|Feb 03, 2009 6:43 pm
||re: re: re: re: Commonsense Approach To The Economy
|| Well, one of the things you said Thor, was "the gleeful or anxious cries about the imminent 'demise of capitalism' as evidenced by its failure to solve the world's problems since the collapse of socialism".
I think you guys, and us too here in the Great White North, need to really sit down and look at what is happening..
It is not a simple solution as the problem is spread to all corners of your economy, in your government, and the private sector.
It runs from immigration to race to organizations and indeed into the top levels of the people that run your country.
I think you need to introduce a bit more socialism and cut back on the capitalism.
I see it is three distinct problems.
Lack of ethics.
Being locked into an inflexible system.
Of the people, for the people is now "Of the business, for the business" Screw the people.
If a company needs a major bailout, the current management should ALL be turfed.. Never mind cutting inordinate amounts of cannon fodder employees but get rid of the top, high priced deadwood.
How many billions have been spent on war?
How much has this cost every taxpayer?
I'll give you one statistic that I gleaned from the movie "Smoke" narrated by Woody Harrelson.
Between 1986 and 1998 the US spent over $214 Billion and this does not include the costs of incarceration for the multitude of convicted "criminals".
However, being on a war footing and the tooling does create jobs and stimulate the economy. So much so that pretty much since WWII it has been a priority (for your government) to create conflicts.
Some of it was to keep you all safe, but a lot I would have to say was for the almighty dollar.
To address your economy I think you will have to reconstruct yourselves. This would have to start with an honest evaluation of the problems, and given the scope of this... welll.....
I see that IMO, you will have to restructure taxes, health care, finance, unemployment, social services, and the way your government passes laws.
I find it abhorrent that non related laws and regulations can be tacked onto major bills.
I think there should be a maximum set for income.
Everything after $x,xxx,xxx to be taxed at 100%.
All this income should be targeted only for the public good, such as health plans and unemployment/self employment.
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