Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What’s Vital that Our Administration is Currently Forgetting?

Shirley Temple and Toto (Terry)
Let’s face it—our administration is facing many important issues that all need to be resolved. Even the headings are overwhelming:
  • Electoral 
  • Domestic Policy
  • Immigration
  • Social
  • Healthcare
  • Economic
  • Foreign Policy
  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Science

Below, I have compiled a partial list of some of the concerns facing this nation.  You can vote on these issues at: https://www.isidewith.com/polls

If you take a look at the list below, these issues are enough to make your head spin.  I believe one of the problems is that our administration doesn’t seem to resolve any of the concerns. One of the issues they are still debating is whether to criminally charge Wall Street executives for their roles in the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Hello? Haven't these people ever heard of the adage, “Doing nothing gets you nothing?” Good or bad, let’s make the best decision we can and move forward.

And for heaven’s sake, why can’t we learn from our past?

When Franklin Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he dedicated himself to turning the country around from the depths of the Great Depression. He is still one of the top three most popular presidents, up there with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  He turned the country’s attention away from poverty and fear and toward optimism and faith.

He gave us the Work Projects Administration (WPA) which employed millions of unemployed people to construct public buildings and roads. Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. In a much smaller but more famous project, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. My mother was taught how to play the piano by one of these talented musicians.

Another great thing that came from President Franklin Roosevelt and this time period was Shirley Temple and her uplifting movies. Movies offered a chance for people to escape and for strangers to come together. President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed, "As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right."

If you think we are not in the same emotional upheaval as we were during the Great Depression, all you have to do is look at the number of mass shootings this year alone:
Mass shootings—353, Killed—462, Injured—1,312.

Better mental health care is an issue, but our administration could do a lot to bolster the overall mood of this country.  I believe it is as important as all of the issues listed above.  Let me highlight some of the current top shows on television these days to prove my point. Read the highlighted words from their own plot descriptions:

NCIS:  Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs leads a group of colorful personalities in investigating crimes -- ranging from murder and espionage to terrorism -- that have evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel. 

The Supernatural:  This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious and demonic creatures. Violent memories and relationship-threatening secrets add additional burdens on Sam and Dean as they investigate all things that go bump in the night. As old tricks and tools are rendered useless and friends betray them, the brothers must rely on each other as they encounter new enemies.

CSI: Las Vegas  A dedicated group of forensic investigators at the Las Vegas Crime Lab works to solve often-grisly crimes in Sin City. Heading up the graveyard shift (an appropriate term in this case) is supervisor D.B. Russell, a "Left Coast" Sherlock Holmes who devours crime novels.

Criminal Minds:  An elite squad of FBI profilers analyses the country's most-twisted criminal minds, anticipating the perpetrators' next moves before they can strike again. Each member of the "mind hunter" team brings his or her expertise to pinpoint predators' motivations and identify emotional triggers in order to stop them.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit:  Detectives who are part of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit investigate crimes against the vulnerable. While the focus of other shows in the "Law & Order" franchise is primarily on murder cases, the SVU detectives frequently deal with rape and assault, in which a survivor assists with the investigation.

I don’t know about you, but these shows are far from uplifting. What message are we sending young people?  How can they stay positive?  I don’t think people realize the mental impact of all these negative emotions and topics.

If I were to rate what is important to our country at this time, it would be to bolster the mood of our country.

Cindy A. Christiansen
Sweet Romance, Humor, Suspense...and Dogs!  Fly into a good book at: http://www.dragonflyromance.com 

Political Issues Survey

Should a photo ID be required to vote?
Should every person purchasing a gun be required to pass a criminal and public safety background check?
Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?
Should drug use be decriminalized?
Should corporations and unions be permitted to fund advertisements backing political candidates through political action committees (Super PACS)?
Should the NSA be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?
Should internet service providers be allowed to prioritize traffic for websites that pay higher rates than their competitors?
Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?
Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?
Should illegal immigrants be given access to government-subsidized healthcare?
Should there be stronger measures to increase our border security?
Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?
Should immigrants to the U.S. be required to learn English?
Should children of illegal immigrants be granted citizenship?
Should law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes so that federal immigration authorities can take custody of them?
Should illegal immigrants working in the U.S. be granted temporary amnesty?
What stand should be taken on abortion?
Should legalization of same sex marriage be allowed?
Should a business, based on religious beliefs, be able to deny service to a customer?
Should the U.S. remove references to God from currency, federal buildings, national monuments and other aspects of government?
Should the government require health insurance companies to provide free birth control?
Should the federal government allow the death penalty?
Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?
Should companies be required to include women on their board of directors?
Should the federal government allow states to fly the confederate flag?
Should the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) be supported?
Should the federal government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?
Should the federal government support the legalization of marijuana?
Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?
Should employers be required to pay men and women, who perform the same work, the same salary?
Should able-bodied, mentally capable adults who receive welfare be required to work?
Should all welfare recipients be tested for drugs?
Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?
Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?
Should companies be required to provide full-time employees with paid leave for the birth of a child or sick family member?
Should the U.S. reduce corporate income tax rates?
Should Wall Street executives be criminally charged for their roles in the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis?
Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?
Should the federal government subsidize U.S. farmers?
Should pension plans for federal, state and local government workers be transitioned into private plans?
Should sales tax be increased in order to reduce property taxes?
Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?
Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?
Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?
Should the government decrease military spending?
Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?
Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?
Should the U.S. maintain a presence at the United Nations?
Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?
Should the U.S. conduct targeted airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities?
Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?
Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?
Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent global warming?
Should National Parks continue to be preserved and protected by the federal government?
Should the United States require labeling of genetically engineered foods?
Should hydraulic fracking be used to extract oil and natural gas resources?
Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?
Should the federal government continue to give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?
Should the government fund space travel?

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