What Would You Change About The United States of America?
Let me start with a disclaimer. I feel incredibly fortunate for having been born in the USA. We have extraordinary freedoms, prosperity, and the ability to do virtually anything we wish with our lives. We are a nation of laws, and up until recently, I would have said we are polite and civil to one another even when we disagree.
I am grateful that I can:
- Speak my mind
- Worship my God
- Start a business
- Pursue happiness
- Leave a legacy
I also have the ability to personally defend myself if anyone tries to disrupt the above freedoms. With that said, what I am attempting to do here is to state, in terms that are not sensationalized, what I would do to make our country even better. Because, as you know, there is always room for improvement. So here goes.
The number one thing I would change is how "politics" is handled. Relax. I’m not talking about any specific person or party. I’m talking about the system in general.
I would make it a "direct" democracy, by giving every single voting age citizen a vote about laws and policies. In case you slept through that class in school, we are currently a constitutional republic, not a true democracy. Unlike a direct democracy, we the people are regulated by our elected officials who make laws on our behalf. In my opinion, that hasn’t been working particularly well of late.
Think of it. The technology is there. It would drastically change how we approach the process of governing, and improve involvement and accountability. This would do away with the “two party” system, that I believe has created an “us” vs. “them” mentality. It certainly is destroying civility, and not accomplishing anything productive.
Why can’t we vote directly for policies and programs we desire, without the “shorthand” of political party affiliation? Instead of politicians, we would need leaders to coordinate and administer legislation. It would take a few years to accomplish this, but it’s totally doable. Every candidate for public office would become “Independent,” and run based on their ability to serve and lead.
Secondly, I would overhaul the tax code. It is ridiculously complicated, even after the recent tax reform. I would simplify the tax system, and make it more equitable. Also I am toying with the idea of doing away with income tax. Instead, money should be collected in proportion to how much an individual benefits. Like charging a toll for a road when you use it or sales tax when you buy something.
Third, I would overhaul the whole "government give-away" system. People get money who don't deserve it, and people who do deserve it don't get assistance. It's a shame.
This would require an entirely new system of determining who needs government help, and at what level. And it would also require constant follow-up to ensure people in these programs get out when they are able, or even get more assistance if the need is there.
Finally, I would advocate a system that is paid for by the citizens of the USA, and given to citizens of the USA. If people from other countries need our help, that’s called foreign aid.
The News Media
Fourth, I would change the news media from the biased and sensationalized reporting we have currently, to a more factual approach - which is how it should be. This is a more difficult proposition, and would require some sort of oversight. When a journalist (knowingly) reports something that is factually incorrect, there would need to be serious consequences. And losing the ability to continue as a reporter should be one of those consequences.
Finally, I would change the education system. I would increase pay and status for teachers (of all grades), and put more emphasis on actually learning something, as opposed to passing tests.
I would also work to change the perception that “everyone” should go to college. That’s simply not a sustainable notion. A person should find gainful employment in a field that suits their talents and temperament. That could be auto mechanics or astrophysics. And there should be no stigma for someone who decides to work “with their hands.”
That’s just an overview of the areas I’d like to see changed. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.
Would you change the USA if you could?
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