As I write this, the day after the remembrance of a heinous attack on America, both in 2001 and 2012, it occurs to me that we are doing some wrong things. Logic is a good thing and very difficult to argue against, so let's apply some logic to some of our current problems.
First, we are worried about Iran getting a bomb, right? Nah, not to worry. They want a bomb? Let's give them one. We can send a high-flying drone over there, armed with a delayed-explosion nuclear weapon, and drop it right on their main "laboratory". Oh sure, there's going to be damage, and there's going to be people killed...but they will be killed there, and not here. Do I value our lives more than Iranians? No, but it's logical to get them before they even start to get us...and if we are hesitant, they WILL get us. Let's get this country off its knees and on its feet.
Next, there's the matter of our current president. I believe him to be working against this country, in every way, shape and form. Let's put together a panel of experts, discover what we can about the man and, as I believe him to be foreign-born, impeach, indict and incarcerate him. If he is not who he says he is he must go to jail...for a long time.
Ok, what's next? We have an economy that's in the tank. We have a military that, while technologically quite good, is seriously under-manned, so we can kill two birds with one stone one this one. Build up the military services, providing jobs for those going in, and for those supplying the goods. Also, let's quit buying materiel for our armed forces from other countries. It's been shown that some Chinese-supplied stuff is inferior and doesn't hold up. Get the government out of private sector business, and you'll see lots of things happening that need to happen, but are not now getting done. There are thousands of miles of roads in this country that need rebuilding, along with hundreds of bridges and dams. We have the people and we have the know-how.
Kill the IRS. Period. Base the tax system on money spent, not money earned. I like THE FAIR TAX because it IS fair, and it's simple. When you buy something on a retail level, you pay the tax. Period, end of story. When the IRS disappears you'll see a flood of money coming back into this country, and it won't just be our money, but foreign investors as well. Also, we have to stop selling off pieces of this country to foreigners. It is not good practice and while I have nothing against them owning a house or two, I have to draw the line when they buy huge chunks of land, or whole towns...and that has happened.
We have to pare down big government. The founding fathers never meant for Congress to be a career, so let's get them out of there after two four-year terms, and that goes for everybody in the federal service. The ONLY exception would be for the armed forces. They could remain in the service for 20 years and get retirement, or 30, if they are in good shape and necessary. Our veterans need, and deserve, the finest care they can get, and if that means we have to clean house at the Veteran's Administration, so be it.
If you think these ideas are worth considering, either let me know or, better yet, let your elected officials know what you think.
Larry Usoff, U.S. Navy, Ret.