@dbollus I would have to say that I think the changing dynamics in the world is our biggest problem heading into 2014 and the future. The United States is losing credibility in the world because of our aggressive, ineffective, and misguided foreign policy. That combined with our debt, and generally uneducated and uninformed society is creating a lot of opportunities to change society for the worse. Those in positions of power, are able to influence our politicians to make decisions that benefit them rather than out people. I worry that corruption will be the winner in 2014 because it’s literally impossible to hold a government accountable with so many not only uninformed but completely apathetic to the issues facing our world. If Americans do not wake up regarding our debt and financial situation, our standard of living is going to change drastically not by choice but by force in the coming years. We cannot afford these wars, entitlements, corporate welfare, etc.
Simple question that I hope will prompt a raging debate. Personally, I feel the most important issues facing the United States in 2014 are the NSA spying, student debt, and our aggressive foreign policy (just like every other year). I could go into excruciating detail on all three of these topics but I want to know what everyone else thinks.
By Policy MAKES me SIGH
My Top Ten (not in order of importance)
1. Abolish I.R.S and the 16th Amendment
2. Pass the fair tax
3. Decriminalize drugs, tax and regulate.
4. Eliminate public unions local, state and federal
5. Abolish Minimum Wage Laws
6. Abolish federal education loan subsidies
7. Repeal Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)
8. School vouchers nationwide
9. Support politicians that promise to get rid of laws
and regulations that are obsolete or ineffective,
instead of the ones that promise to enact more
laws and regulations.
10. Reform the Immigration System
Two Cents, there is a fix to most of the issues you and TK mentioned and that, is my Number 1 issue that needs changed in 2014, get rid of obama. All of these things except for a few are the direct result of this Pretend POTUS we have. If we can get rid of this disgrace to the human race, most of this would go away.
TK, for as much as you might think that making drugs legal will somehow make this a better country, I don’t think it will do anything but help this country degrade at an even faster rate than what it is already. If we want to eliminate drugs in the U.S. I think harsher punishments should be instated, not to exclude public executions for those who are found guilty of pushing, selling, transporting, or manufacturing. Sounds bad, but it would send a real clear message.
Derrick, I only have three main issues that I think need an immediate fix and they are as follows:
1) Get rid of obama, whatever it takes, short of assassination. We need to get someone in office who cares about this country, instead of one who hates it and despises its people.
2) Hold the House and gain control over the Senate. We should work to get people to understand what the liberal agenda has been and is, doing to this country. The replacement of RINO for RINO will gain us nothing.
3) Shrink the government. We all have seen what happens when we allow the government to become out of control. It no longer works for “We the People” and only works for the politicians who are pushing their own agendas.
If you want to kill a snake, you cut off it’s head.
I completely agree with the first two responses, the last one made me cringe.
The government has no business regulating what people choose to put into their bodies. Further research on illicit drugs could have many medical benefits, but we’re so heavily invested in this embarrassing, corrupt “War on Drugs” that we may never fully understand these substances and will instead continue the fear campaign on recreational drug use. Instead of treating drug use as criminal, treat it as a medical issue. Marijuana at the very least should be absolutely legal. Regulate it, tax it, make money from it. What do we have to lose?
Your disdain for Obama is warranted, but assuming that Republican control of the government would fix things is a fallacy. The two party system doesn’t work. I’m not sure what further evidence would be needed to support this claim. They do not represent the interests of the people. They represent coportist policy and special interest groups. I fail to see how a different President would fix things. This issue runs far deeper than just the Executive.
At least we can agree on your third point, I just think we want take different roads to get there. But Republicans are just as responsible as Democrats for expanding the scope of the government. It’s absolutely out of control.
Derrick, look again I didn’t say anything about republicans, but if you gotta have a republican, at least don’t get a RINO. I’m Tea Party, all the way. The two party system has been giving us the same old stuff for decades, time for new blood with a real old way of thinking.
As far as the drug war is concerned you are right, it is corrupt. Here’s where I’m willing to compromise. When they start stealing to buy their “legal” drugs, I’ll be happy to use my 12 gauge to blow them in half as soon as they touch my door, house or car. Problem solved. We’ll leave it to natural selection. No problem.
Here is a good discussion you might be interested in.
Michael, I doubt you will be hearing the debate about obamacare until it has been eliminated. you can’t make something a law that will destroy the economy and not expect there to be an outrage about it. The fact that it is law “for now” really changes little in the minds of those who know that laws are temporary things that can be added and removed by legislation, the only thing close to written in stone is Our Constitution and Our Bill of Rights.
Debt in general will be with us as long as we try living above our means. Too many people in this country, who make a decent income, want to live way above their monthly paycheck, new cars, big house, high dollar clothes, etc.
I’m always amused by the number of people who will by the latest and greatest, because of the ads that say, “you deserve the best”. Contrary to these ads, the best is what a person can afford, not what their credit rating will allow.
Debt is what “WE” make it.
This nation is much too divided.We need to get rid of political parties. As I see it, the ‘two party’ system is destroying this country.
Pass Fair Tax
SHRINK the government, federal government especially
Reform national compulsory education
Much more to do, but this is my top priority list.
I think America’s biggest problem that hinders us both at home and the world is this new sense of self centeredness. You as an individual are the most important thing inThe world to your family and friends but NOT in the rest of the world. I see so many selfish people that don’t want to help thier fellow man. We need rules and regulations to keep us safe. The rule and regulations need to be smart and well thought out. Our obsession with the government has allowed us to be taken over by consumerism. ‘What I have is important’, and selfishness and ignorance has been letting corporations control us. Making us unable to see that left to their own devices the corporations will screw the public. They will poison us and take us for all that we have. Then when we have no more and they have it all where has all of our selfishness and materialism gotten us.
@julie-nouwen I agree that people should help their fellow man and not be so self centered, however I also believe in the power of the individual to make something of themselves. I agree that we have become obsessed with government, believing that government can solve all of our problems. Too often people expect government to do the job of man, to take care of other people. It is man’s job to take care of his fellow man. Government is to provide an environment where the most people can create a live through the pursuit of happiness, and I DO NOT believe this includes providing the means to buy things through consumerism. I think government assistance in many cases goes towards supporting this selfishness you mentioned. In some cases people really do need help, but if fellow man was willing to help they wouldn’t need government assistance.
@kimbalips Love your post I completely agree, we need to shrink government, we need to end the divisive nature of current politics. I think we should force members of Congress to interact with each other. They all avoid each other and don’t reach any compromise or get anywhere.
@dbollus @jlriggs57aol-com regarding your back and forth, I have to say I agree with Riggs when it comes to the shrinking of government, keeping control of the house and gaining control of the senate, and in doing so we will accomplish number one of getting rid of Obama because he will have no power. Although, I agree with Derrek regarding the war on drugs. Its an epic fail in my opinion, just like the war on poverty (50th anniversary is today see my post: http://www.volkalize.com/topic/where-has-the-50-year-war-on-poverty-gotten-us/ ).
Now Obamacare is creating a war on healthcare, or at least it would seem so from the latest reports! LOL had to make a joke, but no seriously… Obamacare isn’t turning out to be what I think Liberals thought it was. Liberals must be disappointed because they were also sold a bag of goods. Conservatives were right about Obamacare its time to admit it.
@tklist that is an epic, awesome list. Completely agree!
Couldn’t have said it better myself Two Cents.
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I am going to sum up my main concerns by saying, what we consume is our biggest problem in 2014.
Our food is genetically modified
our water is apparently poisoned (see @Kevlar‘s post: http://www.volkalize.com/topic/toxic-chemicals-in-the-water-supply-in-charleston/)
our bodies and future children are consuming toxic chemicals through our plastic products (see @TheSkinnyConfidential‘s post on BPA: http://www.volkalize.com/topic/the-debate-on-bpa-bisphenol-a/ )
I am starting to get really paranoid about all of this. I have been hearing about something called Agenda 21… does anyone know about it? I am thinking about starting a discussion on it because I have read that there are components of population control related to controlling our food supply. This makes sense to me because more and more people are becoming ill, born with disorders, cancer, etc. We are consuming chemicals and weird species of food that we were never supposed to consume. It can’t be good for our health, which can’t be good for the thriving human species. Sorry if I am getting a little out there, as I said this is not something I have 100% proven or believe in, just something I’ve been reading about and feel creeped out by.
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