Van Jones and the Contract For An American Socialist Nightmare

by lewwaters

As much as those on the left denigrate and demean conservatives on the right, it is most laughable that they seem to think imitating our ways can elevate them to power. This cannot be demonstrated any better than the latest move by former Obama Environmental Adviser Van Jones, forced to resign in disgrace due to past involvement with a known Marxist Group, the 911 Truther Movement and for publicly disparaging congressional Republicans, as he copies Republican Newt Gingrich’s 1994 Contract With America that propelled Republicans into power.

Jones, working with Moveon.org calls his A Contract for the American Dream, playing off of the 1994 Republican contract mentioned above. That’s where the similarities end. As US News’ Peter Roff puts it, “it fails to define the specifics of what a new Democratic majority would do if returned to power along with President Barack Obama, something the GOP’s Contract with America did clearly and succinctly.”

While the contract does not explain fully and clearly in specific terms, looking it over with a discerning eye reveal it to be yet another call for massive spending increases and expansion of government well beyond any America has ever endured to date. Contrary to its claim of for the American Dream, it is actually a contract for a socialist nightmare.

It begins playing off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 I Have A Dream speech, “I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

The contract then launches into a tirade heard all too often these past few years from the socialist left, “America is not broke. America is rich – still the wealthiest nation ever. But too many at the top are grabbing the gains.” And, “Americans need jobs, not cuts. Many of our best workers are sitting idle while the work of rebuilding America goes undone… We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis.”

Those “at the top” who are constantly accused of taking too much, not paying their fair share, not giving back and what have you, pay over 50% of the taxes already! They are also the ones who own the companies that supply the jobs we used to have, but have now lost due to our continuing economic decline.

As CNN has finally admitted, There Aren’t Enough ‘Rich’ People to Tax to really make a dent in our trillions of dollars in external debt, the highest of any nation on the planet currently. From where I come from, if you are so deep in debt you cannot pay it off in a reasonable amount of time, you’re broke!

None of this stops Jones from sending out an email through Moveon.org pandering to people with, “If you’re fed up with Washington and tea party politics, sign the Contract for the American Dream today.” That the Tea Party people want the staggering debt paid down and freeing up Billions of our Tax Dollars now being spent every month on interest payments, instead of being invested in America and our people escape Jones in his 10 step proposal he calls “for the American Dream” below.

1. INVEST IN AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE. Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads and public transit. We must invest in high-speed Internet and a modern, energy-saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.

Wouldn’t it be great to have the debt paid down enough to recover some of those Billions of Dollars in interest payments going out every month to do just this? But, since our tax dollars are paying interest, what recourse is there currently? Raise taxes on everybody and borrow more, going deeper into debt.

2. CREATE 21ST-CENTURY ENERGY JOBS. We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.

A job is a job, where I come from. The so-called “Green Energy” remains unperfected, unreliable and overly expensive. It can only remain in business now by pouring our tax dollars into it. For there to be jobs of any amount would require more tax dollars being poured into those companies. Additionally, as Europe discovered, “Subsidizing renewable energy in the U.S. may destroy two jobs for every one created.”

Ignored are studies showing if the government ended their moratorium on drilling our own oil just in the Gulf of Mexico, by the end of 2012 we could add 230,000 American jobs; More than $44 billion in US gross domestic product; Nearly $12 billion in tax and royalty revenues for state and federal treasuries; and a $15 million reduction in the amount the US sends to foreign governments.

3. INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-quality teachers, and build safe, well-equipped school buildings for our students. A high-quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.

Yes, just what we need, more tax dollars going to the Teachers Union while kids graduating from public schools complain now they weren’t taught the skills to land a good job. This is evidenced by a recent comment made by Washington State Democrat Sen. Patty Murray who said, “Too often, I hear from students who feel that what they learn in school isn’t relevant to the work they will do when they graduate — and unfortunately, too often they’re right.”

Her solution? More tax dollars to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act in order to train young people entering the workforce with what they did not receive from public education.

4. OFFER MEDICARE FOR ALL. We should expand Medicare so it’s available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it—but it’s not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country—paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results.

Even with the current problems in our health care in America, other systems have been shown a failure in giving better care to more people. Even the  New York Times came out last year recommending economically struggling Greece to abandon their socialized health care. And, our following suit, pouring more and more tax dollars into Obamacare and expanding Medicare for all is somehow different?

5. MAKE WORK PAY. Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed.

Outlaw people’s right to work unless they join the unions? Referring above, once the government stripped the so called rich, who run and own these corporations they are
complaining about, how many do you think will still be in existence? There won’t be any corporations except government owned corporations.

While the minimum wage always sounds good, has it really helped anyone? No. It is supposed to be entry level workers who are unskilled still. If you expect a fair wage, learn a viable skill. Government requirements on wages is part of what drives our jobs overseas where companies can operate with reasonable labor costs and still offer a product we can afford to buy. It goes without saying that every penny you tack onto a business in expenses are added to the cost of their product when consumers purchase it.

Unions, in their ever increasing demands placed on businesses have contributed to jobs heading overseas too. They no longer stand for fairness and safe working conditions as they once did, but have gotten as greedy if not greedier that business owners have been accused of. And, since they funnel money into Democrats campaigns to keep them elected, little wonder Democrats continue to support their demands.

That is not an American Dream.

6. SECURE SOCIAL SECURITY. Keep Social Security sound, and strengthen the retirement, disability, and survivors’ protections Americans earn through their hard work. Pay for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax, so that upper-income people pay into Social Security on all they make, just like the rest of us.

Once again, stick it to others. Social Security would be sound now if past Democratic administrations hadn’t raided it to fund their insatiable spending habits.

7. RETURN TO FAIRER TAX RATES. End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us—or our kids—must pay eventually. Also, we must outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Lastly, with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country’s wealth, we should add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million each year.

Tax, tax, tax, but only a portion who already pay over half of all taxes received. The socialist doesn’t mention that if it were to be actually made fair, the 47% now who pay no income tax and still receive a refund every year ought to pay something too.

8. END THE WARS AND INVEST AT HOME. Our troops have done everything that’s been asked of them, and it’s time to bring them home to good jobs here. We’re sending $3 billion each week overseas that we should be investing to rebuild America.

Actually defending America is something the socialist left loathes. Of note, they always preach “end the wars” not “win the wars.” They are who tie our Troops hands as they did us in Vietnam with ridiculous ‘rules of engagement.’ They are the ones who do not honor the Troops for their sacrifices, but look down upon them and consider them victims. They are the ones who discuss cutting defense at a time those Troops are in harm’s way.

If the socialist left had their way, our Military would be disbanded, save a dedicated force they would use to enforce their socialistic regulations upon us all. That, my friends, is a socialist nightmare.

9. TAX WALL STREET SPECULATION. A tiny fee of 1/20th of 1% on each Wall Street trade would raise tens of billions of dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. This would reduce speculation, “flash trading,” and outrageous bankers’ bonuses—and we’d have a lot more money to spend on Main Street job creation.

Again, tax, tax, tax. That is the socialist dream, tax all of us to pay for their wealth to grow. We pay the taxes, they drive the wealthy out of the country with their restrictive taxation and that leaves us, funneling what little we have left to the socialist elites at the top. They become the rich without working for it and we become the poor while working for them. All you need do is look to the plight of those in Cuba, North Korea and the struggles of the people in Venezuela. China too would be a good example where even as their economy is expanding, union workers earn $12 a day!

American Dream? Not hardly.

10. STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY. We need clean, fair elections—where no one’s right to vote can be taken away, and where money doesn’t buy you your own member of Congress. We must ban anonymous political influence, slam shut the lobbyists’ revolving door in D.C. and publicly finance elections. Immigrants who want to join in our democracy deserve a clear path to citizenship. We must stop giving corporations the rights of people when it comes to our elections. And we must ensure our judiciary’s respect for the Constitution. Together, we will reclaim our democracy to get our country back on track.

We already have clean and fair elections. At least, if a Democrat wins, that is. And, if they worry about money buying a member of congress, do they complain about unions funneling some $30 Million into Wisconsin recently in an effort to undo last years’ election there?

How does granting amnesty to illegal aliens strengthen Democracy? More votes for Democrat candidates? Do we really need our tax dollars going to ensure Democrats win every election? If Corporations, recently ruled by the Supreme Court to have free speech rights in elections, do not have any right to contribute to elections, how is it unions do?

If they are concerned about the Judiciary upholding our constitution, shouldn’t they object to rewrites of it by the left to fit their agenda and Justices that look to foreign nation’s laws for precedence on constitutional matters?

Our country, a Republic not a Democracy by the way, has been on track for a long time. We had a strong middle class because of those wealthy the socialist left hates. They
invested in their businesses, took the risk and hired more and more people. The Socialist is who came along and decided they needed to give up what they worked for.

And now, they mask their efforts at rebuilding America into a shadow of the failed Soviet Union by calling it “an American Dream.”

The only way the American Dream was ever achieved was by working for it and being free to make what you can. Those who would desire to start up a new company under Jones’ plan would be penalized if they were successful.

That isn’t a dream they offer, but a nightmare.

9 Comments to “Van Jones and the Contract For An American Socialist Nightmare”

  1. Lew, you know I’m anti-Marxist, so what I’m about to say has no envious/resentment undertone – I’m just speaking from a Liberal pov.

    It doesn’t make any difference how big the Government deficit/stimulus is. It all ends up in somebody’s bank account eventually. People with nothing in their bank accounts obviously have none of that stimulus money. SOMEBODY DOES! Those people with the stimulus money should pay back their loan!

    The vast majority of people (almost everybody) simply don’t understand this concept. Conservatives think that Government spending has to balance like their home finances, and Progressives think “the rich” owe the money for moral reasons. A Liberal says the people who ended up with the money should pay it back – they owe it contractually.

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  2. Martin, I agree that the money ends up in somebodies bank account. What disturbs me is that somebody we pay interest to is foreign governments.

    The debt is my major concern and all of this spending Jones calls for will require borrowing more and more as there simply is not enough rich people to cover the expense, even if every dime they had was confiscated.

    While I would like to see spending and revenues balance, I also know manageable debt is at times necessary (think homeowners mortgage for instance). But, the Trillions we have in debt now and adding more is just insanity.

    And, as I have pointed out before, the wealthy are entitled to what they have, they did not steal it. And also, they do pay back in their funding of charitable institutions such as St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Ronald MacDonald House and several other charities they fund.

    But, this “contract” proposed by Jones amounts to the largest spending increase we would ever see and to pay for it would change America into the Socialist/Marxist society we both agree is not good.

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  3. Lew,
    I enjoyed the read and agreed with the majority of it. However, I do feel a minimum wage is nessasary. I managed various departments at a national retail store for years. I had many single moms, young families and kids right out of high school worning under me. The majority of these people were lucky to get 32hrs a week. This particular store tried to keep as many employees under that average as possible so they would not have to give them full time benefits. Which I understand, benefit packages are costly. But, without getting a full 40hrs a week these people would not be able to support there families without minimum wage. They barely scraped by with it. Its not like the minimum wage is a rediculous amount.

    As for SS, the costs to support it are out of control. I don’t feel it should be completely destroyed because believe it or not, there really are people who need it. But there are to many people who take advantage or have come to rely on it. Many squeezing as much as they can out of unemployment benefits before they expire. Sad to say I know a good handful of them. Their response when I comment on it is, “Well I paid into it, they owe me!”. It saddens me to see the mindset of these people I grew up with. It echos the majority of people I hear from daily. This notion that everyone is just owed everything without having to lift a finger. I was raised to work hard and take pride in your work.

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  4. Kenneth, a reasonable minimum wage isn’t out of the question. I recall years ago that minimum wage was for us kids fresh out of school and part-time jobs were more scarce than they are today. As we learned a skill, our wages increased accordingly.

    As it was increased, each time more part-time jobs came onto the scene and with part-time workers, came less employee benefits. That was one way employers kept their expense down.

    And, as you say, today people are stuck on it. Overall, it seems to have done more harm that good, although I am sure there are isolated instances were it helped an individual.

    I don’t want to see Social Security destroyed or done away with and I don’t know of any one who does. But, it needs to be trimmed and some changes made to keep it available for the coming generations.

    Welfare fraud, disability fraud and even those drawing Social Security that never paid into it is hurting us too. We seem to breed fraud with blanket solutions and entitlements. And, bureaucrats love to keep people signed up so they can keep their jobs, with excellent taxpayer paid benefits.

    It may sound harsh, but we need to deal with deadbeats that are dragging us all down.

    There is nothing wrong with working hard and taking pride in what you do. That is how I was raised and how I tried to do my work before retiring.

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  5. Well said sir. I completely agree. Anyone who thinks we can get out of this mess we’re in without cutting some of the out of control entitlement spending has lost their minds.

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  6. No matter how the Socialists refine and repackage their crap, it’s easier to shoot holes in every bit of their garbage today than it ever has been in history. Thank God.

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  7. Ken, as I keep saying – it’s NOT the spending. It’s the Trade Deficit. If that $900,000,000,000 a year was in American hands, it would go a long ways towards fixing things.

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  8. I haven’t really heard that before. Trade deficit? Is that product import as opposed to domestic production?

    While you’re right 900 billion would go a long way. Its still less than the deficit we are running. Need another 600 billion to balance if I’m not mistaken.

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