Our two political parties are deadlocked in a partisan battle which is bringing the country to a standstill. The overall direction as to where our country expects to be in the next 10 years has been totally obliterated by the actions of both major parties engaged in a sportsman like contest where the winner takes home the trophy. When the government operates like two rival teams engaged in sports, there are no winners only losers who represent all the voters throughout the nation who elected them.
What has happen to the role of leadership? This is not the first time our country has been locked in a battle as to what decisions are needed to move the country forward. But during these times we have also had a leader usually the president who has taken the higher road fostering compromise without losing the vision of where our country should be in the next decade. When our elected representatives spend all their efforts fighting, precious time is lost and we as a nation become stalled and a drift in a sea of turmoil.
So what are some of the major issues which have been lost by this infighting between both parties?
Here are just a few to consider from a long and growing list of continual problems:
- Our entitlement programs Social Security and Medicare need to be updated to address the fact that people are living longer and eligibility to the program should be adjusted to encompass this fact.
- The lack of jobs needs to be supported by retraining programs that reflect the fact the job openings have shifted due to automation and some jobs may never return, forcing workers to update their work experience to meet these changes within the current labor market
- We need a realistic energy problem that enables us to become self-sufficient within the next decade.
- We need economic policies that do not stifle the private sector while evaluating the role of government programs from a cost and effective standpoint.
- We need changes in the tax code that simplify and close loop holes
- We need a program that contains the cyber war invasion from other countries.
- We need an immigration policy that is fair and clear without the confusion that currently exists.
- Regulations need to be trimmed to eliminate the senseless rules in favor of those needed to have the proper degree of control.
Finally we need informed voters who go beyond approving or disapproving what their political party stands for, but makes it clear to the leaders in Washington that they have been placed there at our discretion with the understanding that their major objective is to move our country forward. None of the problems mentioned above are beyond the capabilities of the average politician. What is lacking is pressure from voters at home demanding some action. So the next time you tell your friends that this country is in a mess, back it up with a letter to your representative.
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