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A Progressive's Wish List for Obama 2.0

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Back on February 12, 2007 I was one of the lucky few in the United States that was able to watch then Senator Obama declare his intentions to run for President of the United States at a rally in Springfield, Illinois. His vision of the future of America had me sold early on and I was a strong supporter of his from that point on. He took on the most powerful name in politics and won because American's were ready for a genuine change. He won the Democratic nomination and the general election on a platform of moving America forward into the 21st century and working together to get things done. Unfortunately, the other side of the aisle didn't have any inclination to work with the new President in the least bit possible.

    With Mr. Obama being re-elected, he no longer has to worry about another campaign in his life. Now he can start asserting some of his authority and for lack of a better term, use some of his "political capitol." So here is my wish list as a progressive that has supported this President from the very beginning:

    Pursuing genuine immigration reform--I'm for a real path to citizenship for undocumented people. Not just that, but we have to expand our visa program to allow graduates of high-tech and other high demand jobs in this country. There is absolutely zero reason that our Universities educate these people and then we kick them out when they graduate.

    Ending the Drug War--I'm a firm proponent in legalizing marijuana and de-criminalizing all other drugs. My view is that people will do drugs if they want to. There is a reason they are resorting to drugs and they need help, not a jail cell.

    Prison Reform--We need to start a discussion about how many prisoners we have in this country and cost that has both economically, but in so many other ways. We have more prisoners than another other country in the world. Something has to be done about this.

    Education Reform- We have to reassess how we fund our public schools. The current system is rigged because it is based off of local property taxes. If we keep it this way, our suburbs will ALWAYS have the best public schools and the inner city schools will never receive the funding they need to have a chance.

    Tax Reform- We are in desperate need of genuine tax reform. The poor and ever disappearing middle class are being killed while the wealthy reap all the benefits. That has to change and President Obama needs to push for a progressive tax system.

    Now, I am by no means naive enough to believe that these things will just happen over night and it will most likely take the Democrats re-taking the House to possibly get any of it done, but I am a perpetual optimist. If President Obama uses the bully pulpit the way that some of our other great President's have, he might be able to shame Congress into tackling some of these pressing issues. Stay tuned to see if that happens.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "jared" yes a good story; what can I say. May be I'm kind of stupid related to politics, I mostly throw my ideas out and see how people react, so I'm not very educated related to that. The only thing I observe, is that because of the polarisation and Tea Party, he will each time run into these
    strangely thinking oddballs running the opposition. Also as I said in several threads, I absolutely do not understand that the "lobby" and "election money" system is alowed here.
    It makes everything pure corrupt; so if I was President then that would be the first thing on my agenda to undo.l
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Maybe, just maybe, you wouldn't have to have that as the first item on your agenda Dutch, as maybe some Republicans (28) have now seen the light, as evidenced by their vote on disaster relief for Sandy. You both make a good point nonetheless, someone or something needs to get our country thinking and heading in a corrective direction, definitely different than our current path.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Jared --

    A good list. I agree with all of them, but I would add a few:

    Climate Change -- Promote and educate the public on the science behind Climate Change, while debunking the "junk science" being put out by the Koch brothers to create doubt. Promote and pass Cap and Trade legislation.

    Gun Control -- As per the Biden/Obama task force recommendations...keep it in the spotlight everyday. No let up...hammer, hammer, hammer. Get it passed. Get it done using whatever tactics are necessary.

    Campaign Finance Reform -- Get Citizens United overturned as parts are unconstitutional. Pass the Disclose Act that fell one vote short of breaking the Republican filibuster in July 2010.

    Election Reform -- Pass federal legislation that protects, standardizes and simplifies the voting process including registration, early voting, absentee voting, and vote counting. No more long lines at the polls. No more voter suppression tactics including intimidation. No more electronic voting machines that cannot be verified.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Schmidt,

    One more point I would add to your "Election Reform" category: Have ONE National group who has the responsibility to draw, monitor, and change if needed, all state-wide voter districts. This way the gerrymandering protocol would be "old hat" and never again infringe upon anyone's voting rights or give any party an unfair advantage over the other.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "schmidt" on election reform, please add "form limit"; the one in FL had 18 long "lawyer worded amendmends" done on purpose by this piece of Republican filth Rick Scott. He is indeed the biggest corrupt guy running this state and made sure minorities could not vote, 3 to 4hour lines etc. on purpose. I call this pure criminal; luckily none of these Republican amendmends passed.
    Anyway I fully agree with your additions to this list; however I may come up with more!!! Give me some time!!
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    While we are adding to the list how about,

    End the war NOW!