TOM FOX at FOXCITY IDEAS for a BETTER STRONGER AMERICA
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COLLEGE DEGREE - TIME and MONEY SAVINGS IDEA
The USA college system can be streamlined. Most 4 year requirements can be reduced by 30 hours with the exception of a Liberal Arts Degree. An alternative 3 year degree could be offered. There are a lot of general courses which can be eliminated by taking them in high school and getting at least a C grade or make it a B for tougher requirements for some colleges. There are some courses that are not necessary either way just a waste of time and money.
OLYMPIC GAMES MONEY SAVINGS IDEA
The summer games should be held at the same location every 4 years, keeping with original tradition, maybe in Greece. It is very inefficient to build new stadiums every 4 years, design security, housing, etc. The TV revenues could be split in a fair manner among participating countries.
METROPOLITAN AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Major metros air quality is affected by auto emissions - PARTIAL SOLUTION - All Gov't fleet and public transit vehicles should be converted to CNG or natural gas which burns cleaner and cheaper. This helps our country be less dependent on imports which makes our country stronger financially and helps our economy. This could be implemented over a 10-20 year period. Brazil did this over 10 years ago. Natural gas reserves in this country are enough to fuel this country for a very long time while electrical cars are implemented.
Livestock production does not affect the air quality in our metros.
REDUCTION OF UNEMPLOYMENT - SIMPLE STRATEGY
We have a trade imbalance with imports far exceeding exports ! We are the largest comsumer nation in the world !
These economic times highlight our need to use import taxes on certain products to increase USA manufacturing jobs for these products. The products targeted should be able to be manufactured in this country without ridiculous pricing (see special rules below). The products should be associated with our major household expenditure related areas of transportation and housing, then trickle down to other discretionary spending areas if necessary while keeping in mind the effect on the middle and working classes and any potential inflation.
Minimal import taxes should be imposed on products which are necessary for USA existence like oil and gas. We need to put more Government policies in effect which will promote USA energy independence and any other unique circumstances.
A Company, with import tax protected products, will be required to maintain a price level within a certain reasonable per cent of comparable quality world market products or lose their protection status. This prevents corruption, inefficencies and lackadaisical management from taking improper advantage of the situation.
These strategies will build a strong employment base and independence from foreign imports to strengthen our country.
The USA will need a political science assessment to apply the strategies to achieve the most tactical results.
PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM COST SAVING
Use a bean product as a major source of protein for the lunch meal. This saves our communities lots of money since beans only sell for $1.00 to $1.50 per pound. One pound dry equals 3 pounds cooked so the effective cost per pound is 33-50 cents. This could be implemented immediately.
YOU CAN PRESENT THIS TO YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ALL GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS FOOD SERVICES - Beans could be implemented immediately.
RICE - Combine with beans since dry white rice cost only 70 cents lb. and brown rice $1.40 lb. or 25 and 50 cents per lb. cooked.
US POSTAL SERVICE SAVINGS IDEA
We need residential service only 1 or 2 days a week. Think about it, how many VIP letters do you get per day, per week, or month ? If a person or household needs more frequent service they could obtain a Post Office Box. A grocery, convenience store, or shopping mall might spur daily traffic by operating a PO Box Center in their building or parking lot. A PO Box Center should have a minimum of 500 boxes to qualify for daily service from the postal service.
The USPS annual fiscal operating loss FOR 2012 was $ 15.9 billion.
USA population is 313 million with 245 million Internet users or 78 %. 20 % of the population is 0-14 years of age, so almost all adults are using the Internet. People now use the Internet for paperless billings, paying bills, banking, E-Mails rather than actual letters, etc. Toll free phone payments are available with many companies. The USA has 150 million household telephone lines and 313 million mobile cellular lines. These telephone lines, along with the reduction in long distance rates over the past 10 years, contribute to less actual mail correspondence. Automatic payments through banks are being used for various bills like utilities, loans, etc. The USA resident needs to do their part in helping our nation save money.
How many E-Mails did you send and receive this week versus USPS mail ? How many cellular phone calls to family did you make/receive versus actual letters ?