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Coalition Against Neocons (CAN)

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Write 2 in the blank if you Agree with the Demand, but think it should be modified slightly. 

Or write 3 in the blank if you Totally Agree with the Demand, as it is written.

 

____ 1. 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, it 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. Establish Single Payer Health Insurance with the federal government as the single payer. 

____ 4. Remove the influence of money from politics.

____ 5. 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 Green Party may get 15 percent of the national vote, for example, in the 435-membered House of Representatives, and Indiana's population allows it to have ten representatives in the House.  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.     

____ 6. 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.  And it may take two or more rounds of voting to eliminate the candidate with the least amount of votes until eventually one of the remaining candidates captures at least 51 percent of the vote.

____ 7. Allow Congress--not the president--to select Supreme Court judges who will serve for 4 year terms. Judges may serve multiple terms.  

____ 8. 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 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 will improve neighborhood togetherness and community solidarity. 

____ 9. Abolish the Federal Reserve.  Congress will oversee a publicly owned banking system like the Bank of North Dakota. 

____ 10. 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.  A system of workplace democracy will be instituted.  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.   

____ 11. Implement a Progressive income tax up to 94 percent for any income amounts over $250,000 with a simplified tax code.   

____ 12. Abolish compulsory education--learning is a choice. 

____ 13.  Phase out fossil fuels through government incentives.

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