Time To Put out the Right Wing Policy Trash
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The recent health care reform effort started out with a very low starting goal. That was a huge error. This list is more ambitious, the way we should be thinking and striving for.
Here are some "dusty corners" that need freshening up.
Put all unemployed workers and their families on medicare. They shouldn't go through medical care hell because politicians screwed up the economy by deregulating the financial industry and our helping these economic victims, we shouldn't be adding to private insurer profits.
Military Re-do: Clean up, no throw out, most of the 700+ military bases in scores of countries and a bloated, out of control military that is unaccountable to congress or the president. We're using mainframe military thinking, policy and leadership, dating back to the sixties and fifties. It needs to be just about totally thrown out and re-evaluated and replaced with new ideas and technologies aimed at maintaining peace and protecting the US and our national interests. And we need to look VERY carefully at what we define as national interests-- like funds for education, health care, our society's weakest members. Of course that will mean ending our military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
End drug laws that involve victimless crimes. End the marijuana laws and save billions on prison and court hearings, freeing police and prosecutors to investigate banksters and health insurers. Start taxing the drugs. While you're at it, you'll end the source of funding of most gangs and a lot of organized crime. Oh, it may piss off some alcoholic, porn consuming redneck fundamentalists.
Throw out the USA's participation in the WTO, the WB, NAFTA, CAFTA... and start rebuilding some of our home based industries. We have the best market in the world, period. Other nations will deal with duties if we open our borders to tariff-free slave labor produced product, then our industry will not be able to compete with exports and will go out of business. Tariffs used to be among the USA's top sources of income. We could use them to pay for medicare for all. We need global agreements, but they have to be smart, creating international membranes to deal with trade. We can't allow them to flay the skin off our economy? Replace the old agreements with ones that build real protections and reciprocity and which force China, in particular, to work with us diplomatically to reduce world conflict, in places like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa...
Throw out Corporate Personhood. It is an abomination to democracy and even to religions-- or it should be. Make it a bi-partisan effort. That will end a plethora of problems and allow legislation that prevents corporate contributions to campaigns to go into effect again. Even better, publicly fund campaigns and take the money out.
Open up or eliminate the Fed. Too much power and secrecy to banks-- foxes guarding the henhouse.
Regulate banks and the finance industry aggressively, solely with consumer protection in mind.
Get the FCC to set Cable News Fairness Regulations so the situation where conservative FOX is free and liberal MSNBC is only available at a higher fee, which keeps most commercial institutions that play TV from playing that news, instead playing FOX or CNN. I'm talking about restaurants, bars, auto repair waiting areas, airports-- All the major news networks should be available at the cheapest cable tier and in public places like airports and public waiting areas, the cable and satellite companies should have a news rotation option, where news channels automatically rotate every 20 minutes.
Switch to paper ballot records nationally for all elections at all levels. Anything less is an affront to democracy and sets a standard that governments worldwide will stoop to.