In the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship, American citizens probably know that the present fiscal course is unsustainable.
The nation must address its financial equation.
Optimizing Yield = Increasing Revenues + Increasing Quality while Decreasing Cost + Decreasing Time.
The goal of the nation is to optimize yield by optimizing return on national resources. That is accomplished by:
- Government producing an optimal environment for private sector business
- Government keeping expenses in line with revenue production
- Government ensuring quality performance to citizens
- Private enterprise inventing and innovating to address global markets with superior products and services
- Citizens living responsibly as self-determined and self-sustaining individuals
- Wealthy entities, individuals and corporations paying a fair share based on their means for the privilege of living and working in the United States of America
If America has overspent on foreign policy and things that it cannot afford, it has accrued liabilities that it cannot escape. It may negotiate with creditors for better terms for some of those debts, but a nation must pay for its mistakes.
One advantage the Americans have over many of its competitors is a favorable population size to resources ratio. American strategy must seek to maintain this ratio. It becomes political because while America may need to add to its workforce to maintain the proper number and percentage of people working versus those who are retired and disabled, it must ensure that those they add to the population have needed and valuable capabilities.
For instance, while there may be a need for farm workers, as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says, there is a need for math and science geniuses too. Absorbing 12 million illegal immigrants without consideration for the need to equip them with high quality education and job skills and knowledge would be a huge mistake.
That means immigration reform must factor the added cost to make the additional population not only economically viable, but superior contributors to America’s competitiveness.
Where Republicans have gone wrong is by failing to address the needs and problems in sufficient detail so that citizens understand outcomes and associated performance metrics on the economy and quality of life.
Attacking people in need is callous. Attacking the cost of addressing the needs in a compassionate and business-like manner is what is needed.
As Rand Paul and the like say, we need less government. However, we must say specifically what we are willing to sacrifice by racking and stacking our considerable needs and priorities.
Talking about “wounded Boehner” trivializes the business at hand. Who cares about him or other leaders who haven’t the ability to address the nation’s needs. Vote them out.
“Wounded Boehner to pivot
By Molly K. Hooper and Russell Berman - 10/20/13 06:00 AM ET
Speaker John Boehner is changing strategies for the next fiscal battle.
The Ohio Republican, wounded by a humiliating defeat from the government shutdown, will shift away from an unwinnable fight to defund ObamaCare. Now, he will try to get his GOP Conference to focus on spending cuts.”
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