… but I don’t know what to do… So I leave it up to you…” Lyrics — to the rock song I heard growing up in my youth, by a band called Ten Years After (see a video, for a feel of the era of the times, here: (https://youtu.be/IaGwjZCCswQ)).
It was a time of residual hippiness and carefree youth, my older brother (I miss you!!!) indoctrinating me with a great schooling of the proper rock classics and culture, which went along with the 60’s and filtered into the early 70’s.
While I’m more of a hippie-chick used-to-be wannabe, I still have alot of the social-issue-activism I never really utilized spilling over into my later years. It’s been tempered through experience with reality toward a more conservative outlook, these days — but best summed up by considering myself an issues-oriented person with conservative leanings.
The world really does need changing still, so here is where my evolving stances lie, and what my proposed considerations would be (and may be further updated/edited):
a) Unhook healthcare from employer responsibility. What happened to medical privacy? Your employer should not be privy to your private, personal medical data. Repeal the law that requires a company to provide medical insurance coverage. That will be one less thing for them to administer. It benefits nobody in the present arrangement: companies often don’t even contribute to an employee plan, so their input is voyeuristic, at best. A company may still offer it, if they wish. Healthcare was at its best when companies had no obligation to provide it. Money the company saves, if any, could be used to raise take-home wages (though companies being the greedy little entities that they are make this scenario hardly likely).
b) Repeal the 90-day employee “probationary” status. People should be considered an official employee from day one. This eliminates bureaucratic red-tape in the burdensome “he-said/she-said” proof-of-employment status with the unemployment claims process, should it eventually come down to that. There is too much emphasis, because of this present allowance, to treat employees as disposible resources. They should be treated as the assets they are and receive benefits, if offered by the company, from day one. This makes better sense and offers better job “security”, for both the employer and the employed. Turnover will plummet, and both applicants and hiring managers will make more concerted efforts to create a mutually rewarding environment for all.
c) Eliminate background checks/references, and streamline the employment application. It is an invasion of privacy to require an applicant to provide personal financial and identifiable details, and its abuse is evident in the burgeoning explosion of identity theft issues. There are plenty of shady businesses out there, but the bias is tipped in their favor. What guarantees does a potential applicant have that their wages will be paid or that they will not get caught up in the company’s questionable dealings? Really not much, other than the companies’ reputation; how long they’ve been around, etc. Conversely, it happens that the company may have hired a “bad apple” in the bunch, from time to time. If the applicant is not jailed, than it should stand to reason that they have not been proven guilty of anything. Aren’t they supposed to be given the benefit of the doubt? Instead, they’re bombarded with giving up private information about their banking and finances, credit, vehicles, housing, location of everything: school, previous employment — and that’s just for the consideration of becoming an eligible candidate. It’s no wonder identity theft is so commonplace. Do company managers and executives provide their own, personal credit reports for the applicants’ perusal? I didn’t think so. So, what proof does a company provide that they can purchase your services up-front for one-, maybe two-weeks or more in advance, when your paycheck arrives (interest-free)? It is an even exchange; your work, for an agreed (though not always favorable) rate of pay. Simplify the process: Name, address and phone number, plus a check-box to indicate whether the applicant is eligible to work and can supply, on day one, proof of employment eligibilty (the present forms work, as long as there is enforcement of compliance), which ought to suffice for all requirements needed from an applicant. Let the potential employee provide, at their own discretion, non-requisite additional information to enhance their selection for the position (relevant experience, etc.). Engender an atmosphere of enhanced trust — it will do wonders to increase morale.
It’s a necessary evil. There would be no other fair way to generate revenue to create the infrastructure and services the country communally relies on. Money is an exchange medium to purchase goods and services, and credit is the extension of a promise for future payments toward the purchase of goods or services. Of course, there has to be an accepted and defined value standing behind the worth of the currency, and that is why some people prefer only valuations backed by real, tangible items (such as gold), as currencies occasionally are devalued and have little worth from their original price. Barter uses this principle, to create an agreed-upon exchange; but since not everyone can produce all things, money becomes the commonly recognized equalizer. So, if you don’t want my wooden picture frames, but I want your eggs, I can give you money for your eggs, to be used to purchase your need for milk from a different source.
a) Double Taxation: End unfair taxation. Either tax our employment, or our goods, but why do both?
b) Death Tax: Excuse me? End that.
c) Inheritance Tax: That’s a double (or more) taxation. It’s already been taxed when initially earned. End that; it’s unfair.
a) Stop Financing Terrorism. Only Support Democratic, Western-aligned and Acting Countries. Why do we send tax-payers’ hard-earned wages overseas to terrorists trying to kill us? This is not humane — either to our own citizens, or to them. Only support Democratic, peace-loving nations which need the help, from time-to-time. Business deals, where we reap a product, are fine. Endless financing to bankroll terror-involved attitudes from the countries housing such people needs to be ended immediately. If they want access to the nations and the economies that generate them,then they need to play by OUR rules.