progressive values

Over Population

Like every important issue we face, immigration is far more complex that we acknowledge.  Yes, there is a limit to how many people a nation can absorb into their society before there is a critical strain on that society.  Even without discrimination and hate, there is a limit to how many resources a nation can […]

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Why the Yellow Vests protest in France

Today I heard both Michael Bloomberg and Jerry Brown speak on Meet the Press.  Bloomberg said that the Yellow Vests are protesting the high gas tax because they do not understand how the tax will help them.   He says it is a problem of education and preparing people for the steps that must be taken […]

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Why Deny Climate Change

Devastation brought on by global climate change will continue and even accelerate.  Areas of the earth will become uninhabitable due to rising seas and droughts.  Perhaps new areas will become more habitable but all this means massive migrations and famine and war.  It means that many humans will not survive the transition. It is already […]

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Rooted in Compassion

I have not been able to write in the past couple of weeks.  The ugliness of the election has been weighing on me heavily.  The concept of a New Deal is rooted in compassion and our constitutional right to equality.  It sickens me to see the president of the USA rallying people to fear and […]

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Radical Change

Some news folks are analyzing the Kavanaugh/Ford hearing and its intensity as a single isolated event in politics.  Some are linking it to the broader phenomenon of Trump era republicans.  But It is so much more. There has been a swift and distinct change in American politics, although it can be claimed that the grand […]

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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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