Now is the time to expand Social Security — not cut it. Social Security benefits simply haven't kept up with the rising costs that seniors face—for medicine, food, and housing. We're facing a retirement crisis where seniors can't rely on pensions and other parts of the social contract. We need to increase benefits to make sure they reflect the true costs seniors face. Expanding Social Security is the best way to ensure all Americans have the economic security they need to retire with dignity.
Corporations are paper, not people. People before profit. Enact laws which reverse Citizens United, McCutcheon, and Buckley v. Valeo. Without a fair field in which everyday people are heard and treated equally, when, as we're now seeing, corporations and money carry more weight than the voices of our citizens, our entire system of government falls into plutocracy and oligarchy.
Restore the protections of the Glass-Steagall Act. The decision by Congress and the President to repeal the Glass-Steagall law in 1999 paved the way for the “too big to fail, one-stop financial supermarkets” that played a major role in the near economic collapse of 2008. For a decade, we saw the financial industry assume unbelievable risks knowing that they were able to gamble with the taxpayers money. The American people paid a heavy price for it!
Break up Citigroup. We face a danger to our democracy from the power of our largest banks—particularly Citigroup. Their control over the executive branch is unprecedented. Their donations buy votes every day in Congress. Their money supports think tanks that produce endless smokescreens to make sure no one notices what is really going on. It’s time to fix the imperfections in Dodd-Frank, just as Elizabeth Warren says: “Let’s pass something—anything—that would help break up these giant banks.”
"We are demanding an emergency program to provide employment for everyone in need of a job, or if a work program is impractical, a guaranteed annual income at levels that sustain life in decent circumstances. It is now incontestable that the wealth and resources of the United States make the elimination of poverty absolutely practical." - Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
Reverse Reaganomics, reform the banking sector, and strongly enforce, broaden and modernize our nation's anti-trust and anti-monopoly laws! Give America back to the people and legitimate businesses. Let's rebuild America, starting with infrastructure, Public Education, All outsourced jobs back home! We are the most productive people in the world. Let Americans once again enjoy the fruits of their labor, and NEVER return to Rule by Aristocracy.
An Unconditional Basic Income Guarantee (UBI) for every U.S. citizen over 18 of $1,000 per month and every citizen under 18 of $300 per month, to be paid for through consolidation of present in-kind benefits better met by cash, and through the closing of loopholes, elimination of subsidies, and increase in top tax rates.
Interest rates on credit cards are absurd. Banks borrow money at ridiculously low rates and yet charge usurious rates on their credit cards. If you really want to stimulate the economy, help get the American people out of debt and reduce poverty, pass a law or implement a banking regulation that prohibits banks/credit card companies from charging any more than 5% above the rate charged to banks on ALL existing and future credit cards.
Lets put grid-connected solar panels on 5 million homes by Dec 31 2015. It's feasible, affordable & doesn't require batteries. Homes would pull power from the grid when needed but any excess power would feed into the grid & reduce our use of dirty coal.This would create 1000's of good paying new jobs, reduce both pollution & climate changing emissions and eliminate our need for more Oil wars. The Gov't could sell bonds with 5% interest to provide the financing & be of no cost to taxpayers!
Recommit to applying, and then expand, our anti-trust laws so that "too big to fail" banks and other corporations are too big to exist (without getting broken up into much smaller pieces). That would be a good first step toward getting control of our political system and economy out of the hands of giant corporations.