Paul Krugman (This year's Nobel Prize recipient for Economics) says we need to SPEND, SPEND SPEND to get out of this toxic Mess. (TERRY GROSS interview 10-21-08: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95929699&ps=cprs )
I just want to point out that in MY plan (http://sos-newdeal.blogspot.com/2008/01/introduction-save-our-society-new-new.html)
(in which I call for a Job training, and SERVICE corp, as well as a MANDATORY draft)
See Here (mandatory draft) http://sos-newdeal.blogspot.com/2008/09/topic-of-week-mandatory-draft.html
HERE (mandatory Draft -- Military Option)
HERE (mandatory Draft -- Alternative Service Option)
ALL of these options perform JOB training, as well as priming the ECONOMY too.
OK, you wanted a Political discussion: Here goes.
The background I believe that:
* We're HEADING into a DEPRESSION.
* It's going to be as BAD as the last one.
* The current failures only bring us 25% into the problem!!
* According to Robert Reich (former Sec'y of Labor under Clinton): The only number that he EVER saw, defining the
depression was that the unemployment rate hovered around 25%.
* We need a new deal.
* After 58 years of NO Health Care Reform (since 1950!) it will FINALLY be coming soon...
* We've managed to WASTE a FULL generation (from Zero to thirty) with decaying social, educational, and interpersonal skills.
* Our nation is no longer DOING (producing) anything.
SO, from these few premises, I have extrapolated a great deal of items to FIX our society...
We need to make sure that a number of issues are resolved ALL at once.
If we don't do them ALL at once, its like juggling three RUNNING chain saws, but dropping one!
Here's what I came up with:
We need to do the FOLLOWING to FIX our Society:
* Create A Living Wage
* Create a National Single payer Healthcare
* Create a National 3-4 year draft (or alternate service)
* Create a Federally paid Day Care starting at six months
* Implement Tax Reform on the ULTRA Rich
* Lobbying (Political Reform)
* Infrastructure (road /bridge/Systems repairs)
* Lack of Training/futures
* Truth and Reconcilliation Commission
* A new "Manhattan" project, focusing on Energy INDEPENDENCE
See my other blog: http://sos-newdeal.blogspot.com for more details.