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512-517-2708

Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

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

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

We need a living income Social Security

No one on Social Security should be getting less than $2,700.00 a month.

Right now Social Security is structured to enforce poverty.

Workers who received poverty wages during their working lives are forced into even more extreme poverty when they can no longer work and there is no justification for this kind of legislatively enforced poverty... this is an injustice Social Security was never meant to enforce and there must be legislation forthcoming now to correct this injustice.

And this injustice is made even worse by forcing pensioners to pay $144.00 a month for Medicare Part B which still requires very high-priced supplemental insurance which still doesn’t cover many medical procedures.

Medicare should cover 100% of all medical including dental, vision and hearing. 

We have paid enough into the Social Security and Medicare systems during our working years to more than cover our health care and provide for real living incomes in our retirement years.

That Democrats and the advocates of Medicare for All refuse to address the need for these reforms shows they are merely using our problems as campaign gimmicks with no intent to bring about real change...

Perhaps these politicians in Washington would take us seniors more seriously if we joined the youth out in the streets... apparently taking to the streets gets you more than the vote does.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Free Rodney Reed!


I sent this message to Texas Governor Greg Abbott this morning; I would encourage you to contact his office if you haven’t done so before; or, if you have contacted him previously concerning the case of Rodney Reed please do so again because out of sight is out of mind.
Here is his contact info:
I want to renew my request for a meeting with you concerning the case of Rodney Reed.
Many of the people from ordinary Texans and people across the country along with clergy and union leaders who have contacted you concerning the case of Rodney Reed, have done so at my request.
I’m sure as a politician you understand the power of people talking to one another... like me, most people talk the most when we are not happy about something going on.
You spend a lot of money creating an image for yourself... what people say can travel a long way and end up costing a lot more money trying to put shine on that image. You might want to consider this.
I want to share with you, Governor Abbott, a FaceBook post I made that references those of you who participated in this racist frame-up of Rodney Reed:
What is racism in the criminal justice system in this country?
Well, let’s look at two very real examples:
The Minnesota Attorney General says it is very difficult to get a murder conviction on a cop and cites the case of George Floyd where everyone saw the cop murder George Floyd on video.
Now look at the case of Rodney Reed. Here we have an innocent black man framed for murder in Texas by racist cops, racist prosecutors, racist judges and racist Attorney Generals who used this case to pander to a bunch of racists in order to get elected to the United States Senate and Texas Governor.
Why is it so easy to frame an innocent poor working class black man for murder and sentence him to death but it becomes difficult to convict a racist cop who intentionally murders a black man?
Isn’t this the problem of racism which needs to be openly discussed in this country?
And then we have people asking:
Why didn’t someone stop this racist cop from murdering George Floyd?
The other side of this coin is this question:
Who is going to stop the racist execution- the murder- of Rodney Reed?
There are those in power in this country who have opportunistically condemned the murder of George Floyd because they think this condemnation will shield them from the criticism they deserve for hiring these racist cops... yet, these same people in positions of power who could stop the execution of an innocent black man like Rodney Reed wring their hands and say there is nothing they can do; is it true they can do nothing to prevent an innocent man from being executed? If so, what, more, does this tell us about the criminal justice system in this country?
What kind of criminal justice system do we have in this country where on the one hand it is very difficult to convict a cop of murder who has been caught on camera murdering a black man but can’t figure out how to free an innocent black man who has been framed by racist cops and a racist criminal justice system? 
And what kind of “free media” do we have which refuses to put these kinds of questions in perspective before the American people?

Friday, May 1, 2020

Conspiracies

Is there a “conspiracy” taking place in this country when it comes to militarism and wars, the climate issue, the coronavirus and health care reform, the Minimum Wage, etc?


What would you call it when hundreds of billionaires acting in collusion through their foundation-funded think-tanks all exert pressure on the government through the politicians they bribe to do everything they can to enable these billionaires to make the greatest profits at the expense of us common people and the planet?


About Earth Day and how it’s original intent has been co-opted by these billionaires. How does this happen if not by conspiracy? Is it a coincidence that these billionaires line up so consistently against the majority of the people... our rights, our livelihoods and our living environment?


I wonder how it would be viewed by these billionaires should us common people organize with such unity around our rights, our livelihoods and the right to work and live in a healthy and safe environment? I bet they would make such unity illegal.


Oh, wait; they have made our right to organize to protect our rights and our livelihoods and our living environment illegal... they call these laws things like “Taft-Hartley,” the “Communist Control Act,” “Right to Work,” “At-Will Employment” and all kinds of Executive Orders from Trump giving these billionaires the right to pollute and contaminate our living environment- the water we drink, the air we breathe and the land our food is grown on.


If there isn’t a conspiracy of the billionaires, what might this be called? Capitalism?

Business gets its "free lunch" but workers arestill waiting for their checks.

So, my Congressman says he “doesn’t have time” to find out why every single person who hasn’t received their promised “$1,200.00 stimulus check” hasn’t received one.


I’m guessing there will be millions of people entitled to a check that will never receive their check and there will be no means of accountability...


Just like we will never know who got what with the trillions of dollars doled out to the banks and businesses...


But, WE will end up paying for all this “free money” being doled out to the banks and businesses who are opposed to government “doles.”


You better believe we are going to be paying through the nose for all this “free money” the government is doling out to the banks and businesses.


I notice none of these bankers and business people are complaining “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”

China is our friend, not our enemy; Wall Street is our common enemy.

I mentioned this poll although I had not had the chance to read it.


I will be responding to this poll on my blog over the months ahead and throughout this campaign which will attempt to drag the American people into a new era of intense McCarthyism further eroding democracy while threatening world peace.


This poll pretty much outlines that anti-China hate Trump (and the Republicans) and Biden (and the Democrats) will be spewing during this 2020 campaign as they beat the drums of war.


The racist hate campaign against China goes back over one-hundred years in this country and the anti-Communist and red-baiting hate campaign go back to the 1940’s and the 1950’s as the sensible and sane voices of reason were driven out of the U.S. State Department and all government positions regarding foreign affairs as the media was drawn into this never-ending anti-China hate bashing campaign. Then we had the left-wing kicked out of the labor movement by a bunch of millionaire labor leaders more loyal to the Wall Street bosses than the workers who paid union dues; and these labor leaders joined the bosses in attacking China.


And I would point out that the heavily degreed intellectuals in academia are responsible for spewing this anti-China poison as they have dutifully served their corporate masters in churning out this anti-China/anti-Communist poison non-stop with lie after big lie being passed off as facts and truth.
All of this China bashing has been going on non-stop in this country as an inseparable part of Wall Street’s racist, anti-labor, warmongering imperialist agenda so it really isn’t any surprise that we have such polling results.


https://www.pewresearch.org/…/u-s-views-of-china-increasin…/


This China bashing hate campaign must be taken up and opposed with the facts and the truth by everyone who wants peace, social and economic justice.


And, I must say, it is disgraceful the way many leftists, who should know much better, have allowed themselves to be dragged into this China bashing.

Republicans are more negative than Democrats toward China, though unfavorable ratings have climbed among both parties.

pewresearch.org

Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Americans' Views of China Increasingly Negative
Republicans are more negative than Democrats toward China, though unfavorable ratings have climbed among both parties.

Shame on George Galloway

Very sad to see George Galloway opposing any form of Basic Income Guarantee. But, he is an upper middle class intellectual who then talks about people who would just sit around on their sofa... like he has ever worked in a sweatshop. Of course his RT interviewer agreed with him... she just finds it offensive people don’t want to “work” like she has to.


This is why we need working people thinking and speaking for themselves.


We work so even these so-called “leftists” can pontificate against us claiming they are for us.
Galloway should be challenged on Basic Income Guarantee.


Galloway says everyone who can work, should work even though he really has never experienced real work for himself... he might have a different view of the Basic Income Guarantee if he had to work nine or ten hours a day (Or more) six days a week in a sweatshop for which he was paid a poverty wage.


Shame on George Galloway.

Socialism and China

I’m often asked what I think about socialism in China and whether or not I think China is socialist.


China is a big country with lots of people. Many people in China have different ideas about socialism.


I think China is socialist.


But three things really bother me about what I see from afar.


First; the Chinese have allowed their capitalist joint partners in enterprises to dominate too much power over workers in the workplace and have allowed and often enabled these capitalist joint partners to influence thinking without any push back.


Second; there is something wrong with promoting people in a socialist society to aspire to become millionaires and billionaires in the midst of so much poverty although on the other hand China has lifted more people out of poverty than any other country in human history through socialism.


Third; there is something wrong with any socialist country not having socialized health care. There is no excuse for China not having socialized health care.


As Jimmy Carter pointed out, China has built a modern society because it is not at war... a great big plus!


I’m confident Chinese workers will take care of their problems through socialism... we should consider doing the same.


Let China develop without imperialist threats and interference and socialism will flourish without limit.

Stop the China bashing!

My opinion is that Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party are making great strides towards correcting the problems as they continue to build a just and democratic China.


Instead of all this China bashing we should be focused on creating a just and sane peaceful foreign policy working in cooperation with China.


I would encourage everyone to read the book, “China Hands,” to understand the sordid and corrupt modern history based on the most perverted reactionary anti-Communist Big Lies behind our own country’s foreign policy towards China.


I also find it very encouraging that Xi Jinping has encouraged all the people in China to take up the collective studying and discussion of the “Communist Manifesto;” because, as our own Frances Perkins who as Secretary of Labor responsible for shaping the New Deal reforms pointed out, the “Communist Manifesto” has many very important ideas contributing to building a socially just society and she said people should not be afraid to read it lest these good ideas remain on the pages of an old pamphlet.


So, like our own Constitution and Bill of Rights along with the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights... the “Communist Manifesto” helps us shape the kind of movements required in our struggles for peace, against racism, and for socially and economically justice society.


Working people everywhere should be studying the “Communist Manifesto” right along with our fellow workers in China who need our solidarity, not this China bashing they are getting from Wall Street’s over-paid capitalist Sooth-Sayers passed off as pundits and bribed corrupt politicians.

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Planet of the Humans... my review

Michael Moore has a great new movie out released for Earth Day concerning the hypocrisy of the foundation-funded “green movement.”


You can see the movie for free on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Zk11vI-7czE


In my opinion the movie provides a lot for discussion but falls short.


Capitalism is a system that is not compatible with human needs or taking care of the planet.


It’s unfortunate this movie did not examine the complete carbon footprint of the Military-Industrial Complex, militarism and wars because the planet can sustain a society based along the lines of human needs but it can not sustain a society that includes militarism and wars.


This movie didn’t even consider the cost just in terms of the energy required by the Military-Industrial Complex let alone the huge carbon footprint required to rebuild in the aftermath of all these wars.


https://canadiandimension.com/articles/view/climate-change-and-the-military-industrial-complex1?fbclid=IwAR0ZiIEQ_K-Z4a9dS2jR8AfuRcye6rikB8rOCXkI3UiswlMSzVcqhI_6b8o


We can’t even begin dealing with climate change and global warming without taking up the need for peace and disarmament and the complete reordering of our country’s priorities away from militarism and wars and towards meeting the needs of the people in a rational way.


The hypocrisy of the “Green movement” entails a lot more than what this movie exposes.


If we had a planned economy, a cooperative socialist commonwealth... the socialism described by Albert Einstein, we could drastically reduce energy production and planning in a world St peace would be for far longer than seven generations:


https://socialismtheoryandpractice.blogspot.com/2007/07/why-socialism-byalbert-einstein.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR3DBVflaZjSIvBjWL7q8SqkRa4Dp1TN8441q-H1SDM9g1dJmzWAmlGE7zA


The movie was critical of capitalism- to an extent- but it certainly did not bring forward the only alternative: socialism.


The question before all humanity now is:


Socialism or extinction?


We can’t go back... we can only go forward.

Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop cli...
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Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Full Documentary | Directed by Jeff Gibbs
Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop cli...

Still waiting?

Why aren’t Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer demanding to know why so many millions of people have not received their stimulus checks as promised?

Are they part of Trump’s scam to provide some of the people with checks but not everyone?

Save the U.S. Postal Service


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May Day... Dare to struggle, dare to win!

(Please note: per suggestions I have added a few things; I welcome further suggestions and discussion)


I’m going to keep re-posting (I call this digital leafleting and you can help leaflet [share]) this from time to time because people keep asking if they can share it... you can share anything you want from my page:


Republicans and Democrats in Congress backed and bribed by Wall Street are making the decisions affecting working people and working class families without any input from us; this is in no way acceptable. We must let them know by way of asserting ourselves that this is unacceptable. As working people we are entitled to a seat at the decision-making table- this is our lives we are talking about.


It is not right or just or acceptable in any way, shape or form that only our employers have a seat at the decision-making table.


How do we get a seat at the decision-making table when we are arrogantly excluded from the process by politicians who have the unmitigated gall to help our Wall Street employers, bankers and vulture capitalists before helping those of us who create the wealth? We need to raise so much hell until we get a seat at the decision-making table.


Think about this:


Usually a government professing to be democratic will invite all concerned and affected parties to fully articulate their problems through a series of hearings held in locations convenient for many people to attend.


Conclusion:


That this has not been done because the wealthy in power would be embarrassed to hear that they have been selfishly hoarding for themselves the wealth we have created and they don’t want this very fundamental and basic injustice of the capitalist system to be exposed lest they be forced to turn this wealth over for the common good of all in order to prevent mass misery and suffering of those of us who have created this wealth.


We must never forget that it is we, the working class with no small amount of help from Mother Nature who create ALL wealth and we must constantly remind these politicians of this because they would rather all of this not be publicly discussed...


Out of sight is out of mind!


As workers we must never forget this and we must assert our views and our demands for justice...


Right now at this moment of crisis with the capitalist economic system in a state of collapse exacerbated by this coronavirus pandemic we must insist our livelihoods and our rights be protected...


First and foremost this requires every adult be provided by the government with two-thousand dollars a month and every child in the family be provided for with five-hundred dollars a month at least as long as this crisis continues... and, by rights, justice requires this be made permanent.


Let us state in no uncertain terms that we as working people bear no responsibility for the economic crisis or the coronavirus crisis since we have had no seat at the decision-making table when it comes to economic policy or health care policy and this has to change and it needs to change now in order to avoid mass suffering and despair... democracy and the most basic and fundamental rights require no less... so let’s have an end to this hypocrisy of the wealthy few making all the decisions in this country.


Any thinking person, except for the most ethically and politically corrupt, can see and understand there is something drastically wrong with denying the majority of the people- those of us who create ALL the wealth- a seat at the decision-making table.


We also need legislation to be advanced for a National Public Health Care System...


Publicly funded.


Publicly administered.


Publicly delivered...


Based on the model of public education.


We should probably be thinking in terms of building some kind of huge massive “people’s lobby” in order for us (working people) to become participants in the decision-making process.


We should be thinking in terms of a huge Peace Dividend to pay for it all along with a very hefty progressive tax on the rich.


As for the National Public Health Care System, the present Medicare payroll tax will more than pay for this.


Maybe we should consider a really novel idea.


Something like a “We the People” kind of government?


Perhaps we need some kind of “people’s lobby” to push this through to reality:


https://www.facebook.com/100002118322023/posts/3139513512795895/


Not that I want to be accused of inciting revolution like Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson did.

Alan Maki


Why are so few Democrats backing this? Where is the movement being organized to get behind this legislation?

House Democrats have introduced legislation that would expand the federal government’s coronavirus relief cash payments to $2,000 a month until the economy recovers.On Wednesday, Americans who qualify started getting one-time checks from the Treasury Department of up to $1,200 per adult depending ...

thehill.com

House Democrats propose $2,000 monthly payments to Americans
House Democrats have introduced legislation that would expand the federal government’s coronavirus relief cash payments to $2,000 a month until the economy recovers.On Wednesday, Americans who qualify started getting one-time checks from the Treasury Department of up to $1,200 per adult depending ...

My response to David Millstone and the former leaders of SDS who are now backing Wall Street's neo-liberal racist warmonger and rapist Joe Biden,

This is my response to one of the people who signed on to the letter endorsing Biden after he circulated an article critical of Cuomo who he supported for Governor of New York in the same way...


I feel this is fitting for public discussion; he does not, but I don’t understand why not? He accuses me of “sneering;” whatever that means?


Anyways, this is my response to Daniel Millstone...


Daniel Millstone


There is no sneering intended. Why is this a question for a private conversation? It seems to me we need to publicly address movement building since this is the only way we might hold these neo-liberal politicians accountable.


You are the one suggesting we elect these people knowing exactly how they are going to attack the working class. You talk about pressuring these people to do what is right after they are elected, right?


I’m assuming that if Cuomo replaces Biden to lead the Democratic Party ticket as many people in New York and around the country are calling for, you will then be supporting Cuomo for president knowing exactly how he has attacked the working class in New York.


You did very publicly sign your name to a statement supporting Biden so you make yourself a public figure and as such you, too, should be held accountable as to whether or not you are providing the proper advice on these matters to people.


There is no sneering intended nor any kind of animosity...


I just think we have a right to know how those of you who sign on to these statements as leaders intend to lead us out of the messes you help get us into.


As you are aware, I sent an email to the group of you who signed on to supporting Biden... I made a very specific and straight forward suggestion (you are always asking me what I suggest) that we all join together in supporting the legislation introduced by a dozen or so Democrats to provide everyone making less than $155,000.00 a year with $2,000.00 a month until the economy returns to pre coronavirus levels.


There has been no answer to this suggestion; why not?


I’m sure you understand the influence and power of mass movements since I assume when you talk about holding these politicians’ feet to the fire you are talking about mass movements to attain certain specific objectives.


These Democrats have introduced this legislation now because they say, and they are correct- I assume you agree- that the American people need this relief now, not after Biden or Cuomo are elected and assume office a long way off from now.


Let’s have a roundtable discussion about how to proceed... I would be happy to come to New York to discuss publicly building such a movement to win passage of this legislation.


This is an emergency and we should respond as such; don’t you think?

Unemployment soars to over thirty-million

Maybe we need full employment legislation along with those $2,000.00 a month checks that legislation brought forward by a handful of Democrats promises... this is a dire emergency, pass this legislation now.

May Day! A day of working class struggle!

On this May Day demand $2,000.00 a month for every adult and $500.00 a month for each child in the family for every working class family with an income less than $55,000.00 a month.


We are not asking for a handout.


This is the wealth the working class has created to which we are entitled.


A living income for all now!

Monday, April 20, 2020


Trump fascists.

I have been told by several people that it isn’t right for me to call all of these people now engaged in “protests” in Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas and across the country “gun-toting fascists.”


People tell me some of these people are just “confused people.”


This might be, but so were the Germans who formed fascist gangs which eventually brought Hitler to power... and we know how this ended up.


Let’s not make excuses for these fascist bastards.

House Democrats have introduced legislation that would expand the federal government’s coronavirus relief cash payments to $2,000 a month until the economy recovers

(Please note: per suggestions I have added a few things; I welcome further suggestions and discussion)


I’m going to keep re-posting (I call this digital leafleting and you can help leaflet [share]) this from time to time because people keep asking if they can share it... you can share anything you want from my page:


Republicans and Democrats in Congress backed and bribed by Wall Street are making the decisions affecting working people and working class families without any input from us; this is in no way acceptable. We must let them know by way of asserting ourselves that this is unacceptable. As working people we are entitled to a seat at the decision-making table- this is our lives we are talking about.


It is not right or just or acceptable in any way, shape or form that only our employers have a seat at the decision-making table.


How do we get a seat at the decision-making table when we are arrogantly excluded from the process by politicians who have the unmitigated gall to help our Wall Street employers, bankers and vulture capitalists before helping those of us who create the wealth? We need to raise so much hell until we get a seat at the decision-making table.


Think about this:


Usually a government professing to be democratic will invite all concerned and affected parties to fully articulate their problems through a series of hearings held in locations convenient for many people to attend.


Conclusion:


That this has not been done because the wealthy in power would be embarrassed to hear that they have been selfishly hoarding for themselves the wealth we have created and they don’t want this very fundamental and basic injustice of the capitalist system to be exposed lest they be forced to turn this wealth over for the common good of all in order to prevent mass misery and suffering of those of us who have created this wealth.


We must never forget that it is we, the working class with no small amount of help from Mother Nature who create ALL wealth and we must constantly remind these politicians of this because they would rather all of this not be publicly discussed...


Out of sight is out of mind!


As workers we must never forget this and we must assert our views and our demands for justice...


Right now at this moment of crisis with the capitalist economic system in a state of collapse exacerbated by this coronavirus pandemic we must insist our livelihoods and our rights be protected...


First and foremost this requires every adult be provided by the government with two-thousand dollars a month and every child in the family be provided for with five-hundred dollars a month at least as long as this crisis continues... and, by rights, justice requires this be made permanent.


Let us state in no uncertain terms that we as working people bear no responsibility for the economic crisis or the coronavirus crisis since we have had no seat at the decision-making table when it comes to economic policy or health care policy and this has to change and it needs to change now in order to avoid mass suffering and despair... democracy and the most basic and fundamental rights require no less... so let’s have an end to this hypocrisy of the wealthy few making all the decisions in this country.


Any thinking person, except for the most ethically and politically corrupt, can see and understand there is something drastically wrong with denying the majority of the people- those of us who create ALL the wealth- a seat at the decision-making table.


We also need legislation to be advanced for a National Public Health Care System...


Publicly funded.


Publicly administered.


Publicly delivered...


Based on the model of public education.


We should probably be thinking in terms of building some kind of huge massive “people’s lobby” in order for us (working people) to become participants in the decision-making process.


We should be thinking in terms of a huge Peace Dividend to pay for it all along with a very hefty progressive tax on the rich.


As for the National Public Health Care System, the present Medicare payroll tax will more than pay for this.


Maybe we should consider a really novel idea.


Something like a “We the People” kind of government?


Perhaps we need some kind of “people’s lobby” to push this through to reality:


https://www.facebook.com/100002118322023/posts/3139513512795895/


Not that I want to be accused of inciting revolution like Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson did.

Why are so few Democrats backing this? Where is the movement being organized to get behind this legislation?

House Democrats have introduced legislation that would expand the federal government’s coronavirus relief cash payments to $2,000 a month until the economy recovers.On Wednesday, Americans who qualify started getting one-time checks from the Treasury Department of up to $1,200 per adult depending ...

thehill.com

House Democrats propose $2,000 monthly payments to Americans
House Democrats have introduced legislation that would expand the federal government’s coronavirus relief cash payments to $2,000 a month until the economy recovers.On Wednesday, Americans who qualify started getting one-time checks from the Treasury Department of up to $1,200 per adult depending ...

We need an accounting for all of this bailout money.

We need to demand and accounting of every cent in that $2 trillion bailout

nypost.com

Over 43,000 US millionaires will get ‘stimulus’ averaging $1.6 million each
At least 43,000 American millionaires who are too rich to get coronavirus stimulus checks are getting a far bigger boost — averaging $1.6 million each, according to a congressional committee.

Party hacks.

I find it interesting how many of these Democratic Party hacks aren’t capable of putting together original thoughts of their own so they circulate all these articles from the mainstream media highlighting problems but then they resent others who use their posts by bringing forward solutions as comments even though they preach to us how we should support a bunch of worthless Dumb Donkeys and they tell us we need to hold these politicians feet to the fire as they just keep posting article after article from publications owned by those who are our exploiters.

Sectarianism, an obstacle to unity.

You know, it never fails; when I post anything about a Democrat doing something good or participating in helping to build some movement or supporting some Democrat who is on the side of the people or when a Democrat proposes some legislation that benefits the people, I start getting these very sectarian responses from those who seem to think the only path to progress is through their own little sectarian cult and anything related to a Democrat must be bad. How stupid can people be? When building movements to win reforms we work with anyone willing to work towards our goals and objectives... it’s called unity.

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The capitalist economy was collapsing long before the coronavirus.

Trump was no surprise; he is part of Wall Street’s plan to manage (in a dictatorial authoritarian way) a collapsing capitalist economy.


The economy was collapsing long before there was a corona virus.


In fact, Wall Street is using this corona virus as an excuse for government intervention on the side of Wall Street to manage the collapsing capitalist economy.


In fact, without the current government intervention, albeit too little too late and giving money to the rich instead of the poor, this capitalist economic collapse would probably be even worse than it is now... as hard as it is for anyone to admit that Trump’s intervention may have softened the collapse in the very short term. Trump was no surprise; he is part of Wall Street’s plan to manage (in a dictatorial authoritarian way) a collapsing capitalist economy.


Trump needed an excuse for government intervention because none of the capitalist economists would have agreed to this massive government intervention in trying to prop up a capitalist economy on the skids to oblivion.


Now, what Trump is doing is totally stupid because he is stealing the wealth created by the working class and funneling even more money through this stimulus bullshit to the richest of the rich and what are these people going to do with these trillions of dollars?


There was only one way to stop this slide into an economic abyss; and this would have been to tell the truth about the capitalist economic collapse and announced that trillions of dollars were going to be transferred from the rich back to working people who produced this wealth in the first place so they could start buying the necessities of life and this would have primed the economic pump and helped prevent the kind of misery Wall Street has decided to put the people through.


We have very stupid people blinded by their greed managing this collapsing capitalist economy (people who believe government has no business managing the economy but who are so damn greedy they are going to take advantage of their power to grab even more for themselves).


The coronavirus has very little to do with what is going on with the economy... it is the excuse they use because these people in power refuse to admit their capitalist system is in big trouble and none of these people in power are competent to bring us out of this crisis... they even lack the competence to save their own rotten system.


Every single economist said we were into a recession long before anyone ever heard of the coronavirus...


And what did those in power do to try to dig us out of this economic mess?


Just what they did to try to protect us from the coronavirus...


They lied and deceived...


The economy was just fantastic.


There was nothing to worry about with the coronavirus.


Are you getting it yet?


These goddamn politicians and pundits and professors don’t give a flying fuck about you....
Yet you listen to them and you vote for them.


They have so overwhelmed you with blaming everything on the coronavirus that you can’t even think.

Consider this:

What will corporations do with six-trillion dollars of government bailout?

Think about this:

What would workers have done had each and every worker in this country received a check for $40,000.00 instead?

A question:

Is there any way for us to know what Wall Street is doing with this six-trillion dollars?

Conclusion:

We know what workers would have done with forty-thousand dollar checks... they would have spent this money for things they need to live better lives and this would really have stimulated the economy.

Never Joe Biden.

This is my answer to Democrats who say I need to vote for Biden to get rid of Trump and that I have to help keep people in the Democratic Party:


There are also very compelling reasons to think in terms of a new party which were stated very eloquently by Elmer Benson:

http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/47/v47i04p154-161.pdf

Joe Biden has taken a turn for the worse with his China bashing which is to the right of Trump and there has been no attempt by grassroots Democrats to push back in rejecting this China bashing... which is to the right of Trump.


I think we should support Democrats when they do what is right and oppose them when they are wrong.


But, I think many people, if not most people, resent being played for suckers and fools by Democrats who bring forward good reforms by way of legislation only when they know the legislation has no chance of passing and its used merely as election gimmickry per George Lakoff.


Democrats have introduced two very important pieces of legislation...


One to reform Social Security... which Joe Biden does not support.


Another to provide every adult with $2,000.00 a month until there is a full economic recovery... again, Biden opposes this.


My suggestion would be that movements should be created right now to support these two pieces of legislation and these movements should become so powerful Biden and the Democrats are forced to enact them.


Why is it people working together must hinge on what candidate or political party they support instead of what kind of world we all want to live in?


The biggest block of eligible voters in this country isn’t even voting and no one seems to even care enough to ask why this is...


But is it because these people do not feel politicians are relating to their life experiences and their problems?


As someone who has never been afraid to work in the Democratic Party and with Democrats, (pushing them to do what is right and supporting what they do when they are right and stating very publicly when they are wrong in order to try to force them to do what is right)... there is no way I will ever vote for Joe Biden. I don’t understand why Democrats, if they really want to beat Trump, would first saddle us with the likes of Hillary Clinton and now try to shove Joe Biden down our throats?


This is a problem for Democrats who are seeking enough votes to defeat Trump to deal with... get him off the ticket instead of berating people for not wanting to vote for him. If you run a loser expect to lose. It’s really this huge non-voting block of voters you need to convince before November not individuals like me who aren’t going to vote for Biden no matter what.


But, unity should be based on the the issues; solutions to problems working people are experiencing and for peace. This China bashing of Biden’s has to stop and it has to stop now and all of you supporting him have a special responsibility to send him a message that this is not acceptable... it’s not acceptable coming from Trump and Bannon, it’s not acceptable coming from Joe Biden. Most people in this country want peace... let’s remember, the most progressive president in the history of this country was Lyndon Johnson... and the people forced him to not seek re-election because he chose to continue the war in Vietnam instead of his war on poverty. There is a lesson here... and Democrats should heed this lesson... this is a cartoon on the wall in the LBJ Library and museum in Austin... the American people want an LBJ without war, we want a Claude “Red” Pepper fighting to defend Social Security, we want a Henry Wallace fighting for the Common Man, we want a Frances Perkins fighting for real reforms not as mere election gimmicks but as real solutions to our problems.


We want Democrats willing to work with an Emma Tenayuca.


This is a two-way street. We aren’t asking for too much... we just want something of substance in return for our votes and Biden does not offer that... and it is safe to say he never will... after half a century in politics beholden only to Wall Street’s interest he isn’t going to change... if he is going to change he needs to show it now and his rank animosity towards China certainly doesn’t show any breaking away from his politics of war, lies, deceit and corruption.


And I would love to be able to vote for a Democrat who could defeat Trump... but Biden never.


What I really resent is people who spend their time trying to bully and badger me into voting for a creep like Joe Biden but they won’t demand accountability from their own party to run decent candidates... this is the ultimate hypocrisy as far as I am concerned... get Biden off your ticket and then come back to me with a candidate for peace, social and economic justice; but you know your beloved Democratic Party will never run such a candidate for president... so you take out your frustrations trying to bully and badger people like me who want something of substance in return for our votes.

Friday, April 17, 2020

"Greenwood" by Michael Christie

A great review of Greenwood in the Washington Post today.


"Michael Christie's novel also delivers an uncanny metaphor for our current moment." How I wish this wasn't true.

RELEASE: Representatives Ro Khanna and Tim Ryan Introduce Legislation to Send Americans Additional Cash Payments

RELEASE: Representatives Ro Khanna and Tim Ryan Introduce Legislation to Send Americans Additional Cash Payments

April 14, 2020
Press Release
Legislation provides $2,000 per month through the economic crisis, for up to 12 months
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced the Emergency Money for the People Act to provide additional cash payments for hard-working Americans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the CARES Act was an important first step, its one-time payment does not provide nearly enough support for American families.
The Emergency Money for the People Act expands relief to more Americans and includes a $2,000 monthly payment to every qualifying American over the age of 16 for up to 12 months. It also fixes a bug in the CARES Act to ensure college students and adults with disabilities can still receive the payments even if claimed as a dependent. The Emergency Money for the People Act additionally recognizes that not everyone has a bank or a home address to receive a check –  so it allows individuals to get this money through direct deposit, check, pre-paid debit card, or mobile money platforms such as Venmo, Zelle, or PayPal.
“A one-time, twelve-hundred-dollar check isn’t going to cut it,” said Rep. Ro Khanna. “Americans need sustained cash infusions for the duration of this crisis in order to come out on the other side alive, healthy, and ready to get back to work. Members on both sides of the aisle are finally coming together around the idea of sending money out to people. Rep. Ryan and I are urging leadership to include this bill in the fourth COVID relief package to truly support the American working class.”
“The economic impact of this virus is unprecedented for our country. As millions of Americans file for unemployment week over week, we have to work quickly to patch the dam – and that means putting cash in the hands of hard-working families,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “Many Ohioans are just receiving – or about to receive – the first cash payment we passed in the CARES Act. Now it’s time for Congress to get to work on the next step to provide relief for those who have been hardest hit in this pandemic.”
Under the Emergency Money for the People Act, monthly cash assistance payments would be guaranteed for at least six months and would renew for another six months unless the employment-to-population ratio for people ages 16 and older returns to the pre-covid crisis employment level of 60%. These payments would not count as income in order to protect eligibility for any of the income-based state or federal government assistance programs.
Eligibility:
  • Every American age 16 and older making less than $130,000 annually would receive at least $2,000 per month.
  • Married couples earning less than $260,000 would receive at least $4,000 per month.
  • Qualifying families with children will receive an additional $500 per child – families will receive funds for up to three children.
  • For example, a married couple making under $260K with 3 kids would receive $5,500 per month.
  • Those who had no earnings, were unemployed, or are currently unemployed would also be eligible.
  • Those who were not eligible in 2019 or 2018 but would be eligible in 2020, could submit at least two consecutive months of paychecks to verify income eligibility.
  • The Emergency Money for the People Act also expands the program to millions more Americans who were excluded from the CARES cash rebates – such as college students and adults with disabilities who are still claimed as a dependent. The individual will receive the payment and their parent or guardian will receive the dependent credit.
Reps. Khanna and Ryan proposed the first cash infusion plan a month ago, which the Administration and Senate Republicans embraced, and was passed into law with the CARES Act. But as a record-number of Americans have filed for unemployment in the past weeks, it’s clear a one-time payment will not be remotely sufficient. In some places, this doesn’t even cover a month’s rent.
Original Co-sponsors: Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Judy Chu (CA-27), Diana DeGette (CO-1), Mike Doyle (PA-18), Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Joe Neguse (CO-2), Mary, Gay Scanlon (PA-5), Darren Soto (FL-9), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Nydia Velázquez (NY-7), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Grace Meng (NY- 6), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Barbara Lee (CA-13).
Full bill text can be found here.
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About the Office
Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.
Issues: 
Economy, Equality and Social Justice, Government Reform, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Full text of Bill:

https://khanna.house.gov/sites/khanna.house.gov/files/Final_Emergency%20Money%20For%20the%20People.pdf

2 SEC. 2. EMERGENCY PAYMENTS. 1(a) GENERALRULE.— 2(1) DIRECTIVE TO MAKE PAYMENTS.—The Sec-3retary of the Treasury shall make a payment in each 4month of the payment period to each eligible indi-5vidual. 6(2) BEGINNING DATE.—Payments for the first 7of such months shall be distributed within 14 days 8after the date of the enactment of this Act. 9(3) PAYMENT PERIOD.—The term ‘‘payment 10period’’ The term ‘‘payment period’’ means the 12- 11month period beginning with the first month in 12which the Secretary makes a payment under para-13graph (1), unless as of the end of the sixth month 14of such period the employment-to-population ratio 15for people ages 16 and over is greater than 60 per-16cent. 17(4) FORM AND MANNER OF PAYMENTS.—Pay-18ments under paragraph (1) shall be made in such 19form and manner as the Secretary shall provide, ex-20cept that the Secretary shall— 21(A) offer the option of receiving payments 22under this section by direct deposit, check, pre- 23paid debit card, or electronic transfer of pay-24ment through an electronic transfer application 25VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)3 that can be used on mobile devices to receive 1payments; and 2(B) ensure that payments under this sec-3tion are made to those without fixed addresses. 4(b) ELIGIBLEINDIVIDUAL.—For purposes of this 5section— 6(1) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘‘eligible indi-7vidual’’ means any individual— 8(A) who— 9(i) is a citizen or resident of the 10United States; or 11(ii) is described in paragraph (4); 12(B) who, as of January 1, 2020, has at-13tained the age of 16, and 14(C) whose adjusted gross income either— 15(i) does not exceed the threshold 16amount for the taxable year beginning in 172019, or 18(ii) would not exceed the threshold 19amount for the first taxable year beginning 20in 2020, determined on the basis of 2 con-21secutive months of such taxable year and 22annualized. 23(2) SPECIAL RULE FOR MARRIED INDIVID-24UALS.—In the case of any individual who filed a 25VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)4 joint return for the taxable year beginning in 2019, 1the individual and the spouse of the individual shall 2be treated as one person if either the individual or 3the spouse of the individual meets the requirements 4specified in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph 5(1). 6(3) CERTAIN DEPENDENTS.—The term ‘‘eligible 7individual’’ does not include any dependent (as de-8fined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 91986) who, as of December 31, 2019, has not at-10tained the age of 16 and with respect to whom a de-11duction under section 151(c) of such Code is allow-12able to another individual for the taxable year begin-13ning in 2019. 14(4) SPECIAL RULE FOR INDIVIDUALS IN THE15UNITED STATES CONTINUOUSLY SINCE THE DEC-16LARATION OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY.— 17(A) IN GENERAL.—An individual is de-18scribed in this paragraph if the individual— 19(i) is not a citizen or resident of the 20United States; and 21(ii) has been physically present in the 22United States continuously since January 2327, 2020 (the effective date of the public 24health emergency declared pursuant to sec-25VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)5 tion 319 of the Public Health Service Act 1(42 U.S.C. 247d) resulting from the 2COVID–19 pandemic)), and continues to 3be physically present in the United States 4throughout the duration of the payment 5period. 6(B) BREAK IN PRESENCE.—For purposes 7of subparagraph (A)(ii), an individual shall be 8considered to have failed to maintain contin-9uous physical presence in the United States if 10the individual has departed from the United 11States for any period exceeding 90 days or for 12any periods, in the aggregate, exceeding 180 13days. 14(5) CONSULTATION WITH OTHER FEDERAL AND15STATE AGENCIES.—For purposes of identifying and 16making payments under this section to all eligible 17individuals for whom the Secretary does not have 18sufficient tax return information to make such pay-19ments, the Secretary shall consult with— 20(A) the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and 21the Commissioner of Social Security; and 22(B) any agency making payments of pen-23sion or annuity to individuals for service per-24formed in the employ of the United States or 25VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)6 any State, political subdivision of a State, or 1any instrumentality thereof, which is not con-2sidered employment for purposes of chapter 21 3of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. 4(c) AMOUNT OFPAYMENT.— 5(1) IN GENERAL.—The amount of each pay-6ment under subsection (a) shall be— 7(A) except as provided in subparagraph 8(B), $2,000 in the case of an individual de-9scribed in subsection (b)(1), and 10(B) $4,000, made jointly, in the case of 11two individuals filing a joint return for a tax-12able year beginning in 2019. 13(2) ADDITIONAL AMOUNT FOR DEPENDENTS.— 14(A) ONE CHILD.—If a deduction is allowed 15for one or more dependents on the return for 16the taxable year beginning in 2019, the amount 17in paragraph (1) shall be increased by $500 in 18the case of a return for which one deduction is 19allowed under section 151(c) of the Internal 20Revenue Code of 1986. 21(B) THREE OR MORE CHILDREN.—In the 22case of deductions allowed for three or more de-23pendents on the return for the taxable year be-24VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)7 ginning in 2019, subparagraph (A) shall be ap-1plied by substituting ‘‘$1,500’’ for ‘‘$500’’. 2(3) PHASEOUT.— 3(A) IN GENERAL.—The amount of a pay-4ment specified in paragraph (1) shall be re-5duced (but not below zero) by 5 percentage 6points for each $1,000 (or fraction thereof) by 7which the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income ex-8ceeds the threshold amount. 9(B) THRESHOLD AMOUNT.—For purposes 10of subparagraph (A), the term ‘‘threshold 11amount’’ means— 12(i) $130,000 in the case of an indi-13vidual who filed a separate return for the 14taxable year beginning in 2019, and 15(ii) $260,000 in the case of the indi-16viduals treated as one person under sub-17section (c)(2) who filed a joint return for 18the taxable year beginning in 2019. 19(d) SPECIALRULESRELATING TOAVAILABLEIN-20FORMATION.— 21(1) USE OF RETURN INFORMATION FOR 201822RETURNS.—For purposes of making determinations 23under this section with respect to any individual, if 24return information of such individual is not available 25VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)8 for the taxable year beginning in 2019, the Sec-1retary shall use return information (if any) for the 2taxable year 2018 instead. 3(2) INDIVIDUALS FOR WHOM INFORMATION NOT4AVAILABLE.—In the case of any individual for whom 5return information is not available from the Internal 6Revenue Service and the Secretary determines that 7sufficient information is not available from the So-8cial Security Administration or the Department of 9Veterans Affairs, the Secretary shall provide for an 10application process for individuals to receive pay-11ments under this section. Such application shall be 12in such form and filed in such manner as the Sec-13retary may require. For purposes of carrying out 14this section, the Secretary of the Treasury shall 15work in cooperation with the Secretary of Veterans 16Affairs and the Commissioner of Social Security. 17(e) OTHERDEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this sec-18tion— 19(1) CITIZEN OR RESIDENT.—The term ‘‘citizen 20or resident of the United States’’ means a citizen or 21resident (as such terms are used in section 227701(a)(30)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 231986) of the United States. 24VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)9 (2) UNITEDSTATESDEFINED.—The term 1‘‘United States’’ means the several States, the Dis-2trict of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the 3Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 4Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. 5(3) SECRETARY.—The term ‘‘Secretary’’ means 6the Secretary of the Treasury or the Secretary’s del-7egate. 8(4) OTHER TERMS.—Except as otherwise pro-9vided in this section, any term used in this section 10which is used in the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 11shall have the meaning as used in the Internal Rev-12enue Code of 1986. 13(f) SPECIALRULES.—For purposes of this section— 14(1) INCOME EXCLUSION.—Payments under this 15section shall not be includible in gross income for 16purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. 17(2) EXCLUDED FROM GROSS ESTATE.—Pay-18ments under this section shall not be includible in 19the gross estate of any individual for purposes of 20chapter 11 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. 21(3) TOLL-FREE HOTLINE TELEPHONE NUM-22BER.—The Secretary shall provide a 24 hour toll- 23free hotline telephone number for any individual to 24VerDate Mar 15 2010 19:50 Apr 13, 2020 Jkt 000000 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 6652 Sfmt 6201 C:\USERS\EWBALLOU\APPDATA\ROAMING\SOFTQUAD\XMETAL\7.0\GEN\C\RYANOH_0April 13, 2020 (7:50 p.m.)G:\M\16\RYANOH\RYANOH_079.XMLg:\VHLC\041320\041320.223.xml (761049|1)