Tuesday, September 17, 2019

An Agenda for America

Often, in this country, we debate solutions without every agreeing on the problems we are trying to resolve.  What is wrong with our country or not as right as it should be?  What should we be striving to achieve to make our collective lives better?  We need an Agenda for America.  

What do we want our country to stand for and look like five years for now or 10 or 20?  What would it take to make America, not just great again, but truly GREAT!  

I propose eight things as an agenda for our future.  Think of these as eight worthy goals.  There are many paths to these goals and we should debate which paths we should take.  But first, we should agree upon our goals.  Then, let’s have a discussion about what we need to do, starting now, to realize OUR goals.  

Here are 8 Goals I propose for our future.  I invite you to add your own and/or suggest how a goal I suggest should be reworded. 

  1. Income Fairness—If an American works 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, at a minimum they should be able to earn enough to house, clothe, and feed themselves and care for their minor children including arranging for quality childcare while they work.  
  2. Gun Violence—Too many people die or are seriously injured in this country because of gun violence.  No American should fear that their life or the life of a friend or loved one could come to an end or that they will suffer life altering injuries as a result of gun violence.  
  3. Healthcare-No American should ever die or suffer needlessly because they cannot afford access to quality healthcare.  
  4. Education—Every American should have free access to a quality education that prepares them for the jobs of today and tomorrow. No American should be unemployed or underemployed because they can’t afford the education to qualify them for employment.
  5. Equal Rights Under the Law—No American should ever be denied the rights and privileges of U.S. Citizenship because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or national origin.  
  6. Clean Air and Water—No American should ever become ill from the air they breath or the water they drink.
  7. Pure Food and Drugs—No American should ever suffer ill effects from the food they eat or the legal drugs they consume.
  8. Every Vote Should Count-Every American qualified to vote in a national, state or local election should be able to cast their vote at a time and place that does not require extraordinary efforts on their part to vote and should be confident that the voting process is secure and that their vote will be counted as cast.

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