I begin by handling the big things. I would first crak down on these banks that have taken that bailout maoney, and then used it to profit themselves and not the bank. I would either raise the taxes for these banks to get the money back or demand it back. Hopefully the czars can crack down and reduce these peoples paychecks so that rest of America can get a paycheck. Then I would stimulate the housing for all the forclosures, so that people the will not loose their homes. Then I would find a need in America and come up with a project that would suffice that need and also supply jobs. ex.(the hoover dam was a project that supplied California with energy and also gave jobs to Americans. These are few things that I would do to help change America.
We are in a tough situation because of our national debt and the fluctuating dollar. We need to do something positive about our economy so that so many people aren't out of jobs and losing our homes! Government bailouts and stimulus packages haven't seemed to help so something else needs to be figured out that will be a permanent solution. Our government officials needs to quit making promises they can't keep!
Human nature has a tendency to not appreciate the good things if they are too plentiful for too long. If not for the low points in our history (economically and otherwise) as a country, we would as a nation probably be less grateful for the blessings and benefits of the good times. If we truly think times are tough in this country look at the suffering of human existence in some of the third world countries.
To me it feels like we have been spoiled for far too long. We deny economic realities that are staring us in the face. We have two wars ongoing, but we had tax cuts at the same time we started these wars. That was economic madness. We had deregulation of banks and the stock market so that massive profits could be made by a small number of people, while the vast majority of Americans' retirement, home ownership and stock portfolios were at risk. That was criminal on the part of the wealthy and of government, in my opinion.
People also need to be realistic about what they can afford. They need to live within their means. I would like to see us be less materialistic as a society. As stated earlier, we can't want medical care, retirement security, unemployment protection, good roads, a strong military, etc. etc. without being willing to pay a little more in taxes. Every time that is proposed by anyone in government or elsewhere, we act as though the British are oppressing us again. Great topic, thanks for letting me vent. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Poverty is rampant in the U.S. But for many people, including me, it's sometimes hard to see. In our local school district a lot of children are considered "homeless"...but they are invisible to the average person because they live with friends temporarily or live in a travel trailer park and are constantly on-the-go. I wish that we all knew and understood more about what poverty IS in this country. What is looks like. What effects lack of things like health care or a decent minimum wage have on families. I guess I wish for the impossible...to feel what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes for a bit.
Obviously, things aren't great in the US. But to me, the major problem is that people want just about everything from the government but don't want to pay for it. We need to have one or the other -- either we don't expect the government to help us or we need to be willing to pay taxes for what the government does for us.
As far as the stuff you suggest, in my opinion it's hard (and perhaps dangerous) for the government to decide which executives are worthy of their pay and which aren't. I also wonder whether everyone who is losing a house deserves to be bailed out. It's so hard for the government to get into these kinds of decisions.
I see that all the previous posts relate to USA. As an Indian I cannot contribute to this discussion with the same degree of conviction as others have done. However, I find it interesting to note that people American citizens writing about America display very much same kind of emotion as Indians display about condition of India and what need to be done to improve its condition.
This of course does not mean that the economic condition faced by India and USA are same. It only means that it is basic human nature to manage with what ever one has, but at the same time grumble about the situation. I think in general the USA is in much better position than India, but the level of dissatisfaction as reflected in this post appears to quite comparable.
I think it all depends on what one does and where we are in our life. If we are truly successful, then yes, if not, then no. Other than voting, there is not much on person can do in a highly politicized climate.