Jobs Not Wars
The "fiscal cliff" deal was not all bad. Social Security and Medicare weren't cut. Unemployment benefits were extended. Taxes went up a tiny bit on some of the wealthiest.
But Pentagon spending remained outrageously high, giveaways to corporations were enormous, the President went back on his commitment to end tax cuts for more of the wealthiest, the deal raised taxes on people making $20-200K per year more than on those making $200-500K, and the debt ceiling limit remained -- setting up a big push to cut Social Security and Medicare in the coming months.
No deal at all would have been better than this one. Had the "Bush" tax cuts expired, the good parts of this deal could have been passed.
We must now work to take the focus off the deficit and put it on jobs and smart public investment. That means moving the money away from war preparations. Please sign this petition. The greater the number of signers, the greater use we will be able to make of it in influencing the coming showdown.
In a spirit of humanity and hope we call upon you to redirect your efforts and federal resources to:
--End the war in Afghanistan now, bring all our troops home and care for and support them upon their return.
--Create good jobs at living wages: invest in our communities and our people to sustainably grow the economy and put people back to work.
--Assure communities devastated by hurricane Sandy that reconstruction is performed in the public interest with full transparency under the direction and control of local, state and federal governments and is accountable to the people.
--Train and hire veterans, the unemployed and youth from historically disadvantaged communities to perform cleanup and reconstruction as a part of a broader national jobs program to rehabilitate inner cities, build affordable energy-efficient homes, repair/replace public infrastructure and develop sustainable manufacturing for the 21st Century.
--Redirect our nation’s resources from war and uncontrolled Pentagon spending to fund social programs and public services, protect and improve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, repair the social safety net, meet the challenge of climate change, and reduce poverty and inequality.
--Rely foremost on determined diplomacy and patient negotiation, rather than military power to respond to international disputes, differences or conflicts.
--Require those at the top of the income ladder, giant corporations and financial speculators to pay their fair share of taxes.
We ask that you summon the personal courage and moral fortitude to transcend partisan differences to serve the common good and public interest.
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Would you like to add ...|
|15411||Mon Dec 30 00:35:56 EST 2013||mike segall||32771, FL , US|
|15410||Fri Dec 27 10:45:57 EST 2013||Salvador Santos||Hialeah, FL , US|
|15409||Sat Dec 14 02:43:48 EST 2013||Mike Wagenblast||Cosmopolis, WA , US||Appears that the congress and the president stand to make a little on the side by going along with the multinational corporations. Either that or they are paying back their campaign contributions.|
|15408||Wed Oct 02 23:30:44 EDT 2013||jonah freedman||brooklyn, NY , US|
|15407||Wed Sep 04 13:32:40 EDT 2013||Joshua Gentile||Palos Hills, IL , US|
|15406||Mon Aug 26 22:32:48 EDT 2013||Wyatt Hale||Brookville, PA , US|
|15405||Sun Aug 11 23:22:55 EDT 2013||Kimberly Stovarsky||Fort Worth , TX , US|
|15404||Fri Aug 09 13:14:41 EDT 2013||Desta Waldu||Boston, MA , US|
|15403||Wed Jul 03 02:36:49 EDT 2013||Lesa Nolte||Ontario , CA , US|
|15402||Mon Jun 10 18:38:49 EDT 2013||Nancy Majors||Oak Lawn, IL , US|
|15401||Mon Jun 10 18:38:28 EDT 2013||Nancy Majors||Oak Lawn, IL , US|
|15400||Wed May 29 09:38:22 EDT 2013||Cindy Cox||Twin Falls, ID , US||Since I graduated college in 2011, two years ago I have worked for 8 months. There is a job problem in this country and my congressional reps ignore me when I write them about it. I want to work. I want More....|
|15399||Mon May 27 19:26:09 EDT 2013||Janice Rogers||Port Arthur, TX , US|
|15398||Thu May 23 12:23:04 EDT 2013||Mary Larkin||Moss landing, CA , US|
|15397||Wed May 08 14:22:22 EDT 2013||Catherine Hart||Mt. Airy, MD , US|
|15396||Mon May 06 14:18:30 EDT 2013||Tamara Matz||Los Angeles, CA , US|
|15395||Wed May 01 16:53:13 EDT 2013||Clare Farabaugh||Dallas, PA , US|
|15394||Sat Apr 20 21:05:50 EDT 2013||Michael Barber||Chestertown, MD , US|
|15393||Tue Apr 16 12:41:39 EDT 2013||Muneeb Khan||Foster City, CA , US|
|15392||Sun Apr 07 22:30:33 EDT 2013||Todd Perry||Bushnell, FL , US|
|15391||Sun Apr 07 21:57:06 EDT 2013||Linda Nelson||Vancouver, WA , US|
|15390||Sat Apr 06 15:38:58 EDT 2013||Christopher Dean||Hawi, HI , US|
|15389||Thu Apr 04 18:03:53 EDT 2013||Crystilyn Kane||San Antonio, TX , US|
|15388||Sat Mar 30 00:09:47 EDT 2013||Dennis Nolan||Sun City West, AZ , US|
|15387||Thu Mar 28 15:02:12 EDT 2013||Nancy Majors||Oak Lawn, IL , US|