With all the ink, time, and opining devoted to the 2016 presidential primaries and the run-up to the party conventions in July, one might wonder why so few proposals for major reforms and redirections for our country are on the political table. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, some issues are being discussed, including trade treaties, free college tuition, and raising the minimum wage. But many issues that voters are interested are barely mentioned by either the candidates or the media. These should be front and center:
I would like to see a bill proposed and passed for the military budget to be automatically reduced by 10% every year until some year in the future when it is possible for the military to produce an audit. $60 billion should be more than enough money to produce an audit.
I would also like to see discussed whether the PNAC is a sensible course of action, whether implementation of the plan should be continued, who benefits from it and would like to see a good look at what alternatives are excluded by its being pursued. I would like to see discussed why the rules that are applied (somewhat arbitrarily) to other countries do not apply to the US. Do Americans want an empire. Is this the type of a world that Americans want built? Are we giving up our freedoms in part so that the PNAC empire can be implemented?
Excellent Posting Ralph!.. The Reason that our Government is in the control of Corporate America is because we have no Leaders such as Ralph Nader.
Jill Stein- Case in Point--Her Views are excluded from the Media...as proven and illustrated when people lament the choice between Trump and Hillary---a superficial choice, as it is a choice for the powers that be.
The simplest way is to reduce Military budget by 50% to 60%...but that will only happen when Hell freezes over.. The other part is ...take away money people saved by any means necessary...which is happening very well...the Madoff type in many ways.
There is another way...it is what I taught China in 1983....on Basic Industrial Ecosystems.....but no one else listened to it period...So, enjoy the abyss .....Thank you.
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Ralph, why not endorse referendums? One or two the money-power can buy, but one hundred or two hundred, it cannot:
Jill Stein is the only Presidential candidate that said she would cut the military by 50%. I heard her.
Now that Clinton will be nominated we can expect the general election "debates" to be devoid of substance as they have at least since 2000 when Ross Perot stopped running for POTUS.
Had Sanders not entered the primary, the primaries would have been devoid of substance.
Poverty. Did you know that the US has a poverty crisis, not just a low wage problem? Not everyone is able to work, and there aren't jobs for all. The US shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s.The last I heard, there are 7 jobs for every 10 jobless people who still have the means to pursue one (home address, phone, etc.). What do middle classers think happens to those who are left out? Now consider that the Dem voting base had long consisted of the "masses" -- poor and middle class, workers and the jobless, for the common good. This base was split apart, and it's clear by now that this isn't going to change.
From Reagan's deregulation mania onward, we are living with the consequences of policies demanded or supported by the middle class. The proverbial chickens are now coming home to roost.
i can understand why the wall street owned media ignores jill stein, but why, i wonder does nader never mention this green party candidate?
easier said than done--even if we manage to put stein in the oval office.
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Just in the interests of historic accuracy, deregulation began under Jimmy Carter with his deregulation of the airlines. That move, laterally antagonized working conditions for air traffic controllers, eventually leading to their ill fated walkout at the outset of the Reagan administration. Worth noting, too, that other organized labor failed to stand in solidarity with PATCO, thus facilitating their demise, and in the end the virtual collapse of organized labor in the so-called private sector in general.
The even bigger problem is that the BEA excludes the trades on LaSalle and Wall Streets from the GDP. So my congressman writes me that we have to cut entitlements because they are 75% of GDP but if you add the casino trades it is more like 5% which is far too low and should be increased not lowered.
SAD...but solutions are there for those who want it...thank you for pointing out the state of abyss...
For example: By reorganizing the Federal Reserve System and its twelve regional banks into a “fourth branch of government,” every citizen can become a shareholder of this basic institution of money creation. Why “End the Fed,” as some are calling for, when we as citizens should “Own the Fed”?
The key to growing the economy and creating new owners of new income-producing wealth is the democratization of access to productive capital credit. The Capital Homestead Act would employ the Fed’s existing powers under Section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act and make the Fed’s money power accessible directly to every American.
No longer should the Federal Reserve and our tax system merely serve the special interests of a financial elite or become the tool of the Federal government for financing war and deficit spending. “We the People” must be empowered to hold the Fed accountable and to return it to its true social purpose. With changes in our tax and monetary policies, as embodied in the comprehensive economic plan called “the Capital Homestead Act,” we could create sound, asset-backed money for sustainable private sector growth, and liberate every man, woman and child as a direct owner of new productive wealth.
By reorganizing the Federal Reserve, the Federal Reserve, without taxpayer money or adding to Federal debt, could create asset-backed money and interest-free, productive credit, as part of a new national strategy for building a “green growth” economy, eliminating government deficits, and creating a nation of capital owners.
Artificial barriers in our tax and monetary systems could be lifted to create equal ownership opportunities to future capital assets for every citizen.
Use the Federal Reserve's existing powers (Section 13, para. 2) to lift barriers to equal access and opportunities for the 99 percent to become direct owners of productive, income-generating capital.
We need to send the politicians a new message: Pass the Capital Homestead Act to build justice into our money and tax systems, and to grow a vibrant, sustainable economy.