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Saving our democracy starts with an educated citizenry that isn't afraid to break from party lines. In this Playbook, Trek Bicycle President John Burke proposes 16 detailed solutions to our country's biggest challenges that are rooted in fact not ideology.

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An uninformed citizenry puts our democracy at risk. Sharpen your knowledge of the issues with our 20 question quiz.

1 In the 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy said, “The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises – it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.”

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2 The Affordable Care Act of 2010 increased the number of federally mandated categories of illness and injury from 18,000 to 140,000?

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3 In many government jobs, your chances of dying on the job are higher than those of being fired.

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4 The temperature of our planet has increased by 2 degrees since 1880.

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5 The average American emits 15.7 metric tons of carbon per year compared to the average U.K. citizen, who emits 5.7 metric tons per year.

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6 Even with climate change efforts, the amount of carbon being spewed into the air increased in both 2018 and 2019.

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7 Al Gore said, “The best available technology for pulling carbon dioxide from the air is something called a tree.”

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8 According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the threat of nuclear war or a nuclear accident is greater today than at any other time in human history.

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9 The U.S. government plans to spend $494 billion in the next 10 years on our nuclear weapons program – more than 15X the amount spent on national parks.

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10 The average American has gained 30 pounds in the last 60 years.

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11 Philadelphia instituted a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on soda and consumption dropped 38%.

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12 The federal gas tax has not been increased in 27 years while the population has increased by 69 million and the number of vehicles on the road has increased by 82 million.

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13 The United States is the richest nation in history and we have 13 million children living in poverty, half at less than 50% of the poverty line.

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14 President Eisenhower said, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”

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15 The United States’s military budget is 10X that of Russia.

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16 Over the last 10 years, the United States has spent, on average, more than $50 billion a year in Afghanistan.

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17 Nearly one million women alive today have been shot or shot at by an intimate partner.

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18 The United States has more people per 100,000 locked up in jail than any other country in the world.

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19 Albert Einstein said “the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”

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20 Edmund Burke, the Irish philosopher, said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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16 Simple Solutions

If we are willing to put our country before ourselves, these proposals can solve America's most daunting challenges and make our nation a global example once again. You might not agree with all of them, and that's okay. Their purpose is to educate citizens and provide a detailed plan of action that can kick-start conversation and, hopefully, help create an America our children can be proud of.