President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are fighting to see who can raise the most money and devise the most telling political ads. Winning this battle, however, does not guarantee a win for the presidency. Powerful ads are not what the American public wants. What they would like to hear about is a program that will do the following:
-- Create millions of good-paying jobs.
-- Rebuild our crumbling infrastructure.
-- Modernize our electric grid system so that it is more reliable and efficient, makes better use of renewable energy sources, and is less susceptible to cyber attacks.
-- Make our broadband system available nationwide and make it less susceptible to cyber attacks.
-- Improve weatherproofing methods used at our schools, make sure that our schools are wired for new computer systems, and ensure that our schools are training and using labor from the local school district.
-- Make better use of technology to maximize learning in our schools.
Presenting a detailed program such as this will excite voters and assure a win for the presidency. How to implement this type of program is outlined below:
It begins with the five to 10 major corporations -- General Electric, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco and Caterpillar -- that have earned over $1 trillion in profits overseas. Those corporations are holding the funds there because they don't want to pay taxes on the money. The plan would be to allow the companies to bring these funds into the U.S., provided that they create a job for every $100,000 they bring in. Each company would be allowed to select an area to work on and submit a proposal on how they would approach the project. The proposal would include an estimate of costs as well as the number of people and years it would take to complete the project. Each company would be allowed to make a profit on the work being done, and, since the resulting systems would save money when fully operational, the companies would also be able to receive ongoing fees into the future.
Once millions of jobs have been created and the economy has turned around, the federal government would then contribute funds to the projects as needed. If all the money came in, 10 million jobs would be created.
Since the work would be completed using money from the private sector, it's hard to imagine Congress objecting to the idea. But, in order for a presidential hopeful to use this plan to win the election, the aforementioned companies would have to be contacted and committed to the concept almost immediately so that the plan, along with a statement that the work has already begun, could be presented at the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.