- Strip government of social welfare functions and economic regulatory activity, requiring industry and commerce to self-regulate, without public oversight.
- Privatize Canada Pension Plan by creating individual retirement accounts.
- Remove minimum labor standards, reduce trade union rights and pass right-to-work laws.
- Maintain high levels of immigration to ensure a pool of unemployed who, by competing for jobs, will allow wages to fall.
- Fund basic schooling with a voucher system.
- Privatize post-secondary education.
- Privatize all government enterprises and cultural initiatives and end public broadcasting.
- Curtail individual freedoms and strengthen police, military and private security forces.
- Build more jails and internment centers;
- Increase central executive authority to make elected bodies less relevant.
- Eliminate taxes on capital, profits, unearned and other investment income.
- Tax income with modest flat rate;
- Increase debt, consumption taxes and user fees;
- Support U.S. dominated new world order.
From Dave Johnson, Campaign for America's Future:
Did Koch Industries write the budget deal? Or is it just a coincidence that so many of the the things Republicans demanded -- and got -- just happen to line up with the financial interests of the billionaires who fund the Tea Party and much of the “conservative movement?” Cutting money for the EPA, alternative energy efficiency, high-speed rail, efforts to fight climate change -- even prohibiting NOAA from creating a Climate Service ... it reads like an oil tycoon's wish list. . ."From Talking Points Memo (TPM):
"In addition to programs protecting the environment, programs aimed at boosting energy efficiency for power plants and transportation also were major targets. Energy efficiency and renewable energy were cut by $438 million while fossil energy R&D was reduced by $226 million and nuclear energy funding was cut by $56 million. Funding for high speed rail [cut entirely] . . . "
WASHINGTON - April 12 - Anti-environmental provisions that remove Endangered Species protections for endangered gray wolves and another that seeks to strip the government of its authority to protect some of America’s best undeveloped natural public lands are in the budget bill to be voted on by the end of this weekFrom Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times:
While the White House and the Senate averted a disastrous government shut-down last week, they failed to block amendments that sacrifice one of America’s most important wildlife safeguards. The amendment to remove ESA protections for wolves marks the first time in history that a species will be delisted by Congress.
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