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Forum Post: Considerations for specific policy initiatives

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 3, 2011, 6:24 p.m. EST by ThirdOpinion (7)
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As we move into the phase where anything might actually be accomplished, it is vitally important that we carefully consider what we, the people, would like to see happen, 10 or 20 years from now. There are many problems that we as a nation need to solve, but many suggestions I have seen posted have been rather short sighted. Many of the detractions are also short sighted, as they only take short term effects into account.

Here are some things I would like to see our country work toward, and we can discuss how best to go about accomplishing these objectives together.

  1. People need to feel like their vote matters. Representative democracy only works if people vote, and we have a tragic lack of that in this country

  2. Something needs to be done to foster a more sustainable business model. Things like planned obsolescence are hard to change because there is no profitability in changing them currently.

  3. A two party system is inherently going to focus on wedge issues, leading to other important issues being left undiscussed. In 2010, republicans used the Debt as that issue, while foreign policy was virtually forgotten. It is not just the GOP, but our constitution says nothing of the number of parties we are to have.

  4. Although regulation does cost business money, it is also the reason we as consumers can trust the safety of the products we buy. We need to decide if this country is run by the people or for the profit motive.

  5. Obviously, the war on drugs was the wrong approach, as it has led to a violent cartel system that amounts to terrorism. We need to decide what to do to change this course, and in what direction we want to move.

These are just a few examples, and I hope we can decide on common goals for our nation and our planet. Please give feedback, post your own ideas, and think long term. Participatory democracy is the only way we can keep our American Ideals alive. Thank you



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[-] 1 points by youngandoutraged (123) from Iowa City, IA 2 years ago
  1. Our party system does tend to exclude all but the 'issue of the day', and this is detrimental to democracy. It is sad to see issues like lack of transparency be completely bypassed by both parties so they can argue over the non issue of whether or not to regulate the financial sector. (its a non issue because we clearly should.)
[-] 1 points by ThirdOpinion (7) 2 years ago

For number 4, I think we need to consider the possibility that there are good and bad regulations. Of course, some are silly and only cost business money, but many are in place to protect consumers. We need to better differentiate between these. In some markets, especially the financial sector, we need to regulate risk management, as companies and countries obviously cannot be trusted to do so. I understand the argument that making banks keep more reserves restricts lending, but if we have to bail out those banks when the leverage themselves 30 or 35:1, which is preferable?

[-] 1 points by youngandoutraged (123) from Iowa City, IA 2 years ago
  1. To encourage more voter participation, I think some kind of web or mobile app is necessary. I'm not advocating for direct democracy, but more Americans should take an interest in the everyday workings of government. I have heard a strange idea for a small tax for those who do not vote, and you could avoid that tax by voting for 'none of the above'. I don't like the idea, but increased voter participation could only be a good thing.