What is the problem?
As Americans, most of us love and appreciate our country, even as polling indicates that many Americans do not like what is happening today. Many believe that our future depends on reinvigorating and reinvesting in community, in its broadest sense. America, as a democracy, is being battered by anger, hostility, selfishness, financial stress, a lack of community, personal and family fear, and national self-doubt. We see, read, hear and talk with each other about our personal, national and global concerns, such as those related to health, housing, education, job availability, funding for our retirement, and quality of life. Other concerns regard our environment, government functioning and fiscal integrity, and the future of our country itself. Issues are addressed by individuals, organizations, public officials, media personalities, and opinion leaders.
In this conversation, statements are often presented as facts, but often are not. Even when statements are factually correct, there is a lack of proportion or balance in the conversation. Because of this, solutions to problems or ideas for future direction are proposed that may be poorly thought through, and create undesirable or unintended consequences.
In the area of government regulation, many rules are put in place that are overly burdensome, inappropriate, too costly, or come close to or result in the violation of personal freedoms and/or privacy.
Still, many believe that we can move forward together to build a greater America; one that is fiscally responsible, successful and strong, and that has citizens who are well educated, healthy and secure. We believe that while we must depend in large part on ourselves as individuals, we can strengthen our country with the good work and caring performance of our organizations, our businesses, our corporations, our governments and our legal system. We also believe that our future depends to a significant extent on reinvigorating and reinvesting in community, in its broadest sense. We are unlikely to make America stronger or better without the kind of honest dialog, and research and analysis that are so often missing in discussions of our problems. This forum is an attempt to begin this process of communication and honest discussion, leading to a greater America.