Written October 17,
Edited March 13, 2010
the Afghanistan & Iraq Wars!
Supporting Apartheid Israel
Education Of Children
Way We Elect Presidents
Way Public Buildings Are Built
Construction Codes in Disaster Prone Areas
End the Iraq War
America was lead into this
disastrous war based upon outright lies from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld,
and the rest of the supporters of this un-American group. Rather than
stem the flow of so-called "terrorism," they have actually fanned the
flames and are helping to generate thousands more America haters every
day. Congress needs to pull the purse strings shut and bring the troops
2. Improve Religious
on its Judeo-Christian heritage and its toleration of all religions. It
appears an ever-growing segment of the population has swung far to the
religious right and that swing is driving world unrest.
founded on a principal of separation of church and state. Unfortunately
most politicians are allowing religion to influence their decision
making. It is a two-edged sword, driven by the Christian Right and a
Jewish Block. Both groups have become more intolerant of other
become blinded by strict interpretations of the Bible and their belief
that anyone who does not accept Jesus Christ as their savior is not
only wrong, but also doomed eternally. Even the Catholic Church has
fallen off the wagon when Pope Benedict recently approved a
document which said all other Christian
denominations apart from Catholicism were wounded and not full churches
of Jesus Christ. His proclamation has driven a further wedge into
heritage have perfected the use of the term anti-Semitic and use it as
a weapon towards anyone who would criticize anything Jewish. If someone
says something against America, they are often labeled as anti-American
and the world moves on. Not so with anything said about Israel. Many
of Jewish heritage have been able to equate Jewish criticism with
something close to Nazism and they wield their anti-Semitic claims with
a vengeance. If one complains about the way America is handling the
Iraq War, they are not branded as being against anything other than the
war. If they complain about the way Israel is handling the Palestinian
War, it’s an entirely different picture. Suddenly they are
branded anti-Semitic; complaints are cleverly turned from complaints
about a war to complaints against a religion. Jewish lobbyist in
Washington have a stranglehold on the American Congress and Senate
where they have long been able to control public opinion about
realize that man wrote their holy books. All religions need to admit
that there can only be one God. The God worshipped by Christian,
Muslim, and Jew is the same God. He or She does not take sides. He or
She does not favor one group over another.
If we are to
in our times, there must be major changes in these religious attitudes.
There must be an acceptance of all religions.
be a much better understanding of cultural differences. Currently
America appears to be attempting to mold the entire world in its image
and the effect has been one of division.
Stop Supporting Apartheid Israel
its founding, Israel has enjoyed unbridled support from America. In
addition to hundreds of billions of dollars in direct aid and arms,
America has always looked the other way when it comes to Israel's human
rights abuses against the Palestinians. By allowing the "Cast Lead"
invasion, occupation, and slaughter of innocent civilians in 2008 -
2009, America proved to the entire world that it would allow Israel to
violate all international laws and treaties.
is among just a handful of countries who are trying
to kill the UN Human Rights Commission's Goldstone
Report because it tells the truth about Israel's war crimes. Washington
claims to want the Mid-East Peace Talks to resume, while Israel's
continues build illegal settlements on occupied
territory. American arms
are killing innocent civilians in occupied Palestine. Washington needs
to cut off all funding to Apartheid Israel. For real
information on what is happening in Israel and Palestine, see http://theonlydemocracy.org/
Improve Energy Policies
For far too
world has depended upon oil as its primary source of energy. This oil
dependence is one of the prime reasons America is currently fighting an
unpopular war in Iraq. Oil fuels unrest and greed.
is blessed with abundant natural renewable resources such as solar and
an enlightened policy that will enable these renewable resources to be
used now. Greed is preventing the worldwide adoption of renewable
resources. Oil generates trillions in income for a relative handful of
people, whereas, the energy of the sun and wind and hydrogen are all
but free. The benefit to mankind in making the change to renewable
resources is huge. The damage done to the environment is readily seen
by all. The use of oil is the primary cause of global warming.
technology to use
renewable resources is currently in place. It needs only the push of
enlightened governments to replace the non-renewable fossil fuel
dependence currently dragging the world down. Bush and his ilk are now
touting the benefits of using corn to produce ethanol. Food turned to
fuel will never work. A handful will benefit financially, but the world
will lose. Organic and easily grown crops such as hemp will produce up
to four times as much ethanol per acre as from corn with considerable
Improve Tax Code
oil, the only justification for the U.S. Tax Code is greed. These laws
are so complex that even the Internal Revenue Service cannot interpret
them. Their complexity is driven by political favoritism and ignorance.
reason why the Tax Code cannot be simplified. What’s needed
3 x 5 card, not a complicated set of forms. Tax every person equally.
Eliminate all exemptions. A simple flat tax of 10 or 15 percent of
earned income should be sufficient to run the U.S. To protect those
with low income, there can be an amount below which there is no tax.
For example, the first $20,000 in income is tax-free. For corporations
and/or larger businesses there will still be a need to have accounting
to determine profit, and then that profit should be taxed the same as
represents the people. They are beholding to special interest groups
and big corporations. Along with changing the tax code, America needs
to change the way Congress does business. Disallowing all deductions
for political contributions would be a good start. Public campaign
financing is the best solution to campaign reform. Putting a limit on
the length of time a person can hold any public office would also
6. Improve Drug
manufacture and drug use. Millions of Americans use far too many drugs.
Millions more cannot afford needed drugs. Millions are in prison for
use of illegal drugs.
unfortunately drives the drug business, both legal and illegal. When
you know that you can cross the border into Canada or Mexico and
purchase the exact same drug at half the price or less than one in the
U.S., you have to know there is something radically wrong. For too many
years politicians have allowed powerful drug lobbies to dictate drug
policy in America and this policy has worldwide implications. Again,
trillions in income are going to a relative handful of people, many are
the same people controlling the oil industry.
If the drug
can sell the same drug cheaper in other countries, they should be able
to do the same in America. Many say the reason drugs cost more in
America is because of the research costs. If that is the case, then
politicians should force the drug companies to equalize the costs and
research burdens. Far better for a Canadian or Mexican to pay five
percent more if it allows Americans to pay forty percent less.
is a policy that makes drugs for epidemics like AIDS readily available
at the lowest possible cost worldwide. To allow millions to die so that
a handful can profit is morally wrong.
As to drug
same profit motives driving legal drug costs are driving the illegal
drug business. The U.S. tried and failed to make alcohol illegal.
It’s high time that they realize that making drugs illegal is
just as fruitless as prohibition was. Like many legal drugs, most
illegal drugs can be manufactured or harvested very cheaply. Their use,
like alcohol, can be tightly controlled and the government would
realize billions in new taxes. Seventy percent of all inmates in jails
and prisons could be freed saving taxpayers additional billions
annually. Crime levels would plummet tremendously. The only losers in
the legalization of drugs will be the drug dealers and the corrupt
government officials who allow the illegal drug trade to flourish. Many
countries, such as Columbia, Peru, and Afghanistan have a much better
chance for peace if the drugs they now produce illegally were legalized
and properly controlled.
The U.S. is
consumer of illegal drugs with millions of users who everyday court the
chance of being arrested and sent to prison for ridiculously long
mandatory minimum sentences. Congress has to wake up and realize that
legalizing and controlling drugs is not being soft on crime.
place to punish anyone who commits a crime related to the use of legal
drugs and alcohol. Those same laws should apply to what are now illegal
Improve Health Care
Americans do not have health insurance. The cost of health care has
skyrocketed far beyond the annual cost of living increases. The cost of
drugs prevents millions from receiving needed treatment even if they
have health insurance. Like the oil and drug industries, the health
industry has been hijacked by a relative handful of people. Not too
long ago America had thousands of independent hospitals and equally
independent doctors. Today hospitals have become profit centers rather
than health care centers. Doctors are buried beneath piles of paperwork
and outrageous malpractice insurance fees. Many hospitals have more
employees in administration than they do in actual health care.
Insurance forms should be standardized. There should be a one-page
universal form for all hospital admissions.
is not a
right, but it should be readily available and affordable to everyone.
What is needed is Medicare for All. To change it is not easy, but it
can be accomplished.
should not be
profit centers. The employees should be well paid, but the overall
concept of a hospital should be non-profit. Health care should be
driven by prevention and wellness.
promising research projects underway that could easily change the face
of health care and solve the mysteries of many diseases. The key
ingredient in this research is stem cells and, because stem cells are
obtained from human embryos, the religious right has raised an
unrelenting war against their use. They equate the use of a stem cell
with the taking of a life and loudly thump their Bibles to support
their claims. Here, again, we have a classic case of church
with state to raise havoc. The vast majority of Americans, Christians
among them, support the use of stem cell research, but, like oil, a
handful of religious zealots are attempting to sabotage this
hospital does not
need the latest, very expensive, piece of equipment. It is far better
to place a patient in an ambulance for a ten-minute ride for a CAT scan
at half the price or less.
desperately to be changed in many ways and particularly as they apply
to health care. Attorneys have twisted the laws to suit their greedy
ways. The changes must come from new laws that control the amount an
attorney can charge and the amount a plaintiff can win. Frivolous
lawsuits must be stopped.
Improve Education Of Children
We need to
we educate our children, both in the home and in schools. The number
one priority in education needs to be the ability to read, write, and
most importantly, the ability to comprehend. Without these three
ingredients it is virtually impossible to teach other subjects.
in the home. Parents should urge and assist their children to learn to
read. Books should be a vital part of family life. Things like
television watching and computer use should be limited. Parents should
be diligent in making sure that their children are not watching
violence or playing violent games that tend to desensitize children to
violence. Parents must spend more time with their children. Meals
should be a family event with conversation encouraged. Parents need to
reevaluate their real needs and spend less time competing with the
Jones. A $10,000 car will get you to the same place at the same time as
that $50,000 SUV purchased on credit. Many useful items can be
purchased second hand. With just a little conservation it may well be
possible for one or both parents to work less hours and spend those
extra hours in quality time with their children.
reading, writing, and comprehension should be the only subjects taught
for the first three to four years of education. Those subjects should
be coupled with healthy activities that encourage children to work
together with each other and adults. They should learn to share and be
encouraged to help others. They also should learn about nutrition and
good food habits. During their free time children should be encouraged
to play outdoors rather than in sit front of a television or a computer.
Improve Environmental Attitudes
control the oil industry are also largely responsible for the
deplorable state of the environment. Power and money far outweigh the
benefits of preserving the environment and attempting to reverse the
damage done by the overuse of fossil fuels reduces their exorbitant
The U.S. has
steadfastly refused to sign the Kyoto Global Warming Agreement. They
continually thumb their nose at the majority of the world's
governments, in essence repeating President Bushes' cry in the lead up
to the Iraq War, “If you're not with us, you're against
The U.S. is
consumer of energy and the last country to want to do anything about
it. We need solar, wind, hydrogen, and other forms of renewable,
non-polluting energy developed and we need it developed now. Every day
spent burning oil products is another day lost in the battle against
As the ice
continue to melt, the level of our oceans continues to rise. Coupled
with this is an overall increase in ocean temperatures that is leading
to an intensification of tropical weather. The damage done to Florida
alone from the continued battering of hurricanes should be all the
warning the U.S. needs to wake up to the fact that the climate is
changing and time is running out to stem the tide.
fossil fuels and melting the polar ice caps and glaciers, the world is
rapidly eliminating forests that help Mother Nature maintain the
climatic balance. In some respects the trashing of the environment is
more critical to the survival of earth than is the so-called War on
Improve The Way We Elect Presidents
This one is
sweet. Scrap the Electoral College! It became unneeded right after the
continental railroad was completed and telegraph wires connected both
coasts of America. Other than giving tiny states more control over the
outcome, there is no logical explanation why it continues to be used.
To level the playing field
what is really needed is to count every vote and the person who wins
the highest number of votes wins the election.
Improve The Way Public Buildings Are
Way back in
60's my Father, faced with a huge financial burden of building schools
in the growing district where he was Assistant Superintendent,
discussed the problem over dinner on several occasions. These
discussions lead to a proposal he and I concocted to present to the
California Department of Education, which would have saved California
school districts billions of dollars over the last 40 years.
The idea was
to have a
library of pre-approved plans, available in Sacramento where any school
district could visit and select construction plans that fit their
particular criteria. There would be many plans available and they could
be mixed and matched to fit the need and the job site. Buildings could
be oriented in any direction. In many cases windows could be moved from
one side to another or added to both sides. Multi-purpose buildings
could serve as gyms, cafeterias, and meeting halls. Buildings could be
painted different colors.
average school district could have saved nearly one million dollars per
school, because the only costs, other than construction, would be in
site development. Even the construction costs would be lower because
contractors would not have to be continually trying to reinvent the
wheel, so-to-speak, as they interpreted new plans. In many cases parts
could be prefabbed and shipped cheaper than constructing them on site.
to the State School Board and the reply, which was very rapid,
basically said not interested! Mention was made of alienating
architects and taking control away from individual districts. The idea
died and with it the chance for California taxpayers to save untold
merit and could be applied to all kinds of public buildings to save
American taxpayers untold billions as well. Every library and federal
courthouse does not have to be totally different. Look around you at
the plethora of public buildings and you'll soon see that the
opportunity to save in new construction is huge.
Improve Construction Codes in
Disaster Prone Areas
suggestion for positive change is to stop allowing the construction of
buildings that fail to stand up to the ravages of Mother Nature. Along
with this is the need to stop allowing construction in disaster prone
areas, such as flood plains.
people to place mobile homes in the path of hurricanes in lunacy. In
addition to the destruction, there are also the ever-increasing
insurance rates that affect every American, not just those who suffer
direct losses. Like medical insurance, homeowner insurance continues to
creep up, and it's only a matter of time until many homeowners will no
longer be able to afford insurance.
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