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In his latest call to arms, Philip Kotler passionately argues that democracy is under grave threat. Too much money has entered politics, and its donors, often billionaires and corporations, now hold too much influence in favor of the 1%. Meanwhile, the voting system is flawed, too few citizens are politically informed, and many don’t vote. At the same time, major political parties are unable to agree on policies, Presidents are disempowered, and the real changes needed don’t occur. Kotler confronts this gloomy outlook positively with some potential solutions, as well as an invitation for you to get involved in the democratic issues that impact your life. Please visit www.democracyindecline.com for more around the issues raised by the book.

Dealing with the Major Unresolved Government Policy Issues
Dealing with the Major Unresolved Government Policy Issues

‘Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.’

Robert Redford

The American people and their representatives must decide on a great number of issues each year. Many of the most important issues continue year after year without any resolution. Congress seems to prefer to ‘kick the can down the road’ rather than collaborate on real policy solutions.

I have chosen to comment on 16 of the most persistent policy issues. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Abortion
  • Campaign finance
  • Climate and pollution
  • Consumer protection
  • Drug wars
  • Gun control
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • Incarceration and prisons
  • Infrastructure
  • Military and defense
  • National debt
  • Poverty
  • Social Security and retirement
  • Student loans
  • Taxes

Let’s now take a brief look at each one.

1. Abortion

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), is a ...

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