progressive values

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading