Fundamentally, all the issues that we concern ourselves with, be they spending, healthcare, immigration, constitutional freedoms, "green" tyranny, etc., are bound by only a few common concerns:
Choice or options or freedom.
In other our own business. How we choose to provide value for our selves, our families, our communities, our nation. Often, we do that by trading our labor, or something we have exchanged for our labor, for something else of value that we want or need.
This is the essence of economy, in its broadest sense. This is the essence of the marketplace.
Many times, Economy involves money as the medium of exchange for the fruits of our labors. Many times it does not involve money, but rather desire, or love, or hobby, or faith.
In this section, we will concern ourselves with the job climate. Most of us need jobs in order to generate the funds we need to care for those dear to us, and ourselves. We need the funds for food, and for fun. We need the funds in order to maintain our independence, our freedom to choose.
None of the reform and freedom objectives discussed on this site mean much of anything if we do not have an economic climate that promotes an opportunity to prosper independently, as freely acting and individually responsible men and women.
There is a sense that the U.S. is in decline, usually meaning that our economic opportunities have become stagnant, or are eroding. That may or may not be true. We'll leave that to you to decide, candidly. However, it is also true that enhancing the economic opportunity our national environment offers us cannot be had by complaining, by protests, by grousing, by resignation -
We need to have a plan.
To have a plan, we need to understand where we want, or need, to go.
To understand how to get to where we want to go, we need to understand where we are, and what the obstacles and opportunities are along the way to our destination.
The topic of economic reform is a highly complex one in our nation, our state, and our communities. It is systemic in scope, and cannot be addressed simply by advocating for a "government and politicians that will deliver jobs" or "voting all the bums out" or "deciding to embrace market oriented libertarianism."
The scope of this Economic Reform section includes:
The need for our economic foundation to adapt to legitimately evolving social and economic environments
The need to overcome or override unintended corruptions within the different areas of publicgovernment and private business
The need to provide for (limited) universally enjoyed economic game rules
The need to allow for variation (and experimentation) in local business solutions, regulations, and methodologies
The need to enhance our national and global economic competitiveness.
This section has been placed here for now as a placeholder.
Over time, it will deal with questions such as
How does the US become competitive again globally? What would it mean for the U.S. to become a destination where both foreign and domestic companies prefer to build their manufacturing and their corporate bases here, in the U.S.
How does immigration fit in? What does a wise and prudent and enabling immigration policy look like?
The regulatory environment ... what needs to be improved upon?
The litigation environment ... what should we keep, what should we chuck?
Safety nets ... are they working for us? How can we do better?
Our tax policies. Why?
Environmental issues. What need we be careful of? What else is a ruse for something else?
Monetary policy. Is it appropriate?
Our education infrastructure... is it serving our needs?
Consumer (market) driven vs. government driven economic environments. Which wins?