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Presidential Party

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The Presidency Party has just two platform planks, things a President can start on his or her authority alone. Voters might need to force Republicans and Democrats to support them, otherwise we'll all go to hell in a hand basket! I'm a Nobody, but pretend I'm its' candidate until some "nice," bland, famous person volunteers.

One: as Commander in Chief, I will offer our opponents in Middle East wars a deal: a stand-still cease fire, unless fired upon, in place. We stop all our war activities in the Middle East, including embargoing weapons sales to conflicted governments. In exchange our opponents must also cease expansion by war and stop sponsoring terrorist attacks in Western Europe and the U.S. Let Muslims living there negotiate partitions. Our Military Industrial Complex will raise hell, but we've exhausted ourselves doing some good and a lot of evil! We've lost control of the region's oil but now have enough home sources. There could also be some "Peace Dividend."

Two: a president can order the Treasury to create what BenBernancke called "Helicopter Money." There can be a temporary program of creating purely electronic money, spending it into the economy slowly, to pay workers. To fund direct government jobs this way, "Helicopter Money" is not taxed away from earnings and it doesn't add a penny to the national debt. Unlike ineffective, expensive "liberal stimuli" programs (bribing private companies to hire) these must be direct federal jobs, like the old WPA, CCC, at living wages. Debt -- ridden, income -- starved family members can get these jobs to do things like pedestrian civil defense patrolling of remote critical infrastructure, simple tool environmental remediation, national day care and Pre-K, etc. The amount of Helicopter Money (possibly greenbacks) to be created will aim to restore family economic comfort, cope with emergency expenses e.g. medical, reduce debt, and enable a little self development (e.g., more education.) The amount will be limited by an inflation control, say, to stop when CPI inflation has reached 1 percentage point over the Federal Reserve goal of 2%, i.e., 3% total.

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I could be Bernie Sanders older brother by similarity. I was born in Manhattan, 1940, he, about a year later, in Brooklyn. I too am a white male American. A retired college professor of philosophy. We both were born of Jewish parents. I was (more...)

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