Former White House environmental adviser and “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones, who resigned in September of 2009 amidst Tea Party controversy that labeled him a “reverse racist” because of his activism against environmental racism in the black community, has launched Contract for the American Dream. Says Jones “Many of our best workers are sitting idle, while the work of rebuilding America goes undone. Together, we must rebuild our country, reinvest in our people and jump-start the industries of the future. Millions of jobless Americans would love the opportunity to become working, tax-paying members of their communities again. We have a jobs crisis, not a deficit crisis.”
In the incentive to “do something, don’t complain,” the Contract makes vivid the point that America is not broke, but those who profited most from American freedoms and democracy consistently refuse to reinvest in the economy or pay their fair share of taxes. Jones states “Americans who are willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to find a decent job, get a good home in a strong community, retire with dignity and give their kids a better life. Every one of us…has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact and our contract with one another…”
The Contract outlines 10 major principles: Invest in America’s Infrastructure, Create 21st Century Energy Jobs, Invest in Public Education, Offer Medicare for All, Make Work Pay, Secure Social Security, Return to Fair Tax Rates, End the Wars and Invest at Home, Tax Wall Street Specs, and Strengthen Democracy.