The major issues we face are there. Doing nothing doesn’t make them vanish or diminish their significance. And, due in large part to the visibility we have into why proposed solutions stall and get watered down, our nation is ready for action and tired of talk. Anyone with a rational mind understands what is going on. No spin or fabricated ideology can change reality and insisting on fairytales instead of facts taints the people telling the tales. So, I propose we go to a pay for performance metric, impose it on the congress and hold them to it. No Bills – No Pay.
Here are just two areas we need to address:
Energy: While avoiding near term political and monetary costs for energy investment, we have pushed a bow wave of problems before us that are swamping the economy and our environment.
The consequences of those deferred costs are precipitating global problems and require immediate attention. Consumption of polluting fuel that we have to borrow to buy is a dead end. We are dumping money into a 100 year old energy architecture, miring us deeper into a situation with no future.
Finance: After decades of bleeding wealth from the middle class and channeling it to a few wealthy Corporatists, we have reached the breaking point. Workers have no disposable income left. Products and services are going unpurchased. Rental homes and commercial space is being abandoned. The leaches have sucked the hosts they need to survive dry.
Wealth has no value when it is held by a few. In a social structure where there are no jobs for people; there aren’t any toys to buy. When field workers can’t live on poverty wages, they don’t raise crops. When people can’t afford housing prices, the value of property collapses and cash flows dry up.
A healthy economy can’t afford to pay financial robber barons to broker deals, when the essentials of family existence are already beyond grasp of workers and small, community businesses.
It’s time that property and wealth are redistributed to the working class. If you have more than you can personally maintain and spend, you have more than you need. There are too many of our people with nothing or worse.