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  •  Seems a little gimmicky (4+ / 0-)
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    ichibon, daeros, scott jones, iubooklover

    I know it's probably impossible in this day and age, but the Democratic party should push for a New New Deal.  Or Democratic voters should push the party for a New New Deal.  These items are important but are just fiddling around the margins. How about some vision?

    •  Or just implement FDR's Second Bill of Rights... (8+ / 0-)

      "We know too much to go back and pretend" - Helen Reddy (humble cosmos shaker)

      by ditsylilg on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 05:22:50 PM PDT

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    •  After we take the house... We can't implement h... (2+ / 0-)
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      daeros, iubooklover

      After we take the house... We can't implement huge bills and expose truth if we have no voice...

    •   I'd settle for the following (3+ / 0-)
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      1 A Department of Conservation that consists of: the BLM, a revived and permanent CCC, EPA, Fish and Wildlife, Forest Service and Park Service with a budget of 120 billion, or 20 billion for each agency. the Park Service alone has a 12 billion maintenance backlog, most of the budget for the first couple years would go towards eliminating the backlog, before expanding the number of areas in the NPS.  the NPS cant accept too many new areas with a budget of just 3 billion, at 20 billion, they can. I would add areas like Bristol Bay to the NPS, the North Woods of Maine to the NFS, and marine monuments like the Great Lakes,the Arctic and Chesapeake Bay to the FWS.
      2. SS cap raised to 90% of wages and indexed to inflation. right now that would put it at around 185K, instead of 117K. increased employment courtesy of the CCC and Public Works  Administration would go a long way towards setting the program up for the second half of the century.
      3 impose a flat 1% transaction tax on the stock market. futures derivatives stocks, dividends, anything traded on Wall Street pays the tax. the bigger the transaction, the bigger amount that is due the tax man.
       Raise the minimum wage at 12.50, and impose a top estate tax of 80% on estate worth 100 million or more. at 140 billion, the Waltons would owe 112 billion, still leaving the 6 of them with 28 billion or nearly 5 billion each. 5 billion is more money than a average person will need for several lifetimes.

      •  I'd rec this, but the rec button is missing (0+ / 0-)

        so, consider this my hearty +1000

        America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

        by dagnome on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 08:55:54 PM PDT

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    •  Save civilization and the planet (1+ / 0-)
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      Or, more humbly, a Green New Deal.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:47:46 AM PDT

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