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  •  I really really like it (14+ / 0-)
    “We need an across-the-board increase in Social Security retirement benefits of 20 percent or more,” he declared in the opening of a column for USA Today. “We need it to happen right now.”
    Forget about the exploding heads, (very possiblity not just from the right), but what a great Idea.

    Dems should just start proposing all their most progressive ideas with absolutely no allegiance to any of the "common wisdom" that moves around Washington.

    In fact the more surprising the better. Blow the lid off.

    For once I would love to see real solutions without the restictions/limitations put on by "bipartisanship".

    No more Dems engaging in the deficit reduction talk, or agreeing with the "common wisdon' that is "widely excepted" BS. Bs that can be traced directly back to the monied interests every single time.

    Such a good thing that Atrois  did.

    Thx MB

    Yep just do it

    •  We also need a guaranteed annual citizens' stipend (3+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Aunt Pat, Calamity Jean

      and I guess that would be a lot less expensive than a whole bunch of welfare programs that require eligibility certification to cover the same needy population. The human dignity factor is there too, but I'm a bleeding heart radical.

      Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

      by Zinman on Thu Oct 31, 2013 at 10:35:21 PM PDT

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      •  Name it medical care as a right, part of.. (2+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat, JeffW

        .."General Welfare" that the preamble to the Constitutional spells out:

        We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

        That would be one of the best moves that we the peoples government could establish imo.

        Imagine if people didn't have their medical needs chained to their work place.

        That kind of  freedom is something one would think the "libertarian" would go for. But it's not, but like what Atrios suggested would stir things up, we should promote this idea - medicare as a right and part of the general welfare spoken of.

        Why not?


        source: Cornall University Law School

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