What can we do at home to help out?
There are lots of social, cultural, and domestic issues, but what can actually be done about them? It's easy to say just get along and work together, but what else can we do, what's something that we can see, touch, or feel? An answer to that question would be some of the social, and domestic solutions that other countries have already embraced: Universal Health Care, Universal Education, but also a few that are more a theory than a practice: Citizen's pay, Government Assisted Job Search.
There are pages dedicated to universal education and health care so let's discuss Citizen's Pay. The idea is that all tax payers are paying taxes, and that they should reap some sort of reward from doing so. The best, and simplest means of doing so, would be that all of the taxes get pooled into a group fund and every tax paying, or otherwise, qualified citizen receives a monthly stipend. Now that sounds like socialism, communism, and big government wrapped up in a huge bundle doesn't it? Well that's because it is. However, let's define what these terms mean first:
Socialism - "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods."
Communism - "a way of organizing a society in which the government owns the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) and there is no privately owned property."
Big Government - "government perceived as excessively interventionist and intruding into all aspects of the lives of its citizens."
Secondly, let's also establish what the US is like already in terms of government:
"In contemporary usage, the term democracy refers to a government chosen by the people, whether it is direct or representative. The term republic has many different meanings, but today often refers to a representative democracy with an elected head of state, such as a president, serving for a limited term, in contrast to states with a hereditary monarch as a head of state, even if these states also are representative democracies with an elected or appointed head of government such as a prime minister.
The Founding Fathers of the United States rarely praised and often criticized democracy, which in their time tended to specifically mean direct democracy, often without the protection of a Constitution enshrining basic rights; James Madison argued, especially in The Federalist No. 10, that what distinguished a democracy from a republic was that the former became weaker as it got larger and suffered more violently from the effects of faction, whereas a republic could get stronger as it got larger and combats faction by its very structure.
What was critical to American values, John Adams insisted, was that the government be "bound by fixed laws, which the people have a voice in making, and a right to defend." As Benjamin Franklin was exiting after writing the U.S. constitution, a woman asked him "Well, Doctor, what have we got—a republic or a monarchy?". He replied "A republic—if you can keep it.""
The United States of America never has, or never will be, a true Democracy. For one, the Constitution denies that possibility from ever happening by establishing 3 branches of government, and designating powers to them. For another, the Bill of Rights and the other Amendments spell out our individual rights, as well as limitations/rights of the government. In a true Democracy, the people would have a say on anything and everything, which is both impractical and sometimes ill advised, especially in emotionally driven topics and issues. We are a Republic, with Democratic, Socialist, Communist, and other aspects of government molded into one. The reason why? It goes back to the old adage of greater than the sum of the parts. We have taken all of the best aspects of various forms of government, organization, and institution and molded them into one cohesive and functioning government, that has lead the world for well over a century. Therefore, it is not a stretch to suggest any of these ideas: Universal Health Care/Education, Citizen's Pay, or Government Assisted Job Search.
Continuing the discussion of Citizen's Pay, by making a few assumptions into account, namely that universal health care and education are a thing, and that the costs from SSI, government aid, and so forth are no longer needed, that leaves an enormous amount of budget available to funnel into the people! Making a further assumption that retirement benefits are markedly improved due to health care, and thus, more money towards retirement funding, we can add more money to this pool that has opened up. The theory would be to pay every eligible American Citizen $1500 a month, and SSI Retirees (non pension), through this collective tax pool.
18-65 would receive $286,358,239,500
65< would receive $122,383,488,000
Total cost in the US Federal Budget = $408,741,727,500
The total cost to the US Federal Budget would be a paltry $408 Billion. All of this money is already paid from taxed income, and is in addition to other income. The other point of fact is this is money that is given to the individual to do with as they please, presumably intelligently, but not limited in any way. What this means is that every American citizen has at least $1500 that they can put back into the economy every single month! These number's were based off of the US Census of 318 Million people, the demographics that this would affect, and the average number of SSI Beneficiaries, to determine retirement costs. The other part of the calculation was the Federal Budget itself. By slashing the budget for Health care, Education, Welfare, SSI based retirement, Frivolous (other) Government Spending, the initial savings from that alone would be over $2 Trillion.
Ladies and gentlemen, by funding Universal Health Care, Education, and slashing those programs, paying our citizens a monthly stipend, which, would eliminate the need for welfare, SSI, and "other" spending we save $2 Trillion. We spend $408 Billion to give back to our countrymen, and we end up with net savings of $1.6 Trillion. That's $1,600,000,000,000, annually, cumulatively and increasingly! That's not taking into account other things this country might choose to use: Legalization of Cannabis for medicine, recreation, and most importantly industry, universal taxation, elimination of tax loopholes, taxing religious bodies, just to name a few!
Join the Initiative
Your having come here is a testament to your desire to make a difference in the world, and to be a true patriot. Patriotism is not following your government blindly, it's faith in your country, its ideals, and what it stands for. It's about the man or woman next to you working hard, and doing the same things you do to keep this country afloat. There are solutions to our everyday problems, we just have to work together to find them, and implement them. What's important is, we don't let our fellow Countrymen suffer needlessly, and that we hold our country accountable for its actions, or inactions. We cannot and will not allow domestic degradation to continue! We can make a difference and I urge you to spread the message: through unity we can make a difference!