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I believe that people are basically good, and it's corporations that must be constrained to be.

I believe that workers deserve rights, and it's employers who must be encouraged to honor these.


I believe that debts are a investment in our future, a way to jump start that Better World.

I believe that paying taxes is our 'patriotic duty' as fiscally-responsible Americans.


I believe the point of Society, is to help people, not to hurt them.

I believe the point of Politics, is to speak up for people, not to speak down to them.


I believe the goals of Democracy should be to empower the people, not to oppress us.

I believe the goals of the Founders was to build a great Nation, not to dismantle one.


I believe The New Deal, Social Security, and Medicare provide us the Dignity we've earned.

I believe that Austerity-Loving, Debt-Fearing, Tax-Hatred deny us that Better World we'd hope to one day leave, for generations to follow us;

as did those generations, before us ...




All those reasons, and so much more I didn't say, should give you some small idea ...

"Why I'm a Democratic, concerned Citizen."




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  •  I believe that it is the duty of a CEO to maximize (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, snoopydawg

    .profits for his/her shareholders.

    And it is the duty of government to curb those profits when they become excessive.

    I also believe that it is the duty of the federal government to ensure that every citizen live in dignity.  This doesn't mean that the government should take from the affluent.

    It does mean that the federal government should rein in (via a wealth tax) the Ellison's and Buffet's of the US, whose wealth (assets) could be better allocated by Washington.

    Too radical an idea?  So was the federal income tax, until courageous Dems decided to champion it.

    Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

    by PatriciaVa on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 07:39:47 PM PDT

    •  That's the current concept, but I propose there (6+ / 0-)

      should be a higher one:  a corporation's leaders should be responsible for the long-term strength of the company in EQUAL measure for 1) shareholders; 2) customers; 3) employees, and 4) society.

      Today's one-sided focus on short-term profits, quarter by quarter, is what is actually harming capitalism: running employees ragged, forcing fateful decisions, poor customer service and lousy products/services along with buy-outs and mergers which simply destroy jobs and burn capital for the enrichment of boards and C-level management executives.

      There needs to be an entirely new model, partially based in the old model of building a corporation into a solid, longstanding established business which can adapt to change but remain in place, providing for the community(ies) in which it is located, the owners/investors, the employees, and their customers.

      There should be loyalty to much more than profit alone. That's what is killing business after business today.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 08:32:47 PM PDT

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      •  How would you impose that model, world-wide? (0+ / 0-)

        Otherwise, those CEOs adopting your model would be at a competitive disadvantage to those who don't.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

        by PatriciaVa on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 08:50:28 PM PDT

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      •  YM - if you are an officer or director of public (3+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis, nextstep, YucatanMan

        company incorporated in Delaware (about half of all US public companies) you are obligated by the "Revlon Rule" to manage the company for the exclusive long term best interests of the shareholders. Period stop. That does not mean you must focus on short term profits. However, if you are an officer or director of a company incorporated in Indiana you can manage the company for the benefit of all stakeholders including shareholders, employees, suppliers and communities. One of the real projects that the Democrats and progressives should unite around is having Delaware adopt a new set of corporate governance rules that embrace the Indiana concept.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 09:55:53 PM PDT

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        •  Delaware incorporated companies are (0+ / 0-)

          usually the worst from many aspects. And they intentionally incorporate there for that reason.

          We need to have a new "Bretton Woods" or international business agreement where corporations are required to operate in the public interest, perhaps imposing that requirement before "fair trade" rights are granted to a nation.

          "Free trade" (which is a lie - the only things free to travel are capital and goods, not labor) agreements should all be rescinded.

          Hey, I can dream!  ;-)

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 07:27:07 PM PDT

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    •  Hmm a Wealth Tax Seems to Me by Definition (2+ / 0-)
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      jamess, Hillbilly Dem

      to be taking from the affluent.

      On the other hand, steep progressive income/compensation taxes has the effect of suppressing the seeking and the offering of extreme compensation, so the wealth isn't accumulating because function is least about taking.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 08:35:28 PM PDT

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      •  I define the wealthy as those HHs with net worth.. (0+ / 0-)

        ...over 50M.  A wealth tax would be graduated, taking 1% of the net worth of HHs with net worth of at least 50M, up to 8% annually of the net worth of the Ellison's and Buffet's of the US.

        If you were to impose a progressive income tax, you would in effect be stratifying US society.  How would an investment banker ever get to Ellison or Buffet-level wealth if the federal government is taking 80% of his annual income.

        Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project. www.hamiltonproject.org

        by PatriciaVa on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 08:45:44 PM PDT

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    •  PVa - wouldn't a wealth tax take a Constitutional (0+ / 0-)

      Amendment like the 16th that was needed for the federal income tax?

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 09:57:45 PM PDT

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  •  Thom Hartmann Often Muses on Your 1st 2 Points (5+ / 0-)

    along with several others, as a general principle.

    Liberals believe the weak, meaning the masses of common people and the poor, should be nutured and advanced, while the powerful both human and institution must be restrained to enable that service to the people.

    Conservatives believe the opposite.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 07:40:24 PM PDT

  •  I don't know why they're called elevator speeches. (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    They have never made me want to buy an elevator.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 04:42:28 AM PDT

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 05:55:38 AM PDT

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