This is my quickie list of what the problems are and the proposed solutions. In no particular order and nothing new here, except an attempt to keep each item to a single sentence and a single line (or close to it anyway). If not quite a bumper sticker, they are still meant to simple, punchy and clear.
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- Highest real unemployment since great depression.
- Highest long-term unemployment ever.
- Low wages and income
- Highest income disparity and wealthy inequality ever.
- Over-priced privatization and debt-ization of common goods: education, health, housing.
- Lack of power in the workplace for average citizen; all power to rich and corporate.
- Lack of power in government for average citizen; all power to rich and corporate.
The Economic Solutions:
- Increase minimum wage,
- Eliminate all exemptions to minimum wage.
- Increase wage enforcement.
- Expand earned income tax credit for low-income people.
- Strengthen labor rights and right to organize and collectively bargain.
- Greater progressivity of income tax, lower rates on middle class and higher tax on
- Tax all income the same regardless of source or type – salary, carried interest, capital gains (Buffett but stronger).
- Increase inheritance and other wealth tax to reduce inherited plutocracy and permanent disparity.
- Financial transaction tax to reduce the counter-productive multi-layered meta-financialization of everything (Tobin but stronger).
- Simplify and fix individual income tax code by getting rid of complex deduction that only favor wealthy, make tax table fit on index card (simple does not mean flat).
- Simplify and fix corporate tax code by eliminating loopholes and fancy deductions that favor large and multinationals over small business, make tax table fit on index card.
- Eliminate anti-jobs and regressive payroll deduction jobs taxes, and replace with the increased progressive income and corporate tax.
- Strong bank and financial regulation to keep government guaranteed personal banking separate from the casino everything goes world (Glass-Steagall, Volcker rule, Basel III).
- No governmental promises to back private bankster losses as sovereign debt.
- Massive investment in domestic infrastructure and green economy of the future.
- Undo privatization of what are inherently and essentially governmental governmental functions, including the educational loan system, mortgage guarantees, and of course need to move to single payer health insurance, etc.
- Debt Relief: Mortgage relief on first/only homes; recapture of privatized high-interest
government backed student loan system.
- Strengthen rights of individual workers and organized labor .
The Political Solutions
- Public funding of elections.
- Eliminate corporate personhood.
- Eliminate de-facto bribery and privileged access by campaign contributions.
- Improved definitions of constituency and voting (Gunier).
- Carbon tax. True cost of the commons must be included in the economy.
- Decrease defense budget.
- Withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq.
- International trade/investment/tax rules must include workers rights, citizen rights and environmental rule (not just freedom for capital but also free labor, free citizens and value of the commons).
Short Term Action
- Continue OWS protests.
- Primary every regressive, corporate democrat, even at risk of losing seat.
- Run economic populists and progressives at every level and in every election from school board, town council, county commissioner, state legislature, and national.
- Don’t stay at home. Register. Vote for most progressive available across all elections.