Insight: US Elections Divide and Rule

US Elections Divide and Rule Author: Lokesh Kumar August 6, 2018 When I entered US politics as candidate for the congressional seat in my district, I was astonished to find party operatives were trying everything possible to have me pull out of the race. I was not a party operative, challenging a long-term political family, and posed a danger to the delicate balance of pay to play culture. I quickly

Insight: US Debt and the Politics of Fear

US Debt and the Politics of Fear Author: Lokesh Kumar August 5, 2018 Voters across the age spectrum say that our federal government acts like a business that forcibly takes money from its customers, provides the worst products, and is run mostly by self serving two-tongued board of directors. As of August 2018, the US National debt was $21 Trillion.  The federal government takes in approx. $3 Trillion taxes every

Health Care : How to reduce costs today

Hospitals are charging us $140,000 for a hip replacement, and $50,000 for knee surgery that costs them at most $10,000. Why ? Because they can. And there is nothing you can do about it. We have become slaves to our hospital systems. They treat us like garbage, and charge us whatever they want. The emergency waiting areas bear striking similarities to district courts and jails complete with security guards ready

Schools : Kids Come First

Are you completely satisfied with your school performance? Our kids need our support and care. We need to make our schools strong. The curriculum, expectations, and accountability need major overhauling. There needs to be more support for parents, and kids need to be the only reason for each school board decision. Ask yourself these questions. Are you satisfied with school safety? Do you think schools are preparing your kids for

Michigan Roads

There is no easy solution to fixing our roads. It's a problem that extends all the way from state legislature down to county government. There is plenty of money in the system. Both MDOT and Counties have their own challenges. There is a power struggle between state and county offices. The state MDOT is hands-off after money gets transferred to counties. Unless the state legislature creates only one department of

Jobs : How to bring back manufacturing jobs

Michigan has lost manufacturing jobs to low cost countries. It's about time we reverse this trend. NAFTA is 24 years old and WTO is 17 years. Since these two treaties, our high paying manufacturing jobs have relentlessly migrated to low cost countries creating severe hardship for our families and towns. We have changed from a nation of manufacturers and innovators to a nation of consumers. I work in the automotive

Garbage in Garbage out : Blame Game

Good governance is more or less broken in Washington. Congress has become absurdly divided and dysfunctional. While the politicians squabble and blame each other, our families and towns are feeling helpless. All our communities have long-term negative growth. Large chunks of our tax revenue are being spent on mismanaged pension plans and failed programs, leaving no money for infrastructure improvements or even basic maintenance. Healthcare costs are sucking us dry,

Smaller Government, Bigger Paycheck

Why are we paying through the nose for a bloated government? I will work diligently to expose waste and abuse. We must leave more hard earned money with the people. Real taxes should be no more than 15% of our income. We already pay 8% to Social Security, 6% to sales tax, 4% to property taxes, 30% to income tax. Based on household income, that's a total of about 50%