With this years presidential election looming, I hope people have more than gas prices on their minds. Throughout 2012, the most common grievance I hear from the masses is about gas prices or about our economy. I ask myself, do the people of this country even know what they are complaining about when it comes to our economy? Or do they just look at our job situations, housing market and gas prices and say hey…there is a problem OR even worse, just take the side of their political view and agree without any kind of knowledge.
I feel there are MORE pressing issues that voters should concern themselves with this year. I never hear political arguments anymore about EDUCATION or TECHNOLOGY. Do you know that only 3% of our GDP/Budget goes to Education? Do you know that most countries invest close to HALF (50%) of their GDP/Budget to Education? Why? Because education is the lifeline of your country. Without properly educated kids in this country, where are we heading? You think because 4% of our country is properly educated we will be ok??? NO. We wont. This is not just an inner city thing either, a poll among American Universities in 2011 showed that almost 60% of first year college students in 2007 had to take remedial courses, (in other words, do another year of high school classes). Of those 60%, only 40% decided to pursue a college education past that first remedial year. Of those 40% most barely graduated with minimal GPA’s and did not pursue further education past an AA degree. (bachelors, masters, PHD) But they still left in debt :D. This is one of the main reasons why we are ranked near the bottom in Math, Physics and Science in the WORLD. Higher learning is the least of the problems with how our gov’t deals with Education, it is the K-12 program that is really in shambles. We are amongst the HIGHEST in the WORLD in drop out rates and amongst the LOWEST in the WORLD when it comes to NATIONAL GPA’s. There is a great documentary you should watch that covers everything from inner city to suburban education in America called “Waiting for Superman.” Another great write-up and ALL fact is http://news.yahoo.com/education-woes-linked-national-security-053915876.html You really should do your own research before voting.
Technology, something the world used to look to us for, now they look and laugh. There is a reason why during the mid to late 90’s there was a huge push for students to begin going to Tech schools, to create, run or work for companies like Apple and Microsoft. The sad fact is, they employ more people from over seas than any other company in the USofA. Our exporting is a JOKE. Our top export is, believe it or not, FUEL. Our other exports are not even worth mentioning. Countries rely on us for NOTHING. They can get fuel elsewhere if they really have to and it is only a matter of time before other countries are turning to alternative fuels that are based off of a huge domestic product they have in abundance such as sugar, corn, hydrogen, electric etc. We in the mean time will continue to use gas, because it is the only thing we have of ANY value to ourselves (as consumers) and other nations that have not yet moved on to alternative fuels. We are currently 5th place in the world in global information technology and world-renowned engineers and scholars have claimed that the investigators were being VERY generous. They go on to mention that the way our education and economy is in decline they would not be surprised if we were to drop to the bottom of the worlds list in the next 10 years. Again you can do your own research on this and you should before you vote!
As far as our economy. I would like to educate you as to what the problem is with our economy and why unfortunately no matter who you vote for, it wont change anything. Our economy is run by ONE PRIVATE central bank, the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve is about as federal as McDonalds. Our government has NO control over The Federal Reserve and in fact, it’s quite the other way around. Why it wont change: It’s very simple, every single dollar that is produced by the Central Bank, is loaned to the United States AT interest. This means every single dollar produced is actually a dollar PLUS a certain amount of debt based on that dollar (Basically the Federal Reserve loans OUR government a trillion dollars, with interest attached to it that we have to eventually pay back). Since the Central Bank has a monopoly over the production of our dollar and they loan each dollar out with debt attached to it, where do you think the money comes from to pay this debt back later? It comes from the Central Bank again! Which means the FED has to keep increasing the money supply to temporarily cover the debt created (Inflation YAY), and guess what, that money has immediate interest attached to it as well. What does this mean…PERPETUAL DEBT. This has been going on for 70 years now and we are starting to really feel the effects. Our economy is doomed because of this method and most university economist will tell you we will be completely broke (meaning our dollar will be worth ZERO) by 2045. No matter who you vote for in this election, they will not NOR can they change this. You can believe what you want on this subject but this is a hard cold fact. Ron Paul is the only person I have seen in congress fight the Fed and Central banking and because of this, he will NEVER be president. This btw is NOT a Ron Paul campaign, even though he IS/WAS the best candidate out there. (depending on when you are reading this) There is plenty of info and it is ALL fact at http://www.bis.org/index.htm or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dmPchuXIXQ and watch vids 1-5 on the Federal Reserve. It’s ALL FACT. You should do your own research before voting.
Health care reform is another issue that looms over this country and both Candidates offer a very similar (yet different) way to addressing it. With all the hoopla surrounding “ObamaCare” keep in mind that ObamaCare and what Romney is doing in the state of Massachusetts are generally the same thing. The only real difference is that Romney has harsher penalties for those uninsured. ($1,200 compared to Obama’s $600) The real fuss of course regards Obama’s ACA or “The Affordable Care Act” but looking at projections, I can’t help but see a bright future for Healthcare in America. Health Care spending is expected to grow on average by 6% over the next 10 years, 1% greater than projected GDP growth. This will mean new jobs in the private and public sectors and economic growth. In 2011 the nation spent $2.7 Trillion dollars on health care growing at the same rate it did in 2010 (3.9%) As our economy becomes more stable, we can expect to see the actual growth level out around 3.5% by 2014. By comparison, without the ACA, health expenditures could rise to as much as 7.2% (or 2% faster) By 2014, under the ACA, it is projected that as many as 22 Million People would be insured that would not have been insured without it. Out-of-pocket expenses to Americans by 2014 could be cut by as much as 2% across the board due the majority of the 22 Million influx being younger and healthier. Furthermore, projected spending on prescription drugs is expected to increase twice as fast by 2014 (9%) without reform. Medicare cost has grown 1% over the year but is 100% related to upgrading Nursing Facilities and an influx in Medicare Advantage Payment Rates. Under the ACA, Medicare spending will slow to 1.3% in 2014 from the 5.9% this year primarily due to the Sustainable Rate Growth Formula and the Budget Control Act of last year. This means by 2014, under the ACA and ObamaCare, we could see the inflation of Health Costs drop by 1% across the board annually as well as give the American people 2% back in their pockets. By 2020 the ACA and ObamaCare plan could save this country close to $800 Billion Dollars in health care costs.
Now, as for gas prices, you can do PLENTY of research on the web regarding why the prices are so high and why they will NEVER go down. There are plenty of world wide reports out there on exactly why the gas is priced the way it is and why the US HAS to do it. Regardless of what FOX and MSNBC show you with graphs, the price of gas has steadily increased since 2000 and shows no sign of stopping. IT IS AMERICAS WELFARE. If it wasn’t for our gas consumption, this country would ALREADY be bankrupt and don’t think for a second they would drop gas prices just to make you happy (even if they could). No matter what….where… or when we drill…this will NEVER change, EVER! but our ideas about what kind of fuel we use could. Great write up here and ALL fact http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/03/25/oil-politics-and-the-truth-about-gas-prices.aspx also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol_fuel_in_Brazil
At the end of the day I ask myself, which if ANY of the politicians are TRULY fighting for us and has OUR best interest in mind. They all talk a big game but 99.9% of the time its complete garbage they spew to try to win us over. I’ve only seen a couple “true” politicians in the 15 years I have been able to vote and only one was RUNNING for president. I guess what I am trying to say is, I don’t trust any of the presidential candidates, or ANY politicians for that matter. There is a great phrase in the Declaration of Independence “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations (taking of our liberties and freedoms), pursuing invariably the same Object (OIL&Money) evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and provide new Guards for their future security” I am a firm believer in what our forefathers believed in and fought for. This country is a complete 180 from their vision and I only hope we can get back there some day. My question is, when will people finally stand up and recognize the injustice in our political system and fight for whats right. Until then, GL America and be careful what you wish for.