A lot of political arguments between the GOP and the Dems involve money, doesn’t matter how they start, it’s money at the end. There are a few exceptions…but money is the heart of what the American people want the government held accountable. The Clinton campaign against the first President Geo. H. W. Bush summed it up quite succinctly: “It’s the economy, stupid.” The argument goes like this: “Democrats tax, spend and buy votes” (they spend taxes on ‘Bread & Circuses.’) The GOP is the Party of “No,” supposedly blocking money for underprivileged but giving tax breaks to big businesses for support and donation.
Politicians need to grow up and think bigger, MUCH bigger. The American economy can achieve way more than Democrats and Republicans realize. Dems believe the economy needs the government’s help; nothing could be further from the truth. There’s more money in our economy to pay for all the health-care, social security, and pensions we need. But we need to reduce the overall percent of growth for everything to come into balance. Keep modernizing the government with higher efficiency technological tools and the problem will correct itself.
Our economy will run at 2 to 3 orders of magnitude greater than now if the overall tax rate is held at 20% or less and is unfettered. Unfettered is not unregulated, it means true free market forces at play rather than too many restrictive regulations. The US economy can operate at a GDP of about $30 trillion, possibly $40 trillion. At these levels, holding down costs to manageable levels are much easier than at our present GDP. This will require adjustments in education, workforce skills, skill acquisition, and job creation. It also requires serious elimination of barriers to business: ideas, innovation, banking, funding, ownership, and production.
My plan is to use our new found energy resources as a source of capital to fire up our huge economic engine. In essence, we turn on all the valves and buy energy from ourselves and still become the prime energy supplier for the whole world…natural gas, and coal, including all refined oil products the world needs. This isn’t sustainable. We just do it and take the profits from this venture and master the ultimate world’s energy supply, the 174 petawatt fully sustainable energy supply from the Sun (roughly equal to 5,000 times the Earth’s annual energy usage). For this we use “space-based solar capture” technology, beam solar energy from orbit to Earth and have an endless supply of energy for the whole world (we also build a smart power grid that will save a ton of money in the long run). This would be a foreign relations coup. All the nations of the world can invest, share, participate and get their energy, very inexpensively and pollution free from this benevolent supplier.
Think about it. You will find conclusions to some of the most basic political argument and several very serious world problems, a cleaner and more desirable planet, a friendly foreign affairs with room to grow…and a step forward in the level of thought necessary to run the world.
Our present potential leaders are laughable…they exhibit base behavior with each other and try to convince us they still can unravel adult problems. Ha.