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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

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

We need socialist solutions to the health care mess

Obama had the Republicans all but dead but with his own Wall Street agenda he fed the Republicans red meat and demobilized his grassroots supporters who expected him to challenge Wall Street and the Republicans.

Instead, Obama established his "Cat Food Commission" putting the slimy, sleazy, corrupt Republican Alan Simpson at the helm and this further enabled a Republican come-back.

We need a real people's progressive party here in this country in order to break free from this two-party trap. A party which will bring forward real solutions to our problems. Solutions like a National Public Health Care System that is universally free for all which would create over twelve-million new good-paying jobs. It would be publicly financed (instead of wasting money on militarism and wars and billions of dollars in subsidies to the Israeli killing machine); publicly administered and publicly delivered by putting all health care workers, including doctors and nurses, on the public payroll. Controversial? No more controversial than public education which is financed and run the same way and free for all.

This is what Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed "independent" and "socialist" should be pushing; not playing these games serving as a stalking horse, pimp and fundraiser for a bunch of worthless Dumb Donkeys.

We need to be challenging Wall Street for political and economic power not getting further trapped by "blaming the Republican" game when the Democrats are no better.

Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, is every bit the fraud as the entire for-profit driven health care system is. It should be called by its proper name: the Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act.

That Obamacare helps some people is not the point. It is helping some at the expense of the many who are paying through the nose for fraudulent health insurance schemes that are nothing but a rip-off.

Those of us who oppose Obamacare for the fraud that it is don't want to deny anyone health care coverage; we want quality publicly provided free health care for everyone.

We definitely have no sympathy for Republicans attacking Obamacare from their own reactionary angle intent on denying people anything but for-profit the hell with people health care.

But let's not delude ourselves into thinking as Bernie Sanders does that Democrats are anymore our friends than the Republicans are.

Shame on Bernie Sanders for joining up with these worthless Democrats and trying to deceive us into thinking that the Democrats are some kind of "lesser evil" when compared to the Republicans.

Obama and Hillary Clinton are as rotten as any of the worst Republicans. They are both warmongers intent on perpetuating dirty never-ending imperialist wars.

This is the wealthiest country in the world. Workers created this wealth not these Wall Street coupon clipper parasites who profit from "free enterprise" health care the same way they profit from wars.

Instead of wasting our Nation's wealth on militarism and wars the American people are entitled to a National Public Health Care System.

And for the record: it was Democrats who sabotaged the Single-Payer Universal Health Care movement and even single-payer would only have been a band aid for the problem compared to what is the real solution to this health care mess: a National Public Health Care System with health care centers strung out in every community across this Nation instead of over 800 U.S. military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's investments and profits derived from exploiting labor in the process of raping Mother Nature.

I expect a socialist like Bernie Sanders to bring forward socialist solutions to our problems.

After all, poll after poll is telling us a healthy segment of the U.S. population is open to socialism and opposed to capitalism--- far more people have indicated their support for socialism than those who turn out to vote for Democrats or Republicans so why don't we have a socialist campaigning for president bringing forward socialist solutions to our pressing problems?

Come on Bernie Sanders, stand up and give us the truth not this worn out "blame the Republican" crap.

Populist solutions are socialist solutions.