Civil government, in the democratic context, reflects the values of the majority who elected the leaders of their governments. Whether or not the current electorate wants what it is getting is yet to be determined. What we do know, is that historically both the “left” and the “right” share full responsibility for the overall flaws within the system contributing to our systemic breakdown of social-economic health. The current “bleeding,” while obviously accelerated, is the result of both historically faulty systems and numerous “cuts and slices” on multiple levels by multiple people.
Having stated the obvious, here are our immediate “fifty-thousand foot” major issues to be addressed now. Here is what the prevailing government should do:
1. Envision our citizens with their responsibilities to our nation and social fabric and then
talk about their rights.
2. Publicly acknowledge that unsecured governmental debt is theft from our children and
future generations. Politicians who don’t care about this must be removed from office.
3. Recognize that capital creation, and the policies that stimulate it, create jobs.
Government jobs not already paid for in balanced budgets only create public debt since
civil government is, by current definition and experience, a non-profit organization.
4. Freeze all government bailouts and schedule quick and orderly pay-backs from all past
recipients. Disinvest all government ownership of marketplace enterprises A.S.A.P.
5. Connect all unemployment recipients, wherever possible, to part-time employment
with businesses who receive tax-incentives for employing them at minimum wage plus.
6. Do everything possible to connect social welfare benefits to re-connecting and
strengthening the family units. The welfare system for the last forty-plus years has
acted as the primary enemy of the family units in the nation. It has promoted racism,
classism, and benign bureaucratic dictatorships.
7. Rally the cities, counties, and states to come up with specific money-savings plans to
bring governmental efficiencies that de-centralize national spending and empower
8. Incentivize the financial community so that if they do not regulate themselves with
responsible accounting, security, leverage rates, and a general set of ethical guidelines
commensurate with their social responsibility to the rest of us, they will be regulated
vigorously by civil government until they do.
9. Honestly deal with the social-security crisis, medical-debt crisis, and Federal debt
crisis with mandated balanced budgets and principle-based debt reduction on a yearly
10. Recognize that until the
for freedom, security, prosperity and human development, fully discussed and voted on
by the people, we will continue to live at the cruel mercy of short-term partisan politics
and politicians who are unworthy of leadership.
This is a short list of the “musts.” It passes over foreign policy since it is not clear that we have any consistent one. This is TheTransforum; let’s engage.
For more information on the author, Dennis Peacocke, go to: http://www.gostrategic.org/