Fed up with Washington? Frustrated by the way tea party Republicans successfully held the country hostage, to protect the rich at the expense of everyone else?

Well, you’re not alone. Dissatisfaction with Congress is at a historic peak.1 But isolated anger isn’t going to solve anything. What we need are solutions and united action. What we need are Jobs, not Cuts.

March for Peace, Freedom and Justice in downtown Detroit Aug. 28, 2010

And while Washington was concocting a debt deal that sold the people out, 130,000 everyday Americans considered 25,000 solutions to create A Contract for the American Dream.

It’s a Contract to create jobs, invest in America, and rebuild the American Dream for all. And as a first step, if we can get at least 100,000 citizen signers right away, we’ll put the Contract in a full page ad in The New York Times, so America can see the solutions to our broken politics and struggling economy writ large.

Below are the main points of the Contract. Be among the first of many to sign it and get it in The New York Times this week. 

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…

1. Invest in America’s Infrastructure

2. Create 21st-Century Energy Jobs

3. Invest in Public Education

4. Offer Medicare for All

5. Make Work Pay

6. Secure Social Security

7. Return to Fairer Tax Rates

8. End the Wars and Invest at Home

9. Tax Wall Street Speculation

10. Strengthen Democracy


March for Jobs, Justice and Peace, Detroit Aug. 28, 2010

We’ll be putting the principles of the Contract into action almost immediately. But the first thing we need to do is get Washington’s attention with a full page ad in The New York Times backed by over 100,000 Americans

Then we’ll take it directly to members of Congress during the August recess, start fighting for it in our local communities, and make it part of our national vision.

Be part of this crucial beginning by signing the Contract for the American Dream today.

Clicking here will add your name.

Thanks for all that you do,

–Justin, Tim, Stephen, Elena, and the rest of the team

P.S. See below for the full text of the Contract and then click here to sign your name to it.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. 1963: I HAVE A DREAM!


“I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963 March on Washington

We, the American people, promise to defend and advance a simple ideal: liberty and justice… for all. 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—rich, poor or in-between, regardless of skin color or birthplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender—has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is our covenant, our compact, our contract with one another. It is a promise we can fulfill—but only by working together.


Today, the American Dream is under threat. Our veterans are coming home to few jobs and little hope on the home front. Our young people are graduating off a cliff, burdened by heavy debt, into the worst job market in half a century. The big banks that American taxpayers bailed out won’t cut homeowners a break. Our firefighters, nurses, cops and teachers—America’s everyday heroes—are being thrown out onto the street. We believe:

  • AMERICA IS NOT BROKE. America is rich—still the wealthiest nation ever. But too many at the top are grabbing the gains. No person or corporation should be allowed to take from America while giving little or nothing back. The super-rich who got tax breaks and bailouts should now pay full taxes—and help create jobs here, not overseas. Those who do well in America should do well by America.
  • AMERICANS NEED JOBS, NOT CUTS. 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.

To produce this Contract for the American Dream, 131,203 Americans came together online and in their communities. We wrote and rated 25,904 ideas. Together, we identified the 10 most critical steps to get our economy back on track and restore the American Dream:

  1. INVEST IN AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE. Rebuild our crumbling bridges, dams, levees, ports, water and sewer lines, railways, roads and public transit. We must invest in high-speed Internet and a modern, energy-saving electric grid. These investments will create good jobs and rebuild America. To help finance these projects, we need national and state infrastructure banks.
  2. CREATE 21ST-CENTURY ENERGY JOBS. We should invest in American businesses that can power our country with innovative technologies like wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal systems, hybrid and electric cars, and next-generation batteries. And we should put Americans to work making our homes and buildings energy efficient. We can create good, green jobs in America, address the climate crisis, and build the clean energy economy.
  3. MLK Day March at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, Detroit

    INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. We should provide universal access to early childhood education, make school funding equitable, invest in high-quality teachers, and build safe, well-equipped school buildings for our students. A high-quality education system, from universal preschool to vocational training and affordable higher education, is critical for our future and can create badly needed jobs now.

  4. OFFER MEDICARE FOR ALL. We should expand Medicare so it’s available to all Americans, and reform it to provide even more cost-effective, quality care. The Affordable Care Act is a good start and we must implement it—but it’s not enough. We can save trillions of dollars by joining every other industrialized country—paying much less for health care while getting the same or better results.
  5. MAKE WORK PAY. Americans have a right to fair minimum and living wages, to organize and collectively bargain, to enjoy equal opportunity and to earn equal pay for equal work. Corporate assaults on these rights bring down wages and benefits for all of us. They must be outlawed.
  6. SECURE SOCIAL SECURITY. Keep Social Security sound, and strengthen the retirement, disability, and survivors’ protections Americans earn through their hard work. Pay for it by removing the cap on the Social Security tax, so that upper-income people pay into Social Security on all they make, just like the rest of us.
  7. RETURN TO FAIRER TAX RATES. End, once and for all, the Bush-era tax giveaways for the rich, which the rest of us—or our kids—must pay eventually. Also, we must outlaw corporate tax havens and tax breaks for shipping jobs overseas. Lastly, with millionaires and billionaires taking a growing share of our country’s wealth, we should add new tax brackets for those making more than $1 million each year.
  8. END THE WARS AND INVEST AT HOME. Our troops have done everything that’s been asked of them, and it’s time to bring them home to good jobs here. We’re sending $3 billion each week overseas that we should be investing to rebuild America.
  9. TAX WALL STREET SPECULATION. A tiny fee of 1/20th of 1% on each Wall Street trade would raise tens of billions of dollars annually with little impact on actual investment. This would reduce speculation, “flash trading,” and outrageous bankers’ bonuses—and we’d have a lot more money to spend on Main Street job creation. 
  10. STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY. We need clean, fair elections—where no one’s right to vote can be taken away, and where money doesn’t buy you your own member of Congress. We must ban anonymous political influence, slam shut the lobbyists’ revolving door in D.C. and publicly finance elections. Immigrants who want to join in our democracy deserve a clear path to citizenship. We must stop giving corporations the rights of people when it comes to our elections. And we must ensure our judiciary’s respect for the Constitution. Together, we will reclaim our democracy to get our country back on track.


1. “Disapproval Rate for Congress at Record 82% After Debt Talks,” The New York Times, August 4, 2011

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  1. TaxSlave says:

    I commend this publication for being the only source of news I’ve found about the illegal assault, kidnapping, and drugging of Ariana Godboldo.

    But this contract is all about handing your masters the power to take away anything you earn and run your life economically. You see the way they treat you as a serf when it comes to your own children. How then can you expect to be treated when those same type of people have total control over everything and anything you can own?

    Are you being manipulated into enforcing your own enslavement?

    Watch this little video, and consider it, please:

  2. JMR says:

    I meant to hit change 9 and 10 to:
    9 No more bail outs. Tax Bail Out Banks, Autos etc to recover expenses for last round until it is paid off. Make security taxes proportional to the propective need for future bail outs.
    10 Increase Transparency in Government. Require all grant recipients and agencies to provide actual finianials and do real audits every year on any one who recorded more than $1,000,000 in any year ESP state agencies.
    Also add to
    6 SS. eliminate all Title IV-E expenditures study after study show too many children needlessly held in foster care by CYA judges: like that family that live in a rented storage building in Houston recently.

  3. JMR says:

    That is a old tired nightmare not a dream. Here is a dream contract:

    1. Invest in America’s Infrastructure. Utilities should pay for for maintenance through user fees. Roads, airports and rail should be maintained by gas/use taxes. Levees should be paid for by taxes properties protected. Upgrade bus/rail/air public transport to personal rapid transportation(SkyTrans/ET3).
    2. Cleaner Energy. Oil is a limited resource: replace internal combustion power with 4th gen. Fast (thorium) reactors, supplemented by solar and wind in rapid personal transport, velomobiles, electric and hybrid vehicles.
    3. Public Financing of Education. Eliminate single provider exclusivity in school choice. Require research programs be offered like the winner of the $1,000,000,000 Project Follow Up: Direct Instruction.
    4. Affordable medical care. Low cost insurance plans for emergency care with reasonably priced urgent care. Learn from the Swiss.
    5. Make Work Pay. Tax imports to eliminate wage differences.
    6. Secure Social Security. People paid into it and expect something from that.
    7. Fair Taxes. Everyone rich and poor should pay taxes.
    8. Balance the budget. Bring home troops from Germany and Iraq (and Afghanstan) and eliminate the Army/Air Force infrastructure supporting it. Right size the Navy. No more spending debt without borrowing against a physical improvement like a bridge or tank. Borrow only for the expected depreciation/ use time, paying it off during that time.

    9. Tax Wall Street Speculation

    10. Strengthen Democracy

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