Let's push for a new top tax tier for the super-wealthy, and name it in a way that makes that massive wealth more tangible. Let's call it: "1000 Families Top Tax Tier" If somebody makes $35 million a year or more, a thousand times what a struggling family of four earns, why can't they pay at 72%? That's less than the 1% paid when Reagan came into office. The rate is justified, but the name is what will make it happen.
Expand Social Security. Increase payments; no cap on payments re. income -- pay into the program on ALL your earned money (including investments). ALSO, increase the survivor benefit to be at least equal to the payment of the spouse earning the highest amount each month. If the wife earns $1100 per month; the husband earns $3000 per month, when the husband passes away, the wife's payment goes to $2600 per month. That is a $1400 cut in monthly income. Pay her the $3000 the husband was paid.
Any member of congress who attempts to add amendments unrelated to the budget process to an annual appropriations bill immediately becomes ineligible to hold elected office. If this occurs during an election year where their seat is up for reelection, their seat shall remain vacant until the completion of the election, with their name removed from the ballot. If this occurs during a year in which they are not up for reelection, their seat shall remain vacant until a special election can be held.
Any decisions made by Congress involving tax dollars of the American people should require the vote of the American people. I am specifically speaking of the GOP Congress, with special regard to what happens with Social Security and Medicare. These are programs that we pay into and rely on in our retirement years. There should be NO cutting, privatizing or redistributing of these funds without the vote of the American people!
Make corporations and the rich pay taxes at a minimal level of say 10% before any tax breaks begin. No more subsidies for big oil, big farms or any other big business. Stop throwing good money after bad on military projects like the plane for all four branches of service which has been a nightmare. Give the troops proper equipment instead. Start prosecuting wall street executives and others for breaking the law.
REQUIRE annual or semi-annual PERFORMANCE AND ETHICS AUDITS of ALL GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, particularly DEFENSE BLACK BUDGET and TAX SUBSIDIES. REQUIRE clear, objectively quantifiable minimal goals for all defense programs and contracts. REQUIRE PERFORMANCE BONDS be made by ALL government contractors on ALL government contracts, particularly defense and computer spending. Require government contractors to meet time and performance requirements on projects so the US PUBLIC is protected.
No organization should be tax exempt if the CEO akes more than 5% of overall profits and if the organization puts less than 80% of its profits towards its purpose. The American Red Cross and St. Jude's both manage to do this. All tax exempt nonprofit should be required to follow these guide lines. Jerry Sandusky made $350,000 a year. His #2 made $250,000, in one small corner of Pennsylvania. How is that NONprofit? 80% or better toward the goal of the organizationp.