1. What do you feel are the Federal Programs that are most
important to Older Americans outside of Medicare and Social
Security and why?
Our current Debt-based
monetary system (Wiki)
depends on economic growth to work and with the baby boomers
retiring plus the poor economy may cause it to collapse.
Note this relates to the central fractional reserve banking (Wiki)
system and is different from the problem of funding the Social
Security system to support baby boomers in retirement (
debate in the United States). To make matters
worse the regulations on banks have not been reinstated. The
Dodd-Frank Act (Wiki)
exempts the Security and Exchange Commission (Wiki: SEC)
from Freedom Of Information Act (Wiki: FOIA)
requests making it easier for the SEC to protect Wall Street
from criminal prosecution. This is part of the
regulatory capture (Wiki)
problem where the federal agencies charged with regulating
industry instead support and protect those industries.
There are people who for whatever reason are not eligible for
Medicare and need health care. My analysis of Obama Care
is that it requires everyone to subscribe to a private health
care insurance program and that it mandates that the insurance
companies accept all applicants. The result will be much
higher insurance costs which will be passed on to the
subscribers who will not be able to afford it. We need a
single payer health care program for all Americans.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Wiki: ERISA) needs
to be reformed to include a fairness provision. As it is
now the plan administartors can do whatever they want and it's
virtually impossible to appeal.
2. The number of Older Americans will grow significantly
in the next 5-10 years. Please tell us what role you think
the Federal Government has in their care and welfare.
The U.S. currently
operates on the idea of capitalism, yet programs like Social
Security and Medicare are what's called socialism. The
problem is that neither Capitalism nor Marxism work in modern
times. John F. Nash won a Nobel prize in economics for
his idea that's demonstrated in the bar scene in the movie A
Beautiful Mind and I've posted that scene on my web
"John Smith (the father of Capitalism) was wrong", hence
capitalism is wrong.
I'm calling the new economic system Nashism that has two
factors (1) doing what's in your own self interest and (2)
doing what's in the interset of the group.
With Nashism it will be possible to focus on how we can
help each other rather than the current focus only on profits
to the exclusion of everything else.
3. Long term care, especially that provided in skilled
nursing facilities, has largely been paid for by the State.
With the surge in the elder population, the decline in the
economy, and the humane call for care, how do you think the
government (federal and state) should address this impending
The current "defense"
spending is close to $ 1 Trillion per year. This must
end and the bulk of that money allocated for research and
development on energy, education and health care.
4.Where do you stand on the issue of federal support and funding
for public transportation such as bus and rail transit systems,
non-profit transportation services to special groups such as the
disabled and senior citizens as well as other alternative forms of
transportation such as biking and walking?
We need a new energy
efficient transportation system that makes use of rail and
pneumatic tube technology and that has a low carbon foot
print. This system would move both people and
products. The federally supported "Light Rail" idea had
a fatal flaw in that there was no standardization so the light
rail system in adjacent communities can not be connected
together because they are not compatible. Further there
was no overall planning. An example of good planning is
Japan where the transportation system is tiered with a
backbone of high speed rail and has branches of subways and
buses. You can get almost anywhere in Japan on public
Note that currently under Capitalism there's a move to
privatize pretty much everything, and that's a big
mistake. (Wiki Privatize
the profits and socialize the losses). Capitalism
does not work when there's not a free market such as an
integrated transportation system, health care, the post
The transportation system would charge most users a fair rate
but those who are eligible for government support would ride
free as part of their support package of benefits.