Sunday, December 10, 2006

a financial burden

Our country's finances are in need of some serious attention. We've let our government rack up a huge credit card debt and it keeps trying to find new ways to transfer the balance.

Our country has been spending too much money on frivolous things for far too long, and fiscal conservatives are likely to become more aligned with a liberal agenda than they ever imagined.

  • Thinking green has many benefits to efficiency and the bottom line for heavy industry, and often outweighs the cost of implementation - otherwise known as a good return on investment and improving operating margins.
  • Poor health care is an enormous liability to our country's productivity, and poorly managed health care is a tremendous expense in and of itself.
  • Illegal immigrants have brought more money to the Texas economy than they've burdened our state with expenses. $ Billions, in fact. Now we just need to sort out how to get them legal and documented so that the benefits aren't simply reaped at the state level at the expense of municipalities, and improve tax collection for these newly welcomed citizens such that we all come out ahead.
  • The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world - and not just per capita, because our 2.2 million in prison/jail outweights China's 1.5 million. China! Reducing prison expenses means loosening penalties for non-violent offenders and specifically liberalizing drug laws.

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