Wedge's ways to move ahead-Foreign Policy, Trade, Immigration, and Employment Conditions/Business
A bipartisan way to move ahead. Here is the start, 4 topics: Foreign Policy, Trade, Immigration, and Employment Conditions/Business. I will lay out my thought in a way to make all sides of the spectrum angry. Oh well they are my thoughts:
Foreign Policy: Use a non-interventionist “Speak softly, but carry a big stick”. Assess our military engagements and move ahead with disengagement. This means closing bases in Korea, Germany, Italy, England, Cuba, and wherever else we have frozen our troop locations since WWII. Ensure that we have a military that can defend the US, and project force anywhere in the world. Develop armed forces for the future - ones that are easily deployable, easily maintainable, and extremely lethal. Quit fighting and nation building, but be ready to strike when attacked. Strike with brutal force. Be okay as a nation to use brutal force when attacked. Redeploy units to man regional bases. Do not engage in adventurism for business or economic sake.
Trade/Energy: Engage in free trade only with 100% reciprocal agreements in all aspects. If there are barriers to entry in foreign markets for US firms, thus may it be here as well. Recognize that we cannot remain self-determining without a strong economy that is productive, and includes manufacturing, minerals, commerce, and service. Look at incentivizing business that is in this country and remains here. Recognize also that the economic development of industrialization and the productivity enhancements found in the use of high energy to weight materials like coal and oil has lifted all economies that fully engaged in it. Energy development and self sufficiency should be a desired national outcome. The nation is blessed with coal and oil resources and should utilize them. At the same time-other forms of electricity generation should be developed more fully. This would include the development of a nuclear, solar, geothermal, and wind energy capacity. The best solar panels still only convert a small portion of the sun’s energy into electrical current—more development and materials sciences is need here.
Immigration: First determine what a legal citizen is. A person’s citizenship would be determined by having at least one parent as a legal citizen. Citizenship devolves from parents, not location of birth. Determine which skills as a nation we value (such as an engineer, doctor, etc) and allow unlimited immigration of that skill set. Give a green card with a 5-7 year road to citizenship plan. Determine a number of immigration of others that we will allow for general immigration (100,000 per year or whatever number) and allow that immigration to occur in 5 or 6 national locations for processing. Give a green card with a 5-7 year road to citizenship plan. Establish a guest worker program. The guest worker numbers will be determined by the sponsoring employers. They must provide the request and are responsible for the guest workers from employment to termination. If a guest worker is terminated-they must report back to the Guest Worker program for reassignment or deportation. The employers must pay for the cost of administering this program. A guest worker who has three years of successful employment will be issued a green card and put into the immigration track. Any issues with a guest worker or green card holder engaged in criminality will result in deportation or incarceration/deportation. Consider running immigration through the regionalized military bases.
Employment Conditions: As the US is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, there should be no unionization of any job whose paycheck is issued by a municipality, state, or federal department. There should be no collective bargaining of governmental positions. Confucianistic-style civil service exams and levels would be permitted. In the rest of the economy, a union can exist in any business, provided the employees vote for it by secret ballot. A simple majority would be all that would be required and annually a unionized work force can vote to decertify the union by the same majority secret ballot. Any employee has the right to not join the union if their conscience dictates otherwise- but must follow all rules of their place or employment and collective bargaining agreement. For publically traded companies- executive compensation would be tied to company performance but will be capped as a multiple of the lowest paid full time employee. Perhaps as a multiple of 20 to 30 times depending upon what is agreed upon nationally? Private companies, limited partnerships, and sole proprietorships will have no such restrictions.