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Note: This section and following ones are at: Beyond drug war, debt, and wealth concentration. To single-payer healthcare and progressive taxation.
See articles: Cannabis is safer. And:
History of US Republican war on cannabis, and their lies about its health effects.
Portugal's decriminalization[edit source]
Return to top. See: Portugal. Cannabis-related links and decriminalization. See the utter failure of the US Republican-led drug war and mass incarceration: It is killing Americans at the rate of one Vietnam War every 6 months.
There were around 112,000 US drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending May 31, 2023, at a rate of 307 deaths per day. 335 deaths per million US population. Only around 10 to 72 deaths per year in Portugal, a country with universal healthcare, and where all drugs have been decriminalized since 2001. See timeline table of yearly overdose deaths by European country.
"We had to destroy the village in order to save it." The US Drug War is killing 100,000+ a year in order to save people from drugs. US weapons are destroying Gaza in order to save it. We've been here before. MLK on April 4, 1967:
Martin Luther King’s Most Controversial Speech: "Beyond Vietnam". Assassinated for speaking the truth exactly one year later on April 4, 1968.
Harm reduction is cheaper[edit source]
Return to top. End the expensive, incarceration-heavy US drug war with Portuguese and Canadian single-payer universal healthcare, and Portuguese decriminalization.
End US government debt[edit source]
Return to top. Share link: Debt ceiling. See: Wikipedia: US debt ceiling.
Save $1.5 trillion per year[edit source]
Via single-payer healthcare[edit source]
Return to top. Republicans oppose single-payer universal healthcare. US would save 1.5 trillion dollars per year if it instituted Canadian universal healthcare. That is 5.4% of US GDP.
Canada spent 11.2 percent of its GDP for total healthcare costs in 2022. US spent 16.6 percent in 2022. Besides bankrupting the US due to GOP ideology, Americans have high personal medical debt, unlike Canadians. . High student debt is another problem Americans have due to GOP ideology, unlike Canadians. Changing the age of adulthood to 17 would free up a year of education money.
US is Broke, not Woke. Healthcare spending and debt ceiling.
Return to top. Many sleepy Americans can't do the math concerning healthcare costs and medical debt. Also, incarceration and family debt due to the GOP-led war on drugs. Also US student debt, and US household debt due to GOP's low minimum wages, etc...
Canadians are richer on average than Americans, and they have more energy because Canadians don't have to take 3 jobs, go bankrupt, or sell their homes, due to medical and student debt. See Wikipedia: List of countries by total health expenditure per caspita. See: Student debt balance is forgiven after 15 years payment in Canada.
Nearly a third of our health care dollars (mostly outside Medicare and Medicaid) go to something other than health care.
Canadians are healthier[edit source]
Return to top. See: End drug war with universal healthcare and decriminalization. Cannabis is legal across Canada. See Wikipedia: Cannabis in Canada.
US Republicans Voted Often to Kill Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions. .
Health spending by country[edit source]
Return to top. Republicans are responsible for the large US government deficit. Because they support the wasteful US healthcare system over the much cheaper single-payer universal healthcare in Canada and elsewhere. See: Canadian single-payer universal healthcare versus US healthcare.
Keep 'em poor and sick:[edit source]
Return to top. Canadians are healthier on average, and their preventive healthcare is much cheaper! Versus US Emergency Room care. See Wikipedia: Health spending as a percent of GDP by country (gross domestic product). And: Wikipedia: List of countries with universal health care.
US Republican states;[edit source]
Not just pot prohibition;[edit source]
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See article: US Republican states. It's not just cannabis prohibition. Many maps. It's also their low minimum wages, high Covid death rates, poor healthcare, high household debt, high gun death rates, high homicide rates, high incarceration rates, etc.. See: Drug war and other excessive uses of force. They are autocratic gerrymandered states that have long avoided federal oversight due to the Republican filibuster. See Wikipedia: Filibuster in the United States Senate.
The US Republican Party wants to concentrate wealth at the top. So they want most people to be Broke, not Woke: Trickle-down economics. See: Beyond drug war and conservatism.
The federal minimum wage would be $13.46 in 2022 dollars if its real value had remained at the 1968 level. Even more in 2023 dollars. See graph below.
GOP voter suppression;[edit source]
Return to top. Vote out the many Republicans supporting backward cannabis laws. It is purposely made more difficult by the lack of no-excuse postal voting. Just one example of Republican voter suppression in GOP states. Such as many states in the south.
See Wikipedia: Postal voting in the United States.
Return to top. Republicans dominate talk radio. Especially in the Republican south with its backward cannabis laws.
How Fox News and the Right-Wing Media Machine Made My Dad Crazy.
See Wikipedia: Conservative talk radio. A percentage of people in many states do not have access to broadband internet, and desktop or laptop computers. Cell phones are a poor substitute for many people. So they are left with Republican misinformation radio.
End GOP Senate filibuster[edit source]
Return to top. A minority of Senators should not be able to block cannabis laws supported by the majority of Americans.
The War on Cannabis. It accelerated in the US, and that's where it will end.
US Congress could legalize, reschedule, or remove cannabis from the federal schedule if the Republican filibuster were gone. Vote in US Senators who will abolish it. . Senators Manchin or Sinema could abolish it now.
End the electoral college[edit source]
Return to top. Presidents should not be elected who do not receive the highest number of votes.
Abolish the electoral college. Imagine the US without the 12 years of the Bush and Trump presidencies and their backward cannabis policies.
Enact ranked choice voting[edit source]
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See Wikipedia: Ranked voting.
End presidential veto, and[edit source]
Return to top. Presidents should not be able to block cannabis laws supported by the majority of Americans.
See Wikipedia: Veto power in the United States.
No Presidential war powers[edit source]
Return to top. Nixon, Reagan, and Bush are responsible for the US War on Drugs, and the lie that massive incarceration is a solution. See the lies in
Reagan's frequent demonization of cannabis.
Presidents have too much power. Wars later determined to be started based on lies of Presidents, or done in secret:
Vietnam War: President Johnson and the lie of the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
Cambodia: Nixon and Kissinger's secret B-52 carpet bombing campaign that helped created the unrest that led to Pol Pot's genocidal regime. And Kent State shootings in US.
Iraq War: President Bush and the lie of the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Too old: Trump and Biden[edit source]
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Institute a mandatory retirement age for US Congress members and the President. . Mandatory retirement exists for many US judges. Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden are too old to be President.
No Trump tax cuts for rich[edit source]
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US Republicans have led cannabis and drug wars worldwide. All to create 2nd class citizens who are blocked from many educational, job, and voting opportunities. Part of the conservative plan to concentrate wealth in fewer hands worldwide.
|Trump's 2017 tax cuts for the rich.
|On average, taxpayers in the income groups highlighted in yellow will incur a net cost (shown as a positive figure as this reduces the budget deficit), due in part to reduced healthcare subsidies. Higher income taxpayers receive a benefit via tax cuts (shown as a negative number as this increases the budget deficit). The percent of taxpayers in each income group is also shown for the 2023 period. "Taxpayer" in the chart refers to a tax return, meaning it could represent one person or a married couple filing jointly, among other options. . Commons source.
Stop wealth concentration[edit source]
Return to top. See: Wikipedia: Progressive tax. End concentration of wealth and power (see previous section).
USA. The sorry state of the nation. After decades of Republican-led drug war, and their filibusters in the Senate. The GOP somehow convinced people that by giving rich people money (via tax breaks to the rich, and low minimum wages) that money would magically trickle down to them.
Increase minimum wage[edit source]
Return to top. Beyond drug war, debt, and wealth concentration. To single-payer healthcare and progressive taxation. Simultaneous with the Republican-led drug war the GOP used the Senate filibuster to undemocratically severely restrict increases in the minimum wage at the federal level, and in GOP states.
Population and Warming[edit source]
Return to top. World Population Clock: 8 Billion People (LIVE). We need more trees and less people. More oxygen, less carbon dioxide. We need a declining population to stop and reverse global warming. "Assuming no net migration and unchanged mortality, a total fertility rate of 2.1 children per woman ensures a broadly stable population." - Fertility rates. OECD Data. See country graphs.
Many US Republican leaders oppose birth control and abortion rights (even early abortion). Another reason besides their backward cannabis laws to vote them out. Birth control and abortion (especially early abortion) is legal (even free) in many countries. That needs to expand further.
The US and Europe can't import all the overpopulation of the world. Europe, especially, is already too densely populated. US Democrats need to limit immigration, or they will lose power, and cannabis policies will go backward. Taxes on the rich will be cut yet more, which by definition means middle class taxes will go up, or stay up, to pay for it.
Wikipedia: List of countries and dependencies by population density.
We need the lowest curve below, by lowering the birth rate.
Global warming. Roswell[edit source]
Return to top. 2023 GMM-420. And Mirror. Note: See the sections at the bottom of many pages: Beyond drug war, debt, and wealth concentration. To single-payer healthcare and progressive taxation.
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