Gun Control, Same-Sex Marriage and Climate Change

Arguably the three most prioritized issues currently being advanced by the Government are gun control, same sex marriage and climate change.  It is critical that we do something… I guess.  I often wonder why legislators at every level make these issues sound so dire — as if by not addressing them we are inviting impending doom upon ourselves.  Are the people chomping at the bit for action?  Apparently not.

According to Gallup, when people are asked: What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?  Virtually no one says guns, “marriage equality” or climate change.  Only 4% of the people are concerned with guns or gun control, and the other two don’t even register.

Trend: What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [OPEN-ENDED]

This then begs the question, why are politicians so concerned with these issues if the people aren’t?

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On a tangent, notice the top five concerns of the people

Comments

  1. The same can be asked about much of what government deals with. Plenty of legislation gets presented and passed without much fanfare that people might take issue with.

    I’m curious – there seems to be a lot of complaining about our government (and by no means do I consider them anything close to perfect), but if it were up to you alone (open to all readers), just what would you do with each of the items on this list?

    What do you think government could do to make the economy better in your eyes?
    What role should government play regarding employment by private companies?
    If the debt is that important to you, what would you do to pay it off?
    Do you think the healthcare system is perfectly fine without any government interference?
    Is the government responsible for morals and ethics in our society?

    Again, I’m not endorsing anything done by any administration – I’m just asking what you think we should focus on.

  2. Economy, Unemployment, Deficit: First, I’d reduce corporate tax rates. I’d do everything in my power to make America an attractable place to do business.

    Second, I’d pass another stimulus, only this time it would focus on small-businesses. They’re not expanding (hiring) because they have no credit with banks any more. We have to do something to fix this.

    Third, I’d do something about the trade deficit. I might even get rid of free-trade.

    Fourth, I’d reduce spending so we can stop printing more money which only devalues our currency. Yes, I’d pass a stimulus that helps small-businesses, but this is a short-term solution to a sluggish economy. In the long run, spending needs to be cut and our debt needs to be reduced.

    Healthcare: I would get rid of ObamaCare. But obviously there must be programs in place to help people who don’t have insurance. It is immoral to allow people to suffer and die simply because they’re poor and cannot afford health insurance. So while I definitely support Medicaid and Medicare, these programs need to be retooled so that they’re sustainable.

    Immigration: Provided they have no felonies, I would give amnesty to all illegal immigrants currently in the country. I would require that they learn English and pass a civics exam. To stop new arrivals I would drastically increase boarder-security. No amnesty for those people; send ’em right back.

    Morals & Ethics: Government should promote moral and ethical behavior, but they shouldn’t pass laws against immoral behavior that harms nobody else. For instance, two guys having sex in the privacy of their own bedroom is not the business of government.

    Welfare: I want the system checked for abuse, but I generally have no problem with welfare for those who truly need it.

    North Korea: Who cares? That little puppy-eater would be a memory if he launched a missile at us or an alley. Just wipe out him and the military leadership and let South Korea take it over. The people will fall in line. They’re starving to begin with.

    Education: I’d privatize all schools. Give out vouchers.

    The rest I’ve pretty much answered with my explanations.

  3. Z

    Arbitrary regulations ruin an economy. We need to get to a point where more people have more money in their pockets. I also thing the government should have very little to do with private business. I’m not sure what over all benefit comes from imposing restrictions and micro managing the functions.

    Paying the debt off is easier than most politicians are willing to act on. Balance the budget, don’t spend more than you take in. From there you can determine where to cut back further or use targeted temporary non intrusive taxes to generate surplusses to pay it down. Shutting down the fraud that is rampant in government social programs would be a great start.

    Every poll prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) showed that 80+% of people liked the way their health insurance worked and the system overall. Something could have been done to specifically target and insure the uninsured and uninsurable without messing with the entire system. As we see many MANY companies are either laying off or reducing hours because Obamacare is not business friendly.

    I think the government has a first duty to protect its citizens. That means promoting healthy and prosperous policies and discouraging unhealthy and disastrous ones. I oppose most forms of government social programs, I think it’s immoral to sustain and enable people to rely on programs rather than their own efforts. I agree that there should be some kind of system in place to help with disaster relief and emergency needs. Even as far as some kind of safety net for the truly needy. Govt systems are too easy to game.

    From here it would be good to have more directed questions from you as well as your ideas on your own questions

  4. It’s a good start to begin a conversation, John, and I’ll try to briefly address your reply.

    Special interests ruin a government. I don’t think the government tries to micromanage private business. There is far too much legislative influence by larger companies in our government that stifle smaller business and attempts to regulate those larger conglomerates ends up getting neutered. Let’s face it; all industries need some level of regulation.

    Balancing the budget – easier said than done. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_United_States_federal_budget) No one wants to pay more taxes and no one seems to be willing to give up anything that get, whether it’s social security, medical assistance or just infrastructure. (The elephant in the room is the defense budget, but that seems to always be taken off the table.) Granted, there is a lot of fraud committed by a large number of people in this country, but it takes even more money and manpower to prevent and prosecute those crimes. I guess those criminals should have had a higher ethical and moral standard. Maybe they missed that day in church…

    As for polls regarding healthcare satisfaction, it remains to be seen how people will view healthcare after the current changes take effect. Apparently, although the link address may lead you think otherwise, 77% are dissatisfied with healthcare costs in the US. http://www.gallup.com/poll/159005/majority-satisfied-own-healthcare-costs.aspx

    Addressing some of the things that Terrance mentioned, a lot of his focus is on small business. I agree that small businesses are the backbone of a strong economy, but many would argue that government should have no say with how privately held banks lend money. The problem with the “bailout” was that there were no strings attached to all the funds given to the financial institutions and they just ended up keeping it, not getting it back out into the economy by providing loans for small businesses.

    My advice for trying to “fix” our government is to get rid of the special interests and lobbyists. Large industries like banking, insurance, petroleum, healthcare and pharmaceuticals are not working in our best interest, just theirs. (http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/top.php?indexType=i)

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