This just in:  I’ve said it before and I will say it again now, “I am not a Liberal.  I am not a Democrat.  I am a Progressive.”

I think there is a difference.

When I hear the term “liberal” I think of people that want to give stuff away for free because it makes them feel good.  “Ma!  Look at the good deed I did today!”  This is certainly not the case…but it’s where my head goes to when I hear the term.

When I hear “democrat” I think of “First Do No Harm.”  In other words, their platform seems to be that they are not Trump and thus, are not in the business of orchestrating the downfall of the once great United States.

Progressive, to me is “Forward Looking.”  That’s it.  I don’t want to pretend I’m great because….Davy Crockett.  I want to be great because I do great things.  I don’t want to hug a coal pile because my ancestors did.  I want to embrace the next best thing in energy.

This perspective does not make me either “right” or “wrong”.  It is just my own personal thing.

However, if I have to join a club, then you’ll call me a Liberal.  Here is why…

I think we should take care of the less fortunate.  I think we should do this because there is an Einstein being raised in poverty who will turn to drugs because life is not offering him hope.  I think children need to eat and we shouldn’t make them suffer because their parents can’t afford it.  A Republican will say, “They shouldn’t have had the kid if they couldn’t afford it.”

I think we should educate everyone to their highest desire potential.  If you want a high paying job to be filled by a tax-paying American…make that person qualified.  Don’t put people to work at $7.50 an hour and act as if you just increased your tax base.

If you want to grow the GDP, then you need to increase consumption.  Supply follows demand; not the other way around.  In other words, people don’t buy stuff simply because it exists.  However, companies do make stuff if they know that people want it. This is the essence of why the Republican economic policy of Trick-Down does not work.  They think that if you make something…people will buy it.  In other words, if you make a dishwasher that runs on coal…people will buy it simply because it exists.

For the most part (by a large margin) regulations make us safer and the planet greener for our kids.  Yes, there are a few places where regulations have overstepped, but for the most part, we all benefit from them.

Healthcare should be a “right”.  Put it into the Constitution.  We should use Universal Healthcare because every other modern country is doing it and they all have lower costs and better outcomes.   Describing a healthcare plan as “patient centered” sounds good but what it really means is that if you have infinite money, you can buy whatever healthcare plan you want.  If you are on a budget…then start working harder.

I like Universal Healthcare.  I like Universal Education.  I like taking care of the less fortunate.  I like these things because when we do them…all of us benefit.

All

Of

Us

Benefit

Time to save the world…

Up, up and away…

Jim

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