1. Higher Ed and housing need to be affordable. People need debt relief, not self-righteous condemnations.
2. Too many people believe the propaganda that school privatization is the way to reform. Standardized tests are marginalizing students, and teachers are scapegoated; an easy excuse to ignore the real issues of childhood poverty.
3. We need to end aggressive banking and monopolizing practices. Income and wealth inequality are ruining us.
4. We need to stop criminalizing the poor and mentally ill. Stop imprisoning, start helping.
5. Racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, and other Rankisms need to be addressed. Prior movements made progress, but we have a long way to go.
6. Health care needs to be freed from the market. We need single-payer universal care, affordable medical school, and an end to insurance racketeering both patients and doctors. OB insurance is so high that few Dr.’s are willing to practice it, making access to proper care difficult for women.
7. We need to divorce politics and profits, end corporate personhood, restructure campaigning and elections, stop corporate bailouts, regulate the finance industry, and end war profiteering and American Imperialism.
8. Our environment needs better care. Stop the over use of fossil fuels and invest in a truly clean energy future.
9. Our food supply has been poisoned by the likes of Monsanto and GMOs. Agribusiness subsidies need to stop, and small farms need support.
10. Attacks on open and free speech need to stop. Media fears truly investigative reporting, net-neutrality is in severe peril, and assemblies are being stopped with the use of excessive force.
1. We need to create a fairer division of income. I recommend we start by establishing a fairer system of taxing all wealth, whether stocks, bonds, cash or realty. Then we need to double the minimum wage. In the past few years, middle class families never before requiring assistance have had to turn to others for help. The increase in wages and taxes would allow us to fund the necessaries, whether food stamps or public health insurance, etc.
2. Education is a good goal in itself. I suspect the usual correlation of education and income is skewed, since wealthy people can afford education and there may be no cause and effect relationship, but education is valuable for its own sake. The education industry needs better oversight. The role of financial institutions in student loans needs eliminated, since it benefits the financial institutions to pile on debt and accrue interest. I think the education industry has become a bit of a scam.
1. Getting people back to work, providing stimulus for jobs, is critical.
2. Disparity in income is getting out of control. The Haves are getting richer at the expense of the Have-Nots and the middle class is getting very thin. The Haves are going to have to learn to be content with less.
3. Education is a critical investment. American schools and universities need to become world class again, on a par with those of China for example. That probably means spending less on sports and more on the sciences and the arts.