But that’s the last thing Republicans want.
By Jack E. Lohman
What’s done is done, and we can thank Massachusetts voters for sending the message. Obama has not been keeping his promises, but maybe now he will.
- Campaign Finance Reform: Don’t even think about moving forward without getting the political bribes out of the system. If the payola in the recent health care battle taught us anything, it’s that our politicians work for them and not us.
With the recent (stupid) Supreme Court ruling it is even more important to offset the corporate money. Public funding of campaigns — with matching public funds when a candidate is outspent — will level the playing field, enable more new challengers, and return political loyalties to the people. It’s optional, but incumbents will either switch or answer to the voters, and they’ll moderate or eliminate their corporate bias. Corporations are important, but not over the rest of society.
More importantly, it will reduce the political obstructionism and let congress get things done in the best interest of the nation’s economy.
- Bring Back Jobs: Jobless recovery? Dream on, it’s not possible. Temporary government jobs will be gone in a year and we’ll be back to where we started; except a lot poorer. We must (a) revisit NAFTA as promised, and (b) bail out 100% of our U.S. corporations, not just the bankers and car manufacturers. Whatever we can save “American” corporations in taxes and health care costs will be invested in new jobs and economic growth.
- Zero Taxes for US Corporations: These taxes are passed to the consumers anyway and make our companies uncompetitive with foreign product. They should be eliminated or offset for companies who employ US workers, perhaps with a “per employee” subsidy for full time employees. Taxes on corporations that outsource jobs should be retained and increased.
- We must… absolutely MUST… implement a single-payer Medicare-for-all system. If not for reasons of humanity, then for the sake of our nation’s economy. Employer health care costs are 15% of wages and are passed on to the consumers in any case. But in the process we make our corporations uncompetitive and massive jobs are lost to countries that already have universal healthcare.
For the same dollars we are spending today (16.5% of GDP) we could provide first-class CheneyCare to 100% of our population. We’d pay for it differently — via our national infrastructure and progressive tax system rather than through wages — but we would remove this burden from employers and allow them to spend their money on wages and new jobs instead.
But sensible spending on health care is the last thing the insurance industry wants, because 31% of healthcare costs are going to the insurance bureaucracy.
And incidentally, our politicians share in every private health care dollar, because private insurance can give campaign contributions and Medicare can’t.
But note this: NOTHING will happen unless we taxpayers buy back our political system through public funding of campaigns. Write your congressmen and ask that they support the Fair Elections Now Act.
There are only two possible reasons why our country is in a tailspin: either our politicians are inept or they are corrupt, and there’s little indication of it being the former.
If campaign cash were not so relevant, politicians would not be spending half their time recruiting it and the other half protecting it.
— Want to know why we are spending $7 million on a railroad bridge in Nebraska and another in Florida? Follow the road builder’s campaign contributions. Want to know why your community is not getting shared revenues from the state, and is being forced into laying off police and fire fighters and eliminate special needs programs? Politicians are spending the cash satisfying their business cronies.
— Yea, I know. You want to be able to buy your congressman. Our so-called freedom of speech, don’cha know. We’ve had it for years; how are you liking the results?
— Banking reform? Don’t even think about it.