Local Hi-Desert Government Goes Begging “Big” Liberal, Democratic State for Socialist Remedy

Typ­i­cally unable to find their own butt with both hands, utterly use­less when it comes to cleaning-up their messes, and proudly blind to fact-based real­ity, a con­tin­gent of mostly right-wing anti-welfare, anti-liberal, anti-socialist, anti-Democratic, Bible-beating Chris­t­ian Repub­li­cans plan to go on a fun-filled jun­ket to Sacra­mento where they will plead with the big bad lib­eral Demo­c­ra­tic state to save them from themselves.

Read the full story here: “State to vote on loan to build Yucca Val­ley sewer sys­tem

…“We’re hop­ing to get 0 per­cent inter­est for 20 years and not to exceed 1 per­cent for the remain­ing 10,” Jen­nifer Poland, pub­lic infor­ma­tion offi­cer for the water dis­trict, said.

…Trav­el­ing to Sacra­mento for Tuesday’s [March 17, 2015] meet­ing will be Hi-Desert Water Dis­trict Gen­eral Man­ager Ed Muzik, Assis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager Mark Ban, Chief Finan­cial Offi­cer Rochelle Clay­ton, Pub­lic Infor­ma­tion Offi­cer Jen­nifer Poland, board Pres­i­dent Bob Stadum, direc­tors Sarann Gra­ham and Roger Mayes, Yucca Val­ley Town Man­ager Cur­tis Yaki­mow, Mayor George Hunt­ing­ton and Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Wanda Stadum.

Muzik said Wednes­day that Assem­bly­man Chad Mayes, of Yucca Val­ley, and Sen­a­tor Jean Fuller, of Bak­ers­field, may also speak to the board to ask for a lower inter­est rate.”

The fun­ni­est part will be when the loans are approved and the head­lines read: Repub­li­cans bring home the bacon! Repub­li­cans get the job done! Or even, We won! David slays Goliath!

Then, in order to finance their re-elections, they’ll hand the con­tracts over to friends and fam­ily to man­age the monies and mis­man­age the work. They’ll explain it by insist­ing that they’re “blessed.” If you attend their town coun­cil meet­ings you’ll hear them bleat, “As this is a gov­ern­ment meet­ing we now request that you stand up and show respect to our reli­gion and our God whose will and desires we are here to serve and obey.”

At that point a proper response ought to be, ” Go fuck your­selves with your stink­ing god­damn gods, your fucked-up demons and all your crappy reli­gions. Just get the fuck out of here and take your filthy, phony, trumped-up wars, your insane, lunatic incom­pe­tence, and all your crim­i­nal, inhu­man, bogus, self-serving polit­i­cal plat­forms with you.”

In other words, as one of their “esteemed” national lead­ers, Sen­a­tor John McCain recently screamed to a group of female anti-war and anti-torture pro­test­ers, “Get out of here, you low-life scum!” (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/us-usa-mccain-protesters-idUSKBN0L22V520150129).

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American Socialism: The Solution That Saved a Southern City

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/20/technology/innovation/chattanooga-internet/index.html

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/20/ technology/innovation/chattanooga-internet/index.html

The Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion rec­og­nizes the impor­tance and poten­tial of municipality-run broad­band and is push­ing to make it eas­ier for towns, cities, and munic­i­pal­i­ties to set up their own networks.

In con­junc­tion with the Energy Department’s Recov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009, the Office of Elec­tric­ity Deliv­ery and Energy Reli­a­bil­ity has made bil­lions of dol­lars avail­able to com­mu­ni­ties for Smart Grid Invest­ment and Energy Effi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Grants.

For instance, in 2008 the peo­ple of Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee formed their own Elec­tric Power Board, a publicly-owned munic­i­pal broad­band net­work. Then they applied for and were awarded such a Depart­ment of Energy grant. By 2009, the Chat­tanooga Elec­tric Power Board was pro­vid­ing super-fast, fiber-optic inter­net to every­one in the city.

Before 2009, Chat­tanooga was just another mid-sized city strug­gling with recession:

Now, Chattanooga’s invest­ment in fast inter­net infra­struc­ture is pay­ing big eco­nomic div­i­dends. Nerd­Wal­let rated Chat­tanooga the 6th best city for eco­nomic growth for 2009 to 2012, the years imme­di­ately fol­low­ing its deci­sion to invest in high-speed pub­lic broad­band net­work. In that same time frame, median house­hold income in Chat­tanooga grew by 13.5 per­cent and home val­ues increased by 14 per­cent.” (http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/, “How a Mid-Sized Ten­nesseee Town Took on Com­cast, Revived its Econ­omy and Did it With Socialism.”)

Other ref­er­ences:

http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/20/technology/innovation/chattanooga-internet/index.html

http://electricenergyonline.com/show_article.php?mag=&article=550, EPB Deploys America’s Fastest Fiber-optic Smart Grid, by Lee Baker, Smart Grid Consultant

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2014/jun/24/chattanooga-among-fastest-growing-cities-coming/250522/

http://energy.gov/eere/about-us/eere-news-and-blog

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In FEMEN (femen.org) I trust

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Free Education is a Primary Engine of Economic Revitalization

My com­men­tary: A pri­mary engine for eco­nomic and social revi­tal­iza­tion proves to be free edu­ca­tion. Kala­ma­zoo, Michi­gan is one of many cities that have their own unique sto­ries to tell at: citiesofpromise.com. Why not we?

“The Kala­ma­zoo Promise”

The city where stu­dents go to col­lege for free

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/real-money-with-alivelshi/Real-Money-Blog/2013/11/15/the-city-where-studentsgotocollegeforfree.html

…Known as the Kala­ma­zoo Promise, this one-of-a-kind pro­gram cov­ers 100 per­cent of in-state tuition for stu­dents who attend Kala­ma­zoo Pub­lic Schools from kinder­garten to 12th grade; 65 per­cent for stu­dents who attend grades 9 to 12. The only require­ments of the schol­ar­ship are that stu­dents live within the bound­aries of the Kala­ma­zoo School Dis­trict and that they attend KPS con­tin­u­ously.  Stu­dents can use the funds for up to 10 years after grad­u­a­tion from high school.…”

Why These Kids Get a Free Ride to College

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/magazine/kalamazoo-mich-the-city-that-pays-for-college.html?pagewanted=all
”..Eberts, [Ran­dall Eberts, an econ­o­mist who heads the W. E. Upjohn Insti­tute for Employ­ment Research] for one, argues that if Kala­ma­zoo pre­pares its stu­dents for col­lege, the long-term return to the com­mu­nity will be an edu­cated, inno­v­a­tive work force, a higher tax base and a more attrac­tive busi­ness envi­ron­ment. Enrico Moretti, an econ­o­mist at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, notes that well-educated peo­ple not only make more money indi­vid­u­ally; their inter­ac­tions with every­one around them also amplify a community’s wealth. The biggest dif­fer­ence in salaries between highly and lesser-educated regions is not found in the salaries of the elite but in those earned by lower-skilled work­ers. The spillover effects ener­gize the econ­omy at every level.

One of Brown’s [Jan­ice M. Brown, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Kala­ma­zoo Promise] roles is to enlist as much of the com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble — busi­nesses, gov­ern­ment, neigh­bor­hood orga­ni­za­tions, churches, health care providers, you name it — in pro­vid­ing what­ever kids need to get through school and into col­lege. This means more than bet­ter schools; it includes bet­ter nutri­tion for chil­dren, bet­ter hous­ing, med­ical care and, most urgently, uni­ver­sal prekinder­garten pro­grams. But Brown’s is a del­i­cate bal­anc­ing act: busi­nesses will not par­tic­i­pate in any­thing that looks like an antipoverty program…”

 

 

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Senator Bernie Sander’s: An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Bernie Buzz Update

As Vermont’s sen­a­tor, here are 12 ini­tia­tives that I will be fight­ing for which can restore America’s mid­dle class.

1. Rebuild­ing Our Roads

We need a major invest­ment to rebuild our crum­bling infra­struc­ture: roads, bridges, water sys­tems, waste water plants, air­ports, rail­roads and schools. It has been esti­mated that the cost of the Bush-Cheney Iraq War, a war we should never have waged, will total $3 tril­lion by the time the last vet­eran receives needed care. A $1 tril­lion invest­ment in infra­struc­ture could cre­ate 13 mil­lion decent pay­ing jobs and make this coun­try more effi­cient and pro­duc­tive. We need to invest in infra­struc­ture, not more war.

2. Revers­ing Cli­mate Change

The United States must lead the world in revers­ing cli­mate change and make cer­tain that this planet is hab­it­able for our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. We must trans­form our energy sys­tem away from fos­sil fuels and into energy effi­ciency and sus­tain­able ener­gies. Mil­lions of homes and build­ings need to be weath­er­ized, our trans­porta­tion sys­tem needs to be energy effi­cient and we need to greatly accel­er­ate the progress we are already see­ing in wind, solar, geot­her­mal, bio­mass and other forms of sus­tain­able energy. Trans­form­ing our energy sys­tem will not only pro­tect the envi­ron­ment, it will cre­ate good pay­ing jobs.

3. Cre­at­ing Jobs

We need to develop new eco­nomic mod­els to increase job cre­ation and pro­duc­tiv­ity. Instead of giv­ing huge tax breaks to cor­po­ra­tions which ship our jobs to China and other low-wage coun­tries, we need to pro­vide assis­tance to work­ers who want to pur­chase their own busi­nesses by estab­lish­ing worker-owned coop­er­a­tives. Study after study shows that when work­ers have an own­er­ship stake in the busi­nesses they work for, pro­duc­tiv­ity goes up, absen­teeism goes down and employ­ees are much more sat­is­fied with their jobs.

4. Pro­tect­ing Unions

Union work­ers who are able to col­lec­tively bar­gain for higher wages and ben­e­fits earn sub­stan­tially more than non-union work­ers. Today, cor­po­rate oppo­si­tion to union orga­niz­ing makes it extremely dif­fi­cult for work­ers to join a union. We need leg­is­la­tion which makes it clear that when a major­ity of work­ers sign cards in sup­port of a union, they can form a union.

5. Rais­ing the Wage

The cur­rent fed­eral min­i­mum wage of $7.25 an hour is a star­va­tion wage. We need to raise the min­i­mum wage to a liv­ing wage. No one in this coun­try who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.

6. Pay Equity

Women work­ers today earn 78 per­cent of what their male coun­ter­parts make. We need pay equity in our coun­try — equal pay for equal work.

7. Mak­ing Trade Work for Workers

Since 2001 we have lost more than 60,000 fac­to­ries in this coun­try, and more than 4.9 mil­lion decent-paying man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs. We must end our dis­as­trous trade poli­cies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, etc.) which enable cor­po­rate Amer­ica to shut down plants in this coun­try and move to China and other low-wage coun­tries. We need to end the race to the bot­tom and develop trade poli­cies which demand that Amer­i­can cor­po­ra­tions cre­ate jobs here, and not abroad.

8. Cut­ting Col­lege Costs

In today’s highly com­pet­i­tive global econ­omy, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans are unable to afford the higher edu­ca­tion they need in order to get good-paying jobs. Fur­ther, with both par­ents now often at work, most working-class fam­i­lies can’t locate the high-quality and afford­able child care they need for their kids. Qual­ity edu­ca­tion in Amer­ica, from child care to higher edu­ca­tion, must be afford­able for all. With­out a high-quality and afford­able edu­ca­tional sys­tem, we will be unable to com­pete glob­ally and our stan­dard of liv­ing will con­tinue to decline.

9. Break­ing Up Big Banks

The func­tion of bank­ing is to facil­i­tate the flow of cap­i­tal into pro­duc­tive and job-creating activ­i­ties. Finan­cial insti­tu­tions can­not be an island unto them­selves, stand­ing as huge profit cen­ters out­side of the real econ­omy. Today, six huge Wall Street finan­cial insti­tu­tions have assets equiv­a­lent to 61 per­cent of our gross domes­tic prod­uct — over $9.8 tril­lion. These insti­tu­tions under­write more than half the mort­gages in this coun­try and more than two-thirds of the credit cards. The greed, reck­less­ness and ille­gal behav­ior of major Wall Street firms plunged this coun­try into the worst finan­cial cri­sis since the 1930s. They are too pow­er­ful to be reformed. They must be bro­ken up.

10. Bring­ing Health Care to All

The United States must join the rest of the indus­tri­al­ized world and rec­og­nize that health care is a right of all, and not a priv­i­lege. Despite the fact that more than 40 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have no health insur­ance, we spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation. We need to estab­lish a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.

11. End­ing Poverty

Mil­lions of seniors live in poverty and we have the high­est rate of child­hood poverty of any major coun­try. We must strengthen the social safety net, not weaken it. Instead of cut­ting Social Secu­rity, Medicare, Med­ic­aid and nutri­tion pro­grams, we should be expand­ing these programs.

12. Stop­ping Tax Dodg­ing Corporations

At a time of mas­sive wealth and income inequal­ity, we need a pro­gres­sive tax sys­tem in this coun­try which is based on abil­ity to pay. It is not accept­able that major prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions have paid noth­ing in fed­eral income taxes, and that cor­po­rate CEOs in this coun­try often enjoy an effec­tive tax rate which is lower than their sec­re­taries. It is absurd that we lose over $100 bil­lion a year in rev­enue because cor­po­ra­tions and the wealthy stash their cash in off­shore tax havens around the world. The time is long over­due for real tax reform.

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Basic Income for All

The video:

Their link: www.basicincomeforall.com

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