IF YOU HEAR 'NEW ECONOMY' OR '21ST CENTURY ECONOMY' THAT MEANS THE WORLD UNDER TPP----GLOBAL NEO-LIBERALISM. The Brookings Institute and Johns Hopkins are leaders in these policies!
I so not know if this group is a real progressive economics group or a poser as is the case with most groups calling themselves progressive but this statement on their website hits at the definition of economic progressivism. What we have in the US are neo-liberals-----global corporate pols using a few progressive issues to get votes and then they kill us with policy like TPP. WE MUST DO OUR HOMEWORK WHEN WE CHOOSE MEDIA OR PUNDITS FOR OUR INFORMATION!!!!
Maryland has only neo-liberals in the democratic party.....as Fraser says......it is the political machines that choose the candidates. So, when Heather Mizeur says she is 'progressive' and uses a few progressive issues to label her as such.....she makes her economic platform clearly neo-liberal.......tying the state to Wall Street leveraging, public private partnerships, and building global markets. MIZEUR IS NOT THE PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATE----SHE IS THE NEO-LIBERAL TRYING TO WIN WITH PROGRESSIVE ISSUES! Montgomery County is the wealthiest in the nation because it is from here (and the Virginia suburbs) that all of the fraud and corruption bringing trillions to corporations originate.....and that includes state fraud and corruption. We would not go to Montgomery County for a democratic candidate!
NEO-LIBERALISM = GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE = TOTALITARIANISM = THE END OF DEMOCRACY AND WE THE PEOPLE US CONSTITUTION
Progressive Economics – Everyone Makes Progress Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 - by Diane Alter
Progressive economics is chiefly concerned with advancing human commerce for the betterment of all – so that all can make progress. The aim is to make certain that greater stability exists in tandem with balanced growth in the economy, to keep money flowing – preventing it from accruing solely in one place or to one small group – in order to better reach universal goals. This is where the Center for Progressive Economics (CPE) comes in. The Encino, California-based non-profit company’s mission is “to promote the correct macroeconomic understanding, mainly through economic validation, that joins business with government, educators, environmentalists, civic and philanthropic leaders to create a quality global economy and community.”
At the helm is founder and Chairman Mark Pash, a Certified Financial Planner, who boasts the kind of lengthy and impressive resume that comes from 40 years of working in finance and politics. He was even a Congressional candidate in 1996. Pash founded CPE with the goal of making the world a better place for current and future generations.
Totally committed and passionate to this cause, Pash promised to fund all the expenses of CPE’s website, with its plethora of valuable information, for the next several years, encouraging everyone to become a member. Tax deductible donations are accepted, but CPE’s primary goal is to grow its member base rather than to increase the amount of dollars pledged.
CPE strives to educate individuals about, and be the advocate for, progressive economics. Members recognize progressive economic principles as being the most favorable way to safeguard the checks and balances between fair markets and community interests. As the backbone of our society, the economy has a monumental impact on the quality of life for everyone. In order for individuals to prosper and provide for their families, the economy must function properly. With proper policies, the economy can stabilize our society.
One of CPE's basic tenets is this: “We cannot have a politically democratic society without economic democracy.” CPE’s underlying philosophy is designed to facilitate the advancement of human commerce for the benefit of all, while also protecting the business environment from its own zealous hands and those of a meddlesome government. Acknowledging the myriad flaws of commerce and capitalism, the government has a role to play in countering these imperfections. But it must do so without hampering the marketplace, allowing for free enterprise and competition.
CPE, with its vibrant vision of future possibilities, explains that an understanding of progressive economic understanding along with wise application of its principles could be the conduit to future financial success for everyone – underscoring that we are all in this together. Progressive economic principles, CPE maintains, can insulate America and the entire world from the defects of capitalism, and is capable of escorting us into a future where wealth can be created and relished by all in a quality economy.
As we watch law enforcement become tightened and cruel on citizens of the US at the same time Rule of Law is suspended on white collar and government crime, we see what Germany and Fascism looked like as it was building in Europe pre-WW2. Hitler took over all of a nation's businesses and used them for his goal of taking over the world. Neo-liberals have as their goal taking over the world with global markets leading to colonialism.
SAME THING. TRANS PACIFIC PACT-----TPP TRADE DEALS MOVE FURTHER TOWARDS THAT.
Let's look at some of the facts happening across the country to show what the goal looks like and how NOW IS THE TIME TO ENERGIZE AGAINST THIS. In Hitler's time people ask......how did these citizens allow a grip on society take hold? WELL, IT IS HAPPENING NOW IN AMERICA AND EUROPE.
I'm listening to my corporate 'public' media station WYPR giving its typical political coverage that has no counterpoint and always pushes the political machine agenda in Maryland. Fraser Smith tells us that a newcomer to the state elections in June would not have a chance now because all of the campaign money and war chests and alignment of labor and justice has already taken place. The candidate getting Fraser's ire didn't have any political experience for goodness sake and it seems he must have intentions of promoting his own business. This is LOL as all Maryland politics is about promoting and moving money to connected business. I was at an election event where a few candidates came to the podium to give their canned speaking points with the selected progressive issues of the election but the people were not able to ask any questions on policy.......neither are they at any event and the media certainly doesn't allow general questions. So, what happens in Maryland are not elections.......THEY ARE FIXES. The need for political experience to run for state office? REALLY??????
WHEN THE US WAS NUMBER 1 IN THE WORLD WITH A THRIVING ECONOMY AND FIRST WORLD STANDARDS........THE GOVERNMENT WAS FILLED WITH TEACHERS, SOCIAL WORKERS, TRADES PEOPLE, CLERKS AND THE MANTRA------
SEND MR AND MS SMITH TO WASHINGTON, THE STATE HOUSE, AND CITY HALL!!!!! AS IT IS TODAY.
We try to help our local media be sharing with them what the Maryland citizens really think. For example, did you know that Maryland has one of the strongest Expanded and Improved Medicare for All? See why the private health system reform is trying to dismantle public health as fast as possible. Not one word from media about this Universal Care movement!
Well, from Occupy, to labor and justice movements, to seniors and professionals------EVERYBODY WANT CORPORATIONS AND THEIR MONEY OUT OF GOVERNMENT AND THESE SAME PEOPLE SEE TODAYS NEO-CONS AND NEO-LIBERALS AS SIMPLY CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, NOT POLITICIANS. So, why does Fraser Smith speak about the very system people do not want as the status quo that will stand? Oh, that's right ------corporate 'public' media working to keep corporate pols and their machines cranking!
LET'S SEE WHAT TOTALITARIANISM LOOKS LIKE IN AMERICA:
So, as Fraser tells us that having a campaign war chest will decide the Maryland elections in June-----(don't forget FEBRUARY 25TH DEADLINE FOR FILING FOR ALL PRIMARIES), you see the entire electorate wanting big money out of politics. Even small business, which is an endangered species with global corporate rule, is on the bandwagon. Here in Maryland we hear nothing of this mass movement! Rather, war chests are touted as what is needed to win-----GO GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS!!!!
A CAPTURED POLITICAL SYSTEM IS A MUST TO WEAN PEOPLE FROM THE IDEA OF FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS THAT DO NOT HAPPEN IN A TOTALITARIAN SOCIETY!
We are a community of citizens who believe passionately that public funding is the single most critical long-term public policy issue our nation faces. What’s at stake are nothing less than the health of our democracy, the quality of our leadership, and our government’s ability to tackle the serious problems that affect us all: health care, energy policy, education, the environment and the economy.
Clearly, incumbents have an interest in keeping the current system in place — because it keeps them in place. It will take a powerful, non-partisan, grassroots movement to demand their support for a new kind of politics in America.
We have a vision of a better America, and a return to a more responsive, participatory democracy. It’s a nation whose leaders are accountable to the voters, and elected according to their abilities, their qualifications and their character. A nation whose citizens once more have confidence in their leaders and in the integrity of the political system. A nation where cynicism and apathy are replaced by the true American ideals of optimism and activism.
Business groups call for campaign finance reform
By Amanda Conto
March 01, 2013
Business leaders are calling for full disclosure and small-donor citizen-funded elections that will restore power to the voters.
Americans for Campaign Reform, along with several other groups, will host a free event discussing why campaign finance reform matters to New York's business leaders at noon on Tuesday, March 5 at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
The coalition formed by the American Sustainable Business Council, the Business and Labor Coalition of New York, Citizens Union of the City of New York, the Committee for Economic Development, the New York State Sustainable Business Council and New York Leadership for Accountable Government, will present an overview of business benefits related to campaign finance reform and discuss how small-donor citizen-funded elections can strengthen democracy.
According to Americans for Campaign Reform's website public funding is the "single most critical long-term public policy issue" facing the nation.
"We have a vision of a better America, and a return to a more responsive, participatory democracy. It's a nation whose leaders are accountable to the voters, and elected according to their abilities, their qualifications and their character—a nation whose citizens once more have confidence in their leaders and in the integrity of the political system, a nation where cynicism and apathy are replaced by the true American ideals of optimism and activism," the website states.
Campaign finance reformers say the current system promotes a pay-to-play mentality that encourages political giving as a means of influencing legislative decision-making and increases the risk of sacrificing long-term interests for short-term gains. They also said donor influence can serve to undermine market forces by the pursuit of policies and regulations that diminish competition or unduly benefit particular firms or industries.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined plans for campaign reform during his Jan 4, 2012 State of the State Address. Rob Werner, national field director for Americans for Campaign Reform, said with Cuomo's support, now is the time for campaign reform.
The governor's plan includes a voluntary "multiple match" public financing system that will encourage candidates to fund their campaigns through a broad base of small donors. His plan also includes lower contribution limits and the closure of contribution loopholes as well as lower contribution limits for corporations and individuals who do business with New York state. (Sounds the same as public media requirements----wait, they have nothing but businesses supporting them now) Note that Maryland has done just the opposite in raising campaign donation levels and no election oversight. Would seeing no corporate fraud for Gansler equate to a campaign war chest? THE ASSOCIATION IS EASY-PEASY!!!!
A new enforcement unit in the New York State Board of Elections, with the independence and authority to investigate alleged violations, is also a part of Cuomo's plan.
"New York is very important and beneficial. The people of New York provide a beacon for the nation," said Werner.
Maryland is acting as though TPP has already been passed as all of Maryland Assembly works towards installing these policies in the state. I spoke at length about this VEOLA Super Shuttle incident so I won't go further than to say it embraces the idea that a global corporation can act any way it chooses inside the US as laws that inhibit profits are not enforced. So, this French global corporation with headquarters in Africa brings African immigrants to Maryland and indentures them with contracts that have them working but not earning any money.
THIS IS ALLOWED TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF MARYLAND CAPTURED POLITICAL SYSTEM THAT ONLY ALLOWS PEOPLE PROVEN TO WORK FOR THESE SITUATIONS RISE IN THE POLITICAL MACHINES......SEE WHY FRASER IS SO ADAMANT THAT POLITICAL MACHINE POLITICIANS BE THE ONES THAT RUN.......GROOM THEM AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND IF THEY HAND ALL THAT IS PUBLIC TO MARYLAND'S 1%, THEN THEY CAN MOVE UP TO THE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY AND STATE POLITICS! Just running MR AND MS SMITH in state elections????!!!!! ARE YOU CRAZY SAYS FRASER!
BELOW YOU SEE A SURE SIGN OF TOTALITARIANISM.....CORPORATE SLAVERY RIGHT HERE IN MARYLAND!
Veolia Draws Labor Protest at its Headquarters in Baltimore
Oh, let's vote for more Maryland political machine candidates to fix this!!!!!!! RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE AND DO NOT ALLOW THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL MACHINES CHOOSE YOUR CANDIDATES AS THEY ARE ALL NEO-LIBERALS!
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Published on Jan 20, 2014
Veolia is a billion dollar international corporation with transportation companies operating along the East Coast of the U.S. It hires SuperShuttle workers at both BWI and Dulles airports. Many of the SuperShuttle workers at the airports are very unhappy with the conditions of their employment. On Monday, January 20, 2014, some of the workers, and their allies in the Social Justice and Union Movements, stage a rally at Veolia's main office in Baltimore, MD. The action was organized by activists Sharon Black and Amy Millar of UFCW, Local 1994. To learn more, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/20568...
Reclaim Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream -
END POVERTY & INJUSTICE! SUPPORT SUPERSHUTTLE DRIVERS!
PROTEST VEOLIA’S SYSTEM OF WORKER SLAVERY
Monday, January 20, 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. at Veolia’s Baltimore transportation HQ, 2100 Huntington Ave, Baltimore, MD (21st St. & Huntington Ave. right off of Howard Street near the car wash and Jiffy Lube)
Below you see Bill Bratton, the NYC police chief put into place by a supposed 'progressive' de Blasio calling a citizen's beating for almost nothing anything but excessive force. We all know in Baltimore it is militaristic policing that has police acting like this and the SWAT TEAM mentally is directed at WE THE PEOPLE and not terrorist.
Kang Wong was attacked as he crossed a busy street in Manhattan. He was thrown against a wall and left with cuts on his face that required metal staples. But it was Wong who was subsequently arrested and charged at the nearest police station - because his attackers were New York City cops.
Why Did Police Beat an Elderly Man for Jaywalking? Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:12 By The Daily Take, The Thom Hartmann Program
(Image: Don't walk via Shutterstock)84-year-old Kang Wong is recovering today from a brutal attack on the streets of New York City.
Wong’s attackers jumped him as he jaywalked across a busy street in Manhattan, threw him up against a wall, and left him with cuts all across his face that have since been sealed up with four metal staples.
The attackers then brought Wong to the nearest police station, where he was booked on charges of jaywalking and resisting arrest.
Kang Wong’s attackers, you see, were New York City cops.
That city’s police commissioner, Bill Bratton, has said that excessive force wasn’t used in his arrest, but that statement doesn’t really face up to much muster. It’s pretty clear that the cops overreacted.
Wong doesn’t speak any English, and if it looked like he was resisting the officers in question, that’s almost certainly because he didn’t understand a word they were saying.
Understandably, his family now plans on pressing charges.
Wong’s brutal arrest is outrageous in its own right, but it also speaks to the broader problem of police brutality in this country. In some places, police culture is very professional; in others it’s just plain militaristic.
I know this from personal experience.
Back in 1996, the Olympics were coming to Atlanta. Just like right now, with Sochi trying to ramp up their security, Atlanta needed more security for the Olympics than was available from just the local police.
At the time, I was writing a novel about a private detective, and shadowing an Atlanta PI, a now-longtime friend named DeWitt Wannamaker, who has held a variety of jobs in law enforcement.
The Georgia Police Academy had opened their doors to civilians that year with an “executive protection” training course for people who’d work for Olympic athletes and visiting VIPs, and DeWitt got me into the course. I ended up not only completing the course but getting licensed for two years as a private detective in the state of Georgia.
Most of the guys going through the course were small-town cops who’d never had any professional training at all, and what I discovered was that there are a lot of really good, really dedicated, and really smart people who aspire to or work in law enforcement.
I also discovered that there are a small number of yahoos who are just really, really excited about the chance to get a gun and a billy club and have the legal authority to kick the stuffing out of people. I encountered one of those guys in the “hand to hand” part of the Academy’s course, and still remember the bruises.
It’s cops like that who do things like beat up an 84-year-old man for jaywalking and it’s cops like that who crack open a protestor’s head at an Occupy Wall Street protest.
Part of this, I believe, has to do with how we talk about law enforcement in the United States. We don’t solve crime, we “fight” it; we don’t have a campaign to stop drug addiction, we have a “War on Drugs.”
We tell cops that they’re in a battle with crime, and then they act accordingly: like soldiers, not public servants.
It shouldn’t be any surprise, then, that the number of SWAT team deployments - something unheard of when I was growing up - jumped from around one hundred in the 1970s to over 50,000 in 2005.
While we’ve turned our public servants into warriors, we’ve started to give up - at the federal level, at least - on the whole idea of community policing.
The federal Community Oriented Policing Services program, or COPS, which provides resources for local police forces around the country was initiated in 1994 during the Clinton administration as part of an effort to put 100,000 police officers on America’s streets.
The idea was to get officers out into the community where they could form relationships with everyday people and act more like teachers than soldiers.
Madison, Wisconsin Police Officer Katie Adler is a great example of the kind of person the COPS program was meant to create.
She is a neighborhood officer in the crime-ridden North Side area of Madison. Unlike regular patrol cops in Madison, neighborhood officers are put in at-risk communities to help make a difference and build relationships with citizens in the hopes preventing future crime.
Officer Katie, as everyone calls her, is beloved in the communities that she patrols, so much so that kids follow her wherever she goes. She’s even inspiring children in the communities to become police officers when they grow up.
But the promise of every neighborhood having an Officer Katie is becoming increasingly unlikely.
That’s because ever since the Bush administration, funding for the COPS program has been continually slashed by hundreds of millions of dollars.
In 2010, $792 million was allotted in the form of federal grants under the COPS program for local police forces across the country; by 2012, that number shrank to just $199 million.
We need to reverse this trend and ramp up funding for community policing.
Programs like COPS encourage law enforcement agencies to do more than just catch criminals. They encourage them to work with communities to create a culture of trust that breaks down the barrier between cops and civilians. They also encourage police officers, police officers like Katie Adler, to work towards solving the root causes of crime as opposed to just trying to stop its symptoms.
Not all police officers are bad guys. The vast majority, in my experience, actually want to do good by their community. But it’s clear that by turning our law enforcement agencies into battalions, we’ve created an environment where violence is both more acceptable and more likely.
If we really want to prevent people like Kang Wong from being brutalized at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect them, then we need to totally rethink what it means to be a police officer in America.
Part of this means drawing down wasteful and ineffective initiatives like Nixon’s War on Drugs that do nothing but alienate already vulnerable communities from law enforcement.
But we need to go bigger than that. We need to make a commitment to funding the COPS program so that police work is seen not just as a way to catch the bad guys, but as a way to serve communities all across the country.
We also need to pay police as professionals and hold them to professional standards just like we do other professions.
This won’t stop all police brutality, but it will definitely go a long way towards making sure that our streets become less of a battle zone and more of a place where we can all learn to live with each other in peace.