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  •  May I add to your fine list (10+ / 0-)

    Under #4, Unemployment Insurance - needs to not be limited in terms of time and/or benefits.  Reagan limited the benefits and made them taxable.  That needs to end.  Forcing people to take minimum wage jobs just to get them off UC isn't a solution - it makes the problem worse.

    I'd also add strengthening Social Security.  Make more than just "earned income" subject to SS and Medicare tax.  Wall Streeters who make their money not by earning it, but investing it pay NO SS or Medicare tax.  That exemption must be ended.  On top of that, bonuses should also be subjected to SS and Medicare tax above, say $5000.  Also, the cap must be removed from contributions to SS and Medicare.  Everyone outside of retirees should be paying in on every dollar they make.

    If this was done, benefits could be raised and the retirement age could be LOWERED, making more jobs available to people entering the work force.  As it is now, people are working longer making fewer jobs available.

    The other thing that would help would be to end those bad trade deals that siphoned off American jobs.  Bring back tariffs to make manufacturing here not only better, but cheaper.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 02:36:52 PM PDT

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    •  Smoot Hawley worked so well (1+ / 0-)
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      Tariffs do not generate jobs.  Tariffs generate higher prices for consumers and tariffs generate NFL luxury box tickets for congressmen who campaign contributors now have monopolies.

      "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

      by Utahrd on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 04:27:38 PM PDT

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      •  This country was funded by tariffs (4+ / 0-)
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        for over a century.  Their presence caused us to make everything here from mining to milling to manufacturing.  We became a rich country and a game change in WW2 because we made everything and needed to import very little.

        Good jobs came from it, too.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 11:27:10 PM PDT

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