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June 29, 2005
Issues, issues, issues

Over 50% of the people in this country share liberal values. Why aren't we talking to them about those values? Let's just pick any three issues and own them.

I said something like that the other day. Ever since then, I've been musing over what three issues I'd pick.

#1 - Domestic:
      Civil rights (privacy, Patriot Act, abortion, GLBT, etc.)
      Education (real reform)
      Employment
      Energy (clean, renewable, sustainable supply)
      Environment (clean)
      Torture
      Healthcare (reform the "insurance" system)
      Social Security (gradual reform)
      Voting systems reform (process, financial, redistricting, etc.)

#2 - International:
      Education
      Healthcare
      Hunger
      IMF
      Nuclear proliferation (and militarization)
      Terrorism
      U.N. Reform
      World Bank
      WTO

Solving those international issues is beyond the ability of the USofA by itself. Let's try for a different International list. Something a bit more manageable.

      Afghanistan
      Iraq

That's 11 issues, and I'm only allowed three.

I'm just posting it so I'll have it available to continue brooding on. (Feel free to quibble or contribute, though.)

Posted by AnneZook at 10:04 AM


Comments

Anne--

On the domestic front, I'd also include:
+(real) election reform, including: an election season no longer than six weeks, including all primaries; banning all paid political advertisements, print or electronic (we've got to get the money out of this system somehow).
+re-regulation of the media, including ownership limits.

And on the international front, no list of priorities is complete without complete third world debt forgiveness (unconditional, no demands made by WTO or World Bank for limits on national spending on welfare, unemployment, or other social services).

Just some grist for the mill...

Peace,
Dr. F

Posted by: Dr. Fallon at July 1, 2005 10:40 PM

I intended my "voting reform" to cover election reform.

"Debt forgiveness" is a more complicated issue. I don't understand enough about it to estimate the repercussions. That worries me a bit.

On the other hand, many "experts" seem to favor it, which inclines me to support the idea.

Posted by: Anne at July 11, 2005 04:27 PM