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./