A Response to Charles Blow – April 10, 2014

RLS is a trusted commenter Virginia 11 hours ago

Here’s my list, Charles: We are running out of time on dealing with global warming. We need fair trade, not so-called free trade. We need to join the rest of the civilized world and guarantee health care as a right. We need to expand Social Security. We are undermining public education with the Race to the Top initiative. We need to rein in the NSA and the military-industrial complex. We need more stimulus, not austerity. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage ($15). We need to strengthen labor rights legislation. We need to return to a progressive tax code and end corporate tax loopholes. We need to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuel companies, agribusiness, and other corporate welfare. We will have another financial crisis if Wall Street reforms are not strengthened. We need a financial transaction tax to curb speculation; the new revenue should be used to fund valuable public investments in infrastructure, clean energy, research and education, creating millions of jobs. We need to close Guantanamo Bay. We need to end the drone attacks that are killing innocent civilians and creating a new generation of terrorists. And on and on and on.

When candidates in both parties are raising big sums of money it is clear that their allegiance lies with the wealthy donors who fund their campaigns. We will not solve the many problems that the country faces unless we elect more progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and move to public financing of elections.


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