The Plan – Rahm Emanuel

Barack Obama’s ex Chief-of-Staff, Rahm Emanuel (now Mayor of Chicago),  co-authored a book with Bruce Reed (president of the Democratic Leadership Council and a columnist for Slate magazine). The 2006  short book is modestly titled “The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America”.

This is a must read if you want to see where America is heading.

The authors call this a “new social contract” that makes clear what you can do for your country and what your country can do for you. Thanks, but I’ll just stick with the original contract, the Constitution, although I realize why the authors might consider it a hard contract to follow, with all its restricting laws against big government power to intrude in our lives.

Components of The Plan include:

UNIVERSAL CITIZEN SERVICE: All Americans between 18 and 25 will be asked to serve their country by reporting for 3 months of basic civil defense training and community service. “Young people will know that between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service.”

Emanuel and Reed insist “this is not a draft,” but in order for this part of the plan to come to fruition, a draft must be imposed. Additionally, they warn, “[s]ome Republicans will squeal about individual freedom,” which seems to rule out any likelihood of an opt-out. I guess that’s why it’s called “universal”.

UNIVERSAL COLLEGE ACCESS: The Government would give the states tuition grants to make college free.

UNIVERSAL RETIREMENT SAVINGS : Employers would be required to offer 401 (k)’s to all workers. Workers must be enrolled and are expected to contribute unless they make an affirmative step to opt out.

UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE: Cut costs to make it affordable. Give small business access to the same health plans as members of Congress.

RETURN TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: End “corporate welfare”.

A HYBRID ECONOMY: Cut American gasoline use in half over the next decade. Accelerate energy research. Embrace the plug-in hybrid auto. End our dependence on Middle-Eastern oil.

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