TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The current state of the economy in America is characterized by a lack of effective leadership and legislative action that addresses the pressing issues affecting our nation. Elected officials in Washington have failed to adequately respond to these challenges, resulting in economic inequality, low wages, high fuel prices, increased taxes, record-high rent and mortgages, aggressive interest rate hikes, rising debt, foreclosures, and homelessness. It appears that many consumer protections have also disappeared, highlighting the need to address corporate welfare in order to improve economic inequality. To address these issues, several key steps should be taken. First, there should be an increase in the minimum wage and salaries across the nation, along with the creation of better-paying union jobs. Investing in local, state, and federal infrastructure is crucial, and it should be ensured that materials needed for projects are sourced domestically. Currently, the investment in infrastructure is insufficient, with less than 1% of the GDP being allocated, compared to over 2% in the past. This decline must be reversed to prevent further deterioration of the nation’s infrastructure and to improve the lives of the American people. Furthermore, research and development (R&D) investment is crucial for maintaining America’s competitiveness. The United States has fallen to 9th place globally in R&D, while China has risen to 2nd place. This decline can be attributed to the poor leadership and lack of vision from politicians over the past several decades. It is imperative to invest trillions of dollars in our nation, and this can be achieved by ensuring that corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Currently, the burden falls heavily on American citizens, hindering the country’s progress while China continues to dominate the world economy. Rebuilding the Small Business Administration and providing more opportunities, particularly in areas dominated by big box stores, will help reduce poverty, create stability, and promote competition. This can be achieved by shifting corporate welfare towards supporting small businesses. Minimizing taxes for Americans, reducing interest rates, and reinstating consumer protections are crucial steps in curbing corporate greed. Investing in low-carbon clean fuel production and storage will help reduce fuel prices, leading to lower costs for food and products across the nation. Holding big oil companies accountable for their actions is necessary to achieve this. Additionally, loopholes that allow corporations to stash money in foreign countries should be closed, ensuring that funds remain within the country for job creation and economic growth. Encouraging corporations to build more within the United States, hire more American workers, and invest in the nation will contribute to rebuilding and strengthening the economy.
Transitioning from an economy of consumption and dysfunction to one of construction and production is vital. This requires responsible actions from states and the corporations operating within them. Emphasizing the production of essential products, such as pharmaceuticals, within the country will enhance national security and independence. Building fabrication factories and encouraging trade between states can lead to job creation, economic growth, and improved inequality conditions within each state.
Addressing the massive housing shortage by bringing in affordable living options is crucial for reducing homelessness and poverty. This will require investment in sustainable, environmentally friendly neighborhoods, providing funding for education, and revitalizing crumbling infrastructure. Ultimately, these efforts will allow more Americans to establish roots, build equity, and achieve a healthier and more productive lifestyle. By doing so, we can begin to alleviate the debt caused by economic inequality and move towards a brighter future.
Improving our education system requires a comprehensive approach that considers the demands of the future economy and the role of
technology in shaping education. It is crucial to establish new guidelines that offer financially smarter and more inclusive choices, along with equal opportunities throughout the educational system. This holistic
approach should address pressing issues such as student loan debts,
wrong degrees, and poor decision-making that lead to financial
hardships. The first step in improving the education system is to provide students with accurate information and guidance regarding their career choices. High school students, who are at a crucial stage of decision-making,
should be equipped with state-of-the-art technology that incorporates AI capabilities and predicts the degrees and careers that will be relevant 25 years in the future. This technology should also provide real-time data on the number of people currently pursuing similar paths in
college, helping universities avoid overpopulating any particular career field. Additionally, this technology should consider projected salaries and the cost of living 25 years from now. By providing students with real-life numbers, they can assess whether they will be able to afford essential expenses such as housing. This information enables them to make better decisions and avoid a lifetime of debt and financial instability. Moreover, it is important to address the issues prevalent in the current education system, particularly the high cost of education and the lack of financial preparedness among students. An affordable education plan must be developed for all universities across the nation, ensuring that students have access to high-quality education without excessive financial burdens. This approach benefits both students and universities, leading to higher graduation rates and more successful careers. Furthermore, a comprehensive education plan must cater to students at all levels, from preschool to college. The “50 for Youth Act” should be implemented to support preschoolers, kindergarteners, and
elementary students, building upon the insights and advancements of the “25 for Me Act.” This iterative approach ensures that curriculum and teaching methods adapt to the challenges faced by each generation. Promoting equal access and eliminating racial inequality should be a priority within the education system. Programs aimed at providing opportunities for minority populations should be established to ensure inclusivity. Affordable online education and affordable college education initiatives should be developed, considering the needs and financial circumstances of all students. To achieve these goals, increased investment in education is necessary. The quality of education from pre-K to grade 12 needs to be enhanced, with a focus on providing resources, reducing inequality, and supporting teachers. Educators should receive improved salaries and benefits to keep up with the evolving economy. Concerns such as overcrowded classrooms, lack of technology and supplies, and connectivity issues must be addressed to deliver a high-quality education. Efforts should also be made to improve special education programs, home study options, and alternative schools to provide equal opportunities for students with disabilities and those facing transportation challenges. Incentive packages for future teachers should be enhanced to attract and retain talented educators. Furthermore, student loan issues need to be addressed to alleviate the burden on individuals. Additional debt relief measures may be
necessary to assist students in getting back on track. Improved loan arrangements should be implemented, offering lower monthly payments that align with the current cost of living and mortgage payment structures. A potential plan could involve freezing loan
payments for the first two years after graduation, allowing individuals to save for a down payment on a house. Medium-sized payments can be made for the following five years, enabling individuals to manage both loan and mortgage payments while also covering living expenses and purchasing a vehicle. After five years, full payments on student loans can be resumed, providing a sustainable and more affordable
path forward for future generations.
3. Tech Innovation
Today, I stand before you to emphasize the importance of technical innovation and the need to advance our programs to provide pathways of opportunities through equality and diversity. Our goal should be to ensure that everyone has access to these opportunities, regardless of their background, so they can exercise and master their skills to create and improve the world we live in. This, in my opinion, is the most crucial value we can derive from our research and development programs because it levels the playing field and allows all of us to contribute to a better future.
However, as we strive for progress, we must also hold big tech companies accountable for their actions. We cannot ignore the issues of privacy breaches and the unethical sale and sharing of personal information. Technology plays an enormous role in our lives, from the types of jobs available to us, to our education, and even our future economy. Therefore, it is imperative that we address these concerns and ensure that technology serves the best interests of the people. To achieve our goals, we need to invest in federally funded programs that have been neglected for decades. We must enhance our research capabilities, such as the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, to fight diseases like cancer and develop new medicines and technologies that can improve healthcare outcomes while reducing costs for all. Additionally, we must prioritize advancements in mental health medicines and therapies, as well as the development of pharmaceuticals for both humans and animals, as they are
essential for our overall well-being. Furthermore, we cannot overlook the crucial role of the Environmental Protection Agency in protecting our planet’s resources and preserving our agricultural production. We must support the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the health and living conditions of our brave veterans who have been left behind. And we must continue to invest in defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, fostering collaboration between state
and local institutions of higher education and improving our strategies for a stronger future. In order to inspire research, technology, and create workforce development opportunities, we must encourage collaboration among labor unions,
businesses, and community-based organizations. Our Department of Energy should continue to focus on creating cleaner and more sustainable energy sources to meet the demands of our growing market. The Department of Commerce, along with the Economic Development Administration, must foster
geographic diversity in innovation and provide quality jobs in underserved communities across the nation. We must expand STEM programs, increase participation from underrepresented communities, and improve racial and gender equity in these fields.
To ensure equal opportunities and inclusion, we must support historically black colleges and universities, tribal controlled colleges and universities, training centers, and minority-serving institutions. Manufacturing in wireless technology, artificial intelligence, biotech, microelectronics, semiconductors, quantum information, and isotope production should be advanced to drive innovation and economic growth. Our agriculture department should receive cutting-edge research tools and technologies to enhance food and crop production for human consumption and animal welfare. By doing so, we can improve our food chain and the livelihoods of those who rely on it. Furthermore, investing in a robust and healthy educational system is crucial for economic opportunities, tackling the climate crisis, transitioning to clean energy, and creating the industries of tomorrow. We must prioritize our military and invest in breakthrough technologies that drive innovation and capacity in defense, ensuring American technological leadership and the development of future defense capabilities. Advancing the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is also vital to continue making breakthroughs in national security technologies.
To address the concerns and harms associated with technology, we need to push for extensive and restrictive regulations on the tech sector. Promoting competition, protecting Americans’ privacy, especially that of children, increasing transparency, and eliminating discriminatory algorithm decision- making are areas that require immediate attention. We must also engage with international institutions and work closely with our allies to confront issues such as competition with China, internet governance, and cross-border data flows. It is crucial that we eliminate corruption and ensure inclusion and diversity in these programs. We must focus on helping all people and provide every available opportunity to create a better future for everyone. We should prioritize the protection of children and parental rights in relation to social media platforms, as they have become integral parts of our daily lives, posing risks and challenges that demand our attention.
It is indeed crucial to prioritize the overhaul of our nation’s crumbling infrastructure after years of misappropriated funds and lack of vision from Washington. We need to develop a comprehensive infrastructure plan that benefits the American people and ensures the long-term security and
functionality of our infrastructure.
Starting with the permitting process, we must focus on cutting red tape, removing roadblocks, and eliminating delays that hinder major projects. These delays, often caused by corruption, need to be addressed to ensure efficient and effective infrastructure development. Additionally, we need to bring on board trustworthy companies and invest in training personnel to ensure the
construction of secure and durable infrastructure. Repairing our crumbling roads and failing bridges should be a top priority. Currently, one in five miles of highways and major roads are in poor condition, and over 45,000 bridges need repair. These conditions contribute significantly to
automobile accidents, and addressing them will save lives and improve transportation safety. Congested airports require efficiency improvements and expansion of entry and exit points. Introducing electrical luggage trains and taxis, as well as utilizing electric escalators and luggage elevators, will help reduce pollution and enhance airport operations. By investing in these upgrades, we can improve the overall travel experience and ensure environmental sustainability.
Investing in communities that have been historically neglected is essential. Inflation needs to be controlled to improve supply chains and make necessary improvements across the nation. Furthermore, access to safe drinking water must be ensured, 10 million households, half a million schools, and daycare centers lack this basic necessity. Lead pipes, particularly in disadvantaged minority communities and tribal nations, pose health risks and result in water wastage. These issues must be addressed promptly. Reliable high-speed internet access is crucial for Americans to participate equally in education, healthcare, employment, and other opportunities. However, over
30 million Americans reside in areas lacking reliable internet infrastructure, and the United States has the second-highest broadband costs. Affordability and accessibility need to be improved to enhance our education system and other vital services. Public transportation over 24,000 aging buses, 5,000 rail cars, 200 stations, thousands of miles of track signals, and power systems in dire need of replacement. Minority communities, often lacking sufficient transportation options, are twice as likely to rely on public transit. By upgrading to clean, zero- emission vehicles, improving accessibility for the elderly and disabled, and adopting cleaner energy options for trains, we can enhance public transportation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Water ports demand major overhauls due to constant deterioration caused by saltwater exposure and increased traffic from larger vessels. Dredging and improving dock infrastructure are necessary to avoid accidents and
accommodate heavier loads. Additionally, building a robust electrical transportation grid and installing half a million charging stations across the country is essential to support the growing demand for electricity, particularly in communities with agricultural and residential needs. It is crucial for Americans to be aware of the current state of battery production and its implications for our nation’s goals. It is indeed true that China currently produces over 75% of the world’s batteries, which includes those used in electric vehicles. As the United States aims to have 50% of its vehicles running on electric power by 2030, the dominance of China in battery production raises concerns about our dependence on foreign sources. To reduce dependence on foreign countries and improve self-sufficiency, we need to produce our own high-quality renewable energy products, such as batteries, solar panels, and computer chips. This will create jobs, foster competition, and ensure the availability of reliable products. Moreover, advancing low-carbon fuel initiatives, improving exploration methods, and enhancing storage and delivery systems will contribute to cleaner energy alternatives.
By addressing these issues and working together, we can create a moresustainable and durable infrastructure that meets the challenges of the future.
5. Income Inequality
Income inequality continues to pose significant challenges across our nation, impacting individuals and families who struggle with low wages, high living costs, and increasing debt. Many Americans find themselves unable to afford their mortgages, leading to a rise in rental demand and, in some cases, homelessness. It is crucial that we address these
issues by implementing policies to ensure sustainable living wages and a more progressive income tax system. To begin with, raising the minimum wage nationwide is essential to enable families to meet their basic needs. The rising costs of food, fuel, housing, and transportation place a heavy burden on individuals and require a sustainable living wage to provide for their families adequately. We can achieve this by implementing a modest increase in taxes for individuals earning over a million dollars annually. This adjustment will help fund special needs programs for children, addressing concerns related to mental health, cancer, disabilities, and improving their overall quality of life. Additionally, we must consider raising the capital gains tax and
eliminating corporate loopholes that allow some wealthy individuals and corporations to evade their fair share of taxes. It is unfair that employees often pay more in taxes than business owners. By rectifying this imbalance, we can generate additional revenue to fund business opportunities and programs aimed at addressing homelessness.
Instead of assisting individuals one by one, we should focus on
developing business models that can house groups of homeless people more cost-effectively. This requires securing funding, reducing start-up costs, permits, and taxes, and providing incentives for entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses that cater to the needs of the homeless
population. One approach to incentivize business owners to accommodate the homeless is to offer a tax incentive for each homeless person taken in. For example, a discount on utilities or a tax credit could be provided to cover the costs associated with providing shelter. Leaving people,
especially children, to suffer
on the streets is inhumane, and we must do better. As the United States of America, it is our responsibility to take care of our people,
particularly our youth. Currently, a significant amount of taxpayer dollars is being wasted on hotel vouchers for the homeless. This is an unsustainable solution. We need a solid foundation that focuses on investing in the homeless through equity and wealth creation. By increasing taxes on carried interest and ensuring that wealthy individuals pay ordinary taxes on
their earnings, we can generate more revenue to address poverty and provide a sustainable living for more Americans. Furthermore, it is crucial to address gender inequality by promoting equal employment opportunities and ensuring matching wages and
benefits for all individuals. Everyone should have equal access to opportunities, regardless of their gender, across all employment levels. We must also eliminate offshore tax havens that allow US companies to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. By implementing a fair tax rate of 35% on profits earned by these companies abroad, we can encourage them to bring their earnings back to the US and invest in creating
opportunities for the American people. To fund the expansion and improvement of our education system, it is necessary to pass a tax on large financial transactions. This would
generate revenue from hundreds of trillions of dollars, with a minimal cost for individual transactions. These funds could then be utilized to enhance pre-kindergarten, elementary, junior high, high school, and community college programs. Additionally, we can restore funding to programs aimed at supporting low-income students.
To support our veterans and address homelessness among them, implementing a tax on high-value luxury goods is necessary. Leaving our veterans homeless is unacceptable, considering their sacrifices and dedication to our nation. By providing them with housing, we
demonstrate our gratitude and respect for their service. Establishing a wealth tax is another vital measure. Individuals earning over 50 million dollars annually should be subject to an annual 3% tax on all their assets. Furthermore, for each additional billion dollars
earned, the tax rate should increase by 3%.
Addressing the challenges of immigration requires global leaders, particularly
those in Washington, to acknowledge that people worldwide seek better lives
and should be provided equal opportunities to immigrate legally and safely. While security measures are crucial, such as addressing undocumented immigrants’ potential health risks, criminal backgrounds, and illegal activities, it is important to treat immigrants as human beings in need of assistance. This is especially true for those with children, babies, disabilities, or specific needs, who require additional care and patience. Moreover, it is vital to continue improving and supporting programs like DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and immigrants’ rights while fostering diversity and inclusion. This means granting immigrants equal access to opportunities in America. It is also important to review and enhance financial aid services and living assistance programs, like Section 8, for immigrants. Instead of solely offering temporary housing, it would be beneficial to invest in initiatives that allow immigrants to build equity and wealth, contributing to society and the economy. The proposed Affordable Share Act aims to provide immigrants with the chance to progress and thrive in the country.
To ensure border security, outdated measures need to be replaced with smarter, more efficient, and sustainable methods. Given the high traffic at borders, traditional inspections become challenging. By implementing state-of- the-art mobile technologies on cargo vessels, such as rear-view cameras similar to those found in vehicles, border patrol and law enforcement agencies can better monitor loading, unloading, and transportation activities. This will significantly reduce crimes, drug trafficking, and illegal immigration, as cargo vessels often harbor the most significant risks. To encourage the next generation of border patrol guards, offering better incentives and opportunities is crucial. This will ensure an adequate level of security at the borders. Sponsors who bring immigrants to America must be held accountable for their commitments, providing the promised jobs and support. An accountability program for sponsors, with a rating system, can help identify responsible sponsors and improve immigrants’ choices while eliminating corruption or misleading services that endanger lives. Making optimal use of available funding and improving marketing and advertising efforts to reach potential immigrants globally is also essential. Immigrant-centric websites should be established, offering comprehensive services, including immigration assistance, legal consultations, information services, small business administration, job opportunities, housing, education, healthcare, and support for mental health or disabilities. Special talents, be it in entertainment, education, or innovation, should be nurtured through funding programs designed for gifted immigrants. Immigrants should be provided with immigrant-friendly devices, products, and apps that connect them to opportunities and resources while promoting a sense of inclusion. In conclusion, addressing the challenges of immigration requires recognizing the aspirations of people worldwide, offering equal opportunities for legal immigration, prioritizing security measures, providing assistance to immigrants, and promoting diversity and inclusion. By investing in equitable and inclusive initiatives, enhancing border security with modern technology, holding sponsors accountable, and improving support systems and marketing efforts,
we can create a better future for immigrant families in America.
7. Racial Inequality
We have reached a critical point in our society where we must address racial inequality and the challenges faced by minority groups in various aspects of life. To effectively promote diversity, inclusion, and support for these communities, we need to create a system that takes a more personal approach. The current programs and opportunities available often fall short due to ineffective messaging, insufficient funding, and lack of resources. These initiatives are scattered across the United States without proper organization or coordination, resulting in limited impact.
To rectify this, we should establish minority priority councils in every town to
monitor progress and improve conditions locally. Additionally, we need minority priority programs that specifically identify and address the issues prevalent in each region. By providing equal resources and incentives across the nation, while holding each area accountable for their actions and steps taken to address racial inequality, we can ensure progress is made. We must examine the effectiveness of existing initiatives and determine areas for improvement or potential replacement with new programs that are better suited to tackle systemic racism.
A crucial aspect of our strategy should involve upgrading marketing and advertising efforts to achieve our goals. We can design minority priority websites for each region, compiling a comprehensive list of available opportunities and unresolved racial inequality issues. Acting on this list becomes imperative, making necessary improvements and moving forward. The current programs are often weak, poorly designed, and suffer from misappropriated funds, resulting in increased suffering for minority groups. We must back up our efforts with minority priority policies and procedures, ensuring that employers, housing, healthcare, education, and other entities are legally bound to have a priority plan in place. These entities must provide a list of goals already achieved and outline their ongoing efforts to improve conditions by prioritizing the hiring and assistance of minorities. To create a tangible solution, we can implement minority priority progressive tax incentive programs that gradually increase each year for employers. This approach encourages the hiring of more minorities in every region. By enacting laws and systems that work in their favor, we provide minorities with the opportunities they deserve. It is crucial to emphasize that these initiatives will help bring an end to systemic racism by creating a more equitable society. By incorporating the expertise of lawyers and regional minority priority councils to track progress and hold individuals accountable, we can ensure the efficacy of
our actions. Working together, with a comprehensive and organized approach, we can effectively address racial inequality and systemic racism. An opportunity to create a more just society, where everyone has equal access to resources and opportunities, regardless of their background.
8. LGBTQ + Community
The ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights is a pressing issue in our nation. It is
disheartening that despite the progress we have made in various aspects, we still fall short when it comes to supporting and protecting the LGBTQ+ community. The fight for gay rights in the United States has come a long way since the historic Stonewall uprising of 1969. However, the battle is far from over. In 2015, a monumental moment occurred when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriages nationwide. While this was a significant step forward, equality and protection are still lacking for LGBTQ+ individuals. Discrimination persists in areas
such as housing, healthcare, employment, parenting, and even the criminal justice system. One of the major concerns is the prevalence of violence, with individuals
from the LGBTQ+ community being attacked and even killed across the country. Transgender women of color are among the most vulnerable, facing higher risks due to intersecting forms of discrimination based on racism, sexism, transphobia, and poverty. Unfortunately, 16 states in our country do not include gender or sexual identity under hate crime laws, and 13 states only cover sexual orientation. Shockingly,
four states have no hate crime laws at all. It is crucial for us to do better in protecting these human beings and providing them with equal rights. Similarly, when it comes to parenting, only a handful of states have recognized the right of gay couples to parent together. Furthermore, five states legally allow adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples the opportunity to adopt solely based on their sexual orientation. Only California prohibits discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity in adoptions. Employment discrimination is another significant issue. In most states, gays and transgender individuals can be fired from their jobs based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, regardless of their job performance or ability. Shockingly, more than half of the states across the country have not passed non- discrimination laws, making life difficult and dangerous for LGBTQ+ Americans in many regions. Housing discrimination is also a reality faced by many gay and transgender citizens. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has reported that same-sex couples experience unfavorable treatment when renting homes, and there are still 28 states where housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender
identity is legal. This is completely unacceptable, as these individuals deserve access to safe and secure housing across the nation. Access to healthcare and equal treatment by doctors and health insurance companies is another area of concern. LGBTQ+ communities continue to fight for better healthcare access, as insurance companies can block individuals from receiving the care they need simply because of their sexual and gender identities. Shockingly, in 37 states, insurance companies can legally discriminate based on
sexual and gender identity.
Within the criminal justice system, queer individuals face high rates of discrimination, and trans inmates have historically endured abuse. To ensure their safety, trans inmates are often placed in solitary confinement, which further exacerbates their emotional well-being. LGBTQ+ individuals make up a significant portion of the population in rehabilitation centers, and it is crucial to consider separating them from the general population to improve their safety, overall health, and well-being. By housing them within their own population, they can foster better relationships, leading to smoother rehabilitation and emotional recovery. As highlighted, there is a dire need for comprehensive legislation to protect the
rights of LGBTQ+ individuals. We must prioritize their safety, ensuring that they are provided equal opportunities in all areas of life. The discrimination, fear, and
hate they face result in physical, mental, and emotional harm. It is deeply concerning that approximately 40% of homeless youth in America identify as LGBTQ+, often experiencing rejection from their families and subsequently facing violence and dangerous situations. Additionally, a staggering 41% of transgender adults have reported attempting suicide. To address these issues and provide a brighter future for LGBTQ+ individuals, we
need to secure their rights, open doors of opportunity, and create pathways for hope and possibilities. It is imperative to improve existing programs and develop new incentives to encourage more people to get involved and show support. By actively engaging with and supporting the LGBTQ+ community, we can demonstrate our care and commitment to helping them. They are deserving of acceptance, love, and support, just like anyone else. Let us stand up, reach out, and become champions for equity and justice for all, ensuring that every individual feel embraced and accepted for who they are
9. Woman’s Rights
Gender equality is a fundamental principle that we must strive to achieve across our nation and the world. Women deserve every opportunity to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, receive an education, own property, vote, and earn an equal wage. It is essential to provide them with equal opportunities across all fields and protect their right to choose. While federal laws exist to safeguard women’s rights, disparities still persist in various areas such as education, employment, wages, retirement, criminal justice, caregiving, maternal health, and more.
To address these inequalities effectively, federal agencies need adequate resources and improved program design. Budget cuts and poor implementation have hindered the effectiveness of these agencies in tackling gender disparities. A prominent issue is the gender pay gap that persists throughout the entire US workforce, with certain groups of women, including Hispanics, Latinos, blacks, and American Indians, facing even greater disparities. Additionally, women from Alaskan Native backgrounds continue to be underrepresented on publicly traded company boards, which hold immense influence over policies and practices affecting millions of people in the global marketplace.
Furthermore, women aged 65 and older have lower average retirement income than men and are more likely to live in poverty. The burden of caregiving falls disproportionately on women, often adversely affecting their jobs, retirement assets, and income. Women also face significant underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Moreover, female students in engineering and medical majors experience higher rates of sexual harassment compared to other fields. It is imperative that individuals are held accountable for their actions to foster a safer and more inclusive environment for women. Representation and equal opportunities for women, especially those from minority backgrounds, should be a priority across various institutions, including the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development. These agencies must be held accountable without the need for constant reminders at the governmental level. Additionally, it is crucial to address the disproportionate disciplinary actions faced by black students and students with disabilities in K-12 public schools, ensuring they have equal access to education. Our healthcare system must be improved to address the disparities faced by minorities. Black women, for instance, are three times more likely to die from childbirth-related complications compared to white women. We can and must do better by implementing measures that promote equality in healthcare outcomes. The protection and support of female officers in the military and law enforcement must also be a priority. No family planning, sexual assault, and dependent care issues have been significant factors causing women to leave the military. The occurrence of sexual assault has more than doubled in recent years, making it imperative to address these issues promptly. Offenders must face disciplinary action, and their benefits should be improved to provide necessary support for both the affected women and their families. Human trafficking is another grave concern that demands attention. Victims are often held in slave-like conditions and forced into various forms of labor, such as the commercial sex trade, factories, and agriculture. Countermeasures must be implemented to eliminate human trafficking, including outreach programs that address the concerns of victims and provide them with safer alternatives. Holding employers responsible for their actions and prosecuting them to the full extent of the law, even putting them out of business, will serve as a strong deterrent. The current state of affairs concerning gender inequalities is deeply concerning and must be addressed promptly. To create a more inclusive society and provide better opportunities for women, a comprehensive marketing and advertising platform should be established. Additionally, a progressive tax incentive program, with annual increases, can encourage employers to hire more women, particularly those from minority backgrounds who would benefit from the most incentives based on poverty rates. Women deserve better, and men must be held accountable for their actions.
10. Mental Health
Mental health is an incredibly important subject that can be a matter of life and death. Unfortunately, current mental health policies in
America are falling short, leaving thousands of individuals struggling with mental health conditions without adequate support. It is crucial that we adopt a new approach that is centered around the well-being
and empowerment of people, enabling them to play meaningful roles in their communities despite their mental health challenges. This can be achieved through the provision of necessary support and
appropriate recovery treatments.
Throughout history, our system has failed to protect individuals with mental health problems, often resulting in their incarceration,
mistreatment, and neglect. It is imperative that we move away from such practices and instead focus on reducing homelessness,
incarceration, and discrimination. By doing so, we can ensure that
everyone has the opportunity to live the life they desire, with
meaningful roles within their communities. To initiate this change, we need to prioritize early intervention and prevention of mental health problems, and ensure that individuals have access to high-quality treatment. Technology can play a significant role in addressing mental health
challenges. Developing a mental health awareness app, readily
accessible to families and individuals across America, would be a great starting point. Additionally, enacting new laws that mandate regular mental health screenings, particularly for children, would help identify and address conditions in a timely manner. The frequency of these
screenings would depend on the individual’s needs and could range
from monthly to annual checkups. By requiring such screenings,
individuals can take control of their mental health and receive
appropriate treatment. Education also plays a vital role in promoting mental health.
Implementing a mental health curriculum in schools, where students can learn about the basics of mental health, recognize signs and
symptoms, and take surveys to assess their own well-being, would greatly increase awareness. This approach would encourage a “see
something, say something” mentality, similar to a fire drill, where all students understand the dangers of untreated mental health issues
and the importance of seeking help. Creating awareness charts and reference guides, readily available in homes, workplaces, and areas where people gather, would further empower individuals to recognize signs of mental health difficulties in others. This way, friends, neighbors, and loved ones can provide the necessary support. Access to mental health care that promotes healing and recovery should be easy and affordable, and providers of mental health services should be held accountable for the outcomes they achieve. Furthermore, it is essential to continue the development of telehealth services, as they have proven to be invaluable for providing effective and accessible care, particularly for underserved communities and
minorities. Policies must be established to integrate mental health care into primary care settings, ensuring that individuals receive
comprehensive support. Embracing digital tools and technologies will also facilitate the delivery of more efficient mental health services.
In addition to these measures, establishing mental health school board advisory groups in each town can greatly improve the well-being of
students within their respective educational districts. These groups can monitor the mental health climate, promptly address any issues, and ensure that students receive the necessary support and treatment they require. In conclusion, it is crucial to overhaul America’s mental health policies to prioritize the well-being of individuals. By implementing a
comprehensive approach that combines technology, education,
regular screenings, accessible care, and accountability, we can create a society that fosters awareness, healing, and recovery. Mental health should no longer be a neglected or stigmatized issue, but one that
receives the attention it deserves for the betterment of all.
The problems within the healthcare system were already present before the COVID-19 pandemic. The poorly designed and inhumane COVID restrictions implemented by the Trump Administration exacerbated these issues. These restrictions not only infringed upon our healthcare rights by suspending surgeries and treatments, leaving our pain and illnesses untreated and worsening, but they also had a detrimental impact on the financial stability of hospitals and clinics. Approximately 80% of hospital income goes towards staff and operating costs. When COVID restrictions were implemented, many doctors and nurses were laid off, burdening the remaining healthcare providers with an increased workload. Furthermore, smaller hospitals and clinics faced bankruptcy and had to shut down. This caused extreme financial difficulties for healthcare providers who already had high student loans to repay. The restrictions on their practice made it challenging for them to find alternative employment, leading to financial hardships. The ongoing population growth exacerbates the shortage of hospitals and clinics, resulting in delays in treatment, longer wait times, and increased distances between healthcare facilities. It is crucial for healthcare to be accessible to everyone at all times. Suspending or delaying healthcare rights can be a matter of life and death. It is
unacceptable for the government to freeze everything and expect
people to live with inadequate conditions, particularly for those with severe health problems whose conditions go untreated, causing more pain, suffering, and even allowing cancer-related illnesses to worsen, potentially leading to shorter lives and deaths. We must improve our COVID policies and procedures to protect our healthcare providers, caregivers, facilities, and patients’ rights at all
times. One of the primary reason’s healthcare costs are soaring is due to excessive emergency room visits. Corruption and greed also
contribute to rising healthcare costs. By reducing emergency room visits and expanding the hours of operation for clinics, including the
possibility of 24-hour clinics, costs can be reduced by 25 to 35% compared to hospitals. Clinics have lower overhead costs, and by keeping doctors and nurses on duty round the clock, we can both reduce healthcare costs and foster competition. It is important to note that around 75% of hospital visits are for general treatment that can be handled by clinics, while only about 25% or less of emergency visits require hospitalization. Holding hospitals and clinics accountable to comply with the Affordable Care Act is crucial. This means they must provide affordable healthcare options in-house or through partnerships to help reduce healthcare costs. The
implementation of the Affordable Care Act within all hospitals and
clinics nationwide will significantly reduce healthcare costs, improve access, shorten travel times, and save money, all while maintaining
top-quality care. Another area of concern is the corruption and price gouging by medical device companies. Opening up the market and fostering more
competition can lead to more affordable medical devices. Some
companies engage in unethical practices by selling simple medical devices at exorbitant prices. By eliminating corruption, cutting red tape, and creating a more competitive market, we can ensure that medical devices are more affordable and accessible to all. To address the shortage of healthcare professionals, we need to increase incentives to encourage the next generation of first responders and healthcare professionals. This includes providing them with better benefits and salaries to attract and retain talented
individuals in these critical fields. Implementing these new policies and procedures, along with providing affordable healthcare options throughout the healthcare industry in hospitals, clinics, and health insurance companies, is essential. Creating more public options for healthcare needs fosters competition, reduces costs, and holds insurance companies to higher standards, ensuring that savings are passed on to individuals and families. When it comes to opioid addiction, it is important to remember that prescription drugs, especially opioids, should only be used for
temporary pain management. Follow-up rehabilitation options should be pursued to recover from injuries and explore alternative methods to reduce or eliminate the need for opioids. Medical providers must be held accountable to ensure they do not overmedicate patients and
develop a plan for their recovery.
Better marketing and advertising for healthcare services can also
improve the overall healthcare system. When individuals or their
family members need insurance or are looking for an affordable
healthcare provider in their area, having a system with multiple
competitive options readily available allows for better decision- making. Medical emergencies can occur suddenly, causing panic and
leading people to rush to the emergency room. Taking the time to explore and visit clinics, sharing healthcare concerns with them, and establishing relationships can help individuals make informed
decisions based on the type of injury or illness and the treatments available at those clinics. Furthermore, it is crucial for families to engage in relationships with healthcare providers. This ensures that there is a plan in place when a medical issue arises, providing better care and support for the entire family. In conclusion, addressing the problems within the healthcare system requires improving COVID policies and procedures, protecting the rights of healthcare providers and patients, increasing access to
healthcare, reducing costs through competition and accountability,
addressing corruption and price gouging, incentivizing healthcare
professionals, and fostering relationships with healthcare providers. By implementing these changes, we can enhance the overall healthcare system, save time and money, and ensure that individuals receive the appropriate healthcare services they need.
12. Social Security
The purpose of Social Security is to provide a reliable income
foundation for workers, enabling them to plan for retirement.
However, the current administration’s plan falls short, leaving seniors with inadequate support in the face of economic inequality. It is crucial that we enhance social insurance protection for disabled workers and families who have lost their primary income provider. The existing social insurance plan is insufficient to meet the cost of living in today’s society. Approximately 66 million people, or one in every five residents, collect Social Security benefits. Among the beneficiaries, four out of five are older adults, while the remaining one-fifth comprises individuals receiving Social Security disability or young survivors of deceased workers. Surprisingly, about 97% of people aged 20 to 49 who worked in jobs covered by Social Security in 2022 earned life insurance protection through the program. Furthermore, around 90% of individuals between the ages of 21 and 64 who were employed in covered positions in 2022 were insured by Social Security. These statistics highlight the greater risk of severe disability or premature
death than many people realize. Approximately 10% of the labor force will pass away before reaching full retirement age, and many more will experience disability. Social Security is meant to be a guaranteed progressive benefit that keeps pace with the rising cost of living. However, it fails to do so, and the Department of Labor’s statistics are out of touch with the realities of today’s economy. The benefits provided by Social Security are insufficient due to an imbalance between the rate of return on earnings subject to Social Security payroll tax and retirees’ retirement needs. Consequently, many retirees are falling behind, leading to high rent burdens and even homelessness. To exacerbate the situation, numerous seniors enroll in Medicare Part B, with premiums deducted from their Social Security checks. As healthcare costs continue to
outpace general inflation, these premiums consume a larger portion of their checks, leaving them with less to cover their daily expenses. It is imperative that healthcare costs align with general inflation to ensure affordability for seniors. Anything beyond that is unacceptable, as our seniors cannot bear the burden. To address this issue, we must eliminate corruption within the healthcare system by implementing laws that cap annual premium healthcare costs for seniors, thereby stabilizing the system and ensuring affordable healthcare for them. The rate of increase in premiums should be based on a percentage of income and not exceed that amount. A significant racial retirement wealth gap exists, leading minority older adults to face greater retirement insecurity than their white counterparts. Minority workers are less likely to be offered workplace retirement plans and often find themselves in low-paying jobs with minimal savings capacity. Social Security must work toward reducing inequality and eliminating disparities between minority and white older adults. This disparity is simply unacceptable, and we can and should do better. Since the mid-1980s, Social Security has consistently collected more in taxes and other income each year than it pays out in benefits. The program currently has a combined trust fund totaling approximately 2.8 trillion dollars, with the excess income invested in interest-bearing treasury securities. It is crucial that we prioritize the well-being of our seniors, minorities, and women while building a sustainable platform based on today’s costs. Given the economic inequality across our nation, the current cost of living continues to outpace the average retiree’s benefits. This situation leads to an increasing number of retirees falling behind, accumulating credit card debt and loans that cannot be repaid, resulting in foreclosure and homelessness. Policymakers must address Social Security’s long-term shortfall primarily by increasing Social Security tax revenues. As the population ages, Social Security will require a growing share of our nation’s resources in the coming decades. Polls indicate broad support for higher tax contributions to sustain the program. Recent trends also
justify boosting Social Security’s payroll tax revenue.
13. Climate Change
Climate change is indeed a pressing issue that requires urgent attention and action. It is crucial to prioritize climate policy in Washington and implement measures to protect our planet. Relying solely on Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or foreign countries to address climate change may not be sufficient, especially if their practices contribute to environmental damage. One area of concern is the importation of cheap products that often have poor quality, leading to increased e-waste and the need for frequent replacements. This not only harms the environment but also costs American taxpayers more money. To address this issue, it is essential to establish laws that prevent such bad business practices and ensure better quality control to prevent faulty products from entering the market. To tackle climate change effectively, we must take responsibility for our actions and invest in building clean energy infrastructure within our own nation. This endeavor
would create numerous high-paying jobs, both in union and non-union sectors. It is crucial to construct more solar and wind farms, connect to offshore energy grids, upgrade and install water reservoirs and hydro energy systems to support our agriculture and human consumption needs, and provide more clean energy for our grids. Nuclear power can also play a role in generating clean energy. With advancements
in technology, we can build safer and smarter grids that utilize nuclear energy, which is one of the cleanest energy sources available. Additionally, promoting the establishment of high-quality American renewable energy factories will not only create jobs but also ensure reliable and durable clean energy products such as solar panels, cordless power tools, electric landscaping equipment, and batteries for public transportation, including clean energy buses and high-speed rail systems. To support the widespread adoption of clean energy, it is vital to invest in the infrastructure required to recharge electric vehicles along highways. Furthermore, efforts should be made to rebuild the Small Business Administration and develop a new clean energy plan that offers small business opportunities with low or zero startup costs, fostering competition and affordability. While transitioning to cleaner fuels, it is essential to hold Big Oil accountable for their operations, from exploration to drilling, fuel refining, and product delivery. Upgrading the entire system to be cleaner, more efficient, and environmentally friendly will save money and ensure a safer delivery process. Increasing the installation of pipelines can improve safety and reliability, while continuous efforts should be made to enhance cleanup procedures and minimize environmental damage.
In the agricultural sector, transitioning from red number two diesel to cleaner- burning number one diesel used in highway trucks can significantly reduce air pollution. Moreover, incentivizing big corporations to develop climate-friendly farm equipment and promoting the use of cleaner fuels like hydrogen power, natural gas, and propane can help reduce carbon emissions throughout the industry. Encouraging farmers to invest in cleaner energy equipment will further contribute to a greener and more efficient agricultural sector. Protecting our natural resources is of utmost importance. Establishing land preserves and protected areas helps preserve animal habitats and the environment. To restore and protect forests more efficiently, advancements in technology and the development of forest restoration equipment are necessary. Investing in research and development can provide solutions to replenish and safeguard our forests,
ensuring a cleaner planet and future resources. Additionally, it is crucial to prioritize the protection of rivers, streams, lakes, and water reservoirs. This involves increasing incentives, advancing the Department of Forestry and Fish and Game, and providing them with the necessary personnel, technology, tools, and equipment to monitor and enhance animal habitats, wetlands, and forests. Improving firefighting methods, including response times, containment, and extinguishing techniques, is also vital to save lives, reduce property damage, and protect the environment. Furthermore, the mining sector should adopt improved practices that consider land conservation, waterway protection, reclamation efforts, clean-up procedures, and
responsible operating standards. Large vessels such as ocean container ships and fishing boats should transition to cleaner fuels, ensuring that all industries work together to protect our planet. By implementing these options and building a better, cleaner world, we can effectively address climate change, protect our environment, and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.
14. Gun Control
Gun control is a pressing issue that requires continued legislation in Washington to make our streets safer. The year 2021 witnessed a
record-breaking 692 mass shootings, and this trend of escalating violence demands immediate action. By increasing funding for school safety programs, we can enhance our nation’s school security systems and better prepare them for potential deadly events. This investment in school safety will undoubtedly save lives. Furthermore, it is crucial to allocate sufficient resources to State Crisis Intervention programs and raise awareness about the dangers of unsecured weapons. Regulating untraceable ghost guns and strengthening related laws should also be prioritized to prevent their misuse. Holding all gun owners accountable for their actions is
paramount. To achieve this, we need a more thorough and efficient system for background checks, ensuring that mistakes are minimized, as any errors can have life-threatening consequences.
Statistics indicate a direct correlation between weaker gun laws and higher rates of gun deaths, including homicides, suicides, and accidental killings. Contrary to popular belief, gun control measures save lives without infringing on citizens’ rights. It is crucial to continue passing innovative policies that effectively reduce gun violence across the nation. One consideration is implementing annual mental health screenings for all gun owners, as this will contribute to the safety of individuals and their families.
To further enhance gun control measures, raising the minimum age limit for purchasing firearms and mandating universal background checks with a reasonable waiting period are necessary steps. Additionally, civilian purchases of assault weapons should be banned, or alternatively, tamper-proof tracking devices can be implemented to monitor their movement. This advanced technology will enable us to anticipate and prepare for potential threats in places where large gatherings occur, such as schools, malls, and other public spaces. Another essential aspect is tracking and regulating the sale of
ammunition, particularly when large quantities are involved. Law
enforcement should be notified if an individual purchase over a certain threshold, as this information can be critical in preventing potential threats. By investing in community violence intervention programs, we can identify red flag events and temporarily seize firearms from individuals deemed dangerous to themselves or others.
Furthermore, it is crucial to encourage legislation that holds states accountable and ensures comprehensive background checks for individuals between the ages of 18 and 21. Gun dealers should also be held to higher standards, requiring those regularly selling a certain number of guns to register as federal gun dealers and conduct thorough background checks. Closing loopholes that allow individuals to bypass existing laws is crucial in reducing violence and maintaining public safety. Manufacturers must also be held accountable throughout the entire chain of firearms distribution, from production to how gun dealers obtain and sell the weapons. Strengthening these procedures will contribute to safer gun ownership practices. Introducing a background license that individuals can carry when buying or selling firearms will also help reduce the number of weapons falling into the wrong hands. Additionally, it is essential to establish strict regulations for individuals and entities that possess a large number of firearms and ammunition, such as gun dealers, collectors, museums, and pawn shops. Having protocols in place to secure these weapons during times of civil unrest, such as riots or in case of the gun dealer’s demise or loss of license, is crucial for public safety. Local police should be equipped with detailed maps and procedures to secure these weapons until the National Guard can take over, ensuring accountability and safety.
In conclusion, there is significant room for improvement in gun safety and weapons control. By enacting comprehensive legislation and implementing the proposed measures, we can move forward in safeguarding lives and reducing gun violence. It is crucial to continue striving for better gun control, one law at a time.
15. Criminal Justice
The criminal justice system is indeed in need of significant reforms to address its shortcomings and improve the rehabilitation process. There are several key areas where changes can be made to reduce mass incarcerations, financial burdens, and ensure equal opportunities for all individuals.
Implementing an online plea system, such as Tellacourt Auto Plea, can streamline the court process by allowing individuals to enter their plea of guilty or innocent online for approved cases. This saves time and reduces overcrowding in courtrooms, leading to more efficient proceedings. It is crucial to remove roadblocks that hinder employment opportunities for individuals who have completed their rehabilitation. This includes expunging or closing files to help them start anew without financial or emotional burdens. Collaboration with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can also ensure that individuals leave rehabilitation centers with a valid driver’s license, facilitating
their reintegration into the workforce. The criminal justice system must prioritize human rights, ensuring respectful treatment for all individuals involved, from law enforcement and correctional officers to the court system and detention centers. Improving safety conditions and providing a more secure and respectful environment during the rehabilitation process is vital.
Recognizing that a significant number of incarcerations result from mental health issues, drug abuse, and alcohol addiction is crucial. Early identification of these addictions and providing appropriate treatment can help reduce delays and further detentions. Reforms for parole boards should focus on maximizing their efforts to make better recommendations based on an individual’s overall performance, allowing
for early release programs and successful reintegration into society. Investing in the improvement of the juvenile justice system can have a substantial impact on the lives of young individuals. Early prevention programs should be implemented as soon as patterns of disobedience are identified, with tailored curricula and comprehensive support. Addressing mental health concerns and substance abuse early on is essential. Protecting minorities from any form of racial discrimination within the criminal justice system is imperative. This includes preventing verbal or physical abuse, unfair treatment, longer sentences, or excessive fines. Ensuring equal access to rehabilitation programs for all individuals, regardless of their background, is crucial. Providing individuals in rehabilitation centers with access to technology, such as tablets, can facilitate daily activities, communication with family, lawyers, doctors, or employers, and assist in organizing job interviews and resume preparation. Additionally, access to educational materials, training videos, and rehabilitation classes can contribute to a more successful rehabilitation process.
It is essential to ensure that individuals receive the right healthcare, including medication and therapies aligned with their specific needs. Keeping staff up to date with relevant information and providing comprehensive healthcare services can significantly contribute to successful rehabilitation.
Educational training within rehabilitation centers should align with the current job market to provide individuals with relevant skills and increase their employability. Providing real-time job availability information and avoiding training individuals for jobs that are not in demand will prevent joblessness upon reentry into society. Emphasizing community safety and reallocating resources within the criminal justice system can allow law enforcement to focus on maintaining public safety,
while correctional institutions can allocate more resources to rehabilitation programs.
Legalizing prostitution can lead to various benefits, such as reducing taxpayer spending, lowering healthcare costs, and decreasing poverty rates. By implementing regulations and mandatory routine healthcare check-ups, the spread of STDs can be reduced, resulting in fewer healthcare visits and bills. This, in turn, can contribute to a decrease in incarceration rates and provide more funds to support low-income families.
Providing comprehensive support for victims of crimes and accidents is crucial for
their recovery. This includes access to healthcare, medicine, therapies, victim recovery centers, and assistance in recovering lost or stolen items through donations or fundraising programs. Ensuring victims have the necessary resources to rebuild their lives is essential. Holding law enforcement and correctional officers accountable for their actions is vital to improve community safety and the overall effectiveness of the criminal
justice system. Additional training should be provided to help officers understand and recognize mental health, poverty, and homelessness, resulting in safer and less lethal methods when restraining individuals.
It is crucial to create more job opportunities within rehabilitation centers. By offering meaningful employment, individuals can earn money and engage in positive activities. This approach is vital as we have already deprived them of their freedom. It is our responsibility to provide them with opportunities to make a living, pay their bills, and support their families, especially for single parents burdened with financial obligations. Encouraging corporations to invest in building factories within these centers will result in better employment options for the individual’s undergoing rehabilitation. Ultimately, this initiative will contribute to the overall improvement of our rehabilitation centers, the individuals themselves, and our society as a whole.
The future of rehabilitation centers lies in the integration of job opportunities within their facilities. By offering employment to individuals undergoing rehabilitation, these centers not only provide them with a source of income but also equip them with valuable on-the-job skills, enhancing their overall recovery process. Moreover, this innovative approach creates an institution capable of generating its own economic conditions, thus significantly reducing the burden
on taxpayers. This self-sufficiency fosters a more productive and healthier rehab process, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for individuals seeking treatment.
In summary, comprehensive reforms are needed in the criminal justice system to improve rehabilitation procedures, reduce mass incarcerations, and address the financial burdens associated with the current system. By focusing on areas such as online plea systems, equal employment opportunities, human rights, mental health, juvenile system upgrades, and victim support, we can create a more just and effective system for all individuals involved.
16. Civic Engagement
Civic engagement is an incredibly valuable way to make a positive
difference in your community through volunteer work. It offers a wide range of opportunities to contribute and promotes an improved quality of life for everyone. Civic engagement encompasses both
political and non-political participation, allowing individuals to become active members of their community, stay informed about current events, and understand the issues that matter most.
Engaging in civic activities not only benefits the community but also helps individuals develop valuable knowledge, skills, and values necessary to effect change. It provides a pathway for youth to explore possibilities and learn about their role in making a difference. By getting involved, you demonstrate your care, involvement, and dedication to what you believe is right—for yourself, your family,
friends, and those who matter most to you. Furthermore, it allows you to build long-lasting relationships, foster personal growth, and
improve the lives of others through collective effort.
It’s crucial to carry the skills, ambitions, and ideals gained through civic engagement wherever you go. By working together with community
groups, we can embrace our differences, strive for understanding, and collaborate to become better individuals within our communities. Public service offers opportunities at all levels, enabling you to ascend from local leadership roles to regional, state, or even national
positions, including the opportunity to serve in Washington, D.C., or
even the Oval Office itself. By taking an active role, you open yourself up to countless possibilities and contribute to shaping the future.
Voting is an essential aspect of civic engagement, and it is crucial that we take the time to exercise this right. We must also continue to protect voting rights, particularly for marginalized communities and all citizens. It is disheartening to witness the erosion of these rights, as exemplified by recent developments in Georgia and other states. Laws that restrict bringing food or water to those waiting in line to vote and the implementation of additional voter suppression measures are deeply concerning. Voter suppression tactics disproportionately affect certain groups, lengthening wait times at polling places and
infringing on the democratic process. We must not allow such actions to go unchallenged.
Efficient and convenient methods such as voting by mail are vital in
ensuring broad participation. However, some lawmakers, primarily from the Republican Party, have been enacting laws that further restrict access to voting, limiting the number of drop boxes and their operating hours. These actions aim to suppress voter turnout, undermining the democratic principles we hold dear. Georgia and 18 other states have passed a total of 34 restrictive voting laws, with plans to escalate their efforts. This assault on voting rights is a modern-day manifestation of Jim Crow-era tactics, representing insidious voter suppression and election subversion. It is crucial that we protect nonpartisan elected officials from intimidation and interference as they carry out their duties.
Additionally, we must strive for fair district maps and put an end to partisan gerrymandering, ensuring that electoral boundaries are drawn in a manner that upholds democratic principles. The restoration and strengthening of voting rights demand our continued fight,
including holding the Supreme Court accountable for decisions that weaken the voting system.
The Department of Justice can play a critical role in preventing
discriminatory laws from taking effect, thereby safeguarding our
Democracy defines who we are as a society and should be our eternal commitment. Every leader in Washington and every American should remember that history has not been kind to those who have supported voter suppression over voter rights. Moreover, it will be even less forgiving to those who condone election subversion. Therefore, I ask everyone to reflect on how they want to be remembered and join the collective effort to preserve and enhance our democracy for the well- being of future generations.
17. Agriculture Policy
Agriculture is indeed a critical aspect of society, and it is important to develop
effective policies to ensure its success. In the United States, multiple federal agencies and departments are involved in enacting and implementing farm and food policies. The Department of Agriculture and its sub-agencies hold significant influence over the food system and play a central role in policy- making.
The farm bill, the most significant agriculture legislation in the US, shapes food production and distribution within the country and has international
ramifications. It allocates taxpayer dollars to farm subsidies, crop insurance policies, conservation programs, research and extension, and public food assistance. These programs have far-reaching impacts on various aspects of American society, and it is crucial to ensure they align with international concerns. US agriculture policy also governs trade between the global food system and domestic producers and importers. This involves negotiating trade agreements,
establishing trade standards and rules, and supporting rural economies by providing markets for agricultural products. However, some US agricultural policy decisions, aimed at benefiting domestic agriculture entities, have intensified inequality, poverty, and food insecurity in other nations linked to the US through trade. This is a major problem that contributes to global economic inequality and humanitarian crises worldwide. Safeguarding the environment and natural resources required for food production is essential, especially in the face of climate instability. Provisions in the farm bill that promote conservation agriculture and fund cooperative research extensions are crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
However, many of these programs remain underfunded, hampering their effectiveness. It is necessary to invest more in the agricultural system and foster resilience to overcome the challenges posed by climate change.
While advancements in agricultural technology, such as gene editing and biotechnology, have brought benefits like increased crop yields and disease resistance, they have also caused unintended consequences and damage to the environment and human health. Policy changes are needed to address these issues and transition toward healthier and more sustainable agricultural practices.
Reforming agricultural policies is important to improve the global economic quality of food production throughout the agricultural trading system. While assistance programs like SNAP aim to alleviate poverty and food insecurity, there are still areas of concern, particularly among minorities, immigrants, and underfunded communities that remain underserved. Insufficient use of taxpayer subsidies and uneven distribution of funds in the agricultural sector perpetuate these inequalities.
Direct payments and crop insurance subsidies have historically shaped the American food system. However, the current distribution of these funds tends to favor larger farms rather than smaller ones. This creates an imbalance and hampers the potential for smaller farmers to improve their operations and produce healthier, more sustainable foods. It is crucial to address these issues and provide an equal platform for all farmers in the agricultural industry to foster competition, improve quality, and drive positive change.
Industrial animal agriculture also requires careful consideration in directing funds, as some operations continue to use harmful practices that result in unsafe products for human consumption. Inequality in fund distribution exacerbates these issues and negatively impacts the quality of food production. It is essential to address these concerns and promote inclusivity and diversity throughout the agricultural system, ensuring equal opportunities for all
farmers. Internationally, agricultural policies should focus on fair trade relations rather than creating tariff-free zones that can harm farming economies in other nations. Historical agricultural policies have often benefited industrial producers and certain countries at the expense of others. International agricultural policy should prioritize fairness, social and environmental priorities,
and animal welfare over agribusiness interests.
Agriculture policy that prioritizes quality food production, accessibility, equality, and environmental stability can form the foundation of a sustainable agricultural system. It is important for the new farm bill to address these challenges and work towards global inequality while advancing social, environmental, and animal welfare priorities. Our food production, future, and
global security are at stake, and it is crucial to maintain progress and combat the corruption and harmful practices present in the food industry.
Energy policy: The United States has some of the most ambitious climate and energy goals in the world. However, achieving those goals for our energy needs
remains unfinished, and it requires strategic planning to design new policy solutions for today’s toughest challenges. Our country’s energy policies and agencies continue to age and fall behind our ever-growing needs because local government states and federal leaders fail to collaborate and work together to develop and implement energy plans and policies. As a result, our utilities continue to age, become depleted, and become overloaded, causing extreme energy shortages and unstable market prices. Moreover, the production becomes unreliable, and our electrical grid is a prime example of this issue. Every summer, it overloads and shuts down, leaving millions without power.
This is not solely because it’s hot and summertime, and people run their air conditioners. It is directly because Washington has failed to properly address the energy crisis.
It takes decades to build any kind of new energy infrastructure, whether it’s oil, gas, renewables, nuclear, or electrical substations. Instead of just a few years, this is because the different entities involved don’t work together, leaving our energy sector underserved and outdated. The power outages and energy shortages we experience are due to poor leadership, legislation, and outdated energy policies that don’t align with today’s economy. We are currently in an extreme overload situation because our electrical grid has reached its limits and overloads the system, leading to shutdowns and massive power outages affecting millions of people across the country. This is a result of Washington’s
fault. For example, PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) has to go through a complex process to plan, build, and develop energy infrastructure. They have to deal
with permits, environmental concerns, fights against local landowners and environmentalists, as well as various government agencies such as Fish and Game and forestry. All these factors delay the progress of our electrical power grid. Similarly, the oil and gas industry face similar problems, taking years to complete projects. We cannot build sustainable clean energy programs until we complete projects. We cannot build sustainable clean energy programs until we have the right legislative agenda with effective leadership to see it through. We need to build and upgrade our nation’s energy supply, production, transportation, delivery, and distribution to keep up with demand. This includes
improving the electricity grid, natural gas and oil infrastructure, and developing cleaner fuels like propane, ethanol, hydrogen, hydro power, geothermal, and cleaner coal. We must also invest in renewable energy systems.
Moreover, we need to build better refineries, upgrade existing ones, and create new pipeline distribution depots to lower costs and provide safe and efficient distribution. The current system of relying on trucks and trains for fuel and oil transportation is dangerous and irresponsible. Accidents such as train derailments and tanker truck accidents not only cost lives but also result in environmental damage and property contamination. We must implement the right energy policies and recommendations to address these issues, ensuring reliable and affordable energy while protecting our environment. In some cases, we may need to consider building small nuclear plants to prevent the system from overloading. Nuclear energy has been around for a long time and is known to be safe and clean.
To promote renewable energy, we must build offshore wind farms and connect them to the grid. It’s time to fix our overloaded system every year. This starts with working together and hiring the necessary workforce. China is leading in renewable energy, and it’s a shame that Congress hasn’t had the sense to put our own infrastructure in place and compete with China. We should build renewable energy factories for our transportation system and install charging stations within communities and along highways, truck stops, and rest areas.
This will create new opportunities in the renewable energy market for small businesses. We must take the lead across our nation, passing laws that make renewable energy adoption mandatory, putting Americans to work and creating millions of well-paying jobs for generations to come. Renewable energy is the cleanest and most sustainable option for our planet, providing us with the products and jobs to meet and exceed our energy demands and compete with the rest of the world.
The Biden Administration claims to be addressing our energy crisis and putting together a plan, but it’s quite the opposite. Fewer leases for oil and gas production on federal lands have been issued under this administration than under any other since World War II. These restrictions also negatively impact tribal energy programs and the indigenous people’s way of life. The administration’s environmental regulations are reducing liquefied natural gas production and exports, while encouraging greater production by Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and other OPEC nations. This undermines private sector investment in the United States and leaves our nation in high demand for natural gas, causing our European allies to turn to Russia for energy. These policies play right into Russia’s hands, providing them with more money to fuel their aggression, including the attack on Ukraine. The current leadership at the federal level limits opportunities for investors to commit to long-term energy infrastructure projects, resulting in catastrophic effects on our energy independence.
We must continue to make our appliances more energy-efficient and upgrade older homes with insulation packages. Additionally, we should increase energy tax incentives and provide loans for entities developing and using innovative technologies that avoid greenhouse gas production. Furthermore, we should
increase the amount of biofuel mixed with gasoline sold in the United States.
There is plenty of work to be done, and it needs to start right here in America to restore our energy independence and provide the security needed to protect
19.National Security and Foreign Policy
The times we live in demand that we continue to defend our democracies against global terrorism, nuclear proliferation, cybersecurity threats, treason, espionage, and other crimes, both at home and around the world. Every day, we face new threats and challenges. The population’s magnitude has created the largest humanitarian crisis of our times, causing millions of human rights violations across our planet. We are experiencing a mass shortage of clean drinking water, food, and medicine, which are vital resources for survival.
Things have spiraled out of control, and global economic inequality is a major
contributor to these crises. It is imperative that we act as millions of lives are lost each year. We must create new guardrails around our democracy worldwide by improving and enforcing the rule of law and accountability. In doing so, we must continue to fight back against authoritarian forms of government. The United States has a responsibility as a global leader to work with our network of alliances and strengthen those relationships, which are increasingly vital components of US national power. We must protect and advance our global economic security, ensuring the development and security of our food chain. We need to develop and deliver new approaches to help reduce global humanitarian crises by advancing our agriculture system, securing water and storage, and building the necessary energy infrastructure to meet global demand.
The US must engage continuously and advance our diplomacy to improve lives around the world while also conserving and protecting our lands. We need to strike a balance between our environmental needs and addressing climate change, which continues to pose significant threats to global security, stability, and humanity. Climate change is bringing sweeping changes to our world, and we must provide a new agenda to address climate issues worldwide.
Each region faces its unique set of challenges, and by designing strategic plans around those conditions, we can help transform cultures and improve living and working conditions in this new era.
Highlighting problems and creating new bilateral and multilateral alliances will provide solutions to urgent problems confronting our country and the rest of the world. It’s essential to recognize that financially strained countries and their leaders take extreme risks to provide food and medicine for their people’s survival. Some may turn to drug cartels or terrorism to generate the necessary income. As world leaders, it is crucial to address these concerns by helping other countries with their financial problems, which will, in turn, reduce drug cartels and terrorism. By providing them with a sustainable platform for economic improvement, they will become more independent and have the ability to provide for themselves, ensuring a sustainable way of life for generations to come.
We must improve our global pandemic regulations and procedures that have devastated healthcare services worldwide. The restrictions took away healthcare providers’ ability to practice medicine and make a living, causing hardships for both healthcare workers and patients. People with cancer and other conditions had their treatments suspended or delayed, resulting in unnecessary suffering. These inhumane restrictions also caused businesses to go bankrupt, leading to job losses and economic downturn. A new COVID plan needs to be more humane, allowing healthcare services to operate 24/7 and enabling businesses to remain open. It is clear that poor leadership and legislation have impacted our healthcare costs and economy, and we must do better.
The United States needs to address geopolitical competition from China and Russia. We must position ourselves better to counter the lethal threats America
faces. China continues to dominate markets in rare earth and renewable energy, making it our major competitor and largest challenge. Congress must not allow them to sell poorly made products to Americans, costing us more money and jobs while also taking advantage of our nation and others.
We’re in an age of great power competition. Although there is peace through strength that only carries us so far, the United States needs to play a bigger role in Global Leadership, which will be done through soft power. This will not take place in Beijing or Moscow. This will occur in Tanzania, Guatemala Pacific Islands, and Central Asia Ukraine. These are developing countries with a series of hopes, aspirations. and Interests, and to the extent that they’ll take their business to China or Russia if we don’t meet their hopes and aspirations. These countries are tired of being Aid recipients. They are big and strong enough now to have their own infrastructure and provide Their Own Way Forward, so they’re going to be building ports, airports, roads and bridges, railways, renewable energy fabrication factories, the works they’re going to be bringing in 5G 6G the next technology these are all the things these developing countries need if we don’t provide them China has enough economic heft to fill the void this is our chance to invest in our country provide the products and services for ourselves as well as other developing countries, this will help grow our economy and increase trade with these developing countries, and by doing so, we’re creating new markets throughout our globe. We must also learn to work better with these developing countries. We must remember to address Racial inequality when building relationships. This is important. We must hire more minorities who a ready to take on leadership positions that speak the language. and understand that we share the same concerns and are here to help develop relationships that will last for a very long time.
China’s control of the global stage is reshaping the international order, leaving Americans behind. Catching up with them will require trillions of dollars and possibly a decade or longer. We can thank our Washington leaders for letting this happen under their watch.
Furthermore, China has almost 1,000 nuclear warheads and is building one of the largest nuclear weapons systems globally. China is on track to surpass Russia and America by 2050. Russia, on the other hand, poses its own set of risks. Russian President Vladimir Putin, a war criminal, has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in Ukraine, and the death toll continues to rise. Russia possesses over 7,500 nuclear weapons and is making reckless nuclear threats, violating the UN Charter and relentlessly targeting civilians. Their brutality threatens to drag us all into nuclear war. Additionally, Iran has the capability to build multiple nuclear weapons, while North Korea has around 50 and is building more. Pakistan has almost 400 and counting. The list of countries with nuclear capabilities is growing every day.
Understanding the sheer scale and speed of transnational challenges is essential, as they do not respect borders or adhere to ideologies. Climate change exacerbates these challenges, having already destroyed lives and livelihoods worldwide. Climate change is causing increased food and energy insecurity. To outcompete our rivals, we cannot sideline these issues that directly impact the lives of billions of people. We need to build a strategy fit for purpose, investing rapidly and ambitiously in the necessary sources to create unprecedented national strength. We must reset the rules for all elements of power, engage in diplomacy, mobilize cooperation, and improve our alliances between the Atlantic and Pacific regions.
By creating a seamless combination of capabilities, we can convince potential adversaries that the cost of their hostile activities outweighs the benefits. Integrated deterrence calls for unprecedented cooperation across all domains of warfare, including air, land, maritime, cyber, and space. Cooperation with non-military domains, such as the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, is also crucial. Combining technology and information will help preserve and promote national security strategy. We need to understand that our competitors’ expansive capabilities continue to consume and take over US interests in key regions worldwide, including our homeland. Unfortunately, our
current leaders have not done enough to protect America’s interests.
We must provide our armed forces with the necessary protection to take care
of their families while serving our great nation. This will enhance America’s strength and security worldwide. Additionally, we must continue to advance our values, which will define the world we want to live in. The environment around us poses unprecedented threats to our security, affecting our daily lives.
We must strive for global economic equality, addressing issues ranging from COVID-19 and climate change to systemic inequality, racism, and global disinformation aimed at undermining rights and democratic practices.
Working to reconceptualize what national security means in the 21st century, we need to adapt our national security institutions and foreign policy priorities to protect Americans and safeguard human security for all.
20. Presidential Campaign Promise
As a presidential candidate for the United States of America, I am
deeply committed to serving and improving the lives of all citizens in our country. My mission is to create a better future for all people in America, regardless of their background or circumstances.
My vision is for a country where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and is treated with dignity and respect. I believe that every person has the right to quality education, affordable healthcare, housing, and a secure and stable future. As a candidate, I am committed to bringing people together and building bridges across communities. We are stronger when we work together, and our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. I am driven by a deep sense of purpose and the desire to impact the world positively. I am motivated by a sense of duty and a desire to
serve my fellow citizens if elected. I promise to work tirelessly to address the challenges facing our country and to create a brighter
future for all of us. I will always put the needs of the people in America first and do everything I can to make the United States a more just, equitable, and prosperous nation.