It’s no secret that America‘s finances are unsustainable. We’ve been spending more than we’ve been taking in for some time now. And that spells trouble in the long run.

Rather than everybody doing the standard Navy Salute where everyone’s pointing fingers at one another, let’s work together to solve the problem.  The problem has been mounting for a long time, so it cannot be fixed overnight, but there’s no need for all the hissy fits. Let’s just start addressing the problem now.

First it’s important to understand the situation at hand, and the choices we’re faced with. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an non-partisan organisation dedicated to teaching people the options on the budget have put together a Budget Simulator. I’ve run it a number of times. And have figured out how to stabilize the debt to 60% of GDP by the year 2021.

Here are my results:

How I stabilized the debt without draconian cuts:

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Why is there no real discussion on the subjects of real importance these days?

You know, things like: poverty, hunger, illiteracy, homelessness, joblessness, the lonely, the aged, the afflicted, foreign aid, a plan for alternative energy, the national debt, runaway spending, and why we’re at war…

Ad Hominem has completely replaced our national discourse.

Ad Hominem is a fancy word for a PR tactic that means “against the man” in Latin, but essentially means “change the subject”.

In other words, if your ideas can’t hold up on their own merit, then change the subject, and attack the man (any man, all the men) who won’t go along with what it is you want to do.

There’s one word that will help us focus on the real problems confronting our nation.


Respect for elders. Respect for our neighbors. Respect for the other guy. Respect for ourselves. Respect for the truth. Respect for our world.

Let’s do it then…

And let’s start by completely removing Ad Hominem as a tactic to quash any thoughtful discourse.

Everyone would learn how to recognize it in their middle-school civics classes, and would know it when they see it…, and then they’d call out the perpetrator whenever the tactic’s used, like you do in bullshit bingo.

“Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. Ad-Hominem Bingo.”

The Respect Ordinance

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Here is an updated graphic of the Republican Party Platform 2012.

Here is a link to a .pdf of the actual GOP2012 Platform.

With all this nonsense about slicing and dicing the American Public, the 47% vs. the 53%, we’re losing sight of a major opportunity.

The Republican Party is in freefall because (a) most politicians, especially Republicans–due to the corrupting influence of money–are out of touch with the American Public, and (b) they’re completely lost sight of the big ideas that make this country great.

We are bound together

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