Capitalism Sucks for Everyone Except Capitalists

koch brothersCapitalism is an economic, social and political system where private individuals control a country’s trade and business.   Capitalism flourishes because it celebrates the worst of the human condition: greed, self-interest and ego.  It also recognizes the advantages of competition and market forces.   This leads to a great tension between what is good for the capitalist and what is good for everyone else and the country.

In the United States this tension has resolved in favor of the capitalist time and again.  Money talks.  As a result of the capitalist wanting to maximize profits for themselves, we get poor wages and often are forced to work in unsafe conditions; all while they plunder the land and resources of our country and pollute our air, land and water.

Average-American-Family-InfographicOf late, when workers try to organize or ask for a wage increase, the capitalist threatens to move their operations to another country.   In fact, hundreds of U.S. companies have moved, simply to maximize profit for themselves, all the while putting Americans out of work.   Clearly, what is good for the capitalist is not good for the country or its workforce.

So how is this resolved?

Socialism is not the answer, because giving the government control of business is a losing proposition.  Instead, we need to examine what socialism is trying to accomplish for workers, and find a way to protect our country and its workers within our democratic values.

This is where the tenets of the Pro American Party shine. They create stability and security in a system that currently has neither.   They also create an economic floor for workers that allow them the dignity of working and paying their own way in our society.   In so doing it creates the forces required to make business work in a way that is in the best interests of our country.    Importantly in this regard, it also protects businesses from unfair competition from abroad.  In short, the PAP protects workers, increases economic security, protects U.S. business and serves to unite the country.

I encourage you to read all 12 tenets that have been discussed to date, but in the meantime, here are some highlights of how the Pro American Party resolves the tension between the capitalist and the country.

employ Americans.jpgTenet #1 – Requires businesses who sell their products or services to Americans to employ Americans.  It also provides for a very low tax rate for those companies that comply, while punishing companies that do not.

Tenet #2 – Abolishes welfare, but creates guaranteed jobs at a fair wage. Abolishes corporate welfare, but reduces corporate taxes.  By guaranteeing a minimum wage of $12 an hour, it forces business to match that rate or be unable to attract workers.

Tenet #3 – Endorses the scientific method as a fair way to determine facts.   As per our constitution, does not endorse religion, but allows our citizens to believe in whatever God they choose.

Tenet #4 – Creates in-country production requirements for all products deemed to have a connection to national security.  This will bring manufacturing back to our country.

scalesTenet #5 – Establishes a requirement for a balanced budget and revises the tax system.  Changes the way budgets are established.

Tenet #6 – Ensures our military will remain the best in the world.

service to countryTenet #7 – Creates a requirement for all Americans to give 2 years of service to their country after graduating high school or reaching the age of 18.  There are many ways to complete this service requirement.  Once this service requirement is complete the recipient will be eligible for up to 2 years of free college or trade school education.  Those who complete their 2 years of education with at least a C average are then eligible for an additional two years of college without cost.

Tenet #8 – Requires the title of all laws passed by Congress to truly reflect their impact.   Creates a non-partisan group to evaluate all laws and to publish their findings prior to a law being enacted.

Tenet #9 – Creates a yearly survey of all businesses and determines the educational, vocational and other skill requirements of businesses and broadcasts that information to all school districts in the country.

Tenet #10 – Punishes businesses that pollute our environment.  Creates a fund, paid by business, to correct pollution problems.

Soldiers w RiflesTenet #11 – Protects our military veterans and their physical and emotional health.  Provides a higher hourly wage for all veterans…for the rest of their lives.  Provides additional death payments for the spouses/families of veterans who die in the line of duty.

Tenet #12 – Eliminates high crime/high unemployment areas by bringing together business and government resources.

 

 

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Tenet #2

The Pro American Party endorses the idea that having a working population is in the best interests of our country. We also support the idea of active citizenship and believe everyone needs to do their fair share.  (Active citizenship will be discussed in future posts.)

In our view it is not in the best interests of the country for one segment of society to support the other in the form of welfare.   Corporate welfare is therefore abolished immediately.   Support for corporations will come in the form of a reduced tax rate should they abide by the tenets of this platform.   In addition, American corporations may, if they choose, ask for specific help from the government as needed, provided that assistance shall directly benefit American workers in the form of greater employment and/or higher wages.

Welfare or other assistance for the needy shall be abolished for all but the most severely disabled and replaced with a government program that guarantees all adult persons not in school an opportunity to work full-time in their community. The wage for this work should be $12 an hour, with child care benefits and health care included at no cost. Yearly wage adjustments should be based on the same formula as social security increases/decreases. If a person is able to work, but chooses not to, he/she will not receive a wage or government benefits. Workers will pay into social security and receive social security benefits at retirement, but no other pension plan will be provided.  Of note,  the government shall provide suitable employment to the disabled, should their disability be able to be reasonably accommodated as specified in the ADA.  It is noted that all workers must perform their work according to accepted and approved standards or risk losing this benefit.

The intent of this program is to ensure that all Americans can find work immediately if they lose employment in the private sector; such employment would remain available to each person until a new private sector job can be secured. The type of work that recipients perform would depend on the needs of the local, state and federal governments, who will decide what services are needed in their respective jurisdictions.   The Department of Labor will coordinate this effort, and will assist state and local entities in developing work programs that meet federal requirements.  As a result of this program, all other assistance programs will be eliminated as there will be no need for them.

Local businesses are eligible to use persons in this program for temporary workers. They would reimburse the program $25 per hour for every person provided, but the individual would continue to receive their normal wage and program health/child care benefits from the DOL. The costs of this program would also rise/fall using the aforementioned formula.

Students who are at least age 18 and attending a college, junior college or technical school may work up to 20 hours week.  They will also be eligible for health and child care benefits.

This tenet is designed to ensure all Americans can find work should they choose.   In addition, this tenet will require corporations to pay a competitive wage, because they will not get workers if they do not meet or exceed the government program.   This tenet will also eliminate the ability of businesses to reduce wage/benefit/hours worked that harm American families.   It should also be noted that having full employment will reduce social friction, crime and discrimination.   There will no longer be one segment of society giving to another, as all persons will earn their wages with their labor.

The wage for a person working full-time would be $24,960 per year.   This means that a household supported by only one wage earner would not be subject to federal income tax.  Specific tax rates will be discussed in a future post.

Pro American Party

I know, I have just written about the negatives of political parties with the George Washington quote.   However, given our current political structure, I don’t see another way to proceed.   Perhaps we should be called Independents of the Pro American persuasion.  If you think of a better name, or a better structure, please help.

In the meantime the platform of the Pro American Party is designed to foster political ideas that support the best interests of the overwhelming majority of Americans. The focus of this party is on economic issues and national security, but it will address all issues that affect our quality of life. Recognizing that both the Republican and Democratic Parties have made it clear by their actions and rhetoric that the good of our Country and its citizenry is far less important than their ideologies and special interests, the Pro American Party is formed to protect our country and citizens now and into the future.
Purpose of Government:

The highest purpose of government is to protect its citizens. Within the Pro American Party we believe in a government that not only protects us from foreign powers, but also from corporations and any other entities that have resources and means beyond those of the average citizen that, if unchecked, may act in ways that are not in the best interests of our citizens.

The Pro American Party wants the government to be as small as possible, but large enough to do the work necessary to safeguard our sovereignty.   We believe we have a responsibility to future generations to safeguard our human and natural resources. Our government will be designed to ensure these resources are protected now and into the future.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties are welfare parties.   The Democrats give to the poor and the Republicans give to the wealthy via corporate welfare.   This party will require that everyone earns what they get…but unlike other parties, we will create the structure that allows all to be successful when they act responsibly.

The tenets of the Pro American Party will follow, but if after reading them you think we need to add one or more, please submit your idea.