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Biggest Issues Facing the U.S

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posted on Nov, 16 2018 @ 09:46 PM
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originally posted by: agenda51
you guys are all bringing up symptoms and not getting to the root cause of it all.


The root cause of it all is the Progressive ideology that is currently growing in America like the cancer it is.

No second line needed.




posted on Nov, 16 2018 @ 09:50 PM
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originally posted by: highvein

originally posted by: chr0naut

originally posted by: highvein

originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: highvein


My opinion.

Our biggest issue is freedom.


So many now want changes to the Constitution that would deny and end freedoms.

Anything from free expression to gun rights, to deciding your own healthcare.

Freedom, our freedoms are at stake.


Freedom. I like it.
It would definitely be in the top ten.
How free do you think people should be allowed to be? Strictly Constitution or is there any other laws you would want to add or take away to be more free?

If you must obey some decree or law, surely that removes a degree of freedom?

So, total freedom = anarchy (where everyone does what they want) and this is the opposite of having to follow rules.

Having fewer rules equals greater freedom, but the caveat is that you could well die at someone else's whim.


Does that mean you think that indecisiveness is the biggest issue facing this country?


I don't know, I can't make up my mind.



I actually think that the biggest problems are, in this order:

1. Financial mismanagement:
- The sequestering of vast wealth out of the economy in private, it no longer forms any part of normal capital flow or reinvestment.
- The vastly expensive bail-outs for large poorly run and already under taxed businesses.
- Speculation (for instance on futures) where there is no actual physical product or service and no advantage except to the speculator.
- Inequality in taxation and remuneration. Should one worker receive hundreds or thousands of times the pay of another, without limitation?
2. Social issues:
- Health care. No-one should die of a curable sickness, if at all possible. This is more important than money. Psychological health is just as important as physical health. Also, drug problems are health issues and need to be addressed as part of healthcare.
- Poverty. There should be minimum standards below which a responsible society will not go. There should also be reasonable upper limits beyond which excess gains are re-flowed back into the economy. There should be opportunity and capability for all to achieve the upper levels of wealth - wealth through achievement, not wealth by privilege or extortion.
- Homelessness. Shelter is a basic human right and should be available to everyone, even if they neither deserve or want it.
- Rights. Real ones that value quality of life and encompass human needs, rather than ones about carrying a bloody weapon!
- Laws that align with morality, care and social responsibility rather than than with corporate or individual advantage.
3. Infrastructural issues:
- Misspending, i.e; stop the under funding essential services and the over funding of non-essentials (i.e; food, transport, garbage collection and health care are essential services. Police, prisons and the military, less so).
- Absence of foresight to see large projects through beyond the next election.

There's a few to start with.



posted on Nov, 16 2018 @ 09:51 PM
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a reply to: highvein

1. Corporations are almighty, and control our government. Everything else (environment, health care, our overfunded weapons and underfunded veterans) derives from this.



posted on Nov, 16 2018 @ 10:01 PM
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Division. Not the needling nit picking kind that talk shows spitter and spatter about. I mean real divisiveness of a nature that is a genuine threat to our way of life.

The people who would eviscerate our Constitution, disrespect our borders and our laws, treat law abiding citizens like criminals and criminals like victims, and sacrifice real freedom for the illusion of safety.

For the most part (IMO) that is democrats. But I will include anyone from any party that feels the same way or tries to do the same thing.

Once we start really sacrificing our freedom there is little left to do but wait.



posted on Nov, 16 2018 @ 10:26 PM
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a reply to: chr0naut

I agreed with you on one previous post but this one exhibits the ideals of strictly socialist ideals. They may be utopian in their ideals but reality is anything but utopian. I hate to say this but there will always be poor and the under classed. Always. Truth is that all men are not created equal. Truth is that if the inferior are carried at the expense of the able and human genetics will suffer and regress with the injection of inferior or defective genes. Face it, it's already happening.
That's the nature of, well, nature. Wonder why the neanderthal went extinct?

What I say may seem heartless and cruel but it's reality in the natural world. Problem is man is forcing results contrary to natural law by allowing genetically inferior genes to propagate.

I do know you find this offensive but you and I are of a different mindset. I am not an idealist. I am a realist with naturalistic ideals. In truth, the end result is, nature rules...

Edit: Socialism further enables genetic regression.
edit on 16-11-2018 by CharlesT because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 17 2018 @ 03:53 AM
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originally posted by: CharlesT
a reply to: chr0naut

I agreed with you on one previous post but this one exhibits the ideals of strictly socialist ideals.


Is the fiscal incentiviztion to achieve success socialist?

You seem to assume that government attempts to control the forces of capital, as socialist, but they aren't. That is what government is, it isn't a back patting wank fest of relative rankings like some sort of Hollyweird star status thing.

Governmernt is the control of societal and economic forces and it can be left wing or right wing, or both at the same time.


They may be utopian in their ideals but reality is anything but utopian. I hate to say this but there will always be poor and the under classed. Always.


I never said that there would be no poverty. Placing limits on things does not inhibit capitalism. For instance, controlling the mint to only generate a set amount of dollars limits the economy in one way but stops runaway inflation and a valueless currency.


Truth is that all men are not created equal.


"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." - The Declaration of Independence opening paragraph. Perhaps America is built on a lie?


Truth is that if the inferior are carried at the expense of the able and human genetics will suffer and regress with the injection of inferior or defective genes. Face it, it's already happening.
That's the nature of, well, nature. Wonder why the neanderthal went extinct?


Not at all. Neanderthals were big brained, artistic, cultured and likely quite intelligent. However, there are still Neanderthal genes carried in the human population so they aren't actually extinct, merely transformed and merged into something else.


What I say may seem heartless and cruel but it's reality in the natural world. Problem is man is forcing results contrary to natural law by allowing genetically inferior genes to propagate.

I do know you find this offensive but you and I are of a different mindset. I am not an idealist. I am a realist with naturalistic ideals. In truth, the end result is, nature rules...


Those 'superior' genes (which I suppose you think you carry) are going to die out, too. They have limited viability due to accumulated genetic damage specifically targeted to the Y chromosome. We, as a species only have about another 50,000 years, then extinction.


Edit: Socialism further enables genetic regression.


Genetic regression is ignorant of political ideology. Fascists regress exactly as fast as Socialists.

However, back on the topic, in June 2016, the International Monetary Fund (an international association of bankers) warned the United States that its high poverty rate needs to be tackled urgently.

In May 2018, the United Nations special rapporteur on poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, concluded and sharply condemned the United States for "private wealth and public squalor". His report highlights that 40 million people live in poverty in the US and over five million live "in ‘Third World’ conditions."

Face it, something is obviously going wrong with the US. That this is occurring is highlighted by the existence of this topic thread.

edit on 17/11/2018 by chr0naut because: (no reason given)



posted on Nov, 17 2018 @ 04:41 AM
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The biggest problems... hmmm...
  • Education

    So many of our issues today can be traced to a lack of proper education. The problems with the political divide most certainly can be directly traced back to it. Are civics classes even taught any more? Most of our financial issues as well lead back to education. Do kids graduate high school with the ability to balance a checkbook? Even the economic issues have their basis in education. Does anyone really know what they are paying for that payday loan?

    The first thing we need to do with education is get the politics and social experimentation out of it. We have come so far from the days when I went to school... back then, teachers seemed to actually give a rats buttinski about their students, and they demanded respect. A student who acted up in class was punished; minor incidents were handled with a call to parents, bigger issues sometimes warranted the old spanking, and then you got to suspension and expulsion. Suspended/expelled students were not allowed in or even near the schools.

    That has changed. Not only has corporal punishment been taken away, but even scolding a child now is frowned upon. The kids run wild, and terrorize the teachers. The teachers are helpless to effectively correct the students, so the students lose respect for the teachers and act up worse. Then, when these kids finally go too far, that trip to the Principal's office becomes a visit from the police.

    To combat that, we now scrutinize things that never should be scrutinized. A child draws a picture of a water gun - he's now a potential mass shooter! A child writes an essay on a hot topic that the teacher doesn't agree with - he's a troublemaker! To alternative school with him! Meanwhile the truly dangerous are being overlooked.

    So our children graduate dumber, more entitled, and less able to deal with adult life than ever before.

  • Entitlement Attitudes

    This is a social issue that has grown to the point of being unsustainable. It behooves every society to care for those in need, but it does no good to allow capable individuals to sponge off of others. That does the opposite, because it takes away resources from those who truly need them. At the same time, charity becomes a necessity and then a promise, leading to an unfulfilled life.

    I would actually like to see more charity for the truly needy. The problem with getting off welfare, for instance, is that once you make a few dollars too much, the welfare goes away. Suddenly, making a few bucks places someone in worse shape than before, because they now have new expenses: work clothes, gas to get back and forth, etc. My solution is to phase out the welfare over a period of several months, basing each phase on how well the person is doing. That takes the gambit out of transitioning to the real world and gives recipients a better chance to not be back on welfare within a few months.

  • Labels

    We have gotten to the point where we demonize each other with labels that do nothing more than anger, disable, and dehumanize others. People have lost their incomes, their possessions, and their positions due to labels. "Racist" is the most common, but there are plenty of others. I would love to see a system whereby calling anyone a racist (or a similar term, like Nazi) without evidence is considered slander and would hold up in court for a civil award. Sure, it would overload the court... at first. Once people realized they are responsible for the sounds that come out of their pie-holes, that would stop.

  • Immigration

    We are a nation of legal immigrants. We are not, at least not yet, a nation of illegal immigrants. People need to understand that, and our immigration laws need to allow for easier access for those who want to be legal and no access for the rest. And we need a wall. Maybe 40 years ago, had we not gone insane over immigration, we could have avoided ever needing one, but today we really have little choice. A wall, or keep allowing our country to slide toward third-world status.

OK, everyone can flame me now.

TheRedneck



posted on Nov, 17 2018 @ 08:17 AM
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Root problem: Responsibility.

No one wants to pay the consequences for their actions. They shirk the responsibility as much as they can, as often as they can. We dress it up and talk around it, all to avoid it.

Two Party System is a Failure? No, representation of a party over the constituency is the failure. No one holds them to task by refusing to vote them back it. The reward of shirking the responsibility is self feeding.

Entitlements: Don’t want to work, don’t have money for food, don’t have money for electric, don’t have money for rent got money for 21” rims, got money for an iPhone X, got money for tats. Sure as heck not going to shovel, hoe and rake the ground to plant some vegetables even if you gave me all that stuff for free and the land to do it on. But will eat someone else’s hard work as it is passed by...

Wealth and Poverty: Very rarely do games end in a tie. You play the game, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. You either get better or you don’t. But you can’t worry about the team you will not face. Win your own game or at least do your best.

But what of those that can’t work or can no longer work? Responsibility say you take care of them. And that is not an entitlement but good fellowship.



posted on Nov, 17 2018 @ 09:48 AM
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Debt. It is like a house run amuck. We can't tax our way out of this debt. It is too much. Our government is bloated with workers. It's basically redundant 10 fold. We need to help the poor and not the lazy. Poor people want to work lazy people don't. There is a difference. Oh and if you don't know what a lazy person looks like yet then I can't help you. We could cut back on the privileges that our representatives get for perks. They don't need the huge staffs that they have. Cut back on our military spending. Quit paying outrages prices for next level military tech because that is a racket. Work on health cost to help with insurance rates. There is a poop ton of crap we can work on but we don't have the right people in government that want to do it right. They talk a good talk and that is about it.
All it takes is a little common sense. End of my mini-rant.







posted on Nov, 17 2018 @ 11:48 PM
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originally posted by: agenda51
you guys are all bringing up symptoms and not getting to the root cause of it all.


Which is?




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