Olemike's Blog

Bi-Partisanship

Posted by olemike on 11/04/2010

Let’s hope that the President and Congress will actually work together to get some positive things done.  Here are a few of my suggestions:

1.  Extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone for two years.  At that point, only raise taxes for those making over one million.  $250,000 seems a little low to me.  Use tax policy to motivate corporations to keep manufacturing in the domestic United States.

2.  Reduce defense spending.  Do we really still need troops in Germany and Japan?  If so, let them pay us to be there.

3.  Greatly reduce agricultural subsidies.  Paying someone to not grow crops is ludicrous.

4.  Raise the retirement age for receiving Social Security by at least one year for workers who are under 40 years of age.

5.  Require all public employee unions to convert to “Defined contribution” plans rather than “Defined Benefit” plans.  Programs such as these are bankrupting the states.  However, I dont’ know if the Federal Government has the power to do this.  It may need doing by each state.

6.  Pass an immigration overhaul.  Continue the current deportation pace.  Increase penalties on business owners to hire illegals.  Implement or improve a guest worker program.  Implement a roadmap to citizenship for current illegals who “assimilate” into the American culture.  Make sure they go to the back of the line.  Increase the number of border patrol agents.

7.  Modify the healthcare plan focusing on cost control.  Include tort reform

 I have other ideas but I’ll post those after these are implemented.  I’d like to hear your ideas as well.

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