2016 Presidential Science, Tech, Health, and Environmental Forum

What are the top science, tech, health, and environmental questions the candidates for president should answer?

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A) Be sure to vote on existing questions.
B) Address your question to the candidates and ask about their policy positions. Don’t ask rhetorical questions. Ask your question in summary form (your “headline” question), then a new window will open up, where you should:
C) Provide more detail in a 2-part format:
1) Declarative statement (1-2 sentences max) describing the situation and context, followed by
2) Question (1 sentence) asking what they will do about it if elected.

FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE FROM 2012:
What priority will you give to funding scientific research?
Federally funded research has helped to produce America’s major postwar economies and to ensure our national security, but today the UK, Singapore, China, and Korea are making competitive investments in research. Given that the next Congress will face spending constraints, what priority would you give to investment in research in your upcoming budgets?

A top science question the candidates for president should answer is:

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  1. What Will You Do to Reduce The Human and Economic Costs of Mental Illness?

    The human brain is one of the final frontiers of medical research and mental illness one of the most painful and stigmatized diseases in the world. The economic costs to America alone are more than $300 billion. What would you do to help scientists better understand the brain and decrease human suffering and costs?

    51 votes
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    • Mental health has been described as the most pressing issue behind mass shootings. How will you address this growing public health problem?

      All mass shootings since and including Columbine are due to a mental health challenges, except for San Bernardino. Would you consider, like President Obama has, to look to a tech approach, ensuring a gun is only usable by its rightful owner. If so, would you see this means all currently owned guns would need to be upgraded to meet this standard, or replaced?

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      • What will you do to combat the stigma of mental illness?

        The prospect of prejudice leads many with mental ailments to conceal their conditions and avoid seeking help.
        Half of adults with long-term mental conditions suffered their first symptoms before turning 14. Left untreated, even moderate conditions such as anxiety hurt school results and the prospects for employment. Prompt treatment greatly improves outcomes, but teenagers are image-conscious creatures for whom the fear of being labelled “crazy” or thought weak looms even larger than for adults. Finland, Norway and Sweden have schemes in schools to tackle the stigma of mental illness. What are you going to do to help our young people?

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        • Would you direct more money toward behavioral research?

          Why isn't more money being spent on behavioral research? Parents and teachers lack research-based information on behavioral and mental health.

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          • Should we ban tackle football for kids and enforce stricter regulations on high school football?

            Will Smith's Concussion movie highlight the science showing brain damage from repeated concussions.. However, millions of high school kids and even elementary school kids play tackle football. Most of these programs do not have the medical staff to assess concussions on the same level as the NFL, and so players in these leagues are at an even greater risk. What should we do to address this problem?

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            • Impositional religiousity is a serious problem in this country. What are you going to do to minimize it?

              Too many religions are interfering with the way we the people can interact with one another in our daily lives and with our first amendment rights. What can you do about it?

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              • Thomas Jefferson wrote: "The Christian God is a being of terrific character: cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust".

                Do you agree with president Jefferson and what would you do to minimize the powers that religious fanatics in government?

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                • With the disintegration of the ''family'', to what extent should the ''government'' intervene ''in loco parentis''?

                  The full spectrum of childhood development is in crisis from the care of expectant mothers to adulthood, being most severe from the beginning through infancy to puberty. Fractured families, economic dislocation, basic poverty, loss of support for public education, multi-ethnic and cultural isolation, etc. It really does ''take a village''. How do we make this happen through our collective institutions, led by or at least sanctioned by ''government'' on a priority basis before we become a feral ''Mad Max'' society?

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