A day after voters re-elected Barack Obama, Yahoo! asked them what they'd like the president to tackle in his second term. Here are one voter's thoughts.
COMMENTARY | President Barack Obama's second term should focus on two substantive issues facing Americans. Immigration and the status of illegal immigrants has been an ongoing problem. A balanced energy policy is also needed to wean Americans off the need for foreign sources of oil.
There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in our country. Although we don't see that problem here in Branson, Mo., immigration is an important national issue. Immigrants can be a valuable asset to America if they are here legally. Workers pay taxes, earn money and contribute businesses that hire employees. A system must be in place to document everyone in America.
Illegal immigrants foster a black market of workers who make less than minimum wage and don't pay taxes. Fiscal resources must be funneled so immigration issues such as green cards can be handled expediently with more staff and better computer systems.
A balanced and robust energy policy is needed for several reasons. Cars must be more fuel efficient, running on alternative fuels and electricity. Drilling for more oil isn't the only answer to solve gas prices. Biofuels and electric cars must reduce demand while domestic oil producers become exporters of their commodity.
Power grids must have a balance of coal, nuclear and renewable energy. It's not all about green energy. Coal will run out eventually. If that happens, the United States will need to import coal for our electrical needs. Americans have learned harsh lessons about how political climates and energy demands intersect with prices at the pump.
The Energy Information Administration claims there is enough coal for 168 years at current rates.
As a family man in his mid 40s, I worry about what my kids' future will be like if coal supplies run out faster than expected.
- Politics & Government
- Immigration Issues
- Barack Obama
- illegal immigrants