Policies we support


     

  • Anti-Corruption (28th amendment to repeal citizens united leading to the removal of dark money's influence on politics, and The Government By The People Act - which increases the power of the small contributions that ordinary citizens can afford to give, providing incentives for congressional candidates to reach out to average constituents, not just dial for dollars from wealthy donors.)
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  • A Social And Economic Bill of Rights ( ➊ The right to a full-time, living wage job. ➋ The right to nutritious and safe food. ➌ The right to affordable and safe housing. ➍ The right to free, high-quality health care. ➎ The right to free, high quality education. ➏ The right to childcare and paid parental leave. ➐ The right to disability and retirement income. ➑ The right o paid vacation and a short workday. ➒ The right to a clean and healthy environment. ➓ The right to associate, organize, and strike.)
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  • Investment in Advanced Manufacturing Techniques and Technologies (One specific topic of discussion has been advanced manufacturing and the prospects for driving a manufacturing resurgence. Technological development is likely to be the catalyst for the next wave of manufacturing productivity gains. This development, which some refer to as Industry 4.0, is characterized by cyber-physical systems (CPS) and dynamic data processes that use massive amounts of data to drive smart machines. A confluence of forces—falling prices and rising performance of enabling hardware and software, the digitization of industry, increasing connectivity, and mounting pressure on manufacturers to be more flexible and eco-friendly—is likely to accelerate adoption of the next generation of advanced manufacturing technologies.)
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  • Creation of a National Infrastructure Bank and Infrastructure Planning Council (The establishment of both a national infrastructure bank and a national infrastructure planning council represents an innovative and promising way in which we could finance and plan infrastructure projects. By establishing a centralized federal lending authority in the form of an infrastructure bank, the United States could: ➊ Increase public investment in infrastructure ➋ Leverage billions in additional private investment ➌ Streamline existing federal lending initiatives ➍ Increase the share of federal money that flows to projects meeting rigorous cost-benefit criteria.)
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  • Free College (Bernie Sanders' College for All Act– the bill would eliminate the $70 billion dollar tuition costs at all 4-year public colleges and universities, while substantially lowering student debt and bringing down interest rates on college loans. After using the federal government grant money to eliminate costs of tuition, colleges would then have the opportunity to increase funding for students, hire new faculty, and provide professional development opportunities for students. There’s going to be several taxes on Wall Street speculation to pay for this― A .5 percent tax on investment houses, hedge funds, and stock trades, .01 percent on bonds, and .005 percent fee on derivatives.)
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  • Creation of a National Research & Development Bank (Some state legislatures already issue R&D bonds, like those issued by California to support its stem cell research initiative. The National R&D Bank could issue similar bonds to pay for research grants to academic institutions and corporate consortia based in the United States, on the basis of impartial reviews of grant proposals by scientists and administrators. The National R&D Bank would be ultimately accountable to Congress, which would have to authorize the total amount of debt that it could issue.)
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  • National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships (By developing a robust apprenticeship system, the United States can better meet business demand for skilled labor and strengthen its competitiveness in the global economy. Today more than ever, the United States requires new tools to equip workers with the skills employers need. The development of national guideline standards should be industry led, but there are steps the government can take to incentivize employers. Congress should appropriate funds for competitive grants to facilitate the development of national guideline standards for apprenticeships. This could be accomplished either by creating a new grant program or by appropriating additional funds to existing grant programs. The grants, matched by industry investment, should be for nonprofit industry associations to convene industry stakeholders and experts, pinpoint several high-demand occupations in their industry, determine the necessary skillsets for each, and write apprenticeship standards that reflect the needs of employers. For each occupation, the standards should incorporate any relevant pre-existing industry certifications into a competency-based or hybrid apprenticeship program. Applicants for the grants should be evaluated on at least two criteria: ➊ Ability to represent industry broadly and to leverage private-sector investment ➋ In addition to the traditional trades, focus on high-growth occupations in which apprenticeship is not traditionally used)
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  • Re-strengthening of Labor Unions ( Bernie Sanders' Workplace Democracy Act― which ➊ Eliminates the two-stage balloting process for union election ➋ Guarantees the right to first contract ➌ Strengthens and expands the enforcement authority of the National Labor Relations Board ➍ Repeals the prohibitions against strikes, boycotts and hot cargo agreements ➎ Prohibits state preemption of federal labor laws ➏ Secures equal treatment for all employees ➐ Ensures equal protection under the law for state and local public sector employees ➑ Provides workers the right to act as guarantors of their financial future ➒ Extends NLRA coverage to workers for U.S. owned companies that operate in Free Trade Agreement countries)
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  • A 10% protective tariff on all imports ( in addition to the application of a 15% general tariff, paid to the US Treasury by any importers of foreign goods or services. This revenue will contribute to the social safety net, encourage Americans to purchase domestic products, lower the burden on income and payroll taxes, and will be used to finance the public infrastructure, R&D and various credits and subsidies needed to rebuild American industry.)
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  • Bankruptcy and re-regulation for zombie banks ( Restoration of Glass-Steagall through the 21ˢ ͭ Century Glass-Steagall Act of 2013, and Bernie Sanders' S.685 - Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act to break up large financial entities)
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  • Medicare for All (Bernie Sanders' American Health Security Act, S. 1782―Under this bill, various new taxes would be imposed, including: a 6.7 percent employer payroll tax, a 5.4 percent tax on high-income individuals, a .02 percent tax on securities transactions, and a progressive tax on individuals making between $200,000 to $600,000 a year.)
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  • Stronger Social Security ( Bernie Sanders' The Social Security Expansion Act - subjecting all income over $250,000 to the payroll tax and impacting only 1.5 percent of wage earners)
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  • A 1% Wall Street Sales Tax on derivatives, stocks & bonds ( While working families pay 7% or more in sales tax for the necessities of life, Wall Street speculators pay no tax on their share of a yearly turnover of over $5 quadrillion (5,000 trillion dollars) in stocks, bonds and derivatives. A 1% tax on this turnover, equally divided between the federal and state governments, largely solves the budget deficit at all levels of government. It also discourages the most dangerous forms of speculation, especially derivatives speculation, and helps to level the playing field between financial services – which are now in effect subsidized because they are not taxed – and the tangible, physical production of manufactured goods on which our economic survival depends.)
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  • Tax Reform (Application of 90% top marginal tax rate in addition to the adoption of Joseph Stiglitz' recommended progressive system of taxation)
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  • A New Theory of Regulation + Preventing Regulatory Capture ( Edward Balleisen's and David Moss' revelations concerning Government and Markets, and Daniel Carpenter's and David Moss' revelations concerning Special Interest Influence and How to Limit It)
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  • Raise Minimum Wage + Index it to Growth in Average Wages (Growth in the wage of the typical worker generally outpaces growth in prices over time; if it didn’t, living standards would never rise.)
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  • Full Employment (Robert Pollin's recommendation of mobilizing the FED to grow employment tremendously, lowering unemployment to below 4% to change the dynamic of the labor market simultaneously empowering workers)
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  • Tying Annual Wage Increases for All Workers to National Productivity (Removing the wedges between productivity and median compensation growth)
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  • Infrastructure Modernization and Big Investments in Infrastructure Jobs (Bernie Sanders' Rebuild America Act, five-year plan that would invest $1 trillion and create or maintain at least 13 million decent-paying jobs)
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  • Middle Class Tax Cuts ( A $2,000 yearly paycheck bonus tax credit for all workers making up to $200,000, Triple the child and dependent care credit, A 20% deduction for two-income parents, Paid for with Wall Street "high rollers" transaction tax and by closing loopholes for the richest 1%)
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  • Divestment from Fossil Fuels - Investment in Clean Renewable Energies (Bernie Sanders' Combating Climate Change to Save the Planet plan to cut U.S. carbon emissions 80% by 2050 and create 10 million clean energy jobs)
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  • A Green New Deal (Jon Rynn's Manufacturing Green Prosperity: The Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class, Rynn offers a blueprint for reindustrialization - rebuilding our cities, our transport, our energy systems, and the rest of our economy in a way that is environmentally sustainable and good for the American people.)
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  • Tariff Placed On Imports Made With Cheapened Labor (Stricter mandatory origin labeling.The tariff would equal to the wage differential between foreign laborers and U.S. workers in the same industry.This way, competition would be confined to who makes the best product, not who works for the least amount of money.)
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  • Strengthening the EITC for Childless Workers To Promote Work and Reduce Poverty (Adjusting the credit’s phase-in and phase-out rates. This allows these workers to get the wage supplement they need to strengthen their financial security early in their careers. And, we should make permanent the expansions to the credit.)