Contract for the American Dream

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by 804brown, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. 804brown

    804brown Well-Known Member

    We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice . . . for all. Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity, and give their kids a better life. Every one of us – rich, poor, or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender – has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill – but only by working together.
    Today, the American Dream is under threat. Our veterans are coming home to few jobs and little hope on the home front. Our young people are graduating off a cliff, burdened by heavy debt, into the worst job market in half a century. The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won’t cut homeowners a break. Our firefighters, nurses, cops, and teachers – America’s everyday heroes – are being thrown out onto the street. We believe:
    America is not broke

    America is rich – still the wealthiest nation ever. But too many at the top are grabbing the gains. No person or corporation should be allowed to take from America while giving little or nothing back. The super-rich who got tax breaks and bailouts should now pay full taxes – and help create jobs here, not overseas. Those who do well in America should do well by America.
    Americans need jobs, not cuts

    Many of our best workers are sitting idle while the work of rebuilding America goes undone. Together, we must rebuild our country, reinvest in our people and jump-start the industries of the future. Millions of jobless Americans would love the opportunity to become working, tax-paying members of their communities again. We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis.

    To produce this Contract for the American Dream, 131,203 Americans came together online and in their communities. We wrote and rated 25,904 ideas. Together, we identified the 10 most critical steps to get our economy back on track and restore the American Dream:

    10 Critical Steps to Get Our Economy Back on Track

    I. Invest in America's Infrastructure

    Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads, and public transit. We must invest in high-speed Internet and a modern, energy-saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.

    II. Create 21st Century Energy Jobs

    We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.

    III. Invest in Public Education

    We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-quality teachers, and build safe, well-equipped school buildings for our students. A high-quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.

    IV. Offer Medicare for All

    We should expand Medicare so it's available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it -- but it's not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country -- paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results.

    V. Make Work Pay

    Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity, and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed.

    VI. Secure Social Security

    Keep Social Security sound, and strengthen the retirement, disability, and survivors' protections Americans earn through their hard work. Pay for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax, so that upper-income people pay into Social Security on all they make, just like the rest of us.

    VII. Return to Fairer Tax Rates
    End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us -- or our kids -- must pay eventually. Also, we must outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Lastly, with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country's wealth, we should add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million each year.

    VIII. End the Wars and Invest at Home
    Our troops have done everything that's been asked of them, and it's time to bring them home to good jobs here. We're sending $3 billion each week overseas that we should be investing to rebuild America.

    IX. Tax Wall Street Speculation

    A tiny fee of a twentieth of 1% on each Wall Street trade could raise tens of billions of dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. This would reduce speculation, "flash trading," and outrageous bankers' bonuses -- and we'd have a lot more money to spend on Main Street job creation.

    X. Strengthen Democracy
    We need clean, fair elections -- where no one's right to vote can be taken away, and where money doesn't buy you your own member of Congress. We must ban anonymous political influence, slam shut the lobbyists' revolving door in D.C., and publicly finance elections. Immigrants who want to join in our democracy deserve a clear path to citizenship. We must stop giving corporations the rights of people when it comes to our elections. And we must ensure our judiciary's respect for the Constitution. Together, we will reclaim our democracy to get our country back on track.
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    804, please Google "how to post a link". Dave.
  3. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    Please post a link to "how to google". 555
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

  5. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    Dave has dictated. So it shall be done.
  6. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    And since we don't know when 804 will be back, I shall comply.


    Hint: this is Van Jones' work.
  7. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Painful reality -
    Painful reality
    Ken Helgeson could be you.
    The retired pressman from Millis worked for more than 50 years, sometimes two jobs, to take care of his daughter and his wife, Marion, a paraplegic as the result of polio.
    “I never asked anybody for anything. I never took a free ride or money from the state. You took care of yourself. It’s the way we got brought up, and that’s what I’ve done,” Helgeson said yesterday, not bragging but putting the irony of his plight in perspective.

    In what he calls “a sellout,” Helgeson says Medicare has changed its deal for covering the prescription drug that kept him working for 10 years with increasingly severe rheumatoid arthritis. Enbrel used to cost him a $42 per month co-pay. Now it costs him $600 a month. He can’t afford it. So he stopped taking Enbrel four months ago.
    “Six hundred a month is an awful lot of money on a fixed income,” he said. “I just can’t pay.”
  8. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

  9. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    No it's NOT !!!! Hold a poll if you wish !

    And I do use both, but if I'm in really need - google has it all, and love the up to the minute new threads.
  10. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    I've used both and just can't agree on that.
  11. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Of course I was speaking of just my needs. When I google certain wording there comes ad links in between the stuff I want. With Yahoo, I get a straight list of just what I asked for and no ads in the middle of it. I can't tell you if there are ads on the perimeter....becase I focus on the middle content.

    It's been awhile, so maybe it's changed, but I'm already hooked on Yahoo.
  12. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

  13. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    There are still some ads, but they don't bother me much. It's all in what one gets used to.