Joyce: AmericaSpeaks.US we’re repeating TR’s Progressive Presidential platform of 1912!!!

April 28, 2016

There are no new paradigms, history repeats. We are now duplicating the Presidential election of 1912 , when TR represented the Progressive wing of the Republican Party and his adversaries were a Socialist and Woodrow Wilson , a Democrat. TR laid out the Progressive Platform,  supported by Brandeis, but lost the election to Wilson.    Wilson rode the Progressive Wave and  implemented the Progressive Party’s platform with the help and support of the American People and progressive Plutocrats.


  • By 1916 , Wilson was reelected  based upon his accomplishments, and the rest is history.

Paraphrasing directly from the book, ” The Rich Don’t Always Win”, you’ll understand why TR adopted “the Progressive Platform”, my dear followers, and perhaps, you will carry the messages of 1912, to every one you meet, so that we all become students of history and decide to reintroduce the Laws of the land that freed “we the people” from an ever expanding Plutocracy?


There is one cautionary tale: be prepared always for the push back of the wealthy minority that has no social conscience and has no limits on the wealth they must accumulate .  For our Republic to survive as a Democracy we must be vigilant and enforce regulations that curtail the wealth of others who profit through speculation and the labor of others. I and they did not denigrate capitalists, rather we propose through a progressive program, including progressive taxation,  to regulate and restrain greed.


We , all of us, should  always strive to reward the entrepreneur who produces revenue through his own sweat and the sweat and hard work of his or her employees, that is the essence of Capitalism in a Democracy!

Let me now paraphrase TR’s platform, as written by Sam Pizzigati, in his 2012, book entitled” The Rich Don’t Always Win”.  I quote, ” TR covered all the progressive basis:  Our natural resources, must not be monopolized for the benefit of the few.  We must prohibit the use of Corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes and hold corporate officials “personally” responsible when any corporation breaks the law.   Again and again, Roosevelt urged his followers to demand state and national restraint upon unfair money getting.  The absence of restraint, he noted, has tended to create a small class of economically powerful men, whose chief object is to hold and increase their power.

”  To check the growth and limit the power of these fortunes, TR called for a progressive income tax and an inheritance tax on BIG fortunes, properly safeguarding against tax evasion and increasing rapidly with the size of the estate.  We need to destroy privilege for the few, TR roared, to preserve our Democracy for the many”.  He called his program the New Nationalism, I call it the New New Deal! ”


Just like today, The Progressive Movement was radical because it had real problems to solve.  It was practical because it dealt chiefly with the more just distribution of wealth, which is at the very bottom of the bread question in every land and age”


“Woodrow Wilson had not created the Progressive wave, but he rode that wave into office passing the following tax  and reform legislation.

  1. The Constitution was amended to tax the incomes of the most wealthy progressively.
  2. The Federal Reserve Bank was created to regulate the Banks
  3. The FTC was created with intention to enforce , cease and desist orders, against the formation of monopolies.
  4. The Clayton Anti Trust Act was implemented giving the Federal Government the capacity to block corporate mergers and predatory pricing schemes.


Like today, Wall Street was free to speculate, free to create “phony” financial instruments of mass destruction,  and free to make enormous amounts of money at Society’s expense.  Wall Street speculation eventually  led to the crash of 1929 and our own Fiscal Crisis of 2008.


How the Populists pushed back and the rise of the Middle Class Golden Age will be detailed in subsequent Posts.  Stay tuned, for further updates my dear followers, as I continue to learn, it is my pleasure to share my insights with you.  Together, we can change our World!


I can’t resist this last note;   one of the first promoters of Wilson’s second term in office, besides Brandeis and Amos Pinchot, TR’s speech writer, was a line up of progressive celebrities, the philosopher John Dewey and America’s most eminent Rabbi Stephan Wise!!!


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Joyce: America Speaks.US Periscope @11am Populism vs Establishment

April 27, 2016

Dear followers:

Tune in at 11am and let’s discuss the rise of Populism vs the Establishment.

All welcome, all comments addressed.  Please note, I can’t read your comments when you see me.  I’ll turn the camera on me 5 min before the end of our broadcast.

See you at 11am.


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The Voice of Joyce: Activism&elections! America Speaks.US

April 27, 2016

Is there an alternative to Hilliary, Bernie and Trump? There is,  if we form an activist movement dedicated to progressive taxation both personally and Corporate Tax reform.
2 nd we might require more union clout rather then less as labor organizes to strengthen the rights of employees
Third we can’t do it alone. Ordinary folks need the helping hand of the wealthy who value America and Americans and “see” the consequences of Inequality.


“We the people”  have aided our demise by being silent. If you , dear followers, don’t want the wealthy to continue amassing wealth at the expense of our vanishing middle class and the poor, we should embrace every  billionaire that will help us. Everyone,  independent of previous Political Party affiliation.

If the Koch’s wish to help, I welcome their assistance. I have no experience in creating a movement .  I’m trying, but we require a larger louder microphone.  I’ve written a letter to President Obama and now I’m encouraging The Koch Brothers and anyone civic minded,  to talk to me and listen to our plight and requests for real change through the rule of Law!

Anyone can join our advocacy group America Speaks. US. WE ARE AUDACIOUSLY INCLUSIVE!


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Joyce: America Speaks.US/Periscope @ 11 am Elections?Thoughts

April 20, 2016

Dear followers:

See you at 11 am to chat about elections, third party, whatever you wish, my time is yours!

Tune in to chat and ask questions, please!

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The Voice of Joyce: MEDICARE in Trouble 

April 18, 2016


2cb02eeec022aaa6acf4eaae43f1cd69-1Photo on 9-14-15 at 9.56 AMWhile we laud The Presidential  Candidates with praise for their performances, why not ask some tough questions, too!

  • Will the Candidates Lobby Congress to fix Social Security now?

Social Security is tied to the price of oil.  It’s a fact.  With oil prices low, Social Security and Medicare will be “flat lined” at best.  With  the  proposed 50% increase in insurance premiums and drug costs, Social Security and Medicare recipients will see a DECREASE  in their monthly checks.

  • It’s not too late for Congress to save social security.
  • Demand action now or Seniors who don’t depend on the CPI will suffer !  Seniors,  who can’t afford to drive and who trade medicine for food,  will be penalized once again by a system that is out of touch with their position in life.

While we’re taking about fixing the system, FIX the SYSTEM!

  • No Cap on income , all earned income…

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The voice of Joyce: New York is a closed Primary

April 18, 2016


Photo on 9-14-15 at 9.56 AMNEW YORK STATE LAW: We are a closed Primary State, which means:

The established Party affiliated candidate  has an unfair advantage, making it difficult for independents to vote. The Law states, Independents must register  to vote 6 months before the primary, if they want to vote in the Democratic or Republican Primaries. That’s our law!!!! We make it difficult for outsiders to compete in the Presidential election purposely,  along with 11  other States.
The New York’s ” closed Primary  ” is Tues., April 19 .
When we overturn our restrictive laws , skewed toward the Party favorites, independents will have a fair chance. Otherwise, the next route is an open convention, names in the hopper and balloting for the winner.
The third way is eschewing this lengthy and costly process, backing a Presidential Candidate of your choice, through a massive write in campaign.


We can overcome money in politics, when we are united and prepared to work hard to overthrow our rigged and corrupt system.

  • Make no mistake our system is indeed rigged!
  • Large Corporations soliciting Congressmen for favors, grants and contracts get a return on investment of $ 27.00 for every dollar spent.
  • Corporate return on investment increases to $130.00 per $1.00 when Lobbyists are employed .

Meanwhile, as the Middle Class continues to slide into poverty, Corporations are making the most profits ever: 40% after taxes. Aren’t you pleased to be funding Corporate Welfare? If not, let’s unite to defeat these monopolies and insist on changing the tax code.

We the people can reverse our plight, by becoming involved in Politics and choosing folks who represent us!

( Note: my data comes from The Economist and The Financial Times).

Wishing everyone a great day!

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