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 Post subject: Ten Progressive Policies Whose Time Has Come
PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:07 pm 
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Ten Progressive Policies Whose Time Has Come

Among the Obama Administration's highest priorities should be these ten progressive notions!


1. Tax the Looters: During the last eight years, the rich and powerful profited while everyone else struggled to keep their heads above water. Bush fellow travelers typically made their money at the expense of the common good; for example, by selling fossil fuel and sub-prime mortgages. Now is the time for these profiteers to pay for the mess they created. Wealthy individuals should pay more taxes, as should corporations whose practices facilitated the looting of America.

2. Partition Iraq: It's time for the United States to recognize what everyone else in the world seems to understand: Iraq is an artificial entity, cobbled together by the British, that cannot function as a democracy because of intractable differences between Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis. The surge produced stability by repatriating Iraqis to areas controlled by their ethnic group. The Three State Solution recognizes this reality; it would govern Iraq as a federation with Kurds in the north, Sunnis in the center, and Shiites in the south.

3. Guarantee a Living Wage: It seems illogical to tackle some of the roots of inequality - education and discrimination - without taking on the central economic issue: wages. For the past quarter century, the gap between minimum wage workers and America's executives has grown until it is now 1:821. There should be a national living wage statute that sets a humane floor adjusted by region; for example, in Berkeley the law would raise the minimum wage for a single adult from $8 to $11.93 per hour. (I AGREE WITH ONE OF THE COMMENTS MADE AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE: CAP THE SALARIES OF THE EXECUTIVES!)

4. Co-opt the Afghani Insurgents: History teaches that no Western power has conquered Afghanistan; the British and Russians failed, and the US-led NATO force is sliding into defeat. A pragmatic US policy would recognize that most Afghan insurgents are not guided by fanatical Islam; they're not Wahabbis, but rather bandit capitalists - they go where the money is. We should adopt the counter-insurgency policy that worked in Iraq with Sunni militants and buy off the Afghani insurgents. We should pay Afghani "mercenaries" to fight the Taliban, and religious extremists, while our coalition rebuilds the country.

5. Raise Gasoline Taxes: America needs to make a conscious decision to move away from carbon-based fuel. However, demand for fuel-efficient vehicles varies with the price of gasoline. To motivate Americans to shift behavior away from gas-guzzlers, the federal government should levy a variable consumption tax that would keep the price of a gallon in the range of $4-5 dollars, regardless of fluctuations in the petroleum market. (Enlightened tax credits would protect disadvantaged populations.)


READ THE OTHER FIVE AT THE LINK.

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 Post subject: Same old central planning and imperialistic ideas
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:50 am 
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Thank you, Catherin...and there you have it, folks...the DEMOCRATIC COMMUNIST-LITE AGENDA as proclaimed and endorsed by one of our resident Socialist Imperialists.. :tool: :salute:


Those "Looters" you're talking about...they wouldn't be the same ones that donated $10's of millions to Obama's campaign would they? Not the ones he worked SO hard for, in the recent Wall St./Banking bailout?

Why is it the U.S. govt's job to "partition" Iraq? Haven't those poor folks suffered enough from U.S. meddling? Leave them alone! Let them determine their OWN future!

WTF is a "living" wage, and who will determine it? Who made YOU God, that you can determine who makes what? Who are YOU to determine what a "fair" wage is?

Again with the U.S. interventionism in another country! Who the F*CK are you to throw taxpayer money into Afghanistan? To play God, once again, in the middle east?

More central planning with higher gas taxes--but, of course, breaks for the 'disadvantaged'. Another way to make peoples' lives more difficult while applying the law unequally. More peddling of enviro-prop.

Pathetic.

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 Post subject: Ten TRULY progressive policies
PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:07 am 
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1. Abolish the federal income tax
2. Abolish the federal govt's power to maintain standing armies and a navy
3. Abolish the federal govt's power to levvy excise taxes
4. Abolish the federal govt's power to collect direct/apportioned taxes
5. Require impost taxes to be applied evenly to all imports
6. Abolish the 14th amendment
7. Abolish the 17th amendment
8. Abolish the Supreme Court
9. Abolish the single-person Executive
10. Recognize secession as an inalienable State right
11. Institute a loser-pays amendment for civil suits
12. Require a 2/3 majority vote to pass revenue bills
13. Amend the Constitution to require all bills to deal with only one subject
14. Abolish federal authority to maintain Post Offices/Post Roads
15. Withdraw from ALL organizations/treaties which infringe on American sovereingty (bye-bye UN, WTO, NAFTA, etc., etc., etc.)
16. Abolish ALL federal agencies/departments/programs/actions not specifically authorized in the Constitution (bye-bye social security/medicare/federal reserve, etc., etc., etc.)
17. Abolish federal authority to regulate interstate commerce
18. Remove all references to "General Welfare" from the Constitution
19. Amend Constitution to allow Congress to declare war only in response to direct attacks/invasions of the United States
20. Abolish the federal govt's power of Eminent Domain

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 Post subject: Re: Ten Progressive Policies Whose Time Has Come
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:38 pm 
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Thank you, BS...and there you have it, folks...the LIBERTARIAN, REPUBLICAN-LITE AGENDA as proclaimed and endorsed by our resident Libertarian-Anarchist.. :lol: Image

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 Post subject: Re: Ten Progressive Policies Whose Time Has Come
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Yeah, Catherine the-not-so-great...I would REALLY amend the Constitution in order to bring America back in line with a form of decentralized govt unable to do so much harm here at home, and abroad. I know it doesn't fit in with your Communist yearnings.

I'll note that you didn't (actually you CAN'T, w/o looking like a total fool) respond to any of my terrific points. You completely exposed your corporatist and imperialistic leanings with that ill-considered post of yours.

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 Post subject: Re: Ten Progressive Policies Whose Time Has Come
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You obviously know nothing more about how the Constitution is amended now than you did when you were posting at this site as Aunty Shane many moons ago.:lol: What you call your "terrific points" only reveals you to be a bigger fool than I originally thought. :lol:

YOU amend the Constitution? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Why am I arguing about the Constitution with a
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:21 am 
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Communist?

People like you have no use for a document that actually RESTRAINS the central govt (as the Constitution was meant to), but look for any way to subvert it (just like GWB)...or, just outright ignore it.

Most of the Founders would spit on you.


Catherine... :stfu:

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