Getting what we NEED

Published on Intrepid Report, by Nick Egnatz, March 28, 2014;

What do we want?

  • Decent lives for ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors—for all of us.
  • Good jobs that pay a good wage.
  • To take care of those that can’t work, the retired, disabled, mothers with young children and other caregivers, those that provide other services to the community that aren’t represented in a profit and loss statement.  
  • A healthcare system that quite simply includes all of us and excludes the profit guys. That includes dental, mental healthcare, prescriptions, natural alternatives and that excludes insurance companies, deductibles and co-pays. The Affordable Care Act is none of the above. When it was rammed through Congress, proponents of a single payer system, Medicare For All, were not even allowed in the congressional discussions and the doctor and nurse advocates were forcibly removed and arrested when they attempted to present a single payer alternative.
  • While I would accept a single payer system, I would much prefer a single payer/single provider system. This is what I had for 4 years of my life while I was in military service to my country. In addition to regular checkups, dental care, prescriptions etc, I had one major surgery plus recovery stateside and a major illness that required me to be med-evacuated from Vietnam to the states and hospitalized under doctor’s care for more than two months. There were no bills for any of this and I continued to be paid the entire time. While in the service I was single, but those that were married had the peace of mind knowing that all the above care would also be given to their families as needed. Isn’t this the type of system that we should also be considering for our entire society?
  • An end to debt slavery—student debt, underwater mortgages and out of control credit card debt, when being late on one payment can jack your interest rate to 25–30%. Of course, it is easy to miss a payment when we live with an economic system that is incapable of providing jobs for all its people. And so many of the jobs that we can get now only pay about half of what life’s basic necessities cost.
  • Put the 9 million American families that have been either foreclosed and torn from their homes or are in the process of foreclosure back into homes.
  • A clean, sustainable environment—transitioning from energy that pollutes air, water, soil and threatens future human life on earth as we know it to renewable alternatives. With the Fukushima nuclear disaster as an example of the inability to safely contain nuclear energy and waste, we can be assured that nuclear energy and bombs for that matter are anathema to human life and peace of mind.

An end to U.S. militarism, war and empire—in service not to the American people, but rather to the military/industrial/congressional/banking complex.

These are all things that we want, but as the song says “You can’t always get what you want.” Why? In our present monetary system there is never any money for these and other programs that would actually benefit the people.

  • But if you try sometime
  • You just might find
  • You get what you need.

Bringing the voices of peace, anti war, anti nuclear, environmental, Fight for $15, anti-foreclosure, labor, debt jubilee, universal basic income, national healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, anti racist, LGBT activists, etc., together in one voice, committed to struggle, we can get what we need.

And what we need is the NEED Act:

What does The NEED Act do? It is the game changer that makes money available, debt free, for all of the above goodies or programs that will immensely improve our lives and society. Without it we will continue to roam in the wilderness, never enough money for the things that we want and need.

The NEED Act: … //

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(Nick Egnatz is a Vietnam veteran. He has been actively protesting our government’s crimes of empire in both person and print for some years now and was named “Citizen of the Year” for Northwest Indiana in 2006 for his peace activism by the National Association of Social Workers NASW. Contact Nick at


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