20 Science Questions
that U.S. presidential candidates were asked in 2016
My Presidential Platform is a plan to turn the "E," that the U.S. earned for the Health and Wellness category of the international Social Progress Index, from a failing grade "E," into an "E" for excellence.
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 being provided from Political Action Committees (PACs).
Ending the Citizens United decision that created the legal category of corporate person-hood, and which 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 pre-written bills. Reducing influence of money and lobbyists 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 non-partison funded forums for campaigns and restricting commercial advertising by campaigns could bypass the issue of money in elections by reducing the cost of campaigns. If campaign costs were less expensive then it could allow a wider variety of candidates to be able to afford to run for elected offices and might ultimately provide a more fair representation of all voters by having more diversity of elected officials.
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End Citizens United and reform campaign finance and voting transparency laws.