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Beck’s Benchmarks for Evaluating 2020 Progressive Candidates

  1. Single-payer Medicare for all with no deductibles or co-pays.
  2. Removing the cap on income for the Social Security tax and increasing the tax rate to help cover health care.
  3. Women’s rights: the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and health care covering ending a pregnancy.
  4. Election reforms: universal registration age 16 and over, commercial-free debates, regulating money, election day a holiday, ranked voting, and National Popular Vote for President.
  5. Expanding the social safety net to make sure that every person in the United States has access to adequate food, housing, education, and health care.
  6. $20 per hour minimum wage.
  7. Progressive personal income tax that includes capital gains and with a 70% maximum bracket.
  8. Increasing the corporate income tax to 50% and removing loopholes that allow large corporations to pay little.
  9. An annual tax on assets until the US debt is paid off with 1% on more than $1 million, 2% over $10 million, 3% over $100 million, 4% over $1 billion, and 5 % over 10 billion.
  10. 1% sales tax on stock and bond transactions equally divided by the federal and state governments to help finance free public education from pre-K through college.
  11. An estate tax with a $1 million exemption in addition to the progressive rates proposed by Sanders above $3.5 million.
  12. Reducing US military spending 25% per year.
  13. Stopping all US arms sales and transferring this money to humanitarian aid for suffering nations.
  14. Removing all US military bases from foreign countries.
  15. Negotiating the disarmament of all nuclear weapons in the world fulfilling the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty and the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  16. Stopping covert operations and negotiating an end to all military conflicts.
  17. United States acceptance of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
  18. Greatly increasing support for United Nations peacekeeping.
  19. Negotiating reduction of military forces worldwide.
  20. Funding clean energy and efficiency and the Green New Deal.
  21. $20 per ton tax on carbon emissions.
  22. Taxing livestock to pay for emissions and water costs.
  23. Taxing unsustainable industrial agriculture.
  24. Subsidizing organic agriculture, carbon sequestration, and land restoration and soil rehydration. 
  25. Criminal justice reform to implement restorative justice that compensates victims of crime and emphasizes rehabilitation rather than punishment.
  26. Banning all automatic and semi-automatic weapons, registering and licensing guns, and limiting ammunition.
  27. Protecting free expression of ideas; increasing funding for public broadcasting; establishing a free search service online for all websites that do not have paid advertisements; and taxing commercials that appear on public airwaves.
  28. Increasing humanitarian aid to poor countries to help them become self-supporting and sustainable.
  29. Welcoming refugees and allowing the undocumented to become citizens.

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Principles of Love and Respect for All

1. All people are free and have equal human rights.

2. No person has the right to kill another person.

3. All people have the right to establish democratic governments that are local, provincial, state, national, or international.

4. Democratic governments have the right to establish laws that are just to all based on equal human rights.

5. Governments have the right to bring nonviolently to justice suspected violators of just laws and to find ways to compensate victims of crimes and to rehabilitate and educate convicted criminals.

6. No government has the right to assume jurisdiction outside its territory.

7. No government, person or group of persons has the right to kill or do bodily harm to a human.

8. The people of the world have the right to form democratically an international government with laws that assure peace in the world with equal justice for all.

9. No state or nation has the right to kill humans nor to organize and employ armed forces intended for use inside or outside their borders nor to develop or deploy weapons of war.

10. All humans have the right to equal access to education, health care, democratic elections, and nonviolent justice.

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Let US Make Peace in 2021 with Freedom, LOVE & Justice for All: What a Good President Can Do

Why I am running for President

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Curing US Addiction to War

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Beck’s Progressive Benchmarks #29 Welcoming refugees and allowing legal process to citizenship for immigrants.

The United States is a nation of immigrants who have come here and earned their places in our society, and America has often been a haven for the suffering and persecuted. This is an important part of our greatness, and we still have room for many more people in our vast land.

I believe especially in accepting refugees as a generous and charitable country. I also favor a path to citizenship for immigrants who are already here no matter how they got here. I would also welcome new immigrants who are seeking a better life as long as they do not commit violent crimes.

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Beck’s Progressive Benchmarks #28 Increasing humanitarian aid to poor countries to help them become self-supporting and sustainable.

The United States is a rich and powerful nation. As we save money by greatly reducing our military spending, we can also assist the effort to prevent climate disruption and help reform economic inequities by providing financial, educational and technical assistance to the poorest nations.

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Beck’s Progressive Benchmarks #27 Protecting free expression of ideas; increasing funding for public broadcasting; establishing a free search service online for all websites that do not have paid advertisements; and taxing commercials that appear on public airwaves.

First amendment rights must be protected. Government can also reduce the advertisements that pollute communication. Let businesses and products be promoted on their own websites or publications that can be found by customers seeking those products and services but not be displayed in other places where consumers do not want to see or hear them.

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Beck’s Progressive Benchmarks #26 Banning all automatic and semi-automatic weapons, registering and licensing guns, and limiting ammunition.

Prudent gun-control laws in Australia, Japan, and many other nations have shown that atrocious crimes using especially lethal guns can be greatly reduced and nearly eliminated without banning all guns.

In the United States common-sense gun reforms have been blocked in the US Congress because legislators have been corrupted by contributions and threats from the National Rifle Association (NRA), and this has allowed frequent gun massacres to continue in the US.

All military-style assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons as well as large clips of ammunition and excessive supplies of bullets can be banned from private ownership without affecting self-defense at home or reasonable hunting. People need to register cars and obtain driver licenses, why not have similar laws for guns which cause many more unnecessary deaths?

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Beck’s Progressive Benchmarks #25 Criminal justice reform to implement restorative justice that compensates victims of crime and emphasizes rehabilitation rather than punishment.

After the helpful First Step Act we still need major criminal justice reform by implementing the principles and methods of restorative justice. These include compensating the victims of crime and allowing those willing to meet with the perpetrators to work toward reconciliation and greater understanding, and replacing punishment by counseling, therapy, education, job training, and rehabilitation. I would therefore encourage this transformation of the federal prison system to provide a better example for the states.

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Beck’s Progressive Benchmarks #24 Subsidizing organic agriculture, carbon sequestration, and land restoration and soil rehydration.

An important part of the Green New Deal will be the restoration and rehydration of land to create more plants that will absorb carbon dioxide to reduce global warming. Advances in permaculture (permanent agriculture) in China and in many other places are enabling humans to reclaim barren lands to restore the soil for plant life, and this could be done on a large scale especially in the western half of the United States.

By transforming industrial agriculture to organic farming food will be more healthy, and by rotating crops and by plowing used plants back into the earth much carbon dioxide can be sequestered.

Both of these large-scale projects are especially helpful because they will not only slow down carbon emissions but actually could diminish the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, reversing global warming.