oil speculation? It has to go. It's driving up the oil prices & hurting us all. Let's get some legislation going to crack down on this A.S.A.P.
Just read this & see for yourself.
Perhaps we could march on Washington? What happened to the good old days when people weren't too lazy to Publicly & Peacefully Protest & make their voices heard?
if oil is what's driving up other prices then lowering it's price back to reasonable levels should be one of our top priorities
Spending cuts are necessary to dig ourselves out of the hole, but so are new taxes. Unless of course you're okay with rampant poverty because the programs in place to help the needy just lost pretty much all their funding.
on the same note, many programs desperately need restructuring. Medical & Social Security to name a few. Let's get realistic.
Another thing: drugs.
i'm of the opinion that marijuana should be legalized & taxed. That way more money will go back toward our government & towards getting us out of debt rather than going to the Mexican drug cartels.
suppose for a moment that the government were to legalize marijuana,grow it, & sell it. Government networks are established enough & has enough resources that it probably could effectively sell to the nation at large for prices that wouldn't be as attractively profitable on the local level; effectively discouraging street competition, & in turn helping to shut out Mexican drug cartels who make big money pushing the stuff across our borders.
local growers who don't want to buy can be issued a "grower's permit" for a reasonable fee. plants grown with a permit can be subject to fines. thus creating even more government income.
They could undercut the market.
Meth & cocaine however, should still be very much illegal for obvious reasons.
When & why did manufacturing become too expensive in the united states?
what happened to our being "leaders of industry"?
what happened to our steel mills, american TV's, electronics, etc.
WE IMPORT MORE GOODS THAN WE EXPORT. Does this notion not seem crazy to anyone else accept me? It means more money is leaving the country than entering it.
Also we need to legalize our illegal immigrants. Once they're in the system, they can be taxed to the full extent just like any other American citizen. With the exception of Native-Americans, we were all immigrants to this country once upon-a-time. For all you know, you may even have an illegal immigrant or two in your own ancestry you don't know about *shrug*.
We probably should have alerted the Pakistanis to Bin Laden & given them a chance to capture him themselves. Then after telling them,& still keeping a close eye on Bin Laden's compound, we could've overseen the situation & monitored what happened just to make sure Bin Laden didn't get away, & that Pakistan did their job.
I mean,just imagine if a high profile criminal wanted by Pakistan had been hiding out in the U.S. & Pakistani special forces had just flagrantly disregarded our sovereignty & popped up in one of our cities out of nowhere, surrounded a house, then proceeded to take their target down amid bursts of gunfire. WE WOULD BE WAY BEYOND PISSED OFF. & we wonder why other countries think we're so arrogant *rolls eyes*.
Kind of a pity that Bin Laden couldn't have been taken alive. Not sympathizing with him in any way, but now he's become a martyr for their cause. Living men make poor martyrs. At the very least, maybe we could have had Afghanistan honor his death sentence instead. Offer to let his own people execute him 'cause they'd be obligated & all that jazz. If Al-Qaeda came looking for blood, then our hands would be clean, & we just went through all the proper channels. It would have made for a better political move, i think.
& that's all i have to say for the moment...