Most Americans believe...

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Most Americans believe...
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 8:37am

Do you think this is true? Do most Americans believe in these things? Do you? Which ones?

A large majority of the American people consistently support the following agenda:

  • Tax the rich and corporations
  • End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
  • Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and improved Medicare for all
  • End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
  • Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
  • Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
  • Get money out of politics

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 10:02pm

Just for the sake of clarity and accuracy, the House and the Senate are the same branch of govt.

Sonny

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 11:08pm
I am having issues with iVillage's formatting options--this may appear as one long paragraph though that was not how it was written. Can't seem to get "preview" to work either. In the 1950's and 1960's, when U.S. tax rates were much higher, China was red. Anything out of Red China was considered contraband in the U.S. Now so many consumer goods are made there that we have virtually no manufacturing left in this country. Here's the irony. Conservatives like to fume and fuss about "socialism" under Obama but they seemingly have no problems dealing with a communist nation. And that communist nation is the one where so many corporations take their manufacturing. I "get" that corporations want lower taxes. They also want lax or nonexistent safeguards on air, water, worker safety and product safety. The last time I looked, greed coupled with near-extortion ('we'll take our business elsewhere if you don't accede to our demands") was unconscionable. Perhaps if you provided a link to back a claim that still isn't clear, I could have figured out what you meant in that earlier post. But the "explanation" only obfuscates further! "How much of the federal income tax do they pay on a percentage, and how much of all combined income do they earn" is clear as mud. Have you any knowledge of military strategy or history? I ask because you seem to be unaware that WWII was not characterized by guerrilla-type military operations against Allied forces within the aggressor countries. Conventional hostilities took a toll on both Germans and Japanese. By the time U.S. troops actually moved into both countries, there was virtually no resistance. In the period since then, Geneva conventions have banned the sort of scorched earth policy you seem to be promoting (those conventions to me seem more than a little laughable--that the obscene behavior we call "war" would be constrained within certain guidelines). But if we chose to flout those conventions, we would have to be extremely repressive and militant to keep any "gains". Troops returning home? Impossible. Peace? Not bloody likely! In an earlier post, you said "SS is a sham, and any of us under the age of 50 should have known that since we entered the workforce. Improved medicare??? Who's gonna pay????" If social safety nets fail, you can bet money that we'll see a dramatic uptick in the number of poor and ill. Hence the comment about the probable negative economic impact. Your stance on nuclear-generated power: "You bet." Fossil fuels: "Let's open up for exploration and drilling America's resources." The link I provided referred to a nuclear reactor in Japan which showed that cooling systems can fail (as they did at Fukushima Daiichi) and depending on the nature of the failure, can lead to full or partial melt-down. And the contamination which results, depending on concentration, can taint land for thousands of years. Then there's the Ogallala water aquifer through which the Keystone pipeline is planned to run. We already have contaminated sites and ruined vistas without trashing the environment even more. Fossil fuels are finite, filthy, inefficient, and costly. I think that unions have a place in this nation. They labored to keep workers safe, well-paid, and important in the decision making and policies of businesses. Since their decline, U.S. jobs have also been in decline. Frankly, I don't see many corporations giving much thought to their employees these days. Certainly, pension benefits are dwindling. And with the jobs market so weak, many managers may feel that they can treat their employees as badly as they wish without consequence or recrimination. When money enters the political arena, it skews and contaminates. Corrupts. I can only hope that you are wrong in saying that its absence is "never gonna happen".

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Fri, 10-21-2011 - 3:19pm
jabberwocka wrote:
I am having issues with iVillage's formatting options--this may appear as one long paragraph though that was not how it was written. Can't seem to get "preview" to work either.


Hi jabberwocka, I'm looking at your settings and it looks like you're running Firefox 3.6.18. Some of the incompatibilities you might see can be resolved by upgrading to the latest version of Firefox. They're currently on version 7.0.1. You can find it here and it only take a minute to upgrade:

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fx/

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Sat, 10-22-2011 - 9:05pm

Thanks, Kellie. You're correct about my Firefox version. The difficulty with formatting and previewing isn't consistent.

I have found that updates aren't always improvements, even though the nomenclature suggests such. Will keep your suggestion in mind if the problems persist.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Mon, 10-24-2011 - 11:20pm

Thank you. I've edited my post to say "chamber" instead of "branch"

I'm guessing then that you do not deny that corporations were given personhood by accident, yes?

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Registered: 05-28-2011
Wed, 10-26-2011 - 11:25am

YOu've said what I believe to the letter.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-22-2000
Wed, 10-26-2011 - 3:08pm

A "living wage" shoud be your goal and mine....but we achieve it by making ourselves marketable enough to earn the best wage that we can....How? Education. Working our way up. entrepreneurship...but as far as making corporations or businesses pay a "living wage"(who determines that, BTW?) for any and all positions/ workers , sorry, but no.

Since when is it the responsibility of job providers to also be the main source of healthcare coverage??? This is a part of the healthcare/insurance issue in this nation. I say get employers out of healthcare and open the marketplace for individuals to go out an get competitive pricing/coverage options on their own.

Sonny

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Registered: 09-08-2008
Thu, 10-27-2011 - 11:17am

Do you think that if companies no longer had to provide health insurance coverage

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Thu, 10-27-2011 - 10:29pm

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Registered: 09-08-2008
Fri, 10-28-2011 - 10:35am

What about those of us who show up and work our rear ends off only to see our benefits/raises being slashed while the company makes record profits? I think most employed people actually "work" at their job and don't "just show up" and think they deserve a living wage. Unfortunately the amount of a living wage would go up substantially if I had to buy my own health insurance. Would the company pay me more if they did not have to provide health insurance or would they simply increase their profit for themselves and those at the top?

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