It will be about being more inclusive v. discrimination and hate. It will be about everyone having a share in fixing the economy v. the rich getting richer. It will be about being a 21st century leader v. living on past greatness. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
The real reason for the war was the looting of the treasury by the RIPubplicans to their political donors. Billions wasted in hiring contractors to do what the military has always done itself: security, construction, meals, etc. Then we just leave the stuff for the Iraqis when it could all be brought back home, used for parts, rather than buy more, sold in the US to recoup some of the money spent, or destroyed to prevent it from falling into the hands of criminals (what you call terrorists).
Any time we have a war, police action or get involved with UN peacekeeping, the draft should automatically start, and there should be no waivers for anyone, period. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
This is all the fault of Israel and their policies of continually building new settlements in disputed territory. Regardless of how you feel about Israel, when they became a nation they confiscated property and displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. This issue is still unresolved as to compensation or repatriation. This is one of the major issues that never get press in the US.
The US should not veto or vote against a Palestinian state. The vote will only mean that that countries recognize the Palestinians as a country. This will mean that Israel will have to negotiate in good faith, rather than delay and antagonize. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
Entitlement reform is a load of BS. Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are self funding and NOT part of the deficit. In fact, the government OWES money to Social Security Trust Fund, which it has been stealing cash from for decades and replacing it with government bonds. That is cash that has to be repaid with interest down the road. Rather than take money from people that are waiting to collect their retirement money, the government should have been increasing revenue. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost
How can we increase revenue? We can change the tax code for starters. The pre Reagan system was much better with multiple tax brackets. Most people never had to deal with that, only those making more than $125K in today's dollars. You could change the capital gains tax rates to reflect the time the security was held i.e. less than 1 day pay 90%, bracket down to 10 years and pay nothing in taxes on that money. That would stop speculation on a grand scale, yet still allow for investors to take a chance. We could change the laws on imports, by taxing companies that import products a "worker displacement tax" based on the declared value of the goods, to bring those prices back in-line with American job rates. This would make American workers competitive, encourage local sourcing, cut down on green house gasses, and push the economy forward.
Changing the tax code encourages reinvestment in the business, rather than payout to corp. execs and dividend demands from stockholders. That increases revenue into the government. More Americans working, increases that further, allowing us to pay off our external debt, and maybe have money to fix (not repair) our crumpling infrastructure. Read the Article at HuffingtonPost