Food For Thought, Continued

A couple days ago, I posted a rant about the state of the country. One of my pet peeves is when people complain about something but don’t offer up any solutions to fix the problem. That being the case, I didn’t want to be accused of doing the same thing so here are some of my own suggestions on how to get this country back on the right track.

1) All elected officials should be subject to the exact same health care and retirement packages as the rest of us. If it is good enough for us, it should be good enough for them.

2) We, the citizens, are in control of when Congressmen get raises and how much they get. Personally, I haven’t seen a raise in almost six years, due to the economy. Why should they be any different?

3) At the state and federal levels, compensation for politicians is tied directly to the economy, unemployment, and the budgets. Salaries are adjusted up or down based on those factors.

4) Welfare and other subsidized benefits should only be available for those who truly NEED them. If you’re on the dole, you should have to prove you are actively seeking employment or have a damn good reason why you aren’t.

5) If the churches want to get involved in public policy, they should be taxed at the same rate as any other commercial entity. Let them pay the same admission price as everyone else.

6) All states should have “shall issue” permits for concealed carry.

7) No more excuses for bad behavior. Caught driving drunk? Mandatory one year imprisonment. Drive drunk and injure or kill someone? Ten years, minimum. Engage in pedophile behavior? First offense — life imprisonment. There should be harsh sentences handed down quickly for severe crimes. No more of these cases that drag on for years. Every criminal matter should be on the “rocket docket.”

8) No more tenured positions in the public school system. Reviews and compensation are based solely on merit, not length in the position. Teachers should be well paid, provided they are doing their jobs effectively.

9) Mandatory retirement accounts. By that, I mean a small percentage of your income is withheld from each paycheck and kept in an account for when you retire. Something similar to social security except that the funds are untouchable by anyone until you retire or die. In the latter case, the funds would get distributed to the estate. These funds would come out pre-tax and not be taxed upon disbursement.

10) Academic teams should receive the same budget as athletics. There should as much focus on debate teams as there is on football. While I’m at it, no more full ride scholarships based solely on athletic performance. If the athlete doesn’t have the grades to enter the college or university, how fast they run or how high they jump shouldn’t matter.

All that would at least get us moving in the right direction, I think.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for SurvivalWeekly.com. He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

One thought on “Food For Thought, Continued”

  1. I have to say I am in agreement with your list, with the exception of one or I think the best way to say it would be an “Amendment” to #5, pertaining to churches.

    I pastor a small church and I am somewhat of a survivalist. I do not function in a state of fear or panic, but I do believe in being ready. I believe we can derive this “being ready” from the bible.

    The “Amendment” would be in the area of, for example, ministers. 1) No minister should use the pulpit as a podium for personal politics. What I mean by this is bashing or supporting a candidate. Policy is another area. If a position can be supported by scripture, then there is not an issue. Example: Murder. This is easy and the bible is clear on this subject. 2) A minister taking a personal stand outside the church. Many times, by the minister’s position alone people would say the minister’s position is the church’s position. That is not always the case. As an individual, I have taken positions that have nothing to do with the church I try to serve. As an example, our local Sheriff’s race. I supported a candidate, publicly, but I never took my support into the pulpit. To say I never discussed it with individuals in the congregation would not be the truth. I can say, I never stumped for the candidate in the pulpit. It has no place in the pulpit. 3) No minister should allow a politician into the pulpit during regular worship services. Outside regular services, I would advise caution. I do not oppose a church renting facilities out if they desire to do so, but it should be done very carefully.

    I thought I would toss out a couple of point for pondering. I like your site. Good and clean, loads fast and has a lot of helpful items for those who desire to be ready.

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