14. The desire to cut military budgets
15. Expansion of Medicare and support of Single Payer Health Insurance
16. Its support of the Financial Transaction Tax (a "Robin Hood Tax") to reduce the deficit.
17. Its support of the Student Loan Forgiveness Act
Moreover, as a longtime member of the Green movement, I still love the Ten Key Values of the Greens. I support the Green Party (the state parties' faction) and The Greens-Green Party USA (the original movement faction). However, considering the programs of the Democratic Socialists and the Greens, I believe there are more things that can be done to restructure American society and promote global peace and justice. More specifically, to create the ideal society that promotes local self-determination with a simultaneous global awareness, several new amendments and laws need to be created. The U.S. Congress must do the following things:
1. Take leadership to dismantle all nuclear weapons and nuclear energy power plants, simultaneously and voluntarily, the world over as soon as possible.
2. Bring home all U.S. troops and close down the government's 700-1000 military bases around the world. Even with such a drawdown, our nation would retain more than enough capacity to defend its own borders. The money previously spent on the military would be used to create jobs and rebuild our nation's infrastructure: "[A]nd they shall turn their swords into ploughshares." (Isaiah 2:4). Military ships, submarines, and planes can be used for low-budget travel and tourism.
3. Remove the influence of private financial contributions and of lobbyists on members of Congress in the traditional way. The Library of Congress will create a website that will become an online forum and clearinghouse for all public policy advocacies. All positions and arguments will be publicized. Everyone will know who is lobbying for what and why. Publicly provide the same finances to the political campaigns of the seven largest national political parties, and give all seven parties equal public exposure.
4. Elect the U.S. House of Representatives through a system of Proportional Representation, and abolish the U.S. Senate: Why should California and Wyoming have the same number of senators, when California's population is about 70 times greater? The seven largest national political parties will be empowered in a single-chambered national legislature. Under proportional representation, the National Green Party may get 15 percent of the vote, for example, in the 435-membered House of Representatives, and Indiana's population currently allows it to have ten members in the House of Representatives. But it may be that of the seven national political parties, the Indiana Republican Party will get to select five of Indiana's ten representatives in the House of Representatives, because Indiana is a conservative state.
5. Abolish the Electoral College System for electing a president. A president must win by a majority of individual votes (not just a plurality of votes) using the method of Instant Runoff Voting, in which each voter will rank slated candidates from most favorite to least favorite. It may take two or more rounds of voting to eliminate the candidate with the fewest votes, until eventually one of the remaining candidates captures at least 51 percent of the vote.
6. Limit the terms for Supreme Court judges to four years, but allow judges to serve multiple terms.
7. Implement a decentralized, non-hierarchical, or grassroots, approach to public schools. The neighbors who live within the boundaries of each public elementary, middle, and high school will be forced, or allowed, to democratically establish their own school philosophy and curriculum, using public funds. There will no longer be federal, state, county, or township control of neighborhood schools. This should improve neighborhood togetherness, as neighbors ideally become tribal, in a new and modern way.
Local neighborhood groups would probably search the Internet and study the most effective schools and various school curriculums. Residents would be forced to think independently and philosophically. In the process, neighbors would get to know one another better, and they would build a close-knit community. Parents, other residents, and senior citizens would become effective tutors and better educated citizens. The current reliance on public school "experts" who dictate when, how, what, where, and who can teach has not worked well for teachers, students, parents, and our society.
8. Abolish the Federal Reserve and allow the Treasury Department to oversee a publicly owned banking system like the Bank of North Dakota. Currently, the Federal Reserve has pumped $16 trillion into the central banking system, as many people wonder, "Where is my bailout?"
9. Strive to establish a democratic world government that provides equal pay for equal work, with no one earning more than three times the wages of the lowest paid worker. This will eliminate the extremes of poverty and wealth, and provide adequate food, housing, and jobs for all citizens of the world. All workers can have democracy in the workplace. The world map can be divided into 500 rectangular-shaped legislative districts of equal population. The World Legislative Council could then make executive and judicial branch appointments.
10. Implement a Progressive income tax up to 94 percent for any income amounts over $100,000, with a simplified tax code.