A Declaration, Petition for the Redress of Grievances and Action Plan- An OWS Working Group

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Who are we? A Declaration, Petition for the Redress of Grievances and Action Plan- An OWS Working Group

WHEREAS THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION PROVIDES:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

WE, THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in order to form a more perfect Union, by, for and of the PEOPLE, shall elect and convene a NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY beginning on July 4, 2012 in the City Of Philadelphia.

I. Election of Delegates:

The People, consisting of all United States citizens who have reached the age of 18, regardless of party affiliation and voter registration status, shall elect Two Delegates, one male and one female, by direct vote, from each of the existing 435 Congressional Districts to represent the People at the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY in Philadelphia convening on July 4, 2012. The office of Delegate shall be open to all United States citizens who have reached the age of 18. Executive Committees, elected by local General Assemblies from all over the United States, shall organize, coordinate and fund this national election by direct democratic voting. The Executive Committees shall operate similarly to the original Committees of Correspondence during the first American Revolution.

II. Meeting of the National General Assembly and Deliberation:

At the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY, the 870 Delegates shall set forth, consider and vote upon a PETITION OF GRIEVANCES to be submitted to all members of Congress, The Supreme Court and President and each of the political candidates running in the nationwide Congressional and Presidential election in November 2012.

III. Proposed Petition for the Redress of Grievances:

This PETITION OF GRIEVANCES shall be non-partisan and address the critical issues now confronting the People of the United States and will be deliberated and voted upon by the 870 Delegates in consultation with the 99%.

The final version of the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES voted upon by the Delegates of the National General Assembly MAY or MAY NOT include the following issues:

1. Implementing an immediate ban on all private contributions of money and gifts, to all politicians in federal office, from Individuals, Corporations, Political Action Committees, Super Political Action Committees, Lobbyists, Unions and all other private sources of money to be replaced by the fair and equal public financing of all federal political campaigns. We REJECT the concept that money is equal to free speech because if that were so, then only the wealthiest would have a voice. These actions must be taken because it has become clear that politicians in the United States cannot regulate themselves and have become the exclusive representatives of corporations, unions and the very wealthy who spend vast sums of money on political campaigns to influence the candidates’ decisions and ensure their reelection year after year.

2. The immediate reversal of the outrageous and anti-democratic holding in the “Citizens United” case by the Supreme Court, which equates the payment of money by corporations to politicians with free speech.

3. Prohibiting all public officials and their immediate family members, whether elected or appointed from EVER being employed by any corporation they regulate while in office or holding any stock or shares in any corporation they regulate while in office until a full 5 years after their term is completed.

4. A complete lifetime ban on accepting all gifts, services, money, directly or indirectly, to any elected or appointed officials or their immediate family members, from any person, corporation, union or other entity that the public official was charged to regulate while in office.

5. A complete reformation of the United States Tax Code to require ALL citizens to pay a fair share of a progressive, graduated income tax by eliminating loopholes, unfair tax breaks, exemptions and deductions, subsidies (e.g. oil, gas and farm) and ending all other methods of evading taxes. The current system of taxation favors the wealthiest Americans, many of who pay fewer taxes to the United States Treasury than citizens who earn much less and pay a much higher percentage of income in taxes to the United States Treasury.

6. Medicare for all American citizens adjusted by a means test (i.e. citizens who can afford it will opt-out of Medicare and pay their own health insurance or opt-in and pay a means tested Medicare premium). The Medicaid program, fraught with corruption and fraud, will be eliminated except for the purpose of providing emergency room care to indigent non-citizens who will not be covered by Medicare-for-all.

7. New comprehensive regulations to give the Environmental Protection Agency the power to shut down corporations, businesses or another entity that intentionally damages the environment and/or criminally prosecute individuals who intentionally damage the environment. Immediate adoption of the most recent international protocols to cap carbon emissions and new goals to transition away from fossil fuels to reusable or carbon neutral sources of power as soon as possible.

8. Adoption of an immediate plan to reduce the national debt to a sustainable percentage of GDP by 2020. Reduction of the national debt to be achieved by BOTH a cut in spending to corporations engaged in perpetual war for profit, the “healthcare” industry, the pharmaceutical industry and all other sectors that use the federal budget as their income stream AND a truly progressive income tax code that does not allow the wealthy and corporations to evade taxes through excessive deductions, subsidies and loopholes.

9. Passage of a comprehensive job and job-training bill to employ our citizens in jobs that are available with specialized training and by putting People to work tomorrow by repairing America’s crumbling infrastructure. Establishment of an online international job exchange to match employers with skilled workers or employers willing to train workers in 21st century skills.

10. Student loan debt relief. Our young People and students are more than $830 billion in debt from education loans alone. Payment and interest on these debts should be deferred for periods of unemployment and the principal reduced using a corporate tax surcharge and by extending the age to collect social security from 65 to 70.

11. Immediate passage of the Dream Act and comprehensive immigration and border security reform including offering visas, lawful permanent resident status and citizenship to the world’s brightest People to come and work in our industries and schools.

12. Recalling all military personnel at all non-essential bases and refocusing national defense goals to address threats posed by the geopolitics of the 21st century, terrorism and limiting the large scale deployment of military forces to instances where Congressional approval has been granted to counter the Military Industrial Complex’s goal of perpetual war for profit.

13. Mandating new educational goals to train the American public to perform jobs in a 21st Century economy, particularly in the areas of technology and green energy, taking into consideration the redundancy caused by technology and the inexpensive cost of labor in China, India and other countries and paying our teachers a salary that is competitive with the private sector.

14. Subject to the elimination of corporate tax loopholes and exploited exemptions and deductions stated above, offering tax incentives to businesses to reconstruct the manufacturing capacity of the United States and reinstitution of the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps and other emergency governmental agencies required to create new public works projects to provide jobs to the 46 million People living in poverty, the 9.1% unemployed and 10% underemployed.

15. Implementing immediate legislation to encourage China and our other trading partners to end currency manipulation or impose a consumption tax on goods that those countries export to the United States calculated by comparing the fair market value of the currency to the manipulated valuation.

16. Immediate reenactment of the Glass-Steagall Act and increased regulation of Wall Street and the financial industry by the SEC, FINRA and the other financial regulators, and the commencement of a Justice Department criminal investigations into the Securities and Banking industries practices that led to the collapse of markets, $700 billion bail-out, and financial firm failures in 2007-2008.

17. Adoption of President Clinton’s plan to end the mortgage crisis and instead of the Federal Reserve continuing to lower interest rates for loans to banks who are refusing to loan to small businesses and consumers, the Federal Reserve shall buy all underwater or foreclosed mortgages and refinance the these debt at 1% or less to be managed by the newly established Consumer Protection Agency and (foreclosure task force described below) because 1% or less is the interest rate the Federal Reserve loans to the banks directly who hoard the cash rather than loan it to the People and small businesses.

18. An immediate one year freeze on all foreclosures to be reviewed by an independent foreclosure task force appointed by Congress and the Executive Branch to determine, on a case by case basis, whether foreclosure proceedings should continue based on the circumstances of each homeowner.

19. Subject to the above ban on money and gifts in politics, additional campaign finance reform requiring free air time and public campaign finances to all candidates who obtain sufficient petition signatures and/or votes to participate in the primaries and/or electoral process, shortening the campaign season and allow voting on weekends and holidays. Voting must be accessible to all citizens for democracy to work.

20. An immediate withdrawal of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and a substantial increase in the amount of funding needed for veteran job placement and the treatment of the physical and emotional injuries sustained by veterans in these wars. Our veterans are committing suicide at an unprecedented rate and we must help now.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVLED that IF the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES approved by the 870 Delegates of the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY in consultation with the PEOPLE, are not acted upon and implemented to the satisfaction of the Delegates of the NATIONAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY after presentment of the PETITION OF GRIEVANCES to the government, said Delegates shall begin to organize a THIRD, COMPLETELY NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT POLITICAL PARTY to run candidates for every seat in the mid-term election of 2014.

★THE NINETY-NINE PERCENT★

Just in Case you havn’t seen this on Politifact: John Boehner says Bush tax cuts created 8 million jobs over 10 years

 

John Boehner says Bush tax cuts created 8 million jobs over 10 years

FalseHouse Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, appeared on NBC’s Today show on May 10, 2011. We checked his facts on job creation.

During an interview on NBC’s Today show, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, offered some job-creation statistics to cast a favorable light on the tax cuts passed under President George W. Bush in 2001 and 2003.

Host Matt Lauer said to Boehner, “You talk about creating jobs. When the Bush era tax cuts were passed in 2001, unemployment in this country was 4.5 percent. Today it’s at 9 percent, just down from 10 percent. So why are the Bush era tax cuts creating jobs?”

Boehner responded that the tax cuts “created about 8 million jobs over the first 10 years that they were in existence. We’ve lost about 5 million of those jobs during this recession.”

Several readers suggested that we check Boehner’s statistics. So we did.

Boehner’s statement actually has several problems. One is the question of whether the tax cuts actually caused the job growth; more on that later. First, we’ll point out something more basic — that Boehner’s chronology is off.

The first of the tax cuts was passed in June 2001, so we haven’t hit a full 10 years since the first cut was enacted, and we’re only about eight years past the enactment of the second round of cuts. We’ll give Boehner the most generous parameters possible — from the signing of the first tax cut in June 2001 until the pre-recession employment peak, which came in January 2008. (When we contacted Boehner’s office, they confirmed that this is the comparison he had in mind.)

We turned to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically, figures from the Current Employment Statistics series, which is calculated using a broad survey of employer payroll data. Here are the numbers:

June 2001: 132,047,000 people employed
January 2008: 137,996,000 people employed
Increase during that six-and-a-half-year period: 5,949,000 people

That’s roughly 6 million jobs — significantly below the 8 million Boehner cited.

Now let’s turn to the jobs lost during the recession. We once again calculated the numbers in the way most favorable to Boehner — from the peak of employment (January 2008) to the lowest point (February 2010). Here are the figures:

January 2008: 137,996,000 people employed
February 2010: 129,246,000 people employed
Decrease during the roughly two-year period: 8,750,000 people

That’s almost 9 million jobs lost — almost twice what Boehner had said on Today.

What’s going on?

When we reached Boehner’s office, spokesman Michael Steel provided a different set of numbers — numbers that we determined were from a different set of BLS statistics, known as the Current Population Survey.

The numbers from the CPS data are produced by a smaller survey of individuals and families. They are best known for producing the widely tracked national unemployment rate, but the data also include an estimate of the raw number of employed Americans, which is what Boehner used.

Here are the CPS figures for the same periods we looked at above:

June 2001: 136,873,000 people employed
January 2008: 146,407,000 people employed
Increase over about six and a half years: 9,534,000 people

January 2008: 146,407,000 people employed
February 2010: 138,698,000 people employed
Decrease over about two years: 7,709,000 people

So using the CPS figures, Boehner actually underestimated the jobs created after the passage of the Bush tax cuts, rather than overestimating them. And his number of jobs lost in the recession was closer to the CPS number than to the CES number.

In other words, using one set of data, Boehner’s way off, and using another set, he’s closer. What gives?

For the periods studied, the two data sets’ varying methodologies appear to have produced large differences in the number of jobs created and lost. While both statistics have their advantages and disadvantages, the CES numbers are “usually preferred when talking about job growth or loss,” said Stacey Standish, a BLS spokeswoman.

And there’s this problem: What if we had used Boehner’s 10 year figure rather than the six-and-a-half-year upswing of jobs? Over the full 10 years, employment has actually fallen by more than 1 million jobs using CES numbers and risen by 2.8 million according to the CPS figures. Either way, both figures are well below the job gains Boehner touted for the full 10-year period.

Meanwhile, there are other concerns beyond the statistics. While J.D. Foster, a senior fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said he feels both CES and CPS are valid measures, he wondered whether Boehner had oversold cause and effect. “The real issue is the statement that the Bush tax cuts ‘created’ these jobs,” Foster said. “Would the economy have created no jobs during this period but for the tax cuts?”

And Gary Burtless, a labor economist with the centrist-to-liberal Brookings Institution, argues that “the more basic point is that under either measure of employment gain, the proportional rise in employment in the Bush Administration after passage of his initial tax cut was comparatively small.”

Burtless put together a comparison of recent two-term presidential administrations’ job growth over the equivalent period — the 81 months starting in the June after the president’s inauguration. George W. Bush produced smaller job gains than most recent administrations regardless of which employment measure is used.

Employment under Bush grew by 4.5 percent using CES and 7 percent using CPS, whereas employment grew by double digits under presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, and also under the combined eight-year administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, who finished Nixon’s term after he resigned, and John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Only under Eisenhower was job growth more sluggish than it was under George W. Bush, and even then, it was only the case using one of the two BLS statistics. (Burtless did not compare job growth during the administrations of George H.W. Bush or Jimmy Carter because they served only one term each.)

Where does all this leave us? First, under the most common yardstick for measuring employment — the CES data — Boehner’s claim is significantly overstated. Second, while Boehner is closer when using a different statistic, it’s only more accurate if he uses a time period much different than the one he stated in the interview. And third, his suggestion that the tax cuts are primarily responsible for subsequent job growth is contentious at best (and the job growth he points to is modest compared to previous administrations).

So the numbers Boehner offers are accurate only with significant adjustments. Overall, we find his statement too flawed to give it a rating higher than False

I’m Mad As Hell. How About You? | Dylan Ratigan…IM MAD AS HELL TOO ,DYLAN…AND NONE US OF SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE IT ANY MORE

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TRUTH AND REALITY GETS EXTREMELY PISSED, AS WE ALL SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LONG TIME AGO. IT’S STILL NOT TOO LATE…IT’S TIME TO QUIT SITTING ON OUR ASSES AND TWEETING . WE HAVE TO GET ON OUR FEET IN THE STREETS. WE ALL KNOW NOW THAT OBAMA IS TOO MUCH OF A WHIMP TO FIGHT. HELL, HE WON’T EVEN SPEAK IN LESS THAN A VERY POLITE TONE. CONGRESS WON’T GET ANYTHING DONE. THEY HAVE ALL BEEN CASTRATED BY THE MONEY. DYLAN WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT WHEN HE SAID THAT CONGRESS IS BOUGHT AND PAID FOR, AND IT’S NOT JUST ONE SIDE, BOTH SIDES ARE FULLY OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE BANKS, THE CORPORATIONS AND AS MANY SPECIAL INTEREST FUNDING GROUPS AS YOU CAN COUNT. THE PRESIDENT DON’T WORK FOR US, CONGRESS DOESN’T WORK FOR US, NO-ONE WORKS FOR US. WE ARE THE ONLY ONE’S WHO CAN WORK FOR US.  I WISH IT WERE POSSIBLE TO GET EVERY ONE TO VOTE FOR “NO-ONE” IN 2012.  WATCH THIS VIDEO, AND YOU’LL BE AS ANGRY AND MOTIVATED AS I FEEL RIGHT NOW. WE COULD JOIN AN ORGANIZATION ALREADY IN EXISTANCE, OR WE COULD FORM OUR OWN.  YOU’RE DAMN RIGHT, DYLAN, I’M PISSED TOO. AND IT’S TIME TO GET ACTION FROM OUR BROKEN, AND INNEFECTIVE GOVERNMENT……  PLEASE TAKE THE POLL AFTER YOU WATCH THE VIDEO.

–TRUTHNREALITY

I’m Mad As Hell. How About You? | Dylan Ratigan.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

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(one more lazy copy blog-a “must read”) Economists: GOP Cites Deeply Flawed CBS Report To Blame Debt On Obama | TPMDC

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Economists: GOP Cites Deeply Flawed CBS Report To Blame Debt On Obama | TPMDC.

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Top Republicans couldn’t be happier with a Monday CBS News report logging the growth in the national debt under President Obama.

The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 trillion.It’s the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president.

The national debt increased $4.9 trillion during the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush. The debt now is rising at a pace to surpass that amount during Mr. Obama’s four-year term.

But this is politically powerful only because it’s equally analytically flawed.

It ignores key facts about the nature of government debt. For instance the nominal size of the debt isn’t important except as compared to the concurrent size of the economy — the debt-to-GDP ratio. Additionally, if growth of debt over time is what you’re interested in, then the key question is percent-growth, not nominal growth.

Dean Baker of the Center for Economic Policy Research — who tracks economic illiteracy in the media — explained these and other problems.

“First off, if you want to be at all serious you’d be looking at debt to GDP ratios,” he told TPM. “Obviously debt to GDP did rise very rapidly [in Obama’s first years], so that probably is true.” If, however, you look at the more accurate figure — percentage point change in the debt to GDP ratio — Obama’s not doing so poorly compared to Presidents Reagan, Bush, and Bush II, all of whom presided over large percentage point increases in the country’s debt to GDP ratio.

But the biggest problem, according to Baker, is that the report treats as a partisan issue the question of what caused the growth in debt. From CBS:

Mr. Obama blames policies inherited from his predecessor’s administration for the soaring debt. He singles out:

* “two wars we didn’t pay for”
* “a prescription drug program for seniors…we didn’t pay for.”
* “tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 that were not paid for.”

He goes on to blame the recession, and its resulting decrease in tax revenue on businesses, for making fewer sales, and more employees being laid off. He says the recession also resulted in more government spending due to increased unemployment insurance payments, subsidies to farms and funding of infrastructure programs that were part of his stimulus program.

“It’s acting like Obama’s sort of pulling this out of the hat,” Baker said. “That’s not an arguable point. It is the recession.” And Obama inherited the structural deficits as well. To claim that’s debatable is like saying Obama “blames” darkness on the night.

Jim Horney, who heads up the fiscal policy shop at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, backed this up with figures(PDF). “In January 2009, under the Congressional Budget Office’s projections that assumed a continuation of then-current policies (2001 and 2003 tax cuts extended, etc.), the debt held by the public was projected to increase by more than $2.3 trillion and gross debt was projected to increase by about $2.7 trillion,” Horney told TPM.

So, whether you look at debt held by the public or gross debt, the deficits projected under CBO’s economic forecast in January 2009 and the assumption of no change in policies in place when Obama took office account for about 2/3 of the increase in debt. And a substantial part of the increase above what CBO projected in January 2009 is due to the economic downturn being significantly worse than CBO projected in January 2009 (although CBO has estimated that the policies that were adopted after January 2009 – [the stimulus bill, etc.] – actually improved the economy relative to what would have happened without any change in policies).

Obama more directly owns relatively small chunks — attributable largely to the stimulus, the tax deal and arguably his continuation of the wars. But the vast bulk was baked into the cake when he took office.

On top of this, the CBS report compares Obama to George W. Bush, who inherited two very different economies and budgets. Bush inherited a surplus, and, soon after his inauguration, a recession, which he used as an excuse to enact massive, long-term tax cuts that ate into the deficit long after those recessions were over, into Obama’s term. Obama inherited a record deficit in 2009, with an economy in complete free fall.

There are smaller problems with the report, too. Both Baker and Horney note that the more appropriate measure of debt is not the gross debt — i.e. the sum of debts government owes to both creditors and to itself — but simply the former. This is better known as debt held by the public, and it excludes debt owed to Social Security.

“Since the President was inaugurated, debt held by the public has increased just under $3.7 trillion (note, that in this case, using debt held by the public does not dramatically change the story – but it is the right number to use),” Horney notes.

That won’t stop partisans from trumpeting misreported bad news, but it’s always worth keeping in mind.==============

 

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More from “President Sanders” [an op-ed by John Nichols of “The Nation” and “Nation of Change”]

 Sorry guys; I guess a bit too often, I just can’t help myself, I see something I really like , so I copy-blog.  Every time I hear Senator sanders speak, I get the same feeling of hope and good things in our future as I did whn Obama first emerged on the scene. Except this time, just maybe we wouldn’t be betrayed and let down for such a hard landing.  –  truthnreality

John Nichols

NationofChange / Op-Ed

Published: Thursday 18 August 2011

“While he is not running for the presidency, Sanders is delivering the sort of speeches—and outlining the sort of agenda—that could animate the stale and lifeless 2012 campaign.”

Sanders Says What Every Presidential Contender Should: America Needs a Bold Jobs Plan.

Bernie Sanders is not run­ning for pres­i­dent. Though he has ex­pressed frus­tra­tion with the di­rec­tion of the 2012 cam­paign—going so far as to sug­gest that Pres­i­dent Obama could use a pri­mary chal­lenge—Sanders will seek an­other term in the Sen­ate next year.

But while he is not run­ning for the pres­i­dency, Sanders is de­liv­er­ing the sort of speeches—and out­lin­ing the sort of agenda—that could an­i­mate the stale and life­less 2012 cam­paign.

In­deed, the Ver­mont sen­a­tor is mak­ing more fis­cal and eco­nomic sense than any­one who is run­ning—for ei­ther of the major party nom­i­na­tions in 2012.

Most news sources are funded by cor­po­ra­tions and in­vestors. Their goal is to drive peo­ple to ad­ver­tis­ers while push­ing the cor­po­rate agenda. Na­tionofChange is a 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion funded al­most 100% from its read­ers–you! Our only ac­count­abil­ity is to the pub­lic. Click here to make a gen­er­ous do­na­tion.
“While every­one un­der­stands that we have got to re­duce the deficit, the num­ber-one chal­lenge Amer­ica faces right now is a jobs cri­sis,” the in­de­pen­dent sen­a­tor de­clared, while de­cry­ing the fact that more than 16 per­cent of Amer­i­can work­ers (25 mil­lion Amer­i­can) are ei­ther un­em­ployed or un­der­em­ployed.

Putting the warped fis­cal and eco­nomic de­bates of a mo­ment of Tea Party ex­cess and De­mo­c­ra­tic de­nial into per­spec­tive, Sanders ex­plained that “cre­at­ing the mil­lions of new jobs that we des­per­ately need is not only vi­tally im­por­tant to our econ­omy but will be the means by which we re­duce the deficit over the long term. New jobs mean more gov­ern­ment rev­enue, which makes a lot more sense than hav­ing to spend bil­lions on un­em­ploy­ment com­pen­sa­tion, food stamps, and other pro­grams needed dur­ing a se­vere re­ces­sion.”

But Sanders was not just re­count­ing the de­tails of a cri­sis. He used the con­ven­tion ad­dress to out­line a bold, pro­gres­sive agenda for ad­dress­ing it. That agenda be­gins with a com­mit­ment to “re­build­ing the na­tion’s crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture, trans­form­ing our en­ergy sys­tem, and rewrit­ing our trade pol­icy so that Amer­i­can prod­ucts—not jobs —are our num­ber-one ex­port.”

“Every­one in Ver­mont and across the coun­try un­der­stands that we can put mil­lions of Amer­i­cans back to work re­build­ing the na­tion’s bridges, roads, schools, dams, cul­verts, rail sys­tems and pub­lic trans­porta­tion, among other vital needs,” said Sanders. “We must also trans­form our en­ergy sys­tem away from fos­sil fuel and into en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and sus­tain­able en­ergy. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of jobs can be cre­ated through weath­er­iza­tion, and the man­u­fac­tur­ing of Amer­i­can-made wind tur­bines, solar pan­els and heat pumps. Also, we must make fun­da­men­tal changes in our trade pol­icy so that we re­build our man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor. Cor­po­rate Amer­ica must in­vest in the United States and stop the out­sourc­ing of jobs to China, Viet­nam and other low-wage coun­tries.”

To raise rev­enues, Sanders would have the new Con­gres­sional “su­per-com­mit­tee” begin re­duc­ing by elim­i­nat­ing tax loop­holes for the wealthy and large cor­po­ra­tions and tak­ing a hard look at ex­ces­sive mil­i­tary spend­ing.

And, no, the sen­a­tor is not in­ter­ested in cut­ting Med­ic­aid, Medicare and So­cial Se­cu­rity—at all.

“So­cial Se­cu­rity has not con­tributed a nickel to the deficit, it has a $2.6 tril­lion sur­plus, and it can pay out every ben­e­fit owed to every el­i­gi­ble Amer­i­can for the next twenty-five years. It must not be cut,” ex­plained Sanders. “In­stead of bal­anc­ing the bud­get on the backs of work­ing fam­i­lies, the el­derly, the chil­dren, the sick and the most vul­ner­a­ble, it is time to ask the wealth­i­est peo­ple and most prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions in this coun­try to pay their fair share.”

That was not a pres­i­den­tial cam­paign stump speech. Sanders is run­ning for re-elec­tion for the Sen­ate.

But this is what every se­ri­ous 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date—in­clud­ing Barack Obama—should be say­ing.

This story orig­i­nally ap­peared in The Na­tion.
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“President Bernie Sanders”……THE ONE we need in the Whitehouse…truthnreality

  We need this man, to be our next president; he is adamantly denies any interest in the job he is most suited for. With his values his beleifs, his passion and his ability to communicate it all, he could be the President we hoped and beleived obama would be.  When have we seen this passion and ability as a communicator in recent history?  I know we haven’t seen anyone like Bernie Sanders who is willing to speak his beleifs and progressive values with such conviction in at least the past ten or more years. Not only does he speak his values, but I beleive he will make every effort to overcome every obstacle wich gets in his way of  putting his values into legislation.- truthnreality