Look around you. The sidewalks, train stations, overpasses, roads...are all falling apart. With taxes raised as high as any re-electable politician is willing to suggest, our country simply does not have the money to fuel any of these re-building projects. Everything is crumbling.
I can imagine the era of hopefulness that spurned these 'betterment' projects. There was no debating whether we, ourselves, were better off than our parents. (2 chickens in every pot, for God's sake!) Today, the chickens are poisoned with anti-biotics and our public projects, once proud relics in the religion of Cold War, are literally falling to pieces.
The time has come to re-think a major element of our tax code: NO TAXES FOR RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS. Founded in the hope that government and religion don't mix, this loophole actually does the opposite: It favors religious institutions! A 1986 estimate showed religious income in that year of approx. $100 billion, or about five times the income of the five largest corporations in the U.S. Taking this money out of the coffers of churches would put it back into the pockets of tax payers...who in turn would be free to spend and invest. We have an excellent opportunity to re-build our once great nation. Let's not overlook it.