Record-High 42% of Americans Identify as Independents – Republican identification lowest in at least 25 years >>>Jan. 2014 GALLUP POLL (Link)
Citizen Agenda is an anti-war, pro-peace, pro-constitution & law, pro-choice, pro-LGBT, non-violent, pro-cannabis, pro-court-access, pro-universal healthcare, education and nutrition advocacy group.
Any citizen group who seeks to defeat Democrats and Republicans need their own citizen agenda; the success of the group depends upon the strength of the relationship between agenda supporters and agenda candidates. The agenda candidate should be subservient unto the agenda at all times. The agenda candidate must fully realize agenda supporters are voting for THEIR CITIZEN AGENDA, NOT JUST A LOOSE-CANNON, FREE-WHEELING CANDIDATE.
These days, voters are voting for “personalities” instead of an agenda which actually represents their interests. The only real change will come when We The People start sending representatives to Washington who REPRESENT, SUPPORT AND FIGHT FOR A CITIZEN AGENDA, instead of lobbyists’ cashouts. If you don’t want America to get involved in more military actions, attacks and occupations, then you should support a CITIZEN AGENDA to defeat the bi-partisan crime-wave in Washington.
Obviously CA (CitizenAgenda) is moving towards DIRECT DEMOCRACY instead of our current INDIRECT DEMOCRACY the People suffer. CA prefers each bill to be reviewed and analyzed by a CA committee who issues a “voting recommendation” based on whether the bill comports with CA policy or not. Such a tiered system is much more favorable and effective than a free-wheelin’, loose-cannon candidate. Such an arrangement tends to discourage “horsetrading” by the lone candidate. That’s where things go wrong in Washington, and ultimately, in a loose-cannon candidate’s political life. The loose-cannon starts “horsetrading” his or her votes for personal political survival purposes; it’s this willingness to bend to political and financial pressure which skews organic democracy on its head. Conversely, a citizen group candidate who lives and fights for their citizen agenda is willing to accept the political consequences of standing firm to the citizen agenda.
Such an arrangement would create the biggest economic boom and job creation in the history of the U.S.
No doubt about it. How? Here’s how our economy is supposed to work: Demand Buys Products; the More Demand, the More Product Purchases; the More Product Purchases, the More Manufacturing; the More Manufacturing, the More Jobs; the More Jobs, the More Income; the More Income, the More Demand, and so forth.
Consider how retail industry salivates over the approaching holidays and how they calculate profits based on increased DEMAND. Instead of temporary DEMAND increases during the holidays, imagine the economic BOOM created by an endless weekly infusion of DEMAND into our economy. Again, I predict the biggest economic boom ever IF the DEMAND SUBSIDY ACT is ever implemented.
I don’t believe Democrats or Republicans will ever pass such a bill. I believe We The People need to stop holding an American Idol Contest every four years, step away from candidate-based politics and move toward agenda-based politics; that’s what the BIG CORPORATIONS DO; they don’t worry too much about which individuals are elected, because they know they SPEND THEIR MONEY TO FORCE THEIR AGENDA THROUGH CONGRESS.
I’ll support and fight for an agenda, but I sure as hell don’t want to waste my time voting for a toothy, free-wheeling candidate who is NOT subservient unto a real, solid enumerated agenda.
The last time any kind of tax was levied on each Wall St. transaction was during the Kennedy Administration, which was unceremoniously undone by President Devil Johnson.
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So never mind the debate about exactly how much damage high-frequency trading does. It’s the whole financial industry, not just that piece, that’s undermining our economy and our society.” – Paul Krugman
Which is fueling a new populism on both the left and the right. While still far apart, neo-populists on both sides are bending toward one another and against the establishment. […]
1. Cut the biggest Wall Street banks down to a size where they’re no longer too big to fail.
Left populists have been advocating this since the Street’s bailout now they’re being joined by populists on the right. David Camp, House Ways and Means Committee chair, recently proposed an extra 3.5 percent quarterly tax on the assets of the biggest Wall Street banks (giving them an incentive to trim down). Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter wants to break up the big banks, as does conservative pundit George Will. “There is nothing conservative about bailing out Wall Street,” says Rand Paul.
2. Resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act, separating investment from commercial banking and thereby preventing companies from gambling with their depositors’ money.
Elizabeth Warren has introduced such legislation, and John McCain co-sponsored it. Tea Partiers are strongly supportive, and critical of establishment Republicans for not getting behind it. “It is disappointing that progressive collectivists are leading the effort for a return to a law that served well for decades,” writes the Tea Party Tribune. “Of course, the establishment political class would never admit that their financial donors and patrons must hinder their unbridled trading strategies.”
3. End corporate welfare – including subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, big pharma, Wall Street, and the Ex-Im Bank.
Populists on the left have long been urging this; right-wing populists are joining in. Republican David Camp’s proposed tax reforms would kill dozens of targeted tax breaks. Says Ted Cruz: “We need to eliminate corporate welfare and crony capitalism.”
4. Stop the National Security Agency from spying on Americans.
Bernie Sanders and other populists on the left have led this charge but right-wing populists are close behind. House Republican Justin Amash’s amendment, that would have defunded NSA programs engaging in bulk-data collection, garnered 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans last year, highlighting the new populist divide in both parties. Rand Paul could be channeling Sanders when he warns: “Your rights, especially your right to privacy, is under assault… if you own a cellphone, you’re under surveillance.”
5. Scale back American interventions overseas.
Populists on the left have long been uncomfortable with American forays overseas. Rand Paul is leaning in the same direction. Paul also tends toward conspiratorial views about American interventionism. Shortly before he took office he was caught on video claiming that former vice president Dick Cheney pushed the Iraq War because of his ties to Halliburton.
6. Oppose trade agreements crafted by big corporations.
Two decades ago Democrats and Republicans enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then populists in both parties have mounted increasing opposition to such agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted in secret by a handful of major corporations, is facing so strong a backlash from both Democrats and tea party Republicans that it’s nearly dead. “The Tea Party movement does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” says Judson Philips, president of Tea Party Nation. “Special interest and big corporations are being given a seat at the table” while average Americans are excluded.