1. Smartest guy in the room
Scored in the top .5 percentile on SATs when he was 12!
Five summers at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins
178 LSAT [99.9th percentile] / 780 on GMAT [99.97th percentile]
2. Yet, still speaks like a human being
3. Has all the relevant education
Brown University studying Economics and Political Science
Columbia University with a degree in Law [which would include understanding constitutional law]
Philips Exeter Academy, US National Debate Team, competed in London
4. Yet still down to earth with a humble sense of humor.
5. Embodies his slogans. Doesn’t just preach them but lives them.
NOT LEFT, NOT RIGHT, BUT FORWARD.
MAKE AMERICA THINK HARDER
6. Had a high-paying, elite career lined up for him, left immediately to do something meaningful.
7. Fundamentally a problem-solver on the national level
Led an education company that became #1 in the country,
It was later bought by Kaplan, and he split the profits with his employees.
Saw that top universities were cherry picking the smartest kids out of small towns and funneling them into the same 6 corporate jobs in the same couple of big cities, creating unequal wealth and knowledge distribution.
Dove deep into the data and research on this, wrote a book about it:
Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America, 2014
“I spent five years running Manhattan GMAT, helping young people get into business school…Some were exactly where they wanted to be. But there seemed to be just as many top-notch young people who wondered why they didn’t like their jobs anymore. They sought a higher sense of engagement with their work and their careers. Sometimes they would put words to what they were looking for; they’d say they wanted “something entrepreneurial” or “to be really excited about something.”
Left the company to start a national nonprofit tackling the issue:
Venture for America
8. Knows how to galvanize energy around common goals, like a real leader
VFA’s goal was to distribute talent around the country, especially interior cities hit hardest by the economic crash
Provided resources to top grads in entrepreneurship to spur local economic growth
[Documentary: Generation Startup]
9. Was awarded twice by the Obama administration for this work
“Champion of Change” in 2012 and “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship” in 2015
10. Experienced first hand the disparities between elite coastal cities and middle America, as well as the automation revolution that no one was talking about.
“As much as I loved everything I was doing, I came to realize that my efforts were like pouring water into a bathtub with a giant hole ripped in the bottom. We’re automating away millions of jobs, much faster than urban entrepreneurs can create them.”
Dove deep into data and research again, and wrote another book about this: The War on Normal People 
11. His ideas are compelling him to run for President, not the other way around
Urged DC leaders to tackle these issues to no response
Was told that “DC is a town of followers, not leaders, and the only way we will do anything about this is if you create a wave in the rest of the country and bring that wave crashing down on our heads.”
Already brought discussions on automation, AI and UBI to the national stage while consistently dead last in amount of media coverage.
“I’m not running for President because I fantasized about being President. I’m running for President because like many of you, I’m a parent and a patriot, and I have seen the future we are leaving for our kids and it is not something I am willing to accept.”
12. His policies are smart, data-driven, non-ideological solutions that rewrite 21st century rules to put humanity first.
Has 150+ policies on his website, the most of any candidate by far, that clearly illustrate not only a logical, humanity focused vision, but also the thought process and data behind every piece of his thinking, which make you actually trust him.
13. His civility in explaining societal issues is creating a wave of empathy and kindness
He’s consistently kind and never starts fights or plays the blame-game.
In fact, he goes out of his way to compliment the efforts even of people he ultimately disagrees with. Consistently respects, talks to and listens to everyone equally, no matter your political affiliation or societal ranking.
Goes long-form podcasts, will sit down for hours (once for 10 hours!), doesn’t avoid tough questions or speak in vague political platitudes.
14. He’s uniting cross party lines in the most politically divisive era in recent history
Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents and the previously politically disengaged are building a people’s movement (and changing their party affiliation) specifically around this campaign.
Lifelong conservative Trump voters are driving cross country with LA millennial liberals to attend his rallies, aka people who would’ve never otherwise even spoken to each other, and in fact, have been taught to hate one another, are now fighting together for the same goal of a creating prosperous, civil society that works for us all.
15. His campaign’s respect for his donor’s resources demonstrates how he would respect America’s resources.
We’ve watched as other candidates poured donor funds into private jets and flooding early states with mountains of signage and massive ad buys; he’s incredibly strategic and careful with his fundraising dollars. He rides his bike to NYC interviews, his first ever ad was only very carefully put out a few weeks ago, and he’s been remarkably transparent with us about where our money is going.
16. His primary policy [Universal Basic Income] would create a trickle-up economy, enhancing buying power of the bottom 90%+ of people.
In a country that revolves around the dollar, the best thing you could do for struggling communities is give them access to capital.
Capitalism shouldn’t start at 0; this isn’t an income replacement it’s an income floor.
“We’re in the midst of the most extreme winner-take-all-economy in history. The least we can do is put the resources to work in our communities so people have a fighting chance.”
Turbo-charges local economies by filtering money directly to people who would spend it [ex. A city of ~10,000 would get $10million/month directly into their local economy]
Especially great for small towns, small businesses, and entrepreneurship
17. UBI would alleviate stress and anxiety around the country
78% of people live paycheck to paycheck, 50% can’t afford an unexpected $500 bill
Inability to pay one’s bills can reduce functional intelligence by 13 IQ points, almost one standard deviation/loss of one night’s sleep
[Pervasive financial insecurity may actually be making us dumber]
This mindset of scarcity polarizes us and puts us against each other.
A mindset of abundance, on the other hand, would make us more rational, reasonable, optimistic, generous and more able to solve problems.
Reducing this mental strain makes unexpected bills an “irritation” rather than a “catastrophe,” giving people more energy to focus on things such as the arts, entrepreneurship, creativity, and time with children and family.
18. In fact, UBI would help many Americans in a number of ways:
Rewards work that currently doesn’t have economic value
Allows people to get out of job lock; living paycheck to paycheck makes it hard to switch jobs, take risks, or start new businesses
Allows for a foundation of stability for part-time, freelance, or creative work that doesn’t have a steady, reliable income stream
Allows for workers to strike or fight for better conditions [Employers currently know that a strike can’t last long very because the workers can’t live without pay]
People are more likely to leave abusive situations, be they professional or personal, when their livelihood isn’t 100% tied to it.
Eases the transition to automation by untying human value from economic value.
[1/3 of Americans are at risk of complete unemployment due to automation]
Proven to have positive effects on home life, health, education, and lower rates of crime and incarceration
Allows people to pay bills, spend time with their children, take care of loved ones, and have a real stake in the future
19. UBI also tackles issues of poverty head on
Welfare programs with heavy administration, stringent regulations and income caps incentive poverty.
[If you cut off welfare for a person whose income went a few dollars over the income cap, even though their quality of life did not just drastically improve, that makes it that much harder to get out of the cycles, as well as encourages under reporting.]
Long application processes create stress and perpetuate the feeling of being a burden on society.
People know what they need more than the government does. Making funds available to all without bureaucratic restrictions on how and where they can spend money is freedom. That’s the Freedom Dividend.
This would also shift the role of organizations that help the homeless to one that actually helps set up bank accounts, distribute funds, teach financial literacy and help people get on their feet
20. America needs a priority reboot. Human-Centered Capitalism and the American Scorecard would be a game-changer.
GDP has virtually no relationship with the majority of citizens well being.
Even its inventor, Simon Kuznets, said this is not a good measurement for society and should not be used as such. This was a hundred years ago.
Focusing on a single number skews policy directives.
How can we say we have a healthy economy when our people are dying?
GDP is high, but we also have all-time highs for stress, anxiety, depression, suicides and drug overdoses.
Our life expectancy has gone down 3 years in a row for the first time in 100 years; this is not normal.
Expand definition of economic success and set policy goals against measurable indicators of well-being:
– Quality of Life
– Health-Adjusted Life Expectancy
– Happiness/well-being, Mental Health
– Environmental Quality
– Childhood Success Rates
– Income Inequality
– Consumer and Student Debt
– Work and Civic Engagement Levels
– Infant Mortality
– Quality of Infrastructure
– Access to Education
– Marriage and Divorce Rates
– Substance Abuse and Related Deaths
– National Optimism
– Personal Dynamism / Economic Mobility
First President to use PowerPoint at the State of the Union to actually discuss our goals and progress with real data
21. American Exchange Program could actually begin to heal the urban-rural divide.
Lack of empathy and political polarization make it increasingly difficult to form a consensus on common goals.
This 6-week exchange program for high school seniors would immerse students in another part of the country, highlighting our shared humanity and instill the value of social service onto our children as they develop into adults.
22. Increased investment in vocational trades, less over-prescription of college
Only ~60% of enrolled college students attain degrees
Grad underemployment approaching 44%, while 1/3 end up in jobs that don’t require the degree they earned.
Not everyone wants a degree, and not all jobs require it.
Incentivize apprenticeship programs + businesses who invest in community colleges
or provide co-working opportunities.
Provide free (or drastically reduced) community college tuition, especially to those taking vocational classes
Expand what is defined at vocational, such as IT and computer sciences.
23. Teaching real life skills in high school, while reducing emphasis on standardized tests, would actually prepare kids for the real world.
We should be teaching:
Financial and technical literacy
Health and fitness
Positive psychology and resilience
24. We’re 24 years behind on technology. Need a forward thinking government with a 21st century approach to tech.
In order to regulate tech effectively, our government needs to understand it.
Current government officials do not. (see: embarrassingly ignorant Congressional questions asked at the first Facebook hearing).
Office of Technology Assessment was phased out in 1995; we need a Department of Technology at the Cabinet level so that legislators can properly regulate AI and cyber security.
Cooperation between government and private industry can ensure that developing technologies improve our lives while keeping our data safe and ensuring our autonomy.
25. Impacts of social technology and smartphones need to be confronted.
A surge in depression, anxiety, and suicide, alongside a decrease in sociability has many experts worrying that widespread adoption of poorly understood technology has significantly harmed the psyches of a generation.
New technologies are developing and being adopted faster than we can understand their repercussions.
Create a Department of the Attention Economy to research effects, best practices, and investigate regulations of public utility apps that are now serving as primary means for communication and news.
26. Stop the spread of disinformation in social media algorithms
Algorithms driving recommendations towards negative, polarizing, or false content to maximize engagement need to be reined in.
Must address once and for all the publisher vs. platform grey area that tech companies have lived in for years.
23. Wants to make data a property right.
Our data is now owned by the people who collect, sell, and distribute it, and we’ve seen it abused and unprotected.
Establish it as a property right for individuals, enhance privacy, and share in the economic value it generates.
24. Create clear guidelines in digital asset world.
Quick growth in cryptocurrencies has outstripped the government’s response.
Patchwork regulations have made it difficult for markets to compete in other jurisdictions.
Need a national framework so that investment can proceed with clear guidelines.
25. Regulations on AI and other emerging technologies
These advancements have huge potential for prosperity, but also the potential to disrupt our economies and our people.
Innovation shouldn’t be stopped, but it should be monitored and analyzed.
Cooperation between government and private industry is vital in developing technologies to improve our lives without destroying them.
26. Net Neutrality
Reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, allowing the FCC to regulate and reinforce net neutrality.
Unbundle local loops so that new competitors can innovate and keep prices for internet access under control.
27. Free financial counseling for all would improve America’s financial literacy
Financial literacy in the this country is shockingly low; most don’t understand how our banking system works, how to invest, or what the best financial vehicle is for retirement.
Direct the IRS to invest in online courses and AI-based advisers to help people understand personal finance.
Basic banking services should also be provided through the Post Office.
Prevent Wall Street from profiting from predatory and illegal or unethical behavior by establishing minimum sentences for those who criminally defraud Americans.
28. Prevent financial crime and modify tax structure.
Algorithmic trading is allowing financial crime at an unprecedented, technologically advanced level. Fund investigations of suspicious activity.
Market speculation leads to bubbles which leads to severe damage of world’s economy. .1% tax should be levied on financial trades due to risk involved, which will also raise revenue and limit speculation that has no real economic purpose.
End tax treatments that privilege investors over workers with a capital gains/carried interest tax.
Enact a 10% Value Added Tax. Rich people and big companies (e.g. Amazon and Netflix) are excellent at moving things around to avoid taxes.
VAT is a substantially more efficient way of taxing without loopholes, and better equipped to deal with value generated by rising automation.
Paired with a $1,000/month UBI means you’d have to spend $10,000 a month on consumer products to counteract the added tax. Buying power of lower 93% of Americans would improve under a UBI+VAT.
29. Filing taxes should be less of a burden
Make Tax Day a National Holiday.
Have opt-in system to file taxes automatically.
Provide taxpayers with a report of where their taxes went.
Allow each American to direct 1% of their taxes to a specific project, department or activity [ex. Veterans Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, etc]
30. End corporate welfare by ending bidding wars for corporate relocation
Having localities “bid” for corporations amounts to up to $90b/year of tax breaks and cash breaks.
This money could otherwise go to schools and infrastructure, while the process is only taking jobs from other states and providing no net gain for the US as a whole.
31. Make it easier for Americans to move for work, and get affordable housing
Government should subsidize moving costs and work with state legislatures to increase mobility of professional state licenses for those who would like to move for job prospects but can’t endure the costs.
Work with localities to relax zoning ordinances for the purpose of increasing development of housing.
32. Fight for equality
Federal law requires equal pay, but we’re still far from achieving it in practice.
Work to alleviate discrepancies by working with states on salary disclosure laws, refusing to hire companies that don’t disclose salaries, and perform studies to see if different policies result in more equitable hiring and pay (e.g. blind hiring; 360-review promotion).
Ensure full rights and protections to all LGBTQ+ individuals.
33. Generally just fights for things that make sense
NCAA should pay athletes: college sports are a multi-million dollar industry where players are playing for free.
Empower MMA fighters: no current organization establishes ethical standards, resulting in exploitative contracts and inability to unionize.
35. Has plans to reduce the student loan burden
Despite astronomical endowments and high tuition costs, education hasn’t become any better
Ranking systems are incentivizing the wrong things
Need to decrease administrative bloat
Create an information database focusing on average debt of students and average salary of grads
Existing loans should be reduced as an economic stimulus, as the generation who should be starting businesses, having kids, and buying homes shouldn’t be locked into debt
Change bankruptcy laws to allow for a discharge from educational debt
Expand loan forgiveness for more types of work
Close schools with high loan default rates or consistently low unemployment placement
Prosecute institutions with misleading marketing.
36. Wants to expand selective schools and support HBCUs
Endowments vs. student populations vs acceptance rates at selective schools are highly disproportionate and reflect a false scarcity in the elite education system.
This creates cutthroat competition and drives extreme, unhealthy, unethical and even illegal behaviors.
Skyrocketing application numbers have not resulted in larger class sizes, so universities with ≥$30b endowment should invest 1% in new campuses in geographically diverse locations.
Address unequal bank practices in lending, and provide funding to enable the same opportunities as those that attend other schools.
37. Increase teacher salaries
Work with states to improve salaries, reduce layers of administration, and improve educational outcomes.
38. Early education for all
Pre-K education increases sociability and relieves financial burden of daycare.
Create a Pre-K education system for 3 and 4 year-olds.
39. Implement mandatory paid leave policy
Being overworked and stressed is not good for productivity or for mental health, families, and society.
The US and Papua New Guinea are the only two countries without mandated paid maternity leave; we should fix this.
Full time-workers should get 4 weeks paid leave (exemptions for new and small companies, and contractors who work a full-time equivalent should be entitled to 1 week off every 13 weeks.
Improves children’s health, increases women’s employment rates and supports family cohesion.
40. Increase assistance for single parents
Tax breaks for child-care service
Increase funding for pre-K programs
Creation of responsibility-sharing networks
Investment in communal housing specifically for single parents to pool resources and care-giving.
41. Support the Arts
“Art broadens the mind, and we could use a lot more of it,” but many artists can’t generate enough revenue to cover their costs.
Bring local communities together through arts programs, and explore the feasibility of a National Theater.
Adjust copyright and tax laws to address technological changes.
(Creativity will be even more valuable with the increase in automation; it’s something you can’t automate).
42. Support nonprofits and philanthropy
Prosperity grants of $100/yr per person to donate to a 501(c)3 non-profit
Encourage philanthropy so that it’s not just an activity for the wealthy and the causes they support
Invest money back into local communities + increase civic engagement.
Would funnel $20b to local nonprofits, paid for by reducing tax credit for itemized donations
43. Initiate modern time banking
Community interaction and volunteering is declining while isolation is rising.
Increase civic engagement through an incentive program, rewarding activities that help local communities and neighbors.
44. Democracy Dollars would overrun lobbyist money so that politicians can represent their constituents
Limit the influence of mega-donors by providing each voter with $100 that can be used to fund a candidate each election cycle
Provides 4x the spending fuel of mega-donors/dark money; gives politicians a reason to work for the people funding them.
45. Prevent corruption in campaigns and governing
Overturn Citizens United and Valeo
Eliminate super PACs and vessels for corporate intervention in campaigns
Allow more people to run for office without vast financial resources
Raise salaries while in office, then bar officials from any speaking fees or board positions for personal gain after leaving office (10 years post-service). (Six-digit speaking fees and lucrative board positions post-office shapes legislation while in office).
46. Remove government inefficiencies.
We’re paying for an over-sized and inefficient federal workforce that no one even understands the full scope of. It’s also aging fast and struggling to recruit and retain young workers.
Have a task force and a consulting firm do an audit of all federal agencies and put together report of their recommendations for streamlining. Provide sufficient funding so that they can stay technologically up-to-date.
Automatically sunset old laws: US Code has become a bloated mess that only benefits those looking to exploit loopholes.
Veto any bill that includes spending but doesn’t include an automatic sunset period and a clearly defined set of goals with measurable performance indicators.
Sunset current harmful, useless, or under-performing laws.
Support the revival of earmarks, which allow another level of negotiation in the governing process and increase benefits of legislation to a wider constituency.
Appoint an outgoing individual to represent the President at cultural and ceremonial touchstones, allowing the President to focus on the complex matters at hand.
End partisan gerrymandering. End filibusters.
Hire a White House psychologist corps to provide mental health assistance to all employees of the Executive Branch, as well as undergo regular mental health evaluations.
47. Enact term Limits
Lack of turnover creates stagnation that isn’t responsive to constituents or modern problems requiring fresh solutions.
Need new ideas in Congress regularly. 12-year limits with terms staggered so that there’s one retirement every other year (each President gets 2 appointments)
The Supreme Court is an increasingly partisan institution. The appointment of new Justices becomes a national fight that damages trust in our institutions. 18 year limits, staggered so that each President gets 2 appointments.
48. Improve the electoral college
The electoral college is skewing presidential races, increasing polarization and reducing campaigns to a few swing states.
There’s too much of a focus on getting rid of the electoral college, which would require a constitutional amendment that almost certainly doesn’t have enough support.
Promote constitutional amendments that would shifts the electoral college to a proportional selection system.
49. Ranked choice voting would counteract extreme partisanship
Our current system results in strategic voting; people don’t vote for their favorite candidate, but the person most likely to win.
Ranked choice voting has voters rate their top three.
Proven to have higher turnout and better at capturing voter preferences
Also results in less negative campaigning, since a voter could potentially vote for one person and their opponent.
50. Combine vast knowledge held by experts, artists and thinkers nationwide to deep dive into nation’s issues.
Our public debates have devolved into online shouting matches between disparate bubbles, with little intellectual respect for those who don’t share our viewpoint.
Appoint experts, artists, and thinkers and task them with providing opinions on topics that they think are of public importance.
Commit to releasing any communications publicly, holding regular meetings to be broadcast nationally. Commit at least one meeting per quarter to a subject chosen by online petition.
51. Tackle media fragmentation that’s been dividing the country.
Different communities are receiving their news through different channels
Contrasting “facts” prevent us from finding shared solutions since we can’t even agree on the problems
Create a Media Responsibility Task Force composed of leaders in media and tech to dive into how we get Americans agreeing on facts again, as well as removing hostile foreign influence from our discourse.
This would operate free from governmental influence – government will support them, not direct them.
52. Tackle the lack of trust in media with an American Journalism Fellows Program
Trust in media is at record low
Local news organizations are suffering due to diminished ad revenues and circulation.
Stories are increasingly subject to market incentives that reward sensationalism and discourage thoughtful investigation.
National Journalism Fellow program will select and invest in journalists from each state (as many fellows as Congresspeople).
4-year grants for journalists to be stationed at local news organizations.
Nominated by an industry body and selected by a nonpartisan commission.
Contingent on their reporting from a given district and state but immune from any other influence.
53. Local Journalism Fund for people to gain insight on their local community, government or schools
Grants to local media outlets, non-profits, libraries, governments and public-private partnerships
54. Fight the rise of white nationalism and extremism
Treat extremism as domestic terrorism.
Establish a centralized location to aggregate statistics, publicly release reports, create a clear statute for the offense, provide properly harsh punishment, and end relationships with white nationalist parties.
Invest in combating the factors that drive extremism, such as disaffection, alienation and hopelessness of vulnerable youth.
55. Gun Safety
Create a stringent licensing systems with a 5 year renewal period, including a federal background check, basic safety class, and a receipt for a gun locker or trigger locks (tax deductible).
Create a clear definition of “assault weapons” and prevent their manufacture and sale, close loopholes.
Invest in personalized gun technology, a federal buyback program, mental health treatment and mindfulness programs.
56. Investments in Mental Health
Integrate mental and emotional wellness into health care system
Increase access to resources including AI counselors, and diminish the stigma around mental health issues.
57. Expand Access to Medical Experts
Use technology to assist in the more rote aspects of healthcare.
Work with licensing agencies to create new levels of medical licensure to increase viable career options in the field.
Change the incentive structure for doctors.
58. Fund medical technology innovation
Invest in innovation and promote adoption of technology in medical uses.
59. Medicare for all
Untie healthcare from employment
Create a baseline healthcare system for everyone that focuses on preventive, holistic care, drives down costs, without outlawing private insurance.
60. Free marriage counseling for all
Include family counseling in any healthcare plan offered through the government, and mandate its inclusion in private plans.
61. Right to privacy/abortion/contraception
Decisions should be on the individual, not made for by her by her doctor, family, or where she lives.
62. Fund autism intervention and de-stigmatize other neurological profiles
Adequately fund early childhood intervention and treatment, de-stigmatize autism and neurodiversity.
63. Control costs of prescription drugs
Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices using international reference pricing to set a baseline.
Allow for forced licensing of medications if companies don’t come to a reasonable agreement.
Create public manufacturing facilities to produce generic drugs.
If all else fails, allow for importation.
64. Hold pharmaceutical companies accountable
Bring criminal cases against pharmaceutical companies who use misleading marketing techniques, take shortcuts through testing and approval, or fraudulently present clinical research during FDA process.
65. Decriminalization of opiates and legalization of marijuana
Follow in Portugal’s model in decriminalization of opiates which has seen treatment go up and drug deaths go down.
Resolve ambiguity about marijuana and legalize at a federal level.
Improve safety, social equity, and generate revenue through legal businesses.
Identity those convicted of nonviolent drug offenses for probation and potential early release.
66. Decrease pre-trial cash bail and increase pre-trial services.
If we’re innocent until proven guilty, people shouldn’t have to stay in jail until court because they can’t afford to post bail.
67. Tort Reform
Constant threat of being sued, alongside high costs of defending even a ridiculous claim, has paralyzed Americans in their private lives and increased costs for the businesses they run and places they work.
Work to restore common sense and agency to our court system by allowing judges to dismiss unreasonable lawsuits.
68. Every cop gets a camera
Improve transparency in police work.
Invest in new non-lethal weaponry that can be used to de-escalate conflicts at range.
Hand print signature guns so that weapons can only be used by their officers (“He reached for my gun,” will no longer apply).
69. Reduce mass incarceration
End use of private prisons for federal inmates, shift drug policy away from punishment and towards treatment.
Invest in innovative programs that decrease recidivism and increase reintegration.
70. Restoration of voting rights
Millions are not allowed to vote due to a prior conviction, making them less engaged with society.
Work with states to restore those rights and minimize the felonies that would result in such.
71. Voting reform and modernization
Make Election Day a Federal Holiday. Tax breaks to employers equivalent to total wages paid for time off work to vote.
Modernize voting infrastructure to utilize modern technology to make it easier and more secure to vote.
Update voter registration to electronic, automatically enroll all citizens when they hit the voting age.
Lower the voting age to 16. Young people can work and be taxed without having a say in legislation or representation. Additionally, the longer one waits before they vote, the less likely they are to be a regular voter. This would also turn high schools into hubs for real political discussion and increase civic engagement.
72. Make Washington DC a state
Its population is larger than two states.
Deprives residents from equal representation, lacking Senators and Representatives while still paying taxes.
Carve out a piece of federal land for agencies, allow the rest of DC to become a state.
[Also, make Puerto Rico a state, if they want it]
73. Connect the government with more of the population by relocating federal agencies
Communication technology is advanced enough to not need all agencies physically in one area.
DC is one of the most expensive cities in the country, with increased traffic and infrastructure problems.
This centralization also disconnects government efforts from large segments of the population.
Identifying and relocating specific agencies would connect more of the country, boost local economies, and make government expenditures more efficient.
74. Invest in our [outdated and dangerously inefficient] infrastructure.
‘Rebuild America’ initiative over 5 years that will support over 13 million jobs.
This includes expanding the fiber-optic network to include rural areas.
75. American Mall Act would help struggling malls attract new users.
Malls used to be hubs for socialization, but many are closing.
This hurts local economies and sends a negative economic message of blight.
Help attract businesses, schools, organizations and entrepreneurs to find new uses for these giant structures.
76. Clear, ambitious goals [and extensive policy] for combating climate change:
2025: Establish net-zero standards for living.
2027: New nuclear reactors begin to come online.
2030: Zero-emission standards for new cars.
2035: 100% emissions free electric grid
2040: Net-zero for all transportation sectors
2045: 85% methane recapture
2049: Achieve net-zero emissions
77. Proposal to amend the Constitution to prevent future administrations from untangling climate advancements.
This is a generational challenge where one administration along doesn’t have enough time to enact permanent change.
78. Investment in nuclear energy
Nuclear power is crucial in creating a sustainable, carbon-free future, but has a bad reputation due to outdated information.
Educate the public and provide emissions free energy sources while other renewable technologies are still developing.
79. Fund research in geoengineering and unite global experts in expediting solutions.
Achieving net-zero emissions is not enough to reverse climate change.
Need to find ways to remove CO2 from the air and develop solar radiation management techniques.
Be the world leader in geoengineering so we can ensure it’s safe and scalable.
Provide funding to NASA, the Department of Defense, and NOAA to research and test geoengineering methods.
Convene a global summit with worldwide researchers to accelerate our learning and build a global approach.
80. Create a National Lab System and Climate Change Adaption Institute
These will monitor effects and propose measures including better urban planning, farming, land use and water management.
Will also advise on how to cope with heat waves and better equipping localities to deal with floods, droughts, landslides, mudslides, avalanches and outbreaks.
81. Fund preventive measures for future likely disasters
Help communities plan for rising sea levels with expertise, investment, and information.
Subsidies, grants, and low-interest loans for those who wish to elevate or relocate.
Build seawalls and water pumps, upgrade roads and sewer systems, and rejuvenate beaches to serve as barriers.
Reduce wildfires by working with states to implement expert prevention methods and emergency response systems.
82. 85% of global emissions are outside of the US; need to tackle this globally
Increase foreign aid for sustainable development
Form relationships with developing nations that are building energy infrastructure.
Incentive individuals that invest in foreign corporations/projects to do the same.
Utilize trade deals: corporations can avoid environmental regulations by moving manufacturing overseas. Ensure that any trade negotiation includes stringent environmental standards.
Create a Green EXIM Bank to export green technology
83. Finance a sustainable economy on the national level
Help individuals purchase heat pumps, solar panels, batteries, etc. for their residences.
Invest in vocational and apprenticeship programs to meet the demand for installation and maintenance/repair.
Expand the high school curriculum to include training those who want to enter one of these careers.
84. Research and develop sustainable practices for building, materials and storage
Establish standards for building, and research smarter cooling solutions for data storage.
Direct EPA to research and promote best means of reducing wasteful packaging practices.
85. Research and develop sustainable practices for agriculture
Develop sustainable farming techniques and use subsidies to assist agricultural industries in their adaptation.
86. Prioritize sustainable transportation
Create a system similar to the ZEV program in California, and require all vehicles starting with 2030 models to be zero-emission.
Invest in electric vehicle charging stations in non-urban areas.
Invest in carbon capture technologies research, alternative aircraft fuel, and create a grant program to states to convert their public transportation systems to electric vehicles.
87. End ability of lobbyists to shape federal climate policies
Direct federal resources towards combating climate change, not accelerating it through fossil fuel subsidies.
A carbon fee and dividend would also reduce reliance on fossil fuels, while benefiting those who suffer most from the negative effects.
88. Preserve public lands and water, while expanding Every Kid in a Park initiative
Maintain and restore protections to public lands and water.
Oppose turning federally held land over to states, preventing the sale or for-profit extraction of lands by state governments.
Provide funding for school trips to natural monuments and public lands, instilling a reverence for future generations.
89. Promote grid modernization
Incentive utilities companies to modernize:
Install smart meters, free and easy access to interval data, streamline processes, net de-carbonization, etc.
90. Create a positive use of military expertise
Direct Pentagon to proactively identify areas that are destabilizing due to climate change.
Offer military assistance to stabilize, rebuild, or improve abilities to withstand this change.
91. Develop quantum computing and encryption standards.
Our current encryption standards protecting sensitive national security and banking data will one day be decryptable.
That information is already being collected by other countries who could be developing this technology at a more rapid pace.
Create quantum-resistant encryption standards ASAP, and invest in quantum computing so that the US leads in this technology.
92. Modernize military spending
Military budget makes up 54% of discretionary spending, much of which is focused on defending against threats from decades ago.
Refocus on modern threats (ex. loose nuclear material and cyber-terrorism),
Utilize the talent of soldiers in areas outside of warfare (ex. Infrastructure repair)
93. Bring VP and Chief of Staff into chain of command for nuclear launch decisions
This should not be in the hands of one single individual.
94. Ease veteran transition back into civilian life
Initiate a ‘Reverse Boot Camp:” an end-of-service training program aid with challenges of returning to civilian life.
Improve GI Bill to make it easier for vets to pursue education opportunities after their service.
Vets trained in particular skills often need to go through costly and time-consuming re-licensing once home. Standardize and streamline automatic licensing and certificates.
Combat the misconception that most veterans face mental health issues which is impacting employment options. Create mentorship programs, incentivize businesses to hire veterans, and assist veteran businesses in getting off the ground.
Homelessness also disproportionately affects veterans. Establish a database to understand the driving reasons and ensure the VHA is fully funded and able to provide jobs, housing and treatment, help veterans get mortgages, invest in affordable housing, and institute an opt-in “housing savings” plan for active duty members.
95. Improve veteran health, end veteran suicides and provide controlled substance waivers
Increase funding to the VHA to attract top talent and allow full research into veteran-specific issues.
Clearly define goals, and fire personnel who aren’t achieving them.
Hire doctors who specialize in treated women and transgender veterans.
Destigmatize treatment programs, increase stability, assist in transition to civilian life, and invest in mental health.
Provide waivers that allow the VA to prescribe controlled substances in states that normally don’t allow it (ex. marijuana), as it’s been proven effective at treating PTSD and pain.
96. Improve Southern border security
Safeguard America, decrease illegal entry, protect trafficking victims, stop flow of illegal drugs, prevent cartel violence from affecting America, and provide a humane experience for those seeking asylum.
Work with experts, advocates, and the Mexican government to provide secure, humane border security.
97. Support the DREAM Act and create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers
Protect children who live in constant fear of deportation.
Create a new tier for residency, allowing entry into formal economy + community on a longer, 18 yr track.