I have absolutely no desire to rule the world, so don’t get any ideas. But with all that is going on with the housing marketing falling, the debt ceiling raising, the uncertainty of my future and my children’s future…I have taken a look at some things and created a hodgepodge of ideas of my own (& I’m not necessarily saying I’ve done research enough to know if these ideas are even possible, these are just my own opinions based on my little world):
People should live within their means…a BMW would mean a lot more if only people could buy them that had worked hard, saved the money, and could pay for them…rather than giving someone a line of credit where they pay half their paycheck every month to “look cool” (don’t get me wrong, I love BMW’s and we actually have one, but I’m talking about the principle and not the actual item).
Credit cards and loans with little money down have caused the “American Dream” to become bloated and basically unreal…because a bank approves someone for a loan they feel it’s okay to have that much debt on their hands…they don’t comprehend the “what happen’s if x loses his/her job” which brings me back to point number one–living within one’s means.
As for the government…I’m flabbergasted that we are in such a dire situation…if people (aka almost every politician) would quit mouthing off about it being the other party this and the other party that and start representing the people and making decisions based on families/real workers and not the money they get from some corporation in their political race fund, we’d all be better off. But instead it’s right wing, left wing, no one can make a darn decision and they have screwed over 300 million people. Way to go guys. Thank you for messing up my parents’ retirement, my retirement, heck my grandchildren’s retirement… But I digress…
I think that every individual should pay the same tax fee for all monies they bring in, whether it’s wages, capital gains, $2 or $1M. There should be no tax breaks for poor, rich, small business, big business. And if I really had it my way I think that we should all pay the same property taxes, income taxes, car taxes, insurance taxes, etc etc. Make government & laws cut and dry, it’s easier for everyone to understand and there wouldn’t be this debate about some CEO’s secretary paying more in taxes than the CEO.
And if America is SO in debt why in the world are we giving millions and billions to other countries…?!? Don’t get me wrong, I understand helping out the human race, but let’s look at home first where 23% of the homeless are veterans who served for our country, where the unemployment rate is over 9%. Yes, we see the children of Africa who are in dire need of food and water, but what about the 17.2 million children in America that live in food insecure households (meaning they went hungry because of the inability to afford enough food). I honestly believe you need to help those around you before you help others, and that may seem like a selfish statement, but looking at it in the big scheme of things, as a county we should not be going more in debt by helping other countries buy ammunition when we can not even feed our own mouths here.
And a slight side note, if I ran the world I would tell all the soft drink companies they could not produce drinks over 50-100 calories, no more of this CocaCola Classic being 240 calories that people just drink down (even though it’s clearly labeled on the side…). There is Diet Coke & Coke Zero that can take the place…people’s taste buds will get used to it when it’s the only thing available… I don’t think we should allow food to be produced that has such outrageous calories…even a Subway sandwich can put you easily at 700 calories for one meal…we see staggering numbers where 1/3 of U.S. adults are obese and around 17% of children (2-19 yrs old) are considered obese. REALLY?! Stop buying the potato chips, the donuts, the fast food for every meal people… get out and walk…now I realize some people have genetics that cause them to be larger than others but not 1/3 of the population. We’ve created a world where kids stuff their face with fake juice, potato chips, and play video games all day long or adults drink a Coke (240 cals) & have a Lean Cuisine (550 cals) for a snack. That’s a sad world.
America, it’s sad to say it, but if I could, I’d probably pull all my money and stick it under my mattress, buy some gold, buy a little island, a cow, a chicken, some vegetable seeds, a load of books, and take my family with me and be just fine.