Nine Steps To Building A Better Country
Make Medicare Available To All Americans
Citizens of every other advanced western democracy on the planet don't have to pay huge monthly insurance premiums. When they have serious medical problems, they don't have to beg strangers on the internet for money in order to avoid bankruptcy. They have universal healthcare. The only reason we don't have it too, is because the billionaires that own the Republican Party don't want us to.
Americans are 4.4% of the world's population, but almost 15% of the world's gun deaths. An overwhelming majority of Americans support both universal background checks and banning domestic abusers and stalkers from possessing firearms.
A New Voting Rights Act
Voter Suppression has become an openly practiced strategy of the Republican Party. We need to pass a new Voting Rights Act that includes (1) making Election Day a national holiday, (2) national automatic voter registration, (3) banning gerrymandering, and (4) repealing Republican voter suppression laws.
Wages and Jobs
Economic inequality is at historically destabilizing levels. We need a livable minimum wage indexed to inflation, paid family and sick leave, a substantial tax increase on those with a net worth above $100 million, and a one-time cancellation of student debt.
Criminal Justice and Immigration Reform
Appeals to racism will never stop being a Republican election strategy as long as our immigration and criminal justice systems remain broken. We need comprehensive fixes to both, including (1) restructuring ICE to focus on actual threats rather than tormenting children, (2) banning private prisons, and (3) legalizing cannabis.
Restoring Integrity to the Government
After 2020, a wholesale cleansing of the government will be needed. Every executive action taken by Trump or his appointees needs to be examined, and reversed if necessary. Every federal judge installed by Trump needs to be examined, and those that are unfit need to be removed from office.
By 2040, 70% of Americans will be represented by only 30% of the Senate. Two of the last three Presidents lost the popular vote. The Citizens United decision allows billionaires to buy politicians. All of these are incompatible with the founding principle of our country, that government legitimacy rests on the consent of the governed. Constitutional reform is necessary.
By the end of this century, unless we make drastic changes, we will be living on a catastrophically changed planet. We need to transition to a clean energy economy over the next 20 years.
Boost Public Education
An educated populace, able to think critically, is required in order to maintain a democratic republic. We are currently living the result of having neglected to adequately educate ourselves for decades. It cannot continue. We need to fully fund K-12 schools nationwide, and make public colleges and universities tuition-free.
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