To have Congress Actually Work for the Benefit of the American People Rather than Special Interests.
- Create a Contract for Americans: a list of laws voters want.
- Voters get to help create that list of laws, and then promise to vote for Candidates who pledge to try to pass those laws if elected
- Candidates promise to pass those laws if elected, and free themselves from the obligations of fundraising.
- If Candidates choose NOT to sign our Contract or do not keep their promise, we run Better Candidates against them the Next Primary.
I: Basic Fairness Issues:
I: Basic Fairness Issues:
1) Minimum wage of $15 per hour. No one working full time should be in poverty. It is also important to encourage employers to offer full-time jobs.
3) Easy refinance of all student debt to 3% (or prime plus 2.5%), and offer new student loans at the same rate (or Student Loan Fairness Act HR 1330). Make student debt eligible for bankruptcy protections.
Work to make college education much more affordable, curb abuses, and create a free International On-line University–an IOU where you get a good education, but don’t owe a lot when you’re done! Establish a debt forgiveness program for those who serve in the US military, Peace Corps, or as inner city teachers.
4) Equal Protection Under the Law. We say it, teach it, promise it. It is time we finally deliver it.
5) Treat Veterans fairly. Keep all promises made to them and help them rebuild their lives. No Veteran should be homeless or hungry.
6) Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
8) Have Post Offices also provide banking services to help poor neighborhoods and citizens, and help fund postal services.
9) Use the best ideas from the whole political spectrum to maximally benefit all our citizens and increase our harmony and cohesiveness. The desire for government freed from the corruption of big money crosses all parties, and we can work together to achieve common goals.
II: TAX REFORM:
II: Tax Reform:
1) Do NOT increase taxes for anyone making less than $500,000 dollars per year. But those making more should pay their fair share.
2) Eliminate the lower tax rates for capital gains income. Income is income, and all should be taxed the same
4) Eliminate Corporate (and ultra-wealthy individual) tax loopholes and subsidies.
5) Reinstate inheritance taxes only on estates of more than $5 million, and eliminate perpetual trusts to discourage the formation of a hereditary aristocracy.
6) Bolster Social Security by having the very wealthy pay the same percentage as everyone else.
7) Lessen income disparity by varying corporate tax rates depending on how much the top employees make at that corporation compared to the majority of employees. (less disparity gives lower corporate tax rates)
III: FAIRER ELECTIONS and LESS CORRUPTION in GOVERNMENT:
III: Fairer Elections and Less Corruption in Government:
1) A Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United and Hobby Lobby. Corporations are NOT people and deserve neither Freedom of Speech, nor Freedom of Religion. Pass laws to minimize the effects of those rulings meanwhile.
2) Transparency. Make names of all major donors public. Whatever voting method is used, there has to be some way to verify the authenticity of results.
3) Anticorruption Measures: Even the Supreme Court acknowledges that “corruption or the appearance of corruption” is not a good thing, so anti-corruption is an excellent way to limit the power of large donations. Pass the American Anti-corruption Act at all levels of city, state, and federal government.
4) Make lying to confuse or intentionally mislead voters illegal and enforce existing laws.
5) Encourage voting by making registration and voting easy. Prohibit unreasonable restrictions on voting, and registration. Discourage gerrymandering, so election results actually reflect the wishes of voters.
6) Stop the “revolving door” between those in government and industry. Government officials should be banned for at least 5 years from lobbying the government.
7) Limit the ability of corporations and industries to set the regulations for themselves.
!V: Celebrate and Build on our Accomplishments
1) Embrace, support and improve Obamacare. While not perfect, particularly during its rollout, it has helped, and will help many people, and was a necessary and difficult step. We should be proud of it, educate voters, and work to make it better.
Many of its real faults were that it didn’t go far enough (single payer, for example) rather than it went too far.
Many of its perceived faults are the result of blatant misinformation.
Good, affordable healthcare for an aging population offered a host of near miraculous but immensely expensive advances, is a huge challenge. We need to work to make Health Care much more patient centered, efficient, and cost effective.
2) Embrace global climate change as a scientific fact, and a serious threat to us all. Embrace and celebrate the new emissions standards for existing coal power plants. Strongly encourage efficiency, zero landfill manufacturing, and renewable energy use by corporations, utilities and the public. Prohibit utility companies from trying to cripple renewable energy competition.