Ralph Nader 2004 Capaign : wants to know: In the 2004 election, should these issues be part of the debate?
Full public financing of public elections with the necessary, broad changes for a more fair and representative election process, replacing present charades;
A responsive political system to expand the civic energies of the American people by, among other ways, facilitating the banding together of workers, consumers, taxpayers, small investors, and communities.
A serious drive to abolish poverty using long-known policies;
Universal health insurance -- single payer embracing prevention, quality and cost controls;
A living wage for the tens of millions of workers making less than $10 an hour -- many full time workers at $5.15, $6, $7, $8, and long overdue labor rights reform;
An adequately funded crackdown on corporate crimes, fraud and abuse that have cheated trillions of dollars from taxpayers, investors, pension holders and consumers, plus specific corporate reforms;
A comprehensive and determined nurturing of the physical and educational needs of children;
Reform of the criminal injustice system and defense of the precious pillars of our democracy -- civil liberties, civil rights and civil remedies for wrongful injuries -- which are under relentless assault by corporate interests and the present government;
A multi-faceted foreign policy to wage multilateral peace and promote arms control, plus utilizing the many assets of our country's knowledge base to lift prospects for the impoverished people abroad;
A redirected federal budget for the crucial priorities of our country and away from the massive waste, fraud and redundancy of what President Eisenhower called the "military-industrial complex," as well as the massive costs of corporate welfare;
The crisis of commercial food, water, and diet policies, in addition to agribusiness domination over dwindling, rural, small farm economies;
The need for renewable energy and energy efficiency, instead of costly oil, gas and nuclear boondoggles;
The housing problem for the millions of households who can't afford the rents or can't escape gentrification and sprawl;
The relief of highway congestion and the promotion of modern public transit;
The pull-down effect of corporate globalization on labor, the environment, consumers and our democratic processes.
The consequences of media concentration over our public airwaves.