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Comprehensive Progressive Agenda & Wishlist Report

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No one else knows this electoral system better than Ralph Nader, the perennial third party candidate and the ultimate gadfly, who was tossed into the political wilderness to which he has been exiled, whose comments remain moving in describing the realities of the corporate state:"The gates are controlled by two parties indentured to the same commercial interests," Nader said. "If you don't go through those gates, if you do what http://www.biography.com/people/ross-perot-9438032">[Ross] Perot did, " you [might] get 19 million votes [but] not one electoral vote. If you do not get electoral votes you don't come close. And even if you do get electoral votes you are up against a winner-take-all. This means if you lose you don't build for the future as you would with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proportional_representation">proportional representation. The system is a locked-out system. It is brilliantly devised. It is pruned to perfect a two-party duopoly."

Most voters though continue to believe that third parties are needed. In a http://www.gallup.com/poll/177284/americans-continue-say-third-political-party-needed.aspx">Gallup survey in September 24, 2014, a lion's share of U.S. adults, 58%, say a third political party is needed in light of the fact that the Republican and Democratic gatherings "do such a poor job" representing the American voters. These views are minimally changed from a year ago's high. Since 2007, a majority has ordinarily called for an outsider party. ("It's silly that a country that prides itself on choice allows only two.", by Bill Maher)

34. Sanctions against Venezuela

Lift sanctions against https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/fact-sheet-venezuela-executive-order">Venezuela. This is the time to end the discredited, interventionist strategies and fashion relations taking into account regard for human rights and the universal privilege to self-determination with all Latin American states.

The whole region has collectively rejected Obama's https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/09/fact-sheet-venezuela-executive-order">Executive Order issued 9 March 2015, pronouncing Venezuela strangely "an unusual and extraordinary threat to US national security and foreign policy", and has approached the US president to revoke his declaration. Additionally, Venezuela has been a strategic economic partner as America imports 733 thousand barrels of unrefined petroleum from http://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/hist/LeafHandler.ashx?n=PET&s=MCRIMUSVE2&f=A"> Venezuela a day, or 10.4 percent of all oil imports.

35. Minimum wages

Raise the federal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage_in_the_United_States">minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while afterwards indexing it to inflation rate, a direct and immediate benefit to the poor working class.

Indexing minimum wages to inflation rate offsets the gradual erosion that inflation eats into its purchasing power. For instance, had the 1968 minimum wages of $1.60 per hour been indexed to inflation, it would be http://www.raisetheminimumwage.com/certainties/section/sum with-expansion/">$10.90 per hour today, more than 50 percent higher than the present minimum pay permitted by law of $7.25.

According to a https://www.whitehouse.gov/raise-the-wage"> White House statement, raising the government's lowest pay permitted by law would not just benefit more than 28 million workers the nation over, but also 19 million wage-earners from a wide range of family units.

Congressional Republicans deny even to permit the minimum pay raise vote in the House. Be that as it may, but Americans are clear on this issue. A http://www.people-press.org/2014/01/23/most-see-imbalance developing yet partisans-contrast over-arrangements/">Pew Research Center survey in January 2014 reported that almost three-fourths of adults (73 percent) bolster raising the lowest pay permitted by law, including a greater part of Republicans.

36. Patriot Act

Repeal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_Freedom_Act">USA Freedom Act before its expiry in 2019. This act explicitly reintroduces the illegal bulk collection programs involving the personal data as were authorized by Section 215 of the Patriot Act. ("Patriot Act" for "Are You Scared Enough to Let Me Look at All of Your Phone Records Act," -- Jon Stewart).

Forty-five days after 9/11, Congress passed the USA Patriot Act without understanding it. This new law should shield you from terrorism, yet it has truly abandoned you unprotected against lawless government agents. The Patriot Act contains various infringements of the Fourth Amendment. It gives government representatives tremendous new powers that have been abused to examine guiltless Americans.

This abuse of power violates the Constitution, through the Fourth Amendment, which protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. It reads, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." -- Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

37. A Progressive budget

Take more seriously the http://cpc.grijalva.house.gov/uploads/EPI Policy Center -- Analysis of CPC FY2016 Budget FINAL.PDF/">'People's Budget' for Fiscal Year 2016 presented by Congressional Progressive Caucus.

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