Published in DelawareLiberal on January 8, 2014 by ProgressivePopulist
I'm throwing this out there after much thought, but also just before
leaving town for a week. So I won't be able to respond right away.
The economic incrementalism we Democrats are doing with supposed
economic solutions to a broken capitalistic system isn't working. Jim
Hightower and many other fellow populists told you they wouldn't work
and he was right. It is time for radical solutions on behalf of the
47 million of us are unemployed, underemployed and in
poverty as a result. Some small share of them will not be able to
participate in a repaired economy because of infirmity, under education
and other social maladies we might not be able overcome. But we can
make things right for the huge majority of those in this situation.
aids are not working; major rehabilitation of the economic system is
the only solution requiring sacrifice by the privileged class. And it
is high time that both our local parties and the DNC step up to the task
of offering remedies that will get most of America working in life
sustaining employment and back in the middle class that was once the
envy of the world. Democrats must now address this genuine crisis. Our
viability as a society depends on it. Now, not later. Fully, not
partially. Here's what many economic experts propose as the solutions.
No, austerity, well and long tested here and in europe prove without
any doubt that is not the solution. You can fight over the details.
Details do matter.
l. Create the Nixon proposed guaranteed annual
income for all American's. Pay for it by taxing corporations and the
very wealthy who will then see the return of the funds in increased
sales and purchases. Create a baseline income for a family, below which
the guarantee kicks in by some means, like a tax credit or outright
2. Restore public jobs, especially teachers, paid for by
both state taxes (you figure out what kind) and for federal jobs,
federal taxes. Those salaries will come right back into the economy.
Launch a Marshall Plan to fix those broken public schools in inner
cities and rural America with state of the art teaching techniques and
highly trained teachers prepared to deal with poverty stricken children
as well as great classrooms, equipment and spaces.
4. Re-tool our
job training programs to address needed skills in our workforce. Yes,
fund them heartily, paid for by the very companies who need these
5. Incentivize and yes punish in some cases
multi-national companies shipping jobs overseas to get those several
million jobs back here. Include incentives to "buy American".
Launch a massive green public works renewal program to address failing
roads, bridges, the grid, high speed communications and all dilapidated
infrastructure. Hire private contractors to do much of this. Finance
through public banks. Make one of the roles of the public bank is to
loan money to new industry start ups, especially green industries. All
this money will flow back into the economy. Fund in part by a massive
reduction in the military budget, including converting military
contractors building weapons of destruction into contractors of planet
restoring green products.
7. Toughen worker safety and health
standards and require robust retirement and health care benefits to
contractors. Restrict temporary employment among contractors and for
other users of temps, require minimum standards of benefits to be set
aside for employees of temp agencies.
8. Revolutionize laws
empowering re-unionization of the workforce and severely penalizing
companies restricting organizing activity. Require unionized workforces
for any federal contractors.
9. Lower recipient age for social
security to 55 and restructure cap on s.s. tax upward.This will move
retirements earlier and make way for new workforce participants.
10. Increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, affecting 28 million people.
this should be a 20-25 year program with the promise to those seeing
their taxes increase, including corporations, that after the rebuilding
era, congress would be required to revisit and reduce taxes if the
renewal is working.