Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.
The United States is one of the better countries in the world, in my opinion. Although I've written about the good aspects of this country in other articles, it seems lately that the only news we hear about America is negative. We hear so much about job losses, home foreclosures, and nasty weather events. But there is always hope that the situation in America will improve. There are ways to make this country a better place for people to reside in if they have the desire to come here and make a living.
Six Ways America Could Improve As a Country
- Invest More Money in Public Education
- Take Steps to Improve the Public Transportation System
- Elect Better Leaders to the Presidency
- Create a More Job-Friendly Economy
- Give Everyone Access to Affordable Health Care
- Do Not Re-Elect Donald Trump
1. Invest More Money in Public Education
America must invest in its educational system instead of making cuts to the system. If you have been watching the news, you have heard that several states in the United States continue to have massive budget deficits. In addition to this, the government is cutting its spending on education.
Instead of cutting funding for education, the Trump administration should make attempts to ensure that every child in America and every single person who wants to get a quality education can get one. After all, America has the money to do this if it were a priority. America still has a very high gross domestic product (or GDP) in spite of its current economic problems.
2. Take Steps to Improve the Public Transportation System
Many large US cities are still very car-based. Many cities, such as Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, and many others, consist of miles of urban sprawl. If a person does not have a car in these cities, getting around by public transportation is challenging and impractical because of the amount of time they would have to spend on their daily commute.
Improving America’s transit system will also reduce the dependence on automobiles, which will help save the environment from pollution. Traffic in the streets would be greatly reduced. People would not have to spend all this money on gas, car insurance, wear and tear on tires, and other related costs. After all, maintaining a car is very expensive.
Senator Bernie Sanders
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
3. Elect Better Leaders to the Presidency
We must elect better people to the White House. Bernie Sanders is one example of a man who would have been a much better president than Donald Trump. Elizabeth Warren would also be a good candidate.
This opinion will almost certainly generate lots of controversy, but Bernie Sanders would have been a much more qualified and competent man to be at the top of the Executive Branch if he had been given the chance in 2016. This article won't go into detail to discuss why Bernie would have been a better president, but for people that have been watching the mainstream news channels since 2015, they should realize that many of Bernie’s policies make sense.
Could Bernie Sanders Have Succeeded in 2016?
There is a certain viewpoint that exists in the minds of many Americans, especially given that an estimated 63% of the US population is still caucasian. Let me explain this as best I can. Bernie Sanders is Jewish, and those of us that have studied American history know what happened the last time a Jewish major party nominee ran for President—they lost very badly. That person was Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, who was defeated in a landslide by Lyndon Johnson back in 1964.
I get the feeling that if Bernie Sanders had been the Democratic nominee instead of Hillary Clinton, there is a good chance that he might have been questioned by the GOP for being an Israeli agent and that might have damaged him in the polls. But he is right when he says that the United States should be a country for all people and not just for those at the top 1%—How very true that is.
However, would Sanders have won enough of the minority votes to get elected? He performed much more poorly in the primaries when it came to trying to attract those African American and Latino votes compared to Hillary Clinton. Even so, his policies would have been far better for the economic and social health of the United States.
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There is no excuse for this great country not to give every person the right to have health insurance. Even Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii or Senator Elizabeth Warren would have been better presidents than Trump because they have been in public life and have an understanding of how this government works.
Note: as we are now past the 2020 US Presidential Election as of this update, electing better leaders not just to the American Presidency but Congress as a whole would make the country be run more smoothly.
There is one problem that dominates the American political system that most voters may not be aware of and that is the influence of dark money in politics. Investopedia defines dark money as funds that are donated to non-profit organizations and these funds are in turn spent to influence the outcome of elections. From a practical point of view, spending money for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election is hardly democratic and it gives you an idea that this is when the American political system can get corrupted. The American Presidency deserves better than what we have now.
Eliminating the influence of dark money in politics is another way to increase the chances of electing better leaders and making the United States a better country to live in.
4. Create a More Job-Friendly Economy
The United States should create more jobs for the people that need them instead of outsourcing jobs to India and China. If the US is the richest country in the world, it should do something to help create jobs and get the economy back on its feet again.
Ideally, improving the economy would mean having a job market in which any person willing to work would be able to find a job when they look for one. China and India do not need US jobs. They can provide jobs for their own people. We don’t need to help them out. Think about this for a moment: If the US has the world’s largest economy, then it should certainly be able to create jobs for its citizens.
5. Give Everyone Access to Affordable Health Care
America must ensure that all of its citizens can get affordable, low-cost health care. We have been debating about health care since the days of Bill Clinton's presidency. If countries such as the United Kingdom and Canada have national public health insurance, then why can’t the United States provide cheaper and better health care for its people, especially those that are senior citizens?
People with preexisting conditions also deserve to have health insurance. There is no reason for our seniors to have to pay expensive prices for their prescription drugs. The problem in the US is that our health care system is privatized, and health insurance companies have too much power. But I believe we can still take steps to improve health care costs for everyone. The health care legislation signed into law by Barack Obama is a good start to the process.
In 2018, the Republican-majority Congress was taking steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to replace it with something better, but we have not gotten word of what that better plan is. They have also passed through Congress their most recent tax plan. Contrary to what some may believe, only the Obamacare individual mandate has been repealed so far.
Why can't the US have a national public health system like many European countries? It seems that no matter what is done, particularly by Democrats, to try to put a better health care system in place, Republicans have done what they can to oppose those plans. That's because they either don't want the average person to have health insurance, or they want a perfect kind of plan.
6. Do Not Re-Elect Donald Trump
To make the United States a better place to live, it is important to not re-elect Donald Trump as President. This reason is obvious. What has he or this administration passed in terms of legislation that will benefit the average American? The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act? Increased military spending? Some of you might think that this is just left-wing bias, but Trump isn’t as great a president as you may think.
We Need Better People for President
The White House
These are six basic ways that the United States can become a better country for the people to live in. And it can be done if the US government follows the duties they are supposed to instead of trying to please the lobbyists and special interest groups that have a huge influence in this country. The keyword here is "if": if these things are done, America would be improved. The issue is that it does not seem that President Trump, at least so far, cares about improving the lives of all Americans.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2017 Ara Vahanian