Sunday, March 04, 2007

An agenda for recovery from Bush.

Talkleft extracted the elements from the NY Times article entitled "The Must-Do List." Here is the list of things that have to be done to recover from the Bush/Cheney/NeoCon administration.
  • Restore Habeas Corpus
  • Stop Illegal Spying
  • Ban Torture, Really
  • Close secret prisons,
  • Account for the ghost prisoners,
  • Ban extraordinary rendition,
  • Tighten the definition of enemy combatant,
  • Fairly screen prisoners,
  • Ban secret and tainted evidence,
  • Better define "classified evidence" and
  • Respect the right to counsel.
Those are mostly all recovery efforts to problems caused by the Bush administration adn the conservatives. I'd also add:
  • Get us out of Iraq and quit wasting American lives there.
  • Get serious about the world-wide Counter-Terrorism effort ASAP.
  • Start cleaning the NeoCon moles out of the Federal Government.
  • Reinstate the "Fairness Doctrine" for all broadcast media.
  • Get serious about taking care of the disabled military veterans, physically, mentally, and financially. Their families also.
  • Audit and investigate the contractors who have had contracts with the military or the Intelligence Agencies active since 1994.
  • Ensure that the systems of taking voting results and tabulating them are as close to tamper-proof as possible.
  • Provide more serious support for training in college and work training for life.
  • Implement a health-system that includes government guaranteed 100% coverage. Base this on community pricing instead of exclusions for prior health conditions so that along with 100% coverage, everyone pays the same premiums.
  • Standardize the systems for applying for health care services so that clerks have to learn only one system to get reimbursement.
  • Develop a general nationwide system that provides medical information on everyone similar to the one used by the VA system.
  • Reestablish corporate income taxes, progressive individual taxes for the high income and the estate tax to pay for these programs.
  • Follow the above up with getting control of spending and approach balancing the budget. [Note - the above healthcare reforms are expected to throw off extra funds that can be used to pay for them after the initial costs.]
This is only a start. A lot more needs to be done.

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