With all the money we spend on rebuilding outside the U.S., why not bury all the power lines in the U.S. and not have anymore outages(disaters)? We can drill and dig through anything.
Location: Sparta, NJ USA
I (as well as many legally immigrated people) am not in favor of an amnesty for illegals. Naturally born American citizens, as well as those who followed the rules and worked hard to establish a life in this country, are suffering financially because the illegals are lowering the marketability of the workers skills, filling jobs that Americans could use and inhabiting affordable housing needed desperately by citizens and legally immigrated people.
Whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, breaking the law should NEVER be rewarded. Children born to illegals should not be granted American citizenship – that practice/law needs to be changed immediately. It may be true that conditions in the homelands of the illegals are exceptionally difficult, but we can not afford to take on this burden and we should not have to.
Our schools and other civil services suffer from the burden, and whole towns, counties, and states are nearly bankrupt from the financial implications.
We need to find ways to fix the economy and severely reduce the unemployment rates. We send children to college for undergrad and masters degrees and then find out they are only employable as bar tenders… if at all. America has to be FOR Americans FIRST.
Location: Washington DC
You need to pepper the AARP magazines and newspaper – not to mention magazines like Reader’s Digest (very popular with elderly people) – with articles about how the Democrats have historically and recently fought for services for the elderly… and what the Republican-heavy Congress is trying to do to hurt them. Really. My own 90-yr-old mother has changed over to the Republican party because various other relatives AND HER PASTOR have convinced her to. She doesn’t see that she is shooting herself in the foot and having made the change, she won’t listen to me. But she does read!
The one thing I am not seeing in the media, talk shows, and magazine articles is a defense of the Democratic party’s historical accomplishments “for people”. A catch phrase that should be reiterated at every turn is that Democrats champion people and Republicans champion large corporations. People have short memories… they need to be reminded constantly.
The true worth of a society is how it protects and cares for its children and its elderly. The Bible tells us (in MANY verses) to be generous to the widows and orphans and to donate 1/7 of our bounty to the poor. It really couldn’t hurt to start quoting the Bible… the so-called moral majority may start to think twice… and they really need to.
Location: Washington DC
I am a firm believer in the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle. One “simple” way to stimulate the economy is to lower gas prices down towards the $2 per gallon mark they were at in the 1990’s when the economy was booming. This would put more expendable cash in consumers’ pockets on a weekly basis. This would not be a one time refund that may or may not be used to make a purchase, but it would be an on-going thing. It would also help businesses by keeping fuel and transportation costs down. Consumer confidence would improve because it would feel lest stressful “trying to make ends meet” and promote the feeling that the economy is back to a better place. Lowering gas prices would be one way to focus efforts to improve the economy.
OK, I realize that it is not that simple to lower gas prices. But, let’s face it, the cost to process a barrel of oil does not increase or decrease based on the cost of oil. I am sure that, if the government worked with the oil companies, there would be a way, through tax reductions, incentives and regulation to get the price of gas and diesel down. The key will be to keep very clear, straight forward goals, namely 1) Lower gas prices to $2 per gallon 2) Provide conditions for the oil to be profitable
I hesitated to include this addition, because it is really a separate issue. But I fear that without mentioning fuel economy, critics will dismiss the idea. To continue the move to more fuel efficient vehicles, the auto companies could be engaged in a discussion. Again, the auto companies just want to make money. With the right arrangements between the auto companies and the government, the average fuel economy of new vehicles can be improved, while the auto companies are provided an opportunity to be profitable.
Location: Tampa, FL
start by making unemployed people get a job…letting them hv unemployment is for the birds! i own a business and no one wants to work because they hve unemployment check! i dont need job stimulas for employees i need them to want a job to work!
2nd all government jobs should take a pay cut too!
as public employees — we the people should vote on your raises and pays not in a midnight vote the the same people getting the raises! ave public employee should make a blue collared wage $50,000 yr and deducted for every missed vote.
lobbiest should be outlawed! no personal money gains
u should be there to vote for the people! not for personal gains, the system is broken and currupt! time to get things back in line like our forefathers once made this for—THE PEOPLE NOT FOR PERSONAL GAINS!
Location: Washington, D.C.
In order to boost our economy and get it moving, I would suggest a stimulus for homeowners. For those making less than $250,000 annually a stimulus should be obtained to pay down their mortgages to current values. Agreement from lending institutions should be obtained to then refinance the remaining loans. This would then result in the following benefits for our coutnry:
Lower mortgages which would reduce foreclosures
Family budgets would then afford addtional discretionary spending
Banks would be encouraged to lend
Location: Fresno, CA
• Create a 45-80 percent import tax on all incoming products that
compete with USA products made here
• Funnel that money to help manufacturing (see above and below)
• Provide a tax penalty to companies exporting jobs
• Provide a money compensation to companies keeping jobs here to
aid in the difference in hourly rates from abroad.
• Provide a strong (12-22%) tax deduction for consumers buying made
in America products
• Add a out-of-country tax to companies manufacturing outside the US
and selling the products here.
Location: Ocala, Florida
Mr. Obama: My suggestion is simpleL: please review the Old WPA legislation just at the beginning of wwii and your legal staff will realize that the WPA was never inactivated but abandoned due to the war. under this existing legislation , I suggest that you sign the American Jobs Bill into legislation into law before the republicans have an emergency session to put the WPA legislation to rest. Consult with Mr Clinton, I think he will get a charge out of this tact. In fact, any jobs bill related should be signed into law before the boys catch on.
Here is a proven method of creating jobs
Remove All Tax Deductions / Benefits for corporations with more than 500 employees that have moved their Manufacturing off shore.
Only those corporations that have MOVED Manufacturing off shore, not those that have not.
Then offer those corporations the tax deductions back if the offending corporations move their manufacturing back to US Soil and employ Legal US employees.
They of course will scream we can’t compete, but they can if they sell the products in other countries then they can setup smaller factories in those countries to compete in other markets.
In most cases that will NOT be a problem because in 90% of the cases they move manufacturing over seas because they can make an xtra 2-3 bucks on each product.
Also add tax tariffs on imports that are clearly undermining our markets, not a lot just enough to attract foreign companies to set up mfg here rather than allow them to keep their “protectionist” attitudes
Location: S.F. Bay Area
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong-you can’t lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You can’t help the poor man by destroying the rich. You can’t help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves-you can;t establish security on borrowed money. This is in the congressional record, 1949 still true today.
Location: San Antonio. TX