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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...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

We need to concern ourselves with building a campaign for a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" not wasting our time supporting the campaigns of corrupt Wall Street warmongers like Hillary Clinton.

I have heard the excuse over and over again from the liberals, progressives and leftists supporting the corrupt Wall Street Warmonger Hillary Clinton that we need to withhold our thoughts about what constitutes real reforms when it comes to health care, child care, the Minimum Wage and Social Security because talking about the specific real reforms required would divide Democrats leading to the election of the evil Donald Trump.

And, of course, once again we hear, as we did with Obama, how these people intend to "hold Hillary Clinton's feet to the fire." This is all part of the Big Lie.

My position is this:

We need to initiate a national dialog about the need for:

* Peace and disarmament; conversion--- beating swords into plowshares.

* A National Public Health Care System.

* A National Public Child Care System.

* Adequate Social Security for all retirees based on what a real living income in line with the actual cost-of-living is.

* Elimination of all student debt; not renegotiating the terms of this debt.

* A real living Minimum Wage based on the actual cost-of-living scientifically arrived at and not some figure pulled from a hat that these morons find acceptable even when it won't be implemented for many years to come.

We should not accept any talk of piecemeal reforms when living a decent life with a decent standard of living requires implementation now.

In my opinion, all of this should be brought together as a package of legislation called the "21st Century Full Employment Act For Peace and Prosperity" that would make the president and Congress legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment--- anyone who wants a job gets a job at real living wages.

We need to organize and fight for such an agenda in our neighborhoods and at work.

Educating through "Letters to the Editor;" FaceBook posts, leafleting in our communities, teach-ins, forums, discussions, picket lines and massive demonstrations all bringing people together in a huge electoral coalition to get our country on track--- not "back on track" because it has never been on track.

This is what will make America great because we will be living at peace with the rest of the world and have a network of public health care centers dotting our country providing the American people with free health care instead of having over 850 U.S. military bases dotting the globe protecting Wall Street's interests and since Wall Street's Military-Industrial Complex is the number one contributor to global warming and climate change we "kill two dirty birds--- war and unemployment--- with one stone."

Twelve-million new jobs will result from a National Public Health Care System--- publicly financed, publicly administered, and most importantly, publicly delivered--- no more controversial than the concept of public education. The same applies to a National Public Child Care System.

We need to stop getting trapped in the conversations about "affordable" health care and "affordable" child care. "Affordable" is just a code word for "profits" that has been conveniently inserted into the conversation by slick Democratic Party hacks looking out for the interests of their Wall Street bosses.

As we have seen from Obama's "Affordable Care Act" it has turned out to be nothing hut the "Health Insurance and Pharmaceutical Industry Bailout and Profit Maximization Act of 2010" and has taken us far away from the needed reform which is a National Public Health Care System: no fees; pre-natal through burial; everything covered from general medical to dental, eyes, ears and mental; everyone in, nobody out. The cost would be far less than all this insane militarism and these dirty wars.

The Wall Street bankers got what they wanted when they wanted it and we are entitled to these most basic and required reforms fully implemented now not in "baby steps" or "incrementally" on the "lay-away-plan."

The next time you hear someone talk about how advancing these ideas and reforms is going to hurt Hillary Clinton's chances to be elected president of the United States ask them about your right to a decent life and livelihood in the here and now.

We need to concern ourselves with building a campaign for a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" not wasting our time supporting the campaigns of corrupt Wall Street warmongers like Hillary Clinton who can't distinguish a lie from the truth.