Monday, February 2, 2009

The Future Can Be Bright

As I listen to democrats speak of Economic revival, it sounds like everyone is still living in the World War II generation. WWII and the Post War generation has been over for fifty and a half decades now. We are still living in the Twentieth Century in a Twenty-First century World.The day that people could work at their jobs for 30 years is over. We are heading into a Jobless society even if the President creates Millions of Ecological Jobs.That is a step in the right direction, but there still will not be work for all. Creating Meaningful Jobs through the government is a really good idea.First we can start by enlarging Ameri-Corps and Vista Volunteers. These could become Meaningful, fulltime, living wage paying jobs. With a Republicrat Government that could become a failure because there will be no Workers Rights or Labor protection. I knew someone who joined a youth job program and hated it because he was abused buy his bosses. The Republicrats have a way of instituting programs that Control People rather then up lift them.When I tried to join the Peace Corps. I asked to be posted in Asia, the guy yelled at me and said I should be willing to go where I am put, even Africa. All for Democracy and Freedom of Choice. Why should I have my freedom of choice? Isn’t that what America is about, having a free choice?Here is what we have to do in order to have a better society. First we need to get rid of the two party system. Second, we need to institution full workers rights and have Democracy in the work place. Third we need to implement a government employment program like CETA and Work Force America. Than let’s have Jobs with justice. Not crappy service sector jobs which pay minimum wage. Thus Institute a living wage.Let’s get rid of those conservative values of the 20th century and start treating people like Human Beings.We can also have programs that foster worker Owned enterprises, such as Democratic Employee Stock Options Plans and Worker owned Co-operatives.Here is what Co-ops do and how they operate.
1. Voluntary and Open Membership -- Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination. 2. Democratic Member Control -- Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner. 3. Members: Economic Participation -- Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence -- Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy. 5. Education, Training, and Information -- Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives -- Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures. 7. Concern for Community -- While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.The movement toward an environmentally sustainable global economy (based in Cooperation and mutualism, not competition) will create far more meaningful jobs. The Major reasons: non-polluting, environmentally sustainable industries tend to be intrinsically more labor intensive and less resource intensive than traditional practice." It nevertheless forms an importance. Among the features of sustainable industry offered in the paper were energy efficient, resource conservation to meet the needs of future generations of people and maintaining environment, safety and skill-enhancing working conditions and opportunities. Low waste production processes, and the use of safe and environmentally compatible materials. Some of the benefits however would be offset by higher prices (due to labor costs) and a theoretically larger population needed to perform the same amount of work, increasing the agricultural and other loads on Society. But the very best we can have a positive future with out poverty and work distress. Along with social programs that free people.Sustainable living encompasses the concepts of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Sustainability, in recent years, has been expressed as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Self-sufficiency is the principle in which individuals or societies consume only that which they have produced. Sustainable urban infrastructure is a form of sustainable design and maintenance, which adheres to the facts and structure of sustainable living. Its main principles are to achieve technological and governmental policies that enable urban planning for sustainable architecture and agriculture.