Happy daze

By Jan Dolcater | Nov 21, 2019

Let us pretend the results of the 2020 election have just been finalized and the Democratic Socialists have won it all, the presidency and both the House and the Senate. Can you just imagine how great this is going to be, freebies and more freebies, and I suppose it will not cost anyone any money except for the dastardly "rich.”

Now let us go over our "wish list." Gosh, I’m so happy I can hardly contain myself. Medicare for all is a must for our number one project and just think, it is only going to cost a little over $32 trillion. I have heard that our total federal budget is over $22 trillion but we can solve that by taxing those ole rich folks. They will hardly miss it. crfb.org/blogs/how-much-for-all-costs

After that we can pass the Green New Deal in Congress and the Warren-Sanders administration will sign it into law. Now we will not have to worry about the planet being destroyed by global warming, I mean "climate change." Thank goodness, through thorough planning, this much-needed program is only going to cost between $50 trillion and $90 trillion. New taxes are sure to solve that little itty bitty thing, don’t you think? factcheck.org/2019/03/how-much-will-the-new-green-deal-cost

Now let us get serious and solve the problem with our education system with a really sound idea. Just think, this is too good to be true, but now the Democratic Socialists are going to take care of this major headache. Having all of this free stuff is super good. It must be so as 54% of those between 18 and 29 are in favor of this.

Bernie Sanders was the original proponent of this idea, but now Elizabeth Warren has topped his plan. Her plan provides for free college for either two- or four-year programs at public colleges, and, in addition, her plan would provide for the elimination of up to $50,000 of student debt for 42 million "American" students. No plans for the undocumented immigrants yet, but I feel sure their tuition has to be free as well, don’t you? Gee, I forgot she also plans to expand federal grants to help students pay for non-tuition expenses. Lastly, this plan provides a $50 billion fund to support black colleges and universities.

Just think, all of this is doable for an alleged "estimated cost" of only $1.25 trillion. Sounds right to me, how about you? Naturally the cost of this is reasonable as it will be funded by a wealth tax on the filthy rich. commondreams.org/news/2019/04/22-really-exciting-proposal-elizabeth-warren-education

I sure am happy that I decided to get away from this nasty old economy that is rated No. 1 in the world and get all these freebies instead.

By golly, I nearly forgot that lady from Massachusetts is also going to give us free childcare as well. This is going to take care of day care and preschool expense and it only costs an estimated $1.7 billion by Moody’s (not the diner). Just think, when you are hot, you are really hot. vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/22/18234606/warren-child-care-universal-2020

It is truly amazing that all of these magnificent and well thought-out and "well-funded" programs could be put forward by people that have never signed the front side of a payroll check. However, as stimulating as is it for individuals of sound mind and presence to consider (Democratic Socialists), I think we should take a little time and give some serious thought to where we are today.

The unemployment rates for blacks and Hispanics are as follows: The Hispanic jobless rate is 3.9% and the black jobless rate is currently at the lowest percent ever. Additionally the jobless rate for adult women is 3.1%. cnbc.com/2019/10/04/black-and-hispanic

When coupled with the report from the Department of Agriculture that there has been a reduction of 6.3 million individuals now off food stamps, it makes you wonder how Warren-Sanders can improve on this. Could Joe Biden, who would be 78 on Inauguration Day, or Michael Bloomberg, who would be 79 less than a month after Inauguration Day, have enough energy to improve on this data? Perhaps Pete Buttigieg with his wealth of experience at the age of 37 could master this situation. What do you think?

All of this certainly makes me confident of our future, and I am positive that you share my confidence as well, don’t you?

Another View is a Maine Press Association award-winning column written by Midcoast conservative citizens/writers Jan Dolcater, Ken Frederic, Paul Ackerman, Ralph “Doc” Wallace and Dale Landrith Sr.

Comments (17)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Nov 30, 2019 12:55

"Obesity is rampant,  food insecurity".

Unrelated.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 30, 2019 11:23

"I never want to hear the term 'free stuff' ever again," Ocasio-Cortez told the audience.

The progressive first-term Democrat explained her vision for newly proposed legislation—the Green New Deal for Public Housing—for a $180 billion investment in upgraded public housing that would prioritize communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis, retrofit units with energy-efficient insulation and appliances, and create 250,000 jobs. The bill is cosponsored in the Senate by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

Like public roads, schools, and libraries, Ocasio-Cortez said, public housing should be recognized as a public good funded by taxpayers, particularly the wealthiest people and corporations.

"It is possible and it's not that we deserve it because it's a handout," the congresswoman said. "People like to say, 'Oh, this is about free stuff.' This is not about free stuff... These are public goods."

 



"Look out for those in politics who like to label themselves 'fiscally responsible,' yet only seem to care about the price of justice—not the cost of oppression."

 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/11/25/not-free-stuff-public-goods-ocasio-cortez-denounces-neoliberal-talking-points?fbclid=IwAR0lR3oBrDpr4SncCSr5Do0Do1Teo7laK1B-bqS7gpcqU1t_Jz2aCKaZP7Y



Posted by: Linda Hillgrove | Nov 27, 2019 13:33

Obesity is rampant,  food insecurity??



Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Nov 26, 2019 11:41

To All,

My article was aimed at the progressive ideas proposed and believed by a significant number of the population, particularly the millennials. These proposals have little chance of ever being adequately founded as most are pie in the sky appealing to the something for nothing element of our population.

First. lets review who is paying the taxes today: the top 1% pay 37.3%, the top 5% pay 58.23 % and the top 10% pay 69.47 of all federal individual income taxes. The bottom 50 % pay a total of 3.7 % with 44.4% of individuals paying ZERO.

I definitely agree that major tax loopholes should be closed and that all corporations should be paying taxes unless they have a capital loss carryover to utilize to get back on there feet .So where do find the dollars to fund needed programs such as infrastructure or any improvement in health care.

Reade, suggested reducing defense spending. In 2010 defense spending was 784 billion and declined to 612 in 2016 and has increased back to 686 billion for this year. One area that never is discussed is one I saw in my time in the Air Force as I worked in the Auditor General. Each June as the fiscal year was closing each unit on all of the 7 bases that our office was responsible for had the same reaction. In the month of June, if there was still funds available instead of saving funds, they were always spent to the limit whether they were actually needed or not because if all the budget was not spent they might not receive that same amount the next budget year. I am sure this same philosophy still exists so unnecessary spending is never reduced. This is certainly an area that needs attention. It sure be understood that it is essential that we must maintain a very strong defense posture particularly with the major increases in the military in China. This said, I agree that this area needs close scrutiny.

Another area not discussed are federal government subsidies. From 2008 to 2016 total federal subsidies primarily to businesses were $546 billion dollars. I have not been able to find what the amounts are since 2016 but this is an area that needs attention with the target of achieving significant reductions.

Lastly, lets take a look at doing a more effective job of management of federal employees in Washington, D C. In 2008 the total number was 343,000 and increased to 383,000 in 2011 but declined to 365,000 in 2016 and has only declined to 362,00 in 2018. Personally I believe there exists a large number of paper shufflers exist that are difficult to displace but should be. This is another area where cost efficiencies should be achieved

Jan Dolcater, Rockland



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Nov 26, 2019 09:32

Reade,

Jan's questions don't live in reality. Most of what the thinks will happen will not happen, not with the political ranker going on now. The numbers are shear speculation, dare say fantasy published at a level to just demonize the other side. Proposers low ball, opponents highly inflate. No one knows how much any of this will cost or where the funding will come from.
How to  pay for it?  We won't have to since they are nothing more than political posturing to garner votes. This happens in every election cycle. Promises made, promises broken or promises that never make it through the legislative process.

Mute points.

I would love to have healthcare for all, lower cost higher education, retirement protection for  every one and a lot of the other programs proposed by progressives but I've seen these ideas get crushed so often I don't have hope for this time.

The Trump administration has stated if he is reelected they are going after Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

I just retired but my wife has a few more years to go.We would love for us to move to Maine but without some kind of healthcare for all  my wife can't leave her job. Being without health care, even for a short period, is not an option.

Cynical?  You bet. Optimistic,? not really. Been burned to many times.



Posted by: Reade Brower | Nov 25, 2019 12:29

Jan's question is a reasonable one - how do we pay for this? My answer is we prioritize it and figure out a way; the same way we do for our national security - we fund the war machine, why not change the way we look at health care and say we need to fund every American having access to affordable health care? Reducing health care costs is a must first step, reducing military budgets help, and making sure we have a fair tax system (we don't currently) that taxes corporations and the rich elite in a manner that doesn't threaten capitalism but doesn't give the breaks to people and corporations that don't need to worry about health care costs. Health care for all will help the economic engine, not stall it in MHO.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 24, 2019 18:24

"Conservatives have sold their souls for the sheer pleasure of partisan hatred, and it’s not going to be easy to break this spell.” -The Bulwark’s Robert Tracinski, conservative columnist


https://www.alternet.org/2019/10/right-wing-columnist-blasts-the-gop-for-standing-by-trump-conservatives-have-sold-their-souls-for-the-sheer-pleasure-of-partisan-hatred/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1695



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Nov 24, 2019 16:24

Seth,

It's a  circular self reinforcing bubble. If you dive down anyone of their rabbit holes you find circles of web sites, Facebook pages, Youtube channels and pod casts all spouting the same dreck with zero demonstrable evidence, citations or proof for any of it.

Actually doing real research is not only an anathema to them I don't believe any of them even now how.



Posted by: Seth Thayer | Nov 24, 2019 12:12

I'd would hate to live in this angry conservative's world.  If she had it her way, we would be living like a third world country, with massive slums and tent cities.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 23, 2019 19:15

As usual, Jan/June, you just don't get it.  No one is asking for freebies but for corporations and the ultra-rich to pay their fair share of taxes, just as they did in the Eisenhower era, when this country built a new school every week and the instate highway system was created, all with those taxes, investments in America for the good of all.  I really don't know what good you think coddling the rich does for this country.  Do you think the Cayman Islands needs those trillions in tax evaded profits?  Do you really believe that Amazon should make eleven billion in profits and not pay a dime in taxes (even while it's minimum wage workers need public funds to survive)?  In your opinion do you think corporations shouldn't have to pay taxes like the rest of us?  What is your justification for a system that has looted our nations treasury and left the country bereft of funds to repair our infrastructure, run our schools, pay our teachers a living wage, and finance a health care system equal to that of the rest of the modern western world?  Do you actually believe that billionaires deserve to prosper at the expense of the rest of the country?  What is your justification for that?

 

Oh-oh, look out, here comes those inevitable cut and pastes (also known as factual information, the horror of the right wing.)

 

 

"...   in 2018, 60 of America’s biggest corporations zeroed out their federal income taxes on $79 billion in U.S. pretax income. Instead of paying $16.4 billion in taxes at the 21 percent statutory corporate tax rate, these companies enjoyed a net corporate tax rebate of $4.3 billion."
https://itep.org/notadime/?fbclid=IwAR3ZX7RvxR0z-KMGdZExqOYIPVWrhDhVUppg7XkAYd2V5Xa4yRFAIwpad-c

 

How about that, Jan?  How do you feel about that?  Does it make you all warm and fuzzy inside to know that the economic elite is coming out on top again while our middle class sinks below the poverty line due to raging income inequality?  Do you want to give me those meaningless employment numbers again while knowing that it takes three of those crap jobs just to keep body and soul together?  Go on,  feed us some more of those phony numbers that make you feel so good.  It's actually entertaining to hear all that delusion pouring out.

 

 

"For the first time in U.S. history, the 400 wealthiest Americans paid less in taxes last year than people in any other income group, thanks to decades of tax cuts and loopholes benefiting the rich.

As New York Times columnist David Leonhardt showed Sunday in a graphic accompanying his op-ed, "The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You," the tax rate wealthy Americans are forced to pay has plummeted over the last seven decades while middle-income households have paid roughly the same share of their incomes each year.


In 1950, rich Americans paid 70 percent of their income in taxes—a system that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has suggested returning to, drawing derision from conservatives. By 1980, the 400 wealthiest people paid 47 percent of their incomes in taxes.


Office workers who pay a greater share of their earnings to contribute to services for the greater good than the wealthy CEOs of their companies pay are "the norm now," Leonhardt wrote."
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/07/maddening-graphic-shows-how-400-richest-americans-paid-less-taxes-any-other-income?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR1lcoV10G4rHC0Y9tyg3STXnv1PkKGDba7tad3_IrESfSXaD7BhPcrRJUc

 

 

So, Jan/June.  Are you alright with this?   Is this what your perfect world looks like?  Are you so callous about your fellow Americans that you are willing to tolerate this obscene system just because it please your ideological pretensions.   Are you that far removed from reality?

 

What am I saying.  Of course you are.



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Nov 23, 2019 18:50

Jan/June,

I did but you missed it.

Here it is again.

So many lies, myths and conspiracy theories, so little time.



Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Nov 23, 2019 18:14

to Horvath and Riley.

Apparently in your race to criticize you have overlooked the topic of the article   Freebies and More Freebies

Do either of you support the programs put forward that I identified in detail?  If you do, would please utilize your economic expertise and say how that you can REALISTICALLY PAY for them  No pie in the sky or any money tree but explain if you are able how all of this could possibly be paid for. Don't swallow your tongue and cut and paste BS   Be real if you can

Jan Dolcater, Rockland



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 22, 2019 11:56

“Listen to what two former Republican ideologues, David Frum and Mike Lofgren, have been saying. Frum warns that "conservatives have built a whole alternative knowledge system, with its own facts, its own history, its own laws of economics". The result is a "shift to ever more extreme, ever more fantasy-based ideology" which has "ominous real-world consequences for American society".”  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/07-5#.TzbarIEWkJN.facebook



Posted by: Kevin Riley | Nov 22, 2019 08:21

So many lies, myths and conspiracy theory, so little time.

Someday Jan/June, the bubble you live in is going to burst and your life will never be the same. Sorry but the world you believe in doesn't exist.



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 21, 2019 15:02

Just keep twisting the truth, Jan, and it will surely come around and bite you in the butt, just as it is now chewing so vigorously on your messiah, trump.  The Dept. of Agriculture keeps records but rarely gives reasons, so, of course you make up your own (and ignore factual evidence), just as most of this piece is conjoured up in the feverish conservative imagination.  But that's par for the conservative course.  Winning is all that matters or as one of the most famous of right wingers once said, "The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."



Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Nov 21, 2019 13:55

Ron,

I recognize it is very difficult for you to either understand or accept reality   The information about the 6.3 million now off of food stamps was from the Department of Agriculture. The major reason for this decline is the number of individuals now that have jobs instead of being unemployed.  Pull head out and see the sun shine and let it brighten your outlook on life.

Remember look on the bright side, Warren is sure to save you, don't you think?

Jan Dolcater, Rockland



Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Nov 21, 2019 11:09

Conservative hypocrisy and dishonesty roll on.  This silly rant is all too typical. Your comment on food stamps, Jan, is too characteristic of the half truths that you and other conservatives on the site deal in.

 

"there has been a reduction of 6.3 million individuals now off food stamps."  Oh, really?  And maybe here's why:


"President Donald Trump’s proposal to strip food stamps from three million Americans could cause a half-million children to lose free school meals “since food stamp eligibility is one way students can qualify for the lunches.”
https://truthout.org/articles/white-house-moves-to-strip-free-school-lunches-from-500000-kids/

 

"BREAKING: After failing to gut food stamps in the Farm Bill, Trump has announced he plans to sidestep Congress & unilaterally slash the program by fiat—just days before Christmas."
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1075748746292576256.html?fbclid=IwAR3nAhelMHMPHIp10_xfVmW10NYsniWV8JzQPeGQcr2yVYkmPOgXfe5xAJ8

 

What, does that mean it wasn't the booming economy?  Why yes, it does.  Conservatives have always been gleeful about dumping more misery on the poor even when it mean harming the lower ranks of our military.

 

 

“Republicans have voted to cut food stamps, or “SNAP” programs. The Huffington Post says that approximately $100 million worth of food stamps were redeemed by people eligible to shop at military base commissaries in 2013. A Defense Department spokesperson says that in 2011, there were 5,000 people who redeemed food stamps at military commissaries who listed their occupation as “active duty military.”
http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/examples-what-republicans-really-think-about-veterans/com/archives/2012/02/14/the-invincible-military-industrial-compl

 

And that's just one subject out of this piece of buffoonery, typical of the right wing. Maybe that's why we here in Maine need to consider feeding hungry kids twice a day as well as their families because trump is destroying the social safety net in order to justify his tax cut for the already obscenely rich.

 

"Every day more people go hungry in Maine than in any other New England state.  Nationwide, Maine is ranked as the seventh most food insecure, a designation that means residents lack access to the quantity and quality of food necessary for an active and healthy lifestyle."

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/09/05/homestead/maine-ranks-highest-new-england-for-food-insecurity/

 

And for that we can thank trump.



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