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Must have Qualities for President

My list of "qualities" or positions that the next president of the United States must have for me to be willing to vote.
  • Stop the Iraq War, bring the troops home immediately.
  • Implement a national health care system, single payer form.
  • Design and Initiate a guaranteed income for all American families, working or not.
  • Cap and REDUCE corporate profits and executive salary levels WHILE FOSTERING THE TRANSFER OF CORPORATE PRODUCTION AND SERVICE, AND OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL TO ITS WORKERS.
  • Mandate labor union representation for all American workers to assure fair salaries and equal benefits.
  • Implement a national housing plan for all Americans.
  • Encourage fair trade over free trade and stop America's participation in NAFTA, CAFTA, WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION, WORLD BANK, IMF, etc.
  • Stop the gouging and ripoffs of consumers by legislating limits and caps for costs in services and products in the market place.
  • Abolish poverty in all its forms in America by assuring every American family with the basics in income, health, education and housing.
  • Promote a more equitable society by enhancing citizens rights and participatory control while requiring the private sector to practice and implement a fairer economic system of consumer costs, profit-margins and regulation and policing of its services and products.
  • Reduce Defense spending significantly in the areas of high tech and military equipment and weaponry while enhancing protections and benefits for the common soldier.
  • Reinforce and enhance government support of the arts, sports and culture.
  • Respect and assure the equal rights of all citizens, whether it be in the area of gender, race, age, sexual preference or religion. Eliminate special privileges for any and all interest groups.
  • Promote universal access to education on the college and vocational school level. Promote liberal arts, along with engineering and science, in colleges and universities. Remove the influence of corporate and military entities on our higher institutes of learning.
  • Promote and enhance a multi-party system, public and fair access to debates and public funding of elections.
  • Support a parent's right to choose in matters of abortion; and oppose all restrictions on access to abortion.
  • Opposes the U.S. embargo against Cuba, and call for ending all travel restrictions to the island.
  • Close all U.S. military facilites that train foreign military and paramilitary personnel.
  • Immediately withdrawal from Iraq & Afghanistan
  • End U.S. occupation of Guantanamo, Cuba
  • Call for an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank-East Jerusalem and Gaza, and all U.S. aid to Israel, as a precondition for peace.
  • Cutoff all U.S. military aid to Colombia
  • Abolish CIA, NSA, Homeland Security Agency and all other covert warfare institutions
  • Call for unconditional disarmament by the U.S.
  • Call for treaty outlawing all weapons of mass destruction
  • Call for immediate 50% cut in the military budget, with priority given to social services
  • Disband NATO
  • End U.S. arms sales in world.
  • Pay off U.S. debts to UN
  • Advocate constitutional amendment requiring binding vote of people on all issues of war or military intervention.
  • Support right of soldiers to form unions
  • Support right of workers to form a union anywhere
  • Support right to strike
  • Recognize union based on cards signed
  • All workers have a right to collective bargaining
  • Repeal of the Hatch Act and Taft-Hartley Act, landrum-griffin Act and "right-to-work" laws.
  • Same benefits for full and part-time workers
  • 30 hour work week, six weeks annual paid vacation
  • Stop using union funds for electing candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties.
  • Give equal rights to all immigrants and recognize their presence in large part is due to unfair U.S. economic policies toward their countries, war, famine, or bad human conditions.
  • Give sanctuary to illegal immigrants in the U.S., full social services and impact immigration influx not with walls or guns or threats of imprisonment, but with fairer policies toward all other countries to enable their economies to thrive and expand as well.
  • Support arts and culture, universal education, single payer health system,
  • Right of all people to high quality, low cost housing
  • Public transportation in urban and rural area such as rail systems, foot and bicycle paths, pedestrian ways, renewable fuels and control of the airline industry and its public ownership
  • Worker and community ownership and control of corporations
  • Minimum wage of $15 per hour
  • Support livable guaranteed annual income
  • Re-regulate banking and insurance industries; and all financial and insurance institutions to be socially owned and operated by a democratically controlled national banking authority
  • Call for a steeply graduated income tax and estate tax, and a maximum income of no more than 10 times minimum.
  • Cancel 3rd world debt
  • Expand welfare assistance and unemployment compensation
  • Support massive federal investment in urban and rural infrastructure's reconstruction and economic development, and more
  • Public ownership and democratic control of all natural resources to preserve wilderness areas and restore environmental quality.
  • Support Kyoto Protocol and participate in controlling global warming, clean up of toxic wastes, and protect workers and communities from any harmful products.
  • Phase out all nuclear power plants, shut down waste incinerators, landfills and open-pit mining.
  • Support large-scale environmental restoration efforts.
  • Develop alternative energy sources including solar, geothermal, wind, hydropower, and biomass to end dependency on fossil fuels.
  • Ensure all people have access to utility services
  • Mandatory encapsulation of all spent nuclear fuel, etc. and ban on all nuclear materials
  • Support system of ecologically based, sustainable, organic agriculture based on family farms and farming cooperatives guaranteeing full workers' rights, etc.
  • End all restrictions in law and work place, marriages and sodomy laws
  • Prevent student violence and discrimination in schools and all of society
  • Federal ban on all forms of job discrimination, on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender or economic status
  • Oppose English as the only official language

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