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President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act is the Most Aggressive Climate Action in U.S. History

The Inflation Reduction Act lowers energy costs for consumers and small businesses while creating good-paying jobs as America’s clean energy economy and manufacturing sectors grow. Learn more below on how you or your family can save on utility bills, get support to purchase electric vehicles and energy-saving appliances, and access the economic opportunities of the clean energy future. Read more here.

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The “Governed” in America Aren’t Getting the “Happiness” They Deserve

Why do other countries have extensive and functioning social safety nets and wealthy people who pay their taxes, and we have neither?

The Hartmann Report, January 17, 2023.

We’re told by the Declaration of Independence that our nation was formed to provide every citizen with the basics of what government can and should provide:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

The “governed” in today’s America, however, aren’t getting the “happiness” they want or even, frankly, that they need:

— Poverty and homelessness stalk our land: more than one-in-seven Americans live in poverty today
Millions have no access to affordable healthcare and families suffer over 500,000 medical bankruptcies every year
— Higher education is increasingly just for the well-born and well-off
Most non-unionized workers have few rights and little say in the workplace: only 10.8 percent of non-government American workers have a union
— Cynicism about politicians is so widespread that only 62 percent of Americans eligible to register to vote have even bothered to do so
Our wealthiest pay virtually no income taxes: For example, America’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, paid less than 1 percent and NBC reports “The 25 richest Americans paid little to no federal income taxes…”

To contrast, citizens of other wealthy democracies generally have:

Lower rates of poverty (Finland 5.7%, Denmark 6.5%, Ireland 7.4%, Belgium 8.1%, Netherlands 8.3%, France 8.4%, Norway 8.4%, Canada 8.5%, Sweden 8.8%, etc.),
A national health care system, so nobody goes bankrupt because somebody in the family got sick (51 countries have national systems)
— College at little to no cost (Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden pay their young people to go to college: the monthly stipend paid to students in Denmark, for example, is $1,078/month; over 10,000 US students are currently attending college in Germany for free, and Americans can also attend college for free along with locals in France, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic)
Widespread unionization (Iceland 89.1%, Sweden 81%, Denmark 74.5%, Finland 74.2%, Belgium 56.6%, Norway 53%, Slovenia 44.2%, Israel 37.7%, Austria 36.9% etc. [2000 stats])
— More eligible citizens registered to vote (Sweden 80.3%; Belgium, New Zealand, South Korea, Denmark, Australia, Iceland, Netherlands and Taiwan all in the mid-70% range, etc. [2022 stats])
Rich people who pay their taxes (very top income tax brackets [federal, state, and local] are over 50% in Japan, Denmark, France, Austria, Canada, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Israel and Slovenia and above 45% in Netherlands, Korea, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Australia, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Spain according to the OECD)

So, how did America become the outlier? Why do other countries have extensive and functioning social safety nets and wealthy people who pay their taxes, and we have neither? Read more here.

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No Country for New Fascists

Neo-nazis, KKK, Fascists, PROUD BOYS et al deserve no microphones for their BS propaganda. ‘Nuff said.

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Why is So Little Known About the 1930s Coup Attempt Against FDR?

‘The planned coup was thwarted when Butler reported it to J Edgar Hoover at the FBI, who reported it to FDR.’ Photograph: FPG / Staff / Getty Images

Donald Trump’s elaborate plot to overthrow the democratically elected president was neither impulsive nor uncoordinated, but straight out of the playbook of another American coup attempt – the 1933 “Wall Street putsch” against newly elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Read the rest of the piece here.

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Kings Dems Support Water Ordinance

Issues Press Release to county Board of Supervisors

Kings County Democratic Party Press Release

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Morality Police

Not to be outdone by Iran, we have our own US Morality Police right here, ready to control our lives, especially if you’re a woman. Thank you to Lalo Alcaraz and Daily Kos for sharing.

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Tepid Media, Yes – Liberal, Certainly Not

The media are but the piano player in a brothel. – unknown

“…of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners reveals that 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative, and 9 percent is progressive.” -The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio.

More dialogue on liberal messaging can be found here; conservative radio targets Latino communities too. Rush Limbaugh is no longer with us but the industry he created is alive and well, sadly..

Anyone know of any billionaire Liberals who might buy up some radio & TV networks for us to use?? It just might help to make activist folks’ job quite a bit easier.

Cartoon courtesy of Tom Tomorrow via Daily Kos.

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Who We Are

Under adroit, benevolent leadership, the nation forges ahead.

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Who Will Protect Social Security & Medicare?

Was there ever any doubt?

Unfortunately, MAGA Republicans have majority in the House. Their first order of business is to protect the interests of wealthy tax cheats.

So, onward we go.. The federal government is projected to hit the debt ceiling in the coming days. At that point, Congress must raise the debt limit, or else the United States will default on the debt, likely triggering a global recession.

With control of the House of Representatives, Republicans plan to create a fiscal crisis by holding the debt ceiling hostage unless President Biden and Senate Democrats agree to deep cuts in Social Security.

It’s important we keep the heat on our Representatives in Kings County – that means the new Speaker McCarthy (?) 202-225-2915 and Rep. Valadao, 202-225-4695. More to come..

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Meet Ketanji Brown Jackson, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Randi Rhodes Show YouTube clip reports on KBJ’s foray into our SCOTUS.

It’s what makes America great – right now, this very day. But listen to the rest of the clip and listen closely. Though some of what you hear is dated, the message is always important – that voting is forever essential to keep our democracy. Everyone.

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