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“Many groups are concerned about the 2020 Presidential election and potential fraud or interference,” Jim Feldkamp says. “So far, we haven’t uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud. Of course, future investigations may uncover issues. Obviously, in the long run, fair elections are a necessary for democracy. Regardless, unity is important as America faces global issues and rivals.”
Jim Feldkamp believes that while various parties may have their differences and disagreements, ultimately, Americans must stand together. In a global environment fraught with risks, a united response is necessary.
“It’s important to remember that we live in a multipolar world,” Jim Feldkamp points out. “Currently, the United States is the most powerful single country according to some metrics. That said, the United States faces strong challengers, including China and Russia.”
Jim Feldkamp Talks About Outside Election Interference
Could China or Russia have interfered with elections? Jim Feldkamp says it’s possible. However, he believes that the ultimate aim may be to delegitimize elections rather than to elect a certain candidate.
“Russia and China, among others, have been accused of interfering in our elections,” Jim Feldkamp says. “Ultimately, our intelligence agencies should be able to uncover interference. Even if outside parties were interfering, however, their primary goals may not have concerned a particular candidate but instead to sow chaos and call into question how legitimate our elections are.”
If outside meddling does cause people to question the American election system, it could cause internal strife and infighting. This could make it harder for the United States to confront rivals and to develop responses to emerging crises. Jim Feldkamp believes this is where unity must come into play.
“We need to stand together to counter and confront threats,” Jim Feldkamp says. “This is just as true for confronting terrorism as it is for tackling foreign geopolitical rivals. Divided we fall. We’ll waste energy fighting internal issues when we instead should be directing resources to confront external threats.
When confronting rivals, Jim Feldkamp believes strong, consistent internal communication is necessary. Leaders need to talk to one another, including people across the aisle. If communication breaks down, it could hurt trust and make it difficult to coordinate responses.
“Leaders in both parties need to know that they can trust one another, and that at the end of the day, that they can rely on one another,” Jim Feldkamp claims. “If leaders aren’t talking to one another, it’s hard to get everyone on the same page. Rivals can use this to create further discord, which will hamper any response.”
Timely and truthful communication, on the other hand, encourages leaders to work together, and to consider multiple angles when developing a response to internal and external threats.
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Jim Feldkamp Discusses the Recent Congressional Stimulus Bill
President Donald Trump signed the most recent stimulus bill and budget into law. While the bill left a lot of people unhappy, it keeps the government open and fully functional for now. Jim Feldkamp, who specializes in government policy and terrorism, believes that on the whole, the most recent stimulus bill and budget package is good for the country.
“Was the recent stimulus bill perfect? No, but now policy or law is ever perfect,” Jim Feldkamp says. “Yet a government shutdown right now would be a disaster. We need our government operating at full strength amid this pandemic.”
The “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021” act is more than 5,000 pages long and beyond providing relief to help struggling Americans and businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it also provides funding for various government agencies and programs. Without funding, Jim Feldkamp says government agencies would have shut down.
“It’s important to remember that this is not just a stimulus package, but also provides funding for the entire government,” Jim Feldkamp points out. “Without this funding, the United States would have lacked money for the Defense Department, State Department, and more. This could leave the U.S. exposed to terrorism, foreign state actors, and other risks.”
While the entire government would not close down if funding failed to past, many services and projects would be put on hold or potentially scuttled. Jim Feldkamp believes that right now, the United States needs stability.
“We’re going through an administration change, we’re confronting a deadly pandemic, we must contend with rivals across the world,” Jim Feldkamp says. “Right now, we need stability. Instability could spook allies, markets, and of course, the American people. Instability could affect the economy and society as a whole.”
Yet even with the stimulus packaging and budget in place, millions of Americans will continue to struggle. Jim Feldkamp believes that 2021 will offer the American government an opportunity to remind its citizens how much good it can do.
“The challenges will be grave in 2021, but by rising up to meet these challenges, the government can remind people how effective it can be,” Jim Feldkamp says. “This may ultimately raise faith in the government. Of course, meeting such massive challenges is easier said than done.”
Jim Feldkamp Talks About Consumers and the Economy
Jim Feldkamp notes that direct stimulus money into the hands of American consumers can stimulate the economy. Some early indicators suggest that holiday spending in 2020 was sluggish. With unemployment and economic uncertainty high, direct stimulus could prop up American consumers and help ensure spending.
“The recent stimulus package included $600 in money to middle and working class Americans,” Jim Feldkamp says. “This should help increase consumer spending. Right now, the US economy centers around consumer spending, so stimulus checks can help ensure a stable, strong economy.”
Many are calling for $2,000 stimulus checks. Jim Feldkamp believes that Congress may pass more stimulus measures in 2021 and that stimulus checks may be part of future packages.
“Another stimulus package in the first half 0f 2021 would not be surprising,” Jim Feldkamp argues. “And if one does pass, bigger stimulus checks may be on the table.”
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James Feldkamp has been fortunate enough to travel to many different countries. Below, he shares some tips for traveling internationally.
If you’re traveling overseas, it’s a whole lot different compared to traveling anywhere around the United States. As James Feldkamp used to be in the Navy, he knows his fair share about traveling internationally. Below, James Feldkamp provides 5 very useful tips for traveling to different countries:
Understand the cash situation
No matter where you are in this world, you’re usually able to walk up to any ATM and deposit cash. While that may be true, for the most part, many banks in the United States charge hefty fees for talking out cash in another country. While you can pull out a lot of cash beforehand and bring it with you, James Feldkamp says it’s never very smart to carry that much cash on you at one time. That being said, try to understand your bank’s fees before you leave on your trip; some banks may even reimburse you for all ATM fees accumulated while traveling internationally!
If you travel to another country, then James Feldkamp explains that you may find yourself receiving multiple fraud alerts from your bank or credit card companies. While you may just get an alert notification asking you if you authorize the transaction, sometimes these companies even shut off your card, making you unable to use it. To save the hassle and confusion, you’ll want to tell your bank and financial institutions where you’re traveling and when you’re traveling. This can save you from any unwanted fraud alert messages and card shutoffs.
Avoid data roaming
If you use your phone in another country, you may potentially experience very high roaming charges. To avoid these fees, that can be very hefty, it’s best to set up your phone ahead of time with your provider. James Feldkamp suggests that you should call your cell phone provider at least a few weeks ahead of your trip to determine the best course of action to avoid those ridiculous charges.
Have a maps/direction plan
Unless you have a tour guide or you travel overseas often, James Feldkamp says that you’ll probably need directions every single place that you go. And unless you set up your phone ahead of time, using Google Maps or another directions app while traveling can really rack up your data charges. To limit these charges, use the hotel Wi-fi before you head out for the day, take screenshots or make printouts, then use those while you’re driving or walking around.
Buy a guidebook
Especially if you’re traveling to a new country for the first time, James Feldkamp suggests that travelers should buy a guidebook beforehand. And while these books have tons of awesome pictures, they’re also packed with maps, info on popular destinations, amazing eating spots, and much more.
Given how James Feldkamp has traveled all over the world, he knows a thing or two about being prepared. By understanding the traveling tips mentioned above, now’s the time to book that flight!
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