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Government / Education/Economics:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ... This program along with "Temporary Protective Status (TPS)" under the current administration faces a threat of elimination and the deportation of more than 800,000 people living in the United States.  Border communities and those with high rates of Latinos are drastically affected.

Texas, a state that ranks in the bottom third for investments in public education, invests roughly $10,000 per- capita.   If we took that figure and multiplied it by 800,000 one could easily see how investment in human resources would be flushed away with no mechanism to recoup the costs.

Our birth rates could not fill this void; nor could our economy.  For the social service tax dollars we need to fund our entitlement programs such as social security, this deportation would severely wound the economy.

The geriatric population is growing.  We are living longer.  We are already "inverted ' ... meaning that we have more people collecting benefits than workers / wage labor to pay the taxes to support them.

Result:  We have an opportunity to recoup the tax investment and those workers can keep the tax base solvent.

Economics: 

As we examine ways to pay down the debt we must examine how to put spending in check.  we will never spend or borrow our way into economic recovery.

i think we are compelled to establish a rule of thumb.  Example:  Debt should be driven down so as not to exceed 20% of GDP. [ Gross Domestic Product].

Preserve all elements that produce net results for the economy...ie., DACA: TPS

Train the labor force (in America's classrooms right now) to meet the needs of industry as we know it.  

1.  Stop social promotion

2.  Encourage a growth within the business community to host apprenticeships, mentors, and build financial literacy into curricula across the country.

3.  We could reduce the need for immigration programs such as H-1-B visas because we would be responding to intervention needs while students are still in school.  H-!-B visas are designed to import talent that our education is failing to produce.  This will reduce the need to import talent if we more effectively grew our own.

Foreign Policy:

We have troops on the ground in free fire zones (that we know of) in Niger, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan .  We are likely to have increased numbers for possible combat operations on the Korean peninsula.  We have a target budget reduction of more than 30 percent in our State Department.  If we reduce diplomatic options to resolve international differences, we increase the likelihood to engage in politics by other means -- war/combat.  That puts soldiers lives at risk.  We would do well to shore up the state department .

Result:  To think it out, talk it out so we don't have to fight it out.

The President ordered 5000 more soldiers into Afghanistan -- America's longest war (16 years).  If there is a winning strategy, from my studies, I dont recognize one.  If we could not do whatever it was we were trying to do in 16 years, what will 5000 more troops do and to what end?  Congress has got to be more informed on the aims and ends our Commander-in-Chief.

Deployments produce casualties.  The costs of war does not end when the last boot is lifted off of the battlefield.  Those costs re generational.

Our veterans healthcare delivery system is on "cruthesc" itself.  We do a disservice to our soldiers when we do not have a viable healthcare delivery system for them when they return from the battle field.

"with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and all nations."

Suicides Among Service Personnel.  Their rates are higher than the national average and 2.5 times higher for female vets.  Yet according to Congressman O'Rourke, in a northeast town hall briefing, we have reduced the budget for psychiatric health services within the Veterans' Administration.

Less than one percent of the US population is service connected.  Before we deploy them we must commit to and deliver all recovery services at our disposal. No exceptions !

Government:

Foreign Policy ... We have troops on the ground in free fire zones (that we know of) in Niger, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan .  We are likely to have increased numbers for possible combat operations on the Korean peninsula.  We have a target budget reduction of more than 30 percent in our State Department.  If we reduce diplomatic options to resolve international differences, we increase the likelihood to engage in politics by other means -- war/combat.  That puts soldiers lives at risk.  We would do well to shore up the state department .

Result:  To think it out, talk it out so we don't have to fight it out.

The President ordered 5000 more soldiers into Afghanistan -- America's longest war (16 years).  If there is a winning strategy, from my studies, I dont recognize one.  If we could not do whatever it was we were trying to do in 16 years, what will 5000 more troops do and to what end?  Congress has got to be more informed on the aims and ends our Commander-in-Chief.

Deployments produce casualties.  The costs of war does not end when the last boot is lifted off of the battlefield.  Those costs re generational.

Our veterans healthcare delivery system is on "cruthesc" itself.  We do a disservice to our soldiers when we do not have a viable healthcare delivery system for them when they return from the battle field.

"with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and all nations."

Suicides Among Service Personnel.  Their rates are higher than the national average and 2.5 times higher for female vets.  Yet according to Congressman O'Rourke, in a northeast town hall briefing, we have reduced the budget for psychiatric health services within the Veterans' Administration.

Less than one percent of the US population is service connected.  Before we deploy them we must commit to and deliver all recovery services at our disposal. No exceptions !


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