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Old 08-19-2011, 03:30 PM  
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Contract for the American Dream | Don't Kill the Dream

10 CRITICAL STEPS TO GET OUR ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK

I. INVEST IN AMERICA?S INFRASTRUCTURE
Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads, and public transit. We must invest in high-speed Internet and a modern, energy-saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.

II. CREATE 21ST CENTURY ENERGY JOBS
We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.

III. INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-quality teachers, and build safe, well-equipped school buildings for our students. A high-quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.

IV. OFFER MEDICARE FOR ALL
We should expand Medicare so it?s available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it ? but it?s not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country ? paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results.

V. MAKE WORK PAY
Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity, and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed.

VI. SECURE SOCIAL SECURITY
Keep Social Security sound, and strengthen the retirement, disability, and survivors? protections Americans earn through their hard work. Pay for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax, so that upper-income people pay into Social Security on all they make, just like the rest of us.

VII. RETURN TO FAIRER TAX RATES
End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us ? or our kids ? must pay eventually. Also, we must outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Lastly, with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country?s wealth, we should add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million each year.

VIII. END THE WARS AND INVEST AT HOME
Our troops have done everything that?s been asked of them, and it?s time to bring them home to good jobs here. We?re sending $3 billion each week overseas that we should be investing to rebuild America.

IX. TAX WALL STREET SPECULATION
A tiny fee of a twentieth of 1% on each Wall Street trade could raise tens of billions of dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. This would reduce speculation, ?flash trading,? and outrageous bankers? bonuses ? and we?d have a lot more money to spend on Main Street job creation.

X. STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY
We need clean, fair elections ? where no one?s right to vote can be taken away, and where money doesn?t buy you your own member of Congress. We must ban anonymous political influence, slam shut the lobbyists? revolving door in D.C., and publicly finance elections. Immigrants who want to join in our democracy deserve a clear path to citizenship. We must stop giving corporations the rights of people when it comes to our elections. And we must ensure our judiciary?s respect for the Constitution. Together, we will reclaim our democracy to get our country back on track.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:47 AM  
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I would agree with almost all of it, I think 10 needs a little tweaking but generally I agree.

for 5 we need to end overtime exemptions as well, why should a professional welder get paid time and a half when going over 40 hours but yet a web developer can work 100 hours a week and not get paid a dime over if they had worked 40?
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It contains too much nanny-state principle. Those that manage the nanny-state take their cut off the top just like in Vegas. Each item offers ample opportunity for graft, inefficiency and waste.

The government even found a way to mess up the census. All my life the census consisted of a form to fill out and return. Then came Obama's census! I received a mailing telling me to expect the form in the mail. Then came a knock at the door with a girl in a shiny SUV confirming my address. Then came the form to be signed on a certain date. Then came another mailing saying the form had not been received (seems I was holding it until the specified date so it would be correct). Then came a man asking how many lived in the house. By that time I was mad and told him to buzz off that I had complied with the census. He did pleadingly ask would I just give him the number so I grudgingly gave him the number. Now just take this inefficiency and multiply it across the whole wide government and ask yourself "Do we really need more government?"
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:38 AM  
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It contains too much nanny-state principle. Those that manage the nanny-state take their cut off the top just like in Vegas. Each item offers ample opportunity for graft, inefficiency and waste.

The government even found a way to mess up the census. All my life the census consisted of a form to fill out and return. Then came Obama's census! I received a mailing telling me to expect the form in the mail. Then came a knock at the door with a girl in a shiny SUV confirming my address. Then came the form to be signed on a certain date. Then came another mailing saying the form had not been received (seems I was holding it until the specified date so it would be correct). Then came a man asking how many lived in the house. By that time I was mad and told him to buzz off that I had complied with the census. He did pleadingly ask would I just give him the number so I grudgingly gave him the number. Now just take this inefficiency and multiply it across the whole wide government and ask yourself "Do we really need more government?"
newsflash eddie, inefficiency exists everywhere, and is quite alive and well in the private sector as well. so many inefficiencies and so much wasted time trying to get simple things done, by the way I still cannot get a channel listing from comcast for the hdtv channels THAT I GET without a cable box. yes a private sector company that their primary job is to provide cable cannot provide me with a list of channnels!

any large scale organization be it private or public will have issues...
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newsflash eddie, inefficiency exists everywhere, and is quite alive and well in the private sector as well. so many inefficiencies and so much wasted time trying to get simple things done, by the way I still cannot get a channel listing from comcast for the hdtv channels THAT I GET without a cable box. yes a private sector company that their primary job is to provide cable cannot provide me with a list of channnels!

any large scale organization be it private or public will have issues...
How many wrongs make a right? I was against cable companies from the start as I suspect with government meddling in the broadcast spectrum OTA TV will soon be but a memory. The HDTV era was fostered in part as with a thinly disguised plan for the government to seize and auction off large portions of the VHF and UHF spectrum. Again the nanny-state and its minions at work, just doing what they think best for us. I have 4 antennas in attempt to retain OTA service.
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