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I know it's kind of a"johnny-one-note" , but I have more knowledge about one thing that CAn be fixed ,the income tax code! It affects a lot more than the lack of government income to balance the budget because it has all kinds of 'incentives", penalties ,subsidies etc. that should be somewhere else and closely studied and monitored to check for effectiveness not hidden in the code because it's politically easier!
We DO need better control over monopolistic actions either with better detection and prosecution under present laws or new rules. There is too much money being made by financial manipulation,speculation(with inside knowledge or control) etc. that are counter-productive.
We do need to reduce things which make our production less competitive with places that have little or no worker protection etc. "Free Trade." NAFTA, isn't fair!!!.
Just some off hand thoughts !
This is probably one of the most interesting threads in this message board in a very long time. I have read most of the responses, and I can see lots of causes, unintended or not. Federal mistakes, Auto industries mistakes,, and many other things that have been posted.
I realize that we can only offer opinions, of what happened. but what I would really like to see is ideas on solutions. We all know what has happened, and most of the whys, so now, all of those things are what is called history. they are in the past.
What about the future, ? What is it that we all need.? disregarding of the usual finger pointing of Democrats vs Republicans, Can we for once, think like Americans,?
Yankee ingenuity, has always been brought up as one of the strenghs of this country. Isn't is about time that we introduce that factor in trying to save this country?
I realize that we can't do anything at all, but if we can change the culture, the mentality that is so pervasive in our country today, Perhaps, we may be able to see solutions. Even if they are in the future, but we all need to understand that we have to take that first step.
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