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Campaign launches – platform statement posted January 1, 2007

Posted by @Doc in 2008 Campaign.

Hi, and Happy New Year. May 2007 be the best year of our lives so far.

Today I launched the first article of my presidential campaign, the EducationF1rst Statement of Principle, which can be found on the education sub-page linked in the right column of the Platform page. (Press release here.)

As noted earlier, this campaign – our campaign – will build on a single, dominant principle: we have no problems that we cannot solve through education.

Over the coming days and weeks I will be posting my platform a section at a time. I invite your feedback and ideas, as I see this campaign as a collaborative process. The platform will be fluid and subject to revision as new wisdom emerges, and I encourage you to spread the word, inviting others you know into the process.

We won’t agree on every plank – that’s perhaps the only guarantee we have in this initiative. But if we pledge to work together in good faith, I feel certain that we will evolve a campaign that we can all commit to, because the sum of our shared interests will far outweigh our differences on tactical details.

Join with me as we work to shape the American agenda in ways that place the benefits to our culture, our nation and our children ahead of the self-serving, cynical interests that have ushered us to our current state.



1. urizon - January 2, 2007

I’ll vote for any candidate who agrees to bring back the new Coke.

Seriously, ever since the Reagan administration, the federal government has systematically cut back on education funding. The states then have less money with which to work, which forces municipalities to make up the short-fall by raising property taxes, setting off the vicious cycle we now see in places like New Jersey.

Any education-focused campaign must include a complete restructuring of federal spending priorities, especially the bloated (and wasteful) defense budget. Remember the alleged Peace Dividend?

Oh, and it’s “cant” — without an apostrophe — in the Dewey quote, as in “a set or stock phrase” (Webster), which is, I believe, the context in which Dewey was using the word.

2. icedmocha - January 2, 2007

I agree. Our country faces many problems, and we don’t stand a chance if we don’t focus on education. We used to lead the world in innovation and scientific advances. Unfortunately, that is no longer true. We’re falling woefully behind. We need to refocus our priorities.

3. drslammy - January 2, 2007

Thanks to both urizon and icedmocha for stopping in and sharing some good sense. We will get nowhere with baby-step quick-fixes that only incrementally alter horrible macro policy.

And thanks for the punctuation catch on the Dewey. I pulled from a third-party source and thought it looked wrong, but was too lazy to check. I appreciate those who call me on those lazy moments…

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