Fixing America

The political ugliness that plagues this country every four years has already begun. I don’t follow politicians, they all lie. I do, however, have a few ideas that I would like to see as part of a presidential candidate’s platform. These are ideas for which I would happily cast my vote.

Problem: America’s infrastructure is collapsing. We have millions of miles of roadways, highways, bridges and railways (not to mention schools and universities) that are literally crumbling around our heads.

Problem: According to statistics, we currently have about 14 million people out of work in this country. Allowing for the fact that some may be unable to work for various reasons, that still leaves more than 12 million employable but unemployed.

Problem: We have spent, to date, about 1 trillion dollars on the Iraq war. This is what that number looks like: $1,000,000,000,ooo (one MILLION suitcases, each containing one MILLION dollars). Final outcome, not much different than when we started, unless you count all of the troops who needlessly lost their lives. Gas is almost $4 a gallon.

So, what does all this mean? Let’s just say that on third the cost of rebuilding our country is labor. 1 trillion dollars divided by 3 is $333 billion dollars. Divide that by say twelve million unemployed workers and you get $27,777.  That would be a decent year’s income for a lot of people. Granted, it is under the average income, but it’s a pretty good start. The rest of the money is for equipment and materials. By the way, for this to work, we need to bring our troops home and STOP SENDING MONEY TO IRAQ! Sorry for the yelling, but some of you are dozing off and this is important.

Yes, I know the money has already been spent, but it continues to be spent as long as we have troops over there fighting. Bring them home, spend the money here. Build and improve roads and bridges. Build schools, parks, playgrounds and homeless shelters. Clean up our cities and neighborhoods. You want money from the government? Work for it. Ok, so you aren’t a construction worker, all you know how to do is take care of children. You can help watch the kids of the people who are doing the construction work. It’s a job, you will get paid and since your kids are there too, you don’t have to pay for child care. I’m sure there will be enough money to pay for some college tuition for our graduating seniors, to insure that we have an educated work force in the future. Let’s pay them to get an education, not to have babies. Unless you are completely disabled, you can probably work a broom or a paint brush. There is something somewhere for you to do.

The government is notoriously BAD at managing money (note the billions of dollars that have been lost in Iraq… not spent, lost) so there is no way in Hell we can let them manage this project. Private industry, here is your chance to give back to the country that has given you such and awesome chance. No, we are not going to pay $1000 for a hammer; we are NOT going to pay “prevailing wages”… Sorry Unions, get over it, you’re part of the problem. I’m not smart enough to figure out the details, but let’s get people managing this thing that know what the fuck they are doing; and none of them were elected. They earned their positions. Bonuses, good ones, paid to those who can bring projects in on time and under budget. More bonuses paid to the watchdog companies who find and report those trying to cheat the system. I know there are as many questions as there are answers here, but I’m more of a “Big Picture” kind of guy.

We have a country that needs to be fixed. We have a HUGE workforce that needs to be employed. And we have BILLIONS of DOLLARS that are being squandered uselessly. Seems to me it’s just a matter of putting all of them in the same place at the same time, under the guidance of some folks who know how to get the job done. Now, you come up with a way to make this happen, not only will I give you my vote for President, I will volunteer, FOR FREE, on your campaign. Oh, there is one stipulation: If you lie to us and don’t follow this through, you are to be brought up on charges of criminal misconduct and sentenced to twenty years in Arizona’s “Tent City” prison. Still interested…. ?

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