Sunday, June 29, 2008

Can We Still Roll Up Our Sleeves?

I was disheartened by the lack of any relevant responses to my proposal to impose a national sales tax to fund subsidizing the establishment of manufacturing businesses in inner cities – to be coupled with the elimination of all of the failed, anti-poverty programs in existence now (The Change America Really Needs).

Certainly there is much to fault in my proposal, but my opinion is that we have to think ‘outside the box’ in order to get a handle on the most pressing domestic issue that faces us – what to do about our rapidly disintegrating cities and the criminal element that is taking them over. In city after city, police departments have ruled out entering certain areas because the situation is out of control and their lives are so much at risk there.

Although liberals will be kicking and screaming in denial, there is no question that every anti-poverty program, from AFDC (even after reform) to Section 8 housing grants has not only failed, but has created a class of people and a way of life that is a spreading cancer on our society. The lessons of Katrina should not be ignored or lost.

At the same time, manufacturing resources and skills, vital to our economy and to our national security are being lost. For every few machinist jobs lost there is also the loss of the tool designing and tool making skills that support them, and now our remaining automobile factories, supporting thousands of critical skills needed to produce weapons, vehicles and armaments, are also in danger of being lost forever.

To the head of a household in an inner city neighborhood, as everywhere else, a real job, paying a wage and benefits that will support a family, is crucial, but those jobs are almost all gone for unskilled and semi-skilled labor. We must find a way to get them back.

Has America lost its ability to roll up its sleeves and get the job done? I feel we will find out shortly as we confront the disastrous energy situation in which we also find ourselves. We must also confront our crumbling society.

Any comments?


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At 10:00 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Buddy, if you had the capacity to figure things out, you might realize that yours are the only comments I routinely delete. You earned that treatment with your continuing series of insulting, vulgar and baiting comments.

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Joe said...

The best way to get these jobs back is to build the fence on the border and deport these illegal aliens who have over stayed their visa. Also, the American People need to stop buying products that are made in China. Above all else, we need to drill for oil so that we can be energy independent.

At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First, let me say this. If you have a web site and you ask for comments, I think you leave your self open to whatever comes your way. Yes, there are a lot of offensive "things" and people in this world. You can't change that. But deleting someone's comments, no matter how offensive, is unacceptable. If you don't want to read them, close down your web site and find another hobby.

As far as a national fair tax, I'm all for that- as long as it eliminates the IRS. But I'm not in favor of sending any money into the inner cities for whatever reason. Most are cesspools, have always had high crime rates, and are a drag on society. I know,
people can argue, look at all the "cultural" things in a city like Boston. Great, ask yourself, would you walk in any large city after dark and feel really safe? Would throwing money at this make a difference?

At 8:20 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

I will continue to delete comments that are personally insulting, contain obscenities or vulgarities or are obvious 'baiting' comments - especially when they come from the same person who visits my site 2-3 times a day. It would take a psychiatrist or psychologist to explain that behavior in a grown man. Disagreement I can take; insults and obscenities should be reserved for left-wing websites.


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