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One reason that a lot of Business trained Americans despise "government" and want government powers stripped from the Federal Government is that they want those powers exercised at the corporate level by their corporations. They want those powers excercised by themselves! When Massy or its paid advocates and politicians complains about "Government Regulation" it usually pays at least lip service to safety, security, and the associated processes -- and the undertone is that 'we can do this better than the Federal (or State) Government.
Climate change will hurt the economically disadvantaged the worse. By defunding the EPA Obama and his Republicans hopes to put time between the taking of wealth from the commons and the Taxpayers feeling the cost. In other words, concentrate wealth further but only in a manner where the Taxpayer’s won’t feel the cost right away or where the total cost to society is even readily
Bernie is an Independent--.Thom I want to be one,too.
Environmental Correspondent for Mother Jones &nb
Every week Senator Bernie Sanders says, and Thom echoes, that Social Security is safe, sound and secure. Every week, in the same breath Senator Sanders says that Social Security will be able to pay out approximately 70% of benefits in 2037, and that with minor adjustments it will be sound beyond that. A failing program is one that requires constant "minor adjustments" and handcuffs the country financially. The minor adjustments can come in only a few forms: higher FICA taxes, lower benefits and a higher retirement age.
Local news flash: 200 truck drivers making $34/hr are loafing and driving other city workers to work when those workers could drive themselves, but can't due to Teamster contract with city ..... blah, blah, blah.
There are two basic categories to this question I would like us to explore. The first is what I will term the "quantitative" answer, the other is the "qualitative." I will argue for the "qualitative" answer, and although I do not have a specific strategy for accomplishing it beyond what we all already know (support whatever aspect of the progressive movement that you can) I would like to suggest a more specific vision of what a progressive future means.
Since the tea party is into symbolism and so patriotic and we have always had tax increases during. Let's support Senator Sanders in proposing a "Pariotic tax" on Millioners and up of 6% until all wars have ceased. This would return the tax rate to the level that it was during the Clinton era when we had a budget surplus.
A second part of the tax would be 10% on all corporations with profits over 1 billion dollars and 20% if they are defense company