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Liberals outline stimulus agenda in 'Contract for the American Dream'
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Posted on 08/09/2011 9:22:06 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Liberals outline stimulus agenda in 'Contract for the American Dream' By Erik Wasson - 08/09/11 10:57 AM ET

Liberal organizations and unions are frustrated that President Obama has not aggressively pushed a new jobs stimulus agenda and they are offering up a consolidated fall agenda for Democrats to embrace as an alternative to austerity.

Representatives of MoveOn, Rebuild the Dream and the Center for Economic Policy and Research will join Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) on Tuesday to launch a progressive “Contract for the American Dream” to urge the administration and Congress to turn away from budget cutting and focus on job creation.

The Contract is a mix of proposals that could make their way into a fall jobs compromise with Republicans and more far reaching goals such as universal government run healthcare for all that are far less likely to be enacted.

In 10 bullet points, the Contract calls for massive new spending and taxes.

At the top of the list are items President Obama has been calling for: investing in infrastructure, clean energy strengthening public education. These “winning the future” items were included in Obama’s 2012 budget, which was rejected unanimously in the Senate which had become focused on budget cutting by late spring.

The Contract also calls for a crackdown on corporations to enforce equal pay for equal work, reforming Social Security only by lifting the cap on payroll taxes, accelerating the pullout of Afghanistan and overhauling the campaign finance system.

On taxes, the groups are calling for an end to Bush-era tax rates and a new higher tax bracket for millionaires and a surcharge on a Wall Street trades of 1/20th of 1 percent.

“We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis,” the Contract reads.

“The federal government must act now to put Americans back to work, and that will require reversing the premature focus on deficit reduction,” Robert Borosage of the Campaign for America’s Future said. In a separate release he called for expanding Americorps and creating new direct work programs he calls Urban Corps, Green Corps and Service Corps. He calls for direct intervention to prevent layoffs on the local level of teachers and police.

The Contract is also being promoted by the Change to Win union coalition and a host of smaller groups.


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1 posted on 08/09/2011 9:22:11 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
crackdown on corporations to enforce equal pay for equal work

Scary. Perot was right on his "Giant Sucking Sound".

2 posted on 08/09/2011 9:25:19 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Sub-Driver

“Contract” “American Dream”... focus group and poll tested words. Let’s string ‘em together and attach them to our wish list. The voters will think we’ve come up with something new and wonderful!


3 posted on 08/09/2011 9:26:10 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Sub-Driver

>>a progressive “Contract for the American Dream” to urge the administration and Congress to turn away from budget cutting

Sounds more like a “Requiem for the American Dream”.


4 posted on 08/09/2011 9:27:30 AM PDT by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: Sub-Driver
Liberals outline stimulus agenda in 'Contract for ON the American Dream'

Fixed it.

5 posted on 08/09/2011 9:29:20 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: Sub-Driver
Contract for Destroying the American Dream....=.=
6 posted on 08/09/2011 9:29:25 AM PDT by cranked
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To: Sub-Driver
At the top of the list are items President Obama has been calling for: investing in infrastructure, clean energy strengthening public education.

Please adopt this agenda Obummer. Clean energy was a bust for the Regime. Stimulus spending for "Shovel Ready" was a boondoggle. Teachers are cheating to pass students. He will be destroyed on these issues if we have a GOP candidate that can throw a punch.

7 posted on 08/09/2011 9:29:44 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, this reiterates what we already knew: These snobs might have learned something important in college, but it wasn’t how to run a business.

Putzes.


8 posted on 08/09/2011 9:31:07 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama can't count.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis,” the Contract reads.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I’m scared. I’m confused.

This is so ludicrus, that I’m not sure this is from The Onion or not.

But knowing liberals like I do... I’m pretty sure they actually mean this.


9 posted on 08/09/2011 9:32:16 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds more like someone is putting out a contract on the American dream.


10 posted on 08/09/2011 9:33:26 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like a contract ON the American Dream!


11 posted on 08/09/2011 9:33:48 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama is crashing the United States on purpose.


12 posted on 08/09/2011 9:34:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Obama is crashing the United States on purpose.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Beat me by 18 seconds!


13 posted on 08/09/2011 9:34:47 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Sub-Driver

“In 10 bullet points, the Contract calls for massive new spending and taxes.

Then it ought to be called the “Contract ON America”!!


14 posted on 08/09/2011 9:35:46 AM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: RexBeach
No, evidently it was:

...how to ruin a business.

15 posted on 08/09/2011 9:36:06 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Sub-Driver

Note to liberals...the American dream was always earned with hard work not given by the government.


16 posted on 08/09/2011 9:36:58 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Sub-Driver

They mean Contract for the American Nightmare! Liberals are totally mental. I wish they would give up and go to another country to ruin. But, THEY ARE NOT TAKING MINE! Of course, all other countries who have embraced the liberal/socialist/communist agenda has failed but, they are too insane to notice. Pray for America and Israel!


17 posted on 08/09/2011 9:38:02 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Being a liberal means never having to think about how absurd your pat solutions to every problem sound to those who don’t share your particular brand of delusional idiocy.

My goodness, these people never learn, and I’m beginning to think that they can’t learn. Which, of course, is why they remain liberals.


18 posted on 08/09/2011 9:40:10 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Sub-Driver

Puff Ho says Van Jones is behind this crap.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/08/progressive-groups-unveil_n_921520.html

Why is that not a surprise?


19 posted on 08/09/2011 9:40:19 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: Sub-Driver

Contraction of the American Dream.


20 posted on 08/09/2011 9:41:02 AM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Sub-Driver

“The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

George Carlin


21 posted on 08/09/2011 9:52:16 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Sub-Driver
Liberals actually believe America does not have a debt crisis.
 
 
“We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis,” the Contract reads.
 

OK, now this HAS to be on the list of 10 Impossible Things Liberal Believe Before Breakfast


22 posted on 08/09/2011 9:56:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: Sub-Driver
a crackdown on corporations to enforce equal pay for equal work

Do they really want this? Last time I checked, women who do not take time off to raise a family made more than their male counterparts...

23 posted on 08/09/2011 10:07:51 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Please remind me - why do we criticize business-people who set up factories and offices in other countries???


24 posted on 08/09/2011 10:08:22 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Sub-Driver
I notice that nearly every one of their solutions involves more money for the unions through the collection of dues. There is always a union (Bolshevik) angle to their problem solving.
25 posted on 08/09/2011 10:09:23 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: Sub-Driver

26 posted on 08/09/2011 10:12:49 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: Sub-Driver

We can be PIIGS too! We could rename it to UPIIGS. (U.S, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain). Such a deal.


27 posted on 08/09/2011 10:13:48 AM PDT by MulberryDraw ( Where's the democrat budget? What's the plan?)
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To: Sub-Driver

it is the same stale warmed-over pap the Left is always pushing.

- Infrastructure bank, “invest” in infrastructure (make union jobs)

- “Green” jobs (electric cars, windmills, solar farms, smart grid, etc.)

- “Invest” in “fully funding” “public education”

- Single payer national health care

- “Make Work Pay” (everyone into unions with mandated benefits and Living Wage)

- “Secure” Social Security (by extending FICA taxes on the wealthy to every penny they earn, “just like the rest of us”)

- Raise income taxes on the wealthy (that dropped to #7 ???)

- End Bush’s ILLEGAL FOREIGN WARS and invest all of that money here at home (rerun Bob Casey’s 2006 Senate campaign)

- Slap a per-transaction tax on Wall Street “speculation”

- Strengthen Democracy (i.e. undo Citizens United, public financing of campaigns, immigration amnesty)

Yawn.


28 posted on 08/09/2011 10:16:45 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: wbill
crackdown on corporations to enforce equal pay for equal work

If they could force them to pay equal wages, no matter where their company is located there would be no need to take it out of the country. If they did take it out of the country, then it would help keep those workers in their own country instead of trying to enter the USA illegally.

29 posted on 08/09/2011 10:17:03 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: Sub-Driver
Representatives of MoveOn, Rebuild the Dream and the Center for Economic Policy and Research will join Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) on Tuesday to launch a progressive “Contract for the American Dream”...In 10 bullet points, the Contract calls for massive new spending and taxes.

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

Regards,
GtG

PS One definition of a "Conservative" is a person who hasn't had a new idea in one hundred years. The corresponding definition of a "Liberal" is a person who has NEVER had a new idea!

30 posted on 08/09/2011 10:30:27 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Liberals' Contract on the American Dream!

Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your Change.

31 posted on 08/09/2011 10:35:43 AM PDT by Gene Eric (May our dreams converge for a free and prosperous nation.)
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To: MulberryDraw

Add Russia and make it PIIGS-R-US. ;)


32 posted on 08/09/2011 10:37:37 AM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: Sub-Driver

“The Contract also calls for a crackdown on corporations to enforce equal pay for equal work...”

That’s exactly the kind of heavy-handed regulatory action that destroys jobs. If corporations begin to expect such a crackdown, then they’re going to hire fewer people or even cut headcount to reduce the number of employees through which they can be attacked for “not providing equal pay for equal work.” Oppressive labor laws and regulation reduce employment levels (obviously), which is why Europe has had much higher unemployment than America over the last 40 years.

Tax increases on business owners are also a terrible idea that reduces the return on investment in employees and equipment and thus causes a decline in hiring and investment. The only way to substantially increase employment levels is to completely repeal the dreadful Obamacare law and cut way back on other oppressive regulation such as NLRB interventions and idiotic CO2 regulation. Liberals, you can’t have it both ways. If you want those brilliant business people to hire more employees, you have to get your filthy paws out of their lives and let them run their businesses for the benefit of their employees, their communities, and themselves and not for the benefit of your extreme left-wing agenda.


33 posted on 08/09/2011 10:41:59 AM PDT by socialism_stinX (He didn't invent iced frappucino, but he perfected the art of sipping it while driving a golf cart.)
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To: Netizen

Your argument makes sense, but it’s completely unenforceable. Not that BO wouldn’t try it. :-)


34 posted on 08/09/2011 10:42:55 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

What do they mean by “full taxes”? 60%? 80%? 95%? Some people believe that if the guy next to them has $5 more than they do, that the government has an obligation to confiscate the $5 and “redistribute” it to the layabout and parasites. Obama would love this system, but like Obamacare he would issue thousands of exemptions for his hollywood, Chicago, Washington and union buddies.


35 posted on 08/09/2011 10:46:11 AM PDT by littleharbour
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The Contract is a mix of proposals that could make their way into a fall jobs compromise with Republicans...

Meaning the RATS know they can roll the Stupid Party by giving up something extreme that has no hope of passing in return for agreement on the remainder of the proposals. We'll of course be called terrorists again for opposing another disastrous bill that the Republicans will claim is the best they could do.

36 posted on 08/09/2011 10:51:45 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: wbill

The problem is that they are working their way towards just such a thing. The bad thing is that instead of forcing the corporations to pay wages equally no matter where the job is located, they are taking the jobs to places that pay 25 cents and hour. With unemployment so high here now, companies can slowly reduce starting wages and put wage freezes effect and over time greatly reduce the wages so that in time we will be getting equal pay. Just at the third world pay scale.


37 posted on 08/09/2011 10:52:34 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: Sub-Driver

Liberal American Dream?

You mean smoking pot and collecting government checks while doing the “hard work” of writing hippie poetry?


38 posted on 08/09/2011 10:53:08 AM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess “Communist Manifesto” was already taken...


39 posted on 08/09/2011 10:54:15 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Puff Ho says Van Jones is behind this crap.

Does that nitwit ever have an original idea? First it was to create a "coffee party" in response to the TEA Party, now he's trying to re-imagine Newt's Contract With America.

40 posted on 08/09/2011 10:54:30 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The median household income was $52,026 in 2010. This means that when government wastes $1 million, it destroys the income of 20 entire households. These Keynesian morons only know how to borrow, tax, inflate and spend. And their theory means that government waste is just as beneficial to the economy as some productive project.


41 posted on 08/09/2011 11:09:35 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: 6ppc

Needed to be said, and twice is even better. ;^)


42 posted on 08/09/2011 11:22:20 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (The Destroyer is anti-US anti-West anti-Christian anti-Israel and reminiscent of the anti-Christ.)
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To: Sub-Driver

No, thanks...I’ve had enough unicorn dreams and rainbow lies to gag a maggot.


43 posted on 08/09/2011 11:47:39 AM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Contract + American + Dream = A- Rating.


44 posted on 08/09/2011 11:58:02 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today)
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To: vikingd00d

The movie you referenced is more upbeat than Obama’s America.


45 posted on 08/09/2011 1:14:59 PM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

what would the downside be of the autocuts kicking in?


46 posted on 08/09/2011 1:15:44 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: rfp1234

I was looking for that post and would have posted it myself -

the libs intend to Contract (diminish) the American Dream.


47 posted on 08/09/2011 1:18:58 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver

so this is the contract to outsource more jobs overseas act.


48 posted on 08/09/2011 1:19:33 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Well, they can’t come out and call it “Tax and Spend”, can they? Also, since when does the “American Dream” entail people working blue-collar jobs paid for by the taxpayers?


49 posted on 08/09/2011 1:22:53 PM PDT by Carling (At some point, those surrounding Obama have to realize that they are working for a psychopath)
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To: Sub-Driver

You’d think they wouldn’t use practically the same phrase which they tore apart when Newt used it. Nothing like handing your enemy ammo...


50 posted on 08/09/2011 1:28:22 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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