2018-2020 Platform for an informed electorate — Part 9 — TAXES
Good Men Project Political Activism Social Interest Group, lead by Lisa Hickey, Publisher of the Good Men Project, and me, Carol Bluestein, has been working to develop a platform which supports a governmental agenda that includes basic human rights, equality, and justice for all.
In the short term, we are looking to educate our voters about the issues for 2018-2020 elections.
In the long term, we are looking at a change in our election strategy, moving from a primarily two-party system to Proportional Representation, and from a one choice vote to a Ranked Choice Voting / Instant Runoff- as proposed by FairVote. This would give all voters a voice and a group of people that represent them seated in Congress. The result would eliminate the possibility that our government would be controlled by any one party.
The GMP Platform is non-partisan and seeks to ensure:
- All human beings shall have equal access to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
- The Judicial, Legislative, and Executive branches of government remain separate.
- The separation of Church and State.
- No human being, for any reason, be subjected to persecution, subjugation, and/or discrimination.
- Facts, science, and research matter.
Part 9 of “We the People…,”: TAXES
Each week, Good Men Project Political Activism Social Interest Group will post another section of the GMP Platform. We are in support of advancing the conversation to help define the ideology and philosophy for our elected officials and in our courts.
Reforms to our Internet communications and access
The reforms below are in a direct response to our country falling behind other democratic/open society countries which are far excelling our meager rankings when it comes to measuring health – physical and mental, education, height (believe it or not), live births, and income. This is doubly troubling in that once upon a time, we were in undisputed first place. As our country as moved from a mixed economy — government and industry and consumer protection groups pulling their equal weight, to an industry heavy model, the needs of government and the people have suffered.
The United States not only has the poorest health rankings, it is also the only country in its class that does NOT have universal health care. While Industry and government think they are saving money, it is a false premise. If everyone in this country gained an average four months of extended life, that would be 107 million additional years of life quality work hours. Turning that into work hours, it would compute to over $10 trillion dollars, assuming a quality of life. On the other hand, our poor health system, our lifespan is 4.2 years shorter than the top-ranked country. That means we are loosing 1.45 billion years of life. By not providing universal health care, we are (industry and government) are throwing away over $80 trillion dollars. Not for nothing, this would more than cover our health insurance, education, income, infrastructure AND our national debt with 8 weeks paid vacation for every employee. Plus, we could kick out the privatized prison system and pay for our justice system.
By the way, we’re not so much shrinking as other countries are taller due to better health.
Change is up to the people – us.
The truth is that people have the highest quality of life when they get to have meaningful relationships with their friends, spouse, and family. To create, maintain, and enjoy relationships a person needs time. The current work ethic in the United States does not allow for anything but work. 8 hours at the office, 2 hours of commute time (if you are lucky), 2 hours of get-ready time, and 8 hours of sleep. That leave four hours to spend time with your family, clean the house, make dinner, homework, walk the dog, workout — and that assumes you’re not called back into work, have to work late, or expected to be available on the company email chains at all times.
The stress is killing us. The absence of relationships is killing us. The suicide and sickness rates in this country are astronomical. We must find a way to end the “slavery to the workplace” model and regain our physical and mental health.
Part 9: TAXES
1.Institute a fair and equitable system of taxation
- Straight tax rate across board
- Get corporations and government back to honoring public trusts, that part of the planet that exists within our borders but affects all the systems that they merge with.
- Clean air: which affects all living things both locally and globally since air travels on the wind streams that circle the globe
- Clean water: which affects all living things. Not only local environments and economies but when waste filters into the larger lakes and oceans, the currents take the pollution around the globe and kill large aquatic life and the plankton on which they feed. Kill the fish and kill millions of people.
- arable land: which affects the ability to farm. As the atmosphere heats up this land will dry out and cake.
- Save Public spaces from development
- Look at anti-trust laws and revise or re-implement as needed
- Too few have too much say over the many.
- We are again in the position of taxation without representation.
- New rules for overseas investments to avoid US taxes
- Let people choose where a portion of their taxes get allocated
- In the future, to qualify for a tax break:
- corporations must show an equalization accounting of salary paid to the CEO and the workers. In other words, no CEO may make more than 8x (to be negotiated) the average salary of the workers.
- corporations must show how the tax break will affect worker’s salaries in the positive
- corporations must show how the tax break will affect worker stress and vacation time: goal 8 weeks.
- Corporations must submit plans for job creation and retraining
- Corporations must adhere to a strict percentage of overseas activities
- New rules for overseas investments that are made to specifically avoid US taxes
2.Reinstitute Public Trust policies
- Create a government-run tax deductible Public Trust fund
- All corporations and individuals benefiting from the $1.5 trillion tax cut would be asked to contribute 10% of their “gift” back to this fund
- This Public Trust Fund would be the source of funds for
- universal health, education, and income equalization
- humanitarian programs
- rehabilitation programs for prisoners incarcerated in jails and youth centers
- End hunger and shelter for the homeless individuals, Vets, families, and animals
Next: ELECTION REFORM
Part 1: Human Rights
Part 2: Social Welfare
Part 3: Jobs, Income, and Social Security
Part 4: Education
Part 5: Environment
Part 6: Government
Part 7: Law and order/Judicial Systems/Rights
Part 8: National Security and Infrastructure
Part 9: Taxes
Part 10: Election Overhaul (final)
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