(How about a Sunday evening discussion of Progressivism? – promoted by mooncat)
There have been some great discussions on LIA the past few days. I've learned a lot and many comments have made me take time to think through my beliefs. I'm a firm believer in the importance of setting specific and achievable goals. So . . .
What is a progressive agenda? If progressives were in charge, what would we work to achieve? What would we change? For both Alabama and the United States.
In order to try and keep this a bit focused, please limit a comment to the five most important items for a state agenda and five for a national agenda and BE SPECIFIC. I love those feel-good sentences, but specifics are more effective.
Mine are below.
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Here are mine (subject to change, because I'm still working on them):
1. New constitution, written and voted on within two years
2. Ethics reform, first year (goal: among top five strongest ethics laws)
3. More equitable tax structure — ensure everyone pays fair share but only fair share
4. Set and achieve higher educational standards (goal: Alabama in top 10 within 10 years)
5. Aggressive infrastructure development program, to include energy conservation and green building. (Make our roads, public buildings and spaces, etc. energy-efficient, up-dated/repaired and prepared for economic growth)
1. Campaign financing and lobbying reform, first year
2. Single payer health insurance, within two years
3. Clean-energy program, within one year, with goal of 50% non-petroleum based within 15 years and 75% within 25 years (okay – I'm guessing at these figures, but I think we need aggressive but reasonable)
4. Immigration reform – keep borders secure, but provide strong but humane options for those already in country and those wanting to come here
5. Infrastructure development program, with an emphasis on public transportation, safety (thinking of all those failing bridges), improving national parks, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and energy conservation.
My overall national list is the longest and the top 5 have changed the most. I'm sure what I didn't include in my top 5 will show up in other comments. (I'm also sure my top 5 will change after I read other comments.)
Notice that “jobs programs” is not on either list. That's because I believe that the most effective way to develop jobs is to address core problems – and the jobs will follow those solutions.
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