Today we face a number of significant societal concerns. The list seems only to grow week by week with each new week’s headlines adding to the list. The question becomes, how do we reduce the list of concerns in a satisfactory manner.
To my mind we must find a new path that will get our society to form into a united community. Doing this will mandate everyone putting down their prepared position papers and listening to what others are saying. Often as not when there is a panel of talking heads presented on a news channel, we see one of two things.
One - the panelists compete with each to see who can interrupt the person speaking the most.
Two - the panelists are all in philosophical agreement with each other, as a result no new ideas are broached. We must value the contribution that others bring forward, even if we do not agree.
Today we hear tossed about the evil threats of “entitlements.” I have heard individuals pronounce the word as if it where either the newest obscenity or some new deadly virus. Have you spoken personally with a variety of actuaries regarding how to address the issues facing Social Security? What did these individuals tell you?
No one can pick up a newspaper or look at a news blog on the and not be confronted with a newest, latest and greatest about the cliff. It seems to me that if you were to objectively read today’s headline and the headline from a month ago on this topic, nothing has changed. We all talk about the economic impact of going over the cliff, have you spoken personally with a variety of different economists? What did these individuals tell you?
Of course the latest insult to our national being is horror of Newtown. What concrete measures do you propose to prevent this from happening once again?
Thank you for your time and thoughtful answers