1) Abortion -
The best that can be hopeful is an uneasy truce, but even achieving that will be extremely difficult. But I do feel that Roe vs Wade must be eventually overturned, in order to force the legislatures to vote laws into place, in accordance to the opinion of the voting populations. One of the causes, I feel, of the venom in the abortion debate is the fact that it was "legalized" by an activist court which clearly overstepped its constitutional bounderies.
2) Gay Rights -
When gays stop insisting on "marriage" rights, and accept some form of civil union instead, there can be peace. Civil Unions is a good middle ground on which to bring a compromise.
3) Iraq -
WWII also had a sizable part of the population that wanted nothing to do with overseas wars. Roosevelt himself refused to see the danger brewing behind Stalin's actions in Eastern Europe - which resulted in the Cold War. Unfortunately many people are ignorant and naive about the world around them, and it is up to the rest of us to protect them as well.
4) Social Programs, for the truly needy -
Eductaion is the key. The United States' pension system is among the most complex, yet woefully underdeveloped systems in the world. I guess perhaps that is because it was put together in a peicemeal fashion.
Bush's proposal for a partial privatization of SS
is absolutely correct, and essential for the long term health of the nation. Everyone's pension should rest in 3 distinct parts:
a) Social Security: This should give you a bare minimum income after retirement that will allow you to keep a roof over your head, and buy yourself enough food to eat. It should be the BARE MINIMUM necessary to keep you out of the poorhouse, that's all.
b) Company pension plans: If you work more than 25 hours per week, you should be allowed to contribute to your employer's pension plan. The pension plan should have strict federal guidelines to ensure that the funds are relatively safe, even in case of a stock market crash. What happened to Enron employees, for exmple, was inexcusable. No more than 50% in stocks, and a pension cannot have more than 5% of its assets invested in any one company, including its own, no bonds rated less than BBB, for example. The funds must also be completely and transparently transferable from one pension fund to another whenever you change jobs.
On top of the bare minimum living allowance given by Social Security, this is where you get the post retirement income to live a "decent" retirement - a nicer place to live, and enough to go on vacation every once in a while.
c) Private pension plans and savings schemes: This is your responsibility, if you want to have a really nice retirement, playing golf every day, have a nice car, etc. Strict federal guidelines would ensure the relative safety of these investments, just like the corporate pension plans, to ensure that they remain largely intact even in case of economic crises.
5) The environment -
While we can argue untill we are all blue in the face about whether man is the root cause of global warming, and whether it is technologically possible for mankind to somehow stop it or even slow it down, that arguement should not take up too much of our time. What we should all be able to agree on is that wherever we can reasonable do it, we should improve emissions etc, even if it's "just in case". The biggest impact, I think, is to get people to buy smaller cars. I see no reason that anyone needs more than 200 hp or a vehicle that weighs more than 1500-2000 kg, maximum. Raise gas prices, and tax like crazy any vehicle larger than that.
6) Labor -
Like I said earlier, people are naive, and believe when they hear the organized union guys say that they are protecting the workers' interest. That's bull. Any union that requires members to pay dues is NOT protecting your interests, but its own. These large unions thrive when workers are scared of losing their job, when unemployment is high, and high social costs make companies reluctant to hire, because that's when people are willing and gullible to pay into a union "for defence". Organized labor is nothing but a fraud, and the very last thing they want to see is labor and management getting along well, unemployment levels low, and workers happy with their pay and benefits.
But small unions specific to a particular factory or company, where no union dues are demanded, are excellent.
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