What to do with your wealth

By Chuck Collins in CommonDreams.org …It’s true that a $30 trillion intergenerational transfer is in the works, as the baby boomer generation exits the stage, passing on their accumulated treasure to their children. But in a time of gargantuan inequality, most of this wealth transfer will take place in the upper canopy of the wealth forest—what we could safely call “dynastic wealth” transmissions …

Polls show public supports leftist demands

Excerpt from In These Times, 8 Nov 2018 Alongside the push by social movements and progressive legislators for a more egalitarian politics, Democratic voters are moving decidedly left on issues ranging from immigration to race to economics. Republican policies like massive tax cuts for the rich, repealing Obamacare and cutting Social Security, meanwhile, are fantastically unpopular. A third of Senate Democrats (the most ever) …

What a Rural Maine House Race Can Teach the Left

November 02, 2018 by The Nation Chloe Maxmin could be the first Democrat ever to win Maine House District 88 in a place deep in the state where one thing is clear: The left abandoned rural America y Chloe Maxmin, Canyon Woodward Chloe Maxmin (standing, fourth from right) at a volunteer-training event in May 2018. (Photo: Mattea Mrkusic) Far from the bright lights of …

Voter suppression nationwide + the chilling tricks Georgia is using to disqualify voters: We are in a fight for the soul of our democracy

In Wisconsin, 1.47% of the electorate cannot vote because they are felons. That seems like a small number. But it adds up to 65,606 voters. In 2016, Donald Trump took the state by just 22,748 votes. Gerrymandering is openly employed here, in effect allowing parties to choose the voters they need to keep them in power. On Tuesday there will be elections …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

September 24, 2018 | Lindsay Koshgarian Originally in Jacobin The Pentagon is set to receive $717 billion in 2019 — more than half of the roughly trillion-dollar annual budget. That level of Pentagon funding is immense by any standard. Next year’s budget will be roughly twice the size of military appropriations in the mid-1990s, before George W. Bush and his twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

Taibbi: Bernie Sanders’ Anti-Amazon Bill Is an Indictment of the Media, Too

In going after Jeff Bezos, Bernie Sanders tries to shame the press into seeing a problem hiding in plain sight MATT TAIBBI in Rolling Stone Jeff Bezos and Bernie Sanders Cliff Owen/AP/REX Shutterstock, Rogelio V. Solis/AP/REX Shutterstock This new piece of legislation sounds audacious at first. It tells companies like Amazon: if you pay your workers so poorly that they have to …

A Democratic Party Contract with America

Excerpt from Ralph Nader, Sept 2018 A Democratic Party “Contract with America” should include a $15 per hour federal minimum wage—up from the present frozen $7.25 an hour. It should endorse a Medicare–for-all system that emphasizes preventive care, cost controls on drug companies, and prevention of criminal or immoral overcharging. Serious attention should be paid to saving lives and preventing …

Since ‘Citizens United,’ Just 15 Groups Account for 75 Percent of the $800+ Million in Dark Money Spent on US Elections

“Policy ideas and candidates’ positions should be promoted by organizations who are proud to be engaged in our public arena, not secretive front groups designed to deceive voters, hide donors, and deploy deceptive tactics.” Increase donor disclosure, such as including the names of a dark money group’s top donors on television, radio, print, or digital advertisements; Pass the Honest Ads …