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We Need to Wise Up Our Finances; by Wising Up Our Policies on All Fronts.

The problem is far more complex than just not having enough revenue. Lets take the military budget. The military spends $90.00 on screws and a $1000.00 on toilets! The whole system is corrupt to the core. Not only does this deprive the American people out of money it makes the military weaker.

The medical expenditure is simply unsustainable. The medical costs are incurred in the last six months of life. The bulk of this money is spent on the worst cases. Not only are the costs huge the elderly patient goes through a lot of pain and suffering. Perhaps 80%+ of life's total pain is suffered during these last six months of life. Perhaps we spend this huge amount of money as someone said, to prolong death rather than prolonging life. For the majority of these unfortunate elderly patients it is an undignified and painful life. The treatment itself is in many cases more of an insult to life than a celebration of life. Our medical policy must be wised up.

Our education is in such a mess that after spending trillions of dollars we now have a trillion dollar student debt. We spend the bulk of our education budget on making every student a jack of all trades. We even force those who are not suited to become jack of all trades to struggle and struggle with their studies. Every single task requires professional skill. What is a jack of all trades good for? Not much, as even the lower skill jobs need professional expertise.

We produce 80% emotionally challenged brains. We teach the mind while we ignore brain education and even miseducate the brain. Emotionally challenged brains are responsible for such high rates of crime, divorce, depression, drug addictions etc. Crime alone drains our resources of over 1.3 trillion. Just imagine the total cost of emotionally challenged behavior. We need to wise up our education policy by introducing a new compulsory subject that teaches wisdom/emotional intelligence.

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  • Jan 10 2013: The medical lobby doesn't care if the country goes bankrupt. They will keep trying to resist any diminishing of their power.
    Every special interest group does the same. The solution is to make sure we elect wise leaders; who will forget partisanship and will not be influenced by lobbiest.

    It is no coincidence that the Germans have the highest per capita savings in the world. While we produce jacks of all trades they produce money making brains!

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