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  • the 1% who are billionaires/multi-millionaires are generally a "monopoly" of self-interest and power who by their actions are short-changing the world we all have to live in - it reminds me of the game Monopoly I played as a kid when only the winner take-all until the other players are bankrupt!

    Roosevelt, circa 1944, had an idea that he wanted to pass on before he died or left office, whichever came sooner. There was an urgency in his bearing, in the worry lines on his face, when he called the press in to film this after a radio address. He fingered a sheet of paper on which he had sketched, outlined, written the words for an economic bill of rights - right to a free public education, right to free health care, right to protect workers on assembly lines from the dangers of industrial toxins, etc.

    The same look of concern is on Eisenhowers' face when he gives his farewell address to the nation, warning his fellow countrymen to heed an over-arching, over-reaching military-industrial complex.

    And now in 2016 we're mired in the problems they anticipated! That derive from our uncertainty of the road ahead, which is really not something to find fault over but to address now by waking up, stirring ourselves out of our drudgery and resignation to face without fear the reality of the natural and man-made world we all live in.

    Debate and argument over filling the supreme court with liberal or conservative views to tip the court one way or another in issues of abortion and right to carry arms, ad infinitum ad nauseum, pales in comparison to need to stand up for self-evident rights to social justice, to an economy for today and tomorrow, to a safe and healthy environment, to a secure future for generations yet unborn.

    Therefore, imagine an economic bill of rights, updated from FDR's day, to make it "the law of the land". Only then will the USA have a "new birth of freedom" and a rallying point for moving ahead into a sustainable future.
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