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October 7, 2008

What the next president can do at little cost

Given the constraints the bailouts and the economy will have on the new president, it seems that we should look at, first, what we can do that will cost no (or little) money. Please share other ideas!

  • Release the scientists (let them communicate with other scientists, let them speak — i.e. Jim Hansen of NASA on climate change)
  • Review current rules and regulations and start enforcing the ones that fit our vision
    • FDA
    • EPA
    • Fed Reserve
  • Make all government transactions more transparent and more understandable

  • Plan to use the bully pulpit to stake our positions, challenge the public, open our arms, speak to the world
  • Review all subsidies; identify those that need to be re-focused; enforce oversight that already exists; make transparent; determine how to re-focus on future vision
    • Auto industry
    • Ethanol / corn industry
    • ADM, farm,
    • Oil industry (i.e. keep some subsidies but only if they are used for green/ future)
  • Identify those in the pentagon who can look forward to helping us figure out how to use our military most effectively, as last resort, not first resort
  • Begin legal process to close loopholes
    • Enron
  • Hire Al Gore as energy / environment/ climate czar (across departments and agencies) [cabinet level position]
  • Ask for reports and assessment from professional bureaucracies on how to get us back on track
  • Tell Americans and the world the truth
    • Economy
    • Global interconnectedness
    • Climate change
    • Education
    • Health care
    • Price of energy
  • Ask us to do something specific
  • Talk to the mayors and governors who are way ahead of the Federal government on critical issues: energy, climate, environment, health care, social justice – ask for their advice on how to best support them and get our of their way (beyond money)
    • CA
    • NY
    • WA
    • OR
    • Seattle driven commitment (To date, 884 U.S. mayors have signed the Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement to meet the Kyoto Protocol standards by 2012 per Washington Post 10/7/08 – If They Came Here… Tuesday, October 7, 2008; Page A21)
  • Ask for a panel / study of prisons and how to reduce % of our populations that is in prison
  • Ask for a symposium of far left and far right to identify common ground on major issues
  • Close Guantanamo
  • Review progress on Katrina
  • Review and recommend health care system that focuses on prevention rather than disease
  • Recommend new cars and rental cars don’t have headlights on during the day
  • Recommend that cities and buildings review and reduce light pollution
  • Review subsidies and tax rates and refocus benefits for companies that hire in the US and keep jobs in the US
  • Review economic aid to other countries to make sure that we are getting our fair share of aid, recommend reductions especially if they are not focused on education and self-sustainability (see recent article about Indian programs)
  • Review subsidies and tax policy for charities that provide no benefit to US (all offshore efforts, especially the big ones like Gates / Buffet)
  • Review and recommend compensation policies – and work it through tax benefits – to re-balance workers and executive pay – so economy will function better – if economy is based on shopping, we need more shoppers out of debt
  • Approve CA + NY + 15 other states resetting auto emissions standards – Fed so far has resisted.
  • Identify and reward companies that are leading in global warming, renewable energy, Slow Food, LEED initiatives.

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2 Comments »

  1. Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.

    Comment by Mike Harmon — October 7, 2008 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  2. It has been a long time since any president showed an interest or concern for traditional culture and the arts. It would be marvelous if a sitting president invited music, dance, and theatre groups to entertain a the White House. Even if he just gave recognition to activities such as community choruses, community theatres, small-town orchestras, and so on — most of which get no financial support from the government — it might have the effect of reminding people that these groups are an important manifestation of community life, as well providing an inexpensive source of great entertainment.

    Comment by Michael Sand — October 10, 2008 @ 6:43 pm | Reply


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