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My Very Own 2016 Political Platform Wish List

Updated on August 31, 2016

My Very Own 2016 Political Platform Wish List

I have been following the political machinations of the Democratic and Republican parties with considerable interest for these past several weeks leading up to their respective national conventions. The time was fast approaching and efforts to carve out party platforms were in their full creative process. Both Presidential presumptive nominees were in the process of wooing their inter-party opposition to actively support them by adopting some of their policies.

Donald Trump was attempting to prove his conservative credentials to his Republican opposition that deeply distrusted him. Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters attempted to and were largely successful in having the Democratic party adopt a political platform that was very amenable to Senator Sanders' policies.

The resulting major political party platforms are an amalgam of the nominee's policies, the broader party's policies, and olive branches to the major candidates who lost the nomination. The party platforms are in no way binding to the party's nominee but are an insight into the state of the party's political temperature as well as who is most influencing the nominee and the party.

All of this has brought me around to thinking about what my own political platform would be and how it relates to the major political party platforms. I will outline in this Hub my major policy preferences in three categories. These are economics, social issues, and foreign policy. Finally I will describe how I feel these policies and those of the parties are likely to advance or fail and why.

My economic platform will center around three major planks all of which will attempt to halt and eventually reverse much of the dramatic increase in the wealth gap within the United States. The first step will be to make major changes to the United States income tax code primarily to make it more progressive.

I have argued in previous Hubs that the American economy has been recovering at a much slower pace historically after the 2008 financial meltdown. This is due to the hoarding of their expanded wealth by the very rich in the United States. In no way am I arguing for a return to the extremely high top income tax rates of 70-90% that prevailed in the 1950's. These rates stifle investment.

The 2001 income tax cuts that the George W. Bush administration engineered took these rates to the other extreme. President Barack Obama could have allowed all of these cuts to expire but compromised with his Republican opposition which allowed many of the cuts to remain while raising the rates for the very wealthy.

My argument is that we need to re-circulate this dormant wealth by increasing the top income tax rates by a few percentage points. The increased revenue will then be re-invested in the middle and lower classes through the strengthening and expanding of our social programs. This will dramatically stimulate the economy by putting more wealth in the hands of the people who need to spend it. I would also increase our estate tax rates and cut many of the tax loopholes that the very rich and corporations utilize to avoid paying their fair share into our economy.

The cuts to our social safety net since 2011 when the Republicans regained power in Congress have been dramatic. I believe we need to restore these programs to their former strengthen and in most cases expand them. Programs for the poor such as Food Stamps and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were sharply cut.

Both Medicare and Medicaid were potential targets for expansion during the negotiations leading up to the passage of the 2010 Affordable Healthcare Act. Unfortunately the Democrats made cuts instead to Medicare to fund this new law instead of expanding it to more people. Congressional Republicans have failed to fully fund the Medicaid expansion for the poor to afford this new healthcare coverage. Also many states have refused to fund this major expansion because the Supreme Court ruled that they could not be forced to do so.

Social Security needs to have its funding strengthened due to the steady retirements of the baby boom generation. Republicans have responded to challenges such as this in the past by cutting benefits and increasing the retirement age.

My platform would be to restore past cuts in Social Security while increasing the funding base dramatically by raising the income threshold for taxing individuals. Small increases in this level would dramatically increase revenues with little pain to the general public. This level has remained constant for years and is way past due for an inflationary increase.

The Affordable Healthcare Act should also become fully funded with all of its Medicare and Medicaid reductions in spending fully restored. All of this spending would be instantly circulated throughout the economy raising all boats and sending us into a true robust recovery.

My last economic platform plank would be to raise the national minimum wage rate to a minimally livable rate of $15 per hour over a four year period. The minimum wage rate is very rarely raised and not to a large extent when it is. This is another example where a social program or device is allowed to lag far behind inflation therefore greatly watering it down.

The American people need a minimum wage rate that allows people to live albeit at a low sustainable level. The current $7.25 per hour rate is nowhere near a livable level and is terribly inhumane. Raising it to $15 over four years would remedy this and would be a tremendous shot in the arm for the U.S. economy. These workers would instantly have to spend this higher income increasing economic activity dramatically and quickly.

Most of the jobs directly effected by this wage increase are in local service jobs that cannot be exported so its impact on unemployment will be negligible. The job base will eventually be expanded as our economy grows due to this increased consumer spending. Thus it will be a win-win situation for everyone in our economy.

The first plank of my social issues platform would be in regards to ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment for all groups within the United States. This includes African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, the LGBT community, and any minority group that has been oppressed. Many of these problems are already being addressed though usually in a piecemeal fashion.

The problems that African Americans are having in a highly public fashion with law enforcement have actually been occurring for decades. Very few people consider themselves to be biased or racist but the fact of the matter is that everyone has biases and we are all effected by them. Fear and distrust of African Americans, especially young Black males, is highly palatable including within established institutions in our society.

My platform plank would be to work to ensure in every possible way that government strives for non-discrimination against all groups. This is being done now but needs to be supplemented by programs that would promote more active participation between groups which will help to foster empathy among them.

There is also a bi-partisan movement to reform the criminal justice system. The 1990's draconian drug laws were aimed at eradicating the booming crack epidemic but fell disproportionately upon minority communities. Black and Latino defendants were much more likely to be convicted of these offenses than their White counterparts. Furthermore these sentences were often for many years of incarceration even for minor drug offenses. There should be a determined effort to speed this process of reform to bring more normalcy to the process and free the prisoners who have not committed violent crimes.

Finally, the Justice department should conduct a more widespread and intense nationwide examination into police practices including racial profiling. This should be done in partnership with local police departments to ensure that minorities are not being targeted and incarcerated in an unfair manner.

The second platform plank would be to push for national legislation for women to protect them against the growing state and local regulations aimed at limiting their personal choices. These personal choices include reproductive rights, healthcare options, equal pay and employment options, as well as any other area that men consider sacrosanct for themselves.

The defensive moves we need to make are to challenge all of these new state and local laws in Federal and State courts. A key linchpin of this strategy would be the nomination and ratification of the ninth member of the United States Supreme Court whose jurisprudence would be amenable to the upholding of a woman's choice in all of her personal matters.

Voting rights and campaign finance control would form my final social issues platform plank. Many people would argue that these are not social issues at all. I argue that if we do not pass legislation upholding voting rights and do not take big money out of elections, then all of our social protections and programs will be in jeopardy.

Unfortunately the remedies to these problems once again will primarily fall on our courts to uphold. The Voting Rights Act has been seriously crippled by the U.S. Supreme Court due to their decision to allow states to pass their own voting laws without prior U.S. Justice department approval. Now it is up to the Justice department to go to the courts after each law's passage to prove that it suppresses the vote. This remedy process is much slower and less assured than the previous intact Voting Rights Act.

Democrats in Congress have tried to amend the law to satisfy the Court but Republicans have blocked every effort. Therefore it is imperative that the Justice department remains vigilant and aggressive at every turn.

Winning majorities in Congress would help their chances of passing a new Voting Rights Act but getting to select the next Supreme Court Justice will be the key to success in this area. The same holds true for changing or overturning the Citizens United decision which has allowed this flood of money from wealthy donors and corporations. Nominating a progressive Supreme Court Justice to the bench will greatly improve the chances of overturning the Citizens United decision or upholding a new replacement law.

My foreign policy platform planks all rely on one common theme. That is the continued working with other countries to accomplish our important strategic goals. The first and foremost being the defeat of (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) ISIL in the Middle East and beyond.

President Obama has ushered in a new era of strong diplomacy to gain support among our allies especially in the Middle East. This is in stark contrast to the President George W. Bush administration which essentially paid lip service to gaining international support for the Iraq War. Republicans have declared President Barack Obama to be weak on foreign policy due to these discussions and collaborations. They fail to acknowledge his successful drone bombing campaign against Al-Qaeda and now ISIL during his two terms as President.

I believe this current policy is a wise one and should be continued even against the backdrop of legal arguments against these missile attacks. The President's policy of working with allies to fight ISIL in Iraq and Syria has proven to be fruitful and should be continued. The Middle East nations are now on board with this strategy and are up front fighting these battles giving them ownership of their destiny. It is also keeping the United States from being portrayed as the villain by Arab citizens and leaders in the Middle East.

Secondly, we should re-double the efforts of the Obama Administration to strengthen its ties to Europe, Asia, and neighboring Latin America. Russia has been a rising threat in Europe evidenced by their invasion of the Crimean section of the Ukraine. We have to reassert our cooperation with NATO and their participatory nations to reaffirm our resolve to defend Europe against Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggressive actions and pronouncements.

We also need to show our strong support for the European Union so the recent Brexit event remains an isolated incident. The splintering of the European Union would decimate Europe and likely wreak havoc on the world economy. Totally separate European nations would also increase the chances of armed conflicts in this region.

Increased cooperation with our Latin American neighbors is also vitally important. Many of these economies are still reeling after the 2008 financial meltdown which means our support is important in preventing them from once again exploring the Communist or authoritarian options.

This brings us to to the Far East region. China has become the second largest economic power in the world and is arguably the second or third military power. Thus we have a very important relationship with them which is also very vital to the world's economy and security. This view was crystallized by how much the markets were shook when China's economic growth slowed earlier this year.

We need to continue to strengthen our diplomatic ties with them. They have grudgingly liberalized their markets in the past but they have been chastened by this new slower growth. More substantial changes could be made as the Chinese government attempts to revive it's economy's formerly robust growth.

The other nations in the Far East region have become extremely wary of China's economic and military strength. Therefore we need to also strengthen our ties with them to allay their fears and also to boost them economically especially with the new Transpacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

North Korea's increased nuclear belligerence is terrifying the Far East nations including China. A tipping point for China could be coming in the near future concerning their support for North Korea due to these reckless military actions and insane vocal overtures. We should continue and even increase negotiations with China to see if we could become partners in further isolating and ultimately deposing the North Korean government.

The passing of the TPP agreement is critical to our relations with the Far East nations. I believe that people opposed to this agreement, mostly Democrats, are being very shortsighted in their views. Some jobs will be lost early on but this agreement will greatly increase economic activity increasing new jobs at a faster rate for all nations involved. Furthermore strong trading partnerships bolster friendly relations which is key for us in relation to this rapidly growing region.

My final foreign policy plank encompasses every category but I have decided to included it here. The issue of climate change is an existential one. We must partner with all of the nations of the world to halt this lethal trend and eventually set it on a course to return our climate to its optimal condition. We must quickly wean ourselves away from fossil fuels into alternative renewable fuel options. Our failure to do so will eventually render all other issues moot. This effort must begin here at home but cannot be accomplished alone. It must be a worldwide effort.

Most of the platform policies that I have outlined are in line with those of the Democratic party. My support of TPP and free trade in general is the notable exception. Many of these platform planks are highly dependent on one main event. That is the nomination and ratification of a new Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The demographic voting patterns within the United States have been rapidly changing over the past ten years largely to the detriment of the Republicans. Their answer to these changes have been twofold and have been strengthened by the Supreme Court. These were the Citizens United decision and the Voting Rights Act alteration.

These decisions have resulted in a inundation of money from wealthy individuals and corporations into our election campaigns. Republicans have been the major beneficiaries of these funds due to their policies of lower taxes and regulations that are attractive to these donors.

Many states that have Republican majority governments have passed new voting laws that have been designed to limit the level of minority voters to ensure their own political dominance. These voters have proven to be heavily Democratic. Democrats now have to go to court after these laws are passed to have them examined instead of the other way around. This process can often take too long thus altering the upcoming election.

I have written a fairly comprehensive personal political platform. There are two views that I have stated that are most important and dwarf the rest of them. I am a Democrat and I do support the Democratic party. It is vital that we elect Hillary Clinton as President. The main reason is the United States Supreme Court. The next President will get to nominate at least one but probably more Justices. Many of the platform planks I have espoused are contingent on positive Court rulings in regards to my views.

The second issue is climate change. I know there are many conservative Republicans that have stated extreme skepticism regarding this issue. Within scientific circles there is overwhelming agreement that our planet is in peril. We must step up our response to it before it is too late. The clock is ticking on our children's futures.

I know this was a very long Hub though I did not intend it to be when I first embarked on this exercise. Hopefully this will not deter you from also developing your point of view on issues that are important to you in your decision on how to vote this November.

It is a crucial election as are all all elections, especially Presidential ones. Too often apathy and turnout decide these contests. I urge everyone to educate themselves on these issues and by all means, please vote. It does count and is vital for the future of this nation. Thank you for your indulgence.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Brad, I will now attempt to answer your comments from the final parts of my Hub. I know I will have missed some of your points but I am sure you will remind me. Your comments mostly centered on foreign policy and you questioned what ties we have to Europe, Asia, and South America. With Europe we have NATO though Trump looks intent on killing it. With South America we have the Rio Pact, Organization of American States, and more. With Asia, we have your hated TPP and our Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea alliances. But Trump is threatening these also with his constant bombastic bluster. As for climate change, there is clear scientific evidence that it exists. If you wish not to believe it, that is your choice. The Paris Accord would affect all countries not just ours. Climate change is an existential worldwide threat. You can ignore it and allow businesses go on as they have but our children will pay for it in the future. Finally the U.S. intelligence agencies are united in their agreement that Russia interfered in our elections. Mueller's investigation will prove the collusion.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Brad, I know it has been almost a week since you commented on the last 2 parts of this Hub. I hope I am keeping them straight. The next to last one seemed to dwell mostly on voting rights though not entirely. I have discussed my views on voting rights. I believe Voter ID is a canard. There is no widespread fraud and many of the poor and elderly do not have the means or time to obtain them. This is just a method to keep the minority vote down. Secondly, yes, Hillary's campaign had more cash contributions but the support Trump got from Russian hackers and the National Enquirer "trumped" this money. Then you state that Bush II and Obama were horrible on foreign policy and Trump is much better. Trump is totally naive on foreign policy. He thinks all these talks he is doing are like real estate deals. He and they get a photo-op and nothing else. The Russian summit garnered nothing. The supposed positive de-nuclearization of North Korea was always false. Proof of this just came out today. Trump announced, probably to deflect from his increasing legal problems, that Pompeo is now not going to North Korea for talks because of North Korean violations. Trump came out of that summit flashing that one single page as proof of peace. This is how naive he is as well as narcissistic. All he wanted was to drive up his polls. As for your asking how fruitful was our alliance in the Middle East to fight ISIL, it is almost crushed. Not completely. Still work to do but we are on the road to success unless of course Trump screws it up. It probably will not matter anyway because the Middle East nations are pulling away from us because our President is unreliable. That is with the exception of Saudi Arabia. Trump seems to have a love affair with him also.

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      You've been called out for name calling in the past...so I leave it there. No need to argue about it. You just lived up to your annoying reputation.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Drive by Blah Blah Blah Dean

      Another deflection and that is all you have to offer.

      I have given you a worthy nickname based on you affliction with what you do and evidence by what you did here."

      B:

      Wait all you want...you proved who you are. You have no question worth answering and everyone knows that answering is a joke waiting to happen"

      Thank you for making my case Driveby Dean. Beep beep!

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Wait all you want...you proved who you are. You have no question worth answering and everyone knows that answering is a joke waiting to happen

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      B:

      I am still waiting for you to make a response to any of my comment. This is yet another deflection by you to avoid doing that.

      We can keep playing this game, or with the same driveby blah blah blah effort, you can comment on the subject. If you want proof, then we only have to look at your "comments" here to see that you never even attempt to answer.

      For example your latest comment

      "Brad youre starting to sound like a broken record.

      B:

      This is a deflection.

      This doesn't address any of my comments, or the subject of my comments.

      This is an emotional TDS driven comment that is meant to be condescending, non responsive, and much like all the rest of your comments.

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      Have you run out of things to say? Cant keep with me?"

      B:

      I have already said in my comments on this article more than you could answer, and that is a fact. One only has to look at your comments.

      No, I can't keep up with you, I choose to stay on the topic. And I will continue to comment on your lack of staying on the topic.

      I have looked at your over 300 hubs, so I know that you could do it if you wanted to do it.

      What I originally did here was to take Howard's entire article and comment on each item. I use his verbatim statements, and I give my view on them. Yes, this makes my comments long, but there is no guessing needed as to what I am commenting there.

      How can that be a problem?

      And why is it unreasonable to expect a return comment from the author to respond to my comment? Isn't that why articles are written, that is why I write my articles. I can't think differently myself, so I hope that others will give me their viewpoint. I am not compelled to agree with that viewpoint, and vice versa. But, I do expect some focused comments that can make their argument, and possibly make me question my viewpoint.

      This can't be done when drive by blah blah blah is the response.

      You may not agree with my comparison of TDS to PTSD but I think I do make a compelling argument with the symptoms of both. I you disagree, then be specific and show me where I am wrong.

      Here is an example of the difference between you and Howard. And although Howard and I have for the most part differences, he at least tries to make his point.

      For example

      "Brad, To start with on your third comments, it is interesting that we agree on a lot of it.

      Firstly though, I do not believe we need Voter ID nor should we.

      B:

      Howard states his position, now I have a chance to show why I have a different opinion.

      I would say that

      We have over 11 million illegal aliens in the country, and many of them are treated as pseudo American Citizens. In CA they are given CA driver licenses. And these licenses look like any other CA license. Even if we have a photo id requirement for voting, they could vote and we wouldn't know they were illegals.

      We also have a Real ID law

      "The Real ID Act of 2005, Pub.L. 109–13, 119 Stat. 302, enacted May 11, 2005, is an Act of Congress that modifies U.S. federal law pertaining to security, authentication, and issuance procedures standards for state driver's licenses and identity documents, as well as various immigration issues pertaining to terrorism.

      The law sets forth requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards to be accepted by the federal government for "official purposes", as defined by the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Homeland Security has defined "official purposes" as boarding commercially operated airline flights, and entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants, although the law gives the Secretary the unlimited authority to require a "federal identification" for any other purposes."

      With these CA driver licenses how would that fit into the Real ID law? It would invalidate its purpose.

      As far as inconvenience or having photo id impact on voters not being able to vote. The answer is that we are asked in many places both by government and private business for information to validate who we say we are. If you don't drive, the DMV provides photo ID identity cards. It is strange that people that can't get to the DMV can vote.

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      Widespread voter fraud has not been found in any state for many years. I believe that this is a voter suppression idea. "

      B:

      The reason that voter fraud hasn't been found is because states like CA forbid asking the voter any questions on their identity. In the 2016 presidential election where Hillary got 3 million more votes than Trump, how do we know how many of the votes were cast by illegals, convicted felons or anyone else that is not eligible to vote.

      This resistance to making the voting process stronger is like the aversion to making the US safer with a US border wall. Why is making something better wrong?

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      Then Howard can take his spin on what I have said in my comment.

      But if there is a deflection, there is no dialogue, is there?

      Look at how much time and thought, I put into my comments and contrast it with your comments.

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Brad youre starting to sound like a broken record. Have you run out of things to say? Cant keep with me?

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      Once again, you have failed to do anything but blah blah blah. I have comments on the issues. You are embarrassing yourself with this rhetoric.

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Youre doing all the deflection and drive by ( whatever that means). Look at the man in the mirror. Still going with that tds/ptsd connection? Smh.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      Another deflection. This is yet another example of drive by, it is blah blah blah, it contains no contain of any thought about the issues. And it may well be another symptom of TDS.

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Drive by......hahahahahahaha....let me ctah my breath specifics....from someone lacks that ability AND STILL TDS IS REAL. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      Yet another driveby without detailing any specifics. BS is not an argument it is yet another symptom of TDS:)

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      "Symptoms of PTSD

      It is normal to have stress reactions after a traumatic event. Your emotions and behavior can change in ways that are upsetting to you. Even though most people have stress reactions following a trauma, they get better in time. But, you should seek help if symptoms:

      Last longer than three months

      Cause you great distress

      Disrupt your work or home life

      What are the symptoms of PTSD?

      Symptoms of PTSD may disrupt your life and make it hard to continue with your daily activities. You may find it hard just to get through the day.

      B:

      See which one the four types you are in here.

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      There are four types of PTSD symptoms:

      Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms)

      B:

      The event was Trump winning the presidency, and Hillary Clinton being trounced in the election No democrats expected Hillary to lose and then lose so badly. This seems to be common with hp TDS.

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      Memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. For example:

      You may have nightmares.

      You may feel like you are going through the event again. This is called a flashback.

      B:

      Flashback seems applicable, every time you see that Trump is still president.

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      You may see, hear, or smell something that causes you to relive the event. This is called a trigger. News reports, seeing an accident, or hearing a car backfire are examples of triggers.

      Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

      B:

      President Trump is a constant reminder that he won and your Hillary lost. And the entire next 8 years lost its meaning and purpose for you. You keep trying to say it won't last, but every morning when you wake up there is Trump and he is still the president of the US.

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      You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

      B:

      That could also explain, why you never argue the issues about Trump. It is so much easier just to shout out about Trump but never stop to listen to what people are saying about your utterances.

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      For example:

      You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.

      You may avoid driving if you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed.

      If you were in an earthquake, you may avoid watching movies about earthquakes.

      You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event.

      Negative changes in beliefs and feelings

      The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma. This symptom has many aspects, including the following:

      You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.

      B:

      Does that happen to you?

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      You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.

      You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.

      Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)

      B:

      Here is another one that might apply.

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      You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyperarousal. For example:

      You may have a hard time sleeping.

      You may have trouble concentrating.

      You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise.

      You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.

      B:

      What should I do if I have symptoms of PTSD? and its new variant TDS, where the Trauma is Trump and the Event is that he became president, and there is nothing that can be done to change that. This last paragraph is mine.

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      PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event.

      B:

      Oh the symptoms started on election night when out of the blue came the red and the blue candidate fell politically dead.

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      But for some people, they may not happen until months or years after the trauma. Symptoms may come and go over many years. So, you should keep track of your symptoms and talk to someone you trust about them."

      B:

      Good advice,huh!

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      You know it helps to read the article...tds is BS.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      TDS has the same symptoms as PTSD, and the only difference is the type of Trauma.

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      I cut and paste to get verbatim from your comment, and then I comment on it. Too date, there has been no chance to cut and paste any arguments on the issues, as you haven't made any, have you?

      Go down the thread of comments and prove me wrong.

      You didn't even try to argue the value of your own comments.

      I encourage to do that, I would really know how those arguments play. But, all I get is deflection, and drive by statements.

      :)

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Weak comeback brad. Very weak. Trying to equate a perjorative with an actual medical condition? Really?

      Here's another thought: get to the point. Cut and pasting my comment doesnt make for a debate. After a while i stop perusing and start glancing.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      "Dean Traylor profile image

      Dean Traylor

      97 minutes ago from Southern California

      Interesting you mentioned the mythical TDS.... here's the answer to that:

      https://hubpages.com/us-politics/Whats-the-Cure-t....

      B:

      Are you really calling this an issue to be discussed? And you are using a Soapboxie article as your support? I appreciate your attempt, but not what we are really talking about one issues.

      However if you look at the symptoms of PTSD you will see that they are the same with TDS, the only difference is what caused the Trauma. You can't deny that Trump has not traumatized you and others?

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      Also, noticed that I stay on topic and don't make rambling rants that go no where (which would be waste to respond to?).

      B:

      A for effort Dean

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      Now for a dose of reality: You spend a lot of time trolling for any articles that happen to mention Trump in it, infest it with these long-drawn out screeds that are barely readable and you have the galls to demand I answer some question that wasn't even part of my original response (on Gish Gallop) in the first place.

      B:

      How did I do that?

      And you were doing so well in the first paragraph, then you reverted back.

      Wouldn't it be more useful to take one of my screeds as you call them, and critique it. I am sorry about the readability of my comments. Could you point out where or why they are unreadable.

      I have no problem about your criticism but there are no references to give me any understanding of your position, and why you make these claims. I do make it clear by commenting directly on the comments or hubs of the others. Using words like, "screed", "troll", "infest" and your claim that my comments are too long don't really make your comments any more effective, at least not if you are trying to make a valid point.

      I would think that my long comments would give you more to criticize:)

      I think we are making progress.

      Whose deflecting, may I ask?"

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Interesting you mentioned the mythical TDS.... here's the answer to that:

      https://soapboxie.com/us-politics/Whats-the-Cure-t...

      Also, noticed that I stay on topic and don't make rambling rants that go no where (which would be waste to respond to?).

      Now for a dose of reality: You spend a lot of time trolling for any articles that happen to mention Trump in it, infest it with these long-drawn out screeds that are barely readable and you have the galls to demand I answer some question that wasn't even part of my original response (on Gish Gallop) in the first place.

      Whose deflecting, may I ask?

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      "Mouthing and deflection: you have a strange fascination with those words. Dont matter, you kinda proved my point anyway. Take a breather and focus on one topic ( im sure you can slip in "Trump is God" or somethimg like that in your rebuttal). That way when i give the pertinent answer that doesnt fit your confirmation bias, you can play that mouthing, deflection or" not factual"rubbish you like to use (Hey! I think i just gave you a topic forPart 10!...you're welcome)."

      B:

      You just keep proving me right. Another TDS outburst by you. Look at the sum total of all your comments here and show us where you even know what is the Article, and how you made any arguments on it.

      There are none, and that is your style in the forums, because you only do drive by, roll down the window, and call names.

      My point is you never give an answer, you give a monologue avoiding giving an answer like you did here, and in the rest of your comments on this hub.

      Don't take my word, look at them yourself. Is that all you have to offer?

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Mouthing and deflection: you have a strange fascination with those words. Dont matter, you kinda proved my point anyway. Take a breather and focus on one topic ( im sure you can slip in "Trump is God" or somethimg like that in your rebuttal). That way when i give the pertinent answer that doesnt fit your confirmation bias, you can play that mouthing, deflection or" not factual"rubbish you like to use (Hey! I think i just gave you a topic forPart 10!...you're welcome).

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      Your deflection continues and continues.....

      I am not the one making this personal. And unless your are obtuse, you know that I was talking about an issue in the articles.

      And once again, you prove my statements about your drive by mouthing, without ever talking about the hub issues, much less providing any factual arguments., And that goes for your comrade ME.

      Another drive by commenter, but at least he writes articles where he puts his view in play.

      Here is a though, when I take verbatim from a hub, I am just following the path taken by the author. You however don't have topic.

      If you have some arguments on my comments that deal with the topic, I would be happy to hear from you, but too date I just get more of the same tap dance away from the topic.

      Just look at the comments on this hub alone, and tell us where you argue any points of the topic?

      Howard at least tries, and he did write the hub, but you don't even try. Take a look at my comments, they are from Howard's hub. And I take them from the hub verbatim, and I comment on each item he wrote.

      Is that what you do? Just say no, because you don't have any evidence to say anything different.

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      My Esoteric 

      2 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Amen!

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      I discussed an issue: Your mannerism and fallacious rhetorical tactic in the comment sections. Need I say more? Also, here's a thought: stay on one specific topic, not five or ten when you "debate" someone.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      Still deflecting!

      In all your comments here, you have not discussed a single issue.

      Isn't that what I have been saying about you all along?

      Pick an issue, give your position, substantiate it!

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      You're in no position to tell anyone to put up or shut up, even if that's always been at the heart of your comments. If you want to keep writing these long-winded comments that changes more direction than a house-fly in heat, you'll never, ever get the type of debate you think you deserve.

      'nuff said.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      Put up or shut up?

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Dude, youre all about the personal attack. Who are you trying to fool?

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      There you go again with the personal attack. And this is your consistent drive by mouthing. I asked you for a discussion on the content, but you don't want to do that, do you?

      Put up or shut up as the democrats are fond of saying?

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      How many times have you thrown a fit and called someone too emotional when somebody proved you wrong , especially when it comes to Trump?

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      B:

      Dean you are non responsive and prove what I say about you. Once again, you choose the personal rather than the issue.

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Brad. You're too emotional.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      You don't seem to have a clue. You don't get involved in discussing the issue, using facts, using logic. You do the drive by like this comment of yours here.

      When you say my comments are nonsensical, and irrelevant that is also an example. You need to back up that mouthing, with some substance. There you go again, with mouthing.

      You are a passive aggressive dumocrat repeater. You never substantiate your disagreement, and your current comment is a clear example.

      Do you really think that your comment is any kind of discussion of the facts.

      I would have some respect for you, if you even attempted to talk about the facts of any issues. But, your current comment is all you have to offer.

      Dean

      Remember your comment

      "Howard, he's pulling off a "Gish Gallop". He's trying to inundate with you with tons of information that can be probably debunk but are so voluminous that you can't do it with the allowable space needed. He's hoping you'd give up trying to counter all his argument and therefore win the debate. It's best to call it out and walk away from it."

      B:

      Instead of taking my comments to Howard and debunking them, you mouth off this comment. Tons of information is a problem. I usually try to take verbatim the points given by others, and then comment on them. If you disagree, you can always give your version. But you don't you make personal comments rather than using substantive rebuttals.

      That is all that I ask and yet, I never get it.

      If you want to criticize, then use your words and focus on the content of the comments.

      I submit that Howard's hub here has a dearth of facts. That is a comment on the content. Although my latest comment to Howard was about him and the content.

      Are we on the same page, Dean?

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Wait a sec Brad; this is the first time in nearly a year i responded to your comment. And if i recall you did most of the responding to my articles, in which you made some of the most nonsensical and irrevelant comments. But you cant stand it that i do that? Dude, did the ashes from Holy Fire fog your memory?

      Btw i did ask a relevent question: what is "mouth it away?"

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      Why don't you have anything to say that is relevant? I love criticism, what I don't care for is what you do, which not trying to support the issues. I stand by my previous comment.

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      Howard

      "Thank you for your comments, Dean. I know what is going on and I enjoy the give and take.

      B:

      Howard, seriously you are thanking Dean for what? When has Dean ever floated a serious argument about the issue. With him it is always some disparaging rude remark about the person, while avoid the contents or issues.

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      Brad's comments are voluminous so I am basically writing about 1 or 2 of them a day.

      B:

      Really when do I see them?

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      I work long retail hours so I have only so much energy and concentration for a day. I am off this Friday and Saturday so I may have had at it much stronger then."

      B:

      You are the only one that works, good to know!You could have made some arguments on my comments here but you didn't.

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      ME

      John Locke aligns with liberalism, and the social constructs of the democrats who are similar to his Whig party. BTW, the Whigs created the government in England that caused our country to be created. Revolutionary War, against England. What does that tell you about the Whigs.

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      "In Locke's landmark, Two Treatises of Government, put forth his revolutionary ideas concerning the natural rights of man and the social contract. Both concepts not only stirred waves in England, but also impacted the intellectual underpinnings that formed the later American and French revolutions.

      As England fell under a cloud of possible revolution, Locke became a target of the government. While historical research has pointed to his lack of involvement in the incident, Locke was forced to leave in England in 1683 due to a failed assassination attempt of King Charles II and his brother, or what later came to known as the Rye House Plot.

      Exiled in Holland, Locke composed "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding," another ground breaking work of intellectual might that spanned four books and took on the task of examining the nature of human knowledge.

      Just like his Two Treatises, the Essay was published after Locke's return to England in 1688. His arrival back in his homeland had come in the aftermath of the dramatic departure of King James II, who'd fled the country, allowing the Whigs to rise to power. Later called the Glorious Revolution of 1688, the event forever changed English government, moving the balance of power from the throne to Parliament. It also set Locke up to be a hero to many in his native country."

      Government has no power to change the sociology of a country. It can create laws that demand social conformance but that is oppressive, and not impressive. Democrats can force gay marriages for example, but that doesn't change anyone's belief about whether it is a good thing.

      In that light, the democrats should be called the George Orwell party.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Thank you very much for your comments, My Esoteric. Also thank you for your elucidating John Locke reference on government's proper role in the people's lives. Great points.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Thank you for your comments, Dean. I know what is going on and I enjoy the give and take. Brad's comments are voluminous so I am basically writing about 1 or 2 of them a day. I work long retail hours so I have only so much energy and concentration for a day. I am off this Friday and Saturday so I may have had at it much stronger then.

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Brad, Just stating my observation. If you don't like criticism then don't dish it out all the time. Isn't that what babies do?

      Also, what do you mean by "mouth it away" ?

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Brad, To start with on your third comments, it is interesting that we agree on a lot of it. Firstly though, I do not believe we need Voter ID nor should we. Widespread voter fraud has not been found in any state for many years. I believe that this is a voter suppression idea. Your election financing plan with the monopoly analogy is a very interesting one and I wish Congress would explore it. I also agree with the need for a paradigm shift in Congress. The deadlocks that cause gridlocks hampers smart legislation and leads both sides to stay in camps. You are right one side passes bills and the next removes them. Your SCOTUS 7-2 vote idea is intriguing. I think I would go to 6-3. Unfortunately none of this will happen.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Dean

      "Howard, he's pulling off a "Gish Gallop". He's trying to inundate with you with tons of information that can be probably debunk but are so voluminous that you can't do it with the allowable space needed. He's hoping you'd give up trying to counter all his argument and therefore win the debate. It's best to call it out and walk away from it."

      There you go again with your drive by opinion. If you have something to say about me, at least gender up and tell me directly. If you disagree with my comment than don't just mouth it away. Use your words and make an argument against it.

      As it stands right now, your comment is just a baby rattle.

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      My Esoteric 

      2 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Dean, yep. Didn't know it had a name. I looked it up and sure nuf.

      I also notice one of the favorite tactics used by the unreasonable Right and the unreasonable Left is to use words like "all", such as ALL police attack blacks, when it 1) wasn't said in the first place and 2) is patently untrue.

      HS - You may not (at least then) say the federal gov't is in the business of "social justice", but, I will.

      It starts with John Locke, upon who our gov't is largely based. He argues that there are bad people out to hurt good people. That is just a reality in a "state of nature". So part of the contract the people make with their gov't that in return for giving up some of their natural rights, the gov't has a responsibility to protect good people from bad people.

      In my mind, that is social justice.

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      Dean Traylor 

      2 months ago from Southern California

      Howard, he's pulling off a "Gish Gallop". He's trying to inundate with you with tons of information that can be probably debunk but are so voluminous that you can't do it with the allowable space needed. He's hoping you'd give up trying to counter all his argument and therefore win the debate. It's best to call it out and walk away from it.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Brad, In response to your second comments, I hope I have this in the right order, your comments are voluminous, I never said the government was in the job of social justice. They help to curb the excesses in our capitalist system. African-American families going back a century have always cautioned their children to always submit to the police. It is a historic fear of theirs whether doing anything wrong or not. They know that the fact that they are Black raises suspicions in many police officers. I did not say all but enough to create a community wide fear. I know this because I live with a black woman and she has told me about this many times. Your LA riots point is proof that you cherry pick facts. Whites never riot? Please. Yes, racism is derived from events, but also from family and community. The draconian 1980's drug laws were derived form the crack epidemic and as always Blacks were hit hardest. Your accusation of Hollywood hyping this point is another red herring. Hollywood is yet another boogeyman for you. Also, these statistics are extensive government and university studies of these draconian drug sentences. They know the facts not me and not the almighty Bradmaster. Yes, police always get and should get proper training. They also need racial and ethnic tolerance training. Yes, I mean abortion. Also birth control, and equal pay for women and yes, detailed studies show women make only 75% of what men do. And that is luckily on the upswing. Finally, let's face facts, you want the Court to install your vision of America and I do also. As for the 5-4 Roe decision, there are many that went your way like Citizens United and many others.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Howard

      This is all you could find to comment on, when I have commented on every word in your article.

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      Brad, These comments are in response to your first comments. You are right that the wealthy feed off the income tax so I would also dramatically cut loopholes.

      B:

      And why hasn't the democrat party done that already?

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      It is true some social programs work poorly but many like Social Security and Medicare work very well and are very popular.

      B:

      Once again, you are confusing dependency with success. They are popular because they are mandatory. They are Ponzi schemes because they require new people to pay for those getting the benefits. That is why they put government workers into the system. They needed more people. As i have said before, instead of SS and Medicare we should have a system that is modeled after the federal system of FERS, and FEHS.

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      I agree with you that we should cut taxes on the middle and lower classes including bringing back the sales and credit card interest deductions. I have not fully thought out the level my estate tax would be but I am open to arguing over that.

      B:

      OK

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      Changing financial conditions would certainly effect that. Increasing jobs for the poor is certainly the optimum condition but until then programs like Food Stamps and SNAP are needed to prop them up. I would combine them with job education training.

      B:

      People are coming off these system today? And as we now have more jobs than people the trend should continue.

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      I believe the FDR, LBJ, and ACA are successful programs.

      B:

      I have written hubs on why they are not. They exist because they are taxes, and under the constitution they are constitutional and for no other reason. Just because they are constitutional doesn't mean they are successful.

      Raising the age that you can get SS benefits is one indication that the successful is not self supporting, and that is not success.

      Also when congresses raises the medical tax deduction to 10% from 7.5% that is a sign that even with Obamacare they believe that people will be paying a lot of their medical from their own pocket, And instead of helping these people, they want to prevent them from some tax relief. As I have said before the medical tax deduction should be 2%.

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      We disagree on that. ACA is failing because the GOP is gutting it.

      B:

      How did they specifically gut it, and how did that gutting adversely affect it? A valid question!

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      I definitely believe that Social Securitry income thresholds should be increased.

      B:

      That is needed because the system is not successful. And it adversely takes money away from more people, and they are still not the rich people.

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      I would move Medicare closer to Universal Healthcare to succeed the gutted ACA.

      B:

      Again, what was gutted, and what is its adverse affect?

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      Finally the increased wages for those being raised to $15 for a minimum wage would pour all of these increased earnings into the economy especially service industries. This would help fill those company coffers and then some over time.

      B:

      And the losers are the companies that have to pay more and get nothing in return. They also have to up their FICA contributions because of the doubling of the minimum wage. This helps the government, but where do the small and medium companies get the revenue to pay more for salaries without getting more productivity. Unlike the government they can stay in business by paying more than they earn.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Brad, These comments are in response to your first comments. You are right that the wealthy feed off the income tax so I would also dramatically cut loopholes. It is true some social programs work poorly but many like Social Security and Medicare work very well and are very popular. I agree with you that we should cut taxes on the middle and lower classes including bringing back the sales and credit card interest deductions. I have not fully thought out the level my estate tax would be but I am open to arguing over that. Changing financial conditions would certainly effect that. Increasing jobs for the poor is certainly the optimum condition but until then programs like Food Stamps and SNAP are needed to prop them up. I would combine them with job education training. I believe the FDR, LBJ, and ACA are successful programs. We disagree on that. ACA is failing because the GOP is gutting it. I definitely believe that Social Securitry income thresholds should be increased. I would move Medicare closer to Universal Healthcare to succeed the gutted ACA. Finally the increased wages for those being raised to $15 for a minimum wage would pour all of these increased earnings into the economy especially service industries. This would help fill those company coffers and then some over time.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Howard

      This is the rest of your hub

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      The other nations in the Far East region have become extremely wary of China's economic and military strength. Therefore we need to also strengthen our ties with them to allay their fears and also to boost them economically especially with the new Transpacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

      B:

      The TPP was and is a bad idea for us, and president Trump has called it.

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      North Korea's increased nuclear belligerence is terrifying the Far East nations including China. A tipping point for China could be coming in the near future concerning their support for North Korea due to these reckless military actions and insane vocal overtures. We should continue and even increase negotiations with China to see if we could become partners in further isolating and ultimately deposing the North Korean government.

      B:

      What is your point today?

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      My final foreign policy plank encompasses every category but I have decided to included it here. The issue of climate change is an existential one. We must partner with all of the nations of the world to halt this lethal trend and eventually set it on a course to return our climate to its optimal condition. We must quickly wean ourselves away from fossil fuels into alternative renewable fuel options. Our failure to do so will eventually render all other issues moot. This effort must begin here at home but cannot be accomplished alone. It must be a worldwide effort.

      B:

      The Paris accord only impacts the US, and it has the US funding other countries that will continue to pollute. In addition, even if Climate Change was real, we don’t really know how climate and the environment work? So how do we change it, and when you don’t know how something works, how can you fix it? The probably is more in favor or making it worse.

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      Most of the platform policies that I have outlined are in line with those of the Democratic party. My support of TPP and free trade in general is the notable exception. Many of these platform planks are highly dependent on one main event. That is the nomination and ratification of a new Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

      B:

      Well, that is done?

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      The demographic voting patterns within the United States have been rapidly changing over the past ten years largely to the detriment of the Republicans. Their answer to these changes have been twofold and have been strengthened by the Supreme Court. These were the Citizens United decision and the Voting Rights Act alteration.

      B:

      It didn’t seem to adversely affect them in 2016.

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      These decisions have resulted in a inundation of money from wealthy individuals and corporations into our election campaigns. Republicans have been the major beneficiaries of these funds due to their policies of lower taxes and regulations that are attractive to these donors.

      B:

      Yes, and which party is getting the most of this wealth in to their election campaign?

      Remember, Hillary Clinton had double the Trump campaign money. It is if you believe that the wealthy are only republicans!

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      Many states that have Republican majority governments have passed new voting laws that have been designed to limit the level of minority voters to ensure their own political dominance. These voters have proven to be heavily Democratic. Democrats now have to go to court after these laws are passed to have them examined instead of the other way around. This process can often take too long thus altering the upcoming election.

      B:

      Making sure that eligible people are voting and only voting once should be the goal of everyone. Every one has or can easily get Voting ID today.

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      I have written a fairly comprehensive personal political platform. There are two views that I have stated that are most important and dwarf the rest of them. I am a Democrat and I do support the Democratic party. It is vital that we elect Hillary Clinton as President. The main reason is the United States Supreme Court. The next President will get to nominate at least one but probably more Justices. Many of the platform planks I have espoused are contingent on positive Court rulings in regards to my views.

      B:

      Once again, making the country tip to one side is not beneficial; the goal should be to make congress cross the party lines. And the democrats that oppose a border wall have no problem in making a congressional wall. How does that help the country or the people?

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      The second issue is climate change. I know there are many conservative Republicans that have stated extreme skepticism regarding this issue. Within scientific circles there is overwhelming agreement that our planet is in peril. We must step up our response to it before it is too late. The clock is ticking on our children's futures.

      B:

      Just like there was an overwhelming consensus from the intelligence agencies about Trump and Russia. Even today, they no evidence. And these are the same intelligence agencies that were outsmarted by 19 low tech terrorists on 911. And once again in 2004 saying Iraq had WMD. And these are the same intelligence agencies that spied on Congress, Trump and his team, as well as everyone in the country.

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      I know this was a very long Hub though I did not intend it to be when I first embarked on this exercise. Hopefully this will not deter you from also developing your point of view on issues that are important to you in your decision on how to vote this November.

      It is a crucial election as are all all elections, especially Presidential ones. Too often apathy and turnout decide these contests. I urge everyone to educate themselves on these issues and by all means, please vote. It does count and is vital for the future of this nation. Thank you for your indulgence

      B:

      You have my opinions, and I voted.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Voting rights and campaign finance control would form my final social issues platform plank. Many people would argue that these are not social issues at all. I argue that if we do not pass legislation upholding voting rights and do not take big money out of elections, then all of our social protections and programs will be in jeopardy.

      B:

      Why don’t we start with making sure that the people that are voting are eligible to vote, and only vote once?

      Hillary Clinton has $1.2 billion to Trump who had only half of them. And across the country for congressional positions the democrats accrue more money than the republicans.

      What we need is the game of monopoly approach to financing the elections. In monopoly every one gets $1500 and then they play the game. Now that game was created in the 1920s and $1500 was a lot of money. The point is to set some agreed upon figure, and not exceed it. That will also show that the presidential candidates know how to use the money, and not just out bucks their opponent. But even double the Trump money didn’t work for Hillary Clinton. Who by the way ran out of money in 2008 before getting to the primary.

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      Unfortunately the remedies to these problems once again will primarily fall on our courts to uphold. The Voting Rights Act has been seriously crippled by the U.S. Supreme Court due to their decision to allow states to pass their own voting laws without prior U.S. Justice department approval.

      B:

      That is the reason why we have states. That is why we have the 10th amendment.

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      Now it is up to the Justice department to go to the courts after each law's passage to prove that it suppresses the vote. This remedy process is much slower and less assured than the previous intact Voting Rights Act.

      B:

      Once again, why don’t we start with the Voting ID that was passed in 2005 but didn’t really get implemented?

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      Democrats in Congress have tried to amend the law to satisfy the Court but Republicans have blocked every effort. Therefore it is imperative that the Justice department remains vigilant and aggressive at every turn.

      B:

      The democrats and the republicans have diametrical goals on how to run the country, and that is why we need a new paradigm in congress to stifle gridlock, and each party undoing the other parties progress when they gain control again.

      Right now, when your party’s candidate loses, you don’t have representation. This is true for both the house and the senate. When a state like CA can have both senators democrats the republicans don’t have a voice.

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      Winning majorities in Congress would help their chances of passing a new Voting Rights Act but getting to select the next Supreme Court Justice will be the key to success in this area. The same holds true for changing or overturning the Citizens United decision which has allowed this flood of money from wealthy donors and corporations. Nominating a progressive Supreme Court Justice to the bench will greatly improve the chances of overturning the Citizens United decision or upholding a new replacement law.

      B:

      The object of the congress and the SCOTUS is not to lean to one party’s goal but to serve the entire country and its people. That is why the SCOTUS needs to be changed to decide their cases with better than a 5-4 decision. If for example, the court cannot come up with a 7-2 decision, than it is probably a good thing they can’t decide. Otherwise the chance to make a bad or biased decision are more likely.

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      My foreign policy platform planks all rely on one common theme. That is the continued working with other countries to accomplish our important strategic goals. The first and foremost being the defeat of (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) ISIL in the Middle East and beyond.

      President Obama has ushered in a new era of strong diplomacy to gain support among our allies especially in the Middle East. This is in stark contrast to the President George W. Bush administration which essentially paid lip service to gaining international support for the Iraq War. Republicans have declared President Barack Obama to be weak on foreign policy due to these discussions and collaborations. They fail to acknowledge his successful drone bombing campaign against Al-Qaeda and now ISIL during his two terms as President.

      B:

      Are you going to stick to that even today?

      Yes, president GW Bush was terrible with his wars against Afghanistan, and Iraq, but president Obama didn’t do any better. While Trump is doing better than both of them?

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      I believe this current policy is a wise one and should be continued even against the backdrop of legal arguments against these missile attacks. The President's policy of working with allies to fight ISIL in Iraq and Syria has proven to be fruitful and should be continued.

      B:

      How were they fruitful?

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      The Middle East nations are now on board with this strategy and are up front fighting these battles giving them ownership of their destiny. It is also keeping the United States from being portrayed as the villain by Arab citizens and leaders in the Middle East.

      B:

      Would you like to update those statements to fly in 2018?

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      Secondly, we should re-double the efforts of the Obama Administration to strengthen its ties to Europe, Asia, and neighboring Latin America.

      B:

      What ties, and how do you strengthen them?

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      Russia has been a rising threat in Europe evidenced by their invasion of the Crimean section of the Ukraine. We have to reassert our cooperation with NATO and their participatory nations to reaffirm our resolve to defend Europe against Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggressive actions and pronouncements.

      B:

      And what did president Obama do with the Ukraine? What did president Obama do in Syria based on the Russian presence there? And why should the US pay the most for NATO? While we have a higher defense budget because of that, while you want the defense budget to be cut. How does that work?

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      We also need to show our strong support for the European Union so the recent Brexit event remains an isolated incident. The splintering of the European Union would decimate Europe and likely wreak havoc on the world economy. Totally separate European nations would also increase the chances of armed conflicts in this region.

      B:

      The European Union has shown that it didn’t help Greece, or Italy as their economy failed and they are not the only ones with a shaky economy. And Brexit is a more solid today.

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      Increased cooperation with our Latin American neighbors is also vitally important. Many of these economies are still reeling after the 2008 financial meltdown which means our support is important in preventing them from once again exploring the Communist or authoritarian options.

      B:

      Is that going to stop their oppressive governments, like Venezuela, and other countries? We still have Americans that never recovered from 2008 and you want us to do what we don’t do for our own for foreigners?

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Howard this is the rest of you second plank

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      Voting rights and campaign finance control would form my final social issues platform plank. Many people would argue that these are not social issues at all. I argue that if we do not pass legislation upholding voting rights and do not take big money out of elections, then all of our social protections and programs will be in jeopardy.

      B:

      Why don’t we start with making sure that the people that are voting are eligible to vote, and only vote once?

      Hillary Clinton has $1.2 billion to Trump who had only half of them. And across the country for congressional positions the democrats accrue more money than the republicans.

      What we need is the game of monopoly approach to financing the elections. In monopoly every one gets $1500 and then they play the game. Now that game was created in the 1920s and $1500 was a lot of money. The point is to set some agreed upon figure, and not exceed it. That will also show that the presidential candidates know how to use the money, and not just out bucks their opponent. But even double the Trump money didn’t work for Hillary Clinton. Who by the way ran out of money in 2008 before getting to the primary.

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      Unfortunately the remedies to these problems once again will primarily fall on our courts to uphold. The Voting Rights Act has been seriously crippled by the U.S. Supreme Court due to their decision to allow states to pass their own voting laws without prior U.S. Justice department approval.

      B:

      That is the reason why we have states. That is why we have the 10th amendment.

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      Now it is up to the Justice department to go to the courts after each law's passage to prove that it suppresses the vote. This remedy process is much slower and less assured than the previous intact Voting Rights Act.

      B:

      Once again, why don’t we start with the Voting ID that was passed in 2005 but didn’t really get implemented?

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      Democrats in Congress have tried to amend the law to satisfy the Court but Republicans have blocked every effort. Therefore it is imperative that the Justice department remains vigilant and aggressive at every turn.

      B:

      The democrats and the republicans have diametrical goals on how to run the country, and that is why we need a new paradigm in congress to stifle gridlock, and each party undoing the other parties progress when they gain control again.

      Right now, when your party’s candidate loses, you don’t have representation. This is true for both the house and the senate. When a state like CA can have both senators democrats the republicans don’t have a voice.

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      Winning majorities in Congress would help their chances of passing a new Voting Rights Act but getting to select the next Supreme Court Justice will be the key to success in this area. The same holds true for changing or overturning the Citizens United decision which has allowed this flood of money from wealthy donors and corporations. Nominating a progressive Supreme Court Justice to the bench will greatly improve the chances of overturning the Citizens United decision or upholding a new replacement law.

      B:

      The object of the congress and the SCOTUS is not to lean to one party’s goal but to serve the entire country and its people. That is why the SCOTUS needs to be changed to decide their cases with better than a 5-4 decision. If for example, the court cannot come up with a 7-2 decision, than it is probably a good thing they can’t decide. Otherwise the chance to make a bad or biased decision are more likely.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Howard

      This is in reverse order because your hub is too large for one comment

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      SOCIAL issues

      The first plank of my social issues platform would be in regards to ensuring equality of opportunity and treatment for all groups within the United States. This includes African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, the LGBT community, and any minority group that has been oppressed. Many of these problems are already being addressed though usually in a piecemeal fashion.

      B:

      What about the Homeless Americans, and those people dependent on illegal drugs, or even prescription drugs.

      The government is not able to apply social justice, it is just not in the nature of humans.

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      The problems that African Americans are having in a highly public fashion with law enforcement have actually been occurring for decades.

      B:

      Are you trying say that all these Blacks are being picked on by the police for doing nothing? Seriously, that can‘t be what you are saying. The jails are filled with black convicted criminals. I would agree that some percentage of the blacks confronted by police may be wrong, but that is a very low percentage.

      In Los Angeles predominantly black sports fans rioted even when the Lakers won. And they damaged stores, cars, and vandalized. They also confronted the police, and you are going to defend them against the police in such a situation?

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      Very few people consider themselves to be biased or racist but the fact of the matter is that everyone has biases and we are all effected by them. Fear and distrust of African Americans, especially young Black males, is highly palatable including within established institutions in our society.

      B:

      It is also based on experience as well as past and current events. There have been several major riots by blacks in Los Angeles. They continue to do it because they get away with it.

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      My platform plank would be to work to ensure in every possible way that government strives for non-discrimination against all groups. This is being done now but needs to be supplemented by programs that would promote more active participation between groups which will help to foster empathy among them.

      B:

      The federal government is the one that discriminates. It does this by making people tell them what is their race, and if you use race then you are a racist. What different does it make what color you are when you file your taxes, or go to the hospital.

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      There is also a bi-partisan movement to reform the criminal justice system. The 1990's draconian drug laws were aimed at eradicating the booming crack epidemic but fell disproportionately upon minority communities. Black and Latino defendants were much more likely to be convicted of these offenses than their White counterparts.

      B:

      Is it likely that the disproportional is based on whites not being as using these drugs as much? I will say that Hollywood is getting a free pass for whites using drugs. But Hollywood must have some political pull.

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      Furthermore these sentences were often for many years of incarceration even for minor drug offenses. There should be a determined effort to speed this process of reform to bring more normalcy to the process and free the prisoners who have not committed violent crimes.

      B:

      You don’t have the foundation to make that statement, because you don’t know the prior criminal records of these people?

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      Finally, the Justice department should conduct a more widespread and intense nationwide examination into police practices including racial profiling. This should be done in partnership with local police departments to ensure that minorities are not being targeted and incarcerated in an unfair manner.

      B:

      Sure they need to be trained, but how is that going to stop crime?

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      The second platform plank would be to push for national legislation for women to protect them against the growing state and local regulations aimed at limiting their personal choices.

      These personal choices include reproductive rights,

      B:

      You mean abortion!

      And you mean that you want the taxpayers to pay for their wrong choices. They are the gate keepers, and if they fail to protect the goal they abort the score? This off course makes exceptions for Rape, Pregnancy Complications, and Medical Complications endangering the woman’s life.

      All the others are her choice. And even with all the gender confusion of the 21st century, it still takes a woman and man to play the game. Yet, the woman can make the decision to abort by herself, where is the equality and isn’t this discrimination as well.

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      healthcare options,

      B:

      What healthcare options?

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      equal pay

      B:

      What is equal pay without determining what is equal performance, and what they provide to earn a salary? There are many men that don’t make as much money as other men, isn’t that inequality as well? The whole concept of equal pay is mediocrity, instead of individual performance and other attributes required for the job.

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      and employment options, as well as any other area that men consider sacrosanct for themselves.

      B:

      What about the jobs that women do that aren’t doable for men?

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      The defensive moves we need to make are to challenge all of these new state and local laws in Federal and State courts. A key linchpin of this strategy would be the nomination and ratification of the ninth member of the United States Supreme Court whose jurisprudence would be amenable to the upholding of a woman's choice in all of her personal matters.

      B:

      We need to make Supreme Court decisions that are above a simple majority of 5-4. Moving the decision up to 6-3 or even 7-2 would make better decisions of all kinds of cases. Roe v Wade 1973 was a 5-4 decision that even today is still being argued.

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      Brad Masters 

      2 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Howard

      Hub my major policy preferences in three categories. These are economics, social issues, and foreign policy.

      My economic platform will center around three major planks all of which will attempt to halt and eventually reverse much of the dramatic increase in the wealth gap within the United States. The first step will be to make major changes to the United States income tax code primarily to make it more progressive.

      Economic Policy

      My argument is that we need to re-circulate this dormant wealth by increasing the top income tax rates by a few percentage points.

      B:

      Increasing any income tax rate to focus on the rich is futile. You mentioned the Internal Revenue Code, and that is the mechanism of how the rich get richer. And while they pay the bulk of the Income Tax, it is only a fraction of what they can pay, but that will never happen as long as we have the IRC.

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      The increased revenue will then be re-invested in the middle and lower classes through the strengthening and expanding of our social programs.

      B:

      Social programs drain the revenue, and they just don’t work.

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      This will dramatically stimulate the economy by putting more wealth in the hands of the people who need to spend it.

      B:

      What would put more wealth into the hands of the non wealthy would be tax cuts. We should also reverse the 1986 Tax Reform Act that got rid of the few useful deductions available to the non rich. Like sales tax, credit card interest and the rest. Today, the biggest users of the IRC are the rich.

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      I would also increase our estate tax rates and cut many of the tax loopholes that the very rich and corporations utilize to avoid paying their fair share into our economy.

      B:

      With the rise in the value of homes, at what level would you start the estate tax?

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      The cuts to our social safety net since 2011 when the Republicans regained power in Congress have been dramatic. I believe we need to restore these programs to their former strengthen and in most cases expand them. Programs for the poor such as Food Stamps and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) were sharply cut.

      B:

      Do you want more than the 45 million people already on this assistance?

      Providing more jobs so they could get off this assistance would be more meaningful.

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      Both Medicare and Medicaid were potential targets for expansion during the negotiations leading up to the passage of the 2010 Affordable Healthcare Act. Unfortunately the Democrats made cuts instead to Medicare to fund this new law instead of expanding it to more people.

      B:

      Obamcare makes it a trilogy of bad democrat taxes. FDR in 1937 SS tax, then LBJ in 1965 Medicare Tax, and 2010 ACA Tax.

      If anything they should have used the Federal Employee system of these programs and made them available to the private sector. Don’t confuse dependency on these programs with success.

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      Congressional Republicans have failed to fully fund the Medicaid expansion for the poor to afford this new healthcare coverage. Also many states have refused to fund this major expansion because the Supreme Court ruled that they could not be forced to do so.

      B:

      The search for the guilty is not the republicans; it is the loyal party voters of both parties that foster the ill conceived programs by both parties. They just don’t work, never did, never will. We have two parties in one congress but we have one America, and Americans.

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      Social Security needs to have its funding strengthened due to the steady retirements of the baby boom generation. Republicans have responded to challenges such as this in the past by cutting benefits and increasing the retirement age.

      B:

      SS is treated by both parties as an Entitlement, but it is a TAX. And it is not a retirement system. Compare it to the Federal Employee Retirement System. Yes, they now contribute to SS but that is just a bonus to their Defined Benefits Pension.

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      My platform would be to restore past cuts in Social Security while increasing the funding base dramatically by raising the income threshold for taxing individuals. Small increases in this level would dramatically increase revenues with little pain to the general public. This level has remained constant for years and is way past due for an inflationary increase.

      B:

      SS shouldn’t be taxed after adding it to total income AGI. If one of the married couples is on SS and the other is not. Then adding SS to the total AGI creates and unreasonable tax.

      Why don’t look at the stagnant $255 death benefit.

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      The Affordable Healthcare Act should also become fully funded with all of its Medicare and Medicaid reductions in spending fully restored. All of this spending would be instantly circulated throughout the economy raising all boats and sending us into a true robust recovery.

      B:

      It is now 2018, and ACA is still in force, but have your wishes been fulfilled?

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      My last economic platform plank would be to raise the national minimum wage rate to a minimally livable rate of $15 per hour over a four year period. The minimum wage rate is very rarely raised and not to a large extent when it is. This is another example where a social program or device is allowed to lag far behind inflation therefore greatly watering it down.

      B:

      This is happening now, but the only ones benefiting this is the government with more contributions to FICA. But what about the people that started at half that rate, and worked hard to make it to $15 an hour. This could have taken them several years, and now some new person comes in and is fast tracked without having to perform to get raises, as the government gives them forced increases because of the minimum wage law.

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      The American people need a minimum wage rate that allows people to live albeit at a low sustainable level. The current $7.25 per hour rate is nowhere near a livable level and is terribly inhumane. Raising it to $15 over four years would remedy this and would be a tremendous shot in the arm for the U.S. economy. These workers would instantly have to spend this higher income increasing economic activity dramatically and quickly.

      B:

      Remember this also increases the employer’s costs while not increasing their revenue. In addition their share of FICA is also increased without any additional revenue.

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      Most of the jobs directly effected by this wage increase are in local service jobs that cannot be exported so its impact on unemployment will be negligible. The job base will eventually be expanded as our economy grows due to this increased consumer spending. Thus it will be a win-win situation for everyone in our economy.

      B:

      Is this happening today in 2018?

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      Howard Schneider 

      13 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I agree that the Voting Rights and Citizens United Supreme Court decisions were abominable. Our nation's election of Trump was mind boggling but I am hopeful that the chickens are coming home to roost. This man is the most egocentric President of all time by a longshot. This is even more surprising because anyone running for the office must be somewhat egocentric. But this man revolves all his decisions around himself not our country. Republicans who still back him should be paying a heavy political price very soon. Thank you very much for your comments, Kari.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      13 months ago from Ohio

      Your platforms show good sense and scruples. I was so disappointed in our country when they decided that the Voting Rights Act was outdated. I still am aghast every time I think of it. Same thing with Citizens United. How could they even name it Citizens United? Seems like an oxymoron to me.

      Now that Trump is president it seems (to me) that our country is in a downward spiral. :(

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      Howard Schneider 

      16 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Thank you very much for your comments and approval. Angel. Unfortunately a large portion of this country became mesmerized by Donald Trump's outrageous and dishonest rhetoric and did not vote for their own interests. Many of my own, supposedly sensible friends, argued that the country needed a change. Well, they got it. I always argued back, What change? No sensible answer. Unfortunately this country will be dealing with this colossal mess for a long while. Whenever one states that they want change, please ask for an answer as to what that change should entail. Do not ship your brain out to sea for nonsense such as Trump has offered and now has changed.

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      Angel Guzman 

      16 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I strongly approve of this article ;)

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      Howard Schneider 

      24 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Thanks. Let's hope the entirety of the Democratic party has gotten it. That also means for every election cycle not just the presidential. We need to get statehouses back.

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      My Esoteric 

      24 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Then you got it spot-on HS.

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      Howard Schneider 

      24 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I was talking about a candidate who would run with Bernie's earnestness, honesty, and energy. Not necessarily with his policy set. Hillary Clinton simply did not energize Democrats nor the independent voter.

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      My Esoteric 

      24 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      We certainly don't see eye-to-eye on Bernie. While he has many good ideas, they often go too far to be practicable or passable. Clinton, Biden (both too old now) and other center-left people are the ones who can actually chance of getting stuff passed through Congress.

      Ideologies are fine, but they are only words unless they can be put into action.

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      Howard Schneider 

      24 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Absolutely. Maybe after Trump betrays them all, we could run more campaigns with Bernie's honesty and energy and win back these people's good sense. Hopefully it is not too late.

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      My Esoteric 

      24 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Welcome, I am glad I read it as well. If the Ds have any hope, they need to get back in touch with ALL of the people, not just big city folks.

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      Howard Schneider 

      24 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Thank you for that Politico article, My Esoteric. Knowing the President wants to stay active against the new Administration makes me feel a lot better. As long as they stay on the high road and oppose him as far as policy goes. Having many of the alumni running for office would be a much needed injection of fresh blood into the Democratic candidate pool. Many of the new actions that the "Trump" organization is doing to sell influence and market their brand may sink him even sooner. Unfortunately he has at least 9 political lives.

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      My Esoteric 

      24 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      I just started a Hub, similar to the one I did for President Obama. While I will only report on what he did with analytical comment from time to time, I don't expect it to end up with such proud achievements which PBO did.

      Yes, vigilant!

      http://www.politico.eu/article/barack-obama-loyali...

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      Howard Schneider 

      24 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I feel the same way, My Esoteric. I was depressed and despondent election night and the following day. Currently I am working on a Hub about the things to watch for in a Trump Administration and the lead up to it. This came after I snapped out of this funk regarding Trump. I am very alarmed at the clues I am seeing. His appointments and the apparent conflicts of interest with his businesses. There is ex-Italian President Silvio Berlusconi written all over this man. I am very scared for our republic. We all must be vigilant. Thank you for your comments. I needed them right now.

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      My Esoteric 

      24 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      That is absolutely a crying shame.

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      Howard Schneider 

      24 months ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Now that Donald Trump has been elected, most of this platform wish list will remain exactly that, a wish list. It is unfortunate for the future of this country.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I understand that some small businesses such as yours are hurt much more than our regular service industries such as retail and fast food. Maybe legislators could work out exemptions in very competitive areas for periods of time. All I know is that leaving it to business leaders as a whole will lead to an awful lot of Ebenezer Scrooges. Thank you for your further comments.

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      My Esoteric 

      2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Just an FYI on how raising the MW impacts small business (save for the retail sector, most large businesses mostly pay above $15 already). While my business is small, my clients who provide most of my income are large. Trying to pass on my increased costs due to raises in MW may result is lost income because we are in a competitive arena and my clients have many choices.

      We are a small fish surrounded by large competitors and we made our niche by offering better service than anybody else. But, I have found that "better service" only gets you so far. We lost a $4m/yr client because "better service" didn't beat out the "bottom line".

      Just saying.

      You are right, no MW would be a green light for business to lower wages, for awhile anyway. They still pay in any event because business and their owners (me) will pay the taxes used to pay the EITC. The benefit, however, is growth in business in general and more jobs which in turn drives up wages via competition when unemployment is low.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Thank you very much for your comments, My Esoteric. I have always been a Free Trader. The Democrats need to support the unions so most blindly follow the protectionist route. Except when they come to real power like President Obama. Then they see the whole picture and are suddenly converts. I would not mind seeing the tax rate on the wealthy go up to 50% but I was trying to stay within the realm of current political feasibility. Piketty's work is outstanding and a landmark economics book finally putting the final nail into Arthur Laffer's supply side (Voodoo) economics. I did mean a $15 minimum wage and not 15%. That got by my final editing. Thanks for the catch. I do understand that some businesses will have a very hard time absorbing this minimum wage rise but I believe if it is gradually put in, that its impact will be much less. I would rather have had this wage rise over the years at the inflation rate instead of this more sudden method. I like the expanded Earned Income Credit idea also but I fear that no minimum wage would be a green light for many businesses to be evil and pay very little. Finally, I agree that Congress had fair warning but now the Republican states are really placing some obviously vote suppressing laws in. Maybe in a more bi-partisan time the law can be amended but I won't hold my breath.Thanks for the compliments and I am sure we both believe that Donald Trump must be defeated.

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      My Esoteric 

      2 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Well done, HS, well done. Clearly from past contact, you and I are more or less in lock-step politically. There is little I disagree with in your platform and was surprised to see you favor TPP. I understand why most Democrats don't support it because it requires a deep understanding of how economics work, and very few people of any stripe do; Republicans, except Trump, favor it because they are told to just like Democrats don't favor it for the same reason.

      All I can offer is some nuance:

      - Studies show that a marginal tax rate up to about 50% would not hurt either the rich or the economy, but it would, as Thomas Piketty shows in his 1000 page tome, go along way toward bringing inequality under control by returning some profits back to labor who provided the profits in the first place. Likewise, estates of the very rich should be taxes such that heirs have to work in order to remain wealthy; not just live off the welfare of their parents.

      - The economy actually is growing at historically normal rates since 2010, 2 - 2.75%. It has not, I think for reasons different from what you propose, grown at 3%+ which is often the case after major downturns. My belief it was the inability for gov't to act as one to show business a consistent policy from which to make long-term plans. Business had/has no idea what is going to happen next year, let alone the next 5 years.

      - When you were talking about the minimum wage, did you mean $15 as opposed to the 15% you stated?

      - Regarding the MW. I hold that raising it to that level, which is indeed the minimum needed, even in steps, is a disincentive to business from either starting up or expanding. I know that my own business will have a hard time sustaining that level of pay until we increase prices to our clients in order to afford it. Alternatively, I might have to let staff go (or make part-time) in order to pay the remaining staff that much. Having said that, I am committed to doing just that and hope I don't lose business in the process.

      - Personally, I am against the MW for the very fact that it interferes with the normal market forces and creates turbulence that obstructs growth. In its place, I favor a much expanded Earned Income Tax Credit assistance. It accomplishes the same end without the anti-growth downside.

      - Finally, on the VRA. The Supreme Court gave Congress fair warning over the last 15 years, I think, that they needed modernize the section Roberts found unconstitutional, or else the Court will do exactly what it did. In once sense, I don't blame Roberts; but in the other I do because he has eyes and a good brain. He should have seen that this Congress wan't going to do diddly-squat. What his politics blinded him to (for this as well as Citizen's United) was that people don't change their color ... ever. That is why as soon as the restraints came down, the South immediately began to disenfranchise minorities. They were just as naive in their rational for CU.

      Ahhh, that felt good. Great Hub HS.

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      Howard Schneider 

      2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Thank you for your comments, Bob. They certainly need to be taxed more and cut their loopholes.

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      diogenes 

      2 years ago from UK and Mexico

      An interesting article. I'm afraid my economic policy can be summed-up in a few words, "Tax the wealthy until they bleed!"

      Bob

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