A small “health tax” would make a huge difference.
Taking the “food tax” concept one step further has positive implications for the environment.
This short article by Martin Dyckman argues persuasively that Instant Runoff Voting produces cleaner campaigns and more moderate candidates who reflect the party’s mainstream, rather than it’s extremists. And it guarantees the person who is eventually elected is the one that a majority of voters prefer, instead of Naderizing the vote. (Naderizing: siphoning off enough so many votes from a similar candidate that a dissimilar, and less popular, candidate wins — as Ralph Nader did to Al Gore in 2000. Remember you heard that term here first!)
In 2004, the Democrats didn’t win a single state that had a farm or ranch in it — with very few exceptions. This article shows what they overlooked — and why they may not be able to do anything about it until we get the money out of politics.
Arizona and other states have managed to make money irrelevant to politics, and it’s changing the face of democracy.
With the 2004 elections ended, our ears are still ringing from the never-ending series of feel-good statements issuing from the mouths of politicians, about how America has the best democracy in the world, the best health care system, the best this, and the best that. It would be nice if it were true. But the evidence is clear: America lags far behind Europe when it comes to both health and politics.
Reprint of the fantastic (and funny!) article from
Living Nutrition magazine. It contrasts the natural Eden we want with the corporate lifestyle we have. (Be sure to read the original at https://www.livingnutrition.com/laugh.html#meaning.)
Christmas shopping is down in 2004. The experts say it will pick up. Are they right?
Part I of this series, I argued that corporations are the major force in the destruction of the environment, that the average citizen has little political influence, and that the average consumer has little economic influence. This post shows how financial markets are putting irresistible pressure on corporations, how we are unwittingly complicit in that problem. The third and final part of this series then shows how the proposed social security “reform” will work to deform our environment and our economy even further.