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  •  Great first diary, Lujane. (3+ / 0-)

    Really good ideas, some known and others not-so-much.

    "I can't do it by myself. No president can. Remember: Change doesn't happen from the top. It happens because of you." B Obama, 2008

    by nzanne on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:32:25 AM PST

    •  I'd like to see the cap for paying into Social (6+ / 0-)

      Security go UP (incomes up to a million paying into it);

      LOWER the availability age for Medicare to 55 --this would help a lot of people get preventive care earlier;

      Let people opt INTO receiving Social Security earlier rather than later...say, at 58 or 60, with the option to make some part time $ on the side (up to a limited number, say $1,000 a month) so they can retire and open up jobs for younger workers.  It's hard enough getting (and/or keeping) a full time job at this age in many fields, why not make it easier for people to retire/semi-retire earlier and free up jobs?

      Also, a while back, someone did a diary mentioning the fact that a lot of government IT work is shipped overseas....bring these jobs home!  I believe the diarist mentioned that this could result in a few million hires, right here at home.  

      “The only way evil flourishes is for good people to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

      by soaglow on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:56:35 AM PST

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    •  Thank you. Many great suggestions in the (0+ / 0-)

      comments as well, which was my hope in writing the diary.

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