American Voice 2004: Issues and Allegations

Date: 31 May 2015 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

American Voice 2004 was a project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance launched during the presidential election campaign of 2004.  Strong communities depend on an active and involved population. And that calls for easy access to credible and pertinent information.  American Voice 2004 strove to provide such information on national policy and national issues. Ask Dr. Dave also answered public policy questions.

Pocket Guide to Issues and Allegations

  • Abortion and Contraception
    Should contraceptive devices and abortions be legal and widely available?
  • Capital Punishment
    Should we continue to use the death penalty?
  • Country of Origin Labeling
    Should country-of-origin labeling be mandatory?
  • Estate Tax
    Should we abolish the Estate Tax?
  • Medical Malpractice
    Medical malpractice premiums are rising rapidly with potentially negative effects on health care costs and doctor access.
  • Military Privatization
    Should the U.S. rely on private companies to provide military services?
  • Minimum Wage
    The minimum wage has not increased in eight years. Its effective buying power has dropped to its lowest level since 1949.
  • Same-sex Marriage
    Should same-sex marriage be legal?
  • Sex Education
    How should we teach sex education?
  • Social Security
    People are living longer, and a large number of baby boomers are about to retire. The combination will decrease the number of Social Security contributors while increasing the number of recipients.
  • Stem Cell Research
    Should we encourage embryonic stem cell research?
  • Welfare
    Has the 1996 welfare reform been effective?

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.