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Opinion

November 7, 2012

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

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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.

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