Bill Britton: Third Parties, Middle Class Economics and Choice.

 

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Martin Van Buren

A third party, the Free Soil Party, was organized for the 1848 election to oppose further expansion of slavery into the western territories.  Van Buren received 10.1 % of the popular votes.

FOR THOSE BERNIE SANDERS LOYALISTS WHO ARE EITHER 1) THINKING OF STAYING HOME ON ELECTION DAY, OR 2) VOTING FOR A THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATE LIKE JILL STEIN (GREEN) OR GARY JOHNSON (LIBERTARIAN), OR 3) VOTING FOR DONALD TRUMP BECAUSE HE’S “ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT,” THINK AGAIN.

The first alternative, which is sometimes justified by saying, “My vote won’t count anyway,” is simply irresponsible.

The second will only shift votes away from the Democrats and could hand Trump the presidency. The third alternative makes no sense at all if you have progressive views, because Trump’s Republican Party and the Democratic Party are polar opposites.

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There are times for third parties and times for protest votes, but this is not that time.

Hillary Clinton does have character flaws, but Trump is lacking even the most basic ethical standards, or even more spot-on, he lacks basic human decency. Some say he’ll change once he’s sitting in the Oval Office—I doubt it. Already, he’s isolating us from our allies as he embraces one of the world’s leading despots, Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Demagogues do indeed make strange bedfellows.

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Supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein have pressured the Democratic Party to move closer to its roots of championing the middle class and the disenfranchised.

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Over the past 20 to 30 years, the party moved so far to the right that it became a shadow of its former self. The simultaneous drift of wealth toward the so-called one-percent is one symptom of Washington’s failure to provide the mechanisms needed to redistribute wealth, rather than concentrate it. This election cycle’s Democratic platform shifts the party back to its progressive roots.

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The myth that American corporations have a tax burden that is inhibiting growth is now being told by Trump and the Republican cohort. The statutory rate of 35 percent is a joke. In reality, the rate for large corporations is roughly 14 percent, and for 50+ companies on the Fortune 500 list, it is zero. The reason for this is simple: corporations, in the form of K-Street lobbyists, essentially write the tax code, one that favors both stockholders and corporate officers.

Simply put, the tax code is riven with loopholes designed to concentrate wealth. One result is the obscene compensation paid to some CEOs that range from 400 to 600 times the average worker’s. The theory of “trickle-down economics,” where reducing taxes at the top will mean more for all Americans, has been discredited time and again. A critical component of “wealth redistribution” (a dirty term among the plutocrat class) is a progressive tax rate, whereby tax rates increase as incomes go up. Over the past 50 years, the wealthiest have seen their tax rates cut in half, almost to the same rate as the middle class.

By itself, a more-equitable tax code will not stop this drift, but expanding the middle class would. One of the keys is making education affordable, without having graduates face years of loan repayments.

Another would be massive public works programs designed to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure, not only roads, bridges, and tunnels, but also the electric grid, water supplies, water treatment and sewer systems, and airports and seaports. Neither private enterprise nor local municipalities have the resources to fund such projects at the level required.

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Leaky water infrastructure in Skokie, ILL.  22 billion gallons of water lost.

We as a nation are kidding ourselves if we believe that flat or decreasing tax revenues will make America great. Who benefits from efficient, modern infrastructure? Certainly, the average person does.

But, arguably, the greater beneficiary is American business. The need for efficiency does not stop at the loading dock or at the interface connecting commerce with the Web. Nor does it take focus groups or market studies to conclude that increased efficiency increases profits. And with an equitable tax code, the common good would be enhanced along with those increased profits.

In November, Americans will choose between hope and engagement with the world, and hate and disengagement (or engagement with the wrong people). To me, the choice is obvious.

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9 thoughts on “Bill Britton: Third Parties, Middle Class Economics and Choice.

  1. If Progressive means voting for the most corrupt serial liar to ever seek the Presidency, then this silly article makes sense.

    To those who have an IQ north of 80, there is only one option: Vote for Donald J. Trump.

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      • Tom,
        I was being facetious in my response to Mr. Webster. I’m going to tender one less so in another article.

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      • I wasn’t remarking about YOUR IQ, Bill. We know where YOU stand… or sit.

        Yours is a patently biased article. Just look at the carefully selected photo of Trump.

        Get real.

        We’re not buying the mischaracterizations, false narratives, and self-serving nonsense you peddle.

        As a self-proclaimed “progressive” I understand your bias perfectly.

        Progressives, like Marxists and Shariaists, despise our Constitution because it severely limits the constitutional power of federal government.

        In the Constitution’s model, the Federal government has the LEAST power. Moving up the ladder of power, States are more powerful than Federal government but are subject to the ultimate power, that of the People.

        Progressives have an elitist view of the People as collectively inferior, believing themselves to be intellectually superior to “the masses”.

        As with Marxists, Progressives see their role as guiding the “great unwashed” through life, providing for their needs through the collective power of federal government.

        Problem is, our Constitution does NOT give that power to Federal government. So the Left merely takes it, satisfied that their dominance in our judicial system will insulate them from the wrath of the People.

        Except the People get a chance to vote.

        So Progressives and Marxists dominate in teaching and news media to “spin” both education and news stories to support their silent coup.

        When a threat arises (like the Trump candidacy), every means must be employed to destroy the candidate. The truth is a casualty in the Left’s “the ends justify the means” approach that fits well with their secular humanist relativism.

        To ensure that their power grab is eternal, every effort is being made to preserve their gains through vote fraud in heavily controlled urban voter farms (the urban plantations where minorities are herded and kept in poverty by limiting their education opportunities to poor schools and rampant drug issues).

        Just as the KKK assured Democratic Party dominance of the South after the Civil War, the urban vote farm plantations have secured a power base for modern Democrats.

        Frankly, the Democratic Party should change its name to the Machiavellian Party.

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  2. As always, you write good articles. We will NEVER vote for Hillary Clinton! We are planning to put Ohio Governor Kasich’s name on the write-in ballot rather than staying at home. However, if Trump learns to rein in his bombast and stupid remarks then he will have our vote in November.

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    • I look forward to your creative fiction that attempts to contradict the truth about the nature of Progressivism, Marxism, our Constitution, the nature and history of the Democratic Party, the roots and purposes of the KKK, the purpose of urban vote bloc farms (modern “plantations” for minorities), etc..

      The “War on Poverty” is a classic example. Progressivism at its best and worst. A program that purchased many votes of the urban poor in exchange for more urban poor and no ladder of success to escape the poverty, all at an obscene cost to our nation’s economy. But Progressives had a wonderful “feel good” moment when they sold that scam to the public.

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