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Cindy for Congress and a Progressive Response to the Financial Crisis

Posted by Cindy Sheehan  

12:00 AM Sep 23, 2008

Presently, everything is so cosmically urgent that we must put partisan politics behind us and humanity in the forefront.
Cindy Sheehan

There are four human rights that Cindy for Congress believes are basic to everyone, everywhere:

: Not just the absence of war, but the absence of an economy that is always preparing for war. Not just the absence of violence, but the importance of solving problems without the use, or the threat of violence.  Protection of the human right to not be "bombed to the stone ages" or not to be tortured for seeming barbaric sport, are rights that are of paramount importance.

Security: The importance of a person's right to not only be physically secure, but also secure from ones own government. Why is it "hacking" when a private person breaks into another's email, but "National Security" when our government does it? The only reasonable usage for a military is to defend our nation from attack and in case of natural disasters: not to be over-extended in immoral foreign wars of aggression to be killed or kill innocent people.

: This is the right to education, health care, housing, healthy food, clean water and a job that pays living wages. Where our retirement is provided for and our retirement accounts can't be raped and pillaged by government or Wall Street.

Environmental sustainability
: A world where fossil fuels are not needed and the capitalist polluters use their labor and profits to clean up the environment that they filthied. A world where clean and renewable sources of energy are the norm rather than the exception. A world where clean and green companies get the tax incentives and oil companies get the shaft that they so richly deserve.

Cindy for Congress
believes that every individual in the world deserves these four fundamental necessities. We also believe that the parasite class is sucking the life out of our communities and families and the recent socio-economic collapse is the result of decades of a consolidation of wealth and power that is culminating in the bankrupting of our nation to benefit this parasite class and plunge working families even farther into a financial morass.

If we are to be intellectually honest with ourselves we know that the Democratic/Republican monopoly in our political milieu are co-equally responsible for the mess and that the solution is not to bail out the finance industry, but to build protections into our economy for we citizens that unknowingly or reluctantly support the rescues and profitization of the parasites with our labor and taxes.

Cindy for Congress
calls for an indefinite moratorium on mortgage foreclosures and then reorganization or renegotiation of mortgages after home prices have adjusted to appropriate and reasonable levels with federal government support.

Cindy for Congress
calls for an indefinite extension on food stamp and unemployment benefits as an economic and social safety net for the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.

Cindy for Congress
calls for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and the downsizing of our military industrial complex to save trillions of dollars per year.

Cindy for Congress calls for easing bankruptcy laws for consumers that also discourage usurious interest rates and predatory credit practices.

Cindy for Congress
calls for state and federal jobs programs that put people to work rebuilding our rotting infrastructure and cleaning up our fragile environment.

Cindy for Congress
calls for lobbyist money to be completely eliminated from Capitol Hill. Both major party presidential and Congressional candidates receive millions of dollars from financial conglomerates. Public financing of campaigns will level the playing field and force our legislators to be responsive to citizen constituencies. Nancy Pelosi owns 500,000 dollars of stock in AIG and AIG is receiving 85 billion dollars in corporate welfare thanks to our hard earned tax dollars. How is that not a distinct conflict of interest?

Cindy for Congress calls for the re-institution of the Glass-Steagall Act that was enacted during the Great Depression to prevent financial institutions from merging causing the crisis we are in today when they fail. Nancy Pelosi was a major supporter of repealing this vital act in 1999. Cindy for Congress calls for other regulatory measures that would prevent such a crisis in the future.

Cindy for Congress
calls for the protection of Social Security and demands that our retirement safety net not be placed into the hands of bankers or Wall Street. The privatization of Social Security is a likely recipe for disaster.

Cindy for Congress demands that any company that gets "bailed-out" by our tax dollars (on a case by case basis and only after a citizen's review) have a strict repayment schedule and a major reduction in CEO salaries, bonuses and "Golden Hand Shakes." No blank checks or unregulated bailouts from the criminal Bush regime. A commission made up of experts, members of Labor and taxpayers must be instituted as an oversight committee on what is really a necessary restructuring of greedily destructive Capitalism.

Cindy for Congress demands that this reverse Robin Hood affect (robbing from the poor to give to the rich) end immediately.

Call your Congress person
to urge a rejection of BushCo's "bail-out" plan that is good for crony-Capitalism but bad for everyone else.

Congressional switchboard: 1-877-210-5351

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Kat — 02:30 AM Oct 02, 2008

Peace: Not just the absence of war, but the absence of an economy that is always preparing for war. Not just the absence of violence, but the importance of solving problems without the use, or the threat of violence. Protection of the human right to not be "bombed to the stone ages" or not to be tortured for seeming barbaric sport, are rights that are of paramount importance.

Hmmm, interesting. Unfortunately, in my opinion, I just don't think peace is possible among humans because there will always be a group of people that believes that the way they think, believe, and live is the only correct, true, and righteous way of living and will force it upon others against their will. With this force come resistance from people and this resistance causes conflict that can easily escalate into full blown warfare.


Kim — 08:59 AM Oct 02, 2008

I am the co-founder of WGC. We, as a group are dedicated to equal human rights for all citizens of every country. Our membership spans the globe and is growing. Our last petition drive gathered over 12,000 signatures in protest of the APA's support of reparitive therapy in the new DSMV

What is your stand on discrimination based on sex stereotypes?

We support those who support us.

You have vanished

Yogi — 11:13 AM Oct 02, 2008

Have you noticed that while you were anti-Bush you were in the media all the time, but now that you are anti-Pelosi the media will not cover you? Do you believe there is a media bias to help the Democrats?


TOBIN — 04:25 PM Oct 03, 2008

Why dont you eliminate all food stamp/unemployment programs. Here is a thought, get a job and dont depend on the government to take care of you.

Why extend foreclosures? You signed the paperwork, you made a bad decision and got in over your head and bought something you had no right buying..lesson learned.

Please, would you considder founding a DAVID siste party in the USA ?

jos boersema — 02:51 AM Oct 08, 2008

Hello Cindy,

I read your proposals there, they are good, but don`t fundamentally solve things. To get it right permanently you need at least, at the very least, to nationalize the banks so that investment becomes controlled by the democratic protocol, a service to the public at large.

That is vitally important because think about it: where do you think investment capital is most profitable ? With people who earn a living wage ? Of cource not, it is most profitable with oppressed slaves. Profit in a business dictatorship (rather then business democracy) = revenue - costs, where the wages counts as costs

Around such things (and more, such as military peace laws similar to your proposals: the military strictly for defense unable to leave the home territory and trained for all kinds of disasters not just war) I have made a new Constitution with 239 laws, divided in 9 chapters. I want that constitution enacted in most/all countries. For the USA that means it will have to be cut up into 8 or more countries, because it is too big. Being so big means it will have to be corrupt, crush the common man, have little to democracy. The same recipe for all the other "evil empires" from EU to India and China.

I also socio-engineered a minority swarm party strategy for this, which can make the changes one way or the other hopefully, while reducing internal corruption:

Here a quick comparison of the economic model with other well known models, such as capitalism (free trade in capital), Marxism (no free trade at all), and the model in the Torah (which nobody seems to notice, but it is actually the correct model, like it or not).

My systems & theories are very detailed, it is not possible to explain it all in a few pages or even in many pages.Sorry.

By the way: I agree with your re-mortgage plans, and have made similar plansw, though they also involve the equalization of wealth going into the correct economic system on a good footing.

best regards,
jos boersema
Founder of DAVIDWE, a Dutch DAVID party.
(Total number of members currently: 1.)

oops, forgot system comparison link

jos boersema — 02:58 AM Oct 08, 2008

By the way, Americans have a hopelessly scewed use of words such as capitalism and socialism. They use capitalism to mean free trade, whereas it means free trade in capital, and they use socialism for the exact opposite of socialism: brutal dictatorship with plan economy. That is in no small part caused by the economic mistakes of Marx, but it is good to realize
between USA and Europe there is this confusion of language.

Good luck with setting up a sister DAVID party.It is very easy: just say that you are, and it is done. The organization is all worked out: extreme democracy. Easy. Why not !


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