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A Political Platform Worth Fighting For

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A Political Platform Worth Fighting For

Stephen H. Unger October 21, 2015

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As we get deeper into the election season, we are seeing more and more policy declarations by potential candidates, factions, and parties. These will eventually coalesce into candidate and party election platforms. Rather than trying to analyze the platforms of individual candidates, I'm going to construct a platform that I would like to see implemented.

Of course a platform should not be the sole criterion for judging a candidate; we must also do our best to evaluate the character of the candidate. There are actually politicians who, after being elected, appear to forget the positions they took during the election campaign!

I've partitioned the platform planks into 8 sets, with one section devoted to each set. Where it may not be obvious, I added brief justifications for the planks.

The rich and the poor

  • Raise the minimum wage to $15/hr (with appropriate provision for further increases as the cost of living increases.)

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I am an engineer. My degrees are in electrical engineering and my work has been in the digital systems area, mainly digital logic, but also computer organization, software and theory. I am a Professor, Emeritus, Computer Science and Electrical (more...)

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