View Poll Results: What's the biggest problem in America you think Government needs to address?

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  • Tax Reform

    3 9.38%
  • Government privacy intrustions on citizens

    4 12.50%
  • Energy independence/affordability

    1 3.13%
  • Addressing climate change

    0 0%
  • Partisan polarization

    4 12.50%
  • Education

    2 6.25%
  • Reducing crime

    0 0%
  • Addressing generational poverty

    1 3.13%
  • The economy

    10 31.25%
  • Other

    7 21.88%
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Thread: What is the biggest problem in American government?

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThePlayDrive View Post
    Education. Through education, all other problems can be solved.
    Yes, I agree that education is key.... perhaps this is why some countries put their citizens through college? I have found that education cannot necessarily make people make ethical decisions though. Selfishness can still exist. This aspect needs to be treated on a different level... i.e. via parenting... even then, some people's personalities are more genetically influenced than environmentally.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    The biggest problem that government needs to address is ending out- and in- sourcing, both the legal and illegal types, and thus return millions of jobs to the Americans to whom these jobs ethically and patriotically belong.

    That would go the longest way to raising the economy out of the lingering ashes of The Great Recession as well as halt the continuing slide of America into city-state status of the one-world U.N. government that Obama's Multi-Cultural Internationalists desire.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    Yes, I agree that education is key.... perhaps this is why some countries put their citizens through college? I have found that education cannot necessarily make people make ethical decisions though. Selfishness can still exist. This aspect needs to be treated on a different level... i.e. via parenting... even then, some people's personalities are more genetically influenced than environmentally.
    I agree. Although I also think that our education system needs to be altered so that it encourages traits like empathy and compassion. I think it currently encourages traits like selfishness which leads to a lot of problems, as you mention.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    its imperialism

    l suggest senators focus on their own problems involved in the poll
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    If you could unilaterally fix one problem with American government, what would it be and how you you fix it?
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    "Entitlement Reform". That's what is about to sink us. "Size", in general, is the problem with our government. There is too much of it.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    The biggest problem that government needs to address is ending out- and in- sourcing, both the legal and illegal types, and thus return millions of jobs to the Americans to whom these jobs ethically and patriotically belong.
    I agree with this part, but would add returning as much industrial production to the U.S. as possible as well to generate employment for people who prefer learning and then applying skilled labor over the time and expense of a college education.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    It's the campaign money politicians need to get re-elected. It taints our whole political system. We could fix it by banning all contributions and supplying each candidate with a fixed amount to get his message across. The money we spend there would pay for itself off 1000's of times over by eliminating wasteful spending and cronyism.
    This would be a big improvement but why not go further and have term limits of one term for all elected officials as well as a balanced budget amendment. Even if politicians do not have to worry about raising money for their re-election campaigns there still will be strong pressure to appease powerful special interests that may not coincide with national interests. Which politician that will be running for re-election wants public employee unions to run ads or supply massive grass root opposition for implementing a world class efficiency program throughout government. Or the same kind of opposition going against banking, finance, or big business special interests. Try and reform welfare and you threaten to piss off 30 or 40 million voters. Get off the China credit card and make the hard choices that need to be done, and risk not getting re-elected? Short term insanity in a typical politician's eyes. Term limits of one term with very strict ethic laws of politicians not getting any future outside benefits from special interests along with a balance budget amendment would be the type of structure needed to drastically improve this situation.

    There are some additional structural things that could improve the quality of government that ties in with the term limits of one term. I like the idea of taking away the direct democracy of selecting all of the senators in the Senate and allow the state Governors to appoint one of the two senators of their state, with state congressional confirmation of the selection, and allow these appointed senators to be re-appointed as many times as the state government wants to re-appoint them. The hope is this will improve the quality of the Senate and many of the really good senators will be re-appointed when their six year term is up adding some experience and wisdom to the Senate. I'd also like to see the Senate have to vote for 10% of the House of Representatives that will serve additional terms when their legally restrained one term in office is up. For example a really talented person gets elected to their one term in the House by the citizens of their state, the Senators see this person is a benefit to the nation, a really good congressman, and so they are voted by the Senate for a second term, and no longer represent their districts, but are counted as the 10% of the House of Representatives that are voted in by the Senate. Some of these 10% may have long careers in the House, others may lose out to new congressman that impress the Senate. The hope here is to keep some continuity and leadership in the House that is 90% one term. The Presidency I'd like to see as one term of six years with a vote of confidence by the congress after 3 yrs. If 3/4 vote in both houses call for elections, then the sitting President would face a general public election.
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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Probably energy, and all of the interventionism that goes along with it.

    That would help the economy big time.

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    Re: What is the biggest problem in American government?

    Partisan polarization

    Ony two parties can't represent people accurately. Currently a person can't be Pro-Life and Pro Same Sex Marriage. They have no representation in the government. I would Finance two candidates (one Liberal and one Conservative) to run at the same time. That way maybe we would eliminate the concept of "wasting" your vote for a party other than the current two.
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