Revive Civics in US High Schools. Actually TEACH our young adults how our government was formed, how it works, and MOST importantly - their role in that Government. If more citizens were educated properly about our democratic Republic as children and teens, then as voting age adults we might see more of them voting.
A Wall Street sales tax—taxing financial transactions. A modest set of taxes on trades of stock, bonds, and derivatives could raise a vast amount of money—quite possibly more than $1 trillion over a decade. Virtually all the money would come from Wall Street since most people will cut back their trading in proportion to the increase in costs. In addition, a tax would reduce speculation and possible lessen the volatility in financial markets.
A maximum wage for CEOs. The average American company pays its CEO 475 times the wage of their average worker. That ratio has skyrocketed since 1950 & more than tripled since 2000. Congress should act to limit maximum compensation of high income executives to 25 times their lowest paid employee. This would slow down economic inequality, encourage companies to raise worker's wages, and put the US more in line with the rest of the world.
A tip is not a wage. Due to an unfair loophole, the restaurant industry gets away with paying them a subminimum wage as low as $2.13 an hour in 43 states. Forced to live entirely off customer tips, 90% of female tipped restaurant workers report experiencing sexual harassment (70% of servers are women). We propose eliminating the lower wage for tipped workers, and requiring all employers to directly pay their workers a fair minimum wage.
WWII-scale mobilization to restore a climate that is safe, stable, & supportive of human civilization. Rapidly expand our carbon-neutral energy & agricultural systems, conduct groundbreaking research, & implement large-scale adaptation measures. As in WWII, full employment will be achieved. Reduce net greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent. Deployment of measures that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere until a safe climate is restored.
END GERRYMANDERING. At the state level, attempt to implement Iowa or California-style nonpartisan distracting commissions . On the national level, pass a bill in congress requiring that all US House districts be drawn by such a commission, either one implemented by the individual states or, in states which refuse to do so, a federal one (using congress's constitutionally delegated power to regulate its own elections)
It’s time to return the U.S. to a system of debt-free college. Today, most students borrow to pay for college, and average debt has ballooned. Both students of color and low-income students are much more likely to take on debt, betraying our nation’s promise of equal opportunity and upward mobility. This shift to a debt-based system is both recent and radical, but we can return to debt-free college by reforming financial aid and encouraging states to re-invest in their colleges.
We need to go back to sustainable farming and put an end to Big Ag and large commercial farms that abuse animals and fill them with antibiotics and hormones, feed them pesticide ridden GMO food that contaminates our environment and our bodies!! We need to do away with ALL AG-GAG laws and make workers and corporations who abuse farm animals face strict penalties!
Major infrastructure investment. Fund a sustained program of $400 billion per year in total non-military physical domestic infrastructure investment using a combination of direct federal borrowing and federal credit support for state and local programs. It would create 4 million direct jobs in place for 10 years, plus jobs created through the impact on consumer demand, plus more jobs created by manufacturing the materials and otherwise indirectly supporting this infrastructure investment.
Stop the revolving door between government and corporations! Corporations control many of our Federal Government Agencies by placing their people in positions of authority. For example Wall Street controls the Treasury and Federal reserve and Pharmaceutical companies control the Food & Drug Administration. They don't represent Middle Class America! We need politicians in office like Elizabeth Warren to speak out and force change.