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Income Inequality

Income inequality in the US is now at the level of the gilded age. My platform attacks the economic injustices which fuel it.

  • Federal Jobs Guarantee: A pool of unemployed workers that are ready to work for lower wages and worse benefits is a deterrent that most corporations use. A federal jobs guarantee creates a nationalized competitor in the marketplace that will create good-paying union jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure, provide quality public childcare, and establish community clinics to help care for the disenfranchised in society. I believe that a necessary pre-requisite to this is to establish federally guaranteed and free education in colleges and universities to ensure that our workforce remains highly educated and highly skilled.
  • Demanding that the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share in taxes. Stop corporations from shifting their profits and jobs overseas to avoid paying U.S. income taxes. Create a progressive estate tax on Americans who inherit more than $3.5 million, and enact a tax on Wall Street speculators who caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, homes, and life savings.
  • Increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to a living wage, tied to inflation. In 2018, no one who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.
  • Putting at least 13 million Americans to work by investing $4.6 trillion over ten years towards rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, railways, airports, public transit systems, ports, dams, wastewater plants, and other infrastructure needs.
  • Reversing trade policies like NAFTA, CAFTA, and PNTR with China that have driven down wages and caused the loss of millions of jobs.
  • Creating 1 million jobs for disadvantaged young Americans by investing $5.5 billion in a youth jobs program.
  • Fighting for pay equity by signing the Paycheck Fairness Act into law.It is an outrage that women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.
  • Making tuition free at public colleges and universities throughout America. Everyone in this country who studies hard should be able to go to college regardless of income.
  • Expanding Social Security by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000. At a time when the senior poverty rate is going up, we have got to make sure that every American can retire with dignity and respect.
  • Guaranteeing healthcare as a right of citizenship by enacting a Medicare for all single-payer healthcare system. It’s time for the U.S. to join every major industrialized country on earth and provide universal healthcare to all.
  • Requiring employers to provide at least 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave; two weeks of paid vacation; and 7 paid sick days per year.
  • Enacting a universal childcare and prekindergarten program. I will propose a 21st century Child Development Act, to provide for the education of our children and ensure working mothers have the time that they need to survive.
  • Making it easier for workers to join unions by fighting for the Employee Free Choice Act.
  • Breaking up the huge financial institutions whose recklessness and fraudulent behavior during the subprime mortgage crisis crashed the American economy in 2008.  3 out of the 4 largest financial institutions in the country are at least 80 percent bigger today than they were before the bailout, and it’s time to ensure that our tax dollars never have to bail out a bank that’s “too big to fail” again.