1. Americans want big money out of politics.
While candidates benefit from a corrupt campaign contribution system and greedy donors gain from this legal form of bribery, Americans want to see campaign finance reform become a reality. People should matter in politics more than the money a few rich people and corporations spend to buy influence. If we want to stop corruption and make government more productive, Americans must eliminate legal bribery, get better candidate choices and stay more involved.
2. Americans want to raise wages.
The United States is the wealthiest country in the history of mankind, but people working in low wage jobs are living paycheck to paycheck. If the minimum wage had kept up with productivity and inflation since 1968, it would be than $26 an hour today.
3. Americans want clean, alternative energy.
Transforming America’s energy system will protect the environment and create good jobs, in a combination of good morals and smart economics. Adapting to alternative energy will create millions of jobs, put America in a position to export valuable technology to the rest of the world, and stop the dangerous impact of climate change.
4. Americans want meaningful tax and Wall Street reform.
Americans want to make rich people and corporations contribute their fair share of taxes because their greed makes the rest of us pay more than we can afford. A fair tax structure would lower taxes on honest working Americans and small businesses. Everyone else would pay less if greedy corporate tax dodgers were stopped from evading their fair share. Common sense regulation that stops Wall Street from making extreme bets will protect taxpayers from another economic crash. Society should not be at risk when excluded from any reward.
5. Americans want affordable colleges & universities.
As the global economy becomes increasingly competitive, advanced education is indispensable to individuals and the nation. The cost of higher education in America is out of control but we can change this by helping subsidize public college and universities with a small tax on stock transactions. A Wall Street tax is a safe bet to fund this smart investment in our future.