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You can read a document like an economic recovery plan as a statement from a person about what that person knows, sees and values in his society and life.
- The United States has undergone a 40 year period of increase in the price of single family residential homes. The price increase appears to have peaked and receded to dollar amounts common in the years 2000 to 2006.
- The United States (in October 2010) is in a state of high unemployment.
- It appears that large numbers of unemployed persons in 2010, when they do become re-employed move to lower wage work and sometimes part-time work.
- There appears to be a 30 year trend of de-industrialization in the United States. Except for food, many items one might buy in a department store or hardware store or auto parts store are made off shore, and most commonly, in China.
- The reciprocal benefits of lowering trade barriers, eliminating protected industries, and seeking "free trade" are not resulting in a surge of high value American made products being sold over seas.
- Namely the Social Security system, the Medicare health insurance system for older people, and welfare support for children, orphans and the disabled.
- There also is a chorus of complaints that American public elementary and secondary education is yet another "entitlement" that costs too much and produces too few educated people.
- The car - bus dialogue is caught between the same service and cost problems that have existed since privately owned public transportation systems began economically failing before World War II.
- Gasoline presently sells for (On October 9, 2010, Pacifica, California Shell station) $3.19 per gallon and there is no visible change in the vehicle mix or commute habits of Californians I see. At best, there is a modest increase in usage of the public bus.
- While I see internet advocacy, there does not seem to be any major movement to reduce the Carbon emissions resulting from automobiles driven by individuals.
- As an individual, I am caught in a relatively high commute CO2 emission situation, and I don't see any pathway opening to do my existing job with a shorter commute or a much cleaner commute vehicle.
- The September 11, 2001 Twin Tower and Pentagon attacks have created a strong philosophical agreement between the American military and a group of religious fanatics. Both sides agree that military force is the only way to dispute the ideology voiced by the fanatics.
- The vulnerability of these 6th Century AD religious fanatics to non-force based marginalization is simply forfeited. We have no significant social presence, literacy or intellectual presence in their culture.
- On our side, the American military operates a very high energy consumption activity.
- Some critics suggest that the military actions we are engaged in will continue for ten more years at least (that is 2020).
So these are the broad problems to be addressed in an economic recovery package?