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Why the American People desperately need FULL EMPLOYMENT !
Ben,It's obvious that you don't understand the political importance of the struggle for FULL EMPLOYMENT as a way to respond to people's needs and alleviate the ever increasing poverty that is destroying the lives of literally MILLIONS of families.May I remind you, that as we write, nearly 1 in 4 American children are living in poverty in the richest country in the world ! Millions of families have been thrown out of their homes. Entire cities and States have gone bankrupt. Millions of people go bankrupt because of health problems.The American people have not known close to Full Employment since the New Deal era when the Franklin D. Roosevelt Government, along with the first women Labor Secretary, Francis Perkins, and thousands of political activists pushed for Government funded programs such as the WPA - Works Progress Administration.Many of the public schools, bridges and parks that we enjoy today were built by these Government funded Jobs programs.Today, a Government funded FULL EMPLOYMENT program should include millions of jobs in a universal public health care system, millions more in a public service child care system... community development... education... and the rebuilding of our crumbling public infrastructure. Have you ever traveled in Europe, China or Russia and ridden in one of their High-Speed BULLET TRAINS, and then compared that with one of our antiquated American Amtrak trains ?All of these PUBLIC SERVICES that I just mentioned, such as Universal Health Care, Child Care, high quality Public Housing, etc. already exist for millions of Europeans.Many of these public programs that Europeans enjoy today, came out of the social and political struggles of millions of people before and after the War, when Europe lay in ruins.The funding of these public service FULL EMPLOYMENT programs will come from the "Peace dividends" that the American taxpayer will realize when we put a stop to these extremely costly never-ending wars of aggression... when we close down the over 800 costly overseas Military Bases... when we put a heavy tax on Financial Speculation... when we increase taxes on the Super-Rich and American based Multi-nationals that outsource jobs overseas... when we create 49 more Public State Banks, similar the the State Bank of North Dakota... and when the American Government re-establishes its sovereign right to create its own money, instead of borrowing at interest from the Private Banks in the Federal Reserve... Obama's 2013 Discretionary Budget for War and PovertyAs long-time progressive activist and principled fighter for Social Justice, Alan Maki, so admirably stated : "In my opinion, peace, full employment, health care and child care are the primary issues with the potential to create the broadest possible unity for progressive third party movements capable of breaking us free from this two-party trap, because our ability to finance job creating health care and child care rests with us being able to build a movement to secure a "peace dividend" from bringing an end to these "dirty imperialist wars", as our great national treasure, Mark Twain, put it."As a side-note, Ben, may I suggest that you modify your negatively oriented poll which tries to equate Full Employment with low-paying jobs. A Progressive Justice Party 2014 Discretionary Budget proposal should obviously include living-wage jobs (and not "low-paying" jobs as you suggest), in any Full Employment Legislation *.Michael McGEEFor the Progressive Tendency of the National Justice Party Steering Committee* For the extremely important historical document on the FULL EMPLOYMENT ACT OF 1945, see :http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015081304209;seq=10;view=1up#page/n9/mode/1up P.S. : Ben, if you follow the debates during the Hearings before the United States House of Representatives on the Full Employment act of 1945 - H.R. 2202, you will notice that the reactionary right-wing elements in the House of Representatives attack the need for Full Employment as a Government responsibility, just as you do. Food for thought...
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