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A Contract for the American Dream

by on 07/07/2012

The major purpose of this blog (MoveOnDC https://moveondc.wordpress.com/  Twitter @MoveOnDC Facebook MoveOnDC  YouTube MoveOnDC) ) is to mobilize DC regional support for MoveOn‘s A Contract for the American Dream.  There are ten planks in that contract and posts to this blog will use those ten categories to index what we share with our local community.  See the original here.

Introduction: The American Dream, it will only work when people do.  For most of us, The American Dream is becoming less and less attainable. The ideal that Americans who are willing to work hard can find a good job and give their families a better life is under threat. Washington’s debt deal attacks the middle class and does nothing to create the jobs this country needs. Our best workers continue to sit idle while the work of rebuilding America goes undone.  We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis.

America is not broke. We are the richest nation by far, but too many at the top are grabbing the gains. No person or corporation should be allowed to take from America while giving little or nothing back.

If those who do well IN America do well BY America, together we can rebuild our country and jump-­start the industries of the future.  This is our covenant with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill – but only by working together. Here’s how to do it:

1. Invest in America‘s Infrastructure

Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads and public transit. We must invest in high-­speed Internet and a modern, energy-­saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Infrastructure” category.

2. Create 21st-Century Energy Jobs

We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-­generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Energy” category.

3. Invest in Public Education

We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-­quality teachers, and build safe, well-­equipped school buildings for our students. A

high-­quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Education” category.

4. Offer Medicare for All

We should expand Medicare so it’s available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-­effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it – but it’s not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country – paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Medicare” category.

5. Make Work Pay

Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Pay” category.

6. Secure Social Security

Keep Social Security sound, and strengthen the retirement, disability, and survivors’ protections Americans earn through their hard work. Pay for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax, so that upper-­income people pay into Social Security on all they make, just like the rest of us.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Social Security” category.

7. Return to Fairer Tax Rates

End, once and for all, the Bush-­era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us – or our kids – must pay eventually. Also, we must outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Lastly, with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country’s wealth, we should add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million each year.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Fair Tax” category.

8. End the Wars and Invest at Home

Our troops have done everything that’s been asked of them, and it’s time to bring them home to good jobs here. We’re sending $3 billion each week overseas that we should be investing to rebuild America.

Other posts under this plank will have the “End War” category.

9. Tax Wall Street Speculation

A tiny fee of 1/20th of 1% on each Wall Street trade would raise tens of billions of dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. This would reduce speculation, “flash trading,” and outrageous bankers’ bonuses – and we’d have a lot more money to spend on Main Street job creation.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Tax Speculation” category.

10. Strengthen Democracy

We need clean, fair elections — where no one’s right to vote can be taken away, and where money doesn’t buy you your own member of Congress. We must ban anonymous political influence, slam

shut the lobbyists’ revolving door in D.C. and publicly finance elections. Immigrants who want to join in our democracy deserve a clear path to citizenship. We must stop giving corporations the rights of people when it comes to our elections. And we must ensure our judiciary’s respect for the Constitution. Together, we will reclaim our democracy to get our country back on track.

Other posts under this plank will have the “Democracy” category.

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