What the President Should, But Won’t, Say in his State of the Union Address
When it comes down to it, there are really only five first-tier issues facing America:
1. We need jobs, and fast. The policies enacted by Presidents Bush and Obama have failed to stimulate the economy.
2. We need to eliminate the deficit in the next 2.5 years.
3. We have too many abortions committed every year.
4. We have two conflicts overseas being run ineffectively and inefficiently.
5. Corruption and transparency in government are at unacceptably high and low, respectively, levels. Additionally, Big Government and Big Business collusion is at a level that is entirely unethical.
President Obama should, but won’t, admit that the State of our Union is precarious, and should do the following:
1. He will push for a flat tax or a national sales tax, as well as the concurrent elimination of all other federal taxes in America on our citiWzens.
2. He will push to eliminate or lower the minimum wage.
3. The Federal Reserve will be audited annually, and will have less power.
4. He will follow through on his recent op-ed to eliminate some regulations.
5. He will repeal the Affordable Care Act, and push to institute tort reform and Dartmouth Atlas-style payment reform. He will also increase the size of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) so it can begin to cut down on the $100 billion, give or take, of fraud in Medicare and Medicaid.
6. He will convince his fellow Democrats to make the individual health insurance market less government-influenced.
7. He will try to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 in the next two decades, and wall off Congress’ ability to take from the Social Security Administration (SSA) trust fund. Means-testing of Social Security will also take place.
8. He will eliminate or cut down the size of the Departments of Education and Agriculture, and eliminate all $90+ billion in private-sector subsidies to various energy, agriculture and other industries.
9. While the President should ban abortions, the fact is that he supports them. Given this reality, he should support H.R. 3, which bans all federal funding of abortions. He should also work to enact more welfare reforms and proper sexual education so that young people don’t think of abortion as a) necessary, and b) birth control.
10. He should get out of Iraq and Afghanistan by the end of this year, or at the latest by the end of 2012. We’ve spent more lives and dollars in those nations than ever expected, and there is no end in sight. Sending more troops to protect one’s political rear end does not count as a “strategy.”
11. He should push for term limits, and complete transparency for all Members of Congress. As an example: All donors to campaigns and Members will be recorded and posted on A Member’s wall and official website. The amount donated will be posted as well, and the issue(s) this person related their funding to. This will be done within 24 hours of the donations.)
12. Cap-and-trade should be off the table, and the lightbulb ban should be ditched.
13. Members should stop receiving pay the day they leave Congress. The idea of a lifetime pension is ridiculous for a public servant.
14. There should never be another TARP-style bailout ever again.
Obviously, I am a rather conservative individual, and President Obama is not. However, I think many of the above suggestions are not extreme, and in fact are things that could be supported on a bipartisan basis. Unfortunately, the event is more about political partisanship than actual results, which is symptomatic of why our nation is headed into deep, deep trouble in the next few years.
Update: Silly me- I forgot to mention in the “jobs” portion of this post that he should allow more opportunities for nuclear power, and in the budget section that he should push for reform of our defense contracting policies.