The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) on Tuesday unveiled its "People's Budget," offering a vision of economic equality and fairness that comes in sharp contrast to the Trump administration's "slash-and-burn approach to governing based on ideological extremism."
Nice ideas separated from reality. Predator capitalists run the country and control the media. That reality has to change before the progressives can entertain their agenda. All wishing upon a star.
Never has articulating the REAL NECESSITIES been so important. As this evolves, it might be worth considering signing on with advocacy groups that will field letter writing campaigns and petitions as well as bookmarking links to your representatives to express your positions - and encouraging others as well.
The idea of impeachment seems to be gaining ground. The above is mentioned because IF impeachment is petitioned and approved, the need to have communications and the 'business of the people' in clear focus so as not to have them waylaid by the swamp.
Noted by Keith Olberman in a rant, malfeasance has yet to be the direct undoing of a president. BUT, it has consistently been the COVERUP that is the undoing.
Star-wishing aside (I agree that nothing like that could happen right now) it is very important to put forth alternatives to the 'trickle-down' theories that should have been made mockery of long ago. It is equally important that the economic benefits of a proposal like this are clearly set forth by independent, non-governmental sources. If we don't at least ask for what we want, we for sure won't get it.
"puts political and economic power back in the hands of the people."
By way of politicians if we can afford to buy them.
"It is right to build castles in the air. Now we must put foundations under them." Thoreau
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Please wake up. It is not "moral chaos."
The OBVIOUS truth: It is amorality.
Right, except that progressives are um, a minority.
Americans are not progressives, have you noticed?
Searching the document, i can only find vague references to how it treats so-called defense. Last year's iteration of "The People's Budget" made no real change to the obscene amounts being spent (wasted) for warring, killing, and unnecessary weapons.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus Believes in War
Anyone know what this budget does with military spending?
Actually, they are. Various polls over the past few years indicate plurality or majority support for a wide range of policies, programs, and values that can accurately be described as progressive.
POLL OF LIKELY 2016 VOTERS
National poll of 1,500 likely 2016 voters (Republicans, Independents, Democrats) conducted by GBA Strategies on behalf of the Progressive Change Institute. More details on the poll can be found on the last page, including poll dates, sample sizes, and margin of error.
I like everything I read. I think there's room for adjustment and improvements. Here's the rub: On a major network where a panel of Democratic talking heads were discussing some of these items, it was said by a black female commentator: " We're all on the same page here. $12.50 an hour minimum wage, $15.00 an hour minimum wage, what's the disagreement, here ? "
Answer: about $6000 a year. And, a living wage? Shine that bullshit somewhere else, please. And, learn basic math while you're at it, too.
In 2011 it was reported that the average single black femae had a savings account with $5.00 in it ( mandatory for C.U.s. )
We can do better, people.
Thank you, WC. If this is so, then how do you think we we get Don, the Clintons, Obama, et al?
There are things we can do. Stop the production of war, nationalize banking and petroleum, tax obscene wealth highly. We are the collective producers of society. What we get up and do everyday makes the world. Free modern technology from the fetters of private interest; from those who pervert it into surveillance and destruction. Make all systems codes open source. What is wrong is: we are allowing private interest to become the final authority.
People allow the political machinery to churn for too long before getting involved. By the time the sausage-making system offers up the national candidates, it's too late. Real progressive folks need to get involved on the local and state levels to take over party machinery (or form new, independent parties) to field and support real progressives.
One good thing about how bad T-Rump is, is that this is now happening. Justice Democrats, for example.
It's nitty-gritty work: showing up at local precinct/committee meetings, signing people up, phone calling, etc. It's what the Teabaggers and Christian right did to take over the Recons. Progressives can (and should) do the same thing with the Dems.
Good ideas. Would add that part of the "private interest" hegemony is that nature of the corporation itself, followed by lack of regulation thereof.
Yes. Have been in the trenches here and there, and indeed that's where it starts. Thanks.
The Democratic/Republican Party has rendered itself irrelevant. This mutant combo has completely committed itself to neoliberal marketplace solutions and neoconservative Zionist dreams of deconstructing the Middle East for a "Greater Israel". Its mouthpiece, mainstream media, applies all the necessary high end lipstick to make this monster acceptable.
If the US grand experiment in Democracy is to survive, other parties simply must be born, empowered and able to give this nation back to its people..