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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.

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- Ben Franklin

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Democrats Should Focus More on Jobs, Less on Russia. The moral horrors of Trump’s policies must be confronted head-on.

Robert Borosage had a good article in The Nation magazine which included explaining how Trump is de-funding social programs to pay for militarism and wars.

Borosage pointed out that Trump is cutting fifty-four million dollars from social programs to pay for wars.

Borosage can be relied on to attack Republicans but he lets the Democrats slide for doing the same thing.

But it is still good this liberal is taking a stand against Trump even if his only motivation is to get Democrats elected.

Here is Borosage's excellent article:

Notice, though; while Borosage talks about focusing on "jobs" he refuses to support a full employment act which would make the president and Congress responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment and he doesn't mention that the largest job creating program in U.S. history would be putting people to work in a National Public Health Care Program (twelve to fifteen million new good-paying decent jobs at real living wages) providing the American people with free health care paid for by a huge Peace Dividend derived from ending these dirty imperialist wars.

Of course, Borosage the liberal, doesn't frame his opinions within the context of fighting Wall Street's thoroughly reactionary imperialist agenda but he does at least confront the fact that social programs are being cut to pay for militarism and wars.

Borosage heads up a foundation-funded think tank loyal to the millionaire labor leaders so he can't be expected to support real solutions to the problems of working people lest he loses his funding... the Wall Street philanthropists and millionaire labor leaders have him on a short leash attached to a choke chain and this is as far as they will let him go without giving him a swift yank.

Borosage also works in cahoots with the anti-Communist Democratic Party hack George Lakoff who counsels that issue should only be "framed" to correspond to "progressive policy directives" free from "specific solutions to problems" so Borosage is still in good stead with those who fund his liberal think tank since he has not proposed any specific solutions like these which Borosage has blocked me from posting on his organization's web site:

Campaign for a “21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity”

We are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” and then failing to make themselves legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment.

We are fed up with our tax dollars being squandered on militarism and wars instead of being used to create jobs by solving the problems of the people and defending our living environment… its time to beat swords into plowshares. Put people to work solving the problems of the people.

A National Public Health Care System would create over twelve-million new jobs paying real living wages providing people with free health care--- general medical, eyes, ears, dental, family planning and mental health--- through a network of neighborhood and community health care centers; this is a better use of our tax-dollars than wasting our human and financial resources on a far flung empire of over 800 U.S. military bases around the world. Or, it could be financed the same way Social Security is financed. Or paid for with a tax on Wall Street transactions. Or financed with a combination of these methods. Public funding. Public administration. Public delivery… nothing controversial; just like public education.

A National Public Child Care System would create over three-million new jobs providing working class families with free child care.

We need to restore the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (C.E.T.A.), Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

“At Will Employment” legislation in states across the country needs to be rescinded and repealed to expand democracy in the workplace and provide workers with the right to freely participate in the communities where they live.

All attacks on immigrant workers, documented and undocumented, need to end.

Planned Parenthood needs to be defended and programs expanded.

We insist Congress and the president enact full employment legislation which makes them legislatively responsible for attaining and maintaining full employment; assure everyone who wants a job employment at real living wages in line with the actual cost-of-living.

Full employment would provide stability for Social Security; everyone paying in; everyone getting something out. A Basic Income for All must be guaranteed. Pensions must be honored and protected. The Wall Street swindle of pension funds must end; restore the Glass-Steagall Act.

Turn Habitat for Humanity into a massive public works project to create jobs and assure everyone has a decent home.

Free education through university; cancel student debt. End military recruitment in the high schools.

Unemployment and lack of a National Public Health Care System is the price we pay for militarism and wars. We are entitled to a Peace Dividend……... Let’s talk about the politics and economics of livelihood.

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