Trump wants to create congressional term limits. There's good and bad to this, but understanding that incumbents have a huge advantage and congress is entrenched right now, this could help clean out the old guard and bring in some fresh (and more progressive) blood from democrats, independents, and younger more modern republicans.On Trump's proposal to impose term limits on Congress, McConnell said, "It will not be on the agenda in the Senate." McConnell has been a long-standing opponent of term limits, as NPR's Susan Davis reports. "I would say we have term limits now — they're called elections."
This is pretty serious too:Trump wrote:* FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress;
I don't know how meaningful this is, or what its significance would be:Trump wrote:* FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
]Trump wrote:* FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
* SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
This will be good for some people, and terrible for others:
There are two main problems with this:Trump wrote:School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.
1. It will let fundamentalists send their kids to religious schools to be brainwashed
--BUT this may also cause their children to reject fundamentalism MORE out of spite once they're introduced to the real world and learn how they've been taught lies. Possible long term benefit? I don't know.
2. Depending on how it's implemented, children in poor areas may end up with fewer resources.
There are also a lot of potential advantages, since low income parents in bad areas would have the ability to pull their kids from troubled public schools and send them somewhere potentially safer.
We really don't know what will happen; it could be great, or it could be a disaster.
Unfortunately, politicians (republicans and democrats) aren't very interested in testing their ideology based policies before unleashing them on the public.
Improving vocational and technical education is wonderful, and a hug boon to the poor. I look forward to reading more on this proposal.
Major mixed bag here.Trump wrote:Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, and lets states manage Medicaid funds. Reforms will also include cutting the red tape at the FDA: there are over 4,000 drugs awaiting approval, and we especially want to speed the approval of life-saving medications.
Health savings accounts are great for the middle class, but for the poor this could be pretty bad news if there's no safety net.
They're also really good for encouraging people to eat healthier because it actually saves them money on healthcare (like by avoiding obesity).
At the same time, it sounds like breaking down state lines will benefit the poorer and sicker areas areas, and it might prevent stuff like this:
Which is what happens when you let insurers selectively offer plans in different areas.
EDIT: Never mind, it sounds like he just wants to "let" the companies sell across state lines, not give everybody the right to buy across state lines, which is useless because the companies already do that if they want to (it's trivial to set up a presence in another state).
It says it will let states manage medicaid funds, and he plans to continue to support that system, so in states that expanded medicaid this could possibly work out better than the Affordable Care act for a lot of people. But in states that didn't, the poor may be kind of fucked.
However, since they are mainly republican states that chose not to expand, maybe political pressure will force that to happen once that hole opens up.
EDIT: Nope. he's giving out block grants which may be very limited. Only time will tell.
Funny how he throws in the myth of all of these life saving drugs the FDA is sitting on.
Obviously no concept of why we need to prove something is safe and effective. This could hurt people more than the coverage gap this change could create.
That sounds great, although it will be expensive. That will be a huge advantage to the lower middle class, and probably for the poor too, and it should reduce crime.Trump wrote:Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act. Allows Americans to deduct childcare and elder care from their taxes, incentivizes employers to provide on-side childcare services, and creates tax-free Dependent Care Savings Accounts for both young and elderly dependents, with matching contributions for low-income families.