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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...


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, November 27, 2013

And they call this "democracy."

Minnesota has established a "Select Committee on Living Wage Jobs."


Committee Chair: Ryan Winkler (Democrat)


Susan Allen (Democrat)
Pat Garofalo (Republican)
Andrea Kieffer (Republican)
Jenifer Loon (Republican)
Joe Radinovich (Democrat)
JoAnn Ward (Democrat)

What I don't understand is why this Committee is searching for data and documentation everyplace except for the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics?

I have never seen nor heard such dishonesty from a group of politicians who are eager to find "evidence" to back their proposals for a pathetic and miserly "increase" in the Minimum Wage which won't kick in until 2015; which, in terms of real dollars, would leave the Minimum Wage lower than it is now.

These shysters with their Democratic super-majority are so crass and cruel as they try to create issues for themselves to run on in 2014 that they would try to pull off this cruel hoax hoping voters won't understand what they have done until the 2014 election is over.

A question to think about.

Back when Cesar Chavez was leading the struggles of farm-workers fighting for their rights, he got people to ask a question not being asked too much anymore:

How were the workers treated who harvested, packaged and prepared this food?

Democratic Party hacks turn from supporting Obama trying to put a good spin on the Democrats and it isn't working.

Obama tooted his own horn in an economic speech, appropriately delivered at DreamWorks Studio...

Declared Obama:

“America has gone farther, recovered faster than most other industrialized nations.”

But no one is buying, not even Obama's most ardent supporters, one of which is Robert Borosage whose livelihood is derived from foundation funding.

Borosage responds,

"But Americans aren’t buying and for good reasons.  They aren’t sharing in the recovery.  Mass unemployment continues. Over 20 million people are in need of full-time work. The participation rate in the economy has barely budged.  Corporate profits are at record levels, but workers aren’t sharing in the profits they help produce.  The richest Americans have pocketed virtually all the rewards of growth.  Median household incomes have lost more ground in the recovery than they did in the Great Recession.  The top 10% of Americans pocket more of the nation’s income than the bottom 90%."

But what does Borosage bring forward as the solution? Vote for more worthless Democrats like Obama.

Borosage and his outfit, Campaign for America's Future, helped provide Obama with a progressive cover for his reactionary Wall Street agenda to begin with.

Borosage and his outfit were the first to push the single-payer movement into the ditch for Obama; again, under the guise of progressivism.

Now Borosage and his buddy Dean Baker are pushing their concept of "full employment;" a concept, which even if implemented fully, would leave a huge pool of millions unemployed as a lever used to drive down wages--- what is progressive about this kind of thinking?

We need to break free from these phony progressives by launching a real progressive agenda that the majority of liberals, progressives and leftists can unite around--- and let's make something very clear; this is the majority of the American people.

The American people have defined the issues:

Full Employment.
Real health care reform.
Protection of our living environment.

We need to articulate these concerns by bringing forward a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make the president and Congress legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

The next time you hear any politician or their hacks like Robert Borosage talking about jobs and full employment as a campaign gimmick, ask them if they are willing to go on record supporting legislation that will mandate the responsibility for the president and Congress to attain and maintain full employment.

A "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" would include creating millions of new jobs through providing universal social programs like a National Public Health Care System (15 million new jobs), a National Public Child Care System (5 million new jobs), re-establishment of the WPA, CCC and CETA along with support for H.R. 1000, a jobs creating piece of legislation now lingering in Congress without any support.

Peace is the key to all of this.

If we are going to get our country on the right track, this will have to be financed by a huge "peace dividend." This means ending these dirty wars and funding human needs instead of this Military-Industrial Complex that, like Obamacare care, is a cash cow for Wall Street to profit from.

The next agenda must be a truly progressive agenda all liberals, progressives and leftists can unite around and fight for its implementation.

A grand alliance, which must include a working class based progressive people's party, struggling in our places of employment, in the streets and at the ballot box will be required.

68% of the American people aren't buying into Obama's lies.

The majority of the American people aren't buying into the spin of Democratic Party hacks as Americans now have less respect for the Democrats than the Republicans--- anyone still saying we don't need a working class based progressive party here in this country?