IF THE POLITICIAN'S MANTRA IS PROTECTING MIDDLE-CLASS OR BUILDING A STRONG GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE -----LOOK AT THEIR VOTES AND LISTEN FOR THEIR PUBLIC STATEMENTS FOR WHERE THEY REALLY STAND. IF THEY ARE AFRAID TO SHOUT THAT THE BANKS COMMITTED MASSIVE FRAUD...IF THEY ARE AFRAID TO SAY THAT OBAMA'S EDUCATION REFORM IS PRIVATIZING PUBLIC EDUCATION......IF THEY DON'T TELL YOU PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS ARE A BACKDOOR BLOW TO UNION PROTECTIONS FOR WORKERS..............YOU KNOW THEY ARE NOT PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES!
My organization came as an aftermath of another progressive think tank.......The Center for Public Integrity .....finished their State Corruption Study. They aren't perfect, but I align myself to their investigative research more often than others. Be aware that a once progressive bastion NPR is now under corporate leadership and financing as Congress threatened funding so now, if you listen, you hear Wall Street all the time and they use Third Way Think Tanks for the opposing view to Republicans....both corporate.
This is from Economic Policy Institute :
you can see the hybrid progressivism as their stance moves from progessive pre-2008 election when we all thought we were electing progressive politicians, to policy that maintains wealth and corporate dominance.
A perfect match: Coupling tax fairness with job creation for a stronger economy By Ethan Pollack | April 30, 2012
The tax code has been fundamentally changed in the last few decades in ways favoring wealthy and high-income households (Pollack and Thiess 2011). The top marginal tax rate has fallen from 70 percent during the 1970s to 50 percent through most of the 1980s to 35 percent for the past decade. The tax rate on capital gains—income created from wealth rather than work—has fallen from 40 percent in the late 1970s to just 15 percent today. These preferential rates on unearned income undermine the principle of tax fairness that effective tax rates should rise with income, allowing Warren Buffett and Mitt Romney, for example, to pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than many middle-class households pay (Pollack 2012). Tax reform that closes tax breaks for and raises rates on high-income individuals is good policy because it shifts the distribution of taxes back toward those best able to shoulder the burden.
But that’s not the only benefit these tax policies would provide. They would also raise revenue, and at a time when the economy remains weak we can use this revenue to create jobs.
Sadly, after being the only think tank to acknowledge the 70% rate of the 1970s when the middle-class and labor was strongest, they fall in line with the lower rates currently put forward, making income inequality permanent.
Also, look at the reference to manufacturing jobs and see that they give a pay scale for workers at $74,000 and say they are good jobs....they don't tell you that this pay has disappeared to poverty with tiered pay scale adopted when Obama set the practice with the auto workers.
So you see much of the 'progressive' policymakers are not looking to build a middle-class, but to maintain inequity...and inequity will assure poverty wages. Even the Congressional Progressive Caucus has centered its policy. They are telling us that that is where most of the voters lie. I say.....many voters don't receive accurate information.....if they did, they would all be progressive! I have found the progressive organization below very honest and informative on current mainstream media bias.
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