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ELECTION: We need a progressive alternative

Letter by Alfred K. LaMotte, Steilacoom on July 7, 2011 at 10:42 am with 28 Comments »
July 7, 2011 2:26 pm

We voters have no progressive alternative because corporations own both political parties. So here’s a progressive platform for 2012. Now where’s the candidate?

• Cut military spending in half. Bring home the troops.

• Rid politics of private money and institute public campaign financing.

• Link educational reform to the green economy. Make sustainability the basis of our public school curriculum. Inspire students to develop clean energy technologies and lifestyles of environmental harmony.

• Extend the 7 percent FICA withholding tax to all earned income, funding Medicare for every citizen. This will grow new jobs and businesses because entrepreneurs won’t need to provide health insurance for their families and employees.

• Stop lying about Social Security; it is solvent. Just don’t rob it to pay debts.

• Use tax incentives to promote worker-owned cooperatives as an alternative to corporations.

• Drop the international banking cartel and the Federal Reserve. Create a network of publicly chartered, nonprofit, regional banks and credit unions. Credit should be a public utility.

• End agribusiness subsidies. Instead, subsidize a network of local, organic, family-owned farms.

• Renounce the two big lies of Reaganomics. Wealth does not trickle down to create American jobs. A nation must tax its wealth to survive.

• Stimulate job growth by ending the Bush tax cuts. Use the revenue to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure: bridges, pipelines, electrical grids, wind farms, rural high-speed broadband and high-speed rail lines. Sub-contract local entrepreneurs, giving priority to green technology.

Let’s stop playing games. Real change is possible.

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  1. beerBoy says:

    Alfred – most of those are excellent suggestions. I do wonder about this one:

    Link educational reform to the green economy.

  2. PumainTacoma says:

    Writer says…..Credit should be a public utility.

    I venture to say you believe I should pay for someone to own their over-mortgaged home like Freddie and Fannie Mae? How do you think the credit crisis started? It was these government fed “pushed” programs that helped create these balloon loans while the “least” responsible citizens took the money without any regard to paying it back.

    The new breed of politicians will have to be responsible. All parties.

    And it is high time ALL OUR citizens take responsibility and not that of responsible tax payers.

    Writer says…Use tax incentives to promote worker-owned cooperatives as an alternative to corporations.

    There are many employee owned companies, have you heard of United. I do not consider them of higher value than another airline. I assume you shop at WinCo foods since they are employee owned and not Costco.

    Writer says.. Cut military spending in half. Bring home the troops.

    Suggest you write your Dem Senators given the recent administration’s progression and you might want to read the recent “Fast & Furious” scandal hitting the administration. No small scandal.

  3. I would have agree with about 98% of those ideas.

  4. aislander says:

    I notice that Flamo wants to “end the Bush tax cuts,” not tax cuts for the “rich.” That means he wants a $400 billion increase on the middle class and only $70 billion on the evil “rich…”

    I would actually be okay with eighty-sixing the Federal Reserve, ending farm subsidies, and…no; that’s it. How about getting rid of the departments of Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Labor, and probably some others that I’ve missed? Oh, and ALL corporate welfare, including that for so-called “green” ANYTHING…btw: low tax rates are NOT “subsidies…”

  5. Well said Alfred.

  6. KARDNOS says:

    Pumain….please don’t use Andrew Brietbart as a reference. I laughed so hard I had to go to the emergency room and have my glute re-attached.

  7. olympicmtn says:

    I see we have another Rep Weiner fan.

  8. aislander says:

    Okay, so KARD doesn’t like Breitbart (or at least he doesn’t want anybody else to take him seriously). We get that. So…exactly where is he wrong or misleading in this instance of the Obama administration’s allowing gun smugglers to ship American-sourced weapons across the border into Mexico, losing track of the weapons and the smugglers, learning that at least one of those weapons was used to murder a US Border Patrol agent, and then covering up the whole thing? Where?

  9. LarryFine says:

    Excellent points as always Ai.

  10. aislander says:

    LarryFine: If this Fast and Furious scandal does go ALL the way to the top (beyond Eric Holder, who had to know about it, or, equally damning, SHOULD have known about it), do you think a teleprompter is allowed on the witness stand or will Obama have defend himself without a crutch…

  11. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Rural high speed broadband! Ha! The great stimulus spent $7mil per household in an area of Montana to provide Internet access.

    Why is that a government responsibility? If you said rural schools, I might buy it

    And let’s end agribusiness today! I hope you can afford $100/box for cereal and good luck finding local oranges in Tacoma. Let’s stop with the assembly line because it is old school and efficient. Let’s build everything by hand- roads, tunnels, etc. Those evil ATMs!!!

    Instead of tying green to the schools, tie engineering and science. Do not fund one more art program. Stop college kids from taking worthless majors like art and anthropology. Those are hobbies. This is why Asia will surpass the great US unless we turn right.

  12. madmike272 says:

    Another example of absolute leftist drivel from a confirmed ultra-leftist that consistantly writes leftist garbage weekly in this paper!

  13. beerBoy says:

    ai – Breitbart has been wrong on so many occasions that the occasion that he accidentally might be using facts rather than manipulated and falsified propaganda is too rare to be considered worthy of attention.

  14. LarryFine says:

    … now apply that logic to Obama and you may be onto something…

  15. Roncella says:

    Fred, Your very farrrrr left supporters have all chimed in on the above posts.

    Its a riot watching you libs and many dems. squirm this way and that way trying to shelter President Obama and Pelosi and Reids mistakes and non-performance on the Job.

    President Obama and Reid and Pelosi have been on a spending spree for the past few years, now they have to finally face reality and really have no new ideas on how to fix the mess they started with their out of control Spending.

    President Obama could maybe learn more about economics from his daughters than from Reid or Pelosi

  16. aislander says:

    See, beerBoy, Breitbart MAY have a reputation for being wrong (deservedly or not), but you don’t fact-check the source (unless it is a primary one), you fact-check the alleged fact. I used to impeach your choice of websites that you cited to support your…er…positions, but long ago decided that was a cheap way to win a point, even if nobody challenged my challenge…

  17. “a $400 billion increase on the middle class and only $70 billion on the evil “rich…”

    Stop lying ailander.

  18. NWflyfisher says:

    Compare today to when Mr. Obama took office in 2009:

    Gasoline was $1.67 a gallon then. Today its $3.79.

    Average cost of a gallon of milk was about $2.65 then. It’s about $3.50 today.

    The median cost of a home was $229,600. Today it’s $217,900.

    We fell $438 billion short of balancing the federal budget in 2008. We missed it by $1.4 trillion this year—nearly four times higher.

    U.S. debt – Total federal debt was $10.7 trillion then. It’s $14.5 trillion now—nearly 50% higher.

    Unemploymen then was 7.3% and today its 9.1%..

    The Jan 2009 inflation rate was 0.013%, latest figures (May 2011) it’s 3.56%

    The “Misery Index” in Jan 1009 was 7.183, today its 12.77

    The entire White House economic team he appointed has resigned their positions.

    In speech after speech, he tries to make us believe only he has the “right” answers, that only he knows how to turn the economy around. Well, one can debate or spin Mr. Obama’s record any way they choose, but as John Adams once said “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

    I, for one, have had quite enough of his progressive hope and change foolishness.

  19. NWflyfisher says:

    Correction: the recent unemployment rate figure is 9.2%, not 9.1%.

  20. geeterpontiac says:

    Great points NWflyfishe.

  21. Roncella says:

    NWflyfisher, Your post shows exactly why we have to hope and pray that President Obama and V.P. Joe Biden do not get 4 more years to mess up the Country more than it already is.

  22. beerBoy says:

    Breitbart MAY have a reputation for being wrong (deservedly or not)

    More evidence that you can not deal with the truth when it doesn’t fit your truthiness. Google “Breitbart wrong” and click on a few links to various “facts” Breitbart has fabricated and been proven wrong. Then come back and explain “deservedly or not”.

    Dan Rather screwed up once and was “retired”. Breitbart keeps “screwing up” and the invitations keep coming.

  23. aislander says:

    Peripheral to my point, bB…

  24. LarryFine says:

    “Dan Rather screwed up once” ummm… got caught and called on it.

  25. LarryFine says:

    … and Dan Rather was supposed to be an “unbiased mainstream news ” guy (oxymoronic really) … kooky.

  26. LarryFine says:

    ah, no comment.

  27. Was that a “no comment” to your previous two posts?

    Who needs multiple screen names when you can just talk to yourself?

  28. LarryFine says:

    Tell it to “arts” and “moderate” ;)

    Just in case you missed it… Dan Rather got caught once… and you had no comment.

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