So, other people play fantasy football; I’ll play fantasy election.
Truth be told, I have no actual candidate that I can support fully. In the end I will be a one issue voter. Criticize it all you like, but I will vote for the most pro-life candidate I can get, which means I will probably have to vote for whatever sad sack the republican primary hands to us. I cannot vote for Obama on this record (http://www.lifenews.com/2010/11/07/obamaabortionrecord/) unless the only other option turned out to be someone like the CEO of Planned Parenthood.
So, let me start my list, and I will possibly add to it over time:
1. Willing to use the presidential influence to press for pro-life ideals.
2. Recognize America’s place as a leading superpower and lead through example first and power second to promote justice in the earth. To think America can fix every world problem is at worst arrogant and at best delusional, but to pretend we do not have the power of influence, wealth, and force; to reject that power as it has been given; to ignore suffering and injustice is not right even if it makes us unpopular to use it. We will find that popular opinion changes by the minute, and those who would shape it against us are often as not powerful elites who simply wish to promote their own ends.
(3) That being said, example is the first way to lead. We could make tremendous headway in world leadership if we would begin nuclear disarmament with the stockpiles we have the most control over first–our own. We would do well to perfect what missile defense technology we have as we rid ourself of nuclear weapons.Such technology could be used as an incentive to encourage allies to follow suit. Having disarmed our own nuclear stockpiles will give us the moral high ground when dealing with enemies like Iran. Furthermore, we could focus our nuclear research on waste disposal and the development of nuclear power sources which could run on fuel converted from weapons grade plutonium.
(4) Education: seriously reduce or eliminate Fed Ed department while simultaneously working with state governors on current projects to develop common grade level standards across the nation. Work to decrease glut of administrative costs in education and actually get more pay to teachers and used some of the funds saved from slashing bureaucracy to give teachers what they need more than a pay raise–classroom/grading assistants, tutors for students, and smaller class sizes. Work to save money through encouraging home education both with school system online programs and tax breaks for home schoolers.
(5) Stop the crap with energy politics! This administration has wasted more money on failed alternative energy companies. The republicans aren’t much better. Let’s admit to the fact that plant-based fuels do little more than provide political talking points, drive up food costs, and cause engine damage. (The negatives of such fuels are a high price to pay for cheap applaud lines.) We should recognize the incredibly close tie between energy costs, food production, and food prices. These are all commodities people–they impact each other on wall street, but more importantly they impact each other on main street.
(6) Thus our policies in regard to farm subsidies and food regulations need serious work. (I need to do more research and thinking on this.) Look into what type of policies would free up and encourage more small local farms and more sustainable practices without creating more government hand-outs. Farmers should never be paid not to farm.
(7) A billionaire tax. Since it is billionaires who are all gung-ho to pay more taxes, lets focus on reducing their tax shelters first. The dirty little secret they don’t want you to know is that millionaires are often people who cannot recover if their business fails, whose business could very well fail if they got sick, whose ability to hire workers is threatened by hikes, who may live next door to you, and who most billionaires would rather have as employees than competitors. Another secret is that those sad secretaries who pay more than their billionaire bosses in taxes may already be millionaires if they have invested wisely, because they are likely making over a quarter million a year.
If we addressed the issues above, we would likely find our economic problems disappearing and with them our healthcare issues.
Well, enough fantasy politics for now.