By comparing the cost of procedures in the US to other industrialized countries like Australia,UK, France, New Zealand, Netherlands we find that health insurers pay much more for hospital care. Medicare for all will put us on par with other countries, save every citizen money and make the market place more competitive.
The 500 wealthiest People held a networth of 5.9 trillion dollars, collectively up by 1.2 trillion over this year alone. In other words the wealth of the richest grew simply because of Trump's tax policy. The rich here got richer while the middle class wages have largely stagnated for decades. This should be proof enough that trickle down economics is a hoax. It is certainly not right for tax policy to enrich people. This a a great example of Republican Socialism.
Trump has assembled a group of extremist to assault our system of government and education. Betsy Devos is an extremist christian ideologue who is assaulting our education system and using her money to have them promote her agenda. We need a government that works for the people and not the special interest.
Trickle down economics is a fantasy. Here we learn that the founder of google is skipping on his charitable donations which is required by law. We learn that the Larry Page foundation finds accounting gimmicks to pretend they are giving to charity while they park their money. We need structural change to fix our economy and our society.
The Trump and Republican tax incentives for children has been targeted to help high income families instead of low income families and is costing the government 127 billion dollars. People earning 15K a year get $75 per child while the program was extended to people earning $400,000 a year.
We all pay taxes for the common good, this means national defense, national security, social security, roads, public schools and more. Under Donald Trump the richest corporations have been relieved of this responsibility. This is socialism for the rich.
Donald Trump promised to bring jobs back to America and revive manufacturing jobs in Midwestern states. His trade polices have had the opposite effects. This is a clear indication that Trump's policies have benefited the one percent, instead of the 99 percent. Voter's need to be reminded that when economy really breaks down because of Trump's policies he will not be able to rescue us from disaster like Obama did?
First republicans cut taxes for the rich and corporations and now in search of revenue they are looking to cut social security benefits for current and future beneficiaries. This is going to result in thousands dying, as they did under Reagan when he did the same thing and then had to reverse it. We can't afford four more years of Trump.
Federal reserve and the Trump white house have been pointing to the low unemployment to signal a strong economy, they were wrong. In their unemployment numbers they don't count people who have dropped out and have not found a job for 7 months or longer. Furthermore the wages, which usually go up in a strong job market have been stagnant. The economy is not as great as the politicians want you to believe.
About 12% of Americans (43 million) are considered poor, and yet they are employed. Even Though the employment numbers are the lowest in history and the stock market is booming, the fundamentals of the American economy are broken and with every recession the situation gets worse.
The notion that we don't have enough money to pay for healthcare, education, infrastructure is proven false by reports like these. We need to change our priorities and invest our hard earned tax dollars in the right places. This is an example of socialism for the military industry.
The stock market is not a measure if economic success for the majority of Americans. So when Trump boasts of the stock market as a success is an indication that he is not aware of middle class struggles in our country. For the same reason 64% of the people reported that they felt worse or no better since Trump was elected.
Finland is a good example of what 'Democratic Socialism" will look like. We get great health care without the paper work and equal in quality, we pay $300 a month for excellent child care, and child will get great K-12 education at no cost, regardless of the neighborhood we live in, and today Finland is one of the world's wealthiest societies with hugely successful global companies.
In order to boost profits for his donors and mega corporations, Trump is limiting scientific research that government uses to determine public health regulations. They use misleading language to advance their causes. These rules will effect all of our livelihood. Trump and his administration are not on our side.
Climate change translates into rising seas, stronger storms and this results into vanishing coastlines. The Iles-De-La-Madeleine island in Quebec has been warmed at twice the world average at 2.3 degrees celsius since the 19th century. What we are experiencing on this island will happen all around us. To claim that we have been warned since 1970 and dooms day has not arrived, simply demonstrates and uneducated opinion.
Here is our main answer on how we will pay for Medicare for all and other vital services, by slashing 350 billion out of the 750 billion dollar military budget and getting the foreign policy and without creating any tax burden for working families.
Saltwater is killing off woodlands all along the mid-Atlantic coast, sometimes surprisingly far from the sea. This is all a consequence of melting ice and rising sea waters. Climate change effects will cascade and men will not be able to cope. It will cost way more than what we have to do now to reverse the trend. This report here is talking about areas on NY, NJ, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, close to home!
We are breaking the natural cycle of earth by burning fossil fuels that formed over 600 million years in a short time. Extinction is a certainty if we continue on this path. We need to turn away from industrialized farming to survive. We need structural change.
Rapid and massive flooding of urban areas will only get worse with Climate Change. Houston is a prime example. The passed new building codes and budgeted billions for flood control in 2017. Tropical storm Imelda which hit 2 weeks ago shows that their efforts have not helped much. Houston has experienced one 500 year flood and 2 one hundred year flood since 2016. The cost of inaction or slow action will be much more. We need structural change.
Trump has sold our reputation and made us weak. He meets with Putin without US translators, invites Russian ambassador to the oval office without US media presence and continuously defends the Kremlin over US interest. Whose side is he on?
Well informed people will make the right decisions. Unfortunately in our country today we have 5 major corporations who report news based on their corporate interest and their bottom line, instead of facts and real sentiment. We need structural change.
We elect our representatives to protect us from harm and not work in the interest of fossil fuel industry and other big businesses.. Trump and his administration have rolled back, or are in the process of rolling back more than 80 environmental rules often without notifying the public. These role back could lead to thousands of extra deaths from poor air quality. #VoteBlue
Here is a perfect example of how conservative ideology fails in the real world. Mike Dunleavy governor of Alaska tried to enact his small-government-conservative ideology in a deep red state and people revolted and have gathered signatures to recall him. The reason is that their ideas of no income tax and dividend worked as long as oil was profitable. Once that revenue dired down, they started cutting state spending which made people rise against him.
Republicans under Donald Trump have are deceiving the American people by blaming mass shootings on the Democrats while protecting white supremacist. America is divided under Donald Trump. We can do better.
Protecting our environment should not be a partisan issue. We all have to drink our waters. No amount of profit justifies endangering citizens lives. Conservative judges and a republican executive are legislating from the bench and harming our existence. Is Flynt Michigan an acceptable scenario for us?
People have always migrated because of necessity. With Climate change millions of people will be displaced. War in Syria was caused by the consequence of climate change. Much of the migration to the US is due to climate change. Climate change consequences will snow ball if we don't address it.
Amidst reports of a continuing climate crisis, an International Monetary Fund study released last month shows that USD$5.2 trillion was spent globally on fossil fuel subsidies in 2017. The United States has spent more subsidizing fossil fuels in recent years than it has on defense or education.
We spend more on coal, oil, and gas subsidies than we spend on pentagon and military budget, yet Politicians claim we have no money for social security, education and healthcare. We need structural change in this country.
The lessons learned from Vermont is that first we need to take cost under control and second a single state will have a hard time on its own because people work across state lines and the federal government needs to be involved to make it work. Candidates need to articulate their approach!
The economy has been boosted by massive tax cuts for the rich and deficit spending. Republicans always campaign for fiscal responsibility when Democrats are in charge and create a mirage by boosting the economy on deficit spending and passing the burden to the middle class.
In a healthy society, people feel like they have a fair chance at success, while they are protected from the worse life can deliver. In Social Democratic countries people are happier and more satisfied than the united states that ranks 37th. The question is what are our values! If people voted their interest in this country we would get structural change in this country.
Electing representatives that stand up for our rights will help us build a stronger and more equitable society. Your vote matters, and your activism matters. Local leaders who are not bought by corporate interest can help lead people where media and false narratives may persuade people initially to go against their interest.
Koch Brothers, tea party republicans have been promoting a narrow ideology that was the cause of the great depression and is based on greed and narcissism. They believe that everyone is driven by self interest and don't believe in human compassion. They believe that only the rich need protection for their property. Is this a world we want to live in? We have seen this movie in history before. This is another from of totalitarianism.
We need to make sure people we elect understand how government and economy works. We learn from this article that Trump wants to reduce the deficit, without touching programs like medicare, or cutting military spending, while he wants to build infrastructure. Republicans are conflicted because their rhetoric doesn't meet reality.
Republican policy is to give a hand out to the rich and then cut entitlements for the middle class and working poor. This is a game that has been played many times over the years. This in reality is socialism for the rich and corporations.
In the current American system, recovery is only for those with a stock portfolio, American middle class who live on salaries and savings have little chance of realizing the American dream. Trump was elected because people were angry and he has made the problem worse.
Well funded organizations funded by special interest like the Koch brothers are advancing causes that harm the society by framing the issues in terms that mislead people into voting against their longterm interest, in search of profits for their own investments while misleading the public.
Donald Trump and the republican congress cut taxes for the rich, and now that they have to pay for it they are cutting vital healthcare services to children and the affordable care act. When Republicans and conservatives are in charge we have socialism for the rich!
The Republican tax policy has taken the incentives for low income housing from developers. The tax credit that encouraged private business to invest in low income housing. Lowering corporate taxes takes out the incentives for right offs.
The American Middle class was created by FDR post world war II by giving power to the workers and income tax rates of 70% or more on wealthy individuals and high taxes on corporate profits. Despite this policy median income doubled in the 3 decades after world war II. Protecting the middle class works for the economy and the country.
Politicians tell us we have no money for social safety programs like healthcare and education, yet no one tells us how we can spend 5.6 trillion dollars on war, which is the equivalent of more than $23,386 per tax payer.
Voucher schools are taking public dollars to turn charter schools which are under state control into private schools that operate independently. The problem is that under betsy Devos many of these private schools are religious schools. Studies show that private school students are performing worse in math and reading compared to public schools. Education is the foundation of an advanced society and we need to fund education that works. Education is a cornerstone of a better life.
Massive student debt has put our young people under too much pressure and is causing harm to the society. One fourth of millennials today battle mental illness. We need structural change and free colleges to compete with the rest of the planet.
Certain services in our society need to be focused on providing services, instead of driving profits. Education is one of them. Putting poor children at a disadvantage because of their economic plight harms the entire society. We need local officials in control of education and provide them with the resources they need to do their jobs.
If we don't learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. Prior to Trump's tax cuts, the Republican governor Sam Brownback, with the help of the go-to guru of "Supply Side economics" since the Reagan era, Arthur Laffer introduced huge tax cuts to boost the economy. Today the state is out of money and residents are angry.
If we want to live in a democracy, we need transparency and fair elections. Today a few billionaires fund conservative organizations to work against the will and interest of the people. In this post we learn about Bradley foundation that funds school choice, which diverts public funds to religious schools which is against the constitution.
Learning from history will help us move forward. We need structural change. We tried staying with neoliberal policies of the Clinton and Obama presidencies and we got Trump. Nothing short of structural change will help us create a new future.
If we don't learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. The rise of populist around the world is not new. Every time life gets tough, populist strong men take advantage of people's vulnerabilities for their own short sighted gains! People with extreme views need to be reminded of the consequence of their beliefs. This post was written before Trump was elected and much of it is proven true by this point of Trump's presidency
Trickle down economics which was the theory behind Regan, Bush and trump tax cuts and initially started as a Joke by Will Rogers in response to Herbert Hoover policies in the 1920's in response to depression era policies is rejected by IMF. They show that income distribution matters to growth and if we want growth we need to concentrate on empowering the lower 20%.
A millionaire who grew up poor invested in a poor community in Florida and 21 years later, all children attending school graduate with honors, most go to college on full scholarships.Crime has plummeted and property values have risen. Free daycare elevates children in this community. Investing in our children and citizens creates a better world for all of us.
Republicans suggest that taxing the rich, or increasing workers wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state. Minnesota governor Mark Dayton inherited a 6.2 billion dollar budget deficit and a 7% unemployment when he entered office in 2011 from his predecessor, Tim Pawlenty the Republican. He raised taxes on hi-income earners and raised minimum wage. By 2013 the economy was the 5th fasted growing economy, the ninth best state to do business with and more people entered the top tax rate and as of 2015 Minnesota has a 1 billion dollar budget surplus.
In order for our democracy to work, we need to make sure that our elected officials are not making decisions based on undue influence of the big donor class. When elected officials solve the communities problems and are objective about the issues we will all benefit.
Our healthcare system is not working when 62% of all bankruptcies in the united states are due to medical expenses.Most medical debtors were well educated, owned homes and had middle class occupations. Medicare for all will address and solve this problem. We need structural change