What should Republicans be debating?
According to this survey:
Health Care 67
Government Ethics 65
Social Security 60
National Security/War on Terror 48
War in Iraq 24
War in Afghanistan 19
“Importance of Issues
Economy Still Top Voting Issue Heading Into Primaries
Thursday, December 29, 2011
With the nation’s first primary of the 2012 election season just days away, the economy remains the top issue for voters nationwide.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that 80% regard economic issues as Very Important in terms of how they will vote in the next congressional election. That's down slightly from 84% in October but generally consistent with regular tracking since January 2008.”
1. The economic model for the United States needs to be aligned to address a sustainable economic system supported by economic policy that optimizes return on national resources.
2. Americans need and want affordable healthcare such that when they get sick they are well served and the medical expenses do not drive them to bankruptcy.
3. “Government ethics” begins with changing the laws such that Corporations and Political Action Committees are not treated as citizens. The current lobbying practices undermine the American Political System and one-person, one vote. Corruption is rampant in government contracting in which the Military Industrial Complex is too intertwined with politics.
4. Taxes – voters want what they perceive as fair treatment. They believe that too many wealthy people and corporations are not paying their fair share. The code requires revamping and simplifying.
5. Social Security is a government obligation. There may be different and more effective ways to provide it, involving more control by citizens over their investments, but in the end, all risks must be shared.
6. Education is a cornerstone for future economic development. Education must be factored as part of #1, above.
7. National Security is a huge subject that is driven by foreign policy. National security has two elements: 1) economic security and 2) military security and two dimensions 1) domestic and 2) foreign. Including the topic: War on Terror – this is a subset of a much more comprehensive requirement. War on Terror requires global reach and is dependent on power projection to the sources of terror.
8. Afghanistan remains a hot war.
9. Iraq is in a state of close down. Surely, Iraq will become internally volatile.
Missing from the list are Iran and North Korea and the huge population explosion in India. Missing also is the perpetual problem in the Middle East represented by conflict between Israel and Arab States.