Political Issues

The political atmosphere is stifling, unhealthy and corrupt. From the economy and immigration to contentious issues on abortion and immigration reform, our government is failing us in moving forward with solutions to these real and hot-button issues.

I have compiled a few issues concerning Americans today. Regardless if this is an election year or not, the problems within our great nation are not going away and need to be addressed by our politicians in Washington. Let us take a look at some of political issues affecting the U.S. and abroad.

American’s rankings are on a continued down-slide in regards to math and science scores. Students need to be encouraged to be innovative. They need to become proactive with initiating ideas and patents in these areas. It’s time teachers begin teaching the basics again… reading, writing and math. Technology is useless without basic social and education skills.

Political Issues Affecting AmericaHealth Care
The current health care system is not work and in need of an overhaul. As health care costs continue to rise, people have fewer choices and worry as to how long they will be able to keep their plans or afford health care coverage. The Obama-care health care plan expands governments’ control and authority which could jeopardize the private coverage Americans have today by limiting their choices and increasing costs. It’s not to say that Obama-care is all bad, but it was pushed through Congress (over 2,000 pages) without proper review or with overwhelming support of Congress or the American people. It would be beneficial to all concerned if the insurance mandate could be terminated or placed on hold and properly introduced from scratch.

American citizens as well as our congressional leaders should have input on such an important issue that affects a vast majority of Americans. Also, all government officials and employees should be required to obtain the same health care plan as the rest of the American people.

Tax Reform
The current U.S. tax code is complex, full of loop-holes for the rich and corporations and wasteful; it needs to be simplified. Several plans have been proposed suggesting a flat tax of 17% — 18% apply on all income.

Gay Rights
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) related laws vary greatly throughout the United States. The art of compromise, acceptance and respect of one’s views involving gay rights would help bridge the gap amongst individuals.

Immigration Reform
Illegal immigration is the unlawful crossing of people across national borders in such a way that violates the immigration laws of the destination country (i.e. – the United States). Illegal immigrants put a strain on our economy, social welfare, education, health care, voting rights, public services and our legal system. And did I mention violation of immigration laws is illegal.

Immigrants currently residing in the U.S. illegally should have the opportunity to become U.S. citizens. This process could be implemented in a timely manner; if they decline such an offer, the illegal immigrants would be deported. Children of illegal immigrants born in the United States should also be required to become U.S. citizens. All illegal immigrants wishing to become U.S. citizens should also be required to speak our English language.

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a fetus or embryo, resulting in or caused by its’ death. An abortion can also occur spontaneously due to complications during pregnancy or can be induced.Political Issues - Compromise Needed

Abortion is a hot-button issue with the United States and has been debated for many a generation. The act of abortion incites contentious public controversy over ethical and legal issues. Both pro and anti-abortion groups passionately believe in their cause, which at times, includes hostile reactions including of protesters on either side. As with any heated issue, compromise and respect from all concerned and pave the way for acceptance and resolution.

Gun Control
The recent tragedies have focused the nation’s attention on this issue. Let us hope that Congress, the president, NRA and citizens be willing to openly discuss ways to prevent ongoing killings without giving up individual gun rights.

Oil Prices
The United States need to develop a viable and alternate means for energy. There is no acceptable excuse for the U.S. to be lagging in technological progress in finding and developing alternate means to sustain our energy needs in the U.S. I do understand why politicians, the rich and oil companies would be a deterrent to such advancement, particularly when they are personally invested. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought solar energy is a viable option? What about electric cars?

Political Corruption
Of late, political corruption is the norm rather than the exception today within our U.S. government and politics in general. There is a preoccupation with money which the Washington culture promotes through their arrogance and greed. Washington politician’s idea of service is to make it a career rather than serving limited terms. There should be concern how they promote their own raises and perks. Regulating term-limits could help resolve some of these long-standing issues.

Government Intrusion
Leaked information about the intrusive surveillance operations of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has reignited the debate about the balance between civil liberties and national security. Recent revelations about the invasive actions of the NSA’s surveillance efforts and governments over-reaching efforts to hunt down whistle-blowers do raise serious questions as to the governments respect for U.S. citizen’s rights to privacy. As citizens, this ought to be a concern and an area to be watched.

Social Security
Established in 1935, Social Security in the United States currently refers to the federal Old-Age, Survivors, and disability Insurance (OASDI) program. Over the years, we have been enlightened by Washington many times how Social Security is running low on funding. As with most existing issues in Washington, discussion on change is mentioned, but never is action been an option. I’m sure if the government officials drew their retirement solely from this fund, a fix would have been implemented years ago.

The above mentioned issues are but a few areas that are threatening the credibility and sustainability of our great nation. The question is not if the U.S. is going to implode, but when?

Resource Links:
Judicial Watch
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Bipartisan Policy Center
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But Peter and the apostles answered,
“We must obey God rather than men.”  ~Acts 5:29

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