We know that the opposite of poverty is not simply growth but must be justice. Injustice benefits no one, and our nation is founded on equal protection as well as fair opportunity. If market forces repress expectations below acknowledged standards of prospect and levels of poverty, I challenge American entrepreneurial genius to counter those forces, and I challenge the representatives of both working and business people to value the public trust and increase our chances to succeed.

Any impediment to the ease of exercising the right to vote, based upon fictional infractions or abuses of law, is dreadful and voter ID laws that target the poor, elderly and multicultural communities is contemptible and should be prevented without let.

Those who refuse to permit the government to subsidize citizens who buy private insurance that offers medical maintenance and preventative health care to women, because they think society should make biological decisions for them but not support responsible choices, should explain why their religious attitude should restrict the personal buying options of every female citizen.

Many in the Democratic Party promote a financial transaction fee to combat excessive risk and avaricious financial bubbles. I challenge the detractors from that idea to construct a better protection, especially when they have probably opposed the details of the recently passed Dodd-Frank laws that would address the problem.

It is a proven fact that infrastructure banking and development investment relieves commercial stagnation and industrial decline. However, the debt horror that makes frantic some politicians completely ignores the steepest deficit reduction and industrial recovery in decades, insisting that the greatest threat to ‘growth’ remains unmanageable fiscal liability. These fiscal fanatics would ruin the creditworthiness of the nation to prove their point. I challenge the more sober thinkers among us to decide wisely how to further enhance our cooperative assets, capitalize R&D and empower the working class (upon which our economy depends).


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