Dec.4, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
Happy holiday season, everybody! While Santa has been toiling feverishly to get all his presents ready for delivery as well as preparing his Bozo of the Year Award so it will be on time this year (it will appear here in a week or two), and while many of us in the 99% MAJORITY have been working more than one job just to afford the gifts we will buy for this season, this blogger has discovered a new, 12 point economic plan that should be a MUST for reading in every high school and university civics and business class in the country. It is bold and visionary; much like FDR’s New Deal was. It is also something that is badly needed in the United States NOW. Here is this fabulous plan:
1). We need to INVEST $1 TRILLION in rebuilding our infrastructure. That is what is needed to repair and rebuild our roads, bridges, schools, electrical grid, and rail system. Embarking on this would create 13 MILLION new, high-paying jobs; would pay for itself by pumping millions of new tax dollars into our Treasury; and would have a very positive ripple effect throughout the whole economy – just as did the WPA and the CCC in the mid-1930s. We badly need this modernization, so what are we waiting for? If we can afford to waste $1 TRILLION on unfunded wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, surely we can afford to invest in rebuilding our own country!
2). We need to transform our energy dependence away from fossil fuels to develop new, much more efficient, and far less toxic forms of energy like solar, wind, and biotherm. These cleaner, less polluting forms would help us stop climate change and end the damage we are doing to the environment, PLUS, their use would stimulate new technologies, much as the space program did from the 1950s – 1980s.
3). We must establish WORKER-OWNED COOPERATIVES. In the past 40 years, corporations have gone hog-wild with greed. They have waged economic warfare on workers; have begun to destroy the middle class by holding wages down (even in the face of steadily rising gains in productivity); have exported millions of manufacturing jobs to cheap, foreign, slave wage labor markets; have successfully pushed to eliminate much-needed regulations; have greatly expanded CEO compensation and perks; have hidden hundreds of billions of dollars of profit in dodgy overseas tax shelters; have recklessly gambled with other people’s money in the stock market; and have turned our once progressive tax system into a regressive one which hurts the 99% MAJORITY beneath them. These are no longer the actions of responsible businesspersons concerned for the betterment of their community, country, or fellow man – these are the actions of capitalist PIGS who are obsessed with greed and self-centeredness. These people claim to strongly support freedom and democracy, but they really only care about THEIR individual freedom to make as much money as they can, without any interference from anybody. They have corrupted our government and are now attempting to do the same with our judiciary. By setting up worker-owned cooperatives rather than huge corporations, the people who actually produce the wealth for companies would have a much greater voice in how the company was run. It would certainly end the horribly increasing disparity in wealth we have had as a direct result of the INSANE Reaganomics that have been plaguing us for the past 34 years! This move would transform us from the dastardly plutocracy we have become into a genuine DEMOCRACY – legally, socially, AND ECONOMICALLY!
4). The time has come to STRENGTHEN UNIONIZATION. Since the onset of Reaganomics, the wealthy have been trying to destroy labor unions – the only leverage working people have to better their wages and working conditions. This practice must be reversed to allow for true democratic reform to occur in our economy. The alternative is economic slavery, and that is completely unacceptable!
5). The minimum wage must be raised to a LIVABLE wage so that nobody working 40 hours per week has to live in poverty or rely on government handouts to survive! Putting more money in the hands of the poor would stimulate demand for more goods and services, thereby creating greater employment and wealth for everybody!
6). There must be equal pay for equal work! The way we have discriminated against women and minorities on wages is completely indefensible and must come to a screeching halt!
7). We must END our involvement in so-called “free trade” deals like NAFTA, CAFTA, and the proposed TPP! These agreements are NOT “free”; have benefitted mainly the 1% highest incomes; and have led to the disappearance of nearly 5 MILLION good-paying jobs in this country. ENOUGH, already!
8). Quality, affordable education must be attainable for ALL, including higher education! This nonsense of trapping students into ever-increasing student loan debt mist simply become a thing of the past, and SOON!
9). The 6 largest Wall Street banks now have assets totaling an astounding 61 PERCENT of our GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT! They control an unbelievable $9.8 TRILLION, and this number is rising. They have not only become “too big to fail” but have also become too big to reform. As they have once again begun to speculate on derivatives (which caused our recent Great Recession of 2008 that nearly capsized the global economy and led to the loss of jobs and income for untold millions), they must once more be BROKEN-UP, just as Teddy Roosevelt did in his glorious trust busting days of the early 20th century. This, too, must happen SOON!
10). We must adopt a universal, MEDICARE FOR ALL health care system, and end the tyranny of gigantic health insurance ompanies constantly raising rates and setting health care standards. It is high time we take the excess profit OUT of providing quality health care for all of our citizens!
11). It is time to EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICAID benefits rather than reducing them, which would greatly harm the elderly, the poor, and those on disability. Last, but definitely not least:
12). We must adopt a new and truly PROGRESSIVE tax code – one that is based on ABILITY TO PAY. We must end the disgraceful system we have now, which allows fabulously wealthy corporations and individuals to loophole their way out of paying a fair share and places the overwhelming load of taxation unfairly on the backs of the middle class. The wealthiest 1% have gamed this system for far too long now, and the time has come for us to straighten it out!
These, my friends, are fair and common sense ideas which have been put forth by the best friend the middle class and poor have in this country – SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS of Vermont. I STRONGLY support them! Not being naive, I realize that the 1% would certainly bitterly oppose this plan’s implementation, and that is precisely why we must GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS by adding a new constitional amendment stating that “Money is NOT free spech” and that “Corporations are NOT people!” To achieve this, I urge you to visit http://www.movetoamend.org,
Go to the site listed below for a video of this idea whose time has definitely come! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2K-w2dkU84