Warren’s Missing Items

Senator Elizabeth Warren is running for President and a campaign survey appeared in my twitter feed. So, I took a look. It’s an honest attempt to get input on what people in the country care about as their priorities. Here’s the list of options:

Campaign Finance Reform

Corporate Accountability

Disability Rights

Ending Washington Corruption

Climate Change and the Environment

Green New Deal

Gun Violence Prevention

Health Care




Jobs, Wages, and the Economy

K-12 Education and Teacher Pay

LGBTQ+ Equality


Medicare and Medicaid

National Security

Nuclear Non-proliferation

Opioid Crisis

Pay Equity

Prescription Drug Costs

Puerto Rico Recovery

Racial Justice

Reproductive Rights

Social Security

Student Loans and College Affordability

Taxing the Wealthy

Universal Child Care

Veterans and Military Families

Voting Rights

Wall Street Reform

No national debt? Huh.

This is going to be an interesting future.

I predict that an element will emerge in the mid-terms to address spending, but doubt it will emerge as an issue during this year.

Will that element come from the right and look similar to the fiscal plans of the tea-party movement? Or will it look like the occupy protests? The fact that both parts of the spectrum have a history of advocating for fiscal policies is an indicator that the subject should be a part of the Presidential race, but I think most candidates will avoid the subject this go-around.

When it does come up again we might end up with an interesting coalition. Let’s watch, but not too closely. The government shouldn’t have enough power that we have to keep an eye on it too much. It’s supposed to be small so we can live our lives as we see fit.

What else do you think is missing from this list?

The Music of Chemistry

What a wonderfully unique take on substances that we put in our bodies. That doesn’t mean I agree with all the positions, but it was so nice to hear something new from someone who is passionate about exploring substances for what they are, not the fear that comes with them.

My only suggestion (in what is an otherwise fascinating interview) is for Hamilton to help communication his fascination by adopting the phrase that “drugs are the music of chemistry” to help answer the first question of the interview.

Declaration of Independents Book Review

This is truly the only political book I’ve ever read that reduced stress and made me feel hopeful about the future!  I’m no doctor, but I see this book as the perfect cure for those with anxiety about the current political climate. 

In order to have a healthy discussion on any subject its important to invite people with different points of view to express their ideas.  Sure, you may not side with them, but hearing their ideas can certainly help you solidify the logic that lead to your own conclusions.

In this book Nik Gillespie and Matt Welch take their readers on a marvelous anecdotal journey through today’s political discourse completely bypassing the rhetoric of Team Red or Team Blue. 

If you’re getting a little frustrated watching the squabble between Team Red and Team Blue then why not declare your independence for just over 300 pages just to see if you like the scenery?

Available at Amazon
 304 pages
Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1st edition (June 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610391004
ISBN-13: 978-1610391009