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Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All


#1

Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All

Deepak Bhargava

Mrs. Parks was trained in civil disobedience; her action was calculated and planned in coordination with local leaders. She was one of hundreds of community members who had come together at a specific moment in history when African Americans across the country, after decades of living under oppressive Jim Crow laws, had reached a tipping point and were thirsty for change.

Today, we find ourselves at another tipping point.


#2

The five key goals (and policy statements) of the CCC are all right-on and vastly important. My concern is that the new global treaties like TPP and TIPP will make them virtually impossible to implement since any call to higher wages or making inroads into fighting climate change by divesting of fossil fuel usage will be interpreted by the global corporate deciding entities as contrary to their divine quest for profits. In the system they are now putting into place, corporate profit is made to trump every humane, just, sane, or ecologically wise concern.


#3

There is $1 trillion more going to the wealthy each year than there would be under the distribution patterns of the 1970's. Taxing the wealthy at much higher rates would allow us to boost family income with increased wage subsidies (like an enhance Earned Income Tax Credit), plus invest in public education and other infrastructure opportunities.


#4

How do you define"family" today? We forget that many (most?) white women were denied their fundamental rights to vote, own businesses, etc., through a large chunk of our history.

The second issue that is ignored ignored: We have a poverty crisis. The majority of poor and the homeless are white. The poor have been stripped of a number of fundamental human and civil rights, left with no chance of being able to work their way up. Reality: Not everyone can work, and there simply aren't jobs for all who urgently need one. We shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s. The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 people who are desperately trying to get one. What do you think happens to the three who are left out?


#5

Yes, and many white people joined in the cause. Times have changed. Specifically on voting: Those who are least able to obtain the mandated voter photo IDs are the rural and small town poor, elderly and disabled, most of whom are white. Most don't have cars, and the nearest DMV can be 20 miles away. Overall, one's rights are largely determined by economic status. The majority of US poor are white.


#6

Please! why does everyone refuse to see the wood in the trees?
There is one, and only one, cause of all our economic woes. During the
early 1900's our stupid/corrupt politicians signed away our Sovereign
"rights" , that allowed us to print and issue our own interest free,
debt free money; and since then we have all become "debt slaves". Our
rights to print and issue our own money out of thin air were ceded to
private banking Corporations, thus now, we borrow all our money from
them, and they simply print it out of thin air, and charge us interest
for the privilege. Given the nature of our economic cycles, the booms
and busts, it is virtually impossible for us ever to repay all such
debts, especially since, when they print our borrowings, they do not
also print the money to cover the interest repayments. This particular
economic consequence was recorded centuries ago in the well known fable
about the boy who possessed a goose that laid "golden" eggs; he sold the
goose for a paltry sum and forever thereafter he was destitute.

The remedy for our problems is simple; we abrogate any agreement
previously made, reclaim our Sovereign "rights" to print and issue our
own debt free interest free money.

This will enable us to stop income-taxing of individuals; we may pay
everyone that needs it a social wage, based on a break even computation,
this will eliminate poverty and deprivation; those in receipt of the
Social wage will be encouraged into employment, without loss of this
Social wage, and to work for any employer for additional income,
mutually agreed between them. this gives control of work and income to
the "workman". Employers will gain a workforce of people willing to
accept much lower wages than previously paid, thus making the employer
production cost significantly lower; plus, the employer no longer
collects taxes for the Government. The employer Corporation/business
will pay tax annually as usual. The collection of V.A.T. or G.S.T.,
consumer taxes will cease.

All Government expenditures will be provided by the planned issue of our
own debt free interest free money using legislation approved by
Parliament. Health, Education, University courses, Infrastructure of all
kinds, etc. etc.

Provided that all of these expenditures are actually "spent" into
circulation they will not create inflation; inflation will occur, for
instance, when too much money chases too few "goods". The Government
must own and run it's own Bank, just like the original Commonwealth
Bank. No Private Bank or Corporation will be permitted to create money,
under any guise; our financial system will revert to one of "sound "
money. Sound money is that which turns around sound borrowing and
lending, controlled by being liquid cash, backed by the ownership of
assets, and strict criteria keeping them in balance; borrowing and
lending outside of these criteria, characterised as "high risk", will be
permitted between parties willing to accept such risk, and then, only
when it involves their own wholly owned assets.

Interest rates in the private sector will be set by the private sector.
The floating exchange rate will be converted into "fixed" rates decided
by Government, and as decided between Sovereign Nations and embodied in
trade agreements. Our currency will not be traded on "Exchanges", our
Nation will be immunised against the manipulated predations of the "Market".

The foregoing explains the broad brush strokes involved, but in summary
we would have a Nation with little or no foreign debt, a Nation whose
domestic economy sits on a solid unshakeable base, a Nation better able
to compete in the wider World, a Nation without poverty whose peoples
are empowered to think and work for themselves, a Nation rescued from
the avarice of the "Money Lenders", and above all, a Government able to
be free and Independent, instead of being owned by Corporate money and
influence. This is named "The Universal Economy" because it will operate
anywhere.

For those who doubt the efficacy of this proposal, I suggest they study
the United States example. The clever banking Corporations engineered
the U.S. dollar to be the Worlds reserve currency. Ever since the U.S.
has been printing money out of thin air, the only Nation to do so, now
they have military bases in more than one hundred and seven Nations,
they have engineered regime change and wars in countless Nations, and
recently have printed trillions of dollars, called quantitative easing,
and poured it into foreign banks and financial Institutions trying to
prevent the next meltdown; but it is not working because their printed
money was not spent into circulation, instead it inflated the prices of
shares and real estate, the bust cometh.


#7

We started Germany and japan under Marshall Plan...then later we started China under basic Economic Development. Why can not we fix ourselves?


#8

The lucky ones are sleeping on people's couches. The rest are over in mid-town Sacramento (and places like it) hoping that the police will let them sleep.


#9

Complex issues, so to stick to one point: How would printing our own money end poverty in the US? We have a poverty crisis that has grown significantly not because we couldn't afford to relieve poverty (AFDC, the primary welfare program, used a mere 6% of the fed. budget at its highest, back in the 1970s), but because Americans really are hard-wired to preserve our social pecking order. For another welfare-related analogy: The initial drive to pit the middle class against welfare (late 1970s/early 1980s) was actually based on the SUCCESS of welfare, enabling so many people to work their way up out of poverty, competing with middle classers for jobs. The drift of the anti-welfare spiel of the day was that these people were actually being given preferential treatment, based on the popular notion that poor people are too stupid to actually succeed if given access to higher education/job skills training.

My point is that Americans don't want to reduce or end US poverty, needing to have a "lower class" to scapegoat.


#10

Thank you for your response. We need to take on board several facts and features embedded in our lives by those that mean us ill. Such as; No Party has, and will never have, a plan to provide all with jobs that will allow us to survive in this ideologically punished World; everyone has a right to survive and live; think of all the billions currently living in poverty, whether working or not; The Universal Economy proposal solves all our problems without resorting to robbing the rich; most tax gathering is eliminated, which reduces wages; employers have access to large pools of people available for work, at much lower wages; the costs of all production is drastically reduced, thus fulfilling the demand that we be more competitive; people, at least those with ideas to improve their lives, can take charge of their work and (additional) income by negotiating acceptable terms with any new employer; there are many more advantages too numerous for this reply. Even in America the human spirit to grow and succeed, or to just simply live, can be liberated to the benefit of all.