In an email interview, David Dougherty, FATHER project GED program developer, discussed three issues he feels are important and should be addressed in the upcoming election season. His top issue?
David Dougherty: Environmental. According to the Stern Review (an extensive climate report prepared for the British government in late 2006) and the London School of Economics, climate change mitigation has the potential to require 1/5 of the world’s GDP [to deal with]. According to this report, immediate preventative measures are needed to stem this future disaster. I would like to hear both [presidential] candidates explain their respective stances on environmental issues and outline a plan to protect future generations.
TCDP: Whoa, that research does seem to outline a dire situation. Which was the second most important issue to you, following that?
David Dougherty: [Foreign policy]. I would like for [Mitt] Romney and [President] Obama to explain their stance on the Bush doctrine and use of executive power to initiate hostilities against nations whom Congress has not declared war.
TCDP: Constitutional issues. And what was your final theme you’d like addressed?
David Dougherty: Educational reform. I would like to hear how each candidate believes we should improve our nation’s failing public school system. Within this context, I would like to hear a discussion on the regressive property tax, which is the primary funding source for our public schools.
|About the Three Issues articles: As we work on election coverage for 2012, one of our goals is identifying the issues that matter to people. These articles come from one-on-one conversations about the election and what people think is important. “The election” could mean local, state or national level. If you’d like to contribute articles to the series, click here for more information.|