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Forum Post: **A TOP ISSUE FOR:** Healthy Individuals/Families/Communities/Society

Posted 2 years ago on July 25, 2012, 11:57 a.m. EST by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN
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Here is another good cause/campaign/petition to begin the healing of our society:

http://act.democracyforamerica.com/go/1897?t=2&akid=2113.2041858.eoCTCH

Take a look - see if you can agree then sign it and circulate it out to social media your friends and family.

This issue needs full public support.


Stand Up for Working Families

Win or lose in November, there's going to be a fight in December.

Republicans will try to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich. They'll try to keep an unlimited flow of money going to the Defense Department. What's worse -- they're going to try to pay for it all by cutting Medicare and Social Security and by blocking any sort of spending on new jobs bills.

We can't let that happen.

Join Democracy for America, Daily Kos and our friends at the Congressional Progressive Caucus and say "No!" to any budget that reduces the deficit on the backs of working families.

Be it resolved, any deal on taxes and spending to replace the Budget Control Act

(1) must not cut Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits;

(2) must contain serious revenue increases, including closing corporate tax loopholes and increasing individual income tax rates for the top 2%;

(3) must significantly reduce defense spending to focus our armed forces on combating 21st century risks; and

(4) must promote economic growth and expand economic opportunity by including strong levels of job-creating federal investments in areas such as infrastructure and education.


ALSO : From The Working Families Party.

They're willing to cut college aid, unemployment benefits, Meals on Wheels, day care support for working families and transportation assistance for the elderly and disabled.

The Senate will vote today on ending the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%. So far, Republicans have been unwilling to ask for a single dollar more from the nation's wealthiest to help preserve vital public programs.[1]

Since the financial crisis started four years ago, we've all sacrificed. We've felt the impact of cuts to public safety and public schools. But the very wealthiest among us haven't been asked for one red cent.

The Senate will vote today to end the Bush tax cuts on the nation's richest people -- people who can definitely afford it. It's a no-brainer.

Sign our petition today to demand that they end the tax cuts for the top 2%!

Ten years ago, President Bush sold these tax cuts by saying that they'd help create jobs. A decade later, it's clear that plan failed.

That's because this country's real job creators are the working- and middle-class families who buy things from local businesses. When they have money, they spend it. And when items are flying off the shelves at local stores, business owners need to hire people to restock those shelves. No "job creator" ever hired anyone who wasn't needed -- no matter how low the tax rate was.

The tax bill in the Senate will raise revenue that can be used to help out the working-class families that are still struggling from the recession. And it will lower taxes on middle class Americans, giving them more money to spend and letting them create more jobs.

The Senate's tax bill is a no-brainer. But Republicans may still block it. And that's a different kind of no-brainer.

Sign our petition today and demand the Senate finally take action to end the Bush tax cuts for the very richest!

http://action.workingfamiliesparty.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6417

Thanks for your support,

-Dan Cantor, WFP

Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/barack-obama-bush-tax-cuts_n_1699747.html

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[-] 2 points by brightonsage (4494) 2 years ago

That is a reasonable approach with one caveat. It should result in a gini index of about .35

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

gini? To damn many acronyms. No wonder people get confused.

3 petitions did you sign?

[-] 1 points by brightonsage (4494) 2 years ago

It isn't an acronym. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient

Not yet. I don't like getting added to lists so I send them direct to my reps.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

OK me understanding now. {:-])

Yes - we have a long ways to go in balancing our economy. And narrowing the income gap - significantly - is a huge thing in creating a healthy society again.

From your link : ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gini_coefficient )

The Gini coefficient (also known as the Gini index or Gini ratio) is a measure of statistical dispersion developed by the Italian statistician and sociologist Corrado Gini and published in his 1912 paper "Variability and Mutability" (Italian: Variabilità e mutabilità).[1][2]

The Gini coefficient measures the inequality among values of a frequency distribution (for example levels of income). A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality where all values are the same (for example, where everyone has an exactly equal income). A Gini coefficient of one (100 on the percentile scale) expresses maximal inequality among values (for example where only one person has all the income).[3]

It has found application in the study of inequalities in disciplines as diverse as sociology, economics, health science, ecology, chemistry, engineering and agriculture.[4]

Gini coefficient is commonly used as a measure of inequality of income or wealth.[5] For OECD countries, over 2008-2009 period, without considering the effect of taxes, Gini coefficient for total population ranged between 0.34 to 0.53, with South Korea the lowest and Italy the highest.[6] The countries in Africa had the highest pre-tax Gini coefficients in 2008-2009, with South Africa highest at 0.7.[7][8] The world income inequality Gini coefficient, based on pre-tax income distribution for all human beings in 2005, has been estimated to be between 0.63 and 0.68 by various sources.[9]

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Thanks for those links - this is exactly the information that needs circulation far and wide.

Now I have already tweeted this post - but I think everyone should do the same to get widest public circulation.

I also think you should make a post with your links :

Stiglitz column: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/22/opinion/la-oe-stiglitz-inequality-20120722

And transcript: http://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/public/Meetings/Meeting%20Transcripts/290612stiglitz.pdf

And tweet that post as well. I will do the same when I see the post.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Cool - tweeted.

[-] -2 points by vvv0729 (-189) 2 years ago

"Tweeted?" Yeah ... to 112 "people" who may not even exist.

https://twitter.com/dkatoday

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

RustyButtheadBrucie.

Question ; Are you a Moth & am I your Flame?

Did U know(?) that the stuff that is written on this forum is also accessible through search engines that people use to find information on subjects? They don't have to come to this site to run across things that people have posted here or that people have commented on here. Same with twitter - things posted on twitter can be found on any search anyone does on the internet.

Internet - an amazing thing - Hey?


[-] -1 points by vvv0729 (0) 2 hours ago

"Tweeted?" Yeah ... to 112 "people" who may not even exist.

https://twitter.com/dkatoday ↥twinkle ↧stinkle reply permalink

[-] -2 points by vvv0729 (-189) 2 years ago

As of this posting, the tweets of this Twitter account can be seen by no more than 112 people who may not even exist:

https://twitter.com/dkatoday

You know that. I know that. Anyone with shit for brains knows that.

SO WHY DO YOU KEEP LYING?

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

You luv me you really luv me. Anyone here can try an experiment and google their user name or try googling OWS or try googling OSTA or try many other searches. They will run across some entries from various locations around the world.

Why do you think I ask everyone to share things out on different social media - even on the same media I have used already? Because then that material reaches a wider audience immediately - but it also creats secondary listings that can be found by accident when people do searches on the internet.

Cool - Huh?


[-] 0 points by vvv0729 (0) 0 minutes ago

As of this posting, the tweets of this Twitter account can be seen by no more than 112 people who may not even exist:

https://twitter.com/dkatoday

You know that. I know that. Anyone with shit for brains knows that.

SO WHY DO YOU KEEP LYING? ↥twinkle ↧stinkle reply permalink

[-] -1 points by vvv0729 (-189) 2 years ago

As of this posting, the tweets of this Twitter account can be seen by no more than 112 people who may not even exist:

https://twitter.com/dkatoday

You know that. I know that. Anyone with shit for brains knows that.

SO WHY DO YOU KEEP LYING?

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

careful RustyButtheadBrucie - you have a tendency of burning yourself when you try to burn others.


[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (11204) from Coon Rapids, MN 3 minutes ago

You luv me you really luv me. Anyone here can try an experiment and google their user name or try googling OWS or try googling OSTA or try many other searches. They will run across some entries from various locations around the world.

Why do you think I ask everyone to share things out on different social media - even on the same media I have used already? Because then that material reaches a wider audience immediately - but it also creats secondary listings that can be found by accident when people do searches on the internet.

Cool - Huh?


[-] 0 points by vvv0729 (0) 0 minutes ago

As of this posting, the tweets of this Twitter account can be seen by no more than 112 people who may not even exist:

https://twitter.com/dkatoday

You know that. I know that. Anyone with shit for brains knows that.

SO WHY DO YOU KEEP LYING? ↥twinkle ↧stinkle reply permalink ↥twinkle ↧stinkle reply edit delete permalink

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[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Good afternoon ZD - thanks for your support in all things good for all people.

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4847) 2 years ago

All signed.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Hey Nevada1 - I can always count on you to take part in supporting good issues. Thanks for all that you do.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Signed. Thx

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Thank-you.

Did you tweet?

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

I will.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Gr8 - the more people who circulate these things the better.

You can even tweet this whole post just by clicking the tweet button on the left side of this page.

[-] -2 points by Porkie (-255) 2 years ago

Americans fighting for higher taxes, what a novel concept.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

ALSO : From The Working Families Party.

They're willing to cut college aid, unemployment benefits, Meals on Wheels, day care support for working families and transportation assistance for the elderly and disabled.

The Senate will vote today on ending the Bush tax cuts for the top 2%. So far, Republicans have been unwilling to ask for a single dollar more from the nation's wealthiest to help preserve vital public programs.[1]

Since the financial crisis started four years ago, we've all sacrificed. We've felt the impact of cuts to public safety and public schools. But the very wealthiest among us haven't been asked for one red cent.

The Senate will vote today to end the Bush tax cuts on the nation's richest people -- people who can definitely afford it. It's a no-brainer.

Sign our petition today to demand that they end the tax cuts for the top 2%!

Ten years ago, President Bush sold these tax cuts by saying that they'd help create jobs. A decade later, it's clear that plan failed.

That's because this country's real job creators are the working- and middle-class families who buy things from local businesses. When they have money, they spend it. And when items are flying off the shelves at local stores, business owners need to hire people to restock those shelves. No "job creator" ever hired anyone who wasn't needed -- no matter how low the tax rate was.

The tax bill in the Senate will raise revenue that can be used to help out the working-class families that are still struggling from the recession. And it will lower taxes on middle class Americans, giving them more money to spend and letting them create more jobs.

The Senate's tax bill is a no-brainer. But Republicans may still block it. And that's a different kind of no-brainer.

Sign our petition today and demand the Senate finally take action to end the Bush tax cuts for the very richest!

http://action.workingfamiliesparty.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6417

Thanks for your support,

-Dan Cantor, WFP

Source:

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/barack-obama-bush-tax-cuts_n_1699747.html
[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

From Progressives United :

The godfather of "too big to fail" mega-banks has made a turnaround too big to miss.

Sandy Weill successfully lobbied Congress to tear down the walls between Main Street banks and Wall Street -- the safeguard established by the Glass-Steagall Act. He then proceeded to build Citibank into the financial behemoth Citigroup.

But now, after you joined tens of thousands of progressives to call for an end to the mammoth banks that Weill's lobbying helped create, Weill came out on national television against the very changes he had advocated, which helped create the "too big to fail" financial giants: What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking...Have banks do something that's not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that's not too big to fail.

Of course, that is precisely what Glass-Steagall had done, and in doing so gave us more than a half-century without a significant financial crisis, laying the foundation for the most consistent economic growth in our nation's history. When an original architect of "too big to fail" declares a need to end the system he helped create, we know our pressure is working. Now, we need to keep up the momentum.

Share our petition to end "too big to fail" mega-banks on Facebook, and send out a Tweet with our petition.

Weill's about-face sent shockwaves through the financial world. But in the world in which you and I live, his new tune is the same song people like us have been singing for a long time.

These banks got so big that when their immensely risky investments went bust, they brought down our economy with them. And instead of demanding a return to the commonsense and time-tested Glass-Steagall law, President Bush and Congress just handed the banks big bailouts.

Progressives knew that was a bad deal, and we started fighting it. Now our fight is gaining traction with the consummate Wall Street insider. That means we need to press our solution hard enough for them to hear us on the rest of Wall Street -- and in Washington.

We should never let these behemoth banks hold our economy hostage again. It's time to end "too big to fail," and it's time to speak out.

Get others involved. Share our petition to end "too big to fail" on Facebook, and Tweet the petition to your followers.

Sandy Weill's latest comments are the clearest sign yet that our pressure is making a difference. Now's the time to keep that pressure up.

Thanks for uniting as a progressive,

Russ Feingold

Founder

Progressives United

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

President Obama: "It's time for House Republicans to drop their demand for another $1 trillion giveaway to the wealthiest Americans…"

From Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee :

After years of debate, Senate Democrats voted yesterday to finally end the Bush tax cuts for the rich. Now it’s up to the House.

Naturally, Boehner, Cantor and House Republicans are standing firmly in the way of President Obama’s plan to end reckless giveaways to millionaires and billionaires.

Will you help prove that President Obama’s plan has the support of the American people?

Stand with President Obama: Sign our petition calling on House Republicans to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy >>

Poll after poll shows that the American people are with us. Now it’s up to us to keep the pressure on.

Please act fast, the vote is next week.

Add your name: http://dccc.org/Bush-Tax-Cuts

Mike

Mike Ryan

DCCC Policy Director


Before anyone hollers foul - as I have said before and I will say again - I support issues not people - attach a good petition from anyone else and I will support it just the same as this petition.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Tax the wealthy. End the tax breaks for those who do not need them.

Check out these petitions.

Sign share circulate.

Education outreach awareness. Build support from the ground up.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Tax the top 2% is the issue - and it gets little response?

People are you distracted?

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (23961) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Tweeted.