RE: Alternative Energy and a Path to Citizenship 2 winning issues for the Dems
Re: Energy -- The problem in all of this, as I see it, is that like our society in general, there's a certain amount of "we want answers NOW!" aspect to it. Of course, we all know there are no short term answers to be found in ANY of them, and until we get serious about the alternatives, we're going to rely on the status quo. Which is a problem because you can't be serious about finding alternative solutions if you're still diverting funding away from that to maintain the status quo. I think we need to say "all of the above" publicly and maybe toss a few dimes at the status quo to keep the hounds at bay, but in practice be all in for alternatives. And for the most part, I think that actually has been Obama's course of action.
Re: Immigration -- You've got to overcome the "amnesty" hurdle, first and foremost. And you've also got to address concerns that having a pathway to citizenship wouldn't create even more incentive for illegal immigration, which should be a real and legitimate concern. This can be achieved, but not easily by any means. As I've always said, for any immigration plan to be successful, it has to be very comprehensive. Raise immigration quotas, streamline the visa/immigration system, create a pathway to citizenship, create real deadlines for illegal aliens to meet the criteria for becoming citizens and deport them if they don't meet those deadlines, crack down on the employment of illegal aliens by individuals and corporations, create education opportunities for the children of immigrants, and ramp up border security. This is actually the opposite of the strategy on energy - it really must be an "all of the above" approach in practice, while being somewhat muted on certain aspects in rhetoric. You're essentially addressing nearly all concerns on immigration in one fell swoop, and while there will still be some who will oppose from either a xenophobic point of view or the "Ellis Island" everyone should be welcome point of view, the opposition would be fairly small in numbers.