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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 05:36 PM

The next Democratic president needs to deliver for several constituencies

If Biden wins, he needs to deliver for several constituencies and issues. These are not in order.

1. Western PA, West Virginia, Kentucky, etc. It is no longer acceptable to go into elections talking about these "forgotten" people and communities. We have to find a way to uplift these areas.
2. Rural broadband. This falls under infrastructure and needs to be prioritized. Internet access is a human right in 2020.
3. The environment. We need to go all-in on changes that improve the environment and peoples quality of life.
4. Infrastructure. We need to go all-on infrastructure as well. I've seen numbers ranging from $2.5 Trillion to $4.6 trillion over approximately 20 years. The full slate of upgrades need to be funded. That includes roads, dams, internet, electric, and other energy.
5. Education. Teachers should be treated with the respect they deserve, and compensated. They have overwhelming positive long term impact.
6. Policing. Policing in this country needs complete rethinking. I don't know if this can be done at the federal level, but we need to change the things police are responsible for and we need to pay them. Police salaries in many places are embarrassing. And stop giving military gear to police.
7. Training for future careers. The future is going to be about data science, AI, secure computing, automation, etc. We need to be educating people to prepare for these roles, and ensure that people of all ages can get those jobs.
8. Healthcare. Public option? Medicare for all? Universal care? The point is that healthcare is a human right and everyone should be able to get conventional treatment without additional cost.

There are many more important issues and constituencies, but the ones above need to be prioritized and funded, so we don't keep having the same old arguments.

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