First and foremost, let‚Äôs work to put an end to our permanent war economy, dictated to feeding the insatiable needs of the military industrial complex.¬† Former President and WWII Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower had tremendous foresight when he warned of this, decades ago.
After decades of ‚Äėnation building‚Äô and imperialistic aggression, many of our children have literally never know an America at peace.
Many of our dedicated service men and women have been both physically and mentally maimed, for life.¬† While other have paid the ultimate sacrifice.¬† We cannot abandon these heroes or their families – ¬†ever.
Ending our dependency on a war based economy also entails retraining our service men and women as well as repurposing portions of the MIC for peaceful industries, such as transportation, renewable energy, water purification, carbon fixation, space exploration and communications, to name a few.
As world renowned psychologist, Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
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A Responsible Path to Legal Residency
The most effective and economical way to solve our nation‚Äôs growing undocumented immigrant problem is to institute a nationwide photo/biometric identification system for every person living in the United States.
Beyond any security wall physical or otherwise that we could put in place around American borders, the Immigration Reform Program would serve multiple purposes:
- effectively shut US borders to illegal immigration
- end the use of undocumented workers
- end circumvention of proper contribution to payroll tax, Medicare, Social Security, and Workers Compensation pools
- rescue our schools, hospitals and medical services overburdened by inaccurate census data from undocumented residents uncounted in financial planning projections
Massachusetts Universities have become state sponsored profit centers instead of institutes of learning. ¬†Our college bound young adults increasingly face a choice between higher education and personal bankruptcy. ¬†Universities boast ‘low’ tuition but ultimately gouge students with¬†ridiculous¬†fees for¬†everything¬†you could possibly imagine.
Required books are another way the colleges rake in the dough. ¬†It’s not unusual for a book to cost over $400 and hardly be used during the semester. ¬†In addition to purchasing the book, students often must pay for an online access fee to complete homework assignments. Considering the ready access of laptops/computers and the resources and staff available to the universities most, if not all, course books could be easily written and published and made available for free download or viewing to all students.
For many, college is already stressful enough. ¬†A college education should open doors, not close them.
I invite students and parents to comment and share their experience.