Require all Congressional and Presidential candidates to take a test of cultural competence--(meaning, awareness of one's own cultural background; baggage; and level of commitment to respecting, and supporting people from non-dominant cultures. Such people include African Americans, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, women, working class and poor people, disabled people, and non-Christians. Make the results of this test public.
Implement federally supported regional manufacturing, agricultural, and other trades public service academies to teach people how make, build, and do things. They can be taught by experts and retired people from those fields. Participants can learn about all levels of production through management. What is produced and the skilled labor can benefit the communities and country. Certified graduates can go on to work in their own business or other companies after 4 yrs service.
Establish a free, universal (ie open to all income brackets - no means testing), Government-run education program for all US citizens and residents of the US from early age childhood education (eg jumpstart), to third level doctoral studies. To include all forms of vocational education. To include cost of lining support while learning. Anyone who wants to learn is encouraged to do so.
Eliminate tax returns and filing by changing the tax laws and enforcing a 10% accross the board tax for everyone, to be collected by the employer. This would include all Corporations income. If a working person is making less than poverty level, no taxes are to be paid. NO tax returns or deductions. No evasive tax laws. Everyone pays the same pure and simple. Corporations that have their bank accounts out of Country are still required to pay the 10%.
Where I live big industry discharges millions of pounds of toxins into the air. The inside of homes and cars have weird dust and grit in them. Please regulate companies being allowed to discharge millions of pounds of toxic waste particles into the air and make then use scrubbers and equipment to clean up their manufacturing process.
This is more of a comment on the idea of basic housing for the homeless. In the state of TN we have homeless shelters. There, the homeless have their needs met for food, clothing, and a warm place to stay, It would be great if every homeless person in this country could have a private shelter, but there is no way this could be paid for. We need to keep trying to find a way to help educate and find jobs for the homeless, so that they can get off the streets and have a meaningful life!
Mandate sustainability by requiring transformation of energy from oil economy to sustainable energy economy including solar, wind and free energy. And transfer from conventional agriculture practices to green agriculture--no GMOs, no pesticides nor herbicides--which uses permaculture & biodynamic techniques.
Allow online taxpayers to itemize not only their tax deductions, but their tax expenditures as well. Want to fund only the Forestry Service? Go ahead! Have a fondness for the Navy? Make it your 50% priority! Those who choose not to itemize will have their tax dollars allocated by the formula Congress passes; and if no one steps up for the NSA, well, too bad so sad!
Demand that legislative lobbyists register (all levels: city, county, State, federal; all branches: legislative, executive, bureaucratic, court), with a fee - substantial - to be applied except for 3% administrative fee to any debt carried by lobbied agency. This is anyone wanting to 'talk,' other than answering a summons or completing a required form. Does not apply to someone applying for assistance under mandate of agency.