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Posted By Bakari

The author claims a balanced budget, is a minor issue.
The #3 government expense is interest payments.
That's 318billion not spent on social or environmental programs.

A debt free America would free 318billion annually because of Republican leaders who felt balancing the budget was unimportant.

We do need to address climate change, energy use, and healthcare, but simply increasing spending is not the only way to do it.
Changes in laws, regulations, and taxes could improve these areas while actually bringing in money.
In order to balance the budget, the most effective agenda would focus on the highest expenses.
First, reducing our military spending to the level of the nation with the 2nd highest spending or just above allows us to maintain a military edge, but saves 400 billion a year (we currently spend 10 times as much as any other one nation; as much as the rest of the world combined)
Second, a nationalized healthcare system would actually save the government billions compared to our current system - estimates range as high as 50%, or 200 billion a year.
As noted, eliminating US debt saves another 300 billion a year.

Its easy to try to curb pollution by throwing money at technology, but a more effective approach may actually be market based - with one significant intervention.  Increase tax on gasoline and coal, say 500% and consumers will individually take it upon themselves to buy smaller cars, bicycle more, take public transit, and save power.  Industry will have incentive to produce better technologies and more efficient products.  And instead of costing government funds, it would bring in additional funds.

While it is true that ignoring social needs in favor of the economy can not be sustainable in the long run, the inverse is equally true.

The progressive economic agenda should be sustainability and quality of life.  An ever increasing debt can never be sustainable.

Posted By Bakari

Full Contact Spoons, Sunday, around noon,
contact me for location.

I have a real rugby ball, which I expect to make for excellent play!



Just so you know...

Yall missed an excellent game!

our 3rd person was an hour late - last 2 were an hour and a half late, but once we had 5 things got going. Rugby ball works well, less time spent in the piles.

now that the weather's better, I'll try to hold them more often.

email me if you'd like to be on the mailing list for next time.

Tentatively next Sat at 4:15 pm, at the old location, Ohlone Park in Berkeley (across the street form North Berkeley BART)

Posted By Bakari

oh my god, that is so much better already.
so much better.

Now this is a place I could have people over to. if only there were people who liked me enough to stop by :(

Hey, you!
Want to come visit?

I know somebody reads these, myspace tells me that last post was already read 17 times!

Posted By Bakari

jeez chrise man,
friikin look at this place

It took all of, what? 3 days? to become a pathetic slovenly, sterotypical single guy, stayin up all night playing video games, ordering food, getting clean clothes out of one pile and putting dirty in another (ok, I still use the hamper), reusing the cleanest of the dirty dishes.

Thats it, I have to get cleaning.
Right now.
No more typing...