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Comprehensive Progressive Agenda & Wishlist Report

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End the false, shadowy and global https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Terror">War on Terror, ("The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous", George Orwell).

The policies assumed by the Obama regime directly throughout the last few years indicate probably they are quickening, not slowing down, the war on terror that has been tirelessly reinforced in the course of the most recent decade. For the sake of the War on Terror, the present president has weakened decades-old Miranda protection; systematized another plan of inconclusive confinement on US soil; plotted to move Guantanamo inmates to inland in Illinois; expanded secrecy, restraint and discharge limitations at the sources; invented another hypothesis of presidential powers for the first time to kill US natives, including an American child, http://www.mintpressnews.com/MyMPN/if-u-s-government-can-kill-an-american-child-in-a-drone-strike-is-anyone-safe/">Abdulrahman Awlaki; recharged the Bush/Cheney warrant-less listening in structure for an additional five years, and additionally the so-called Patriot Act, without a single change; and simply marked into law every new limitation on the detention of suspiciously and illegally-held prisoners.

13. Healthcare

Implement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-payer_health_care">Single Payer health insurance that provides better care at less cost to all without a "Mandate". Also known as "Medicare for all", it is a system in which a "single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the providing of health services remains largely in private hands".

According to http://www.pnhp.org/facts/what-is-single-payer">Physicians for a National Health Program, the project would be supported by the funds received from supplanting today's wasteful, profit-oriented, different insurance payers with a single streamlined, non-profit, single payer, and by unobtrusive new taxes taking into account capacity to pay. Premiums would vanish; 95 percent of all family units would save.

14. Child's rights

Ratify the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_on_the_Rights_of_the_Child">Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) of 1989. The http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_30160.html">CRC "incorporates the full range of human rights -- civil, cultural, economic, political, and social -- into one text that promotes and protects the well-being of the world's children and their families." America signed it in 1995 but never ratified it. More countries have ratified the Convention than any other human rights treaty in history--192 countries had become State Parties to the Convention as of November 2005. The remaining two countries which have not ratified the Convention are famously Somalia and the United States.

In spite of the fact that Presidents Clinton and Obama have supported approval, resistance from Republicans in the Senate and their conservative groups have hindered the ratification of the treaty. Religious associations including the Christian Coalition, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, the John Birch Society are a portion of the gatherings who have initiated the most resistance to passing of the treaty.

15. Confederate Flag

Remove the http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/remove-the-confederate-3">Confederate Flag from all government sites. ("Symbols of hate and division have no place in our government. It's time to stand up for what's right and take down the Confederate Flag!", sign MoveOn.org petition).

16. Equal Pay for equal work

Pass the Equal Pay Act of 1963: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/equal-pay-act-women-30153.html">Equal Pay for Women, signed by President Kennedy with the intention of ending gender-based pay discrimination. Recent reports estimate women now make 78 percent of what male counterparts make.

But after 40 years, female workers are still robbed of 23 pennies for each dollar a man makes in the U.S. Indeed, even with the sections of five key laws to forestall discrimination in the working environment -- e.g., the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act -- the gender pay hole is still an intractable issue.

Congressional Republicans sneered at pay equity enactment as a race year pandering. Be that as it may, but a September 2015 http://www.gallup.com/survey/178373/americans-say-equivalent pay-top-issue-working-women.aspx">Gallup survey reported that pay value was the main issue confronting working females in today's economy. A 2014 July survey by the http://www.huffingtonpost.com/page-gardner/national-survey discovers overw_b_3641631.html">Democracy Corps found that 90 percent of Americans favored measures to help women get equivalent pay for equivalent work, accordingly raising incomes for women and families.

Fair Taxation Issues.

Conservatives are proposing an adjusted budget plan throughout the following 10 years and large tax breaks for the well off and corporations. To balance financial backing without raising new incomes, they will need to slice $4.5 trillion in federal spending, influencing essentially every service the government provides. To adequately counter these recommendations, progressives need to request http://www.americansfortaxfairness.org">"tax fairness" instead and that the rich and huge enterprises ought to pay their fair share. Surveys demonstrate that the tax fairness is firmly upheld by people in general -- not simply by Democrats, but also by a substantial segment of independents. Furthermore, contingent upon the inquiry, greater parts of Republicans, or majorities, bolster making the rich and companies pay their http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-corporate-regulation/">fair share.

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