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- by Joe V Jan 11What are your hopes for the next four years? President Barack Obama begins his second term in office on Jan. 20, with a hefty number of important issues facing the nation:
Select your top 4 and tell us why?
- Immigration reform
- Gun control
- Federal spending ie entitlements, etc
- Tax reform
- Environmental protection
- Gay marriage
- A changing military
- Education reform
- Health care
- Afghanistan / Iraq / Iran / etc
- Washington gridlock
What do these issues mean to you?
- Jan 11 by tewdlesI want Gitmo closed...yesterday
I want the concept of "entitlements" redefined
I want us to continue to improve our health care delivery and payment system
I want us to modernize our immigration system to make it responsive to our needs.
I realized that I did not explain why I want these things...
I probably don't have time to fully explain before I go to work, but to me these are "no brainer" problems that need to be addressed.
- Jan 11 by VivaLasViejasDang, tnt........we're on the same brainwave! Who'da thunk it?
With this particular president and Congress, I don't want the federal government to touch ANY of the things listed because they will probably screw it up so badly that we may never recover. No thank you.......2016 can't come soon enough.
- Jan 12 by TheCommuterQuote from VivaLasViejasDue to the rapidly changing demographics of this country's citizenry, there's a very feasible chance of another liberal Democrat getting elected to the presidency in 2016.2016 can't come soon enough.
In other words, be careful what you wish for.
- Jan 12 by VivaLasViejasQuote from TheCommuterYou know, I've heard this argument before, and while it may appear to be true and reasonable, I see it quite differently. For one thing, a few million votes is hardly a mandate; but more importantly, had the Repulicans fielded a stronger candidate the 2012 election would likely have turned out to be very different. Mitt Romney was too wishy-washy, we never knew what he REALLY stood for, and he kept stepping in it whenever he spoke off the cuff, making himself look arrogant and out of touch. Now with Obama, the voters at least knew what they were getting because ever since he took office, he's never even made a pretense of having conservative values. So I think it'll be a wide open frontier in 2016, especially after Obama's had four more years in which to grow government and shrink freedom. Should be interesting!Due to the rapidly changing demographics of this country's citizenry, there's a very feasible chance of another liberal Democrat getting elected to the presidency in 2016.In other words, be careful what you wish for.
- Jan 12 by tewdlesQuote from VivaLasViejasYou know, I've heard this argument before, and while it may appear to be true and reasonable, I see it quite differently. For one thing, a few million votes is hardly a mandate; but more importantly, had the Repulicans fielded a stronger candidate the 2012 election would likely have turned out to be very different. Mitt Romney was too wishy-washy, we never knew what he REALLY stood for, and he kept stepping in it whenever he spoke off the cuff, making himself look arrogant and out of touch. Now with Obama, the voters at least knew what they were getting because ever since he took office, he's never even made a pretense of having conservative values. So I think it'll be a wide open frontier in 2016, especially after Obama's had four more years in which to grow government and shrink freedom. Should be interesting!
You hit the nail on the head about the Romney v Obama election.
I couldn't figure out why the voters put R on the ticket, they had better candidates...IMHO
I do think that the 2016 election is up for grabs. The republicans just need to put someone electable on the plate. They need to get more of the independent vote.
- Jan 12 by aknottedyarnEnding these wars is my #1, and figuring a way not to do it again.
Employment and fair taxation are very important.
We need to get Citizens United overturned. If it does not have a belly button it is not a person. This is almost a codicil to the SCOTUS positions that are likely to be filled in these 4 years. This is probably the most important piece of work as it will outlast many POTUS. All contriversy eventually gets to the Court.
I would put gridlock at one of the top. And look at it in a broad sense: Lobbyists monopolizing the ears of those who are hired to do the will of the people, not the special interest groups, Congressmen and women who put party before the needs of the people, Congressmen who state openly that the number one priority is anything other than the needs of the people who have hired him. We need to find ways to decrease the traffic in and out of DC. For examle, Congressmen on "fact finding" trips. Workers need to be able to telecommute. We need to cut down on green house gases and DC is full of hot air as well as noxious gases. If we cut down access by lobbyists to our representatives it has to cut way back on these gases. So gridlock is in law making and on the roadways and flight paths.
I think we are making progress on gay issues. We need to get equality and cannot until all marriages are equal and accepted by federal entities so taxation and social security are equal for all spouses regardless of sex of any participant.
I think we need to continue to work to keep Church and State separate. If Churches want to participate in the political process then they need to pay taxes, for example Westboro Baptist Church. That one needs to be listed as a hate group and included in gangs when discussed.
I think immigration is almost too big to start in this 4 years. One can see that the GOP never learned how to compromise, so wait until 2014 and see if personnel change in DC. Then in 2016 it can be tackled by a new set of characters. Unfortunately many have been so brainwashed by Fox and it's political agenda they cannot see anything but negatives. Any work on immigration will be either really bad or buried in committees by those who have some very strong views.
Not even close to the top but I would like to see federal legislation to legalize pot. This would cut down on many issues. It also would be a source of new taxation, just like every other "sin" tax.
- Jan 12 by herring_RNI want a public discussion regarding innocent civilians killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and other countries.
Report: 11 Pakistani Civilians Killed in Escalating U.S. Drone Strikes Since Jan. 1
Thursday’s bombings came hours after at least six people were killed in the seventh publicly known U.S. drone strike inside Pakistan in less than two weeks. The Obama administration has begun 2013 with a flurry of Pakistan strikes, raising speculation it is accelerating the bombings before its capacity to carry them out is diminished with the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of next year.
According to a tally by the website Long War Journal, U.S. drones have already killed as many as 11 civilians and 30 suspected militants in the first 10 days of the year. If confirmed, that would mean a death ratio of more than one civilian for every three suspected militants. It also would already exceed the official civilian death toll for 2012, though that number is likely too small because U.S. policy deems all adult males as militants unless contrary evidence emerges after their deaths. ...
... According to The Washington Post, the future stationing of CIA bases that launch the drone strikes will be among the topics discussed by the White House and Afghan President Hamid Karzai during Karzai’s current visit to Washington.
- Jan 12 by herring_RNI too want the promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay kept.Four years after vowing to close Guantánamo and 11 years after it opened, President Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, barring the use of federal funds to transfer detainees from the notorious prison to U.S. soil.
Of the 166 prisoners remaining at Guantánamo, 86 have been cleared for release.
Obama says he signed the NDAA’s renewal despite his objections to the Guantánamo provisions and maintained in a signing statement the right to override them, but Baher Azmy, legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights, says Obama’s avowal amounts to no more than a "press release." ...
4 Years After Vow to Close Gitmo, Why Has Obama Signed NDAA Bill Barring Transfer of Its Prisoners?Last edit by herring_RN on Jan 12