Issues

1. Health care reform: The Senate Finance Committee shot down the public option. Despite government aid and programs, there are still more than 40 million people uninsured. We are currently ranked 37th best health care system right ahead of Slovenia.

Why is it that France can have the #1 ranked health care system in the world with their universal health care coverage but the US can’t seem to get anywhere close to that? Why is it that other countries, still ranked higher than us (Canada, UK) can have universal health care and still have a higher standard of living while the US automatically equates universal with Communism (last time I checked none of those countries were Communist)?

2. Food politics: Food market is broken down into a few monopolies that control the entire food system, which affects what we as consumers have access to.  There are several government subsidies for corn, making high fructose corn syrup products cheap. The monopolies have deep  pockets to lobby for and insure their agenda, while smaller farmers and organic companies face harder opposition.

How difficult would it be to overthrow the monopolies and get diversification in the food market? If as Michael Pollan claimed, we fix food politics, will we actually drive down health care/economic costs as well as insuring a healthier lifestyle?

3. Economic crisis: The global economic collapse was triggered by a housing bubble burst in the US. Government bailed out car companies and banks by extending them loans with interest.

If the US did not have a symbiotic relationship with China (i.e. if China’s products are bought up by other countries but China still holds the majority of US Treasury bonds), what would prevent China from cashing in all their bonds other than the US potentially defaulting on those bonds?

How did the housing bubble burst trigger the domino effect for the collapse?

4. Renewable resources–Discovery and investment in renewable resources would decrease our dependence on finite, non-renewable resources as well as decreasing our ecological footprint with regards to Global Warming.  We currently have some resources for solar, wind, biochemical, and water power.

At what point will renewable resource products be cheaper in both the short term and long term? If oil companies switched over to being a renewable resource company, why would they be so against the rise of renewable resources as they are now?

5. FDA Regulation–There are some products out on the market that the FDA approves without taking extra precautions for safety reasons.

If we expect the FDA to be the sole overseer of safe products (including food) and drugs, how have they been able to get away with not meticulously overseeing the development of these products? Who acts as a balance and check of power to the FDA?

6. Widespread Public Transportation (well-developed, high speed rails/subways/buses)

7. Education Gap (closing the gap)

8. Separation of Church and State (should be kept separate)

9. Human Rights (international/national)

10. Poverty

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