Training and Education for 21st Century Jobs

A 21st Century New Deal would need to have education at its core.   We already have low unemployment.  What we do not have are enough good paying jobs.  We hear all the time that companies cannot find qualified workers.  So train people.  Educate people.   Technology and industries have changed.   Adults who lose a job are […]

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How Do We Pay For This?

A New Deal for the 21st Century would require many new government programs.  How do we pay for this?  Well for one thing we stop giving the wealthy big tax cuts.   America does NOT have the highest taxes in the developed world.  Not even close.  The tax rate for the wealthy is way lower than […]

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An Interdisciplinary Approach – not sound bite solutions

I addressed corruption and the need for comprehensive campaign finance reform first because it is needed to protect any positive advances that are not designed to help the rich and powerful. The core of a New Deal for the 21st Century is about education,  good paying jobs,  improving US infrastructure, health care and increasing prosperity […]

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Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform – part 2

In my previous post I wrote about gerrymandering and lobbying.  Now let’s look at the actual campaign finance ideas. So long as candidates have to raise money to run for office there is going to be corruption.  The rich and powerful will open their wallets and expect some sort of consideration in return.    The most […]

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Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform – part 1

America is no longer a nation ruled by the people and for the people.  That changed slowly as lobbying became a huge influence industry.  Then the final blow came from the conservative Supreme Court with the Citizens United ruling that determined corporations have the same rights as people and  that spending money as one wishes […]

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Too Far Left?

I am quite fed up with hearing about how political progressives have gone too far to the left. What do you think happened 1932 when FDR was elected?  Do you think he was a moderate?  NO! It takes a progressive agenda to change what has been a festering wound in our democracy.  We cannot use […]

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The Need To Be In The Fast Lane – and the fast lane is the left.

There are always calls for an end to partisan politics and a need to work together. I agree. However, it does not mean that progressives must be even more accommodating to the right.   The progressives have always understood the need to compromise in order to make gains toward their goals.  In the past 10 years […]

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Who liked the New Deal? 

Almost everyone! The New Deal was a series of programs, public works projects, financial reforms and regulations enacted in the United States 1933-36, in response to the Great Depression. These programs included support for farmers, the unemployed, youth and the elderly. It included new constraints and safeguards on the banking industry and efforts to re-inflate the economy after […]

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