for our representatives:
I don't know about you but I'm tired of the discourse in our
politics. Bashing the right or left makes for good TV but life is
more than a TV show. Besides, as the saying goes, the revolution
will not be televised. We need to frame our questions and
assertions around common human values. Ideally we can lead the
question with undeniable facts. Here is a list of questions I
came up with to achieve this goal. The more we can get
politicians off of their talking points and into discussions about
values that really matter the better. Our democracy desperately
needs educated voters to influence our political process. Here
are a few questions to achieve that goal. Please spread the word.
- Currently the carbon fiber used in the Boeing 787 can
produced from fossil fuels.
- Should we conserve fossil fuels for materials
such as plastic
since we have alternative sources for energy?
- It now takes two to three incomes to live as well as
income did in the past despite a huge growth in GDP and worker
- Will our continued public policy to grow GDP
trend in our standard of living?
- In principle government workers are to serve the
while by law corporations must act to increase value for their
And within this same line of concerns and the interest of the public:
- How will further privatization increase
accountability to tax
- Should BP continue to lead the cleanup effort in
- We currently subsidize corn production and prohibit
- Should these policies against the free market
which happen to
affect our food supply be continued?
- The Department of Defense in their Quadrennial Report
they are working to adapt to climate change.
- Is the DOD the best federal agency to mitigate
- Our aquifers are currently being drained faster than
- Should public
this issue with measurable goals?
- Economic growth is limited by the biosphere while
development has no limits.
- Do your policies value growth or innovated
- Our government used to spend far more on education
- How has the increased focus on prisons helped tax
- President Reagan had many admirable goals when he
war on drugs.
- How have the goals of the 'war on drugs' been met?
- The number of terrorist attacks worldwide for the
last nine years
is higher than the nine years prior to 911.
- How will further military presence worldwide
- My employer’s 401(k) plan offers a variety of high
that each have shares of Halliburton in them.
- For increased choice and competition, should we
employer plans to offer at least one socially responsible fund to
qualify for the tax deferment?
- The egg recall is a good reminder of our industrial
- Should our public policies promote small, local
- Food, water, and energy security is national
- Should public policies promote local resilience
improved national security?
- President Nixon was quoted as saying that every
have access to healthcare.
- Is this still a worthy value?
- The current Republican platform states that it wants
- Does that mean that the public sector can do a
than the private sector in some instances?
- Since President Eisenhower, top tier taxes have
- How much further should they be reduced to
standard of living and improve our economy?
- Since President Nixon, the burden of financial
- How much further deregulation is needed to
economy and standard of living?
- An ideal market economy should be based on the true
cost of items
unless specific subsidies are needed to achieve a specific goal.
- Should we continue to spend more tax dollars to
fossil fuels over clean energy?
- The economy is a subsystem of nature; without nature
there can be
- Which public policies benefit both nature and the
- Standard of living is a measure of both purchasing
quality of life.
- Should government policy be designed to increase
of living rather than GDP?
- Car fatalities caused by alcohol and pain medications
higher than marijuana and other illegal drugs.
- Should we spend tax payer funds to declare a war
and pain medication too?
- Small businesses create the most jobs in our
- How does our current offshore tax credit benefit
- Cap & Trade in Europe is based on the principle
companies have the right to pollute while a proposed Cap & Dividend
is based on the principle that people have the right to clean air and
water and would be administered like oil revenue in Alaska.
- Which policy would most benefit American citizens
- Current tobacco education and regulation policy has
smoking in America without a heavy tax burden to citizens.
- Should this sensible approach be used with other
- Our founding fathers restricted corporate charters to
projects with limited duration after experiencing the effects of the
East Indian Company’s monopoly.
- Should we once
the corporate charter since corporations can now spend unlimited
amounts of money to influence our elections and political system?
- Our nation was founded with a principle of freedom of
- What specific criteria should be used to restrict
religious freedoms of Americans?
- President Reagan began the war on drugs with many
yet these goals have not been achieved despite a heavy tax payer
- At what point should a new strategy be considered?
- This year an activist Supreme Court declared that
corporations are people and money is speech then corporations can spend
unlimited amounts of money in elections even though real people are
restricted in the amount they can contribute.
- Does this decision go against the principle of
- Our current industrial agriculture is dependent on
and fossil water, highly mechanized, water polluting, soil eroding, and
low in nutritious content.
- Should public policy support small, local,
that will increase jobs and our nation’s health while providing a
sustainable legacy for our children?
- Money is currently loaned into existence by private
requires a continual growth in the money supply to pay back the loan
- For a sustainable future, is this the best model
exchange goods and services?