Here’s an article by a Seattle plutocrat, I guess you could say a neighbor of mine, though he runs in circles I surely never see. I’d say this is July’s must read. It’s long but well worth it.
Medicare for all, now. Cover everyone. This will reduce financial fears for millions immediately. This will bring optimism and hope, and will reduce desperation.
Three trillion dollar jobs program, now. Construction of roads, sewer systems, parks, schools, border fence (?), sustainable energy systems, whether equipment or retrofits for efficiency. Finance with quantitative easing but to the firms and workers not the banks. Millions of jobs. More hope. More money.
Jawbone and provide tax benefits to manufacture here, bring jobs back to U.S. More jobs. More hope.
Stop bombing everywhere else. Bring overseas bases and soldiers back and reopen or expand US bases here. Reduce military budget by giving construction jobs first to retiring soldiers. Less bombing means fewer future terrorists. Fewer refugees.
Stick to a rational, proper immigration system. Grandfather those already here. They live here, pay taxes here, have kids here, and by and large do the jobs nobody else wants to, jobs that need doing.
Apply social security tax to all income from whatever source and remove caps on top income – this will make system solvent forever
Apply graduated income rates to all income whether employment or passive. Keep rates where they are but for incomes over $400,000 charge 45%; $800,000 charge 65%; anything over $3 million charge 80%. Our financial problems will be over and the impact on 97 percent of us will be unseen.
Mostly, be practical, not ideological. Zealotry is the biggest deadly sin not on the list.
- Health care as a right, not a source of financial fear and drain
- Millions employed, earning that three trillion and spending it within the US to live
- More jobs for more millions as manufacturing and making things expands
- Less cost for war, bombings, and bases, leaving peace overseas and more funds at home
- A sustainable future, built by all of us, for all of us
Forget Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Progressives, Liberals. This is about people, all of us, finding a way to survive, prosper, and live in relative peace.
This is my granddaughter Lucy, two. Don’t we owe this to her and all the others like her? And all the generations to come?