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PPI-DLC - Winning America's Future

PPI-DLC - Winning America's Future

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WINNING
FUTURE
 AMERICA’S
IDEAS
DEAS
FOR 
GOVERNING
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 T
 ABLE
 
OF
C
ONTENTS
I
NTRODUCTION
3E
DUCATION
: R 
 AISING
 
 THE
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 AR 
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College for Every American: 14 Years of UniversalEducation10 A New SputnikEducational Initiative11Life Investment Funds for Education (LIFE) Accounts13Longer School Year, Longer School Day14 Teaching Creativity16Improving Our Approach to Teacher Pay17Building Great Faculties18School Efficiency Audits20
P
ROSPERITY 
 
IN
 
 THE
N
EW
C
ENTURY 
: S
UPPORTING
G
ROWTH
 
 AND
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MPOWERING
W
ORKERS
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Portable Health and Retirement Security23Covering All Workers24Innovation Tax Credits26Using Universities to Spur Growth27 American Broadband Project28Regional Skills Alliances29Giving Families More Time31
 A S
 AFER 
MERICA 
: I
MPROVING
S
 TATE
 
 AND
L
OCAL
S
ECURITY 
33
 A State of Energy Independence34New COPS Program for Local CounterterrorismCapabilities35Smart Drivers Licenses36Keeping Food Safe38Emergency Services Corps39Keeping Communities on the Same Wavelength inEmergencies40Military FamiliesBill of Rights41Helmets to Hardhats42
C
ONCLUSION
44
 ABLE 
 
OF 
ONTENTS 
 
2 - W 
INNING 
MERICA 
’ 
UTURE 
F
OREWORD
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olitical parties that don’t offer new solutions to the challenges our country faces don’t deserve to lead. It’s that simple.We are, to be blunt, at a pivotal moment. Thanks to advances intelecommunications and huge investments in educational systems around theglobe, hundreds of millions of new workers are entering the global job market,competing for the kinds of jobs we want for our children and grandchildren. That, of course, is a potential threat.At the same time, as economies around the world develop, hundreds of millions of new middle class consumers emerge as potential customers for American products and services. And this is a real opportunity.So how do we ensure that all Americans can participate in this rapidly changing economy?Back in December 2005, some of the most innovative policymakers within the Democratic Party gathered at a conference center in Maryland todiscuss how Americans can best deal with changes in the global economy.The discussion, convened by the Democratic Leadership Council andfacilitated by the Aspen Institute, was the inspiration for this book, whichaims to start a debate about how to make America smarter, stronger, and safer.America has become the greatest country on earth thanks to our ability to create and innovate, our hard work and determination, and our unbridledoptimism about the future. Yet over the last six years the Bush administration,along with the Republican-led House and Senate, has squandered oneopportunity after another to harness the strengths of our people and put America on the right path. These economic failures place the challenge to lead squarely with theDemocrats, and doing so is both good for our party and right for our country. We were proud to help lead December’s retreat because we are socommitted to helping Americans compete and win in the global era. Wejoined with innovative leaders from all levels of government and are gratefulto them for their hard work at the retreat and in the months since. This book does not set out to answer every question about globalization,but it does ask the question we all need to answer: How will America succeedin the new global era? We look forward to your feedback on the book. It isfull of ideas, and we believe it is a good start. We commend the DLC forchallenging elected officials to be part of the solution for identifying thekinds of initiatives that ought to be part of the Democratic agenda. And werecommend this book as a resource to elected officials, policymakers, andother innovators committed to ensuring that this country’s future is as brightas its magnificent past.-- Gov. Tom Vilsack and State Treasurer Jack Markell

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