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What the People Want vs. What Trump, Ryan and McConnell and Gang are Proposing


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What the People Want vs. What Trump, Ryan and McConnell and Gang are Proposing

John Atcheson

And as long as Democrats continue to embrace corporatism and the mythical center, they will continue to lose to these clowns.

There is a budget that closely mirrors what the people want: the People's Budget, released by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is closely aligned with preferences of the majority of Americans, and it does a better job at lowering the projected deficit though targeted tax increases on the rich and budget cuts in the military and a few other specific areas.

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“There’s an enormous disconnect between what people want their government to do, and what the corporate-dominated duopoly is pushing.”

There, fixed your lead sentence for you.


#3

I think a democracy is a system of government in which systems are in place to effectively ascertain and implement the will of the majority.

Might as well face it:
“We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both”, JUSTICE LOUIS D. BRANDEIS


#4

“Implement the will of the majority.” Not following you. Does not compute. You make zero sense.


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Republican philosophy is based on the premise of last man standing and that does not include 99% of the population. They know as well as anyone that the planetary endgame is approaching for population, pollution, climate and global economics. They want to make sure that they are in the best position to weather the perfect storm at the end of the world and the best way to do that is game the system to guarantee that the majority of the world’s wealth is funneled into their pockets. This is survival instinct pure and simple and one of the derivatives of the survival instinct is greed. What is greed? In caveman times it was making sure that you had enough mammoth jerky in your cave to weather the winter even if it was five times more that you needed. In the absence of some sort of social welfare net how do you know how much you need to have stashed to survive the future? You don’t. Hence the drive to accumulate more than you need to guarantee survival…greed.


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The progressive caucus has been introducing people friendly budgets for decades. The purpose is to keep their constituents believing that they are going to do something right for the people. The caucus introduced a people’s budget in 2009 and 2010 when the democrats held the House, Senate, and the White House. It was ignored then like it will be now. Thank you progressive caucus for keeping the delusion alive.


#7

One would think these proposed cuts would bring a very loud pushback since millions of Americans will be affected. No one at the top is listening indicating a powerful police state in crackdown mode rules the day. The wealthy stomping those struggling to survive.


#8

Excellent piece. John Atcheson is my favorite commentator on Common Dreams. Is his voice being heard beyond our readership?