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What child does not have special needs?

Monday, April 21st, 2014

We were gratified recently to learn of the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Account program. This provides a debit card that accesses a bank account funded by the state government that can be used to pay educational expenses. This sounds exactly like the ComingTogether Plan’s Education Benefit, although it is being provided at the state level rather than the federal level.

It is a start, but it does not go far enough. (more…)

Should we raise the debt limit?

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

I have been asked recently whether or not the Congress should raise the debt limit. It would be foolish not to. The economy cannot stand and immediate cut off of $1.85 from the federal spending, so some increase needs to be allowed.

However, this opportunity could be used to impose some discipline for the long run. (more…)

Elections 2012: One Nation, Indivisible?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

OK, the election is over. The United States will have another two years of divided government at the Federal level. Will anything get done? Or, will the elected leaders keep kicking the can down the road? The concession speeches talked about ComingTogether to move forward. Can this happen after such a negative campaign?

We hope so. It will take focusing on the principles that are really important to the majority of Americans, things almost all can agree on, such as freedom and compassion. The ComingTogether Plan website proposes a plan, based upon those principles, to fix the problems with taxation, health care costs, Social Security, and welfare. (more…)

Elections As Usual – 2010

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Our take on the 2010 elections includes two major points:

  1. We are disturbed to see how far politicians will go with their negativeness. The United States has so much going for it, why do we have to concentrate on the negatives? The political nominees should act more like candidates for employment. Let them present their credentials and ideas, and then let the voters decide. If you went into a job interview and only bad mouthed the other candidates, would you expect to get the job? We saw a lot of signs saying, “Had enough? Vote [insert any party name here]!” Nothing positive.
  1. In the context of the previous federal elections, we see a big swing in voters’ attitudes in only two years. Why? It is easy for the party out of power to bad mouth the party in power. It is always easier to be a critic than a performer. This is a big part of why negativism is a problem. The last two federal elections show that the public is not satisfied with either side. We believe there’s a reason for this: the majority of Americans hold core beliefs which fall between the extreme positions taken by the political parties. (more…)

Taxes in disguise

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

We often define taxes as our money (or time) used for government purposes. This is not a dictionary or legal definition; that definition would be “money paid to the government for public purposes.”  But does it really matter whether or not it is paid to the government? If the government requires us to spend money in a certain way, they can say that no tax was raised and be legally correct — but the effect on my pocketbook is the same, whether I write the check directly to the government, or pay someone else to satisfy a government mandate. I still cannot use that money as I wish. (more…)

Let's Be Rational about Health Care Rationing

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Most current public discussion of health care reform omits our ComingTogether Plan option — by painting a false dichotomy between what we have now and government run health care. We offer a third, more balanced, choice. (more…)

Auto Industry Bailout

Friday, January 9th, 2009

We see in the news that the American auto industry is having difficult times, but we need to be careful about that generalization. While it is true that the three major US-based companies are in dire financial straits, that is by no means the entire American auto industry. Many other companies have production facilities in the United States. We do not see Toyota and Honda asking for bailouts. Why? (more…)

Tax Credits

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

In the political campaigns of 2008, candidates of both parties have proposed tax credits to accomplish certain social welfare objectives. This is in contrast to the ComingTogether Plan’s approach of separating the tax system from the benefits. Why do we think our approach is better? (more…)

Subprime Financial Crisis: Causes and Solutions

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Reasons

For the financial crisis of 2007-2009, there is plenty of blame to go around. Generally, the United States economy is robust enough to deal with mistakes — yes, the people that make mistakes suffer, but normally there is not serious impact on the whole economy. In this case, the majority of the people in this country, as well as many others around the world, have experienced difficulties. The following contributed to the perfect storm that resulted in the Subprime Financial Crisis: (more…)

Economic Stimulus

Friday, February 21st, 2003

In January of 2003, President George W. Bush proposed several programs for the purpose of stimulating the United States’ economy. This article provides comments on these proposals from the viewpoint of the ComingTogether Plan. (more…)