If we had a national education system that gave free education to all children and young adults through college or trade school, wouldn't the entire country benefit? Everyone would be able to realize their full potential and obtain a living wage. With higher levels of education come higher levels of employment and higher incomes. From higher incomes come more tax revenue and less welfare.
If we had a national health care system that gave adequate health care to all people, wouldn't the entire country benefit? We would have less emergency health problems to deal with and less health related absences from work. Our healthier children could more easily realize their full potential.
Why can't we, the richest and most powerful country on earth, give these basic benefits to our own people? We have taken the job of being sheriff to the world and trying to meddle in all countries decisions outside our boundaries, with no recompense. Why can't we turn aside from their problems and be a little selfish and solve a few of our own problems?