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Here is my two cents. Term limits for the house and senate, no should hold a political office for 20+ years, that’s how the mentality we have now has managed to take hold. No more lifetime paycheck, you are paid for how long you hold the office, you will pay into the retirement and health insurance options as every other federal employee. Stop raiding Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare to pay for things. Stop adding pork to important bills, example: if you can’t get it passed without holding the federal employees’ paycheck hostage then you really don’t need it. Lets look at Sweden, Norway, the UK, and other countries that have universal health care and pick the best parts and create something good. Get the pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and insurance companies in check nothing will happen without their buy in.   

 

Now that we have that part taken care of, salary caps for CEOs’ in the US, and limit golden parachutes, how many retirement funds have been drained paying to get rid of a crap CEO? We need to level the playing field for all business in this country; there is still a need for the small and mid-size companies, not just large campaign donors.

 

For education, we need to get rid of the ridiculous core curriculum; we need to focus on actually teaching kids for life not taking a test. We need to make sure that our kids are safe, not only in class but at home as well. This means tackling mental health, parenting classes (after all stupid isn’t just defined an income bracket), restructuring the court system looking at different options, like restorative justice. We need make sure that college is accessible and affordable for all that want pursue a higher education or a technical college trade. While we need to make sure that we have safety nets, we need to stop trying to regulate everything and everyone on a federal level; give power back to the states and provide the tools to help them succeed.

 

Pretty much, we need a societal shift in our thought process, this everyone wins, everyone gets a trophy, no consequences for our actions, and we have no coping mechanisms to be able to handle disappointment needs to go away. Stop thinking in terms of left or right, we all have a stake in getting this stuff fixed.

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Oh, and MY PARTY gave every American health insurance.  YOUR PARTY is repealing it and suggesting we go back to employer paid health care but that no longer exists. Another unicorn. 

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@rk9152wrote:

@Richvawrote:

 

  • A healthy populace. We need to determine a way to make  health care available to  everyone. 
  • We once had charity hospitals. Maybe we need them again.
  • A reasonable wage. We need to be sure people working a full time job earn enough money to live. 
  • Wages are based on contribution to intake by the employer. Based on your theory two people doing the same job would be paid based on their needs. 
  • Safety in schools.  We are having "Active Killer" drills in our schools. The need for this kind of response must be addressed. 
  • Yes addressed by addressing the killer, not his tool. And certainly not by having some spoiled brat running around the country insulting adults and instigating boycotts.
  • Education: It must be as easy to get an education in America as it is in Europe or Asia. Cost and access. 
  • It is a two way street - students must be required to uphold their end of the bargain. As an example - you get into college based on your prior performance - period.
  • Trade: Our businesses must be able to trade with other countries. 
  • True - and the government must assure that our corporations are getting a fair shake from those other nations.

 

What have I missed and how will YOUR party address these issues?

I have missed where YOUR Party has ever addressed any of the needs stated above.


 


  • "Wages are based on contribution to the employer" This is a delightful myth that Repubulicans have been pushing for decades. Wages are based on what the employer HAS TO PAY so if you take away things like mandated minimum wages along with collective bargaining, you get someone generating $1,000/hour in value for $1/hour in paycheck. 
  • Could you define what a "Charity Hospital" is and how it makes America great as compared to the health care plans of Canda, Norway, Sweden, England.....
  • I am all for paying tuition if a student maintains a minimum GPA or some other metric. My employer paid my tuition that way and my children are incurring school debt. 
  • I just said safety in schools. That is the metric. If you can arm every resident of the United States with sarin gas bombs and stop the killing and maiming, I am all for it. Is that your proposal?
  • We both agree on corporations getting a fair shake from other nations. 
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@Olderscout66wrote:

If we repeal the Reagan Taxscam and return to the (inflation adjusted) rates and deductions/exemptions we used in 1980, the Federal Government will transform the current $1.4TRILLION deficit into a $1.5TRILLION SURPLUS.

 

With that additional income, coming entirely from those with incomes above $400,000, we could:

 

Rebuild our entire infrastructure-roads, bridges, ports, schools in 10 years.

AND

Make high speed (over 160mph) electric rail service available to  every city with a population over 200,000.

AND

Make Public education FREE for all Americans k thru PhD/MD

AND

Provide health insurance for all Americans

AND

Replace all fossil fuel electric plants with Nuclear/Hydro/Solar/Wind in 10 years

 

...or we can pursue Der Trumpers version of Greatness and have none of the above but 200 more Billionaires.


Why the Reagan tax cuts? Why shall we not go back to  pre-JFK requested tax cuts. Just think how much more wealth there would be to redistribute.

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If we repeal the Reagan Taxscam and return to the (inflation adjusted) rates and deductions/exemptions we used in 1980, the Federal Government will transform the current $1.4TRILLION deficit into a $1.5TRILLION SURPLUS.

 

With that additional income, coming entirely from those with incomes above $400,000, we could:

 

Rebuild our entire infrastructure-roads, bridges, ports, schools in 10 years.

AND

Make high speed (over 160mph) electric rail service available to  every city with a population over 200,000.

AND

Make Public education FREE for all Americans k thru PhD/MD

AND

Provide health insurance for all Americans

AND

Replace all fossil fuel electric plants with Nuclear/Hydro/Solar/Wind in 10 years

 

...or we can pursue Der Trumpers version of Greatness and have none of the above but 200 more Billionaires.

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@Olderscout66wrote:

@rk9152wrote:

@Richvawrote:

 

  • A healthy populace. We need to determine a way to make  health care available to  everyone. 
  • We once had charity hospitals. Maybe we need them again. No, we need hospitals that charge what a service actually costs plus a small profit, not some totally bogus amount inserted into their "Charge Master" AND Universal single payer health care. We have a perfectly good system for those who pay their own bills. Why combine them with those who do not? We could simply create a system for them without going full blown socialized medicine.
  • A reasonable wage. We need to be sure people working a full time job earn enough money to live. 
  • Wages are based on contribution to intake by the employer. Based on your theory two people doing the same job would be paid based on their needs. No, it means people doing any job full time will receive AT LEAST enough to keep themselves out of poverty. Fine - a large minimum wage which kicks up the cost of the goods and services and raises the cost of living beyond what the low end makes. Then what?
  • Safety in schools.  We are having "Active Killer" drills in our schools. The need for this kind of response must be addressed. 
  • Yes addressed by addressing the killer, not his tool. And certainly not by having some spoiled brat running around the country insulting adults and instigating boycotts. No, it means removing the tool that makes the mass killing possible - semi-automatic weapons that can fire more than 8 times before reloading. Then we can repeal the Reagan taxscam and use the additional revenue to re-install the trained psychologists as guidance counselors in all our public schools. I know you don't want to hear it but guns don't kill - killers do. And Reagan again - you sure do hold a grudge!!!
  • Education: It must be as easy to get an education in America as it is in Europe or Asia. Cost and access. 
  • It is a two way street - students must be required to uphold their end of the bargain. As an example - you get into college based on your prior performance - period. No, that's already the case so the improvement is to Repeal the Reagan taxscam and use the additional revenue to make college affordable to all those who have and maintain the PERFORMANCE credentials. No that is not the case. And Reagan again - oh boy!!!
  • Trade: Our businesses must be able to trade with other countries. 
  • True - and the government must assure that our corporations are getting a fair shake from those other nations. No, Government already does that via the trade agreements we negotiate. What needs to change is to END the ability of American Corporations to evade taxes by hiding profits overseas. Yes, that is exactly what President Trump is doing and you are constantly complaining. What has tax law to do with:
  • Trade: Our businesses must be able to trade with other countries.  
  •  

 

What have I missed and how will YOUR party address these issues?

I have missed where YOUR Party has ever addressed any of the needs stated above. Good stuff Democrats propose seldom get reported on FOX, Infowars or National Enquirer. Check out PBS and the major networks,. Oy, when it's not Reagan, it's Fox. You do tend to obsess.


 


 


 

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America is already great, but we can do better, My two items to make us greater would be medicare for all, and a national strategy to end our homeless crisis. We need to build affordable housing in our cities. I don't know how bad it is back east in the big cities but out in the west it's really bad. People are fleeing the big cities and coming to the smaller cities because they can't afford to live there anymore. Really really sad. We need affordable housing and we need it now!
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@gruffstuffwrote:

What would make America great again?

 

All good stuff, but is Democrats get control of government I think that stuff should be long term goals, not short term actions.

 

1.     National voting rights act.    Sweep away voter ID laws, allow felons who have completed their sentence to vote, voting holidays, voting access ( adequate number of  voting places in poor areas, people shouldn't have to stand in line all day to vote)  , and automatically register people to vote. ...AND declare Gerrymandering Unconstitutional - no use of voting information when redrawing districts, only POPULATION figures.

 

2,     Statehood for Washington DC and Puerto Rico If I were PR, I'd opt for Independance and begin making all the pharmacuticals possible for sale to American "tourists" at reasonable prices.

 

3.     Medicare for all, eliminate the unpaid medical liabilities problem, compensate people who have a paid in interest with tax deductions. Medicare works because we pay in for 40 years before we take out. We need Universal single payer that pays the provider what Insurance companies have determined to be fair and no more Hedgefund twits jacking the price because they can. Obamacare for all with MANDATORY participation so we don't have the Republican free-loaders milking the system.

 

4.     Secure Social Security, Social Security needs revenue from the  production people used to do. Fund Social Security with a VAT tax in addition to the payroll tax. Work the numbers. Increasing the "cap" to $250,000 and indexing it so covers 90% of all income will make the SSTF solvent FOREVER.

 

5.     Roll back tax cuts and start paying down the debt. Repeal the Reagan and Trump taxscams and use the additional revenue to make America truly Great with the best infrastructure, best education, best health care, best retirement on Earth. So long as we can finance the Debt for less than inflation, it will never become a problem, and we can finance it as long as we keep our tax revenues at the levels BEFORE Reagan gave away the farm.

 

 

 

That's enough for the first 100 days, Democrats should start working on it now and be ready for action in 2020.

AMEN

 

 


 

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@rk9152wrote:

@Richvawrote:

 

  • A healthy populace. We need to determine a way to make  health care available to  everyone. 
  • We once had charity hospitals. Maybe we need them again. No, we need hospitals that charge what a service actually costs plus a small profit, not some totally bogus amount inserted into their "Charge Master" AND Universal single payer health care.
  • A reasonable wage. We need to be sure people working a full time job earn enough money to live. 
  • Wages are based on contribution to intake by the employer. Based on your theory two people doing the same job would be paid based on their needs. No, it means people doing any job full time will receive AT LEAST enough to keep themselves out of poverty.
  • Safety in schools.  We are having "Active Killer" drills in our schools. The need for this kind of response must be addressed. 
  • Yes addressed by addressing the killer, not his tool. And certainly not by having some spoiled brat running around the country insulting adults and instigating boycotts. No, it means removing the tool that makes the mass killing possible - semi-automatic weapons that can fire more than 8 times before reloading. Then we can repeal the Reagan taxscam and use the additional revenue to re-install the trained psychologists as guidance counselors in all our public schools.
  • Education: It must be as easy to get an education in America as it is in Europe or Asia. Cost and access. 
  • It is a two way street - students must be required to uphold their end of the bargain. As an example - you get into college based on your prior performance - period. No, that's already the case so the improvement is to Repeal the Reagan taxscam and use the additional revenue to make college affordable to all those who have and maintain the PERFORMANCE credentials.
  • Trade: Our businesses must be able to trade with other countries. 
  • True - and the government must assure that our corporations are getting a fair shake from those other nations. No, Government already does that via the trade agreements we negotiate. What needs to change is to END the ability of American Corporations to evade taxes by hiding profits overseas.

 

What have I missed and how will YOUR party address these issues?

I have missed where YOUR Party has ever addressed any of the needs stated above. Good stuff Democrats propose seldom get reported on FOX, Infowars or National Enquirer. Check out PBS and the major networks,.


 


 

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@gruffstuffwrote:

What would make America great again?

 

All good stuff, but is Democrats get control of government I think that stuff should be long term goals, not short term actions.

 

1.     National voting rights act.    Sweep away voter ID laws, allow felons who have completed their sentence to vote, voting holidays, voting access ( adequate number of  voting places in poor areas, people shouldn't have to stand in line all day to vote)  , and automatically register people to vote.

Voter ID insures that only those qualified vote. I see nothing wrong with that.

 

2,     Statehood for Washington DC and Puerto Rico

Do the citizens there want it? Or do their desires not matter in making America great?

 

3.     Medicare for all, eliminate the unpaid medical liabilities problem, compensate people who have a paid in interest with tax deductions.

Isn't Medicaid supposed to deal with the problems of the poor?

 

4.     Secure Social Security, Social Security needs revenue from the  production people used to do. Fund Social Security with a VAT tax in addition to the payroll tax.

Payroll taxes come from an individual and credited to his account. Are you proposing that our purchases by handled the same way?

 

5.     Roll back tax cuts and start paying down the debt.

You mean "raise the taxes". L'm sure you know that were more money available it would not be used to pay down any debt - it would go to the sort of wealth redistribution programs you are proposing in this topic.

 

 

 

 


 

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