I received a link to http://www.speaker.gov/video/what-makes-country-great?Source=GovD
in my email today. What struct me, was that it's the Republicans who have seemed to stand around with the idea of "lets' point fingers and say your ideas suck." to the democrats instead of having healthy discussion and sharing their ideas publicly for how to solve those problems using conservative or "better than the democrats ideas" ways.
If the speaker really wants to hear ideas, then he also needs to be able to debate about them (Don't modulate the key and then not debate with me!).
What this country needs more than anything is to stop focusing on the freaking MONEY. MONEY is manufactured opportunity. It is nothing with any real substance behind it except this gentlemen's agreement about trade balancing and GDP ratios etc.
What is happening with money today, is that all the wealth from the middle class purchases is being shipped to third world countries (and China and India etc.) where labor is cheap. We are literally rebuilding their economies like the 20's, 30's and 40's required in the US.
Until those countries have their poverty income propped up to the same level as the west poverty income, the money is going to continue to go in that direction. Conservative ideals of closing trade deals, sealing the borders and restricting trade to try and keep the money in the west is only going to prolong the eventual outcome.
We are so darn focuses on making sure that people must pay the price, earn their keep, not get luck, not be successful without bleeding for it, etc., that we can't actually understand that money accomplishes nothing more than create restrictions in our overall productivity because we keep waiting for money to make it happen. It's time and muscle that make things happen, Money is just something we've decided we have to have as our reward for being productive.
We should instead be focused on being happy that we accomplished things, be happy that we helped make things happen that needed to happen, and just do good things for great results.
Sure, all the arguments about evil people, bad habits, horrible things that go bump in the night, etc. make it seem that money needs to be there and be a motivator and be the solution. But, if money was really the solution, wouldn't we pay people who are performing poorly, more, to encourage them or help them with life issues, so that they could perform better? If we don't need people to perform completely, but would rather pay them to perform just well enough for that money to generate profitable business, then that seems like exactly why we can't seem to accomplish anything useful when all we care about is the money!