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Tribute to John Rachel - Contract For American Renewal

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Breathtakingly selfish or criminally insane?  It doesn't matter.  Either way these folks need to be fired and replaced!
Breathtakingly selfish or criminally insane? It doesn't matter. Either way these folks need to be fired and replaced!
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Breathtakingly selfish or criminally insane? It doesn't matter. Either way these folks need to be fired and replaced!

This is a photo and caption from the Contract For American Renewal (CFAR) website where the re is a proposal to have legislators sign on to the following contract :

This is a facsimile of the contract which is encouraged by activists to be tweaked to meet local needs.

  1. Raising the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.

  2. Initiating government investment over five years towards rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, railways, airports, public transit systems, ports, dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs, while vigilant ly minimizing their environmental impact.

  3. Implementing bold measures to address climate change; cultivating through investment and tax incentives sustainable sources of energy, as alternatives to fossil fuels.

  4. Ending the war in Afghanistan; ending the unnecessary military exploits across the globe, except where absolutely required to protect the safety of American citizens; reducing the military budget by a minimum of 20%.

  5. Establishing a progressive estate tax on the top 0.3% of Americans who inherit more than $3.5 million; increasing the income tax rates on the top 1% of earners to the levels they were at in January 1980; closing tax loopholes, especially targeting tax avoidance using offshore tax havens; introducing appropriate parallel increases to capital gains tax rates.

  6. Reforming tax regulations to discourage corporations from shifting their profits and jobs overseas to avoid paying U.S. income taxes; and enacting a universal transaction tax on Wall Street trading to discourage reckless speculation.

  7. Expanding social security by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000; and increasing benefits by at least 10% for all eligible recipients.

  8. Making no reductions in the existing benefits of Medicare;expand Medicare as part of a single

  9. payer initiative to establish fully universal high quality health care.

  10. Reversing trade policies like NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR, and permanently blocking the passage of TPP and TTIP, all of which drive down wages and cause the loss of millions of domestic jobs.

  11. Overturning Citizens United and related Court decisions and initiating comprehensive electoral reform to ban big and corporate money in politics.

  12. Making tuition free at public colleges and universities throughout America.

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