I have come to realize that too many governments are not trying to plan the future of their country. This, I believe, is a direct result of the politicians attempting to do their best for the time that they are in office and not making any plans for what is to happen beyond their term in office. For the US Congressmen this is only 2 years and most of their time is spent on how to get re-elected for the next two years. For the US Senators that is at least 6 years, but again they are busy a lot of the time trying to get their friends in Congress re-elected and then their own re-election. Each of these can be re-elected as many times as the people they represent vote them to return to Washington D.C.
The only one that is limited to their length in office is the President. He/she are limited to two(2) four(4) year terms, and then they usually step out of political office to assist their choices for the Congress and Senate. They should be able to make a long-term plan (longer then 8 years) for the country, but do not for the most part do it as they, and the rest of the government have forgotten that they are really there to make the country for all the people’s children, grandchildren, and etc.
The original thinkers and writers of the Declaration of Independence were thinking of the future. They even thought that in the future so much would change, that they gave congress the ability to add/change the declaration that they included that ability in the document.
There have been a number of things where previous members thought of the future, but were short-sighted when it came to how the idea could be changed and/or added to so that it would not stop at a certain date. NASA being one of these well-meaning but limited projects.
President Roosevelt was planning for World War II long before American became involved in it, because he saw the real danger behind the Nazi’s and what Japan were doing in their sphere’s of influence. Because of him the US, and England, were better prepared for what was to come. He stated after the war started for the US that “there were some who would have the American Eagle act as an ostrich, but I say the Eagle has to keep flying.”
Every business has a long-term plan that is not written in stone. It may be changed as it is needed due to advances in techniques and modernization of equipment that can be used by it. Governments are too slow to take real advantage of the new techniques and modernization of equipment, except in the military field. The US complains when they think that another country is not using computers to help in the voting when actually not all of the US is able to use these devices as they think ‘someone’ will miss-use the system and control the voting. But hasn’t this been going on in some parts of America, for generations already because of the ‘paper’ ballot?
Everyone is now told to plan ahead for their retirement, but the government is not helping them to plan for it. In fact they are taking away all the pieces that were put in place by previous members of government to help, aid and assist the older members of the population. If this is true, what are we to tell our children and grand-children about how their retirements will look like when, and if, they are able to retire.
- Today in Congress (dailykos.com)
- National Debt vs GDP (creditloan.com)
- The Social Security Situation (creditloan.com)
- Dealing With Higher Pension Costs (blogs.wsj.com)
- Have Hopes of Retiring Someday? (blisspr.com)
- AARP Asks Social Security To Give Seniors Another Year For Do-Overs (blogs.forbes.com)
- You Can Forget About That Budget Now: Obama Plan Takes A Number, Gets In Line (huffingtonpost.com)
- President Obama Freezes NASA’s Budget at 2010 Levels (space.com)
- Big Government in America, Small Government in Britain and Germany? (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- NASA Budget Plan Restricts Spending On Private Rockets (online.wsj.com)
- How to stop fraudulent elections, by Buhari (vanguardngr.com)
- Congressmen Refusing Health Benefits: Principled Statement, or Grandstanding? (blogcritics.org)
- Is Your Agency Doing Scenario Planning? (threeminds.organic.com)
- What I Learned in 2010: Think Ahead and Plan (christopherscottblog.typepad.com)
- more expensive government mortgages ahead (jamblemag.com)