Jobs are created by increasing demand of products or services. Jobs are created by new technologies. Jobs are created through responsible government programs. Jobs are created by the intelligent use of government contracts. Jobs are created by educating the work force to take advantage of industries that are seeking employees i.e. technology.
There is a governmental roll in all of the above techniques. Our government can be a stimulus to achieve greater work potentials in each of the areas mentioned above.
We start by using an accounting term called Zero bases budgeting. This system requires our government to review every agencies budget from dollar one. Our current system starts at last year’s numbers and always goes up from there. Government agencies must discard old antiquated priorities and replace them with new ideas. They must be forced to reduce their budgets instead of asking for more money that isn’t there.
The Congress and the President must declare a moratorium on EAR MARKS! Absolutely no Ear Marks in any upcoming budgets.
According to the Cato Institute the federal government spends about $90 billion annually to a select group of corporations that includes direct payments to businesses, subsidies to large corporate farmers and some favored industries. The oil industry gets favored tax credit.
There should be a peace dividend. The Iraq war cost the American people roughly $100 billion per year. The war is over and that money should be returned to the US Treasury department.
What do we do with the savings?
We return 70% of the peace dividend to the treasury and we use the remaining to:
We need to live within our means. We must adopt this plan to reduce our Federal debt.
Constitutionally, education is a state responsibility. It makes good sense for educational control to remain closest to the people served. The Federal government should therefore send available money back to the states using a population matrix formula. This way we eliminate a government bureaucracy and the tax payers will get the most bang for their dollars. Having said that, the country took an interesting step over the past year with the adoption in almost every state of common core standards in language arts and math. Such steps can help raise the level of education nationwide. Additional steps like government funded programs to train teachers both pre-service and in-service, can be a national role that will help raise academic performance
I am a senior and I understand how important my Medicare benefits are but I also understand that Medicare as written could destroy the budget. We need to create a sustainable Medicare. For example, the drug program signed into law by George W. Bush gave the pharmaceutical companies a no bid contract. The republican congress estimated the cost at $350 billion but three weeks after it was signed, the CBO estimated the cost at over $600 billion. I would change the formula from no bid to bid which would help save the program.
This issue is more emotional than substantive. We need to do what is in the best long term interests of America. Foreign students studying in our universities should be given on graduation a right to stay and work here in America. These well educated people can develop the products of tomorrow, strengthen our industries and create new job opportunities. If we throw them out they will develop those opportunities somewhere else. Farm workers should be given visas to help our farmers get their crops to market. If we throw them out we will erode the farming industries. Illegals that drain our country of valuable resources should be deported. There are answers to this question but it requires the Congress to behave rationally instead of idealistically.