Citizenship is a privilege. This is how we define ourselves as "nations". The idea of a democratic republic has been around for thousands of years, and is as old as the idea of Civilization itself.
As a Citizen, you should expect certain Benefits, as for any Membership in any society. The right to vote, for instance, is a common benefit of citizenship. If nothing, a Citizen should expect at least the rights of a Prisoner, But citizenship should confer much more than just that, and to each of us equally:
I recommend the following:
1. Universal health insurance, free from "payroll taxes";
2. A clear Pension and Disability policy;
3. Full tuition grants for education in academic or vocational curricula, based on merit;
4. That county and municipal job services actually provide jobs in their local area, public service jobs if necessary, for anyone able and willing to work;
5. That Federal block grants be used to fully fund county and municipal governments in conjunction with a single-tax, "revenue sharing" plan;
6. ... something about general assistance
7. .... to be continued.
That's as far as I've gotten. Infrastructure and Civil Protection are the next big topics. But what you see above is an outline of SPENDING issues. It can't be considered a "Fiscal Policy" unless it includes the questions of Taxation and Banking.
I'm working on that. I'll come back to this thread and edit it if I come up with anything.
What do you think so far?
I'm tired of the word "Patriotism" applying to crazy people. This is America. We live in a democratic republic, and there are those today who would corrupt that very same. Strange too, because it is THEY who hide behind the Flag, claiming to represent the Spirit of '76 that defined the beginnings of a truly Progressive nation.
Right or wrong, America stood against Monarchy for 100 years and against "Communism" for another 100. We find ourselves today SO corrupted by Money and Power that neither the Democracy nor the Republic it is intended to control has any real effect today.
The Coup is over. It began with Reagan (Nixon actually, but ...), and it ended with Obama. The next Presidential election will be for Emperor. Mark my words.
The real fight this nation has is at the US Congressional District level. What a game of Gerrymander was used to secure GOP dominance! And the corruption of the Democratic Party is almost complete. How many "progressives" are there, really, in our federal legislature today?
People aren't stupid. They know there's a war on. All this noise from the "right" has been everywhere, billions invested, with wimpy MSNBC push-back. Honestly, I think Stephen Colbert is one of the few voices saving this Nation. Think about it. People don't want a revolution, they just want a better world.
Job opportunities, health care, pensions, education... these are the issues of "social welfare" that I believe should be universal to every US Citizen. The are not the entirety of where government should "spend", but they are an essential part of it.
If you believe that the function of government is to "protect the people and secure their rights", then the expansion of Citizen Rights should be your definition of "success". Life doesn't have to be as hard as it is for so many. We don't have to endure poverty or injustice. We, as a Nation, can provide certain Benefits to each and every Citizen, and that's what I intend to do.