The Voice of Joyce: Are we listening to fellow Americans? 

March 16, 2016

 

Dear Followers:

  • Whether you’re for Bernie or Trump, you’re disenfranchised!!
  • #Black Lives Matter
  • # angry Trump supporters matter

The real question is, ” why is everyone angry”?

Have we listened to them and heard their stories?

  •  To avoid bloodshed we’ve got to listen. 

Our State of Inequality has destroyed the fabric of our Society, our Democracy, our families. No wonder people are angry .

 

  • Our challenge, what policies will make Americans feel safer, happier, and believe in the American Dream of upward mobility? 

The Voice of Joyce : It’s 2016, do you know what we want? 

March 11, 2016

2016 Is our Election Year, does every one know the issues? Be prepared!!! The issues confronting us, according to ” The Voice of Joyce “.

1. It’s not immigration that’s the main issue, it’s Corporate welfare decisions that giveaway our taxable Billions to an elite group .

2. It’s not that we have a skill shortage in America, we have leaders who  prefer stagnation and personal and corporate debt, to innovation.   Why?  According to PBS 3/11/16, 1 st tier leaders are not the most decisive or creative !!!

3. With so many underemployed or unemployed, a massive accountable stimulus program could put millions back to work in one year at all  levels of income.

4. How would you fund these programs?  Congressional action!!!

  • A derivative and high speed trading tax of 6 basis points grosses in 1 year $660 Billion.
  • Closing tax loopholes ,  lowering  taxation for major corporations and stopping their game of ” 3 card monte”  within our states,  could gross potentially another $Trillion

5. No need to think about the  deficit. Sensible laws and regulations, made by Congress, would assure America’s  leadership in World growth.

6. No need to fear trade , if the agreements are structured to help the Middle Class as well as Corporate Interests.
Please forgive my lack of advocacy of late!  I’ve spent my days advocating for myself and “hip revision “surgery.   I have not been idle, but distracted personally.

 

  • I miss you, my dear followers. When I can be informative and productive, I will continue my quest for a  United voice for all of us.  

Meanwhile, as I await surgery,  on 3/18/16, my thoughts are with you. I am working on our political party “ America Speaks“. My IT guy, assures me, my Blog Posts are  collated into an ebook ready for publication.   At 380 pages,  “ The Voice of Joyce”  starts on May 2012- 2014 consisting of 9+ Chapters!!!  Many of my posts are predictive of our” State of Inequality”  and may help you understand how we’ve gotten to 2016.
All the best, dear followers. I will continue to update you on the issues, personal and public.

 
Have a great weekend!

 

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


The Voice Of Joyce: Reference articles/Foreign Policy

March 11, 2016

Dear followers:

After reviewing my Post on Foreign Policy, these references may be helpful to your understanding of the complexity of the Middle East quagmire!  Please do share your comments.  I will write later, explaining my absence of late!

 

Wishing everyone a glorious day, where ever you are, dear followers!

 

  • Financial Times,
    Total fined €750,000 in Iraq corruption case

    Michael Stothard in Paris and David Sheppard in London

    French court finds oil major guilty of corrupting foreign officials in UN oil for food programme

Read the full article at: http://on.ft.com/1R71HTG

  • The Kurds are spread out across Turkey, Syria and Iraq as a ” contiguous” group. It’s in Turkey’s best interest to make Peace with them.

Financial Times,
Kurds are now key to a Middle East solution

Henri Barkey

Powers great and small must contend with group’s demands as never before, writes Henri Barkey

Read the full article at: http://on.ft.com/1S3Vsor

  • Coalition strikes effectively cutting ISIS revenue from oil. Peace could put ISIS out of business as local Syrians stop purchases.

I saw this article when using the Financial Times app and thought you might be interested:

Financial Times,
Isis oil: jihadis continue pumping

Erika Solomon in Beirut

Islamist group is determined to stay in business despite the heavy blow to finances from air strikes

Read the full article at: http://on.ft.com/1R7B01b

” the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”

 


The Voice of Joyce: Foreign Policy and the Middle East 

March 4, 2016

 

Dear followers:

 

As an American, I am concerned about Terrorism coming to our shores. As a realist, I believe there is one way to keep terrorism at bay, that’s with muscular diplomacy. If we care about the Middle East or Africa, we should support governments that provide human rights to their people and wish to establish working institutions based on the Rule of Law.

 

  • If we continue to support despots, the people get none of the aid designated for them and   all the money goes to the  corrupt officials in charge.
  • If we remove despots without putting a provisional government in place , that everyone trusts, we have a failed state and the people are brutalized , once again.
  • If you reward good behavior and compassionate leaders, people do not revolt.
  • If we promote human rights before getting to a failed state, terrorism will not have a foothold in that country or in a failed province.

To decrease terrorism we should support” good regimes” with working institutions and the rule of law.

If we continue to support despots who ignore the needs of their people we are certain to have a failed state that is a breeding ground for ISIS or their affiliates. Worse, failed states supporting terrorism, destabilize other states in the region as their propaganda recruits more soldiers for the terrorist cause. Then, Like a giant squid ISIS, AND/ or AlQaeda , et al send their lieutenants to provinces within neighboring Nation States to set up shop. Once people are vulnerable and unprotected, the ” neglected” province is over run by terrorists too! If we can’t reclaim the people peacefully, Coalition forces may be required  .

 

In Iraq “we” allowed the Islamic State to get a foothold in the provinces where the population was already brutalized by the Shiite government in place.  A committed group of diplomats and military advisors can support and reinstate institutions , creating  a fair and balanced military composed of Shiite and Sunni factions.  The solution seems so easy,
funding the old order has led to chaos and oppression. Train an army of the people for the protection of the people, insure stability, be committed to training the next generation of compassionate leaders without the influence of malevolent foreign powers and their proxies.

 

In Syria, now that ISIS is feeling the strength of coalition bombing and being cut off in the Syrian provinces, it is time to bring the warring factions back to the peace table. ( article in the financial Times 2/29/16 ” Syria Enjoys relative peace of ceasefire”)  I’ve counted 14 separate groups with a stake in Syrian Peace. All factions need to feel that we are,  in fact,  honest brokers and will maintain the peace.  AlQueda and the Islamic State, don’t thrive in States that treat their people humanely and with compassion.  A true peace is not viable, unless and until, all foreign governments and their proxies exit this state.  The long term objective is a self governing independent Syria.

 
Terrorists won’t thrive if we change our foreign policy.  ( This is a long term goal.)  If we reward regimes that institute reforms for the benefit of their people, we would decrease graft, military supplies and decrease our foreign aid budget. America would have a method and a policy of giving , that is judicious , cheaper and more effective,  benefiting our fellow man while creating a state that supports it’s people, rather then another despot on the verge of civil war.

 
Civil war is contagious. When People in one country are oppressed ISIS enters and then finds a niche and oil revenue  to maintain itself. Though their tactics are  purposefully  horrific, they do set up a functional system of government. It looks tantalizing and exciting to young people and they join their revolutionary brothers setting up ” shop ” in the  vulnerable provinces. Our lesson should be, never give Terrorists a reason to enter a country. Once there is a failed state, a government without a leader, it is difficult to rout the Terrorists. That’s reason enough to change our Foreign Policy going forward.

 

  • Change  foreign Policy to prevent destabilization of a society, whether it’s in the Middle East or Africa.
  • Stop the spread of terror by advocating good humanitarian Policy and supporting the people of a nation not the despot.
  • Win the hearts and minds of the people , care about their plight, intervene in a humane manner before there is strife, then we can save ourselves from international terrorism.

We can continue to be the World’s policeman, with a coalition of Nations, dedicated to diplomacy rather then civil war, dedicated to humanity, rather then despotic leaders.

 

If you’re interested in our security, dear followers, please read Angus Deaton’s book, “the Great Escape”. I became a believer. Bill Gates is a believer in measurable positive outcomes, too!  Additionally, I recommend, this month’s issue of Foreign Affairs Magazine, though I’ve given you a summary of their topic “GeoEconomics”, before I knew , what I’m advocating, had a name!  LOL.

 

If we value life, why not value this type of Foreign policy and aid. “GeoEconomics”

“the heart and pulse of the Middle Class”


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