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I am a Republican who voted for Obama. It is the first time in 30 years that I have voted for a Democrat in the presidential election. Unfortunately, I am completely dissapointed in Obama's performance to this point. I understand that he inherited the biggest economic mess in 80 years, but its been two years and conditions are getting worse. Keep in mind that no president has ever had his economic policies implemented in such a short time with party control of Congress. So far it has been an utter failure. The economy is not improving and I fear we have not bottomed out yet especially in the real estate and construction industries.

The problem is that the federal governments approach is completely flawed. Most reputable sources state that 60-70% of the populace works for small, closely held businesses. The economic stimulus does nothing directly for these business's. GM does not have any auto plants in AZ and money to them does nothing to stimulate real estate or construction in our state. All the stimulus money does is throw good money on top of bad money.

The quickest way to fix the economy is do the following. Cut government spending - pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan like Obama promised but didn't do. In fact he sent 40,000 more troops over. Spending $2 billion a week to have our boys killed and kill Iraquis and Afghanis is idiotic. There is nothing to win!!!

Next all upper level government employees making over $100k need to take a 50% pay cut and have all benefits cut in half or eliminated. All the other government employees need to take a 15% pay cut and have all benefits cut in half or eliminated. Then, all government employees from the elementary school janitor to the President need to be drug tested once a week. If they test positive for illegal drugs they are laid off for 30 days without pay. If they don't pass after 30 days they lose their job and all benefits including pensions. You break the law and you pay the consequences. If they don't like it they can quit the gravy train and try their luck in the private sector with the rest of us. I know that it will be no problem filling their positions. Do you think that we might have a more efficient, responsible government at that point?

Then everyone in the US, regardless of their tax bracket pays 20% less taxes, which is essentially getting a raise. We all know that when we make more - we spend more. It is a known fact that most Americans will buy the best car and biggest house they can afford. This by itself will instantly stimulate the economy. With the current trickle down economics we have all of the government money watered down by the cumbersome government bureacracy which results in a small percentage of the government money spent making it to the people. If the people are allowed to spend the money the economy will get the boost it needs.

Posted by ahorness on 08/15/2010 at 4:36 PM

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