U.S. presidential elections unite and divide Americans every four years as the nation’s most popular event involving the most active participants. One fact that connects all candidates is they must use mass media to reach a national audience. Here are ten key questions that every potential 2024 presidential candidate should already be thinking about in 2021.
1. What role should government play in creating new jobs?
Clearly, the pandemic has created mass unemployment while many businesses have survived by allowing employees to work remotely. Technology keeps improving to the point robots and automation software can replace many existing jobs in the future. Biden’s $2 trillion stimulus plan is set to create thousands of new green jobs.
2. How can the United States improve its healthcare system?
Even though the most talked about healthcare issue revolves around universal versus private healthcare funding, enormous problems still surround medical supply chains. The opioid epidemic of the past few decades has not been mentioned as much in the media, but stronger regulations and penalties must be put in place to prevent further exploitation of healthcare patients.
3. What are the steps necessary to achieve a carbon-neutral future?
America naturally needs a presidential candidate who sounds knowledgeable about renewable energy and what it will take to reverse the effects of climate change. The debate is no longer about whether or not climate change is real, it’s about ways to reduce pollution and clean the environment.
4. How can the government make housing more affordable?
Wall Street firms have been busy buying up homes in recent years, which has contributed to driving up costs for home buyers and renters. Many people are leaving states like New York and California to avoid high costs. Lawmakers must find ways to make homes more affordable for middle-class families and individuals.
5. What should be done about student loan debt?
Today millions of former students are still deep in debt after their college experiences for various reasons. The Biden Administration has pledged to forgive debt in cases in which the student was defrauded. Should all student debt be forgiven or just certain types?
6. Which institutions must address fixing the problem of systemic racism?
Federal legislation was passed in 1968 to outlaw “redlining,” a form of systemic racism practiced since the Great Depression era that led to the segregation of ethnic communities. Yet the practice still persists while several law enforcement agencies have been exposed for racial targeting.
7. How should the federal government handle cannabis legalization?
Cannabis has now been legalized at least for medicinal use in well over half the states. Legislation continues to move in the direction of legalization for both medicinal and recreational use. The cannabis industry is poised for strong growth once the plant is completely decriminalized at the federal level.
8. What should the tax rate be for billionaires?
One of the main issues that made Bernie Sanders competitive in primary elections was wealth inequality. Many large corporations pay zero taxes. Biden has talked about raising capital gains taxes on high-income earners.
9. How will the United States be prepared for the next major health epidemic?
The federal government seemed caught off guard when the pandemic hit in early 2020, raising questions on how much preparedness is necessary for such a rare disaster. While many other nations provide free or affordable healthcare, the United States still has a high number of citizens who have no health insurance.
10. What steps are necessary to reduce foreign economic and military conflicts?
The U.S. has spent trillions of dollars on war in the Middle East with not much to show for it but massive damage. Even though the foreign policy has been consistent throughout the past several administrations, the U.S. must reduce its dependence on other nations for natural resources, which is the root of many conflicts.
As a college professor, Wes has organized forums and debates for students on political concerns with the reason to learn. He also runs blogs and online forums with the help of his friend Roy.