The Pro American Party Honors Our Military With Action, Not Just Words – Tenet #11

Soldiers w RiflesThose citizens who have chosen to enter the military will have exposed themselves to the dangers and horrors of war; perhaps the most meaningful way possible to honor our country.

This service will be recognized in three ways.  First, honorably discharged military members who served during peacetime who transition to non-military government jobs will receive one dollar an hour over the hourly fee of their cohorts for the rest of  their lives.

mil dog at funeralSecond, honorably discharged military members who served during a time of war who transition to non-military government jobs will receive three dollars an hour more than their cohorts, for the rest of their lives.

These extra payments are a meaningful way for a grateful nation to express its gratitude.

VAThe VA will continue to exist and will focus on finding ways to help veterans with PTSD and other service-related physical and mental injuries.

Veterans with combat-related injuries are free to use the VA or any other qualified medical or psychological professionals, based on preference or availability.

Monthly survivors benefits (Dependency Indemnity Compensation) will remain as currently provided.  However, as the third way to honor our veterans, a surviving spouse or dependent will now be authorized a $50,000 lump sum payment that will be remitted within 30 days of the date of death.

 

Who Should Pay for Corporate Pollution? – Tenet #10

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Tenet #10 reads as follows:

“Businesses whose operations pollute the environment will be taxed at a higher rate to provide a fund available to the government to mitigate the effects of the pollution. The goal of the government shall be to ensure the quality of the air, water and land to sustain future generations of citizens. If a business provides and implements a plan that fully mitigates all negative environmental effects, no additional tax will be necessary. When determining the rate of this punitive tax, long-term environmental and public health risks will be, at minimum, a part of the factors to be considered.”

Do you think any CEO of a polluting corporation lives in the pollution zone?   The answer is no.  Okay, so we know CEOs don’t live in the areas where their corporations pollute.  Given that, can you guess what one demographic best determines who DOES live in that zone?   Okay two guesses.   Race is the best predictor and poverty is next.  Surprised?

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Given that the Pro American Party is being created to protect all Americans, including non-white and poor Americans, this is simply unacceptable.

If you study this issue, you will be sad to learn that there is a term used to describe this problem … Environmental Racism.   The problem of Environmental Racism exists for two  reasons.   First, poor, non-white communities simply cannot fight corporations inside our legal system.   They do not have the resources.   Second, they also can’t move away from the pollution as families of more means would do.   They are stuck when corporations, whose executives live miles away, decide their neighborhood would be a good place to send their pollution.

This is another example showing why the Pro American Party so strongly believes our government has a duty that is more than just providing a military.   Sometimes the enemy is within, and all Americans, and our environment, deserve to be protected from them.

For more information please look at the following article by Bryce Covert: http://www.thenation.com/article/race-best-predicts-whether-you-live-near-pollution/

 

 

Making Math Meaningful – Really?? Tenet #9

 

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The Pro American Party presents Tenet #9:

“The Congress shall create a committee that surveys all U.S. businesses on a yearly basis for the purpose of determining the educational and technical skill needs within their work forces. These needs will be broadcast to all secondary and higher level schools, including private and technical schools so that programs can be created to meet those needs.”

We seek to answer the age old question: “Why do I need math?”

There are two primary goals for this tenet. First, we want to make sure schools are teaching those classes that will result in jobs for Americans. Second, we want to help parents when they have that inevitable discussion about why it is important for their children to learn math, history, geography, etc.

Let’s use math as an example.  The following is a copy of an article written by in Math Learning on August 14th, 2013

Lots of children dream big and we love that about them! Kids want to be sculptors, veterinarians, zoo keepers, pilots, baseball players, dancers — they are only limited by their imaginations. As parents and teachers, our job is to give kids the tools they need to realize these dreams. Math learning is one of those tools, as shown by our list of 7 cool jobs that require math.

Looking for ways to motivate your dreamer in math? You can encourage your child by talking about how a [insert dream job here] needs math in their job. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

These 7 cool jobs all require math learning

1. Animator

In animation, math and art go together like peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Trigonometry helps rotate and move characters, while algebra creates the special effects to make images shine. Even artists have to pay attention in math class!

2. Game Designer

Designing board or video games is a cool job. Who wouldn’t want to playtest Candyland, Monopoly, or Clue? Every game designer needs to have a good grasp of game theory – a branch of applied mathematics. Aspiring video game programmers should also study trigonometry, physics, and calculus. Chances are, board game designers will need to know probability, even if they won’t be designing math games.

3. Robotics Engineer

Robotics engineers design, test, and maintain robots! It’s a growing industry and the employment outlook is sunny. Before you quit your day job and run off to design a house-cleaning robot, hit the math books. Most Robotics Engineers have a master’s or doctorate. According to the article, “Learn About Robots” robotics may be the most inter-disciplinary of engineering endeavors.

4. Roller Coaster Designer

Roller Coaster

As you ride a roller coaster through loops, dives, and dips, you’re busy wondering if you’re going to lose your lunch, not calculating velocity. But there are many different curves in a coaster and roller coaster engineers need to understand the mathematical properties of these curves, as well as physics, kinematics, and material strength. Like all cool jobs, roller coaster design is competitive — there are only 100 roller coaster design companies in the U.S.!

5. Jet Fighter Pilot

The thrilling life of a jet fighter pilot seems worlds away from the math classroom. Movies like “Top Gun,” show pilots streaking through the sky in futuristic birds, not calculating how much fuel they have left or figuring out the direction and speed of the wind. But pilots have to complete major math problems on the fly, and when they’re zipping through the air at 700 mph, math skills are life saving.

6. Sports Announcer

What is his batting average? How many bases has he stolen? When those sports personalities give the play-by-play, they have to pay attention to the numbers: percentages, player stats, the clock. And sports casting is done live, which means there’s no room for errors.

7. Professional Photographer

We think of shutterbugs as artists, not mathematicians. But professional photographers need mad math skills. They have to calculate depth of field, determine the correct film speed, shutter speed, aperture, and exposure — and more. And to capture the moment, they need to do it all in a matter of minutes. Who knew so much math went into one photograph?

– See more at: http://www.dreambox.com/blog/7-dream-jobs-that-require-math#sthash.44NV0J8Z.dpuf

 

For even more math-related jobs that kids will love, click on the following url: http://startingwright.cs.wright.edu/Teacher/ingut/21-seriously-cool-careers.pdf

 

 

 

Corporate Enemies – Identified – and the Way It Used To Be

The year was 1941. Pearl Harbor was just months away and Henry Ford wanted to prove to the United States government that he could mass produce bombers. Take a look at the video above and see what we used to be able to do.   One B-24 with 1,250,000 parts, every 55 minutes. No wonder we won the war. Oh, the good ol’ days!

When the Pro American Party states that manufacturing is important to national security, this video illustrates why. These days the manufacturing is more likely to be done in Mexico, China or India.

Corporations bolt from the U.S. for several reasons: tax avoidance, escape from pollution standards, and cheap labor prime among them. In this post, we identify some of the companies that have done just that.

Our first list comes to us from Richard A. McCormack, editor@manufacturingnews.com. In July, 2013, he wrote an article entitled “America’s Biggest Companies Continue To Move Factories Offshore And Eliminate Thousands of American Jobs“. According to research done by McCormack, seventy-seven petitions were filed on behalf of American workers, from companies such as IBM, Walgreens, International Paper, Sanmina Corp., Chicago Bridge and Iron, NCR, AT&T, Tenneco Automotive, Micron Technology and Honeywell, among others….and this was just in the first three weeks of July of that year!

Read more from McCormack by going to the following link: http://www.manufacturingnews.com/news/TAA0731131.html

By the way, did you know that when companies bolt from the U.S. and leave their former employees jobless that the former employees are then eligible for all types of benefits via the Department of Labor?   Guess who pays?   No need, you do.  The program is called the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program and includes a variety of benefits and services to support workers in their search for reemployment. This includes Trade Readjustment Allowance, training, assistance with healthcare premium costs, Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, and job search and relocation allowances.   This is a second slap in the face.   The Pro American Party’s platform will fix this injustice.

The link below will take you to a DOL site and it reflects the decision made by the DOL in the case of Johnson Controls, when they left people jobless in ID, MI, TX, KY, WI, LA and OR.   https://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/taadecisions/taadecision.cfm?taw=85773

The next list comes from CNN.   It covers every company that has moved overseas, in alphabetical order.   Unfortunately the list reads like a who’s who of American business.  CNN calls this list “Exporting America”…please read until you’re too fed up to continue.  You will be dismayed to say the least.  http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/lou.dobbs.tonight/popups/exporting.america/frameset.exclude.html

Last, but not least, is the environmental shuffle.   Apparently with our government’s blessing, coal companies are exporting their product overseas.   This allows us to say we have ‘reduced’ our emissions in the U.S., but fails to mention that the earth doesn’t benefit, because the pollution has just been moved outside the country…but still the same atmosphere.   The link below takes you to the site of “the day” which produced the article.  http://www.theday.com/article/20140728/NWS13/307289946

 

 

 

 

Congress – Please Tell Us The Truth – Tenet #8

 

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The Pro American Party – Tenet #8

The Congress shall not pass any law with a title that does not include the actual purpose of the law. Duplicitous language shall not be allowed. The first paragraph of each law shall outline in direct language the intent of the law. (It would be illegal, for example, to title something as “The Clean Air Act” if it actually reduced protections against pollution.)

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The Congress will create a non-partisan group to examine the law prior to its being voted upon and publish an impact statement easily available to the public that outlines how the law will affect citizens, government and/or the environment. The public will have at least 15 days to review and comment to their representatives before any law can be enacted.

This requirement can be suspended only in the course of a national emergency.   In such a case the Congress needs to specifically invoke this exception and in that case the law will be reviewed when the emergency has ended.

The Corporate Enemy-Who’s With Us?

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Which of the candidates in the photos above would you choose to change corporate behavior? Who among them would actually be willing? Are any of them truly with us…or do they owe their souls to the corporations?

If you happen to get the chance, please ask one of them let us know what they said.

Corporations, especially multi-nationals, are the enemy of everyday Americans. Corporations play by a different set of rules from the rest of us. They now enjoy almost all the rights of citizens, but are not burdened by the civic responsibilities we follow. They follow only one rule: maximize profit. They don’t care about providing a living wage, maintaining human rights, improving public health and worker safety, protecting the environment or anything else that would better the lives of Americans. Of course the government could force them to… but corporations are willing to pay for the privilege of reeking havoc on us without such consideration…they provide campaign funds for candidates…who then write the laws.

Corporations bear responsibility for being bad citizens. Part of the problem is the never-ending push to be more competitive and increase profits. Even assuming that some corporations would be good citizens if given the chance, if their competitors did not also take this stance the good corporate citizen would quickly lose market share to those that cut corners. This is where a responsible government should step in. We need a government that will design a working set of laws that establish minimum standards of corporate conduct. The Pro American Party has already done much of the work via tenets # 1,2,4 and 5.

We also need to change our expectations. If we refused to do business with companies that were not good neighbors, they would soon go out of business or change their ways. So at least a part of this problem is one of our own doing. However, we need to recognize human nature for what it is; we’re all looking for the best deal and the lowest price. This is why we need the government to step in and establish a set of rules that require all corporations to consider more than just profit.

Robert Hinkley is a former corporate lawyer who has come up with an idea that would completely change the corporate culture. He calls it “The Code.” In his article he argues that lawmakers should change the law to reflect what the vast majority of people want. He states this can be accomplished by eliminating the doctrine of shareholder primacy (focus on profit only) and by adding the following:

It is the duty of directors to make money for shareholders … but not at the expense of the environment, human rights, the public health or safety, the communities in which the corporation operates or the dignity of its employees.

Hinkley goes on to say “This simple Code for Corporate Citizenship balances the rights of citizenship that corporations already have with obligations of citizenship that they have been able to avoid.”

Please look at his entire article using the following link: http://multinationalmonitor.org/mm2002/02july-aug/july-aug02corp4.html#name

Do you want to change the corporate environment? If so, contact your elected representatives and let them know.