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Miners’ Jubilee

The Miners’ Jubilee is this Weekend!!

Please stop by our booth in the park on July 19, 20, and 21, 2019!
It’s a good time to learn about issues affecting our state and our nation.
We are at the middle entrance from Campbell, opposite the horseshoe pits.
We will be there from 9 am to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday.

Special Dinner – April 18

Our Thursday, April 18, 2019, meeting features our Spring Banquet!

Our regular meeting this month will be from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Rogers Fellowship Hall, and dinner and entertainment will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

We will have live music by the Sage Brush Swingers, and Peter will be cooking up a scrumptious Italian dinner and dessert.

There is a $25 suggested donation (which comes with annual sponsorship card), but of course any donations are welcome. Please RSVP to baker.demcrats@gmail.com or call Peter. It is important to know the numbers so Peter can prepare enough food.

We hope to see you there!

Farmer’s Bill of Rights

Nebraska Democrats have put out a Farmer’s Bill of Rights which lays out policies that will prevent big corporate interests from destroying family farms.  Republicans try to present themselves as friends of the family farm, but if one really looks at how they have enabled the corporate domination of agriculture, it is clear that Democrats are the real friends of our cherished family farms.

We Baker County Democrats support these rights. Our farm communities can only succeed when protected from those interests that only care about what wealth it can take out of our communities rather than put it back in.

We call for the right to buy and sell goods in an open market rather than one that forces farmers to buy and sell through corporate entities.  Subsidies should go to those who need them rather than corporate farms that already have built in advantages in the market place.  We call for the end of confiscating family farms through eminent domain for the benefit of corporate demands.  Corporate agriculture must be held to high standards of environmental quality in order to protect farm communities for future generations.  Farmers must be able to repair their own equipment as they see fit and not have to pay repair facilities linked to manufacturers. We ask for the right of farmers to process and sell their goods through independent businesses rather than be forced to sell to national and multinational corporations with little local presence. 

A New Website and Video Support Expanded EITC

A new video by Prof. Robert Reich and Inequality Media, contained in a new website by the Economic Security Project, provide much of the background and justification for expanding the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)to help Americans who are struggling economically (most of us). (The Economic Security Project also appears to promote a Universal Basic Income.)

Here is the video, as reported by Newsweek. The EITC is a proven method of injecting more money into a rural economy.

It is so encouraging and gratifying to have this level of corroboration of the Baker Democrats’ analysis and recommendations appear almost like magic! It has major upside potential to improve economic conditions in Baker County, Oregon as a whole, and the entire United States.

Please note that federal legislation has already been introduced to support this most worthwhile endeavor!

David Brooks endorses wage subsidies.

Out of the blue, conservative NY Times columnist David Brooks endorsed federal wage subsidies for working Americans on the PBS NewsHour on February 22, 2019. He said it somewhat in passing, as if this key concept has become unremarkably mainstream. Can we dare hope that it has?

“I would make a distinction between government that provides a safety net for people who — when bad things happen to them that they can’t do anything about, who are born in less fortunate circumstances.

“So, if you want government to hand checks to seniors through Social Security, sign me up. If you want earned income tax credits to raise the wages of lower earning workers, sign me up. If you want wage subsidies, I’m for all that stuff.”

Federal Income Supplement Legislation

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-San Jose) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have introduced multiple legislation to provide federal income supplements to counter existing widespread poverty.

On February 13, 2019, Rep. Khanna proposed legislation that will give American workers a ‘Cost-of-Living Refund’ to compensate for decades of rising costs and stagnant wages.  (This measure was also introduced in the Senate by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Bonnie Coleman (D-NJ.) ) It would roughly double the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, increase the credit for childless workers almost sixfold, and make millions more Americans eligible. Roughly 50 million Americans would get anywhere from $3,000 to $12,000 back in their pockets under this provision of the bill.

Sen. Harris’ bill establishes a refundable middle class tax credit of up to $3,000 for individuals and up to $6,000 for married individuals filing joint returns. Taxpayers must be at least 18 years of age to receive the credit and may elect to receive payments of the credit in advance on a monthly basis.

Please contact your members of Congress urging them to support these measures.

The End to Global Warming

As of January 16, 2019, 45 eminent economists now call for a refundable carbon tax to counter global warming in a meaningful way. “A carbon tax offers the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary,” the economists wrote in letter published in the Wall Street Journal. A key feature of their recommendation that the tax revenue be rebated to low and middle-income families to avoid stout resistance to the economic harm that befell families in France.