National Health Care Deliberations

There are about 47 million people living in the United States who do not have health insurance1.   Many ask why the U. S. does not provide universal heath care when some other less wealthy industrialized countries do.  The answer can be found by examining a number of factors including national spending priorities, affordability, desirability, and … Continue reading “National Health Care Deliberations”

Immigration

There are as many as twelve million to twenty million illegal immigrants in the United States today1. Hundreds of thousands more enter the country illegally every year.  They are trying to improve their condition in life, which is fully understandable.  However, the United States can only effectively assimilate a much smaller number annually.  Acceptable numbers … Continue reading “Immigration”

Energy Policy: A Sensible Approach to Reducing US Dependency on Foreign Oil

World oil reserves are currently estimated at about 1200 billion barrels1. Current world oil consumption is approximately 30 billion barrels per year2. 1200 divided by 30 equals an average of approximately 40 years before the world oil supply is depleted. Unfortunately, the average of 40 years consists of some countries with less than 12 years and … Continue reading “Energy Policy: A Sensible Approach to Reducing US Dependency on Foreign Oil”

The Graduated Flat Tax — A Good Approach

Over the past few years there have been some discussions about replacing the current federal income tax approach with a national sales tax or a 17% flax tax.  The problem with both of those alternatives is that they are not progressive (tax rate increases as the taxable amount increases). A CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll shows that … Continue reading “The Graduated Flat Tax — A Good Approach”

Foreign Policy and National Security

The United States has rid the Iraqi people of a ruthless dictator, set in place a democratic republic in Iraq, and invested tens of billions of dollars in the Iraqi economy and infrastructure.  It is now time to let the Iraqi people run their own country.  Within one year of my inauguration, I would withdraw … Continue reading “Foreign Policy and National Security”

Implications of Federal Budget Deficits and the National Debt on the Future

A few facts need to be presented at the onset of this paper: In 1980 the national debt was less than 1 trillion dollars. By the year 2000, twenty years later, the national debt was around 5.5 trillion dollars. The national debt doubled under the Bush administration from $5.5 trillion to $11 trillion dollars. During … Continue reading “Implications of Federal Budget Deficits and the National Debt on the Future”