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End Citizens United and reform campaign finance and voting systems

My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn that “E” for Health and Wellness from a failing grade into an E for excellance.

  • Effective Health Care – a preventative healthcare, not-for profit single payer system.
  • Economy & more Green Jobs.
  • Environment & more Green Jobs.
  • End the War on Peace.
  • End Citizens United & reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws
  • Education — Repeal or rewrite the No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top policies to create a public education system that promotes helping the child to maximize their own potential – whatever it is. — Require all under graduate education providers to teach evolution and a science based curriculum. — Reduce college tuition loan rates and work towards restoring public education subsidies for in state college tuition.

The Supreme Court Decision in the Citizens United case allowed nearly unlimited donations to flood elections throughout the nation without heeding state or local boundaries. Judicial elections have also been affected by increased donations or campaigning by PACs. Ending the Citizens United decision that created corporate personhood and allowed businesses to donate to political organizations would be the right thing to do because corporations aren’t citizens and don’t have the right to vote and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to donate to elections whether they are ‘people’ or not. I also don’t think nine humans should be allowed to create a new class of ‘people’  – but that isn’t up to me, so I’ll stick with the fact that corporations certainly aren’t citizens and they don’t have the right to vote.

Getting big money out of elections might help get more citizens elected who would be invested in helping create a sustainable government that supports a healthier environment and viable economy for current citizens and for the future rather than invested in lobbyist’s goals and prewritten bills. Reducing influence of  money and lobbyinsts could help effective health care by reducing risk of laws being influenced by profit goals rather than health goals.

Voting and election rules also need to be strengthened. Gerrymandered districts should be redrawn and prevented in the future. Voting by absentee ballot rules should be made simpler for working people or a national holiday should be scheduled in support of getting more voters out to vote. Transparency of electronic voting systems should be required in order to reduce the risk of voting machines being able to be hacked or otherwise tampered with.

Providing government and nonpartison funded forums for campaigns and restricting commercial advertising by campaigns could bypass the issue of money in elections by reducing the cost of campaigns. Less expensive campaign costs could allow a wider variety of candidates to run and provide a more fair representation of the voters.

To be con’t.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

The House of Representatives Picks President if there isn’t a Clear Win by Popular Vote

At least according to this article: [http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/05/never-trump-liz-mair-independent-candidate]

In 2012 approximately 65 million votes won the election for President out of about 125-130 million votes in all. If a variety of candidates each received 30 million votes then what would happen — based on that link it would not be a do-over where people got to re-vote, instead the party in control of the House of Representatives would pick a President.

As a nutrition expert I have no idea about electoral colleges or do-overs in contested elections. Fact checker has to look into it for me (aka: the search engine).

Update, Fact checker found more info on the House of Representatives role in contested elections, though the article suggests that the consensus among people who’ve been approached regarding a third party run is that it is already too late in the campaign season due to ballot access deadlines:

“One related objective is to prevent both Clinton and Trump from clinching a majority in the electoral college and thus throwing the presidential election to the House of Representatives, under the provision of the 12th Amendment of the Constitution.”  [https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-gop-effort-to-draft-an-independent-candidate-to-derail-trump/2016/05/14/1b04682e-1877-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html]

What I have learned though is that a write-in vote for someone who hasn’t filed with the state where the vote is cast will not count. A vote for a third party candidate who is listed on the ballot would count but for it to really count approximately 45-60 million people would need to pick a third party candidate. If only 10-20 million or so avoided the main party tickets then it might shift the election in favor of one of the two main nominees and possibly end up helping get a candidate elected whom they would rather not have won.

An either/or choice is easiest psychologically. Having a lot of choices can seem like a good idea but marketing and psychology research suggests that people are less likely to buy a product when offered samples from a wide range of choices. They were more likely to buy a product if offered samples when there were only a few choices to sample.

Too Many Choices: A Problem That Can Paralyze: [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/27/your-money/27shortcuts.html?_r=0]

An election is more important to our nation’s future and our children’s future and our planet’s future than what flavor jam or jelly seems best. Staying home and not voting is not a good choice for our future. This could be the year to transcend the either/or options of manipulative party politics and look closer at third party choices. (Depending on how the primaries turn out — go vote in the primaries.)

Citizen’s United open campaign budget brought us the very good question: “How do you bankrupt a casino?” [http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/california/2016/05/8599019/guys-big-hands-top-gop-ad-man-launches-campaign-unsell-trump]

Do we really want to find out how to bankrupt a country?

The House of Representatives were involved in “shutting down the government” in 2013 but fact checker suggests that it was actually a team effort. They approved a budget for everything except the Affordable Care Act and the Senate and President didn’t want a partial budget, they wanted everything they wanted. However budget control is role assigned to the House of Representatives per this link: [http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/10/04/who_shut_down_the_government_120206.html]

Disclosure: I have never been a fan of an 11000 page act that wasn’t really even available for legislators to try to read before they were asked to pass it. It gave away the government’s ability to negotiate for lower pharmaceutical costs and has ended up greatly increasing profit for the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries while making the workload for physicians and other health professionals more complicated with requirements for paperwork and conversion to computerized charts. There was already a shortage in health care professionals and there has been an increase in physicians and other healthcare workers leaving the insurance market and setting up private practices or retiring. Health insurance is not the same thing as access to health care (never mind the question of effective health care, access to health care at all is limited in many rural areas. Mental health and nursing professionals are in short supply as well as primary care physicians.)  [http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/03/the-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-the-health-care-workforce]

Pharmaceutical industry:

Health Insurance Industry, may have made less profit then the pharmaceutical industry:

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./

If elected President of the United States, I would also…

If elected President of the United States, I would also work towards changing…

  • tax structures and regulations that favor large businesses over small businesses,
  • and increasing Capital Gains taxes so that investing in employees would be a more valuable investment for businesses than investing in equipment,
  • and closing loopholes that make it easy for businesses and individuals to hide income from the IRS in off shore banks,
  • and I would work towards making an easier tax code in general based on percentage of income with fewer exclusions.

The last post already contained more than five to nine topics which might overtax the short term memory, (unintentional, gratuitous pun)., so I concluded it, but having opened the topic of what I would work towards changing it seemed important to add some of the other issues affecting our country and which affect the world because our economy and policies affect so much of the world.

  • I would also work towards decreasing spending on military, but in phases that address the unstable economies and terrorist organizations that have resulted from our nation’s “War on Terror.” Less war ultimately is likely to result in less terror and more peace; and less pollution. Bombs over other people’s neighborhoods still results in more pollution in the atmosphere and it does spread. Volatile chemicals evaporate from warmer regions of the world and condense and settle in colder regions so bombing the Middle East is ultimately poisoning the ground of colder regions in addition to poisoning the ground and air and people of the Middle East.
  • I would work towards providing effective nutrient based health interventions for helping reduce cancer and chronic disease risk. Pharmaceutical medications can be life saving but they also frequently contain toxic ingredients which have negative side effects for the patients using them and as waste products add to the pollution of our water supply.
  • I would work towards reducing the agencies and policies put in place by the Patriot Act and Homeland Security — they haven’t been proven to be cost effective or helped reduce mass killings.
  • I would work towards improving medication testing and adverse reaction reporting as psychiatric medication use has been linked directly to mass killings and suicides.
  • I would work towards a not-for-profit single payer health care system that encourages preventative health education and lifestyle changes as the first strategy for promoting wellness in patients. Private health care facilities would likely still exist for those who have the money to afford self pay health care but taking the profit motive out of standard health care would allow freedom to treat health issues with the cheapest possible solutions. Magnesium supplements and Epsom Salt baths are much cheaper and safer than medications such as Prilosec, Nexium and Zantac — which are physiologically used in place of magnesium, nature’s calcium channel blocker, but which have been proven to have negative health effects at least for some groups of patients.
  • I would work towards an increased use of genetic screening for the purposes of individualized dietary guidance. I could share which nutrients I need to bypass my genetic defect in the ability to make cannabinoids internally, but they wouldn’t necessarily help other people unless they had the same genetic anomaly as me.
  • I would work towards substance addiction being treated individually with genetic screening and lifestyle guidance for bypassing other people’s individual metabolic needs. Defects in the cannabinoid receptor system may affect cravings for opioids, food, and alcohol and to a lesser extant nicotine and cocaine.
  • I would work towards modifying the banking industry so that they aren’t allowed to loan out the same money to multiple debtors and then treat it as if more money was created when actually only more debt repayment cash streams were created.
  • I would work towards making a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court which created a new race of non-humans – the corporate people, can’t vote, don’t need to eat or breath pollution and therefore aren’t people or citizens and have no right to interfere with electing politicians or judges.
  • I would work towards a campaign system that is not funded by donations from individuals by establishing a forum for town hall meetings and debates and educational websites that allow all candidates an equal opportunity to address the voters. And to reduce the popularity contest aspect I would work towards outlawing campaign commercials from being allowed on television and other paid advertising media. I would work towards ending gerrymandering of districts and work towards improving access to vote by making mail in ballots more universally accessible and/or by making businesses allow workers to take time off from work to vote or by making the voting dates federal holidays, (that would only give government workers the day off though and would cost a lot).
  • I would work towards decreasing college loan interest rates but I am not supportive of “free” college tuition — we aren’t doing well enough with providing “free” education to grade school and high school students yet to suggest that as a nation we could provide free college educations too. And students who are just given access to college might not be as motivated to treat it as a business opportunity that affects the rest of their life – they may be more likely to treat it as a few more years to party. Making technical schools and career guidance more available is also important. A college education does not guarantee a job in the current market.
  • I would work towards making public education about educating the children as creative individuals rather than about passing standardized tests and punishing teachers for not getting the children to pass tests. Some children may need to focus on learning life skills and will never be able to pass all the tests — biology is a fact that can’t be changed by passing laws against it.
  • I would work towards expanding jobs within nations and work towards sensible global trade agreements. Sending raw chicken to nations such as China to then be processed by cheaper labor and then be shipped back to the U.S. for sale to consumers is a waste of gasoline and increases food safety risks due to the increased transit time and possibly due to unknown factory conditions or food processing additives. [http://www.newsweek.com/2014/10/10/curious-case-chinese-chicken-import-export-business-273699.html] Processing chicken is not a pleasant job but U.S. workers need work too.
  • I would work to decrease the use of “Temporary Workers” and to make regulations that make it safer for temporary workers as well as work to stop temporary immigration from being falsely claimed to be an opportunity for a guest worker to be able to bring their whole family to the U.S. as permanent citizens. Some changes have been made but congress has also blocked changes. The inexpensive workers are good for some businesses but also tend to bring wages down in general for the industries and areas in which they are allowed to work. [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/11/us/rules-revised-for-h-2b-guest-worker-program.html?_r=0]
  • I do not support birthright citizenship it is being used as a vacation destination to give babies dual citizenship. Border patrols can’t keep out pregnant tourists with money for an airplane ticket. People who move here and establish residences and seek jobs and have children should have routes available to work towards their families becoming citizens but the ease of travel in this era has changed too much to support continuing automatic birthright citizenship – in my opinion and others. [http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-ed-birthright-citizenship-20141026-story.html]
  • I would read information about these issues that is written by non-partisan, non-corporate funded specialists and seek out specialists to work with who know more about the industries but who are not lobbyists for the industries.

That’s a few of the issues that I care about. I care about a lot of things. Litter pick-up and invasive plant control would be potential jobs that improve environmental and public health and the economy. Biodiversity helps keep insects like mosquitos healthier too. Spraying mosquitos with pesticides has been associated with an increased rate of autism. So do we want to reduce the risk of a few mosquito born diseases at the expense of an increased rate of autism — or do we want a healthier, more biodiverse environment in general?

Do we want to spend a quarter of million dollars per person who has cancer or prevent cancer in the first place? or help the patients recover with more cost effective treatments and lifestyle changes? Our national priorities have lasting impact on the whole world because we share the air and we share the water — with dragonflies and birds and bees, and the trees, as well as with each other.

Live, Work, Create.

Live, Work, Create — the subway, because — public transport matters, it saves gasoline.

 

/Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and  the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./