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Infrastructure

The Internet is a ubiquitous utility often with only one provider in most markets. Due to this oligopoly, consumers need to be protected from predatory and unethical practices, such as ISPs promoting their services/products while diminishing access to the competitors.

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Healthcare

Freely accessible preventive care and screenings minimize healthcare costs, especially to those most vulnerable to crippling expenditures. Furthermore, it is far cheaper for the government in the long-term to address maladies earlier before a condition becomes a chronic disease.

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Healthcare

The government must negotiate more aggressively at the state and Federal levels with the healthcare industry to control costs. The primary reason costs in the US are so high compared to other industrialized nations is the system’s deliberate inefficiencies which benefit insurance and pharmaceutical corporations.

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Healthcare

Employer-based health insurance has resulted in 5.5 million Americans losing health insurance in the middle of a pandemic. This is not acceptable.

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Guns

Our constitution guarantees the rights to firearms, therefore as Americans that right is sacrosanct. However, we need to be honest with ourselves about the general public’s ability to kickstart a revolution given the Federal military spending levels.

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Crime

Police are not adequately trained to handle domestic and mental health situations. Police departments need counselors and mental health professionals in the field in order to assist with these more delicate situations.

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Voting needs to be as easy as possible. When people are disenfranchised, they are not willing to serve their country when needed: tax revenues decline; military recruitment declines; civic engagement declines.

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Civil Rights

Why does the government think it has the right to dictate how consenting adults love? When did the government start regulating intimacy?.

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Defense

Our military is one of the primary reasons the US is still relevant in today’s world but that does not remove its responsibility to the taxpayers to operate responsibly.

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Budget

The Federal deficit drives instability both domestically and internationally. If the US cannot manage its accounts responsibly and ethically, ensuring basic rights and services to all its citizens, how can we dictate morality to others?.

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Income

Increasing the minimum wage will not solve systemic poverty. The market will adjust the cost of living to the higher baseline, exacerbating income inequality as more revenue is diverted to the higher classes.

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Income

Equal work demands equal pay. If two people perform the same job at the same standard and the same level of experience and education, they should earn the same.

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Environment

Furthermore, we need to consider adopting traditional renewable energy sources at a national level to support our energy independence.

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Environment

Given our energy infrastructure and our abundance of sugar cane, we can transition to producing more alcohol-based fuels, lessening our climatic impact.

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Drug Policy

Opioid Epidemic - According to the CDC, prescriptions for opioids have quadrupled from 1999-2010 despite no change in the overall amount of pain that Americans are reporting. Recommendations include better prescription practices. However, marijuana has been shown to be effective for pain-management and is not addictive. Wider legalization would reduce incidence of opioid abuse, reducing deaths of Americans.

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Education

Testing - If the Federal government requires testing, then the Federal government should pay for it. With high-stakes testing taking so much time from other instruction, then those demanding the testing should foot the bill.

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Education

Students and teachers must be protected for schools to reopen. A $58 billion bill has been in the Senate graveyard since May, a bill that would provide funding for PPEs, training, and facilities.

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Education

The Federal government should invest in higher education, funding 2 years of full-time enrollment at state-run universities, vocational schools, or community colleges.

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Education

Vouchers - Any school that accepts public funds must demonstrate adherence to the same laws as public schools. This means access for profoundly and severely disabled students, appropriate resources for all students, and necessary auxiliary services. These competencies must be in place prior to the receipt of public funds.

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Economy

Trickle down economics is a lie meant to enrich wealthy donors. The latest tax reforms have benefited corporations to the tune of millions, while the lower and middle classes have seen modest returns. Typically no more than $50 per month.

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