goskins10 Posted January 6, 2021 Share Posted January 6, 2021 (edited) What I had in mind for this thread is a kind of catch-all for general discussions about legislation/policy for the Biden/Harris administration. There could then be individual threads for major legislation/policy with more intricate detail. For example EPA/Climate Control for which I think there may already be a thread. Below is the list of legislative/policy issues that come to mind - in no particular order. There are many, many more. Feel free to add them in the comments and I will add them to the OP. I will not list the goals or objectives just a short description of the item. Will leave the opinions in the comments - well for the most part. My thread so I get to add some opinion in the beginning if I want to 🙂 Last but not least, as the administration addresses the issues - assuming they do, I will post status updates on the proposals here where I can find them. I may ask for help with from some of you with some pet items that are not maybe as mainstream. If nothing else it might be good to look back in four years and see what they addressed from our list. I may even create a poll once we get what we think is a fairly complete list. But not right away. Health Care Reform - We clearly need to health care reform to provide affordable healthcare to everyone that needs it. Is that rebuild the ACA? Go back to the previous system? Go for a full single payer system? Voter Rights/Gerrymandering - We need to implement voters laws that encourage people to exercise their right to vote and to make sure each vote counts. Campaign Finance - There is too much money in politics. How do we remove the overwhelming influence companies/industries/individuals get to have on our politics though buying it. Tax Reform - Republicans again lowered taxes to the point it increased pre-covid deficit spending above $1T/yr after Obama got it as low as $450B. Deficit spending needs to be reduced but it can't all be through spending cuts. Some type of tax reform is needed. Infrastructure - This country is in desperate need of a massive infrastructure bill. Each administration - both dems and reps have talked the talk but no one has yet to walk the walk in a meaningful manner. Note - this could be done with Climate Change in mind and take care of two objectives. EPA /Climate Change - Although and argument could be made these are to separate issues, to me this is the EPA's primary role so I have combined them. Clearly we have a climate change issue. Sorry for anyone that still thinks it's not true but sadly you are incorrect. The question is how serious is it and what do we do about it. The EPA has been ravaged by the previous administration. How to rebuild the EPA and give them the tools to help combat Climate Change? I could see a whole separate thread for this one (and I think there is one) but will list it here. Living Wage - Wages continue to remain stagnant in the US. While working as a cashier at McDonald's maybe should be looked at as a life career - it would pay enough to cover the basic necessities if you work a 40 hr week. Some adjustments have to be made. College Tuition - Many students are caught by high tuition costs, during school, after or both. Is 100% free tuition right? What about existing loans? Do those get forgiven? Whatever it is, the current system does not work for anyone. Legalized Marijuana - It's legal is many states already. It needs to be legal on the federal level. How is this not done already? Needs to be made legal at the very least for medicinal purposes. My dad would not be able to hardly walk without it. He is 81. Gun Control - This take on many different shapes and forms. Removal of guns? More laws? Fewer laws? But with all the violence we have seen in this country that can be traced back to guns one way or the other, this is certainly a hot topic. Dreamers - They have been brought here without a choice. They know no other life. Should there be a citizenship path or sent back? I left this off as it looks like the SCOTUS has said the current program is not changing. But with the new makeup they will likely try again. Abortion - With the new court this will definitely come up again. Not sure what the administration can do about it other than support the current law. But I certainly expect it to become a major issue. DC Statehood - This has been a long time discussion. On one hand people need representation. However, DC does not have the ability to be self sustaining since the federal government owns most property. This what I have to start. Let me know some other topics. It would be helpful to provide some short detail. I can copy paste mostly that way. Edited January 26 by goskins10 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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