2012 wish list

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Every year the L.A. Times comes up with a New Years wish list. I find so many of them interesting, whether or not I agree, even the sillier ones. I've picked out a few to share with you, but follow the link for more. 

So many had to do with my home state of California, and my favorite one of those was: "A wildfire-free autumn in California. A reprieve on major earthquakes would be great too."

Here are some samples that refer to national issues:

We wish:

For a full year without Congress threatening to shut down the government or default on any of its obligations.

For a GOP presidential nominee who isn't wedded to archaic social values and unfair economic policies that benefit the rich and corporate polluters. Or is that too much to ask?

For President Obama to stick to his postelection vow not to let politics run roughshod over science. That means no more decisions to override years of research and analysis by government scientists — such as when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius countermanded the Food and Drug Administration on its finding that the Plan B morning-after pill should be available without prescription to girls younger than 17.

For reform of the nation's electoral system. The electoral college has elevated the importance of a few swing states — Ohio and Florida, principally — at the expense of the population generally. It's long past time to move to a popular-vote system in which the candidate with the most votes wins.

For Congress to stop pretending that the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already here will simply go away if it makes life too hard for them, and to pass a bipartisan immigration reform bill.

What are your wishes for 2012? Feel free to post them in Comments.

One of mine is that this year and every year, people who disagree should learn to express themselves politely and respectfully. Uncivil digs and outright insults are destructive and unnecessary and do nothing to further a conversation or debate, let alone change minds.

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