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List of Issues

This list of issues will get you started. It is not meant to be complete.

For each of them, ask yourself:

  • What do we have now?
  • What did we have in the past?
  • What do other countries have?
  • What are options for the future?
  • Will your platform positions single out certain groups to receive benefits or to bear burdens that other groups don’t receive or bear?
  • Who benefits?
  • Who pays?

What is it, a public good or a private good?

  • If it’s a public good, people have a right to it. Ex: parks, streets, police and military protection, K-12 schools
  • If it’s a private good, no one has a right to it. Ex: cars, houses

What are goods like food, health care, housing, paychecks, and higher education? Public goods or private goods?

To answer these questions, look for data about facts, not other people’s opinions about data that you have not personally examined.


Political

Political globalization (wikipedia)

Political globalization refers to the growth of the worldwide political system, both in size and complexity.

  • national governments
  • their governmental and intergovernmental organizations
  • government-independent elements of global civil society
    • international non-governmental organizations
    • social movement organizations.

One of the key aspects of the political globalization is the declining importance of the nation-state and the rise of other actors on the political scene. The creation and existence of the United Nations has been called one of the classic examples of political globalization.

  • Global civics
  • Global citizenship

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War and weapons

  • War in Afghanistan
  • War in North-West Pakistan
  • International campaign against ISIL
  • Drone strikes
  • Size of the military budget
  • Non-violence

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Elections and politics

  • Political parties
  • Which voting system
  • Felon voting

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Gerrymandering (wikipedia)

In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries.

In addition to its use achieving desired electoral results for a particular party, gerrymandering may be used to help or hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, or class group, such as in U.S. federal voting district boundaries that produce a majority of constituents representative of African-American or other racial minorities, known as “majority-minority districts”. Gerrymandering can also be used to protect incumbents.

This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering

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Dark money (wikipedia)

Funds given to nonprofit organizations—primarily social welfare and trade association groups—that can receive unlimited donations from corporations, individuals, and unions, and spend funds to influence elections, but are not required to disclose their donors.

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President Trump’s Agenda

The various subsections of the Obama White House website were replaced with these six issue areas

  • America First Energy Plan
  • America First Foreign Policy
  • Bringing Back Jobs And Growth
  • Making Our Military Strong Again
  • Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community
  • Trade Deals Working For All Americans

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Economic

Global economy (flow of goods, services, capital and investment)

  • Should foreigners be allowed to invest in the U.S., for example, buy property?
  • Should foreigners be allowed to work in the U.S.?
  • Should foreign companies be allowed to freely import goods into the U.S.? (no tariffs?)

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Privatization (wikipedia)

Transferring ownership of a business, enterprise, agency, public service, or public property from the public sector (a government) to the private sector, either to a business that operates for profit or to a nonprofit organization. It may also mean the government outsourcing of services or functions to private firms, for example, revenue collection, law enforcement, and prison management.

Should social security, health care, and roads and sewers by public or private?

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Corporate profits

The Great Gatsby Curve – Higher income inequality means less likelihood of earning more than your parents (intergenerational mobility)

Free market vs Regulated market

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Taxes

  • progressive (richer pay higher percentage than poorer)
  • regressive (rich pay lower percentage than poorer)

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Trickle down economic system (the richer you are, the lower your tax rate)

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Jobs / unemployment

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Minimum wage

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Unions

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Wealth and income inequality

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SES mobility (socio-economic status)

American Dream (see chart on right): If you want to pursue the American dream, move to Denmark.

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Crime

  • Racial profiling
  • Militarization of police
  • Death penalty

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Guns

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Social inequality in 1880. How is it different today?

Social

Social/cultural globalization

Flow of people, ideas, media, and sports

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Social justice

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Equality/discrimination

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Drug testing

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Abortion

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Heath care

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Drugs

  • Recreational marijuana
  • Opioids

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Education

  • Should we continue to use tax dollars to fund public schools that students are required to attend for free?
  • Should this system stop at grade 8? 12? 16 (college degree)? all formal education?
  • Should this system start at birth, 2, 4, 6?
  • What should we teach?
  • How should we teach it?
  • Standardized Tests
  • Tablets vs. Textbooks
  • Teacher Tenure

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Social welfare and corporate welfare

  • What government assistance programs are there for people and companies?
  • How much does the system cost?
  • Should support be increased for the people and corporations on welfare?
  • More food stamps? More farm subsidies? They’re both administered by the Agriculture Department.
  • How much welfare fraud is there by people and companies?

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Science and Technology

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Technological globalization

  • Flow of information

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Internet

disruption

  • in the workplace and in the economy at large
  • the relentless march of technology
  • machines and software are not just outworking us but starting to out-think us in more and more realms.

Internet of Things (IoT)

driverless cars

net neutrality

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Security/Privacy

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Cyberwar

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Climate change

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Fracking

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Energy: Wind, Water, Solar (non-carbon alternatives)

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Ecology and environment

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Infrastructure

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Groups

soc-econ classes: rich, middle class, poor
native Americans
rural heartland whites
urbal coastal whites
blacks
hispanics
asians
educated elites
immigrants

get rid of the illegal immigrants
create a safe haven for refugees and immigrants
Fence/Wall along US-Mexico border

refugees
unemployed
veterans
LGBT
women
mothers
children
animals

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