, Newburyport, MA


November 7, 2012

Our view: Congress, president should work on these common goals


Middle class: The best thing that can happen for the middle class is a growing economy with good jobs, a fair tax system and incentives for necessities such as higher education that help wage-earners achieve the American Dream. The middle class also needs access to capital in order to start new businesses, and a well-regulated banking industry that cannot cause the kind of economic collapses that led to 2008’s crisis. It needs a reliable and affordable network of social programs — such as Social Security and Medicare — to provide a safety net for retirement years. Government can play a positive role in all of these things.

We have become a society that, on the world stage, can no longer hang onto large segments of our traditional manufacturing industry. Many of those jobs have been lost forever to low-wage nations such as China. This is nothing new for America. We need to remember that our economy thrives when we focus on developing the latest technology.

Energy: We believe that America has the know-how to solve its energy problems, but it has only half-hearted resolve. Cutting our dependence on foreign oil — particularly from the Middle East — and developing reliable, highly productive renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and wave dynamic technologies will go a long way toward getting America toward that goal. Fusion-powered automobiles have long been a fantasy; we should work toward making them a reality. This would perhaps be the greatest technological revolution of all.

There are many challenges that face this nation. These are just a few. We live in a country that prides itself on its foundation of freedoms and a common sense of unity. We need to demand that our nation’s leaders remember that America, not party politics, comes first.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Motorcyclist Sticks Landing This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan Man Poses for New Mugshot Photo Wearing Shirt with Old Mugshot Photo On It Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listeners' Caught On Camera: Johnny Manziel Obscene Gesture Rita Ora Embraces the Ice Bucket Challenge Bird surprises soccer player Ashley Young during game Chapter Two: Never too late to become an artist Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Viral, Raises Over $15M For ALS
Special Features
NRA Waterfront Plans