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re: "How do were fund and manage a safety net? Who should do it? I would be willing."The government already gets a bunch of money. I think it is mismanaged at best. We have safety nets both public and private. In some cases the nets may be too larger in some areas and too small in others. The real problem is that some on the left want it all and some on the right want very little. Giving the government more money will not fix it. I have lost trust in the federal government to manage the safety nets. Fix or improve what you have with the money you have and prove you can do it better before we add to it.A few ideas to free up some of the cash:· Close the department of education. It plays no role in educating our children. The inefficiencies inherent in having a group in Washington collect money from people in the states only to redistribute it to the states makes no sense. It creates extra levels of bureaucracies and costs not needed. Get competition at the state and local level. Charters work were they are allowed (bad ones fails, but good once thrive and push the public schools).· Do away with most farm subsidies (if not all). Target corn for ethanol. Don’t pay farmers not to grow, some are in the business of getting agriculture leases just to get subsides not to grow on that land they leased.· Stop subsidizing solar and wind energy. It is not cost effective yet and current technology is too inefficient. Put money into core science and work for breakthroughs in technology.· Don’t reward bad behavior. We all have choices. Unless your spouse dies, you’re raped, or you come down with a debilitating illness, it’s your child, your responsibility.· Do away with the 16,000+ pages of tax law code. Redesign it to be simpler. We spend too much money interpreting and enforcing this mess.· Scrap every weapon system and procurement item the pentagon says they don’t need/want. If congress believes an item is still needed, bring it up as a stand alone bill and force them to debate it on its merits alone.· Use technology to find the fraud in many of our programs. Read Freakonomics, and in particular the story about catching the teachers cheating for their students on standardized tests. Use similar methods to try and identify where the problems are in other government programs.· Social Security needs to be modernized to take into account people living longer and less workers to support each recipient. Any fixes need to include a system that takes into account longer life expectancy and workers per retiree. SS was meant to be a supplement, for some and a safety net. Too many see it as a retirement pension. It will crush us along with Medicare if you don’t address it very soon.· No cash for the NEA… its art, and our country is rich enough and giving enough to support the arts privately. The Federal Government should not play a roll in the arts with tax payer money. I’m OK if local governments choose to support the arts.· I could go on, but I hope that give you an idea.If you or any individual want to give more for safety nets, write a check to the provider of your choice or even the government. I’d choose to give my time and money to a private provider at this time. I believe the inefficiencies of the government are too great. Think about the governments paid volunteer group, Americorps… volunteer?
Great posts. Are you running for office? If so, you have my vote. These are constructive ideas, not just bashing other peoples ideas.