Six Steps to Bridging the Future

Education

We must bridge the gaps between an education that centers on test taking, to a world class curriculum that develops students to be tested both in and out of the classroom. Our paths in life begin differently, but early on most of us end up in a classroom environment.  Most of these classrooms and schools are similar, with a minimum curriculum and similar criteria for graduation to the next level of education. Yet some schools are different. These schools take an extra step to prepare students for both the world and the workplace. We all need to read, write, count, etc.  We all need a basic understanding of the world around us. But, in some school districts around the country, we see preparation for the real world application of the lessons we learn in the classroom. 

Employment

One of the biggest issues facing any country is employment.  As we focus on better educating our students to be prepared for the workforce, we can therefore make it easier for employers to hire them after graduation. This is an area where the sheer volume of regulations can be disadvantageous to both employer and employee. There are simply too many rules to follow. But more importantly, the impact of those regulations tend to slow down not only hiring, but innovation. As technology changes the world around us, the time to start training the future is now.  We have to work with all branches of government to insure that our citizens have the opportunity to work and succeed in the workplace.

Taxation

The first step in any taxation plan must be to simplify the codes, making it easier to understand.  This would also simplify the  government's role in taxation without wasting the time or resources in pursuing endless accounting errors or mistakes in deductions.  The easiest form that taxation could take is either a Flat Tax or a Fair Tax. Neither has ever been seriously considered because both have potentially negative consequences. The solution is to build a bridge to combine both tax structures. This hybrid tax plan would simplify the tax code, eliminating much of the tedious forms and adjustments, safeguarding lower income citizens, without increasing the overall tax burden of both individuals and business.

Healthcare

Access to quality health care continues to raise concerns, but the debate over solutions seems to go from a step in the right direction to three steps back.  The main reason for this appears to be that neither side has presented a sustainable option. What we currently have is another collection of reforms and rewrites that overlap and overburden healthcare providers. We are taking resources and time away from patient care, raising costs, increasing prescription costs, all while providing no measurable increase in quality.   Alternatives exists which leverage the ability for insurance providers to obtain lower costs from healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, and hospital charges.  Simply by allowing small businesses and individuals to join an insurance pool would allow more competition for these member's healthcare business.

Infrastructure

One issue we as Americans face that is unique to the rest of the world is the vast expanse of land within our borders. Normally, that would be a positive note, as we enjoy more space per citizen, more resources, and potential for development than most other countries. But, it also means more to maintain; more miles of road and bridges, more airports and seaports, and more utility systems. The conversion of our electrical grid to clean energy production will help power our homes and create long lasting jobs while reducing energy costs.  Research is needed to create a sustainable product to provide a lasting road surface on our highways.  We must be a world leader with innovation to solve these issues. 

Defense

Our defense budget is larger than the next eight largest nations combined, most of which are our allies. Why do we need such a vast arsenal to defend ourselves?  We continue to prepare for our future's common defense, and we must assume that future conflicts can be against multiple nations, on many fronts, as they have been in the past. We must use our spending wisely, so that we can sustain our advanced military system, while utilizing our allies and their abilities as well. We must protect and defend our military bases located in Central Georgia. My priority is to insure these bases remain open, funded, and operational.  Our military is stronger , capable, and mission ready with Robins Air Force Base and Moody Air Force Base. They are vital to our future.