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Professor Emeritus comments:
Federalism, Men's and Women's issues too vague to be meaningful. Climate change needs to combine with energy to add peak oil, energy economics, and reforming market pricing to include external and indirect costs. One topic should be population growth and the status of women. Another topic should be the economics of class and illegal immigration: selective protectionism for capital masquerading as free trade; tax subsidies to agribusiness causing unfair competition with foreign farmers and illegal immigration, tax loopholes creating economic inefficiencies and horizontal inequities. Foreign policy too vague; need focus on American militarism/imperialism/ exceptionalism, Israeli imperialism and ethnic cleansing, and oil dependency/cozying up to repressive corrupt regimes.

We need a topic on land use and transportation concerning large scale pricing distortions that support excessive auto use, the need to protect natural and farm land, and the potential for walking neighborhoods with low-rise high density, mixed use and transit.Underlying several of these topics is the failure of money economics to include more real economic values, the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of American policy, and the emergence of the EU as global leader.

PT Editors: That’s quite a list—where do we start? And, how do we get it all done with today’s political structure?

Susan Hunter Comments:
Animal welfare policy is an issue that is virtually ignored despite 75% and higher support for legislation to ban tethering, to inspect and license kennels, to end research on animals for non-medical reasons, and consumer protection legislation to make sure sick animals are not sold in pet stores and by breeders. Some states (Florida and Arizona) are restricting factory farming practices, some include all animals in their cruelty provisions, but not enough is being done.

PT Editors: Susan, you’re right. But, without sounding cruel, we have a few humans to take care of first.

Roger Ebert comments:
who hyphenated "maybe"

(Referring to previous comment:)
Where's Al Gore? Colin Powell?
Hey, may-be this is the best we can do. Where are the others--conspicuous by their silence?

PT Editors: Good catch, Roger. Now, any thoughts on the substantive issues?





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