We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Bill McKibben and Rolling Stone

Great article with a few things missing.


I am glad to hear Bill McKibben tell people not to be patient with Pruitt and Trump.


We were through Oklahoma a couple months back and stopped in Picher, Oklahoma.


If anyone wants to find out where our future lies with leaving the decision-making process in the hands of the Pruitts of this world I would suggest you become acquainted with Picher, Oklahoma...


Oklahoma is Scott Pruitt's home state:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picher,_Oklahoma


Quite frankly, I don't understand why Bill McKibben overlooked Picher, Oklahoma in this article he wrote in Rolling Stone.


In communications I had with Bill McKibben he said he was going to start pointing out the relationship between environmentalism and peace. For some reason he still hasn't made the connection.


Perhaps if everyone who shares his article in Rolling Stone would encourage people to read about Picher, Oklahoma they would understand the connection better between the destruction of our environment, global warming and climate change and the military industrial complex seeing as how the bullets made from lead mined in Picher were used for wars... the lead that killed others in far off places ended up killing Picher, Oklahoma... there is a lesson to be learned here.


I wish I would have known about Picher, Oklahoma and Scott Pruitt when I wrote this article for Canadian Dimension magazine:

https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/climate-change-and-the-military-industrial-complex1


One of the country's leading activists on Trump's Cabinet of climate deniers, and what we can do to resist their fossil-fuel-loving agenda.
rollingstone.com

Let's talk about the politics and economics of livelihood

Are you fed up?

Let's talk about the politics and economics of livelihood from a working class point of view

Published by: Alan L. Maki... a rank-and-file working class activist
Retired member of Unite-H.E.R.E. Local 17

Contact info: Phone: 651-587-5541    E-mail: red_finn@live.com

Check out my blog on the Internet: The Podunk Blog: http://thepodunkblog.blogspot.com/

There is a crisis Wall Street's bribed politicians and and over-paid pundits and “economists” refuse to talk about:

The “cost-of-living crisis” which every single working class family has to grapple with in trying to make ends meet on constantly dwindling pay-checks.

As prices rise our pay-checks dwindle because we can't purchase as much.

As workers we create the wealth from which Wall Street profits but we get less and less in return for our labor and the Wall Street parasites exploiting us get more and more.

We, as workers, have a right to have a say in the decision-making process. In spite of all the talk about democracy, workers have been systematically excluded from the political and economic decision-making processes which affects our lives.

No one wants to talk about the relationship between wages and cost-of-living; what goods and services we can purchase with our wages... or, what we can't purchase with our wages--- things like health care.

When we can't purchase the basic necessities of life with our wages we are poor.

Why is it so hard for the over-paid pundits and party hacks to figure out what poverty is?

Politicians bribed by employers use the levers of government like Minimum Wage legislation to hold wages down but do nothing to keep prices from rising.

Prices rise for several reasons.

The two main reasons for rapid price increases are bloated military spending and monopoly price-fixing.

When the government will pay any price for anything from oil and gas to food, medicine and clothing to keep the military machine going this pushes up the prices of everything we need to live, too.

Monopoly price-fixing. The huge monopolies set their prices based on what they think the market will bear. It makes no difference to them whether people can afford to eat or access health care or drive to work at their poverty wage paying jobs. Maximum profits is their only concern.

In spite of all the talk about “free markets” there is very little free market when the huge monopolies dominate the economy and life of the country.

We need a government of, by and for the people--- We The People; isn't this supposed to be what our country is about?

We need a government which will use its power to bring the Minimum Wage in line with actual “cost-of-living” factors.

Working people without jobs are going to be poor.

Politicians talk about “jobs, jobs, jobs” but once elected refuse to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

The hypocrisy is endless and never-ending just like the wars, poverty and unemployment.

We need a government which will work for peace, people and the environment first.

Wall Street is running this country; this is the main problem.

As working people, we need to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power. Power should not be in the hands of the greedy few who find wars more profitable than peace. Poverty amidst such tremendous wealth is morally unacceptable.

This is the richest country in the world. If we can't put an end to poverty what other country can?

These wars are making us all poor as the wealth of the Nation created by workers is squandered on militarism and wars.

The large pool of unemployed, under-employed and workers employed at poverty wages drives all wages down.

These Wall Street employers profit from low wages in the same way they profit from these never-ending dirty wars.

Wages going down; prices going up. This is what has created the “cost-of-living crisis” no one wants to talk about.
Working class families caught up in this “cost-of-living crisis” are cautioned to “be patient” and more “frugal.” We are preached to by the politicians that we must be satisfied with “inching our way to economic justice;” that reforms must be carried out “incrementally” in “baby steps” so as not to offend the Wall Street overlords.

Democrats are pushing a form of “populist economics” using progressive sounding rhetoric but free from real solutions to our problems which doesn't consider the link between lack of healthcare, crumbling infrastructure, underfunded public schools, poverty, unemployment, racism and militarism and wars.

As a society, we need these Wall Street parasites about as much as dogs need ticks and fleas.

The “cost-of-living” crisis is about poverty.

Politicians can put on a huge “bi-partisan” blitz to drum up support for their dirty wars.

Politicians can put on a blitz to finance stadiums for the billionaire owners of professional sports teams.

So, why can't these same politicians put on a blitz to end this “cost-of-living crisis” and poverty?

Politics in this country is like buying a package of pork chops at the super-market... the bad ones are always hidden on the bottom... and we sure got a bad one with Donald Trump but Hillary Clinton was just as bad leaving us with little choice... just like buying the family pack of pork chops--- the bad ones are hidden and covered with a couple good ones. Everything becomes a racket under capitalism... and workers are forced to pay the price... be the price war or the “cost-of-living crisis” neither of which Wall Street's bribed politicians from the Democratic or Republican parties are ever going to do anything about.

Working people need a new political party.

Our agenda would be very straightforward and simple:
Campaign for a “21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity”

We are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then failing to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

We are fed up with our tax dollars being squandered on militarism and wars instead of being used to create jobs by solving the problems of the people and defending our living environment… its time to beat swords into plowshares. Put people to work solving the problems of the people.

A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million new jobs paying real living wages providing people with free health care---  general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health--- through a network of neighborhood and community health care centers; this is a better use of our tax-dollars than wasting our human and financial resources on a far flung empire of over 800 U.S. military bases around the world. Or, it could be financed the same way Social Security is financed. Public funding. Public administration. Public delivery… nothing controversial; just like public education.

A National Public Child Care System would create over three-million new jobs providing working class families with free child care.

We need to restore C.E.T.A., WPA and CCC.

“At Will Employment” legislation in states across the country needs to be rescinded to expand democracy in the workplace and provide workers with the right to freely participate in the communities where they live.

All attacks on immigrant workers, documented and undocumented, need to end.

Planned Parenthood needs to be defended and programs expanded.


We insist Congress and the president enact full employment legislation which makes them legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment; assure everyone who wants a job employment at real living wages in line with the actual cost-of-living.

Full employment would provide stability for Social Security; everyone paying in; everyone getting something out.  Pensions must be honored and protected. The Wall Street swindle of pension funds must end. Restore the Glass-Steagall Act.

We are entitled to a Peace Dividend.

Let's talk about the politics and economics of livelihood for a change.




Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's all this talk about "deep state?"

There is a very bizarre line of thought making the rounds... that both Obama and Trump have been had by those inside the intelligence community working for the Wall Street merchants of death and destruction, the masters of war, who want to whip up animosities with Russia in order to keep the very profitable arms industry humming along.

The thinking goes that Trump wants peace with Russia and he is being undermined by this insidious intelligence community that is some kind of unelected government within the elected government.

This is being called a "deep state" government.

In fact, both Obama, Trump and Clinton--- just like all the presidents going back to, and including, Harry Truman--- have been part of Wall Street's state monopoly capitalist government in the era of imperialism.

There are no "good guys" and "bad guys" in these governments--- they are all bad guys to the extent they have carried out Wall Street's thoroughly reactionary agenda of wars abroad paid for by shoving austerity measures down the throats of working people.

We pay for these wars through the nose with higher taxes for which we get nothing in return except a crumbling public school system, no child care, going without decent housing and without health care and an entire infrastructure, from roads, bridges and highways to dams and public buildings, collapsing.

Obama's supporters would like us to believe there were hidden sinister forces at work who prevented him from doing what is right and now we are hearing the same thing about Trump--- not only from his supporters, but from those even claiming to be leftists who are willing to sit out the struggles against Trump because they claim he is for peace with Russia even though they make no mention of his drive to war with China.

We are supposed to trust Trump to work for peace with Russia. Trump was not brought to power by Wall Street to work for peace... Hillary Clinton would have faithfully carried out Wall Street's agenda, too.

Obama and Trump are part and parcel of this Wall Street government; they are enablers of these warmongers in the intelligence community.

There is no "hidden" government or "deep state" government that is not known.

What we know if presidents (and even former presidents like Lyndon Johnson) do go against Wall Street's interests, they get marginalized. Those like Franklin D. Roosevelt get ganged up on and replaced with morons like Harry Truman. Others like John F. Kennedy who thought he could challenge the merchants of death and destruction get assassinated... but none of this dirty work is carried out by some kind of secret cabal--- these dirty deeds are carried out by those committed to defending and protecting this Wall Street government which has ruled this country for over one-hundred years.

We heard the same kind of stuff from some Bernie Sanders supporters; they said he couldn't go against the military industrial complex because he would be killed.

Well, we know violence is a big part of how those in power maintain their power; no different from the union-busting thugs hired by Trump and other corporate executives to stop union organizing drives and put an end to strikes.

Of course we, the people, are not privy to how or why decisions are made because we are not part of Wall Street.

The thing is, for years phony liberals, phony progressives and even phony leftists have tried to sidestep the reality of capitalism in its most advanced decadent, barbaric, savage, cannibalistic stage of imperialism.

Make no mistake about this... we are all living atop what can only be considered a powder keg with a fuse ready to be lit.

We are dealing with huge and very powerful imperialist countries like our own country, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and weaker imperialist countries like Canada and Italy.

These capitalist countries can not be "democratized" to serve the interests of the people. These can be no "people's capitalism" or as some, like Robert Reich, who make pretenses to being liberal calling for a "return" to "stake-holder capitalism" or some kind of "conscious capitalism" or a "compassionate capitalism."

If we want to prevent the fuse from being lit we need to forge very powerful broad fronts of the people that are anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist with international bonds with the peoples of the world--- especially with people in these other imperialist countries and other people oppressed by these imperialist countries.

We have had many intellectual try to beat around the bush talking about anything and everything except imperialism and to try to escape this by inventing terms like "empire" or "deep state" only hinder the development of building a massive anti-monopoly/anti-imperialist people's front. The longer we put off building this kind of coalition the more dangerous the world becomes and the more likely it becomes that some of these powerful imperialist countries will come to blows causing World War Three and an all out nuclear war only those who can afford ten year bunkers will "survive."

Don't expect any capitalist politicians to work for peace because Wall Street has brought them forward to wage wars... there is nothing secret about this.

End capitalism by building socialism and we will have a world at peace. This is the only way out of the mess we are in.

Who would even think a stupid, lying, anti-worker, anti-woman, racist, goose-stepping fascist bastard like Trump who appoints a pathetic excuse for a human being like Steve Bannon and then boasts he is going to increase military spending to build the most ghastly armaments is capable of pursuing policies of peace?

Trump is not being undermined by any kind of "deep state" intelligence community--- he is part of this Wall Street imperialist cabal of merchants of death and destruction.

If we want to beat swords into plowshares to reap a Peace Dividend this is going to take united action by the people to challenge Wall Street for political and economic power--- there is no ferreting out some kind of secret hidden "deep state" government that will bring peace.

Robert McNamara told us how this rotten government works when it comes to war before he died... and in his own way, by endorsing George McGovern, Lyndon Johnson told us what was needed, too.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Health care--- Another big lie

We are constantly being fed the big lie by the corporate media that when it comes to health care we have but two choices...

Just like we have been force fed the big lie we should be content having to choose between Republicans and Democrats.

With health care we are bombarded with two choices---

Obamacare, the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010;" sometimes, but not often referred to as the "Affordable Care Act" which is anything but "affordable."

And the Republican wet dream of the "free enterprise"--- private, for-profit--- solution to this health care mess.

Mentioned occasionally is a third alternative still mired in the for-profit system: single-payer universal health care which would make the government the collector of premiums which would be administered by a quasi-governmental body made up of insurance company managers and health care "professionals" like doctors setting their own fees for their services which would continue the private, for-profit delivery of health care.

But, what our great free media is not willing to bring into the public square for discussion, dialog and debate is the idea of a National Public Health Care System based on the model of public education:

Public funding.

Public administration.

Public delivery. 

Instead of paying for over 800 U.S. military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's interests we could have a vast network of neighborhood and community health care centers stretching out all across the United States providing free health care for everyone which would create over twelve-million good paying jobs.

Health care just as Frances Perkins envisioned: pre-natal through burial; everyone in, nobody out; general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental.

After over one-hundred years of dirty imperialist wars, isn't it time for the Peace Dividend?

It is bad enough we had to pick from among two choices shoved down our throats for president--- Clinton or Trump.

We shouldn't have to pick between two similar rotten choices nobody wants when it comes to health care.

A National Public Health Care System is the only real solution to this health care mess.

Quite frankly, I'm more concerned with having the right to health care than I am worried about losing my right to walk around with a gun.

Fake News

There is a lot of talk about "fake news."


Well, according to the files I have that the FBI has been maintaining on me for over five decades, the FBI has intentionally created the most malicious, libelous and defaming "news" about working class activists like myself in an attempt to "neutralize" us.


In my own case, the FBI worked with the two-bit, half-assed fascist billionaire wife-beater Richard Mellon-Scaife to put out all kinds of false information through right-wing networks like those operated by the likes of Cliff Kincaid and the pedophile Trevor Loudon.

All of the lies were spread through the mainstream media, too, and by the right-wing preachers like Pat Robertson and his ilk with the "Christian" broadcasters.


All of these dirty deeds were carried out under the guise of "national security."


So, these people became very skilled at mastering the "art" and "science" of peddling lies using the media to shape public opinion to the point where today the lies and misinformation have become so overwhelming it is just about impossible to get at the truth.


And then these lying hypocrites have the unmitigated gall to try to pass all of this off to the rest of the world as if this reflects the doings of a great democracy...


And what has the rest of the world been doing?


Laughing at this circus...


But now they are beginning to cringe as they see all these lies being pumped out turning into a ghastly nightmare---


The laughing has stopped as people begin to realize this isn't a Charlie Chaplin production of the "Great Dictator"...


That it really is happening here.


And everyone has begun to realize that this lying, rotten, crooked and corrupt Wall Street government presided over by this fascist buffoon Trump is on the verge of dragging the entire world down the road to hell with no stopping in perdition.


Don't look for a bunch of cowardly worthless Democrats in Congress who have boasted, like Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin, they have opposed "half of Trump's cabinet appointments" and this great "free media" which thrives on peddling lies wrapped around little itty-bitty kernels of truth to save you.


Probably the only thing that is going to save us now from this insanity is a working class led socialist revolution.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rights

I'm more concerned with having the right to health care than I am worried about losing my right to walk around with a gun.

No one is denying us our Second Amendment Rights but Democrats and Republicans are denying us all the right to health care.

Impeach Trump now!

The Democrats want us to focus on the non-existent Russian threat as they beat the drums for another war; we need to focus on the harm Trump is doing to working people, to his trampling over the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The only link to the Russians is Trump's connection to crooked and corrupt Russians in his personal business dealings. This should be exposed and it is one more reason to impeach him because he has intentionally tried to cover all of this up.

Also, Trump needs to be investigated for his criminal connivance with organized crime concerning the construction of his buildings, his casino operations and his union busting activities--- the Democrats and the media have ignored all of this because they can get away with ignoring this because there has been no raucous from the grassroots demanding all of this be looked into.

His attacks on so-called "illegal immigrants" is also grounds for impeachment.

But we should not let this crap the Democrats are using to build up for war with Russia continue.

We shouldn't allow the Democrats to frame these things about Russia in their terms.

There is a problem with Trump's links to Russia but it is not how the Democrats portray it.

The Democrats want us to believe the Russians helped Trump steal the election from Hillary Clinton when the issue is, as far as Hillary Clinton is concerned, these Democrats never should have run her in the first place because she is no better than Trump.

It was the Democrats who were forcing the corrupt warmonger Clinton down our throats that were responsible for Trump being elected not the Russians.

My view




A viewpoint by Alan Maki, a union, peace, environmental and civil rights activist;  retired member of UNITE-HERE Local 17.

I offer this for discussion about Peace, Equality, Full Employment, Universal Health Care and Protection of the Environment.

This is my response to the invitation extended by the AFL-CIO to all people and organizations to comment on its White Paper, “Prosperity Economics, Building An Economy For All” by Jacob S. Hacker and Nate Loewentheil, intended to create discussion about the direction of organized labor and the kind of country we all want to live in where peace, social and economic justice for working people prevail.
Democracy--- as well as social, economic and environmental justice--- require no less than a full and broad discussion of these important concerns and issues.

I agree with the concept of “prosperity economics” by “building an economy that works for everyone.” There are several very basic facts left out of this “White Paper” and it is very hazy, vague and nebulous as to what our concrete and specific goals and objectives are to be and what kind of movement and struggle it will take for the working class--- organized and unorganized together--- to create a prosperity economics for us all.
The “White Paper” does not clearly articulate our main enemy: Wall Street. The “White Paper” doesn’t reflect the fact that we, as working people, are engaged in a social, political and economic struggle for power with the intent to replace Wall Street’s dominance over every aspect of our lives--- in our schools, at work and in our communities.
Let’s state right up front workers create all wealth but workers have had no say in how this wealth is distributed and used. This needs to change. Democracy requires no less.
Let’s also put it right out there before the American people that militarism and wars are squandering the wealth of our Nation to such a large extent we don’t have the resources to solve our many domestic problems. These dirty imperialist wars are killing our jobs and our standard of living just like they kill people.
Militarism and wars are a major contributing factor to the world-wide collapsing capitalist economy. No nation can continue to endlessly use the wealth of its nation to prepare for wars and to fight wars. This is sheer insanity.
Wall Street’s greedy drive for profits results in wars which exacerbates our problems.
Detroit goes broke; the rest of our cities are sure to follow as Wall Street wallows in profits.
Working people go without adequate health care; insurance and pharmaceutical companies get fabulously wealthy. Earlier retirement and shorter workweeks/longer vacations with no cut in pay create jobs and would keep us healthier, too.
Our public institutions like public education fall apart, crumble and collapse just like our roads, highways and bridges because we are constantly feeding a war machine intended to fight never-ending wars waged to protect Wall Street’s assets and profits. We don’t need, and can’t afford, 800 foreign military bases dotting the globe.
Prosperity for all begins with the recognition peace is required to achieve full employment.
Full employment is about the government seeing to it that jobs are created for all at real living wages. It is about putting people to work by creating massive universal social programs like National Public Health Care, not job destroying legislation like Obama-care as detrimental to our health and jobs as wars without providing real health care reform while pushing the price of health care up instead of its stated intent to push prices down.
Eliminating militarism and wars eliminates the largest carbon footprint contributing to global warming and climate change as the Military Industrial Complex wastes our precious resources in a huge, monstrous complex that ruins our environment--- power generation, mining, manufacturing, the resources like oil and gas required to fight wars. Preparation for war, and war itself, creates a mammoth sized carbon footprint destroying our living environment while creating massive joblessness and poverty and ill health for our people as our air, water and land gets polluted.

The Wall Street selected politicians talk about “jobs, jobs, jobs” when their hidden agenda is really “profits, profits, profits” and “war, war, and more war.”
The time has come to make politicians legislatively responsible for full employment and peace because prosperity economics requires: peace and full employment--- a healthy people and a healthy environment.
Therefore, I propose that a central goal of the American labor and working class movement needs to be the building of an economy for all that is inseparably linked to peace and full employment which must include:
A Minimum Wage tied to all cost of living factors indexed to inflation. Jobs or a living income for all.
National Public Health Care. Protect, defend and expand Social Security programs.
Legislation prohibiting lockouts and scabbing. Repeal of “At-Will Employment” legislation--- the primary obstacle to worker empowerment and union organizing. End racism... Enforcement of Affirmative Action.
Price controls are needed for food, gas, home heating fuels and electricity.
A healthy economy means a healthy living environment and a healthy planet. We need a quality of life index.
The two-party system is a trap for working people. We must free ourselves from the Democrats and Republicans. A working class based people’s party is required if we are going to have a prosperity economics that works for all of us. We can learn a thing or two about health care and politics from our Canadian Brothers and Sisters.
We are now at a crossroads.
We will have an economy that serves Wall Street or we will have an economy that works for the rest of us--- we can’t have both just like we can’t have both war and full employment.

I encourage the use of the proposed Full Employment Act of 1945 pushed by the CIO unions and authored by liberal Texas Congressman Wright Patman and the associated hearing testimonies to broaden this discussion:
I also call to your attention the excellent Op-Ed piece by Bob Herbert, “Losing Our Way,” his last piece in the New York Times (March 25, 2011), which declares:

“The U.S. has not just misplaced its priorities. When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.”

I ask: What ever happened to William Winpisinger’s “Rebuild America Act” and the “peace dividend?” The AFL-CIO should bring back to life its Committee on Conversion--- from military production to producing for human needs; swords into plowshares is what was advocated by the late International Association of Machinist’s President, William Winpisinger. Where is this advocacy for peace and reordering our Nation’s priorities now?
Thank you for allowing me to share with you my critique of the AFL-CIO’s “White Paper.”
In solidarity and struggle.
For peace, equality, full employment, universal health care, ending racism and protection of the environment.
Alan L. Maki

Check out my blog:
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Phone: 651-587-5541                                                                               (end)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Drain the swamp or create a cesspool?

Donald Trump said he was going to drain the swamp but he has turned the swamp into a racist, fascist cesspool.

Will Democrats push to imoeach Trump... for real?

Democrats are playing a very deceitful, self-serving game with us. They are making noises about impeaching Trump in the same way they promised to impeach and prosecute Bush and Cheney. When the time came they backed out. Now they are going to tell us we need to give them a House and Senate majority in 2018 so they can impeach Trump. Let's get real here. We have had over a third of the Democrats in the Senate voting to approve one or more of Trump's cabinet choices--- all of whom are incompetent extreme right wing racists. Can we really expect such Democrats to vote to impeach Trump?

"Live" facebook?

I'm thinking about doing a regular "Live" Facebook chat.

Maybe call it something like "A Working Class Voice... let's talk about the politics of peace, socialism and the economics of livelihood."

Would anyone listen?

What would be a good day and time?

Monday, February 13, 2017

The "criminals" being deported

Deported for the "crime" of working.

Democrats can't win because they provide no real solutions to the problems working people are experiencing

Why Democrats lost can largely be blamed on their continued defense of the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010" or as they obviously would rather call it by its non-sinister sounding name which hides its real intention--- Obamacare. Of course they have difficulty referring to it as the "Affordable Care Act" because there is nothing affordable about it.

So while the Democrats continue to tell us they intend to save us from Trump and the Republicans through the 2018 and 2020 elections, they are dooming their chances even further by continuing to pound away with this incredible nonsense no one believes that Obamacare is worth saving when in fact it deserves to be repealed and replaced with real health care reform--- a National Public Health Care System.

By refusing to acknowledge the failure of Obamacare the Democrats are only setting us up for greater attacks from the Republicans.

This is why we need a new political party to reflect the rising anger of the American people caused by their disgust in this two-party trap which is reflected in the growing movements of people taking to the streets in opposition to Trump's reactionary fascist-like agenda.

If people had any confidence at all in the Democrats being able to resolve their problems through the 2018 and 2020 elections they would be heavily involved in mobilizing for these elections to back Democrats; but how many of the millions of people now in the streets across the country do you see getting involved in the Democratic Party?

All polls show, and talk to most anyone and you will find, people are just plain fed up and angry they have no political movement and party they can relate to which will take up their concerns and problems.

And as the Democrats stick to their warmongering and their phony health care "reform" like Obamacare and continue to talk about "jobs, jobs, jobs" with no jobs at real living wages ever materializing; all opposed by the people but not for the reasons given by the Republicans but because people know that they have created the enormous wealth in this country through their labor and they expect this wealth to be used to improve their lives and livelihoods.

People aren't opposed to government as the Republicans claim; people are opposed to a government of corrupt Democrats and Republicans doing the wrong things; hurting people instead of helping people.

We have a huge vacuum in this country where the majority of the people have no say in government because they don't have a political party reflecting the kind of country they want to live in.

What do people want from government?

Well, if you don't know, I suggest you take this very simple and basic petition around and ask your family, friends, neighbors and fellow workers to consider signing it and see how fast they sign it.

If you want to continue the experiment try circulating a petition calling for spending more money on wars.

And try circulating a petition asking people to support Obamacare.

But, have available all three petitions so people have the opportunity to make real choices.

I think you will find just what I have found; there are very, very few people who will not sign this petition because it makes sense to them; go ahead and try it for yourself; let's build a movement, a massive movement, a movement of the people, by the people and for the people--- this is the way to defeat Trump and take political and economic power away from Wall Street:

Campaign for a “21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity”

We are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then failing to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

We are fed up with our tax dollars being squandered on militarism and wars instead of being used to create jobs by solving the problems of the people and defending our living environment… its time to beat swords into ploughshares. Put people to work solving the problems of the people.

A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million new jobs paying real living wages providing people with free health care--- general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health--- through a network of neighborhood and community health care centers; this is a better use of our tax-dollars than wasting our human and financial resources on a far flung empire of over 800 U.S. military bases around the world. Or, it could be financed the same way Social Security is financed. Public funding. Public administration. Public delivery… nothing controversial; just like public education.

A National Public Child Care System would create over three-million new jobs providing working class families with free child care.

We need to restore C.E.T.A., WPA and CCC.

We insist Congress and the president enact full employment legislation which makes them legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment; assure everyone who wants a job employment at real living wages in line with the actual cost-of-living.

Full employment would provide stability for Social Security; everyone paying in; everyone getting something out.


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Unscupulous people have been attacking me

Some dishonest people insinuate or suggest I am behind some kind of "anything but Democrats" campaign."

I have been very specific in suggesting what kind of new party we need.

In fact, at this very moment many of Bernie Sanders' supporters are trying to convince him to run on some kind of new People's Party ticket and I am all for this.

Democrats should have massive pressure brought to bear on them to support reforms paid for with the long promised "Peace Dividend."

To the extent Democrats support ending these wars and beating swords into plowshares to finance solving the problems of the people they should be supported but to the extent they continue to support wars and militarism while refusing to take up solutions to people's problems they should be rejected.

No one has ever suggested the Democrats should not be allowed to be part of a huge united people's front to stop Trump and reverse course but they refuse to pursue such a course.

Under these circumstances it is shear suicide to continue to bend and bow to these Democrats who expect us to vote for them based on campaign promises they have no intent of implementing.

If Democrats want the votes of working people let them earn our votes rather than going after the votes of Republicans thinking they can take our votes for granted.

I have worked inside the Democratic Party and held a variety of positions in the Democratic Party and, quite frankly, I have never seen any of you who think we should turn our votes over to the Democrats without getting anything in return participating.

My blog is full of work I have done in the Democratic Party and I have very meticulously detailed the undemocratic, deceitful and corrupt methods Democratic Party hacks have used to silence me and not once have any of you who turn around and blame me ever stood up and condemned these shenanigans used to silence me.

Where were you when I was an member of the State Central Committee of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party when I was being attacked for speaking out against the Israeli killing machine, against these dirty wars, for repealing "At Will Employment" legislation, insisting the Democratic Party take a stand for enforcing Affirmative Action when Obama pushed through his trillion dollar "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" in 2009?

I find it ironic you are willing to blame people for not voting for Democrats but you are silent when people who raise the most fundamental questions relating to peace and in defense of a better life for working people get attacked by these crooked, corrupt and conniving Democratic Party hacks while they are trying to push forward a real progressive agenda.

As we have seen, almost a third of Democratic U.S. Senators have voted for Trump's cabinet choices. There isn't one single Democrat in the House or Senate who can be relied on to oppose these dirty wars.

What are you doing to pressure Democrats to take up a progressive working class agenda? Let's hear what you are doing so we can work with you.

You make it sound like I am opposed to working with Democrats when I have been, and continue, to try to get Democrats to take up reforms that would defend the rights and livelihoods of working people.

In fact, you act like I am insulting Democrats because I place the problems of working people under their noses for solution.

In fact, I am more than willing to work with Democrats when they express a willingness to discuss the problems of working people... as seldom as they are willing to do this.

I am not unwilling to support and vote for Democrats when they are willing to do what is right; but, I sure as heck will not suggest to working people they support Democrats when they hurt working people and are willing to sacrifice the lives of working people here or those in the countries being attacked in these wars and sacrifice the the living standards of the working class in order to finance these dirty imperialist wars.

I have been involved in pushing a very simple campaign as stated below... tell me how many Democrats you would like me to vote for support this? All that it is, is the agenda pushed by such Democrats as Frances Perkins, Henry Wallace, Wright Patman and LBJ with his "Great Society," the old progressive CIO unions and I can guarantee you that if you circulate this among your family, friends, neighbors and fellow workers you will find few among them who won't sign their names in support. This will be my test as to whether or not I vote for any Democrats and, quite frankly, by creating mass support for this very basic initiative I think we provide Democrats with the incentive to begin doing what is right by the people and along with this we need to provide them with even greater incentive to do what is right by building a new political party around such a simple and basic progressive agenda that has the potential to bring back together that important old coalition of liberals, progressives and leftists.

As Frances Perkins so often said, people need to eat when they are hungry, people need health care when they are sick, people need jobs when they are unemployed not promises of reforms providing these basic necessities of life ten or twenty years down the road.

Frances Perkins rejected incremental reforms made through baby steps over long periods of time and we should reject the Democrats who vote for wars while putting off reforms we need to solve our immediate problems now.

Campaign for a “21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity”

We are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then failing to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

We are fed up with our tax dollars being squandered on militarism and wars instead of being used to create jobs by solving the problems of the people and defending our living environment… its time to beat swords into ploughshares. Put people to work solving the problems of the people.

A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million new jobs paying real living wages providing people with free health care--- general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health--- through a network of neighborhood and community health care centers; this is a better use of our tax-dollars than wasting our human and financial resources on a far flung empire of over 800 U.S. military bases around the world. Or, it could be financed the same way Social Security is financed. Public funding. Public administration. Public delivery… nothing controversial; just like public education.

A National Public Child Care System would create over three-million new jobs providing working class families with free child care.

We need to restore WPA and CCC.

We insist Congress and the president enact full employment legislation which makes them legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment; assure everyone who wants a job employment at real living wages in line with the actual cost-of-living.

Full employment would provide stability for Social Security; everyone paying in; everyone getting something out.