None of this will happen because Republicans keep screaming ‘socialism’.
Yet by NOT doing this, by continuing to let the corporations, the financial systems, the wealthy reap huge profits and NOT pay it forward……it will not be that long before there isn’t much left…..
‘Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Brazil, Chile, Finland all provide free college educations for qualified students’.
‘That’s socially very healthy and encourages an egalitarian society’.
‘Free college education for all Americans shouldn’t be looked at as a unicorn’.
‘Keith Ellison explained to Minneapolis voters what he’s trying to accomplish’.
“America’s working families need their country to invest in them again. The money raised from a wafer-thin tax on Wall Street’s high frequency trades could raise hundreds of billions of dollars to invest in our families, protect our environment and increase opportunity for all Americans. If the United States joins the dozens of other nations already benefitting from a financial transaction tax, we can create millions of jobs, while also reducing dangerous market volatility.”
‘Passage would mean the U.S. has joined dozens of other nations– including every other major global financial market, including the U.K. and the E.U.– in a growing system of financial transaction taxes’.
From : http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-robin-hood-tax-would-be-major.html
If you’re tired of “knowing what we know now what would you have done’ and want to ask ‘what do we know and what should we do’ – this is the best, simplest and most importantly – clear cut explanation of what is going on.
‘If you’re confused about what’s happening in Iraq right now, don’t feel alone. But this piece by Dexter Filkins in the New Yorker outlines the fundamental issues — and they’re frighteningly huge’:
“[M]ost of Anbar’s populated areas are now in ISIS’s hands. (Fallujah has been under ISIS control since last year.) The big airbase at Al Assad, which was the center for much of the Iraqi Army’s (and American) operations, is now cut off in the desert. “The fall of Ramadi is a game-changer,” Jessica Lewis McFate, the head of research at the Institute for the Study of War, which released a detailed report on the war just before Ramadi’s fall, said. “Whatever confidence remained the Iraqi security forces is likely to collapse.”
“The militias, some of which were responsible for widespread atrocities during the Iraqi civil war between 2005 and 2008, are generally much more effective than the Iraqi Army”.
“Despite their success, American officials are deeply worried about the prospect of the Iraqi security forces being completely taken over by gangs of Shiite gunmen, and they have leaned on Prime Minister Abadi to keep the militias out of Ramadi”.
“For one thing, the militias are trained and backed by Iran, whose influence, despite the country’s desire to crush ISIS, often runs directly against that of the United States. During the American war in Iraq, those same Shiite militias, under Iranian direction, killed hundreds of Americans soldiers”.
“But the most important reason the Americans are opposing the use of Shiite militias to help regain control of Anbar Province is that they don’t want the campaign against ISIS to become an entirely sectarian war”.
‘And that’s the central conundrum of the campaign against ISIS’.
‘The two countries whose territory ISIS has captured, Iraq and Syria, are embroiled in conflicts that are almost entirely demarcated by religion’.
‘In Iraq, it’s Sunni vs. Shiite vs. Kurd (most Kurds are Sunnis, so there’s an ethnic element to the struggle there)’.
‘What happens now’?
‘Under intense pressure from Iraq’s Shiite politicians (he is one himself), as well as from the Iranians, Abadi appears to be preparing to send in the militias. The results will not be pretty’.
‘Since the end of the First World War, both Iraq and Syria have been artificial states, drawn from the ruins of a fallen empire with little regard for sect, tribe, or ethnicity’.
‘At best, those artificial states could hope for a day when their people would set aside their more primal loyalties in favor of a broader sense of nationhood’.
‘Today, as both Iraq and Syria writhe in sectarian conflicts, the sense of nationhood that could bind those states together seems as elusive as it’s ever been’.
‘Yes, we’re still fighting World War I’.
‘That’s how screwed up everything is’.
‘And while people like Lindsay Graham and Bob Gates are caterwauling about the lack of a “middle east strategy” their idea of one is to do more of the same stuff that led us to the place we are today. (You know what they say about doing the same thing over and over again in the hopes it will get a different result …)’
‘And this whole epic disaster also shows that as much as some might want to belittle “identity politics” and insult people’s entire religion because of the acts of a few, it may not be such a grand idea’.
‘It turns out people take their identities and religion quite seriously. They’ll die for that stuff’.
From : http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/intractable-iraq.html