It’s looking more and more like Obama will be winning the election, and will probably take office with a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate. This gives him a chance to make some real change for this country; stuff we’ve been needing since about 1968. Here’s some suggestions for what needs a doin’.
1. An increase to the minimum wage. Yes, we just had one recently. No, it wasn’t large enough. It also needs to be tied into the inflation rate.
2. Universal health care. I’d like it to be government provided, but I don’t expect that to happen. Still, all of us should be able to walk into a clinic and know that we’ll great cared for regardless of how much money we do or don’t have.
3. Reform the military. Shrink it to half its current size! We can do that and still remain dominant in the world, plus we’d save about $350 billion a year.
4. Allow gays to serve in what’s left of the military. There’s no reason for the assinine “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. All it does it cause problems.
5. Nationwide civil unions. If you’re not willing to allow gay marriage, at least provide something that’s the same in every way, shape and form as heterosexual marriage. Having done that, I’m sure the courts will step in and say that if it walks like a duck, etc, and make it so that it has to get called “marriage” instead of “civil unions”. Then the politicians can blame the courts, and everyone gets what they want. Well, except those who are against gay marriage, but they suck.
6. A gauranteed four-year college tuition for all citizens. The better educated people are, they more money they earn, and the more taxes they will pay. The government will make a profit on this notion.
7. Get out of Iraq! The sooner, the better.
8. Try to get Russia into NATO. I can’t think of too many ways more likely to prevent the kind of nonsense we’ve seen from them over the last few months than by getting them into NATO. It’s long overdue.
9. More funding for science in general and NASA in particular. Consider how many kids were inspired to study math and science during the Apollo years. If we want to be back on top in that area, I can’t think of too many better ways to do it.
There’s other things, too. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. This is just a starting list. I’m sure that six months in, I’ll have a new one with more things. In the meantime, this is something to aim for.