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  1. Re-engineer our educational system so it addresses the need for a 21st century trained work force

    Our current public education system does not meet the needs of a 21st century work force. We must understand that with emerging technologies we can utilize online education to expand and develop more hands on training for the new workforce that must compete in a global world. Without a competitive workforce we will not be a leader in the manufacture of solar panels, electric cars, battery technology, etc.

    124 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Education  ·  Admin →
    • Prosecute the banksters

      Widespread financial fraud by banksters, lawyers, and accountants should be met by aggressive prosecution. Moral hazard demands accountability.

      116 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Finance  ·  Admin →
      • Bring Back the WPA & hire laid off workers to do green energy retrofits on all US Homes

        Restore the WPA to hire laid off construction workers directly and go door to door nationwide making all homes 65% more energy efficient within next 10 years. This will help the environment by reducing CO2 emmissions, create millions of jobs, reduce our dependence on imported oil from the Middle East, give homeowners more cash to pay down their mortgages immediately, and save the lives of our young military men and women who currently have to sacrifice their lives protecting the oil lanes in one of the most volitol parts of the world.

        109 votes
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          5 comments  ·  Energy  ·  Admin →
        • Hold a U.S. Hunger, Homeless, Poverty & Ideas Summit ASAP

          54 Million are enduring hunger in the U.S., 3.5 million homeless and 43.6 million live in poverty. There are GREAT idea/solutions but no central meeting or 'Summit' to bring the organizations, government entities, etc. together with mobile apps, communications, distribution, media, funders, technology, food companies, marketers, the ideas that are working, etc.

          We CAN solve these problems! We have enough food, empty homes and buildings but we need a national plan that the public is educated on and a method and venues to share our ideas so that we may re-build our fractured foundation and build America into a great…

          103 votes
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            15 comments  ·  OTHER  ·  Admin →
          • Public financing of elections! No campaign ads, public debates only!

            airwaves are public, televised debates should be mandated.
            If we have umpteen holidays in a year, are national elections not important enough to have a National Election Day??

            90 votes
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              5 comments  ·  Government  ·  Admin →
            • Copy one of Brazil's great ideas leading to their financial boom - VERY LITTLE $ going to a military

              Did anyone else notice in that piece on 60 Minutes about Brazil; the most significant difference between their country and ours? What percent of their budget flows OUT of their country to a HUGE military expense. Almost nothing. I think it's time we figure out another strategy besides being the world's watchdog and bully, and face how expensive and unsustainable this position is.

              89 votes
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                3 comments  ·  OTHER  ·  Admin →
              • Simple solution to job creation.

                Stop giving incentives to companies that ship jobs overseas. Tax them at a higher rate than those companies whose employees are here in the U.S. Jobs will flock back. Corporations only care about profits.

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                  7 comments  ·  Employment  ·  Admin →
                • Repeal the Insurance Industry Anti-Trust Exemption

                  The healthcare reform act missed a great opportunity to repeal the obscure McCarron-Ferguson act which exempts the insurance industry (not just healthcare) from the Sherman and Clayton anti-trust acts and the FTC. Imagine what if insurance companies were limited in their ability to fix prices and collude to limit competition, and engage in unfair business practices. This one thing could do more to reduce healthcare costs and reduce the deficit more than many other things.

                  81 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Healthcare  ·  Admin →
                  • Reject "Charge-it & Forget-it Conservativism" and their "Starve the Beast" fiscal strategy.

                    Reagan forever changed the fiscal landscape when he demonized "Tax & Spend (paygo) Liberals". The Reagan Revolution dawned a new era of Charge-it & Forget-it budget financing. The National Debt exploded from $1.0 Trillion in 1981 to today's $14 Trillion PLUS the additional $8 Trillion in net interest carrying cost, $22+ Trillion in debt costs, seriously jepordizing the American Dream.

                    80 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Government  ·  Admin →
                    • Make hospitals like the Mayo Clinic responsible for treating their patients with respect and decency

                      You're going to the Mayo Clinic, and touting it as a model of good health care. Wrong. I went there 2-1/2 years ago and was treated like a piece of meat. I was sick, but they made me run all over the complex, with no guidance as to how to get from clinic to clinic: no maps, no clear directions, just vague, inaccurate verbal instructions that had me running all over the complex, making me sicker, to the point where I couldn't talk clearly or think clearly. Literally. It was a terrible experience. They obviously have no consideration for the…

                      80 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Healthcare  ·  Admin →
                      • outlaw privatized, for-profit prisons

                        Granted, some people probably can't or won't be rehabilitated - but bringing in private, for-profit prisons does nothing to make the community better. They are bound, by their business model, to set people up to fail. I'm not saying that people who are in the process of paying a debt to society should be mollycoddled and given opportunities that law-abiding citizens can't get, but there are plenty of people who make a mistake that, with a little bit of counseling and a helping hand to get them started, can go on to be productive citizens and contribute to their communities.

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                          6 comments  ·  Business  ·  Admin →
                        • Develop, design & construct high speed rail

                          Construction on infrastructure and a new 22nd Century American high speed rail system, nationally and regionally. We must then begin a new era in space travel and tourism creating millions of new jobs and support work and businesses.

                          73 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Technology  ·  Admin →
                          • Extend tax credits for domestically produced electric cars

                            How do we really create green jobs and stimulate the economy?

                            69 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Employment  ·  Admin →
                            • Reform and restrict Senate filibusters

                              Bring back a semblance of majority rule in government.

                              69 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Government  ·  Admin →
                              • Rollback America to the Good ole' Days of the 50's ;-) ... STARTING w the tax rates for the rich

                                Conservatives go on and on about the 50's era, how everything was good under Republican President Ike, etc, et al. Let's start with its tax rates for the wealthy to pay down our $14 Trillion National Debt

                                68 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Government  ·  Admin →
                                • Use our combined buying power as customers to reverse corporate takeover of our government.

                                  First, we won’t get any meaningful changes through simply identifying the problems and complaining or through the current already rigged political and legal system. One that multinational corporations have bought, own and control through their combined spending of billions in campaign contributions and lobbyists. Corporations have put politicians in government to deregulate themselves, allow them to ship jobs overseas, create corporate tax loopholes, suck multimillion dollar quarterly bonuses out for a select few while laying off workers and cutting salaries, even deregulated banks so they can legally rob you. This is neither democracy or free enterprise. Our government has been…

                                  67 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Government  ·  Admin →
                                  • Create a new tax bracket for companies that source a large % of their revenue from manufacturing.

                                    Create a significant tax incentive through a new tax bracket for companies who decide to locate their manufacturing operations in the United States. This would stem the flow of our manufacturing jobs overseas by making the United States a less expensive, more appealing place to do business.

                                    67 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Business  ·  Admin →
                                    • Mega-Banks - Break Them Up

                                      The mega-banks are too big to fail, manage and are too big for the U.S. economy. Break them up!

                                      64 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Finance  ·  Admin →
                                      • Show Congress that their jobs depend on the voter, not the special interest - vote them out!

                                        It is a very easy thing to do. I don't care who your congressperson or senator is, they are, by definition, part of the problem (even Ron Paul, because he enables the rest). It takes less than a minute to find out who they are, and vote for someone else. If everyone did this, they would quickly (a couple of election cycles) learn who they really answer to.

                                        64 votes
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                                          5 comments  ·  Government  ·  Admin →
                                        • Public Work Program

                                          Our country is founded on hard working people that have the fortitude to take care of themselves and their families if offered a job. As Roosevelt did in the 1930's with the WPA, we should now create government jobs to rebuild the infrastructure of this country. This is true usable money in the hands of people that will directly benefit all of us (not a bank stimulus). We could not only rebuild roads and bridges, but also use the program to create new industries like high speed rail, alternative energy and improved means of using our water resources. A beginning…

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                                            2 comments  ·  Employment  ·  Admin →
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