2018 Elections

  1. How about a place to discuss the upcoming elections?

    To start with, how about this blue wave we keep hearing about? If elected, besides a get rid Trump agenda, what are the Democrats going to do for us?
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  3. by   nursej22
    I don't know how much Democrats will be able to achieve because I don't think the partisanship is going away anytime soon, but things I hope can move forward, that seem to have stalled, or been ignored are:

    Improved cybersecurity, both for elections and for vital things like our power grids
    Addressing the opioid crisis, and as a corollary, mental health care
    Addressing health care in general. Senators Murray and Alexander have been working on a bipartisan fix to the ACA.
    Immigration reform in a more humane manner, and that also helps industry and farmers who rely on guest workers
    Improving infrastructure, including transportation and energy
  4. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from nursej22
    I don't know how much Democrats will be able to achieve because I don't think the partisanship is going away anytime soon, but things I hope can move forward, that seem to have stalled, or been ignored are:

    Improved cybersecurity, both for elections and for vital things like our power grids
    Addressing the opioid crisis, and as a corollary, mental health care
    Addressing health care in general. Senators Murray and Alexander have been working on a bipartisan fix to the ACA.
    Immigration reform in a more humane manner, and that also helps industry and farmers who rely on guest workers
    Improving infrastructure, including transportation and energy
    Also re-looking at education. Making college more affordable and keeping religion out of public schools.
  5. by   Lil Nel
    Looks like Russia is already interfering with 2018 elections.

    I highly doubt Trump will be in the running, unless he completely declares himself king.

    Very, very bad news for him this week.

    First, corruption trial can move forward.

    Second, Michael Cohen is rolling and releasing all kinds of recorded information and audio tapes.

    Third, someone from the Trump Foudation was just subpoenaed.

    That's just this week!
  6. by   SC_RNDude
    Quote from Lil Nel
    Looks like Russia is already interfering with 2018 elections.

    I highly doubt Trump will be in the running, unless he completely declares himself king.

    Very, very bad news for him this week.

    First, corruption trial can move forward.

    Second, Michael Cohen is rolling and releasing all kinds of recorded information and audio tapes.

    Third, someone from the Trump Foudation was just subpoenaed.

    That's just this week!
    Hate to break this to you, but Trump isn't up for re-election this year.
  7. by   SC_RNDude
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    Also re-looking at education. Making college more affordable and keeping religion out of public schools.
    I agree on making college education more affordable. Unfortunately, I only hear of talk of loan forgiveness or making it free. I think the real problem that no one tackles is why has it got so expensive in the first place.
  8. by   Lil Nel
    Quote from SC_RNDude
    Hate to break this to you, but Trump isn't up for re-election this year.
    LOL!

    You are right, Dude.

    My sleep deprived brain overlooked the 2018 portion of the thread title.

    My apologies.
  9. by   Lil Nel
    All joking aside, just getting rid of the Trump agenda would be enough for me!

    Seriously, I would love to have science to be respected again.

    Yes, climate change is real.

    Yes, income inequality is real.

    Yes, consumer protections against big banks and Wall Street are needed.

    Yes, Russia is our enemy, not our friend.

    No, there is no such thing as 'good' White Nationalists.

    And I could go on and on and on.

    But you all get my point.
  10. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from SC_RNDude
    I agree on making college education more affordable. Unfortunately, I only hear of talk of loan forgiveness or making it free. I think the real problem that no one tackles is why has it got so expensive in the first place.
    Agreed. There are some private institutions that have such huge endowments that no one should have to pay outrageous tuition and fees. I know they are all competing for students, and for student-athletes (or just athletes), but the tuition/fees/room and board seem disproportionate with what they get in return.

    I do agree with some kinds of incentive programs that help with tuition. The state where I work offers 2 years of community college free to any resident, but they have to keep up a certain GPA. Then they get automatic acceptance to the state university, but they have to pay for those 2 years.
  11. by   Daisy4RN
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    Agreed. There are some private institutions that have such huge endowments that no one should have to pay outrageous tuition and fees. I know they are all competing for students, and for student-athletes (or just athletes), but the tuition/fees/room and board seem disproportionate with what they get in return.

    I do agree with some kinds of incentive programs that help with tuition. The state where I work offers 2 years of community college free to any resident, but they have to keep up a certain GPA. Then they get automatic acceptance to the state university, but they have to pay for those 2 years.
    And, some of those private institutions are also getting big bucks from the government! Why should we all be paying for that (to those Ivy League private schools)? I also agree we need more affordable education.
  12. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from Daisy4RN
    And, some of those private institutions are also getting big bucks from the government! Why should we all be paying for that (to those Ivy League private schools)? I also agree we need more affordable education.
    What kind of assistance are they getting from the government? I honestly don't know, so that's why I'm asking.

    I also want to add that I was the beneficiary of a loan forgiveness program. After finishing NP school I worked for 3 years with an under-served population in return for student loan forgiveness. It was a win-win situation for all involved. I'd hate to see those programs disappear, although I fear they already have under this administration.
  13. by   Daisy4RN
    [QUOTE=BCgradnurse;9901784]What kind of assistance are they getting from the government? I honestly don't know, so that's why I'm asking.

    I also want to add that I was the beneficiary of a loan forgiveness program. After finishing NP school I worked for 3 years with an under-served population in return for student loan forgiveness. It was a win-win situation for all involved. I'd hate to see those programs disappear, although I ... end quote

    I am not talking about programs like yours, I agree those are good, win/win!

    New report shows Ivy League schools get more federal funding than some states | The Daily Pennsylvanian
  14. by   BCgradnurse
    [QUOTE=Daisy4RN;9901803]
    Quote from BCgradnurse
    What kind of assistance are they getting from the government? I honestly don't know, so that's why I'm asking.

    I also want to add that I was the beneficiary of a loan forgiveness program. After finishing NP school I worked for 3 years with an under-served population in return for student loan forgiveness. It was a win-win situation for all involved. I'd hate to see those programs disappear, although I ... end quote

    I am not talking about programs like yours, I agree those are good, win/win!

    New report shows Ivy League schools get more federal funding than some states | The Daily Pennsylvanian
    If I read the article correctly, a good deal of that money is in the form of research grants and contracts. I don't see that as being a handout to the schools. Money for Pell grants and work-study programs get passed along to students, I assume. Again, not a handout for the school itself. I'm not sure how I feel about the tax exempt status, except to say if the schools are on the hook for taxes, then megachurches and other religious organizations should pay taxes, too.

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