MEET THE 2016 REPUBLICAN CLOWNS! (Part Two of a Series)

Apr. 23, 2015  By Jack Jodell.    

The Republican Party, infested as it currently is with extremists, reactionaries, and government-hating Tea Party kooks, is starting to fill its clown car to the White House  with wackos, much as it did in 2012.  In this post, I resume an intermittent series which will feature the declared and / or desiring wannabe candidates who will be making a bid for the presidency in 2016. I will focus today on the Plagiarizer-in-Chief, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who recently declared his candidacy.  

Senators Call For Passage Of Military Justice Improvement ActThis Rand Paul is a real piece of work.  A wily opportunist, he claims to be a Libertarian and a conservative, but he is actually all over the place both poltically and ideologically. Like many others before him, he is trying to be all things to a great many people. He loves to grasp onto low-hsnging fruit and run with it. That;s why he latched onto his father, former long time Texas Representative Ron Paul’s popularity with youth to move to Kentucky (a perennial red state) to run for, and win, a Senate seat. Now he has announced his desire to become our next President, and this blogger can’t imagine that ever happening. Why? Because Rand Paul is a massive fraud!

lying paulConsider this:  Paul claims to be a board-certified Opthalmologist, and loves to be referred to as “Dr. Paul.” But his “certification” comes from a board which he, himself, incorporated and heads! He has NOT been certified by any organization recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties for at least 5 years!  I  learned of this from old articles I saw in The Week and Salon.com when he was first running for the Senate. His first response, when asked by reporters for a clarification, was an indignant “What does this have to do with our election?” What a preposterous and futile attempt to dodge a legitimate question! Later, he released an equally preposterous claim that he had indeed been certified by the main medical board until 2005, when he let that certification lapse as a way of protesting the board’s decision to require doctors to get re-certified every 10 years. What a load of bull, and it shows how little value he places on the legitimate certification of doctors in the first place! Of course, what else could we expect from such an avowed Libertarian? To those misguided and self-centered people, certification is just another form of unwanted regulation, and no consideration is ever given to the protection of the public – to hell with them (especially if they try to interfere with his personal freedom)! Sounds pretty fishy to me, but after all, he is a Libertarian, and those types always have to have things their way. Because of this, and too many other inconsistencies over the years, MY Board will also certify Rand Paul – not as an Opthalmologist, but as a Certified Pathological Liar

r paul rA stark example of Paul’s self-centered craziness occurred several years ago, when MSNBC TV’s talk show host Rachel Maddow asked this Libertarian if he supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Paul lied (as he often does) and said he did, but numerous videotapes have shown his opposition to it, exposing his lie. He has said he is against the federal government “interfering” with a private business owner’s “right” to deny service or accomodations to anybody (i.e. discrimination by race, gender, or any other criteria is perfetly ok with Paul, but nobody can ever tell a private business owner how to conduct his business). Utterly ludicrous.  

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Earlier in this post, I referred to Rand Paul as the “Plagiarizer-in- Chief.”    The name fits perfectly, as Paul has repeatedly (and accurately) been accused  of lifting (stealing) the words of others (often word for word!)  for use in his speeches and even for articles he has released in print. Victims of his thefts have been wide and varied, ranging from Wikipedia to the Associated Press to even movie scripts! Naturally, as a selfish freedom-loving Libertarian he must feel completely justified in taking the words and thoughts of others and using them as if they were his own, but in this blogger’s view, these are examples of egregious laziness and carelessness on his part. Do YOU want a lazy and careless thief for your President? I certainly don’t! His recently-launched campaign website included the faces of many of his purported supporters, but, as David Pakman reported from a Buzzfeed story on his FREE SPEECH TV show, the photos were taken from a German firm’s list of stock face photos – meaning that many of those shown on the Paul site had probably never ever heard of Rand Paul! What a clumsy, deceitful buffoon!  

Rand Paul’s contempt for the press (and especially female reporters) is almost legendary. He has lectured reporters on how they should report and has dodged huge mumbers of their legitimately asked questions over the past few years. This is a very undesirable tactic which reminds me of Dick Nixon, DICK Cheney, George W. Bush, and / or Donald Rumsfeld at their very worst!.  His condescension and arrogance are abundant and are definitely not wacko paulappropriate for the presidency. His vagueness and underlying dishonesty reveal him to be a great pretender, willing to do almost anything to achieve his goals. He claims to be a social liberal yet opposes civil rights. He claims to care about the poor, but through his opposition to the minimum wage, Social Security, and Medicare – ALL programs which help the poor – he is espousing a reactionary course which would throw this country back to the Gilded Age of the 1890s rather than provide for a secure 21st century future. But, as gifted writer Burr Deming pointed out in his brilliant podcast  “A Young Mother Killed by the Libertarian Ideal!” (featured here on Apr. 16), this pre-regulation Gilded Age must NEVER reappear in this country, for it could carry with it deadly and fully avoidable consequences! It proves that Paul’s Libertarian folly of “letting the market take care of it” is both dangerous and foolhardy! Time and events have proven repeatedly that relying on “thr market” is a crazy idea – for “the market” can be manipulated to serve the interests of the wealthy and powerful. Not only that, but the reason regulations came into being in the first place was to prevent further excesses and abuses being generated by that same “market”! As for Rand Paul’s impossible-to-achieve assertion that he would dismantle the NSA and end government spying on the citizens on his first day in office – that is utter nonsense and strong evidence that this guy is not only disingenuous and deceptive, but WACKO as well!  The ONLY thing that can end the NSA’s overreach is something we must work tirelessly to achieve – a MASSIVE influx of new progressive voices throughout our entire government to replace the old, bought-out, government-hating and Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans and corporatist Democrats who are holding us back!

eddie haskellThis charlatan Rand Paul definitely belongs in the Republican clown car – but he does NOT belong anywhere NEAR the White House! Hmmm…he does seem to resemble another charlatan of long ago, doesn’t he? Same type of smarmy character, only that past look-alike was far more likable!
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WHAT CAN HILLARY BORROW FROM BOBBY?

Apr. 20. 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Happy start of another week, readers! Well, it’s now official: Former First HILLARY L 1Lady, later Senator from New York, and most recently, Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton, has launched her campaign to become the next Democratic Party President of the United States. The office almost seems  to be hers for the taking, as she has thus far received no formidable challenges from her own party and would bury all possible Republican challengers in a landslide. Her candidacy is viewed with coolness or almost indifference among numerous progressives. Many feel that she is too corporate and far too close to Wall Sreet to be of much use to average Americans. Yet, as we are reminded by our podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming, public officials can BOBBY KENNEDYand often do grow in many ways as they seek higher political office. Burr points to the example of Robert F. Kennedy, who had previously occupied the very same New York Senate seat as Hillary did, and suggests that if Hillary were to emulate him in certain respects, it would be very beneficial.  There is great merit in this suggestion.

BURR!In Burr’s own words, “Can Hillary Clinton accept one simple gesture from Bobby Kennedy and become the excellent President we’re hoping for?

Bobby Kennedy  began as a law enforcement official who seemed unable to communicate with those on the other side of the poverty line. In five years, he became noted for his ability to transcend racial, economic, and class tensions.  

His journey during those five years began with a program of listening and learning.   

Half a century later, what can Hillary Clinton learn from his experience?”  

Blogcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-04-18T05_44_53-07_00

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/04/16/what-can-hillary-borrow-from-bobby     

UP NEXT: “MEET THE 2016 REPUBLICAN CLOWNS!” (Part two in a series)
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A YOUNG MOTHER KILLED BY THE LIBERTARIAN IDEAL!

Apr. 16, 2015  By Jack Jodell (in association with BURR DEMING of FAIR AND UNBALANCED.COM – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column).

Hello everybody. I am pleased to announce the return of our esteemed podcaster extraordinaire, Burr Deming (also the creator of, and chief author at, the superb website Fair and Unbalanced.com).  

BURR!In this sensitive and passionate podcast, Burr paints us the scenario of needless, haunting, innocent death. He also quite justifiably slams the Libertarian outlook on the nature of government. This is by far the most gripping podcast he has ever submitted, and I am honored that he has shared it with me. This is truly one very thoughtful man!

In his own words, Burr says, “For decades, her image has intruded into occasional dreams on sometime restless nights. I wonder what life might have been for her and her child had she lived.   

Stanley Forman turned his back after taking his photos, one of which would later win a Pulitzer Prize. He could not bear to see the bodies hit the ground.”  

odcast:
http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2015-04-11T00_18_32-07_00   

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/blog1.php/2015/04/07/a-young-mother-killed-by-the-libertarian#more4335 


WATCH OUT, Rand Paul and all you other like-ninded  Tea Party-infested reactionary Republicans – your philosophy on government is wrong, wromg, WRONG! Libertarian Death

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TIME FOR TAX JUSTICE!

Apr. 13, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

treasury buildingus treasury emblemTax day is rapidly approaching. Though they may claim otherwise, most major corporations are getting away with absolute economic murder by paying far less in taxes than they really should.  While their paid lobbyists, accountants, and various bought-out politicians plead for tax relief for them, what they have actually done, over a great many years, is to shift the burden of taxation away from them to place it squarely on the backs of YOU – the American middle class and the working poor. Through their greed, this relatively small group of corporate CEOs and their allies are practicing economic genocide on us – THE 99% MAJORITY, killing off the middle class in the process! Don’t believe me? Take a look at this new study, released only days ago by Citizens for Tax Justice.org. While tou’re at it, read the other fine articles on their qwbsite at http://www.ctj.org/ . You will uncover a wealth of information which is seldom or never discussed on the corporate-owned, “mainstream” media. Here is a small sample of what you will see at that great website, taken from the study just released on April 9:  

This, my friends, should convince you beyond all doubt that the conservative Republican clain that corporations are overtaxed and need an immediate tax break is a LIE! What corporations have managed to do, over a great many yeats, is to stealthily shift the tax burden AWAY from them and onto YOU, the worker who pays a FAR greater percentage of YOUR income than THEY do of THEIRS!

monbot2It’s not quite accurate to call these corporations tax cheats (although, realistically, most of them ARE). For, you see, they have been given many of these tax dodges by our legislators, thanks to hefty bribes given them by lobbyists. Until we pass a constitutional amendment specifically stating that corporations are NOT people, and that money is NOT free speech, this unjustified nonsense will unfortunately continue.         

Now what can you, as a taxpayer, do about this very sorry situation? I have several suggestions:

1). WRITE AND/OR CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON AND SENATORS (ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE REPUBLICANS OR BOUGHT-OUT CORPORATIST DEMOCRATS)! Let them know you no longer approve of giving tax breaks to billionaires, and that you want to END unneeded subsidies to big banks and big business! Tell them you will vote AGAINST them next election, and that you will urge all your friends and relatives to do the same, unless they sponsor and vote for progressive legislation aimed at reducing our horrible wealth disparity!

2). JOIN MOVE TO AMEND.ORG, and work to get the money OUT of politics! Visit their website at http://www.movetoamend.org for details. 

3). GO TO THE STAMP STAMPEDE.ORG (http://www.stampstampede.org)   and buy a “Get the Monry OUT of politics” or a “Not to be used for bribing politicians” stamp. Then start stamping and distributing every denomination of paper currency you get your hands on! Call your friends and have a stamping party, too! 

4).  NEXT FEBRUARY, GO TO YOUR PARTY’S LOCAL PRECINCT CAUCUSES and speak in support of fairer taxation and ending our ungodly disparity in wealth. Make each candidate nominated for office there commit to NOT be bribed by corporate money and to instead support PROGRESSIVE values!

5). For the next 5 or 6 elections (at least!) VOTE ONLY FOR PROGRESSIVES and AGAINST conservatives, reactionaries, corporatists, and Tea Party members!

The time is long overdue for tax justice! There is only one way to achieve it and to restore true economic frmocracy in this country: we must all ORGANIZE, become ACTIVE, and PUSH FORWARD for it! The time to act is NOW – what are you waiting for?
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MEET THE 2016 REPUBLICAN CLOWNS! (Part One of a Series)

Apr. 9, 2015  By Jack Jodell. 

The Republican Party, infested as it currently is with extremists, reactionaries, and government-hating Tea Party kooks, is starting to fill its clown car to the White House  with wackos, much as it did in 2012.  In this post, I begin an intermittent series which will feature the declared and / or desiring wannabe candidates who will be making a bid for the presidency in 2016. I will start with the man known as Dr. Ben Carson.    

beb carsonBen Carson is, by trade, an author and a neurosurgeon. On the surface, he seems to be a brilliant, highly educated,  and accomplished man, seemingly well qualified to be President. But when we dig deeper, we find him to be just another in a long line of unsuitable, far-right crackpots. You’ll see. As of this writing, he is 63 years old. He is also an African-American, which would make him, if he were to win the presidency, our nation’s second (and consecutive) African-American President. However, you will soon find that he has little in common with our current President.  

carson 2Carson grew up in Detroit, the son of a Seventh-day Adventist minister. Both of his parents came from rural Georgia. At age 8, his parents were divorced, so he and his older brother were raised by his mother.  In one of his books he claims to have had a violent temper in his youth, but says he overcame it permanently by reading the book of Proverbs. He excelled in school and was given a West Point scholarship. He earned a degree in Psychology from Yale and his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He did his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in neurosurgery, and later delved into pediatrics. He rose rapidly in the ranks of medicine amd specialized in a wide variety of brain disorders. These included, among many others, brain and spinal cord tumors, traumatic brain injuries, neurological and congenital disorders, and epilepsy. He eventually became a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, and became, at age 33, their hospital’s youngest-ever director of pediatric neurosurgery. In 1987, he successfully separated the Binder twins, who had been joined at the back of the head. His team wotked for 22 hours on this successful endeavor, and both twins survived. He retired from surgery, at the top ofd his game, in 2013.

Prior to his retirement from surgery, Carson had begun writing. Over a period of more than two decades, he has authored six best selling books, all of which have been published by Zondervan – a worldwide Christian media and publishing company. His first book was am autobiography, while two others were about his personal philosophies of finding success through faith and hard work. This is unsurprising, for Carson has been a member of the American Academy of Achievement as well as the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which George W. Bush gave to him in 2008. With a pedigree of success such as this, one might assume this blogger would be very enthusiastic about his candidacy for President in 2016, but such an assumption would be dead wrong.

ben carsonFor Carson has followed a conservative philosophy for many years, and has made (too many) far right, controversial statements over that time.  In 2013 he joined the conservative Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist  and has also written for an online publication which targets conservative African-Americans, called American Conservative. He was keynote speaker at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, and was widely lauded by the far right media, from Rush Limnaugh to Neil Caputo to Sean Hannity. He gave interviews on Fox “News” to both of those latter two, and even said to Hannity that he would run for President “if the Lord grabbed me by the collar and carson babblingmade me do it!” Shades of George W. Bush – God forbid! Carson was a featured speaker at yhe Conservative Political Action Committee Conference (CPAC), and has been a darling of the Values Voters crowd for some time now. I find both of these groups to be overrun with extremist, narrow-minded zealots/ With his opposition to same-sex marriage (he compares it to “bestiality”), has said “marriage is between one man and one woman…they {gays} d0n’t get to change the definition.” On another show, in an interview done with a fifferent host, Carson said that being gay was “absolutely” a choice, and added that “a lot of people go into prison straight, but when they cone out, they’re gay.” Hmmm…ok… if you say so, Carson. As for evolution, Carson once stated, “I don’t believe in evolution…I simply don’t have enough faith to believe that something as complwex as our ability to rationalize, think, and plan, and have a moral sense of what’s right and wrong, just appeared.” (Methinks someone should remind the good old doctor that the concept of evolution does NOT involve the human race “just appearing”). He is also opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana, making the same tired old unfounded puritanical claim that it is a gateway drug that leads to “hedonistic activity.” As for health care, he is critical of the for-profit system we currently have (and I strongly agree with him on that), but his preposterous “solution” to the problem is “at birth, give {everybody} a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account.” Pretty hard to believe, considering how long Carson has been a part of the medical establishment.

Some other revealing quotes will shed light on Carson’s political mindset, and will help you understand why I view him as an extremist and a clown. Regarding the Affordable Care Act, he said, “Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because Ben Carsonit is making all of us subservient to the government.” Right, Carson – just like traffic lights and speed limits and drivers licenses also make us “subservient” to the government. A little more than six months ago, Carson implied that President Obama may declare martial law. He told Fox “News” (who else?) “Certainly there is the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation.” It is shocking to see such a learned man be so horribly ignorant of the negative role his party, under the Bush administration, rubber-stanped huge tax breaks for the rich while simultaneously launching (yet not paying for) a highly costly and wholly unnecessary war in Iraq, and that the Iraq War was a major contributor to the founding of ISIS. Can we afford another ignorant President like W? I DON’T THINK SO! But perhaps the wackiest thing to ever come out of Carson’s mouth was last August, when he fearmongered over the spreading of Ebola by theorizing, “So if there were a container of contaminated urine,  and somehow it managed to find its way to someplace a lot of damage could be done. Someone comes up to a lab worker – he knows he’s got the urine. ‘How would you like a million dollars?’ Such things have been known to happen.” Typical unbalanced paranoia from a way-out wacky extremist Republican.  

I don’t know where this guy got some of his craziest notions – whether it derived from fundamentalist Christianity, or his time at West Point – who can really tell? Need I say more? Ben Cohen is definitely NOT FIT TO HANDLE THE JOB OF U.S. PRESIDENT! 

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A POLL WHICH PROVES WE ARE A PROGRESSIVE NATION!

Apr. 6, 2015  By Jack Jodell.  

Happy Easter Week to all of you! Burr Deming, who usually starts off the week here with one or more of his excellent podcasts, has had a really tight schedule recently and was unable to make a submission this week. We look forward to his speedy return. Meanwhile, I’m sure all of you will find this following post to be of great interest. Let’s KEEP PUSHING FORWARD, shall we?

FOX LIES!Fox “News” and much of the corporate-owned “mainstream” media love to claim that America is a center-right country with conservative, traditional values. But a recent (January, 2015) poll taken by GBA Strategies for the Progressive Change Institute strongly contradicts this claim. In a national “Big Ideas” poll of 1500 likely 2016 voters, in which Democrats, Republicans, and Independents were all included, the results show that there is broad support for a progressive agenda on many issues. The poll’s methodology and sampling error is listed, and you can see it by going to  http://act.boldprogressives.org/survey/pci_bigideas_poll_results/ , or by simply Googling “Progressive Change Institute Releases Big Ideas Polling.” 

Below are the questions and responses. The first number shown is those who support the proposition; the second mumber is those who oppose it; the third is those who were neutral (not shown here); and the fourth represents those who gave no response (also not shown here).  While I support all of these measures, I have put the measures I most strongly favor in italics. See if you agree. Below are the issues asked about:

1. Allow Government to Negotiate Drug Prices   79% – 12%
2. Give Students the Same Low Interest Rates as Big Banks  78% – 10%
3. Universal Pre-Kindergarten  77% – 15%
4. FAIR Trade theat Protects Workers, the Environment, and Jobs  75% – 11%
5. End Tax Loopholes for Corporations that Ship Jobs Overseas  74% – 15%

6. End Gerrymandering  73% – 13%
7. Let Homeowners Pay Down Mortgages with 401ks  72% – 14%
8. Medicare Buy-In for All  71% – 13%
9.  Disclose Corporate Spending on Politics and Lobbying  71% – 16%
10.  Require the NSA to Get Warrants  71% – 17%  

11. Infrastructure Jobs Program – $400 Billion per Year  71% – 18%
12. Debt-free College at All Public Universities  71% – 19%
13. Expand Social Security Benefits  70% -17%  
14. Full Employment Act  70% – 18%
15. Green New Deal – Millions of Clean Energy Jobs  70% – 20%  

16. Close Offshore Tax Loopholes  70% – 21%  
17. Retrain Coal Miners and Oil Workers for Clean Energy Jobs  67% – 19%
18. End Tax Deductions for Wall Street Fines  67% – 23%
19.  Transparency in Trade Negotiations  66% – 23%
20. Eliminate the Electoral College  65% – 21%  

21. Full Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers  64% – 21%
22. Close Carried-Interest Tax Loopholes  63% –  25%
23. Free Community College  63% – 27%  
24. Shareholder Approval for Corporate Political Spending  61% – 19%
25. Require Special Prosecutor for All Killings by Police   61% -23%  

26. Ensure Net Neutrality  61 – 26%
27. Ban Revolving Door for Corporate Execs in Government  59% – 24%
28. Tax the Rich – 50% Reagan Rate  59% – 25%
29. Minimum Guaranteed Income  – 59% – 27%
30.  Break Up the Big Banks  58% – 23%  

31. Public Matching Funds for Small-Dollar Donations  57% – 23%
32.  Public Option Banking Via Post Offices  56% – 25%
33,  Comprehensive Voter Empowerment Act  56% – 32%
34. Financial Transactions Tax  55% – 24%
35.  Tax the Rich – Millionaires & Billionaires Tax  54% – 31%  

36.  Free High-Quality Public Child Care  53% – 33%
37.  Single Payer Healthcare Via Medicare  51% – 36%
38.  Restrict Surplus Military Equipment to Police Departments  49% – 31%  39,  Make Election Day a National Holiday  45% – 42%
40.  Ban For-Profit Prisons  44% – 37%   

I will bet that you, too, support these proposals and would like to see them enacted into law – the sooner the better! After all, these aren’t dangerous, discriminatory, or “socialist” ideas – they represent a FAIR, common-sense approach to providing this nation with exactly what it needs now and going fPenceorward as well! As for Fox “News” and their propaganda about America being center-right, this was solidly disproved recently by the sudden and overwhelmingly negative reaction that conservative Republican Governor Mike Pence of Indiana got from many sources once he signed his abominable descrinination against the LGBT community bill into law there!

FS TVI learned of this poll by watching FREE SPEECH TV – it was mever discussed on the corporate media shows, naturally.

WRITE OR CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSONS NOW AND DEMAND PROMPT ACTION ON THESE MUCH-NEEDED MEASURES! Make these bought-out stooges actually EARN their bloated paychecks for a change!                                                                                                                                     

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THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET – A RAISE FOR AMERICA!

Apr. 2, 2015  By Jack Jodell.

thom“You can’t cut your way to prosperity!”
– Thom Hartmann –

LBJ“Democrats legislate – Republicans investigate.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson –    

A lot of noise has been generated lately in the corporate-owned mainstream media about the Republicans’ Budget for America. As one might expect, there is very little new or of interest in it: the same old tax breaks for billionaires; subsidies for huge corporations who don’t need them; plenty for the already overbloated military / industrial complex; cuts on social safety net programs, etc., etc., ad nsuseum. It is little more than additional Retreadlican trickle down economics, and all of us know who really benefits from that nonsense – only the very wealthiest 1%, while the rest of us, the 99% MAJORITY, will be left dangling in limbo, with stagnant wages and rising costs nipping constantly at our backsides. It actually is a very reactionary austerity budget trying to be forced on us by ultra right wing darlings of the Tea Party such as Paul Ryan.

While this very sorry excuse for a national budget has received undue corporate media fanfare, a MUCH better and far more fair and practical budget was drawn up by the Congressuinal Perogressive Caucus (the CPC). It stands clearly head and shoulders above the Teapublicans’ worthless effort, and it deserves passage! 

Now what is the CPC? The Congressional Progressive Caucus consists of one United States Senator and seventy five members of the United States House of Representatives, and is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus.  Established in 1991, the CPC reflects the diversity and strength of the American people and seeks to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society.  The current Co-Chairs of the CPC are U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) and Keith bernie s.Ellison (MN-05). The Senate member is Bernie Sanders (VT), and the rest of the House members include such notable progressives as Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, David Cicilline, Michael Capuano, John Conyers, Elijah Cummings, Rosa DeLauro, Alan Grayson, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Luis Gutierrez, Maxine Waters, Jim McDermott, John Lewis, Brenda Lawrence, Joe Kennedy III, plus a great many others. These are members of Congress who are true public servants rather than mere corporate shills, and each of them is definitely earning his or her paycheck!  They named their budget “The People’s Budget – A Raise for America!”. After learning about it on FREE SPEECH TV, I went to the CPC’s website for more details. Below, taken from that website, is what I found:

THE PEOPLE’S BUDGET

8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018$1.9 trillion investment in America’s future

$820 billion infrastructure and transportation improvements

The People’s Budget fixes an economy that, for too long, has failed to provide the opportunities American families need to get ahead. Despite their skills and work ethic, most American workers and families are so financially strapped from increasing income inequality that their paychecks barely cover basic necessities. They earn less and less as corporations and the wealthy continue amassing record profits. It has become clear to American workers that the system is rigged.

The People’s Budget levels the playing field and creates economic opportunity by increasing the pay of middle- and low-income Americans. More customers and higher consumer spending advance American businesses, not tax cuts and relaxed regulations. The People’s Budget drives a full economic recovery by creating high-quality jobs and reducing family expenses, restoring the buying power of working Americans.

The People’s Budget closes tax loopholes that companies use to ship jobs overseas. It creates fair tax rates for millionaires and provides needed relief to low- and middle-income families. It invests in debt-free college, workforce training and small businesses within our communities, helping return our economy to full employment and giving a raise to Americans who need it most. Investments in The People’s Budget boost employment and wages by addressing some of the biggest challenges of our time: repairing America’s rapidly aging roads and bridges, upgrading our energy systems to address climate change, keeping our communities safe, and preparing our young people to thrive as citizens and workers.

A fair wage is more than the size of a paycheck. It’s having enough hours, paid overtime, sick and parental leave, and affordable health and childcare. It’s being able to afford a good education for your kids and never living in fear that your job will be sent overseas. It’s knowing you can make ends meet at the end of the month. The People’s Budget helps achieve that with a raise for American workers, a raise for struggling families and a boost to America’s long-term global competitiveness. 

A RAISE FOR AMERICA

·       Creates more than 8 million good jobs by 2018.

·       Increases functionality of Worker Protection Agencies.

·       Includes a four percent raise for federal workers.

·       Provides Paid Leave Initiative and Child Care.

·       Supports a minimum wage increase and Collective Bargaining.

AUSTERITY TO PROSPERITY

·       Repeals sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps.

·       Increases discretionary funding to invest in working families.

·       Reverses harmful cuts and enhances social safety net.

·       Invests in veterans, women, communities of color and their families.

FAIR INDIVIDUAL TAXES

·       Equalizes tax rates for investment income and income from work.

·       Returns to Clinton-era tax rates for households making over $250,000 and implements new brackets for those making over $1 million.

·       Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Care Credit.

FAIR CORPORATE TAXES

·       Eliminates the ability of U.S. corporations to defer taxes on offshore profits.

·       Ends corporate inversions that allow U.S. companies to merge offshore to avoid taxes.

·       Enacts a Financial Transaction Tax on various financial market transactions.

·       Ends unlimited executive pay tax write-offs.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERY STUDENT

·       Provides debt-free college to every student.

·       Allows refinancing of student loans.

·       Invests in K-12 and provides free pre-school.

 AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

·       Repeals excise tax on high-priced workers plans and replaces with public option.

·       Implements drug price negotiation for Medicare.

·       Reauthorizes Children’s Health Insurance Program.

·       Allows states to transition to single-payer health care systems.

PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT

·       Closes tax loopholes and ends subsidies provided to oil, gas and coal companies.

·       Enacts a price on carbon pollution without hurting low-income families.

·       Invests in clean and renewable energy and green manufacturing.

 SUSTAINABLE DEFENSE

·       Modernizes our defense posture to create sustainable baseline defense spending.

·       Ends emergency funding for Overseas Contingency Operations.

·       Increases funding for diplomacy and invests in job transition programs.

 COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

·       Implements comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship.

ACCESS TO HOUSING

·       Fully funds programs to make housing affordable and accessible for all Americans.

PUBLIC FINANCING OF CAMPAIGNS

·      Funds public financing of campaigns to curb special interest influence in politics.

Full Budget documents are below.

El Resumen del Presupuesto del Pueblo (03/23/1504:01 PM ET )
The People’s Budget: A Raise For America (03/18/1511:06 AM ET )
EPI Analysis of The People’s Budget (03/18/1511:00 AM ET )
The People’s Budget: A Raise For America Summary (03/18/1509:21 AM ET )

This budget is pure common sense and eliminates special perks for greedy corporate interests.

WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE FORCE-FED REPUBLICAN AUISTERITY NONSENSE! CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON (ESPECIALLY IF HE OR SHE IS A REPUBLICAN) AND DEMAND THAT THIS BUDGET BE PASSED, SIGNED, AND PUT INTO LAW!   

HAPPY EASTER and HAPPY PASSOVER TO ALL! :-)                                                                                             

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