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In the United States, an entitlement program is a type of "government program that provides individuals with personal financial benefits (or sometimes special government-provided goods or services) to which an indefinite (but usually rather large) number of potential beneficiaries have a legal right...whenever they meet eligibility conditions that are specified by the standing law that authorizes the program. The beneficiaries of entitlement programs are normally individual citizens or residents, although sometimes organizations such as business corporations, local governments, or even political parties may have similar special 'entitlements' under certain program

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.


"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."


Theodore Roosevelt 1907

Who runs this country?  It appears to be a combination of four industries:

  1. The Financial Industry.
    Yes, the Barons of Wall Street soak up most of the wealth that is created, leaving the poor poorer and the middle classes struggling.

  2. The Medical Industry
    Very good at controlling disease; not so good at curing it.

  3. The Petro-chemical Industry
    Opposes every environmently friendly initiative in defense of their own profits.

  4. The Military.

  • Health

    • Problems:

      • 137 million  in financial trouble due to medical bills

        • That is 1/3rd of the population

      • USA spends twice as much per capita as our peer nations

        • Yet no one is completely healthy

      • Drugs cost 10 times that of our peer nations

        • Not allowed to buy from abroad

      • 50m people are in "healthcare shortage areas", i.e. not in easy reach of healthcare

        • That is 1/6th of the population

    • Solutions

      • Expand Medicare to cover everyone

      • Pay for with 5% income tax for everyone

      • Plus 1% sales tax on Stock trades

      • Eliminate private heath insurance premiums except by choice

      • Reduce cost of goods sold

        • 75% tax on amounts that exceed an international norm

        • Eliminate medical industry lobbying

        • Fund medical research

  • Wealth

    • Problems

      • One in four school kids hungry

      • Veterans homeless on the street

      • Greatest imbalance of riches in history

      • 1/4th population struggles to meet bills

    • Solutions

      • Increase minimum wage to living level, e.g. $15ph

      • Increase funding to child aid programs, e.g. SNAP

      • Increase taxes on high income individuals and corporations

  • Violence

    • Mass shootings every week

    • The largest military in history

    • USA spends 2x per capita as our peer nations do

  • Crime

  • Environment

    • Climate change

    • Removal of regulations

      • Clean Air Act

      • Clean Water

      • Clean Fuel Act

      • Federal parks

      • Pebble mine

      • Offshore drilling

      • Solar support

      • …and about 70 others.

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