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  1. Youth Community Service Leading to College Tuition

    Create non-compulsory community service opportunities for young people that will lead to earning college tuition.

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    • Educate American's on HOW our Financial Institutions Work

      I think most needed these days is for our President to focus on Educating American's on the systems that control our every day reality. This should start with a lesson on our Financial Institutions and specifically, exactly who/what the Federal Reserve is, how money is added and subtracted from the system and exactly what a "Fiat Monetary System" is and how it effects the value of our currency both here and abroad.

      21 votes
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      • Appoint someone like Lessig to advise on new media issues.

        We're crippled by lobbyists from the MPAA and RIAA, and people like Ted Stevens being in charge of committees that oversee the internet and its uses. Instead of having MPAA lobbyists and "series of tubes" heads of government advising on internet and new media related issues, hire someone from the EFF or like organization to actually advise with experience and concern for the people, not a for-profit agency.

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        • Regime change at the US Mint

          With each passing year, American currency is becoming more of a joke. The US Mint is squandering all of its design resources on creating commemorative coins, rather than appropriately modernizing the design of our currency. We need bills and coins that are simply designed with a clean and modern aesthetic. If done properly, United States currency will not only have value, but also be valued.

          18 votes
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          • The Ingenesist Project

            The "Economy" is not real. It's imaginary. Let it die, so that something else may live. We made it up, now is our chance to build on what we learned and implement a system that puts the human collective first. It's time to fix the unsustainable systems that were born out of the Industrial Age. Lets ring in the new Innovation Economy.

            More Info
            INGENESIST PROJECT: Submission to the Google Innovation Contest

            http://www.ingenesist.com/10100

            15 votes
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            • Appoint entrepreneurs to the Economic Advisory Board.

              A number of well known and highly respected business leaders and academics have been appointed to Obama’s Transition Economic Advisory Board, none of them has any practical experience in starting or growing a new business in the current economic clime.

              President Elect Obama should both seek and have the input of people like those whose businesses will provide the catalyst for turning this recession around.

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              • Change Congress

                Lessig: "The flaw at the core of the People's House is dependency. Think of the dynamic of the dependency of an alcoholic. The alcoholic may be losing his family, his job, his liver, but we all know he will not solve any of those problems unless he solves his alcoholism first. It's not that alcoholism is the most important problem; it's just the first problem he needs to solve if he is to solve the rest.

                There is no end to the problems that we as a nation face—from global warming to Iraq to the economy to media reform to…

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                • The New Energy Deal

                  The New Energy Deal would be designed with two goals in mind -- U.S. energy independence and to stimulate the economy with new energy related jobs. Energy independence and new job creation would come from the construction on nuclear plants, new drilling off shore, Wind turbine creation, clean coal, and as a result of plugin hybrid technology being embraced. The U.S. would be investing in our future with an energy infrastructure overall. We shouldn't wait until oil is over $100 a barrel again -- when we can take steps today to become energy independent. GM should have assistance to upgrade…

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                    • eliminate or down-size inaugural balls, citing the economy

                      people are poor and will be even poorer by Jan 20, so it would get great P.R. and make us all feel UNITED if nobody wasted money partying ... the word 'sacrifice' could be used, even. 'Start as we mean to continue!'

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                      • Protect our soldiers from rape and sexual assault

                        The military has taken a permissive attitude towards sexual assault and rape of soldiers that has led to a startling increase in reported cases since the beginning of the Iraq war. Further, many soldiers traumatized by rape are then chaptered out of the military under the adverse chapter 13 "personality disorder" chapter. There are literally THOUSANDS of women being thrown away by the military for demanding medical or psychological care, demanding justice for their perpetrators, or demanding a safe environment on bases in the US and abroad. President Obama should act quickly to push legislation that would force the military…

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                        • Making welfare to be less about shame and more about pride.

                          So many people view welfare as a pit of quicksand. What if welfare were a stepped process and get some sort of financial bonus for staying OFF welfare for an extended period of time, or a financial bonus for completing vocational training.

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                          • 10 votes
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                            • farming

                              Dear amazing person,
                              Please plow up part of the White House lawn and organically grow the food needed for the first family and White House staff. The American people would save money on the White House grocery bill, while still employing agricultural engineers and farm interns. Fellow Americans would have an example with which they can relate directly with the President while saving money, eating locally and getting in touch with our earth.
                              Thank you,
                              you really rule,
                              Melanie Lewis

                              10 votes
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                              • Allow the people true power, to vote presidents out too

                                Don't get me wrong, I'm happy he's president. But the process sucks. Once we vote in someone, it's almost impossible to vote him/her out. The past 8 years prove that this process sucks and doesn't give the "power to the people." If Obama wants to do something radical, give us the power to vote him out (not that I want anyone to do that).

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                                • End all business taxes.

                                  Businesses don't pay taxes. Instead, all taxes supposedly levied on businesses are passed down the line of production as price increases on what consumers pay for products and services they consume; in effect, they are an invisible tax burden on everyone--rich and poor--in the nation. Ending "business" taxes--even if it meant increasing taxes on individuals--would lower product prices, make the actual tax burden that a person bears more transparent, and encourage business development in the nation, spurring the economy. Creating a business environment where business owners no longer needed to spend billions of dollars a year finding an exploiting tax…

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                                  • End church tax breaks; use the money to investigate white-collar molestation and theft

                                    There is no reason all churches should be tax-free. And the number of crimes committed by prients and reverends, such as child abuse and embezzlement, is staggering.

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                                    • Hook change.gov up to @barackobama on twitter

                                      The administration needs to keep using Twitter. They should at least connect the change.gov feed to their twitter account. Simple enough.

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                                      • Veto the Omnibus Bill -- Too Much Pork

                                        This is a chance to really change business as usual.

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                                        • Virtual Public Schools

                                          Not everyone can be the best teacher, but we can try to document the best teachers in the country and allow students the opportunity to telecommute to any of their lessons.

                                          The Videos can be an award for outstanding teachers and we can give those teachers a huge national award, say for the best lesson on simple addition, multiplication, the Gettysburg address, etc... This library of videos and knowledge can then be used to either help train other teachers, or for students directly. Universities like MIT and Standford are experimenting with ideas like these by putting their coursework online, but…

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