Election 2008: What are the issues? Which are important to you?

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    Sep 15, 2008 3:53 AM GMT
    In a different topic, this was stated:

    scothman> I am simply asking you to look at every stance that the candidates on the issues in our country.

    So what are these issues and the stances that we should review?

    We can debate each issue in its own topic, but let's first identify the issues.

    Let's also use this topic to guage the importance of the issues. So in addition to brainstorming about what the issues are and adding your issue(s) if it hasn't yet been mentioned, please also comment (scale of 1-5) on how important each issue is (1 being important and 5 unimportant).
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    Sep 15, 2008 3:53 AM GMT
    This area is reserved for a running count which I'll edit as people comment.
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    Sep 15, 2008 4:04 AM GMT
    Off the top of my head, here are some key issues:

    1. Gay issues (ENDA, Marriage, DADT).

    2. Women's issues (Abortion, ERA)

    3. Environmental issues (climate change)

    4. Education policy

    5. Economy (fiscal policy, trade, jobs, gas prices)

    6. Homeland security & confronting terrorists abroad

    7. Iraq

    8. Foreign policy - confronting rogue nations (e.g. Iran)

    9. Human Rights (from China to Darfur)

    10. Mideast policy (Arab-Israeli conflict)

    11. Russia/Georgia

    I suppose my biases come through (foreign policy has 5-6 points while the Economy is lumped as one). Feel free to correct me and expand on what I listed.


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    Sep 15, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    Protectionism: Agricultural subsidies/Import/Export tarriffs etc.

    I think environmental policy has to be number 1. America really really needs to improve its policies in this area, for its own good.
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    Sep 15, 2008 4:36 AM GMT
    caesarea4 saidOff the top of my head, here are some key issues:

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    I suppose my biases come through (foreign policy has 5-6 points while the Economy is lumped as one). Feel free to correct me and expand on what I listed.

    This is a pretty good list. I have about the same concerns with 6-11 bunched under the whole foreign relations category. I refer to some of those in my support for Obama in this topic http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/285905/

    The U.S. needs to come to grip with it's limitations. I feel like we lost an opportunity to work with the rest of the world after 9/11 when we had the sympathy of so many people.

    it is like I posted elsewhere
    Former official"that the next president will need to work to restore America's standing in the world.

    "I will ultimately vote for the person I believe brings to the American people the kind of vision the American people want to see for the next four years," he said. "A vision that reaches out to the rest of the world, that starts to restore confidence in America, that starts to restore favorable ratings to America. Frankly, we've lost a lot in recent years."

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    Sep 15, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    caesarea4 saidOff the top of my head, here are some key issues:

    1. Gay issues (ENDA, Marriage, DADT).

    2. Women's issues (Abortion, ERA)

    3. Environmental issues (climate change)

    4. Education policy

    5. Economy (fiscal policy, trade, jobs, gas prices)

    6. Homeland security & confronting terrorists abroad

    7. Iraq

    8. Foreign policy - confronting rogue nations (e.g. Iran)

    9. Human Rights (from China to Darfur)

    10. Mideast policy (Arab-Israeli conflict)

    11. Russia/Georgia

    I suppose my biases come through (foreign policy has 5-6 points while the Economy is lumped as one). Feel free to correct me and expand on what I listed.



    Caesarea4:

    It is interesting that the #1 and 2 issues you listed I would not even have listed. They are what I call "tempests in a teapot" issues. They get people riled up when they should be focussing on issues that are much more cruical.

    I see the big issues as the economy, environment, energy, budget deficit, and foreign policy (especially the so-called "war on terrorism"). I don't think these issues are mutually exclusive, despite how the politicians try to portray them. A degrading environment has a direct and negative impact on the economy as does unsustainably high energy prices due to demand outstripping supply. The budget deficit constrains the USA's ability to fight an effective war on terrorism as well as investing in the infrastructure of the country to keep the economy humming.

    It would be nice if the US politicians started talking seriously about how they are going to sustain the social programs like social security, medicare, medicaid while also trying to be the World's policeman/protector, while also trying to keep taxes from going up, while also trying to deal with constrained energy supplies, etc.. But with only 4 years in office that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.