The People’s Platform
We must start with the end in mind and keep our eyes on the prize.
Most of politics in the United States is (to quote Shakespeare) a lot of “sound and fury signifying nothing” (or signifying only that our political system is broken and dysfunctional). In the end, the only thing that really matters is getting legislation passed that changes public policy to more effectively promote the general welfare.
Our “People’s Platform” features needed legislation that is supported by a solid majority of voters across party lines and electoral reforms that will make our government more genuinely democratic. No polling has been done on some of these electoral reforms and a lot of voters are not familiar with some of them (proportional representation and ranked-choice voting).
Additional information regarding these reforms and issues can be found in pages under this tab.
Legislation needed to address critical problems:
True full employment through a federal job guarantee.
Renewable Energy Projects to provide good paying jobs as we build the infrastructure of the future, moving to clean, renewable sources of energy.
A public option for health care providing the benefits of a single-payer system for those who want to save money by signing up for a government-administered plan, without requiring those who prefer to get insurance from private, for-profit insurance companies to join.
A $15 minimum wage and/or the right of local governments to set a minimum wage higher than the state or federal minimum wage.
Federal funding and local control of public education.
Employee free choice acts make it easier to form or join a union. Workers wishing to join simply sign a membership card. When a majority of the workers in a given work place have signed, the union is recognized as the official collective bargaining agent for those workers.
Proportional Representation in state legislatures (and eventually in Congress). The percentage of seats held by members of each political party is equal to the proportion of the total vote won by each party. If a party gets 50% of the votes cast, it gets 50% of the seats in a legislature. A party that gets 10% of the votes cast gets 10% of the seats. Proportional representation ensures that all voters are represented and gives voters more candidates and parties from which to choose.
Ranked-choice voting for executive offices (president, governor, lieutenant-governor, etc.) also works to give voters more that two candidates or political parties from which to choose. Voters can support minor party or independent candidates without worrying about wasting their vote or indirectly helping a major party candidate they strongly oppose.
A public financing option for candidates to level the playing field and make it easier for candidates to raise the money they need to run viable campaigns.
More details regarding some of these issues can be found in the tabs under this page.