Let's say you wake up tomorrow morning, and are the President of the United States. What is the one issue you would get to work on immediately? Healthcare? Building up the military? Government corruption? What would you fix right now? (Please give YOUR answer, rather than arguing with anyone else's. Thanks!)
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PS -- all of the bridges can be repaired or replaced with American Steel. All of those Americans (starting with returning Vets) will receive health care through their new employer. I believe this approach will address numerous issues all at once
Infrastructure is definitely something that has to be addressed soon. Good choice, Jeff.
I like your answer, Jeff. It is a great need and tackling it would have an immediate impact on the economy as well as the infrastructure itself. Good answer.
I live in Texas. Gerrymandering is a huge problem down here. Your issue has my vote!
In Georgia, we literally had a section of a congressional district that came down from the county above it like a single line and circled the house of a congressman the GA legislature wanted to get rid of. Forced him to run against an incumbent.
That is a really good idea. You would have my vote too, ha! :)
I like the goal here, but I'm looking at the original question by Lisa. I keep coming back to "what ONE issue would you address immediately?" The emphasis is on immediacy. Providing real pathways out of poverty can be done with immediate impact.
Ralph, Excellent proposal. Term limits to get rid of the congressional retirement home. SCOTUS min decision sb 6-3 or 7-2, many 5-4 dec were bad. Yes on benefits, fed employees are public Servants yet they have benefits befitting the Master. :D
I can get behind almost any 'group of their peers' thing to help all kinds of different groups regulate themselves. Peers have knowledge to know what they are talking about. Coming from politicians, is just more politics. Yuk.
Ralph, I agree with the need for term limits and all that you have said, but that would be the first thing? Really? The full impact wouldn't be felt for years. Wouldn't an economic issue that provided immediate results be a better choice?
Chris, I think what makes this whole thread so interesting is that one person's issue is not another's.
No question about that, Lisa. And if we multiply this by millions of Americans, we can see why politics is so volatile and complicated. I respect the positions of others, but I do have my own as well.
So, what ONE issue would you address as President?
Care of health.
How about curing major diseases. Healthcare insurance doesn't promote care of health. I believe that the last major disease that had even a fix was polio.
Our government is often accused of causing diseases instead of curing them - and supposedly, many diseases are already cureable; but curing people causes problems like overpopulation & would be a huge ding on our greedy pharmaceutical industry.
And what one ISSUE would you tackle first, assuming your cabinet was in place the moment you awoke?
National Security, from the inside of the executive branch and any agency responsible for it. The intelligence community has failed us for decades. Their big failure was 911, when not a single effective defense was done. 2004 they gave bogus intel
Good issue. Thanks.
Lisa, you are welcome.
We were not prepared b4 911 & it has taken a while; but officials have obviously been doing a pretty good job since we have experienced none in over 8 years. OLD 'not prepared' article. http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/time/1999/12/27/new...
bradmasterOCcal- "Getting rid of the existing crew"
Good issue, Ken. Thanks for answering.
The US has also always been in the game for themselves & there is a reason why we kiss China's butt in trade. I would love to know what it is. I think it started long ago trying to draw leaders out of their once very closed country, not sure...
The reason why is simple, Corporate greed. Corporations could make things in China for pennies on the dollar, not worry about worker's comp, pensions, or regulations... they can abuse the workers, even children, in slave like conditions.
I take exception to terms limits for Supreme Justices. I think that defeats their purpose and throws off checks and balances. I do think they should set salaries and benefits for congress. Whoever let them set their own must have bent the elbow!
So, troop deployments? Good issue.
What is the definition of insanity? You'd think after Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention Vietnam, we'd learn sending troops is not always the answer. Consider what we've done to military families for 16 years before we send anybody anywhere soon.
Agreed. We started doing the war thing again for political reasons instead of real ones - which means the country is divided behind military action; and we don't support the military very well as a nation because of it. I want our troops home, too.
Obama brought the troops home from Iraq, now we have Syria, and ISIL. The US hasn't won a war since 1898. Thank you Teddy Roosevelt.This is not a partisan problem, both the republicans and the democrats are too blame.
"This is not a partisan problem, both the republicans and the democrats are too blame." At last, a statement we can both agree on, Brad - who woulda thunk? LoL! :)
Just anti war sentiment. US forces loose more to accidents than war. I have been to four countries with US involvement and they are better for it - no doubt. Brad's definition of a win is absurd. We won Vietnam -- now a major trading partner.
A good issue to attack, Eric, and a very nice way to end your comment.
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Randy, can't think of anything more pressing. Thanks
Can the President actually void laws passed by individual states? I understand that the SC could rule something unconstitutional, but I'm not so sure a President can void state laws.
Healthcare should be treated as a right for everyone, rather than as a privilege for the rich. I've gone through cancer without insurance, and now have affordable through the ACA, and my quality of mental and physical health is so much better now.
Amen Sir. I hope you are better now. You deserve good coverage.
Obamacare like SS cannot sustain itself. Insurance companies left many states leaving the state with only one company. How good is Obamacare when it like SS and Medicare forces people have ins, rather want ins. Preexisting cond fix with a single law
Then let's come up with a plan that does cover everyone, and not just those who can afford it. Let's stop treating healthcare as a luxury afforded only to those with means.
There are a whole lot of peeps in this country that are not Christian. Our founders created us as a country FREE to pursue any religion we choose. By insisting on C-based laws, will you also insist people turn Christian?
It's worth a try
The idea that America was founded to be a Christian country is a myth. The country was founded on the idea that people should be free to worship, or not worship, as they wished.
It wasn't founded to have a state mandated religion but it's laws and institutions had its roots in Christianity.
The only problem with that those best qualified to run the country don't want anything to do with it.
I don't blame them, look at the assault on Trump, his family, even his 10 year old son. The stress, the stupidity that rules in D.C. ughh, no thx.
Oh, good one, Chris. The whole "corporations are people" thing is really a problem.
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