Create a 100% sir tax all petroleum products. This would currently place the minimum price of gasoline at $5.00/ gallon(approx), discouraging superfluous use of automobiles as recreational vehicles and encouraging public transportation. The funds generated could be used to create public owned solar power grids to lower fossil fuel consumption
Implement federally supported regional manufacturing, agricultural, and other trades public service academies to teach people how make, build, and do things. They can be taught by experts and retired people from those fields. Participants can learn about all levels of production through management. What is produced and the skilled labor can benefit the communities and country. Certified graduates can go on to work in their own business or other companies after 4 yrs service.
This is more of a comment on the idea of basic housing for the homeless. In the state of TN we have homeless shelters. There, the homeless have their needs met for food, clothing, and a warm place to stay, It would be great if every homeless person in this country could have a private shelter, but there is no way this could be paid for. We need to keep trying to find a way to help educate and find jobs for the homeless, so that they can get off the streets and have a meaningful life!
President Obama and the Progressive Democrats should agree with the Republicans about the U.S. Government not having enough money in the budget. Then by executive order declare a fiscal emergency and immediately tax everyone making more than $500,000 / yr at a 90% tax rate until the debt is paid off.
Require all Congressional and Presidential candidates to take a test of cultural competence--(meaning, awareness of one's own cultural background; baggage; and level of commitment to respecting, and supporting people from non-dominant cultures. Such people include African Americans, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, women, working class and poor people, disabled people, and non-Christians. Make the results of this test public.
Where I live big industry discharges millions of pounds of toxins into the air. The inside of homes and cars have weird dust and grit in them. Please regulate companies being allowed to discharge millions of pounds of toxic waste particles into the air and make then use scrubbers and equipment to clean up their manufacturing process.
Government should help colleges find part-time jobs for students who would otherwise be unable to attend college due to the high cost now for tuitions. Too many students are forced to borrow money, which puts them in deep debt after graduation, and are often unable to make payments because they cannot find work.
More money for CPS Services to protect children from abusers; a national database of abusers and their victims; better follow up by CPS workers to homes of children who have been designated as victims of abuse. There are way too many children being abused and killed because of lack of resources for CPS Services.
Government Overhaul: All leadership should answer to civilian review boards; demand those who were bailed out to reimburse the tax payers; equal rights; voting rights; equitable affordable healthcare; equitable & preserved incomes and earned benefits not for just government officials but for all citizens; education and job opportunities for all citizens; small business support; equitable tax burden; eliminate tax-exemption and non-profits; livable wages for all citizens; environmental quality
Control/Ban Fireworks: Fireworks spread carcinogenic heavy metals and toxic gases, harmful to humans and all living things. FIREWORKS present one of the deadliest ongoing degraders of clean air and water quality in the USA.They are detonated at an ever growing and alarming rate. We are not free if we cannot escape poor air and water quality caused by fireworks. We need strict limitations or a general ban on the sale and use of fireworks in the USA.