Midterm elections: Finding common ground
WHEN INDIANS CRY: It's easy for environmentalists and liberals to be frightened about the future; it will take some courage to find common ground. (Photo:greg.chiasson/Flickr)
- Education — It seems nearly everyone supports some type of education reform, which is good since our national education system is failing by many counts. No Child Left Inside, a proposed amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (commonly known as No Child Left Behind), has bi-partisan support to increase environmental education and outdoor learning opportunities in schools.
- Jobs — As President Obama highlighted in his first remarks following the midterms, Republicans and Democrats have an opportunity to make huge strides in growing a 21st century green economy and creating thousands of new jobs. "Green economy" doesn't have one set definition, so there is plenty of room to incorporate both liberal and conservative measures into such a framework.
- Foreign relations — As any beleaguered president knows, when domestic support is lagging, turn to international issues. One of the first items the new Congress will look at is ratifying a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. While the reductions called for are expected to be quite modest, it serves as a starting point for an issue that should definitely appeal to both parties — working towards a nuclear weapon-free world.
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