Christmas Wish List For The United States

We’ve got a lot of problems in our country today and it doesn’t seem like the politicians are paying any attention to the real issues. So with Christmas coming up, I’d like to give Santa my wish list for our country. Maybe he can do what the politicians won’t.

Build the border fence

This is such a no brainer that I don’t see why it’s not getting done. Illegal immigration is going to destroy this country if we don’t stop it. It’s draining our resources in terms of additional strain on social programs as well as exporting billions of dollars that are sent to Mexico. More importantly, we risk that terrorists are going to cross into the country from either Mexico or Canada and instigate an attack that will make 9/11 look like a day in the park.

Fix Social Security

The Social Security system is on a course for disaster. Everyone knows it, but it seems that we can’t get our politicians to do address it. If we don’t do anything, we’re going to end up with drastically lower benefits for retirees, sharply higher taxes for workers, or crushing debt for our children and grandchildren. In all likelihood, it will be a combination of all 3 of these things. It’s time to move toward privatizing the system while guaranteeing that current retirees and those nearing retirement get the benefits we have promised them. I have been in the workforce for almost 17 years and I would be happy to opt out of Social Security right now and redirect future withholdings to my 401k plan.

Lower the corporate income tax

The United States has the highest corporate income tax rate in the world. This is one of many reasons that jobs are being shipped overseas. A sharply lower tax rate would help slow, or maybe even reverse, this trend.

Eliminate the personal income tax

The current tax system is incredibly costly and onerous to comply with–not to mention that it is profoundly unfair. We need to scrap the current income tax system in favor of a national sales tax. With a sales tax, you would get your entire paycheck. From that point on, you determine how much tax you pay: The more you spend, the more tax you pay. If you choose to save your money, it would grow tax free.

So there you have it Santa. Can you give us a hand? There are plenty of other issues, but take care of these first while I work on compiling the rest of the list.

7 Responses to “Christmas Wish List For The United States”

  1. Rick Says:

    #4: In order to grow the economy, you need to encourage people to spend.

  2. Dave in VA Says:

    Items 2-4 aren’t bad ideas, but #1? Didn’t work out so well for China — just bribe the guards at crossing points!!

  3. John Says:

    It didn’t work out well for Germany either.

  4. Bryan Says:

    Ok, so what is your solution? I’m willing to look at anything that will work. We can’t continue to have people pour across the borders illegally, take jobs for slave wages, send most of the money out of the country, and bankrupt our social programs. It’s going to destroy us.

  5. Bryan Says:

    The other thing to keep in mind is that Germany was a country that people wanted to flee and the fence was to keep them in. We’re not trying to keep anyone in against their will–we are trying to keep those who don’t belong here out.

  6. John Says:

    “… those who don’t belong here…”

    In the 19th century that applied to the Irish and Italians, in the 20th century, the Japanese and the blacks. Personally, I’m glad no one kicked the Irish, Scots or Germans out… I wouldn’t be here.

    Just like every other ‘made for TV’ propoganda piece, “We need to keep them out to protect our workforce, our social services and dang if they don’t send their money back home”, we’re fighting BOTH sides of this conflict.
    There is either Ross Perot’s ‘giant sucking sound’ or they are all coming here to suck up the jobs that Americans can’t wait to sign up for. The Republicans can’t have it both ways.

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