Will the President make the tough choices that this country and the world needs so desperately? When people thought back in 2008 the decisions coming out of Washington would turn this countries fortunes around for the majority of the population a new era of prosperity would follow. We are still waiting for those decisions. There is still so much that needs to be done if the United States ever expects to end the social, economic and financial crisis that is still hitting home for so many millions. As a sitting President now, the responsibility rests with him in outlining a plan of direction both short and long term for the course this country takes.
Executive decisions that must be made. As difficult as the times we are all living in today the decisions made now will impact every American for generations to come. With the current unrest in Mexico, mainly the random violence related to the constant and continuing flow of illegal drugs back and forth between countries continues to play a significant role in the decisions that are made in Washington. A major concern is that today along the Mexican border their continues to be an escalation of weapons flowing from the Untied States into Mexico. This is a major reason why the drug cartels have easy access to the vast amount of automatic and semi automatic weapons that are constantly being used to wreck horrific violence on both Mexican and United States citizens. The escalation of violence in both countries is a direct result of our failed policies in relation to legalizing certain drugs and stopping the flow of weapons from the United States into Mexico. This is just one of many major concerns that affect the overall economy, social structure, and the future of both countries. Vital executive decisions have to be made now to combat the ever increasing danger from the constant flow of current illegal drugs into the United States and a society that is so willing to go to any extreme just to obtain a certain drug whether it is legal or not.
The answers are not as perplexing as they seem. The hypocritical attitudes by so many legislatures and the public have to be changed. Current policies have to be reformed and laws have to be enforced. All of which will ease the current conditions that are plaguing both Mexicans and Americans. The first step is by education. Where in this country certain drugs like medical marijuana are legal and in other states it is illegal is part of the ongoing hypocrisy in our society. To remedy this situation and also gain more tax revenue is the legalization nationally of certain drugs like medical marijuana. With more legal drugs now available people are more apt to purchase them which not only stimulates economic activity but cuts down crime associated with illegal drug trafficking. Our trade agreements like NAFTA have to be reformed with imposed higher tariffs on goods imported into the United States. Tariffs not only imposed on Mexican exports but on exports from China and India at a 20% increase. This would have a positive impact on all countries involved. The other major concern is that the borders between Mexico and the United States there continues to be a saturation of outlets where the sale of firearms is very robust, to say the least. A national awareness of the danger of increasing sales of automatic weapons has to trigger action by regulating those sales. Gun ownership has to be redefined as a privilege not a right just like automobile licensees. One remedy is instituting micro chips into each automatic weapon with corresponding microchips issued to each person who purchases that weapon so that only that person will be able to use that particular firearm. This would be a start in eliminating the surge of automatic weapons that always seems to get in the wrong hands. Executive decisions now will start to end the so called "War on Drugs."
Now would be an appropriate time to issue an executive decision in reforming our outdated, convoluted, and so complicated tax codes by restructuring all with a flat 10% tax rate across the board. No longer will the wealthy be able to dodge the massive loops holes that are currently making it easier for the wealthiest to only get wealthier. By imposing a 10% flat tax the income generated would go a long way in stabilizing budgets and reduce our national debt. There is already an awareness of the fact that certain of the wealthiest few now actually support a fair flat tax. Having the wealthiest individuals required to pay equal percentages as the rest of the population will provide the extra revenue needed to further reduce our national debt an support the needed services like Universal Health Care for all the American public. By paying more of their share in taxes to support this country, that by the way gave them the opportunity to become wealthy in the first place, the United states is assured of increased economic growth. A simpler less complicated tax structure by way of a flat 10% is the best way for the United States to secure the financial stability that has waned for far too long. To offer a degree of appeasement to the wealthiest an elimination of our Capital Gains tax would now take affect. Even with that the revenue flowing into the budget of the government would be substantial.
Already their is much discussion of the validity of the Affordable Health Care bill that was passed last year. Now, with the Republican Party poised to unravel medicare as we know it by replacing it altogether with private insurance with government subsidies only creates more confusion, increases the probability of more of our seniors to go without any health insurance just when they need it most and actually cost the government more money in the long term puts this countries economic health in serious doubt. Both Medicaid and medicare need to be replaced with an European style Universal Health Care program. A single payer plan molded after the British, Italian, Swedish, and Canadian programs. The implications of finally having a major Universal health Care system in the United States goes as even further back when Harry Truman was President. It was the labor of the late Senator Edward Kennedy whose life was devoted to the implementation of Universal Health Care. The education of the public on the cost savings alone is more than warranted in having the last of the Industrial Nations instituting Universal Health Care for all our citizens.
With the last of the space shuttle missions coming the future of NASA is in serious doubt. It is time to pursue creating an International Space Exploration Organization to replace NASA. Technology has made it possible for other nations to be more involved in this most essential part for the future of mankind. When more nations are involved jointly the combined resources are more readily available, costs incurred by each nation are reduced and the future safety for all is enhanced. Just think of Star Trek "Space The Final Frontier" Space exploration has a much better chance of success and is a real reality when more countries get involved.
Today our country is engaged in three armed and some would agree that we are engaged in four armed conflict all around the globe. Our Military is so spread out that the effectiveness is already being felt in troubled regions. To keep our armed forces strong like during both World Wars, The Korean conflict, and Vietnam a military draft became essential. When this country had a military draft and enforced registration of men ages 18 to 25 youth and gang related crime was drastically reduced. The cost savings alone on the reduction of crime when our young men serve our country instead of gang involvement is considerable. Gang activity today is reaching epidemic proportions in every major city across the United states. Having a national draft would go a long way in securing enough personal to deploy here in the United States in the event of a natural or man induced disaster. maintain our personnel in supporting roles in troubled areas across the globe, and actually reduce the high costs incurred by cities and states when there is more crime committed.
One of the most drastic and essential measures that have to take president today is our energy policy or in this case the lack of one, which continues to undermine the economic stability of every American. When the price we all pay at the pump today is reminiscent to the disastrous summer of 2008 and the first real energy crisis this nation faced back in the 1970's it is paramount that the United States acts very quickly and decisively in eliminating what amounts to the oil industry holding hostage the American public in the price we all pay at the pump. The Auto industry has just begun to realize the importance of manufacturing of autos that use far less gas, use alternative fuel and is more affordable. There still remains the fact that the price of fuel today is prohibiting any real economic recovery. The Pickens Energy Plan is a viable realistic approach in bringing short term relief but more is needed in reducing the high cost every one is paying. The development and deployment of more solar farms, more hydro electric power, wind turbine energy, and incinerators with mandatory precipitators on every smokestack as well as for the present tap into our own oil deposits whether in the Gulf or Alaska with reinforced safeguards are all essential to eliminate the billions of dollars spent on foreign imported fuel to maintain our energy needs. To ensure the swift transfer and uninterrupted flow of energy our countries energy grid has to be modernized with all the safeguards against any natural or man induced catastrophe. The economic and national security of this nation is very much dependent of the realization of being totally energy independent, having abundant low cost fuel, and with an up to date energy grid.
To ensure that our food remains safe, plentiful and affordable their are two very essential factors that have to be realized. One is the creation of a national Aqua Duck system where the transfer of water from regions where their is abundant sources of fresh water to areas where fresh water is very sparse is essential for food growth, harvesting and production. Another vital concern is that an issuance of mandatory crop rotation in fields is essential to replenish the nutriments lost in soil due to our continued over planting and growing of crops. The development of safer pesticides that actually promote pollination by honey bees is crucial for all humanities survival. To increase and to safeguard our fishing industries the formation of A International Council Of Aquatics in conjunction with the United Nations charter is one of the best ways to ensure that marine life is safeguarded, preserved, and harvested in a manner which actually promotes quality and quantity in seafood not just for the United States but for all nations food sources.
Executive decisions of the utmost importance for this nation as well as for all of mankind have to be made. To procrastinate any longer on any one of these issues only prolongs an agony, despair, and misery for so many. Tough choices, yes, but necessary. These issues are all outlined further in National Economic Reform's Agenda. When this nation was faced with unprecedented economic peril in the 1930's then President Roosevelt made the hard choices that pulled America together out of the Depression and laid the groundwork for the greatest economic expansion in the history of this nation. If those decisions weren't made at the time they were needed the United States wouldn't be here today as a sovereign nation. History somehow always manages to repeat itself only with different variations of events leading to similar circumstances. The events of the past decade alone is very characteristic to the period leading up to the Great Depression and the 1930's. It is time for these executive decisions to be made. Through the advances in technology especially in media exposure the ability to educate simultaneously more of the public of the dangers of not making the tough decisions will only push this nation and the rest of the world further away from the economic stability and national security every nation strives for.