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Old 01-05-2016, 12:20 PM   #1
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What are your (non-personal – this is Hyde Park after all) hopes for 2016?

Please don’t criticize other’s hopes. You may not agree, but for one thread in here how about just stating your hopes without trying to crush anyone else’s hopes ;-)

To be fair, I guess I should put some up.

- That the Canadian government gets realistic about its finances, and accepts that not all of its election promises will be feasible given the state of the economy. (or else that maybe our economy picks up more than I'm expecting)

- That Daesh (aka ISIL aka ISIS) fractures. I don't think it will entirely go away in 2016, but I'm hoping that it gets put under enough pressure that internal fractures weaken it.

- That the world somehow figures out ways to make seeking refuge in Europe less appealing, without being inhuman about it. I don't kwow what this solution would look like, but I suspect it requires being better stewards of the world, instead of just taking care of our own.

- That the commitments made at the recent Paris climate conference actually drive action around the world, moving us towards a more sustainable mode of existing.

- That the Republican Party in the US comes up with a candidate more palatable to the (few remaining) moderates than Donald Trump. This is mostly selfish -- I don't think I could take an entire election, even second hand, where the platform of one side is "I am not Donald Trump" and that of the other side is "I am not Hilary Clinton!" But on a broader scale, I think that his sort of populism can be incredibly damaging (for current examples see Poland or Brazil, for populism of the right and left that are equally bad)

- That Germany comes up with a politician who can give a real challenge to Angela Merkel. I think that she has been phenomenal, and am not in a rush to see her go, but at the same time I'm a big believer in the importance of 'throwing the rascals out' on a regular basis.

- And speaking of throwing the rascals out, I hope that by some miracle US congressional districts will get less gerrymandered. Just joking, this one is so unlikely that there is no point in even hoping for it any time soon, sadly.

- That South Africa starts getting serious about reforms. The country has so much potential, but I really think that its current politics and governance are holding it back. It is such a major part of the African economy, and one of the places that is less likely to get seduced into the Chinese orbit, so seeing it succeed would IMO do a lot for Africa as a whole, by way of example and leadership.

- And speaking of China, that somehow the more centralizing and suppressive tendencies of the current leadership turn around. They’ve taken a turn toward the Russian model which I really don’t think is good for China or the world at large. (although in the medium term it may lead to improved strength of western companies as the inevitable impacts on the economy begin to take their toll in China)
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:25 PM   #2
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That countries could leave each other alone and live peacefully.
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Peace on Earth, baby.

I hope Rand Paul is elected POTUS this year. He will be the first Republican I have ever voted for, but I really believe in him.
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I hope Bernie Sanders is the next POTUS.

I hope for less radicalization in US politics.

I hope Illinois gets it's collective shit together.
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Bernie all the way
More services for Mental Health
Decriminalization of Marijuana
Increase in Social Sec/ SSI benefits
More action to decrease homelessness
DO SOMETHING about the aging Infrastructure
Political reform in all parties.
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:36 PM   #6
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I hope Bernie Sanders is elected the next president of the US. I also hope that somehow, after his election, we are not subjected to another eight years of Republicans opposing EVERY SINGLE BLOODY THING HE DOES for no reason other than that he did it.

I hope that Democrats win back a majority in the House and Senate.

I hope that the Republicans end up with a candidate who isn't a xenophobic sociopath.

I hope that Daesh continues to suffer defeats and failures.

I hope that Ukraine continues to stand strong against Russia.

I hope that legislation is passed legalizing marijuana use on a national level.

I hope that legislation is passed protecting the rights of LGBT people, not just to marriage, but to employment, housing, and fair treatment by law enforcement.

I hope that action is taken against corrupt and malicious law enforcement officers who murder and brutalize minorities.

I hope that Republicans in Congress realize that continuing to attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and obstruct funding to Planned Parenthood do nothing but make them look like cheap villains, and decide to focus instead on doing their job and representing their constituents.

I hope that our government is able to enact gun control laws that decrease the ability of domestic terrorists and mentally unstable people to acquire massive amounts of guns and ammunition.

I hope that mental health care becomes more of a priority.

I hope that Socialism and Communism become more mainstream in American politics.

I hope that the world becomes a better place to live.
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I'd like to see both parties pull back from the fringes. This "lesser of two evils" BS is unacceptable.

If the two major parties can't get their collective shit together then I'd love to see more third party candidates become not just visible but actually win some offices at the local and state levels.

Find a way to put pressure on the individual colleges and the state education boards to reign in the cost of tuition. You can increase the supply of aid all you want but then the schools will just jack up the rates like they have done the past dozen years or so. I am not a fan of Obama, but I wil admit that the Department of Education under his administration has attempted to better protect the integrity of financial aid programs.

Let someone who isn't pandering to some extreme emerge as a viable candidate for POTUS.

Obamacare needs to go. Sure you can keep your doctor but what good is it when your rates go through the roof so much that you can't afford the premium. And when the government sees the solution as fining people through their IRS refunds, you know the logic behind the program is broke.

Last but not least...may this be the year the Social Justice Warrior movement that has taken over social media and college campuses with bigoted, arrogant, demanding ways finally falls flat on its face. You know its bad when the left leaning college faculty and administrations are even calling them out on their ridiculousness. If I never have to hear the terms "safe space", "cultural appropriation", or "relative privilege" again, we might stand a chance of being a society that gives a chance of being functional again.
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Lets continue the push for a society that everyone can share in equally (electing Bernie Sanders would certainly help).

Lets make sure women maintain control of their own bodies. Lets keep Planned Parenthood going. Lets push for over the counter access to birth control. I don't want a bunch of bitter old men controlling my four daughters.

Lets make sure every motivated young person can go to college regardless of income or immigration status.

Lets support our public schools, colleges, and universities. Lets make them the best in the world once again.

Lets make it easier not harder for Americans to vote.

Lets reserve the criminal justice system for actual criminals. Lets decriminalize drugs and poverty. Lets remember that its guys in fancy suits who steal the most and inflict the most pain -- lets introduce them to the criminal justice system.

Lets recognize the limits of military power and stay out of other people's business. But also, lets open our borders to people fleeing violence and persecution who are willing to work hard and become good Americans for the benefit of all.
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Find a way to put pressure on the individual colleges and the state education boards to rein in the cost of tuition. You can increase the supply of aid all you want but then the schools will just jack up the rates like they have done the past dozen years or so.
In the fall, the daughter and I went to a college fair, and I was appalled as at table after table, rep after rep told us that tuition alone was $40,000 a year ... hastily adding that they awarded scholarships to every incoming student that cut "up to $10,000" a year off the cost.

Here's a radical notion: Charge less! It's always seemed stupid to me the way colleges charge $40,000 + another $20,000 for room, board, books, and fees, with the one hand, and with the other hand deal out bagfuls of aid. And this from the daughter of a retired university professor.
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The tuition game is insane. Luckily my two oldest kids got scholarships and grants that covered almost all of their undergrad expenses (they were very fortunate since only a tiny fraction of students get anywhere near a full ride). Child number three didn't go to college straight away -- she's going to have to scramble more.

It wasn't that long ago that it was possible to work your way through college. When I started at the University of Alberta in 1982 tuition for a full year was less than $850. The minimum wage was $3.25 and many jobs students got actually paid two or three times that amount (I made $8/hr with lots of overtime at a local gravel pit).

Its no longer even remotely possible to work your way through college these days. This needs to change. Lets roll back tuition at public schools.
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The tuition game is insane. Luckily my two oldest kids got scholarships and grants that covered almost all of their undergrad expenses (they were very fortunate since only a tiny fraction of students get anywhere near a full ride). Child number three didn't go to college straight away -- she's going to have to scramble more.

It wasn't that long ago that it was possible to work your way through college. When I started at the University of Alberta in 1982 tuition for a full year was less than $850. The minimum wage was $3.25 and many jobs students got actually paid two or three times that amount (I made $8/hr with lots of overtime at a local gravel pit).

Its no longer even remotely possible to work your way through college these days. This needs to change. Lets roll back tuition at public schools.
I'm all for lowering the cost.
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I am hoping to see Hillary Clinton get trounced in a landslide by a true conservative. (I also want to see the outgoing Obama Administration indict her out of spite for losing so very badly.)

I want the new conservative president in a nod to the last great conservative president's “Morning in America” to adopt a slogan like “It is a new day America.”

The new president will announce that is first job will be to fix the economy. Which means all the regulations adopted as executive orders by the last Administration that are a drain on the economy are gone. Period!

I want to see a president who will obey and enforce the law. This means the new president will announce that immigration is a federal responsibly. (Per the US Supreme Court) Which means all cities and states that have adopted “Sanctuary” laws risk losing federal funds unless they repeal them.

The new president will state that foreign workers are allowed, but a “system” will be set up that allows guest workers. But, only with the understanding that their working in the United State is only a “privilege” that can and will be revoked if they break the law.

The new president will announce that all federal drug laws will be enforced. Which means DEA and the FBI will raid all marijuana dispensaries in California and Colorado and charge all the employees with a felony. With the owners charged as “drug kingpins.” Which carries a life sentence. Which also would apply to their suppliers.

Further, these businesses would be charged under the RICO statutes for running a criminal enterprise and have to pay triple damages. And, other businesses like the electric utilities, landlords etc. would have to pay huge fines for aiding in this criminal activity.

The new president will also announce that all funding related to the theory of climate change will end!

In foreign affairs, the new president will announce the new Secretary of State will begin a push to offer Ukraine full membership in NATO. And, to this end defensive weapons like antitank and antiaircraft missiles along with US advisers to train the Ukrainians in their use.

In the South China Sea the US will begin an aggressive series of “Freedom of Navigation” exercises with overflights and naval deployments.

The new president will also demand the release of all held US citizens in Iran in return for keeping Obama's accord. With, the provision that if the Iranians are caught violating that accord … all the sanctions are put back.

In the Middle East the US will begin around the clock bombing of ISIL positions. The president will also say that the leadership of ISIL is a military target and if there is an opportunity to grab them by special forces they will. Or, failing that they will kill them like bin Laden was taken out.

And, that is just the first month ...
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Out of respect for the original poster's request to not criticise, I won't.

I will point out that we've already conducted over 7,200 airstrikes against ISIL, out of a coalition total of over 9,300. Check the link for the DOD's damage assessments and other information on Operation Inherent Resolve.

I will also point out that in terms of fixing the economy, the actual economic record of the current Administration in terms of economic growth and unemployment levels is better than the campaign promises of the previous Republican Presidential contender.

I think we're doing pretty well, and want that to continue. Horses in mid-stream and all that.
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Lets acknowledge some of the positive trends. Never before have sexual minorities enjoyed so much freedom. There is less racial and ethnic hatred than ever before (hard to believe but true). Around the world the number of people in abject poverty is decreasing. Despite the best efforts of religious fanatics more women enjoy more rights than ever before. Renewable energy -- solar and wind power -- is replacing fossil fuels faster than anyone anticipated. ...

I read about the anger that is in the hearts of so many conservatives and fundamentalists (from GOP politicians to ISIS radicals) and wonder why? In most respects the world is a better place than its every been. Lets ignore people who want to drag us back into the dark ages and continue to move forward.
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Out of respect for the original poster's request to not criticise, I won't.

Except … you do so anyway.
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I will point out that we've already conducted over 7,200 airstrikes against ISIL, out of a coalition total of over 9,300. Check the link for the DOD's damage assessments and other information on Operation Inherent Resolve.
From your own source the air campaign began in August 2014. That is about 450 days until January 2016. Simple division tells you the rate of airstrikes amounts to about 16 a day.
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I will also point out that in terms of fixing the economy, the actual economic record of the current Administration in terms of economic growth and unemployment levels is better than the campaign promises of the previous Republican Presidential contender.
Actually, that is highly debatable. For example, how much of the growth in the economy is due to Obama's policies and how much is due to the hundreds of billions pumped into the economy by the Fed? (That money will have to be paid back.)

Second, the government does not count millions of people that have been unemployed for “too” long. The U-6 which includes these people says the unemployment number is over 9 percent.
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I think we're doing pretty well, and want that to continue. Horses in mid-stream and all that.
The Obama economy is built on smoke and mirrors.

BTW: This tread is about 2016 and beyond. If you wish to defend the Obama legacy there is another active thread for that.
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Well it was nice while it lasted. Clearly the overwhelming urge to offer a rebuttal trumps the simplest token of respect. At least you tried, Tad.




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I hope for a conservative POTUS in 2016 and the continued thumping of progressive candidates the voters dealt the Marxist/Democrats in 2010 and 2014.
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Well it was nice while it lasted. Clearly the overwhelming urge to offer a rebuttal trumps the simplest token of respect. At least you tried, Tad.
To a certain extent, the criticisms make the thread more interesting.
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In 2016, I hope that you learn the true definition of 'Marxism.'
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Except … you do so anyway.
Not really. You can hope for what you want, but the problem is that you don't know that you've got a lot of what you're asking for already.
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From your own source the air campaign began in August 2014. That is about 450 days until January 2016. Simple division tells you the rate of airstrikes amounts to about 16 a day.
You want more than that? Get your Republican Congressional caucus to pass an AUMF directing more than that, and tell your Libertarian allies to quit whining that even that much is exceeding his authority.
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Actually, that is highly debatable. For example, how much of the growth in the economy is due to Obama's policies and how much is due to the hundreds of billions pumped into the economy by the Fed?
Actually, that IS the policy, since Congressional Republicans have vehemently opposed any other way he's proposed to stimulate the economy -- even to the point of blocking tax cuts that would only have benefited working-class Americans.
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It will. Growth means revenue, revenue means taxes, taxes are repayment. And it's precisely the sort of growth you claim to want -- it goes to investors, who are the ones who you claim are the real job creators.
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Second, the government does not count millions of people that have been unemployed for “too” long. The U-6 which includes these people says the unemployment number is over 9 percent.

The Obama economy is built on smoke and mirrors.
Nothing but apples to apples here. The changes to the definition of U-3 predate President Obama's tenure, as noted in this June, 2008 post at the Big Picture blog":

"U3 is the “official unemployment rate” according to the BLS website. Due to this, it is the current measure of Unemployment that gets focused upon by most media, and therefore the public. It has, over the years, slowly excluded many of the factors that USED to go into how the US reported unemployment. Hence, there has been a gradual decrease in the Unemployment rate that has occurred regardless of what was happening in the Jobs market."
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BTW: This tread is about 2016 and beyond. If you wish to defend the Obama legacy there is another active thread for that.
Just describing what I'd like to see continued into the future.
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I hope that:

1) Student tuition is lowered and that more loan forgiveness is offered.

2) Minorities are treated with more respect and dignity, and that the number of minorities killed by law enforcement decreases.

3) Sexual minorities receive increasing rights and dignities (aka, are treated with respect like everyone else).

4) That the 'War on Women' ceases.

5) That Obama Care is not repealed, but is rather improved (if any areas need 'work').

6) Bernie Sanders becomes POTUS.

7) None of the Republican candidates become president (and, if they do, that I can move to Iceland).

8) Republicans become more acquainted with and accepting of science.

9) Religion no longer influences politics.
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8) Republicans become more acquainted with and accepting of science.

9) Religion no longer influences politics.
Yes, I hope that pigs learn to fly.
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Just describing what I'd like to see continued into the future.
Except, stepping on my post is not in keeping with the spirit of original post. In fact, if you had claimed in your own “hopes” that everything was fine and Hillary Clinton would continue the policies of Obama; I would not have written anything.

Snark alert: Why did I know it would a liberal that could not honor the wishes of the OP?
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Except, stepping on my post is not in keeping with the spirit of original post. In fact, if you had claimed in your own “hopes” that everything was fine and Hillary Clinton would continue the policies of Obama; I would not have written anything.

Snark alert: Why did I know it would a liberal that could not honor the wishes of the OP?
In all honesty: no political discussion is fun when snark, insults, and sarcasm are absent.
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Yes, I hope that pigs learn to fly.

Yeah, my wishes are not going to become reality.
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