1. We need a more diverse economy, with more heavy industry in the city to produce the shoes, the tires and all these things which don’t fall from trees, locally, closer to home.
2. We need to radically reduce consumption. I just dropped off shirts, shoes and a bathrobe I haven’t worn for years. We need to get out of this rat race where we “run fast, consume more, reproduce.” We all just die, in the end.
3. We need to hold students accountable. Funding should be based on the number of students in the district, not on the number of students who attend because they haven’t been flunked out or expelled. Vouchers are an idea which need tossed out. Private schools and home schooling don’t have to abide by the rules. Wheel chair bound students, for example, or students with any disabilities, don’t have to be accepted by private schools. Do we really want to be funding them?
4. We need secure borders.
1. We need jobs, for everybody. Forbid outsourcing of factories with high tariffs for those using plants abroad to get around child labor laws, and trying to flout laws governing minimum wages, working conditions and environmental safeguards.
2. Something has to be done about healthcare. I haven’t seen a doctor since I was a kid at my parents home.
3. Education needs revamped, with classic taught. We don’t even know our own history. Public education needs to extend at least to an associate’s degree.
4. We need real representation, where the rich can’t buy government and corporations are not human beings. Corporations need to abide by all the laws of the U.S. and not be able to pass their own laws in their workplaces.
1. We are like the Beavers and the Ducks, stuck on the 50 yard line. The Republicans are refusing to accept anything from the Democrats, about raising taxes on the rich. It hasn’t been very long since they junked an equitable tax system.
2. Economic and social justice are being overlooked. We’re built to be that way anyway, as human beings. Human beings are meant to be fair and just. Like kindergarten: “Share your toys”. This country has always aspired to that and today we’re one of the least fair. My favorite sign from the stuff on Wall Street was the sign: “Dear 1%, WTF, man?”
4.The environment needs to be respected. We need clean water, and clean food.
5. Bike safety needs reworked. 10-15 years ago, we were cutting edge. I just returned from the Midwest. They are now way ahead of us. Bike paths need expanded, the lanes clearly marked. I would never allow children to ride bikes in the city except on the Bike Path. It’s too dangerous.
1. Get rid of the idea that corporations are persons.
2. Drop the Senate and make the country truly a democracy.
3. Single payer healthcare is critical.
4. The power of the banks needs to be broken. Resurrecting the Glass-Steigall Act will do no good. They’ll simply manipulate it and find new ways of getting around it. They must be broken up.
1. I am living in coho now, and I am better served by trying to create the society I want to live in, than in complaining about what I do not want. The challenging part of that is changing perspectives.
2. I want to see single payer healthcare, free higher education, a safety net like that in Finland, where people pay 50% in taxes but have all they want and are happy with it, living without the financial insecurity and in a society where big corporations do not dominate the conversation.
1. Jobs are scarce. Personally, I’m willing to pick apples, whatever, if they’d be willing to pay a minimum wage. The problems we have need to be solved, otherwise there will succeeding waves and they will be extremist. We need to imitate the nation’s founders if we are to find our way, and fight for our rights.
2. Public institutions are no longer public. They have become the private domain of the 1%.
3. Private debts are huge and the only ways to get out of debt today are to have a public job, become disabled, die, or be a stripper.
4. A single payer health insurance system is the only solution. A member of my family needs life-critical care right now and we are waiting for the treatment to get approval. Healthcare administrators squeeze healthcare workers so shareholders profit from sickness and death. And money is more important to most doctors than the patient’s health. Most doctors are in the profession for the wrong reason. And their guild, the AMA, restricts the number allowed to enter the profession. We need to throw the medical schools wide open and train physicians, train them because they value medicine more than they value high incomes. Physicians claim that their rates are high because of malpractice suits and yet they oppose single payer health insurance because they fear mandatory rates which might erode their income.
1. We need to start listening to one another. People have become mean-spirited. The differences between us aren’t very much. The government has become dysfunctional, reflecting the people who elected them.
2. There is a lot of information telling everybody how bad things are. But I think you can always find work. Maybe not the job you want, but you can always find work.
3. Personally, I’m rich. I live in Europe 6 months out of the year.
4. Rudeness is our main problem.
1. We need a more progressive tax system. The rich should pay more and there should be greater income parity. The U.S. has one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the industrial world, but so many deductions and subsidies exist that it is ineffective. Corporations actually show a profit on taxation (tax credits). The lessening of the influence of these special interests would go a long way toward establishing tax parity among corporations whether large or small, and that would permit a lowering of the actual corporate tax rate.
2. Corporate personhood needs killed.
3. The law prohibits Medicare from negotiating drug prices with the large pharmaceutical companies, and that provides high prices in a guaranteed market for them. At the same time, the public is paying to educate the specialists who sustain the pharmaceutical companies.
4. Adequate funding is necessary but doesn’t guarantee people will take advantage of their education. But globalization has ended the availability of high school level jobs – those are the jobs which have been almost completely shipped abroad.
5. The safety net needs expanded. That means that taxes need to increase somewhere. All the hype about job creation if the rich keep their money has proven to be false.
6. We ought to consider mandatory service in a developing country for, say, 2 years.
1. The natural gas pipe lines being planned, compulsory for all landowners, needs suppressed.
2. No personhood for corporations needs to be instituted.
3. No declaration of embryos as human beings should be the law.
4. Mandatory fluoridation should be eliminated.
5. Pickups unable to fit into designated parking spaces should be ticketed.
6. Right now, what’s irritating me is Christmas music designed to entice people to buy, even before Thanksgiving is here.
1. Stay out of other countries’ business, and quit trying to impose upon them our own model, since it’s broken. We need major cutbacks in spending on the military, which should be only defensive in nature. Lobbyists in D.C. should be hung out to dry. They get too much money to get Congress to support this massive weapons industry. Separation of Congress and the Defense Industry, should be as important as separation of church and state.
2. The infrastructure of the country needs rebuilt. High speed trains could be built, with a good start in converting the $1 billion dollars spent on a single jet.
3. Get rid of TSA. Returning from a trip to Asia, they were an appalling and unprofessional contrast to what we encountered there.
4. The war on drugs needs ended, with legalization of pot essential.
5. We need to re-institute the hospitals for the mentally ill dismantled by the Reagan administration, throwing them onto the street.
6. Prisons need to be reserved for those who commit violence on others and need to be boot camps rather than training grounds for racial supremacists and gangs.
7. The income gap in the country needs to be reduced to normalcy.
8. Higher education needs to be affordable. In countries where public education doesn’t exist, only the rich get educated. More money needs to be devoted to higher education. A program that trades a reduction in debt for service in strategic job areas would be useful.