Screw it I'll just repost...
Left wingers want to take from the prosperous to give to the what now? Just google giver states vs taker states and see if you see any pattern. Blue states ARE the prosperous ones, we are giving our tax dollars to the Federal Government in D.C. and they are sending it to fund all sorts of programs to benefit needy conservative states'.
In my opinion America was the land of opportunity where anyone could make it if they tried and you knew your children would be better off than you were, but today a combination of over spending, lower revenues, tax loop holes, and an untrained labor force have meant that those who are already wealthy can continue their lifestyles while the middle class gets squeezed more and more by inflation and a shrinking share of global GDP.
We need measures in place that address tax loopholes which allow very profitable corporations and individuals to pay a 15% effective tax rate when they're supposed to be paying closer to 35%...
We need to allow for more innovation by making it easier for start-ups to access certain markets, we can do that by keeping interest rates low and removing some restrictions on business permits and licenses (telecoms and media markets) and possibly even break up some of the super massive corporations and companies who control the entire market in some cases (food/mining/energy).
We could help our students find jobs by having more incentives for companies to hire untrained employees and then having them help foot some of the bill for education, and we could take the giant albatross of health care off of employers backs by making it a federal responsibility (which it already is anyway through Medicare/Medicaid, uninsured charities, and medical expense deductions.
We could also allow certain companies who hire a lot of workers to opt out of paying unemployment taxes if they hire a certain amount of new workers.
We could lower copyright restrictions for certain products since China is stealing them all anyway... (Maybe unpopular, open to debate on this one)
We could also stop Dubya's stupid migrant worker program that is literally allowing foreigners to steal our jobs and then return home afterwards,
We could end subsidies to already profitable businesses or for certain commodities (corn), and we could start giving out farm subsidies to low-income farms instead of the larger wealthy farms.
And finally, we could stop spending so much money having a war-time deployment posture against Russia, China, and the 'Axis of Evil'.
Doing these things will help raise revenue, lower wasteful spending, while helping prosperous and productive companies while also preventing mega-companies from creating monopolies. If the manufacturing, financial services, and the technology sectors can become profitable again, wages will rise leading to a new boom in the middle class, new middle class boom leads to a boom in the home-buying and consumer products sectors, leading to more hiring, and then more revenue. Or we can just invade Iran, cut taxes, and create more bureaucracy like Republicans want to do... because that worked out so well last time...
And yes, China has grown but that shouldn't mean that we can't either. It's not a zero-sum game, it's capitalism, rising tide lifts all boats, comparitive vs competitive advantages, all that crap... Germany, Brazil, and Russia have done relatively well while China has risen, why hasn't the US... Oh yeah, for all the things I mentioned above. What can we do? Oh yeah, I already listed a bunch of things which nobody commented on. What the crap!