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I am extremely optimistic that President Obama is going to win.  So I am allowing myself to envision his 2nd term and here is what I would like to see happen in it.  I realize that many of these things may not be that realistic.  I encourage anyone who reads this to add their own wishes in the comments.

- more liberal SCOTUS judges appointed as the retirements come
- legislation that reverses the effects of the Citizens United SCOTUS decision and strengthens campaign finance reform
- return of the Fairness Doctrine in broadcasting
- immigration reform
- Expansion of Medicare and/or a Public Option added to 'Obamacare'
- repeal of DOMA if the SCOTUS does not invalidate it
- New programs for small business loans, grants, or other kinds of funding for minority-owned businesses
- more student loan repayment and loan forgiveness options
- more/greater tax credits for hybrid and electric vehicle purchases
- new public works programs dedicated to alternative energy sources and environmental cleanup
- a greater commitment and investment in Space exploration.  Land people on Mars within 10 years.

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  •  Look, your list is a fine one, but can (1+ / 0-)
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    we please not count our chickens before they hatch?  First, let's get him elected (together with a Democratic House and a strengthen majority in the Senate).  Then, we should be putting out wish lists.

    GOTV!

    Ultimately, the only thing that matters with respect to preserving choice is who will be nominating the next Supreme Court Justices.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 06:59:26 AM PDT

  •  you will be disapponted (0+ / 0-)

    America has swung very far to the right.

    I want the same things, but to do so requires House and Senate majorities for 12-18 years.

    Legislation doesn't pass on first tries in a tenuous Congress.

    Maybe Santa will bring you that magic pony...

    What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 06:59:45 AM PDT

    •  and I said in the diary (0+ / 0-)

      that I know that these aren't all realistic wishes.  But way to start the morning off being bitter debbie downer.

      •  Just keeping it real. (0+ / 0-)

        I remember folks on this website hating Obama handling a severe financial crisis in early 2009 because he didn't  tend to their agendas.

        I dream too. But after decades of watching America's political swings and progressions, I know that without a Dem House, little can be done.

        Nothing would thrill me more than seeing Speaker Pelosi swinging a gavel for the next 20 years...

        But I didn't just start playing this game.

        What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

        by Nebraska68847Dem on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:20:28 AM PDT

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    •  i somewhat disagree with your statement (0+ / 0-)

      that America has swung very far to the right.

      Yes, America did swing to the right for the last 30 years.  But demographics is destiny.  We have a rising latino population that will contribute to non-latino whites not being the majority by the year 2026 (or something like that).  We also have a huge "millenial" population that tends to be more liberal at least on social issues.

  •  For your second wish item (0+ / 0-)

    I'd personally substitute some version of the DISCLOSE act until such time as there is a favorable change in the makeup of the SCOTUS. Attempting to nullify a SCOTUS decision with legislation just won't work. But the others I agree with you on.

    Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

    by fearlessfred14 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 07:02:15 AM PDT

  •  For get Mars (0+ / 0-)

    What should push for is greater space development, with an eye towards space settlement.  

    Its not about recreating Apollo.  Its about expanding humanity off planet

    •  here is why Mars is a good goal (0+ / 0-)

      it's something that is easily communicated and understood.  And it's a daunting challenge that will build up people's pride in achieving this together, as a country.  And frankly, we need to go further than Mars, out to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, but we need to at least get to that planetary stepping stone first.

      •  Its not if its Apollo all over again (0+ / 0-)

        And with all due respect to Apollo, the problem is it didn't actually lead us to the point where human spaceflight produced real, measurable value.  And yes, I know not everything of value can be measured, but that doesn't need to be the case for HSF.

        If you want a goal in space, have it be for 3-4 commercial space stations, and a tripling of astronauts actually flying into space.  

        •  the measurable value of Apollo (0+ / 0-)

          was that it spurred innovation in technology that has helped to sustain the US economy ever since.  That's real, measurable value.  A Mars program can do the same thing.  

        •  commercial space stations (0+ / 0-)

          that's not the kind of goal that will inspire the nation and the world.  

          Settlement on Mars though definitely is.  And it can probably be done.  Mars has water below the surface and other things we are discovering, such as methane.  We will need to develop new technologies in order to settle Mars, and those same technologies could be useful here on Earth.

          •  The problem is (0+ / 0-)

            you need a goal that is as big as settlement on mars, but is achievable.  Yes, we can and probably will settle mars, but we are a few decades away.  There are steps we can take that lay the groundwork for Mars settlement.  

            And it entirely depends on those stations - done properly, they can be about getting HUGE numbers of people in space.  After all, why would data packet transfer inspire people....  

      •  You can do a lot of unmanned missions (0+ / 0-)

        and get a lot of good scientific data for the cost of one manned mission. You don't need people walking around to get that data.

        The Apollo missions were driven not so much by science as by the Cold War and a desire to out-do the Soviet space program. We don't have that driver anymore.

        Plus there is a risk. If you lose an unmanned probe you can just try again. If you lose the astronauts, and there is a real chance of that, those are human lives you can't replace.

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