Last year I organized a community and church drive to send care boxes to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The response was enormous - we sent more boxes than we imagined possible and decided to do it again this year. A great pick-me-up would be to find that even in a desperate economy people are still willing to help others and support this worthy cause.
i think we need to encourage more innovation at this challenging time - our kids have great ideas, unemployed people have the chance (and time) to try out that idea that they have always been thinking about. maybe organize a neighborhood good ideas day (like the suggestion box at work) where people talk about their idea, someone loads it to a website and looks for angel investors. just to give people the opportunity to think of new ideas (and maybe people vote on them) will encourage people to be creative. after all this country developed and then dominated the world in the microchip industry from nothing -we can do the same with other new ideas
I would first like to see help for the unemployed, like myself. An extension this year for benefits and the elimination of taxes on benefits would help people like me greatly. For the economy in general. I would like to see many jobs created, in all types of positions. This would not only give me a possible opportunity to work, but should stimulate the economy to start moving in the right direction. I would certainly feel better if jobs started opening up again.
Times are tough but there are some silver linings in these dark clouds. Behind the fear is a sense of "coming together". The lines between the familiar haves and have-nots have shifted as people from all walks lose the life they knew. Maybe because of this, there seems to be a sense of community, dedication to giving back, austerity and modesty.
Let's stimulate the economy, create jobs, give some to help many, and hope the government uses our contributions wisely.
I am so disillusioned with everything and can't come up with any solutions. I am 56 years old and never dreamed that I would be working so hard at this stage of my life only to make ends meet. I am college educated, well traveled,former textile designer. bi-lingual, retired pre-school teacher etc. This country is in a very sad state of affairs.