Great news today out of Washington DC: We are hearing first reports of a marathon meeting between republicans and democrats. They agreed on 10 points:
1) Democrats agreed not to raise taxes while republicans promised that everyone would pay taxes proportional to their income – no tax shelters, no acceptance of ways to ‘save’ on taxes. The additional funds raised will pay for the following:
2) Cars which do not run on alternative energy or hybrid consumption will cease to be produced in the US as of the end of this year and cease to be imported by the end of 2012.
3) Non-organic produce will be taxed to pay for all toxic waste disposals. This cost will be shared between consumer and farmer.
4) Every child in America will receive a personal laptop on entering elementary school. This laptop will have wireless capacity and come packed with educational and fun games as well as e-book capacity.
5) Teachers will receive salary increases to a mid level company managerial equivalent, along with bonuses for working in low-income areas.
6) Every young person who finishes high school with university grades will receive financial credits that will cover their tuition at a state university.
7) Each freshman will receive a hand-held tablet with a yearly credit to buy academic books in electronic form.
8) Personal finance will be taught in high school, including budgeting, the dangers of credit card abuse, and long-term saving benefits.
9) America will no longer finance or do business with countries where basic human rights are not observed. These rights include no institutional discrimination based on gender, religion, race, or sexual orientation.
10) Every US citizen will have access to medical treatment without fear of bankrupcy. Every US war vet will have full access to psychological help.
This program will come into effect on April 1st, a day that will hereafter be celebrated as April Future Day. Anyone who objects to the aforementioned may continue to celebrate April Fools Day. These people will not be discriminated against, merely pitied.
Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/ and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).