This just in: Election season is officially here. There is probably no single candidate that agrees with me on everything. However, I thought I would put down those campaign issues that get my support…in order of priority.
Get money out of politics. This is the root cause of nearly every problem in D.C. Politicians are spending half their time raising money and, in the end, vote in accordance with what their largest donors want. Jon Stewart, yesterday, said that politics is no longer about governing; its about getting re-elected. I agree.
Education. We are not even in the top 15 when looking at global achievement in all areas of basic education. We have a system designed in the early 1900’s that was intended to crank out people that would work within the framework of the industrial revolution. Now we are in the digital age. We’ve been here for some time. We need to innovate. We need to look at countries that are doing it right and learn what we should do. We need to make education available and affordable to everyone. We need a system that allows our citizens to achieve the highest level to which they aspire. We don’t need to do this because we are benevolent. We need to do this so we can remain on the top of the hill.
Healthcare. If you tell me we can’t get this done, you don’t get my vote. Obamacare was a baby step but it was better than nothing. Universal healthcare works. My view is that we not only provide healthcare, but we fund research. So long as companies can maximize their profits by “treating” rather than “curing”, that is what they will do.
Income Inequality. There is an abundance of evidence that says “The greater the inequality, the greater the social strife.” I don’t begrudge anyone’s ability to make a ton of money. I don’t want “their” money because of some Atlas Shrugged plot line. We need to redistribute income because it makes us a stronger country overall. We need high speed transportation. We need education. We need healthcare. We need innovation. We need so much. Instead, we funnel money to they very rich in hopes that they will maybe create a new job; perhaps we can mow their lawn.
Taxation. We need to have a progressive tax system that funds our national needs. Cutting taxes does not create long-term growth and raising taxes will not create long-term stagnation. Trickle-down economics is a scam created by those that would take advantage of the intellectually lazy. The rich need to pay much, much more. Stuff is not free.
Civil Rights. We should treat all people equally. I don’t care about your religion. I don’t care about the color of your skin. I don’t care about your social status. I don’t care about where you came from. I don’t care about your level of education. I don’t care about your sexual orientation. I care about the content of your character. That’s it.
Climate Change. This appears to be real. I’m not a scientist so I rely on scientists to tell me what’s going on. They are saying, “This is real. This is man-made and this is a problem that is getting worse.” We can not only address this, but we can do it in ways that are extremely economically beneficial. Fighting climate change is not a burden; it’s an opportunity.
Then there are a ton of other issues: Corruption in politics. Immigration. Gun Control. Worker benefits and minimum wage. Abortion/Choice. The truth. The military. International relations. These are all important.
So, if you find a candidate that fits all of these, point them out. Those are the people that I want to follow.
Time to save the world.
Up, up and away…