My political education started in 2006 when I volunteered for anti-war progressive upstart, Christine Cegelis who challenged Republican Henry Hyde for the 6th Illinois Congressional seat. Neither the state nor the national Democratic Party did anything to help her. So she built her own grassroots campaign and she won about 42% of the vote in what had been a solid Republican district. And I thought, ah hah.
With Congress about to begin the next cycle of budget battles – mostly focused on how much more pain to inflict on Main Street communities across America – a far different message is bubbling up across the land.
Simply put, the big idea behind the Robin Hood Tax is to generate hundreds of billions of dollars. That money could provide funding for jobs to kickstart the economy and get America back on its feet. It could help save the social safety net here and around the world. And it will come from fairer taxation of the financial sector.