Comments on: Specter shift will not change reform prospects Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Chloe Wed, 20 May 2009 04:51:52 +0000 I’m thinking Specter just to to be that age where once he retires from politics he can feel like he did everything possible on both sides of the divide to help his country. I often times think about how many Republicans are secretly Democrats in their heart of hearts, but their realism (or pragmatism) suggests to them that the Republicans historically have been the party with the wind at their back so may as well try and make changes on the winning side vs. on the losing side.

Or maybe Specter just didn’t want to be on a party where friendship is defined as getting shot in the face by accident: lewis-black-on-dick-cheney-hunting.html

By: Benny Acosta Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:59:33 +0000 You are quite correct that it is business as usual. We are still content to be thought of as “consumers”. People are all upset that the economic system is going down the drain. But why? What’s so bad about a system that relegates human beings to nothing more than money producers? What’s so bad about letting the system (a system that is only concerned with how much work it can squeeze out of you during an eight hour day), simply crash?

My parents, and grandparents’ generations did some amazing things in their lives. But for all of the work they’ve done, and for all of the societal contributions their work has provided, they and many like them still ended up poor and unable to acquire many of the most basic needs or comforts.

Many of their individual contributions go unhonored. This is proven by the fact that we have so many homeless veterans, and many of them have health issues that go untended. It’s proven by the fact that so many teachers, the shapers and openers of minds, also live at subsistence levels.

We want the president to “fix” the system so that we can have “jobs”. But what we mean is that we want to live meaningful productive lives that make us valuable to the communities we live in. And that the value be measured not just in monetary terms, but in human terms.

If Mr Obama truly wants to change the landscape, he can start by laying out standards of conduct that all business that operate in this country must follow. Corporations must be compelled under law to reinvest into the communities in which they do business. And to do so without advertising it. And that investment must be commensurate with the amount of wealth the business circulates/collects. Executives must be limited in the amount of compensation they receive, and any new financial system must prioritize currency as merely a medium of exchange and nothing more. The human being must be put at the center of every system we create. And the human must be of absolute highest value in any system.