I keep asking and I've been very, very good, but I still haven't gotten what I've wanted. So I'll ask again for next year....
Peace on Earth
It seems we all want it so it should be an easy one. It costs nothing. In fact, it would save a whole lot of money. Or free up a large amount of money for other things that are needed. And it would make everyone happy.
Single Payer Health Care
Another no brainer that would save money in the long run. Our current profit driven system costs way too much because everyone from the health insurance companies to the health care institutions are more interested in scraping profits than ensuring that people get care. Way too many people don't have any access at all until things get so bad (and usually far too late) that they end up at the Emergency Department requiring the most expensive care which will be cost shifted onto those with insurance coverage.
Justice for All
Injustice continues and the ability to avoid responsibility and accountablilty has escalated for those with money, influence, or power. The prisons are over capacity, but the biggest crooks (the ones who wear suits) remain outside the walls and continue to enjoy being above the law.
This shouldn't be a tough one, but every time we take one step forward it seems three more steps are taken backwards. Sexism, racism, homophobia, religious intolerance, and other irrationalities are shamelessly roaring back. Unfortunately, while there is condemnation, it's coming from too few voices.
As my sig says, the rich are still winning the ongoing Class War. And they're winning even more big than ever. The 6 Walton heirs own 30% of this nations wealth- more than over 191,000,000 Americans combined. However, even efforts to create a more reasonable tax code are doomed to fail in a system of Government by Auction where he who has the gold makes all the rules. Similarly, efforts to improve our incredibly low minimum wage or assist those who are economically vulnerable face failure on the altar of Shared Sacrifice where the sacrifices are made by the many to enrich and empower the few.
The End of Government by Auction
It would be great to live in a democracy. We don't have one anymore. We have government on all levels that has been bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Government serves them well and delivers on everything they desire whether it is the lowest tax rates since the Great Depression, peeling back or not enforcing regulations that interfere with profits, failure to prosecute financial, corporate, or environmental crimes, or taking away what little the poorest and most vulnerable have to enrich those who already have far too much.
We will have no change until we get the money out of our politics and our elections and end the rewards washed up politicos or government employees or staff receive from their corporate masters once they are out of office.
I'd Like My Constitutional Rights Back
They're missing because we've apparantly become a nation so afraid and cowardly that it is now necessary to massively surveil everyone with cameras everyone, look at all our our communications, sneak into and search our homes without warrants, pepper spay or rubber bullet anyone seeking to assemble publicly to redress grievances, apprehend and detain us indefinitely without any charges or due process, and kill us if we're suspected of whatever the government chooses to define as "terrorism". We're apparantly happy with the Second Amendment, but not so much with the rest of them.
It's not too much to ask. There's no cost or wrapping involved. No shipping expenses. Santa doesn't have anything to deliver. And we'd all be much better off.
Well, there's always next year......
Best wishes for the holidays.
PS: On a more personal note, may I have a new really great Democratic Governor of Wisconsin along with Democratic control of the State Senate and Assembly? Please? Pretty please? There's an awful lot of stuff that needs to be put right here in Wisconsin. We've had a tough 2011, so a better 2012 would be a blessing. Thanks in advance.