- Health care delivery.
Billions wasted in commercialized bureaucracy and tens of millions still without health insurance, inadequate coverage, coverage refusals, theft and fraud, insured driven into poverty and more:
Single Payer Health Care. As in Medicare, as in the Veterans Administration Health Care system, as in the efficient and life saving nationalized programs in seventeen other industrialized nations. Health insurance companies making billions in profits, gone. Let them sell car insurance, home owner’s, liability, life insurance. Socialist? Damn right it is. After all, we are a “society."
- Economic struggle.
Wages so meager a vast segment of the population experiences a constant decrease in living standard exponential over the past decades. Households tripling adults under one roof, families working multiple jobs, children unattended, stress multiplied, substance abuse predominantly the only escape. The middle class is rapidly disappearing. Outsourcing and industry relocation is killing the livelihood of communities across the country.
Labor Import Tariffs and a National Living Wage. No industrial or natural product should be able to enter the U.S. with a massively reduced cost to the importer (or re-importer) due to international labor inequity. A producer or importer, must pay a labor differential in the form of import tariff. No ship, no plane unloads without this tariff paid prior. This will remove advantage for outsourcing and the relocation of labor from the U.S. A nationalized, cross-state, Living Wage should become the law of the land as a Civil Right to promote the General Welfare. This wage should increase with the Cost of Living every year there after. No one state or type of business should be exempt, no U.S. territory should be exempt. This can be introduced incrementally over five years.
- Dwindling Quality of Education.
Public schools are suffering with too large class sizes in some districts and too expensive school districts in other areas. Hours are limited to reflect a time when a parent was always at home. Teachers are paid less than most blue collar craftsmen, and most leave the profession after just five years. Drop-out rates are unacceptable. Creative classes can not be taught. History, Civics, Driving, and extra curricular activities are eliminated or cut to below minimums. Expenditures vary from county to county, per child, by as much as $6000. Yet the cost of needs, and the demand for an educated populace remains unchanged across the country where a BA is a BA in Alaska or Georgia. If adults are too provide for themselves and their families there must be a drastic change. Children must no longer be seen and treated as civil liabilities, rather as civil investments what’s rate of return is unquestionably favorable.
School districts, cities, and counties across the country, base their taxation rate and consequent revenue devoted to schools, on their own local property tax income. This amount is the largest share of funding per district. This amount can vary greatly based on the wealth of a community, no matter how small that community may be. A poor farming town two counties away from a burgeoning suburban community with several late-model housing developments, will have far worse schools, far less experienced and trained teachers, more children sharing computers and or books, a barely functioning sports program, unsafe buses, older buildings that are more likely to have contaminants, and etcetera. Federal allotments are based per pupil, but are lowered if a school district continues to survive with less children. State allotments follow suit and tend to be more harsh in times of tight budgets.
Remove the school district funding and revenue apparatus. In no way should local control and decisions, parental involvement be altered. Shift financing collection responsibilities to the State level. Quarterly the States will bank their revenues for education with the Federal government. No one community’s revenue in property value based taxes will determine school funding. Each child’s head is counted as being worthy of the same funding from State line to State line, from vastly poor neighborhoods to the pristine garden developments. No child’s education is to be ever held hostage to a State’s ability to manage it’s budget, as Federal dollars will be disbursed in the full amount required in each state.
Create teacher’s colleges regionally. Colleges that actually use children as real students on campus. Classrooms supervised by teaching instructors. Four year colleges that produce impeccably credentialed teachers, with real world experience, whose entire college experience featured teaching. Require each State establish a teacher’s union. Establish a state-wide professional wage for every working teacher. Salary should reflect an honored profession and should attract a resurgence of aspiring professional teachers.
Each of the three problems and their corresponding solutions reflect an inability of individuals, or groups of individuals, to accomplish an end to these conditions. They did not just fail to solve these problems as if they were new, they failed consistently for decades and decades. It is clear that these three problems fit the requirements for government intervention.