reply to post by samstone11
If finding a solution was that easy it would have been done a long time ago. The problen is there is no single solution to our issues. Not to mention,
the average citizen is on such a large information/commentary overload they cannot tell what is truly their opinion, or one that has been force fed to
them through our corrupt media.
Though i certainly cannot say if the following solutions will fix the problems, they are certainly a start:
#1. There needs to be a separation between news and commentary. There is a reason libraries separate fact from fiction...if they didnt people would
take every published work as 100% truth. We are seeing that very issue now in the news media. The majority of time on the news networks is consumed by
commentary, with very little reporting of the facts if any. People consume this commentary like its the word of god because they believe "if its on
the news then it must be true".
The majority of americans are central, but the news commentary is almost exclusively extreme right wing and extreme left wing, full of mostly jabs at
the other party and almost no discussion on real solutions to the problems.
Probably the single greatest thing that could be done for our citizens to have an honest look at the issues at hand would be to make an obvious
separation between news and commentary.
Now im not saying pull all commentary off the networks, but at the very least put a warning at the beginning that states these are opinions, not
#2. Corporate control over government policy must be diminished. Lobbyist should be made illegal, these are blatant bribes from corporate interest
groups. Anonymous political funding must also be abolished. All of these super pacs and donor groups are simply means for corporations and even out of
country influences to pour unmediated unlimited funding into what ever candidate best supports their personal interests. We now have no clue who or
for what agenda our elections are being bought for.
We keep hearing talk of how this last election was the most expensive in u.s. history...almost like its something to be proud of! Until an average
citizen with a strong education has the same shot at the presidency as these morons that bought their way into the white house we have a major
If i had voted in this last election, it would have been to the candidate that took all those donations and used them to help the people struggling
right now instead of flushing it away on another smear commercial touting how horrible the other guy is.
#3. Congress must be held accountable for their actions. We see a lot of the blame fall on the president, when its really these idiots causing the
majority of the issues. This fingerpointing, refusal to compromise, name calling b.s. needs to stop! The american citizens dont care who wants to
blame who anymore...both parties are elected and payed with our money to do a job, and when the problems arent fixed both parties are responsible. The
blame game has gone on long enough, and its time for congress to stop acting like children and do the jobs they were elected to do. Technology allows
for millions of business transaction every day, yet it takes congress 6 months to come to agreements to pass one single policy that 9 times out of 10
contains nothing but pork and usually never even fixes the problems they set out to address.
Congress needs to be held to the same expectations our employers expect of us. Why should they be paid the rest of their lives by tax payers dollars
for serving only one term when no one can name a single policy passed in the last 40 years that has had any real benefit to the average
citizen...there's simply no excuse.
Now certainly there are other issues that need addressing...insider trading, the completely self regulated scam that is our banking industry, our
rapidly depleting resources, and the sham of a medical system ran completely by for profit phama corps...but until our politicians stop lining their
bankbooks and man up nothing will change. And in order for that to happen our media must start calling them out on it instead of running with whatever
story of the week hypes up their ratings.