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Wanted: An American People's Party

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Can national government that puts the long-term interests of the American people ahead of short-term elite interests be achieved within the contemporary party structure?

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The steady decline in U.S. national health care management, financial system regulation, environmental oversight, and national security in recent years--trends not reversed by the election of Obama--all point to one conclusion: it is time for the American people to start defending their interests against the elite. The elite levels of the Democratic and Republican wings of the "national conservative party" have merged to such a degree that a complete reorganization of political parties seems the only way for the people to obtain reliable representation. Today, the U.S. has a one-party system, with that party representing the elite. What must now emerge is a people's party.

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In each of the above-cited arenas, the perspective of the elite is exactly the opposite of the perspective of the average citizen.

Health care. U.S. health care for the rich is superb; it is "only" the workers, not to mention the unemployed, and our elderly parents on pensions, and the children of young parents just beginning their careers who risk being denied affordable health care. Not only does the elite have no health care problem; the elite also benefits from the current lucrative health care industry by being able to invest with the certainty of a profitable return: there will always be plenty of sick people, and as long as the health care system is designed to make a profit, a profit is exactly what it will make.

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Finance. As for the financial system, the glaring contradiction between surging Goldman Sachs profits alongside surging unemployment says it all. The U.S. national financial system still contains a good bit of money (at least so long as the Chinese don't call in their loans); the allocation of that cash is the issue, and since the beginning of the new and now evidently endless Federal bailout of bankers and Wall St. gamblers, the elite has had little reason to complain about the allocation of the cash.

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