Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs. — Senator Bernie Sanders
Today the 2016 presidential election got very exciting. Bernie Sanders, the Senator from Vermont, announced his candidacy for president. Currently serving his second term in the Senate, Sanders served the previous 16 years in the House of Representatives. He is the longest serving independent member of Congress in U.S. History.
A strong advocate of government by the people, of the people and for the people, Sanders is an outspoken opposer of Citizens United, which gives corporations the same First Amendment rights as human beings.
On December 2, 2014, Sanders detailed the following progressive economic agenda for the United States with the intent of reversing a 40-year decline of the American middle class and the ever-increasing gap between the “very rich and ever everyone else in the United States.”
1. Invest in our crumbling infrastructure with a major program to create jobs by rebuilding roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools.
2. Transform energy systems away from fossil fuels to create jobs while beginning to reverse global warming and make the planet habitable for future generations.
3. Develop new economic models to support workers in the United States instead of giving tax breaks to corporations which ship jobs to low-wage countries overseas.
4. Make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for higher wages and benefits.
5. Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour so no one who works 40 hours a week will live in poverty.
6. Provide equal pay for women workers who now make 78 percent of what male counterparts make.
7. Reform trade policies that have shuttered more than 60,000 factories and cost more than 4.9 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs.
8. Make college affordable and provide affordable child care to restore America’s competitive edge compared to other nations.
9. Break up big banks. The six largest banks now have assets equivalent to 61 percent of our gross domestic product, over $9.8 trillion. They underwrite more than half the mortgages in the country and issue more than two-thirds of all credit cards.
10. Join the rest of the industrialized world with a Medicare-for-all health care system that provides better care at less cost.
11. Expand Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs.
12. Reform the tax code based on wage earners’ ability to pay and eliminate loopholes that let profitable corporations stash profits overseas and pay no U.S. federal income taxes.
America desperately needs a president who is for the people. That person is without a doubt Bernie Sanders.
We need a political revolution. pic.twitter.com/hnVcrsLkph
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 30, 2014
Robyn Short has ghostwritten numerous books and is the founder and publisher of GoodMedia Press. She is a student of A Course in Miracles, a self-study system of spiritual psychotherapy. Robyn is a passionate believer in peace and social justice. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Auburn University, a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution from Southern Methodist University. She is a certified mediator and author of Prayers for Peace and the children’s book Peace People, co-authored with Nanon Williams. Robyn is available for book signings and to speak on topics of peace building and nonviolence, especially as it relates to these core issues. Contact Robyn by email.