What I have found was lost. What I have lost was gone. But have I ever lost? To regain as it were undone?
I feel the emptiness, the sorrows, the despair. But I also feel the optimism, the sense of forward, and the desire.
I search for the yellow brick road. But I’m on the concrete. Must I follow the elk who wander into the fields or the tiger who pursues its meals.
I still don’t know. I still don’t deal. But I continue walking the nigh street heels.
Democrats have lost the rural folks. We know it. Now, what are we doing to get them back? Nothing.
The Democratic Party lost the rural voters, specifically in the south, after 1964. The party shifted its principles in order to appeal to a broader and more diverse crowd. The changes weren’t so political as it was an identity problem.
But now the time has come where Democrats can more appeal to moderates and fiscal conservatives; white collar folks. The Democratic Party has proven to embrace Keynesian economics, it’s time to prove the case. Why self-described fiscal conservatives turned keynesians. That is a case to be made.
Democrats should refocus political issues to the economy, while it is apparent that the populace is more accepting of social liberal values. It isn’t enough to persuade voters to effectively continue voting democrat. The refocus to the economy can focus on a broader base and with the case of Keynesianism to be met can further persuade more voters. That is a case to be made.
And ultimately, democrats should look toward the future. It should continue accepting diversity in it’s party and celebrate it. America is becoming a more pluralistic nation that can truly live to the creed of multiculturalism. And Democrats should make the case that immigrants only add to the American culture, not disrespect it. That is a case to be made.
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The Republicans aren’t relenting on pursuing this deal to no where. They are insisting on defunding the ACA for a year in exchange to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for 6 weeks. What type of compromise is that?
The Tea baggers are forcing the GOP to their will. And since they’ve lost all forms of electing representatives that share their interests; losing to the Democratically-controlled Senate and Presidency and to the Supreme Court Ruling. They have succumbed to governing by extortion.
But really. Why fumble over the debt ceiling. It would hurt everyone in the process…right? Here’s a revelation for you, the Tea Party is interested in tying the blame to the President and to drown the frail government in a bath tub. So why not throw us over the cliff. Blame the President. And in the process drown the beast; as the government approaches the ceiling the Treasury would begin to prioritize payments and leaving out Social Security and Medicare payments in favor of interest payments. Effectively the Treasury would keep doing this until it was unable to continue. Interest rates would skyrocket. And the Government would stand and watch defenseless if the standoff continued.
The Tea party is out to get rid of the New Deal programs and to starve the beast that is the sovereign borrowing that keeps the economy afloat.
ever notice that all of the teen pop sensations from the past few years have the initials JB? jonas brothers, justin bieber, joe biden
The natural sequence of events have forced us to rethink our social progress. Our country needs a new ideological viewpoint that unifies libertarian and moderate values.
I call to action protections to the promises we’ve made and move forward with a new vision for America. I call this Neoprogressivism.
Here are what I propose as changes to our current system.
Social Security should not be privatized. Social Security should be devolved and the responsibilities be given to the states. Legislative language should include the following.
1.Eliminate the Federal social security tax (set date at devolution of Social Security)
2.Mandate State Governments set up their own social security program that maintains a national database transferable to other states (Current SSA issued numbers will be transferred to the state program)
3. Starting 2025, retirees will no longer be able to retire under the Federal Social Security program. Their credits are transferred to their respective state program with Social Security Trust Funds. States will be given time to set up plans for their programs and a timetable for effective transition.
4. Current and future Social Security offices and respective employees are under flagship of the state’s pension program. Funding will continue coming from the national government transitioning under responsibility from state government.
Medicare should face the same initiative. Send responsibility to the states.
1. Eliminate the Federal Medicare tax
2. Mandate State Governments combine Medicare and Medicaid into a singular program that covers seniors and low-income persons.
3. Medicare trust will be transferred to cover expenses until state governments finalize development of their programs.
Universal health coverage will be maintained through the provisions set by the Affordable Care Act.
Drug Decriminalization, we must recognize that people who do drugs are in need of help, they should not be sent to jail, they should be sent to rehabilitation centers and away from influences.
-statutes that include driving under the influence and crimes committed under the influence of drugs will be kept in place (note: they will be charges for the proxy crimes committed) but individuals who do not commit crimes other than using drugs should not be sent to prison.
Economic Protectionism the United States should seek trade policies that reduce the reliance on foreign products and more emphasis on domestic production and keeping jobs here.
Government role in the Economy, government is given the right to regulate interstate commerce by the Constitution. It should regulate practices that hurt consumers and the economy. Reenact the Glass-Steagall Act.
Labor Unions and the right to form unions should be protected. But government will not instigate formations of unions. Workers have the right to choose and to collectively bargain.
Immigration is the legacy of our great nation and we must continue to seek the best while tending to our value of “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”. Switch the US immigration system to a merit-based system that allocates immigration visas to those who can fill our economic demands (doctors, scientists, technologists). Keep international students with high education degrees here. And give asylum to those affected by tyrant undemocratic government.
-Immigration reform must include provisions that prevent future illegal immigration from the southern border. Include a nationwide electronic verification system of immigrant status/work eligibility.
Immigration reform should permit current undocumented immigrants the ability to seek legal status through a passing of background checks and paying fines. Then the ability to seek permanent residency and citizenship through normal channels.
Gun Regulation should include common sense reforms to try to prevent disturbed individuals from obtaining weapons. It should include a cooperative effort by state and national government to identify those who are classified by mental institutions as unfit for arms and criminals.
International Affairs just as the United States should seek economic protectionist policies, it should also withdraw from unnecessary international conflicts. Interests should shift back to domestic issues; patriotism lies within our borders in peace-time and should stay there. There are crumbling bridges and roads, lets stop rebuilding failed states.
War on Terror, the terrorists win when they are able to bring fear into our lives. As a nation we should step back and give rights back to individuals (specifically Privacy). We cannot exchange rights for security, as stated by Ben Franklin, we end up losing more than we gain in our state of mind.
- Every single conversation between Walt and JesseJesse:Yo bitchWalt:What the hell are you doing here
- middleschooltrackstar asked:What's your opinion on the most effective way to implement a higher minimum wage?
Truthfully? You’d need a majority of progressive/liberal Democrats in the House, and at least 60 in the Senate. Which is why it’s not happening any...
I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.