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Issues

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Many historians have observed that governments function in cycles of public action and private interest. Sometimes these are called cycles of reform and consolidation, If we somewhat arbitrarily fix the age of Franklin D. Roosevelt as 1932 to 1968 and the era of Ronald Reagan as 1968 to 2008, a new cycle of American political history — a cycle of reform — is due. (Gary Hart, NYT, 6/25/08) That reform is due is also compelled by the fact that there are at least five major problems that will compel the federal government to act in gigantic ways over the next few years. This means that the next few years will be an age of government activism regardless of who becomes President. (David Brooks, NYT, 7/18/08) And we've added three more issues to identify a critical eight.

The table below is a view of the major problems in the world to help us think about which we'd like to address.
Ninth, there is the erosion of the Social Contract . Private sector firms are less likely to provide health benefits, producing a desperate need for health care reform. arrowdrbls Tenth, there is the Energy shortage. Rising Asian demand strains worldwide supply, threatening industry and consumers, and producing calls for a bold energy initiative. arrowdnbls Eleventh, arrowdlbls there is the stagnation in Human Capital During the 20th century, Americans were better educated than the citizens of any other power. Since 1970, that lead has been forfeited, producing inequality and wage stagnation. To compete, the U.S. will require a series of human capital initiatives.
Twelfth, there's Finance market reform. In an intricately connected world, even Republican administrations cannot allow big institutions to fail. If government is going to guarantee against failure, then it is inevitably going to get more involved in regulating how businesses are run. arrowrtbls So, who are we in all this. Lets
  1. adopt a world view...
  2. organize ourselves to be informed and articulate and to have impact...
  3. draw others to our vision...
  4. get to work (bake some bread)...
arrowltbls Thirteenth, there's Infrastructure reform. The U.S. transportation system is in shambles and will require major new projects.
arrowurbls Fourteenth, a vast part of the world is being left behind. Many of their problems can easily be remedied. Millenium Development Goals of the U.N. describe the problem. 15th, arrowupbls our abuse of our Environment and resulting problems of global warming, depletion of resources, and loss in diversity are critical. arrowulbls 16th, Womankin is one of the most serious problems hampering progress on the planet.

Some feel that we have the possibility of major change in our worldview. While such things can easily take centuries, we see reasons for encouragement. and we can easily fit NSP and many other emerging sensibilities into it. Opportunities for despair and complaint abound (see excerpt from Bill Moyers' new book, "Moyers on Democracy" ), Here are some ideas that are imperfect in our realization of them, but they are powerful ideas that set the recent century distinctly apart from earlier times.

  1. the civil rights movement...
  2. the capability for making life longer and healthier....
  3. accountability...
  4. upward mobility...
  5. communication...
  6. the empowerment of women...
The items below are a start on links to ways to explore these ideas from where we sit in Palm Beach County.


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What's New 
Site Map 
Web Links 
Social Contract 
Let's Have Good Health Insurance Sooner Rather Than Later 
Universal Health Coverage, The Massachusetts Way 
Health Care Destruction 
The Massachusetts Model 
Universal Health Care 
Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor? 
A Dirt-Poor Nation, With a Health Plan 
Energy 
T. Boone Pickens Rides the Wind 
Natural Gas Power Plant 
FPL seeks OK for large solar plant in Martin, with 2 more in wings 
Resolution on West County Energy Center 
Solar Energy Can Provide all the Energy Needs on Planet Earth 
Human Capital 
Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice 
Immigration 
The Great Immigration Panic 
Palm Beach Guatemalans quietly settle in Lake Worth 
WXEL sale in the air after four years and a failed attempt 
Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education 
FAU looking for money to keep Holocaust center open, Legislators pushing to keep it open 
FAU Holocaust Studies Center may close doors 
Officials at Holocaust center at FAU optimistic it will get money to continue 
FAU's Holocaust center gets a reprieve 
FAU seeking benefactors to save center for Holocaust 
Widen the rescue effort 
Holocaust center's backers buoy FAU 
Funding secured to save FAU Holocaust Education Center 
Messages of Support for CHHRE 
Donations save FAU's center for Holocaust 
Many thanks for supporting, saving Holocaust Center at FAU 
Delancey Street 
A Sense of Who We Are 
Television Review - 'The Released' - A Documentary on Pbs Asks, ‘After Prison, Then What’? 
Rising Above the Gathering Storm 
The Opportunity Gap 
Food 
Why is it happening? A careful analysis of the food crisis 
The Price of Hunger 
Farmer In Chief 
Failing the World's Poor 
City Room: The Cost of Hunger 
Finance 
Actions to Achieve Peace 
Common Wealth, by Jeffrey D Sachs 
The End of Poverty, Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey D. Sachs 
It Takes a School, Not Missiles 
Connecticut, Anything but More Prisons 
What $1.2 Trillion Can Buy 
The $2 Trillion Nightmare 
Spending $1 Billion to Restore Fiscal Sanity 
Comment on Dan Dyer's "Fair Tax" Videos 
The Corporate Free Ride 
Study contradicts notion of an overtaxed Florida 
Financial Crisis 
Appetite for Destruction, Never have so many shoppers owed so much 
Big Banks 
Keep It in Vegas 
We Got Trouble 
Green the Bailout 
Save the Fat Cats 
Taxing Wall Street Down to Size 
The Path Not Taken 
Sustainability 
Infrastructure 
A National Mobility Project 
Poverty 
The Global Marshall Plan 
An Even Poorer World 
Environment 
Flow in to a theater near you 
Mining vs. Everglades, Everglades should win 
Critics worry about restoring 'Glades 
Turning from Empire to Earth Community 
The Coming Activist Age 
Will the Last Superpower Recognize In Time What We Must Do to Save the Planet? 
America's Next Chapter 
Fresh Hope for the Everglades 
An Affordable Salvation 
Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security 
Israeli Settler Violence--Again--and its Danger 
New Journey 
Intrusive Legislation in Tallahassee 
Democracy in America Is a Series of Narrow Escapes, and We May Be Running Out of Luck 
What Kind of a President Does America Need? 
On Corporate Citizenship 
On Organizing Humans 
At Conference on the Risks to Earth, Few Are Optimistic 
Johnson's Dream, Obama's Speech 
Head for the High Road 
Up and Down the Learning Curve 
forum 
The Kindling of Change 
Money Laundering 
Watershed 
Pam 
Children 
Health Care (in the United States & elsewhere) 
Mobilizing Congregations to Help the Homeless 
Income Inequality 
Millenium Development Goals 
Peace 

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 E-Mail   Page Top     HomePage    Womankin    Darfur    What's New    Site Map    Web Links    Social Contract    Let's Have Good Health Insurance Sooner Rather Than Later    Universal Health Coverage, The Massachusetts Way    Health Care Destruction    The Massachusetts Model    Universal Health Care    Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?    A Dirt-Poor Nation, With a Health Plan    Energy    T. Boone Pickens Rides the Wind    Natural Gas Power Plant    FPL seeks OK for large solar plant in Martin, with 2 more in wings    Resolution on West County Energy Center    Solar Energy Can Provide all the Energy Needs on Planet Earth    Human Capital    Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice    Immigration    The Great Immigration Panic    Palm Beach Guatemalans quietly settle in Lake Worth    WXEL sale in the air after four years and a failed attempt    Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education    FAU looking for money to keep Holocaust center open, Legislators pushing to keep it open    FAU Holocaust Studies Center may close doors    Officials at Holocaust center at FAU optimistic it will get money to continue    FAU's Holocaust center gets a reprieve    FAU seeking benefactors to save center for Holocaust    Widen the rescue effort    Holocaust center's backers buoy FAU    Funding secured to save FAU Holocaust Education Center    Messages of Support for CHHRE    Donations save FAU's center for Holocaust    Many thanks for supporting, saving Holocaust Center at FAU    Delancey Street    A Sense of Who We Are    Television Review - 'The Released' - A Documentary on Pbs Asks, ‘After Prison, Then What’?    Rising Above the Gathering Storm    The Opportunity Gap    Food    Why is it happening? A careful analysis of the food crisis    The Price of Hunger    Farmer In Chief    Failing the World's Poor    City Room: The Cost of Hunger    Finance    Actions to Achieve Peace    Common Wealth, by Jeffrey D Sachs    The End of Poverty, Economic Possibilities for Our Time, by Jeffrey D. Sachs    It Takes a School, Not Missiles    Connecticut, Anything but More Prisons    What $1.2 Trillion Can Buy    The $2 Trillion Nightmare    Spending $1 Billion to Restore Fiscal Sanity    Comment on Dan Dyer's "Fair Tax" Videos    The Corporate Free Ride    Study contradicts notion of an overtaxed Florida    Financial Crisis    Appetite for Destruction, Never have so many shoppers owed so much    Big Banks    Keep It in Vegas    We Got Trouble    Green the Bailout    Save the Fat Cats    Taxing Wall Street Down to Size    The Path Not Taken    Sustainability    Infrastructure    A National Mobility Project    Poverty    The Global Marshall Plan    An Even Poorer World    Environment    Flow in to a theater near you    Mining vs. Everglades, Everglades should win    Critics worry about restoring 'Glades    Turning from Empire to Earth Community    The Coming Activist Age    Will the Last Superpower Recognize In Time What We Must Do to Save the Planet?    America's Next Chapter    Fresh Hope for the Everglades    An Affordable Salvation    Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security    Israeli Settler Violence--Again--and its Danger    New Journey    Intrusive Legislation in Tallahassee    Democracy in America Is a Series of Narrow Escapes, and We May Be Running Out of Luck    What Kind of a President Does America Need?    On Corporate Citizenship    On Organizing Humans    At Conference on the Risks to Earth, Few Are Optimistic    Johnson's Dream, Obama's Speech    Head for the High Road    Up and Down the Learning Curve    forum    The Kindling of Change    Money Laundering    Watershed    Pam    Children    Health Care (in the United States & elsewhere)    Mobilizing Congregations to Help the Homeless    Income Inequality    Millenium Development Goals    Peace