of this impending
disaster. Congress did absolutely nothing! Since 2004, 79% to 80% of
sub-prime mortgage applications involved predatory lending and/or
application fraud. Forty-seven percent of sub-prime applications
inflated their income by 40% or more! (FBI figures) And,
frankly, those applicants committed major fraud upon the American people
and deserve every hard knock they receive. But still, if we ever
hope to get our nation back on track we must resolve this national problem
and not cut off our nose to spite our face.
Fourth, Health Care - Not just the insurance
Cutting benefits from various programs only
shifts the burden to individuals at a time when they are least capable to
shoulder the financial burden. See, First and Foremost above.
Many persons do not have access to health
insurance and cannot carry the burden of inflated charges for uninsured
Liability issues significantly increase fees and/or cause professionals to
drop classes of patients. Politics twist the facts and pander special
interests. If the underlying health care issues are not addressed then ANY
insurance reform will ultimately fail to serve the public.
P.S. Before the housing crash medical expenses were the #1 cause
for personal bankruptcy.
There you have it! Four underlying issues that have become systemic
in our government and culture. Any attempt to fix higher level
problems are bound to fail as they become undermined by these basic flaws.
If these problems are not addressed .... Congress will continue to pander
to the public while allowing excessive access and influence to big money
donations. The government will continue to print money and give away money
to gain votes. Promises will be made that can't possibly be
Here's the Point:
Measure all political positions against these four underlying issues.
Are proposals really fixing these problems or are they pandering to the
symptoms and ignoring the real problem? From our local village government
to our townships to our counties and state government ask yourself, and
others, "Just is WHO is pulling the strings"? Ask yourself and
others, "Which candidates are overly influenced by those outside of our
See Fogcutters link to "Suggested Solutions" in the left-hand
column. We have listed various sub-topics being addressed in greater
Read at Your Own Pace.
Ignore at Your Own Risk!
- Finding Where Truth Hides