Last weekend (July 16-17), people came together at house parties & meetings throughout America to talk about progressive ideas to rebuild the American Dream. At the meeting I attended in Boulder, most people are disenchanted with the way their Democratic leaders are prepared to make bad compromises with Republicans on Social Security and Medicare. They are upset that corporations are taking over our Democracy. They are concerned that the rich are getting richer while paying less taxes, the middle class is shrinking, and more people are sinking into poverty.
Then we reviewed lists of ideas on what to change in our country, from four categories: Good Jobs Now, We All Pay Our Share, Strong Communities, and Working Democracy. After much discussion and debate we decided on the top three priorities for each category. The top priorities were sent to our elected officials in Washington D.C.
The top choices were: Stop paying corporations to offshore American jobs. Put Americans back to work. Stop the war on workers. End all Bush era tax cuts. Make Social Security solvent.
Stop corporate tax haven abuse. Invest in public education. Implement the affordable health care act with a public option. Substantially reduce military spending. Eliminate corporate personhood.
Reinstate common sense rules for Wall Street. Slam shut the revolving door in Washington between lobbyist and government officials.
These meetings were some of the first steps in a grassroots, Progressive movement. To find out more and get involved, go to Rebuildthedream.com and MoveOn.org. Democracy is not a spectator sport. We the people must tell our leaders what we expect from them.