A Presidential Matter: Domestic Policy

timwilliams By timwilliams, 30th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/7xot8yey/
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Will a new President do what is right for the country or continue to do what is only good for the few elitists.

A Presidential Matter: Domestic Policy


For all your political aficionados no need to debate whether Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton will run for President. The point is that no matter who of these or even some other "notable personalities" when they decide to officially run for the Presidency they all are like minded. Meaning that any one of them if elected the outcome will prove ineffectual to the improvement of the majority of Americans pocketbooks and their quality of life. No one on the national scene today could be classified as a Revolutionary. But that is precisely what is needed in the White House. A person who genuinely will not only attempt to bring about total reform but one who will actually achieve it.

Many a youngster envisions that someday they too could be President. Now, envision what one person can actually do while in a position as President of the United States. There are so many programs and policy decisions that have for too long adversely affected the American public. First, let's start with domestic policies, basically the economy, which is on everyone's mind. How would a newly elected President narrow the income disparity gap while improving the economy so that the majority of Americas will actually be able to fulfill the Williams Theory of Economic Evolution?

In domestic policy one of the main concerns is the solvency of Social Security. Today, the Social Security trust fund is being depleted faster than a speeding bullet. Reason being that ever since NAFTA and even before was ratified millions of middle class wage jobs disappeared. So today, the realization is Wal-Mart is the nations largest employer. And, as a service oriented industry the salaries of Wal-Mart employees are far below middle class wages. With the United States economy now immersed in service related industries that have replaced the strong manufacturing middle class wage jobs of just 40 years ago the majority of employees today have to rely on those government safety nets like Food Stamps and fuel assistance just to be able continue to work earning those substandard wages. The out come is that there is so little tax revenue being earmarked for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other governmental programs that support the public.

For senior citizens that have worked all their adult lives with Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid tax allotment, taken out in every paycheck they got while they were working now are faced with again having to have their Social Security reduced by still having to pay for Medicare. Take John Smith who worked for 40 years always had those deductions taken out in every pay check. Now, retired with no pension just Social Security as his only source of retirement income at $1000 per month. With this Affordable Health Care Act in place he is forced to take a medical deduction for Medicare Plan B which is deducted right out of his Social Security at almost $200 per month leaving John with only $800 per month disposable income. That comes to less than $10,000 per year far below the poverty level. It is now no wonder why so many seniors are facing so much financial difficulty and have found it necessary to seek government assistance in the form of Food Stamps and Fuel assistance which already is draining budgets all across the country.

With discussions already taking place on the Trans Pacific Partnership which is actually a massive, "free trade" agreement and you guessed it just like NAFTA was is another deterrent in obtaining Social Security solvency. The Trans Pacific Partnership will do nothing in procuring the necessary job growth for the United States to regain the financial and economic stability we had during the boom years of the 1950's through the mid 1970's. This partnership like NAFTA is currently being pushed by big corporations and negotiated behind closed doors by government officials from the United States and 11 other countries including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. In one fell swoop, this secretive deal could jeopardize the already delicate US economy. Contrary to what is being reported today.

The damage done when NAFTA went into effect was that it only accelerated the shift of more American jobs out of the US. The same will hold true when this Trans Pacific Partnership is signed. What essentially will happen then will be: Wall Street reforms that were put in place after the financial crisis of 2008 will now be rolled back. When Sony was hacked just recently our Internet will once again be ripe for security breaches if this partnership is passed. Our food imports will face safety standards that have been relaxed, which will expose more of our food supply to unsafe levels. Not only all of these but the cost of medicines will continue to out pace inflation. To top it off this Trans Pacific Partnership will continue to empower corporations to buy American policies that would curtail the job market for renewable green energy employment opportunities while at the same time reduce the efficiency of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not really about trade. Of TPP's 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.

The TPP would even elevate individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations, empowering them to privately enforce new rights and privileges, provided by the pact, by dragging governments to foreign tribunals to challenge public interest policies that they claim frustrate their expectations. The tribunals would be authorized to order taxpayer compensation to the foreign corporations for the "expected future profits" they surmise would be inhibited by the challenged policies.

We only know about the TPP's threats thanks to leaks. Meanwhile, the public is not allowed to see the draft TPP text. Even members of Congress, after being denied the text for years, are now only provided limited access. Meanwhile, more than 500 official corporate "trade advisors" have special access. and are pressing the Administration to sign the deal this year. If and in all probability the President will sign and again the United States economy is at the mercy of large corporations.

When we take a closer look at the future of Social Security there is a tie in to this new Trans Pacific Partnership just like there was when NAFTA went into effect. The results have been disastrous for Social Security and for every senior citizen. The future for upcoming retirees is very much in doubt. To affect change and reform the existing policies including this Partnership that have only widened the income disparity gap a National Economic Reform agenda is not only required but paramount for this nations future. With the elected members of Congress who are beholding to their corporate benefactors the chances that they would initiate these much needed reforms remains nil. Therefore, these reforms have to come from the direct leadership that only the President can initiate, follow through on, and implement. No small tack considering what has transpired from the past six years of combative congressional bickering.

To gain a better picture on domestic policies and how to affect change it is necessary to focus on the whole spectrum of our economy rather than just one aspect, like Social Security. Form Health Care, National Defense and every cabinet post they all encompass the various aspects of our domestic policy and our economy. They are all connected so that one entities success or failure is contingent on the others. Something that is completely overlooked. A Presidential Matter involves every aspect of domestic policies that involves ten essential elements: Restoring Social Securities solvency, implementing Universal Health Care, Reforming the Department of Homeland Security to involve Immigration reform, establishing a national Department of Economic Development, Education Reform, Scientific and Technology Directives, National Defense Initiative, Budget Deficit and National Debt Reduction, Trade Deficit Equalization, and US Treasury Reform. These ten articles make up the National Economic Reforms Ten Articles of Confederation.

We have to always remember that our nation was founded on four quintessential qualities; Liberty, Justice, Education, and Morality; These are the Principals upon which our democracy was founded. Where are they today? The United States is being led to the brink of implosion by corporate greed, elected officials ineptness, and our own apathy. For the past 40 years we have witnessed a steady decline, an almost total evaporation of the ideals and principals that made the United States a leader among nations of the world. In doing so we are now faced with an uncertain future, a sociological and economic deterioration unparalleled in our history. Our direction as a nation is clouded in an uncertain future.

Today, what we are witnessing is a government holding the American public hostage. Never before has our elected officials become so self absorbed with an ideology that is very reminiscent of the KKK. Not, to mention that the United States is still in a financial and economic tailspin brought about by our own corporate leaders of high finance and policies of our own government. To date this financial crises continues to impact almost every family and small business all across the country. A real concern exists that when a government of the people and by the people has morphed into a body of self absorbed, self serving bureaucrats which is exactly what has happened America's days are numbered. In every corner of the United States there is a real concern of eminent disaster waiting to happen. Everywhere there is under current of financial worries, social crises, and the inefficiency of government. It is the inefficiency of our own government which not only continues to fester like an open wound but has become so infected the only cure is amputation. Will apathy win out and keep current government officials in play or will voters become so angered that the next election we will root out incumbency? If we fail to act we will continue to slide away from what our founding fathers envisioned and won't emerge from the quandary that our government and major corporations have now put this country into. It is time to do what is right for America instead of what is good for any individual, candidate or elected official.

With our federal deficit which has gone beyond ones ability to comprehend, when over 50 million Americans still can't afford health care, that's even with the enactment of the Affordable Health Care Law, still millions living from pay-check to pay-check, with millions more with non at all, more people incarcerated than any other nation, and the threat of man induced terrorism remains a very authentic probability, an infrastructure that has been eaten away because of the failure of put in place reforms and policies is as real as it gets. We have to have policies and reforms that would strengthen and improve bridges, our own electric grid, develop fresh water transfer nation wide and other projects that would safeguard the American public. These are just a few of the urgent needs facing our society today. No longer can we sit idle while our elected officials continually miss the boat. Miss the boat, our current legislatures today can't even find the right pier.

History is an invaluable tool. Lessons learned from the past are essential for today's reality. In 1933 Franklin Roosevelt realized that a strong foundation was needed to pull America out of the depression. Passage of the New Deal was crucial in bringing about lasting economic growth. The result was that after World War II the United States had the greatest economic expansion in history. As a nation the prospect of another depression if nothing is done will likely occur. Will we survive? Maybe! To do nothing or to borrow for short term relief as with the recent bailouts to just a few financial institutions and big businesses was not the answer either. This latest budget deal from Congress has only intensified the ongoing financial and economic crisis the United States is in. Action is need now. It is our fundamental right, our obligation, and our duty to respond as a nation.

Today what is needed to keep the United States out of further economic decline and to thwart another major financial catastrophe or terrorist attack is National Economic Reform. National Economic Reform with the implementation of it's Ten Articles of Confederation is the modern day equivalent of the New Deal. The reality is that the enactment of these Ten Articles of Confederation will provide the resources needed to propel the United States into a brighter and more secure future. Establishing National Economic Reform is essential in restoring the United States credibility, achieving lasting economic growth, providing national security and ushers in a new age of prosperity for all Americans.





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I am a feature writer for The Tampa Bay Examiner and The American chronicle. Earned Ph.D in Economics

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author avatar Grant Peterson
30th Dec 2014 (#)

Sir you raise some good points here, which has been the focus of my latest articles. What is required is revolutionary change and this takes a leadership that is in tune with the poorest, most downtrodden people in American society because change for them can start to give hope - hope that they will not be living the rest of their lives in poverty.

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