Robert Reich has a Sensible Plan
In a November 19 post, Reich gives the following advice to the Deficit Supercommittee (which has since disbanded, after failing to reach an agreement):
1. Make no cuts before unemployment is back under control (down to 5%).
2. Make the boost big enough. We need a huge jobs program with components like the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps and Work Progress Administration to restore our infrastructure.
3. Raise taxes on the super rich and tax all income (capital gains included) at the same rate. Restore the tax structure to pre-1980 levels and put a 2% surcharge on income over $5 million.
4. Cut the real welfare — military spending and corporate subsidies. Savings = $400 billion annually.
Reich’s closing plea, of course, fell on deaf ears:
Do you hear me, Washington? Do these four things and restore jobs and prosperity. Fail to do these, and you’ll make things much, much worse.
Unfortunately, there’s not a chance any of this will get through in this political climate.
It seems like we are constantly in a battle to mitigate damage from bad policy and those actively on a misguided crusade to make things much worse, and not making any headway in actually fixing the problem.
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