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more than 16 Trillion dollars (only god knows how many zeros in a Trillion) in
national debt and growing at jet speed ($56,378.00 per person) as of last week,
USA as a nation is by far the biggest borrower on Earth.It is perhaps no other nation has even the
capacity to borrow that much money.In
2015 USA spent over $430 billion on just the interest payment which is
approximately $3500.00 per tax payer.The interest rate was a very modest 2.5% annual rate on this money.
debt is greater than the annual GDP of the United States, and the debt stood at
102.98% of GDP when last calculated.
USA as the largest economy on earth and the most prosperous nation on the
planet, to be in such a dire financial stage is nothing but political
nation keeps raising the debt ceiling (with a bit of drama in congress every
time) at alarming rates and the elected officials (every one of them) play
politics that cater to the next election cycle, spending borrowed money.The social programs and freebies are
excellent vote bank politics, as no one is really interested in hearing about
the debt burden, and having a plan to live within the means.
election cycle has raised the topic of the national debt as a main issue.Trump has and continues to make it a major
issue (which it should be).
we be afraid of burden of debt, now and in the future?
is it difficult for the USA to cut the debt, and also pay it completely off? Why
is the government spending money it doesn’t have while demanding people to pay
taxes and managing their finances?
of voters following Trump and now voting for him are certainly looking for
someone to get elected and make the hard choices on reducing or even
eliminating the national debt.Trump
being personally wealthy and without the normal compulsions of money in
politics, can suggest or even make policy announcements that offer across the
board cuts to spending, cutting deficits, and return the stable balance sheet
to the people.
is quite aggressive in is quite aggressive in tax collection.IRS keeps lifelong tabs on both individuals
and corporations, in tax collections.Why should the government be allowed to excesses and abuse?Shouldn’t the agencies that manage national
finances be subjected to same budget constraints as individuals and
clearly makes a case for deficit reduction (in fact he suggests to eliminate it
all together) thru revised trade agreements, negotiating better government
contracts, and cutting waste.He
promises to completely erase the budget deficit in 8 years.That is a plan to cut the deficit by 12.5% a
year for 8 years to completely erase thedeficit.It is by far a very
aggressive suggestion any the people behind him are supportive of this and
every other idea he has socialized in this election.Is such a plan possible?In true sense, if the nation wants to live
debt free, yes.Erase the budget
deficit, and enact laws that will forever force the government to be debt free.
wants to renegotiate just about everything.He also wants other nations to pay their fair share for American
services and military protection. There should be no debate on asking nation's to pay their fair share, and help with the costs. If an individual negotiates and a business negotiates a better deal (all the time), then why not the nation?
one running for elected office wanted to take on the markets, international
partners, immigrants, women and serious national issues and still be standing
in the race.No matter what Trump says,
a third of the voters have continued to support him, and if he gets into the
general election as the republican candidate his support might be greater.
now until we choose the next president, Trump has raised issues that
politicians stay away from.America
First and also embracing wholesale changes to keep the nation as the most
prosperous on earth is something all presidents should do.Cutting government and its spending,
immigration, trade and alliances, all should be of importance, but first
keeping the nation first and its people.All of Trump’s stump speeches (not highlighting his insults) are things
that are of major concern to every American.All of us have the issues in our mind, and now Trump is making them
headlines.No matter who become the next
president, the issues of the nation and Trumps supporters (a 1/3 of the nation)
and probably all that don’t support Trump are all waiting for actions that lead
to the nation’s fiscal discipline?
President Obama is
completing him final term in office on January 20, 2017, this coming
Friday.Most of my last ten years have
been nursing back to health and only a single trip to India to visit
my mother in 2016, but plenty of time in understanding politics and global
directions.Both India and USA have been quite active in
pushing democracy and development, and some brotherly love between Modi and
Obama. To draw simple
parallels, since Modi became the PM of India,
Obama was already some way thru his second term as president of USA.Both men got along really well, and even
addressed each other by Barak and Narendra.A gesture to me was a special connotation of friendship between leaders
of the largest and the oldest democracies, and the friendship between the
leaders continue to the end of term of president Obama. Before delving into
retirement of Obama, the parallels that can be drawn between Obama and Modi are
their beginnings as men in community …
Peace and Happiness to everyone in 2017. At the dawn of
New Year 1/1/2017, India was reporting that 90% of the 500 and 1000 Rupee notes
were back into the banks as the process of demonetization comes to an end.From 11/1/2016 to 12/31/2016. Getting 90% of
the old currency out of circulation is not just a very good effort, and for a nation
that is plagued with corruption and fakes, this is somewhat a super human result.There was a Times of India column recently
that said the expectation of a wind fall for the government doesn’t seem real
because 90% of the old notes are already redeemed.This is a disingenuous claim by TOI and the news
channels, which already reported that money being burned, thrown thru the train toilets,
thrown into the rivers, thrown into the trash cans, and simply being left
everywhere and being donated everywhere.Assuming all the old notes that were legal were only 90% accounted for,
it is still a 10% wind fall of the entire m…
Vasu Reddy from Chicago email@example.com All you need is
50.01% of the electoral vote to be put in power.Democratic societies typically need only a
simple majority in most circumstances to put someone in power.The simple majority is what puts one in power
over 100% of the people.Most democracies
work thru varied structures of voting to elect the leader based on majorities in localized electoral
process, where a majority as defined in each of these circumstances elects a
leader. In the large democracies
such as the USA and India, the
local leaders (typically representing a party that is contesting the elections) are
elected and they in turn project a national leader of their party, who when his party obtains a majority in turn
becomes the leader of the nation. In the USA,
the Electoral College elects the president, simply representing the states choosing
their electoral college, which elects the national leader.For each state there are a certain number of
electoral votes, and majority of …