Tuesday, May 09, 2006A Simple Plan
This is how we win, kids:
* Undo the bankruptcy bill enacted by this administration
* Repeal the estate tax repeal
* Increase the minimum wage and index it to the CPI
* Universal health care (obviously the devil is in the details on this one)
* Increase CAFE standards. Some other environment-related regulation
* Pro-reproductive rights, getting rid of abstinence-only education, improving education about and access to contraception including the morning after pill, and supporting choice. On the last one there's probably some disagreement around the edges (parental notification, for example), but otherwise.
* Simplify and increase the progressivity of the tax code
* Kill faith-based funding. Certainly kill federal funding of anything that engages in religious discrimination.
* Reduce corporate giveaways
* Have Medicare run the Medicare drug plan
* Force companies to stop underfunding their pensions. Change corporate bankruptcy law to put workers and retirees at the head of the line with respect to their pensions.
* Leave the states alone on issues like medical marijuana. Generally move towards "more decriminalization" of drugs, though the details complicated there too.
* Paper ballots
* Improve access to daycare and other pro-family policies. Obiously details matter.
* Raise the cap on wages covered by FICA taxes.
* Marriage rights for all, which includes "gay marriage" and quicker transition to citizenship for the foreign spouses of citizens.
...adding a few more things which would be obvious if we weren't living in the Grand and Glorious Age of Bush:
* Torture is bad
* Imprisoning citizens without charges is bad
* Playing Calvinball with the Geneva Conventions and treaties generally is bad
* Imprisoning anyone indefinitely without charges is bad
* Stating that the president can break any law he wants any time "just because" is bad.
It's good for families, good for economic stability, good for democracy, good for the poor and middle-class, good for small business, and good for our international relations. Maybe we should try it, eh? Now that we know that neo-conservatism is a gross and utter failure on every conceivable level.
Personally, my liberalism rests on five basic ideas: 1) everybody has an essential right to the best education available, through postgraduate levels; 2) everybody has an essential right to the best healthcare available, regardless of their economic or social status; 3) the Christian fundamentalists don't own this fucking country; 4) the United States doesn't own this fucking planet; and 5) we all have a responsibility to contribute as best we can to the common wellbeing of our population, financially and otherwise, and that in doing so we also support our own wellbeing. So, pretty simple, really.
PS: What the fuck is this?! Didn't they just increase the debt ceiling to $9 trillion a couple of months ago? Fuck, somebody take away their credit card! "Fiscal conservatives," my ass!
PPS: I'm trying out a new blog-funding system, IndieKarma. Observant readers will notice that now a blue bar appears briefly at the bottom of this page when it first loads. The idea here is that every time an IndieKarma user visits a participating blog (like this one, for example), the owner of the blog will get a penny. It's not a lot of cash, obviously, but that's the point -- it's a painless way to contribute to the cost of blogging. I've always rejected things like blogads, but I thought I'd give this a whirl and see if it's worth my time (and I've signed up as a contributor, too. I'll be happy enough if the pennies coming in equal the pennies going out.)
Anyway, if you're one of the first 5000 to sign up (and you've still got breathing room to make it), your first $1 is free. And if y'all hate me for doing it, let me know. But I thought it was a pretty good idea. |