I wake up everyday frustrated and I go to bed feeling defeated with the current administration. The chaos and division they are creating can drive anyone crazy so what is the Democratic parties mission and when are they going to all get on the same page and make us a priority again? I asked what some top issues were earlier this year in the hopes to find out how to unite a party that means well, is great at policy making but fails at the message and executing it. Healthcare, education, climate change were the top 3 issues that were repeated over and over. The interesting thing is these issues all intertwine and have a rippling effect on each other. I do not believe we need to be told what the issues are but we need to know how the party is going to come up with plausible solutions.
Education; No child left behind is the greatest American scheme ever. Our children are being taught how to be test takers but not learning. We have some how put the importance of education on the back burner but wonder why economic growth is stagnate, wages are low, crime is high, health issues are on the rise and why this country can not get out of debt. If we want to make the country a priority we need to start with education. Schools are falling apart, classrooms are over crowded, teachers are under paid, parents aren’t as involved and our children are being left behind. We are failing our children by not improving every aspect of education. The future is STEM but most schools are lacking in technology, science labs and basic understanding of math and science. Funding for schools has not only come to a full stop it’s being gutted left and right. Our kids no longer have art, music, physical ed and schools are only funded if their MCAS scores meet certain standards. Lower income neighborhoods, rural areas are always coming up short in scores and thus in funding. This cycle of disappointment needs to end. Standardize testing needs to end. Spending 3 months teaching kids how to test is wasting 3 months of learning new amazing new things. Our children’s brains are sponges and will absorb what we throw at them so why aren’t we filling them to the brim? Foreign languages need to be taught in grade school, computers need to be taught in grade school, political science, civics, physics, art, music are needed in this day in age. There is direct correlation with education and economic growth. So why isn’t this a priority? Teachers are over worked and under paid but are responsible in molding our future. 7,000 students drop out of a school a day and a high school drop out will earn 200,000 less than a high school graduate in their life time. 75% of crimes are committed by high school drop-outs. $1.48 trillion is the total of student debt in this country. 44.2 million Americans have student loan debt. We can not become a better country, improve the economy, lower crime if we do not invest in our children and their education. We can not improve this countries poor health if we do not invest in our education. If we are not teaching all aspects of science and STEM we can not improve this countries environmental issues. The U.S. military budget for 2018 is $824.6 billion dollars. If we invested that kind of money in education we could wipe out student debt, pay teachers higher wages, open more schools, invest in STEM, acknowledge gifted children and create programs where they could shine. With lower classroom numbers teachers could give students more 1 on 1 attention which would decrease drop out rates. Providing expanded access to high quality education will not only expand economic opportunity for residents, but overall state economy that anything else a state government can do. States can increase the strength of their economies and their ability to grow high-wage employers by investing in education and increasing the number of well-educated workers. Investing in education is good for states budgets in the long run, since workers with higher incomes contribute more through taxes over the course of their lifetime. Research shows that the greater the parents education correlates positively with children’s health, cognitive abilities, and academic achievement. (Wolfe and Zuvekas 1995) So I ask why are we not making this a priority?
If we start with education we can work on healthcare. If we improve our state’s economies we can invest more in overall healthcare. Medicaid expansion is a must, Medicare negotiating drug pricing is a must, stopping for-profit healthcare is a must. Cost of insurance and healthcare has been increasing every year since the 1960’s but there are very simple ways to make premiums affordable, quality healthcare accessible. Administration costs are higher than ever, executive management salaries are in the multi-millions, shareholders are controlling pharmaceutical companies making profit more important than research and people’s lives. Lobbyist are paying off politicians and buying their votes which increases hard-working American’s healthcare cost. Although Universal healthcare and/or Medicare for all sounds great I don’t believable its obtainable in this lifetime so we need to focus on the smaller issues that could have a huge impact on lowering cost while improving this countries health.
Congress needs to overturn their legislation that doesn’t allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices. In doing this drug cost will decrease. Price gauging needs to be deemed illegal. When pharmaceutical companies focus more on making a profit for their shareholders instead of making their medications affordable and accessible for their customers it not only increases premiums but is dangerous to those who can not afford their life saving prescriptions. When big pharma knows they can price their medications at any cost it only opens them up to fraud and waste which increases premiums. When CEO’s of healthcare companies are making $30-60 million dollars a year as their salary premiums naturally increase. We need to decrease administration costs. We need to have Medicaid expansion in every state. In doing this hospitals, clinics are being reimbursed for services rendered and not being burdened with free care and the uninsured which forces them to either raise their rates or shut down leaving people without accessible care. When states have Medicaid children are being properly treated and statistics show are healthier and go to school regularly. When states expand Medicaid more people can afford their medications without worrying about other important bills. When states expand Medicaid more seniors can afford nursing homes. When states expand Medicaid mental health services and addiction resources become available. If we focus on making healthcare a priority millions will have frequent check ups and be able to be pro active about their well-being and have the ability to catch a disease that is easily treatable rather than waiting until it’s too late. If we continue to allow lobbyist to pay off politicians American’s well being will be on the back burner as these same politicians enjoy the best health insurance at the lowest cost on the tax payers dime. If we invest in healthcare, American’s will lead a healthier lifestyle which will only help with the countries environmental issues. If we acknowledge that Medicare is not an entitlement program but something we pay into since our very first job. If we acknowledge the only issue with Medicare is Medicare A we can focus with coming up with a solution instead of gutting the rest of it which is thriving. Interstate insurance not only does not work but will increase costs, is not regulated and gives companies the ability to cherry pick only healthy customers while leaving the sicker in high risk pools which most people can not afford. (donaldtrumpnewstoday.com)
Climate change is real, global warming is real, coal is not the future. I think we can all agree that we love fresh air, swimming in clean water, walking in parks, fields, forests and enjoy seeing wild life in their natural habitats. Clean air, water and energy is the way of the future not only in ensuring we have a future but in job creation. When we have a cleaner enviroment we tend to be healthier. CO2, methane gas leads to an increase in asthma. Increase in mercury leads to lower weights, developmental issues including retardation in newborns. If we do not take care of eco-system we are not making us a priority. We can only learn how to do this, find solutions and develop cleaner and more efficient ways to combat global warming and climate change if we make education a priority. Science is a must.
The Democratic party needs to make their unified message a priority, the Democratic party needs to make our issues a priority, the democratic party needs to make their talking points a priority. The Democratic party needs to make US a priority in order to become the majority again and stop the destruction that Trump and the Republican party are creating.