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solutions_for_america [2011/05/25 15:05]
naptastic [On Improving The State]
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   * Budgeting:   * Budgeting:
     * Could the government just **ask** for money?     * Could the government just **ask** for money?
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 +===Compromise===
 +In a pure Democracy, whatever gets the most votes, wins. This is sub-optimal. The goal should be to arrive at a solution which is optimal or at least tolerable by the greatest number of people. We're past the point where a small number of people can come up with something that will work for everyone. Consensus building needs to be as much in our bones as voting is now.
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 +===Incentives===
 +Tax the things you don't like. Subsidize the things you do like.
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 +Here's a jag I've been meaning to go off on for a long time: I think the top marginal income tax rates in the US should be tied to an index of things like median wage, unemployment,​ and how many people are living in poverty. The richest 1% of the country includes so many people with so much power, we should just directly reward them for making the economy go the way we want it to go.
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 +Communism didn't work because people didn't have an incentive to produce. Capitalism doesn'​t work because the incentives reward greed and unethical behavior more than they reward honest, hard work.
  
 ===== On Improving The Media ===== ===== On Improving The Media =====
   * We have the technology now to fact-check things as they are happening, or at least within a few minutes. Use it.   * We have the technology now to fact-check things as they are happening, or at least within a few minutes. Use it.
   * Hold the talking heads accountable for what they say. Demand that they are correct.   * Hold the talking heads accountable for what they say. Demand that they are correct.
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