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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...

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...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

We don't need single-payer; we need a National Public Health Care System

Doctors are opposed to private, for-profit health insurance but these greedy doctors sure want to keep the profit in the system for themselves:


http://pnhp.org/blog/2016/06/27/bcbs-of-minnesota-dumps-broad-networks/


What we need is a National Public Health Care System--- public financing, public administration and public delivery... everyone in, nobody out; pre-natal to burial... general health care, eyes, ears, dental. A national network of health care centers in every community and neighborhood.


The cost would be a small fraction of what these dirty imperialist wars are costing us and over twelve-million people would be employed at good-paying jobs.


Put the doctors on the public payroll just like teachers and other public employees.


How do we get such a world-class system if the existing political political parties won't enact a National Public Health Care System?


We do what working people have always had to do when this rotten government refuses to provide for human needs--- we build a grassroots and rank-and-file movement and fight like hell for it... and we create a working class based political party that places peace and health care at the very top of its agenda.


Why should we waste our time and resources fighting for a single-payer system that is just going to keep a bunch of greedy doctors rich?


Socialized health care is the only way to go.


Single-payer is private delivery and mostly private administration with public financing.


Socialized health care operates just like public education--- public funding, public administration and public delivery.

Is fear of Donald Trump the basis for electoral unity?

All the foundation-funded Democratic Party front groups have come out on cue warning Bernie Sanders not to take trying to push the Democratic Party Platform too far to the left--- as if he needs any such warning.


All of these "leaders" of these foundation-funded outfits are claiming they have not been directed to caution Sanders by anyone in this way.


Kind of reminds me of all the prices of gas going up at the same time and we are told it isn't monopoly price-fixing.


We are in fact being scammed on the electoral front the same way we are being robbed at the gas pumps--- its all Wall Street's scheme to keep us under their thumb... and the profits flowing.


We are being played for suckers at the ballot box and at the gas pumps.


Polls are showing 22% of Sanders' supporters intend to vote for Trump; about 30% intend to follow Sanders' lead and vote for Hillary Clinton; and about 3% intend to vote for Jill Stein--- what do the remaining 45% intend to do--- I would like to hear from them. Would these millions of people not be able to organize a broad-based electoral front enabling us to break free from the two-party trap?


Oh, yes; Bernie has all their campaign contributions... but would it be too much to ask of these people to contribute another $27.00 to help us break free from this two-party trap?


Let's stop making excuses. The millions of us not going to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump with liberal, progressive and left views would constitute a clear electoral majority--- if organized and united.


Put together a platform based on anti-monopoly and anti-imperialist unity for beating swords into plowshares and then select our candidates to carry the message to the American people.


Right now the votes are pretty evenly split and evenly splitting the votes three ways would be to our advantage--- we, the people's, advantage.


Let's not get sucked into being afraid of these warmongering corporate bullies like Trump or Clinton.


Quite frankly, in spite of what is said to the contrary by all the Democratic Party hacks with a clearly vested interest, I don't think voting out of fear of Donald Trump is a meaningful vote... when do we begin to vote for the kind of country we really want--- which Hillary Clinton is opposed to.