The vigorous contest of
Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination has produced excellent
policy proposals to address major issues. Senator Bernie Sanders, long a
crusader to end corporate influence and corruption in the political system,
unveiled his “Money Out of Politics” Plan. He has expanded upon it to
detail how he would end corporate greed and corruption, ensure corporations pay
their fair share of taxes and give workers an ownership stake in companies
where they work, end corrupt corporate mergers and break up monopolies. This is
from the Sanders campaign:
WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan to end corporate greed and corruption, ensure corporations pay their fair share of taxes, give workers an ownership stake in the companies where they work, end corrupt corporate mergers and break up monopolies.
“For more than 40 years, the largest and most profitable corporations in America have rigged the tax code and our economy to redistribute wealth and income to the richest and most powerful people in this country,” said Sen. Sanders. “The American people are saying enough is enough. They are sick and tired of companies like Amazon, General Motors and Chevron making billions in profits, but paying nothing in federal income taxes. Under this plan, we will demand that profitable corporations pay their fair share of taxes. We will give workers an ownership stake in the companies they work for. And we will start breaking up some of the largest and most powerful companies in America to lower prices for consumers, help small business and make markets competitive.”
Bernie’s plan, the boldest and most comprehensive corporate accountability plan in modern presidential history, would bring an end to the era of unchecked corporate greed and return power to American workers.
As President Bernie would:
Workers an Ownership Stake in Corporate America and End Corporate Greed
workers 20 percent of shares in their companies and 45 percent of the seats on
their corporate boards.
all workers and savers have the right to vote the shares they own.
workers the right to purchase factories or offices they are employed in from
companies that decide to put them up for sale or shut them down.
a U.S. Employee Ownership Bank to provide low-cost financing to employees who
want to start their own businesses.
large-scale stock buybacks illegal.
companies to provide shares of stock to workers who lose their jobs as a result
of outsourcing or automation.
Monopolies and Make Markets Competitive
all Trump administration mergers and undo improper mergers.
the Federal Trade Commission to break up conglomerates and monopolies and
institute clear, strong merger guidelines.
caps for vertical mergers, horizontal mergers, and total market share.
mandatory arbitration clauses and non-compete clauses that trap workers in
low-wage jobs and strip them of their legal rights.
Large Corporations Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes
all of Trump’s corporate tax breaks
the corporate tax rate to 35% from 21%.
that corporations pay 35% by eliminating virtually all corporate tax breaks and
the use of offshore tax havens by:
corporations with revenues over $25 million to publicly disclose significant
portions of their tax returns and country by country financial information
including earnings, financial accounts, and tax payments in other
the 20% deduction on pass-through business income and requiring large
pass-through businesses to be subject to corporate taxes.
If this plan had been in effect last
year, instead of paying nothing in federal income taxes:
would have paid up to $3.8 billion in taxes.
would have paid up to $1.8 billion in taxes.
would have paid up to $1.6 billion in taxes.
have paid up to $1.5 billion in taxes.
The top ten percent of Americans today
own an estimated 97 percent of all capital income, including capital
gains, corporate dividends, and interest payments. Since the 2008 Wall Street
crash, 49 percent of all new income generated in America has gone to the top
one percent. The three wealthiest people in our country now own more wealth
than the bottom 160 million Americans. And the richest family in America
– the Walton family, which inherited about half of Walmart’s stock – is worth
$200 billion and owns more wealth than the bottom 42 percent of the American
Pointing to how the park
had to be closed once 20,000 people had jammed in, leaving some 5,000 more to
take over the street, Senator Bernie Sanders declared, “There is no doubt
revolution will sweep the country, sweep Trump out of office and bring the country
the change long needed.
“This campaign is not
just about defeating most dangerous president in history, it’s about
transforming the country, creating economy and government that works for all of
us, not just 1%.
“For 45 years, class war has been waged against working families by the billionaire class and corporate elite. I have bad news for them: things will change. We will have government of working people, not 1%.”
Sanders acknowledged the endorsement of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying she “is the youngest woman elected to Congress. In one year, it is hard to believe the degree she has transformed politics in America. She has electrified the country with the concept of Green New Deal. She has been an inspiration to millions of young people who now understand the importance of participation and standing up for justice.”
In his first major campaign rally since undergoing heart surgery, he said, “As far as my health, I am more than ready, more ready than ever to carry on. I am back.
“I was faced with adversity
over last couple of weeks, but Americans throughout country are facing own
adversity: 500,000 homeless. In NYC over 130,000 including 45,000 children
slept in homeless shelters last year. Half our population – working class – is
living paycheck ot paycheck, dealing with incredible stress of struggle just to
stay alive and feed family.
“87 million are
uninsured or underinsured, unable to go to doctor when get sick because the
United States maintains the most dysfunctional and cruel health care system in the
“In a country that once
led the world in education, millions of working class families search for
affordable child care, thousands are unable to fulfill their dream because they
can’t afford outrageous cost of higher education, tens of millions struggle
with student debt.
“Millions of senior
citizens unable to afford prescription drugs – government allowed price fixing
and political bribery by the pharmaceuticals industry, while Trump and the
Republicans cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.
[Chant: “We will win.”]
“Damn right,” Sanders
said. “Justice is coming to America.”
“Income inequality: people
are working two to three jobs to pay their bills, while 49% of all new money
goes to the top 1%.
“The richest people live
15 years longer than poorest; poverty is a death sentence. We will end that.
“The average white family owns 10 times more wealth
than blacks; a black woman is three times more likely to die; the rate of infant
mortality in black family is double white [boo].
“We have a broken and
racist criminal justice system: blacks get 19% more jail time for the same
crime; African Americans are jailed at 5 times the rate of whites.
“These enormous problems can’t be solved by
same old approach to politics. We tell corporate elite, enough is enough, no longer
accept greed, corruption, attacks against working class.
Brothers and sisters,
need new vision for America – that’s what this campaign is about.”
Quoting Nelson Mandela, “It
always seems impossible until it’s done,” Sanders said, “They want us to
believe real change is impossible – not just Republicans, Democrats on the Ohio
debate stage, too.
“We disagree on the kind
of America we will fight for:
“End all forms of
“Education, universal affordable child care, rebuild public
education that gives teachers respect, compensation they deserve, make public
colleges and universities tuition free, fund HBCUs, cancel all student debt.
“If Congress 11 years
ago could bail out crooks on Wall Street and provide zero interest loans to
banks and Trump and Republicans give over $1 trillion in tax breaks to big
corporations and the 1%, if we can spend $750 billion year on military [boo],
we can cancel all student debt with a modest tax on Wall Street.”
A Federal Jobs Guarantee program that pays good wages and affords union representation. “There is
an enormous amount of work to be done – we
need new skilled workers.15 million jobs rebuilding crumbling infrastructure;
expand child care, education, health care and services for senior citizens.
“We must end the international embarrassment of the USA as the only major
country that doesn’t guarantee health care to all. End the absurdity of
spending twice as much per capita as every major country when 87 million are
uninsured or underinsured.30,000die each year for lack of care; 500,000 go
bankrupt [over medical bills]. We will pass Medicare for All single payer.
Green New Deal
to address climate change – the most comprehensive plan of any candidate. I
propose legislation holding the fossil fuel industry accountable. A Green New
Deal would create 20 million jobs as we transform away from fossil fuel to
energy efficiency and sustainable energy, and develop the tools we need to help
lead the world in combating climate change and save planet.
“A Green New Deal will
end environmental racism. It will clean the environment and end environmental
“In the richest country
in history of world, Alexandria and I believe every American should have
fundamental right to safe, decent affordable
housing. It is unacceptable and un-American for veterans and families with
young children to sleep on the streets.
“18 million families pay
over half of their income on housing, and wealthy real estate developers are
“We will fund 10 million
apartments and homes, eliminate homelessness in America, end gentrification in
New York, Seattle, San Francisco and across America. I will create a National
Rent Control Standards, and provide $20 billion to the New York public housing
authority to repair, modernize, make accessible and access to hi speed
“I will end broken,
racist criminal justice system in America,
end the embarrassment of having more people in jail in America than any country.
We spend $80 billion on jails and incarceration instead of investing in jobs
and education. I will end the war on drugs, legalize marijuana [big cheers]. End
the disgrace of 400,000 locked up because they are too poor to afford cash
bail. I will redefine criminal justice –it is absurd to jail someone for
selling marijuana when the crooks on Wall Street and at drug companies who
killed thousands are not facing criminal charges. Equal justice under law, rich
“Instead of demonizing
undocumented immigrants, I will pass comprehensive
immigration reform and create a path to citizenship. On my first day, I will
sign executive order legalizing the status for 1.8 million DACA recipients and
extend it to parents. I will develop a humane border policy for those seeking
asylum; I won’t snatch babies from mothers, throw children in cages; I will end
“Our administration will
take on the NRA, move aggressively to end
the epidemic of gun violence, pass commonsense gun legislation that an overwhelming
majority of Americans want. People who should not have guns will not have.
“Women have the right to
control own bodies, not politicians. I would never nominate anyone to Supreme
Court not 100% pro-Roe v Wade.”
As for how he would pay
for his progressive agenda, Sanders said, “I will tell the wealthiest they are
going to start paying their fair share of taxes; rescind the Trump tax breaks for billionaires and corporations, end
the insanity of tax breaks and subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. And we don’t’
have to spend more than next 10 nations combined on defense.”
a sea of “Bernie” signs and chants of “We are the 99%” and “We will win”, Jane
Sanders, looked out over the massive crowd of 25,000 that overflowed
Queensbridge Park, beneath the Queensborough Bridge, onto the street, and said,
“Here are people from every background in the melting pot called New York. Most
of our ancestors came to America for a better life- mine from Ireland to escape
famine, poverty; Bernie’s from Poland escaping anti-Semitism, poverty.
“All believed they could have a better life. But in the last 40 years that
promise has eroded. Bernie plans to change that.” And, noting that this is his
first rally since his heart attack, she said to massive cheers, “Bernie is
back. He’s healthy and more than ready to continue his lifelong fight for
working people of America.”
Michael Moore: “This is not just about defeating Trump, but the
rotten system that gave us Trump’
said documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, is where “Everyone gets a seat at the
table, a slice of the pie and not fight for last crumbs. We don’t just need a
democratic politics, we need a democratic economy.”
Moore said, “The powers that be are very unhappy you’re here, that Bernie is
back. The pundits, the media [boo] are throwing everything out there to get
people to think differently:
“That Bernie is too old. Here’s what’s too old: the Electoral College, the
$7 minimum wage, women not being paid the same as men, thousands and thousands
of dollars of student debt, $10,000 deductible for health care, Super
Delegates, the fossil fuel industry – that’s what’s too old.
“It’s a gift we have 78-year-old American running for president. The
experience he has, what he has seen. He knows what a pay raise is, a pension –
look it up. What it looks like to defend against fascism and white supremacy,
to have the library open every day, what regulations are (Boeing). I’m glad
“Health? We should be talking about the health of planet that’s dying [crowd
chants “Green New Deal”]; the health of kids in Flint Michigan, of 40 million
living in poverty, of young black males shot in back by police [chant Black
Lives Matter, Black Lives Count]. The only heart attack we should talk about is
the one Wall Street will have when Bernie wins.
“Next, that Bernie can’t win. He will win he has won 8 times to the House, 2
times to the Senate, 22 states in 2016 – almost half [chant “We will win.]. In
2016 [Democratic primary], Bernie won Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota. Of the 11
states that border Canada, Bernie won 10 (not NY) [boo] – we can fix that. Of
the 5 states that border the Pacific, he won 4; of 6 in New England, won 4;
Bernie won West Virginia – all 55 counties. According to a poll, he is #1 in
Nevada, a dead heat in Iowa, #1 in New Hampshire. He has raised more money from
more donors with the smallest amount.
“Why say Bernie can’t win? Because they are lying to the American people.
Bernie will win. [Chant, “We will win”]
“They say he can’t win because he is a [Democratic] socialist [yay!]. That’s
not going to fly. The American people have loved socialism for the last 70
years. Social Security, free public school, Medicare, Medicaid, fire department
– all are socialist.
“What they don’t want to do is tell the truth, what would happen if they
structured economic policies with democracy instead of capitalism. And this
isn’t capitalism of your great grandpa, this is a form of greed, selfishness so
that just few at the top succeed, the rest struggle paycheck to paycheck.
“Afraid taxes on rich will go up under Sanders? It was depressing during the
debate to watch Democrats go after Medicare for All. What would Franklin
“They say we can’t afford it? How does Canada afford it? Every other
industrialized country has figured it out, why can’t we? They don’t want us to
figure it out.
“They say taxes will go up? That is part of the big lie – your taxes already
are up. We don’t call it a tax – in Canada, France, Finland they get free
health care, free or nearly free day care and college, but pay more in tax for
these things. The average American family pays $12,000 a year for child care,
$4000 in student loans, $6000 for deductibles, co-pays and premiums for health
care – too damn much – the average is $20,000/year but we don’t call it a tax.
“We are here in Queensbridge Park, Manhattan Island just across the river is
headquarters of corporate America [boo], corporate media [boo], Wall Street
. So much misery has been visited on the American people from a half mile
away. It must stop.
“They must hear us at Goldman Sachs, Fox News, Trump Tower – the scene of
“This [election] is not just about defeating Trump, but the rotten system
that gave us Trump…. beating Trump isn’t enough. We must crush Trump at
the polls, then fix the rotten corrupt economic system that gave us Trump.”
San Juan Mayor Cruz: “Move forward on the path of progressive agenda.
We are equal. We will win. We must win.”
Calling herself a “climate change survivor,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz
Soto, attacked Trump for “killing us with inefficiency” that contributed to
3,000 Puerto Ricans dying after being smacked by back-to-back hurricanes.
“Why we have to win” she says is for Medicare-for-All, so no one has to
choose between groceries and insulin; to be able to afford college and life
after college, to “stand against those who earn $100 million and pay workers
starving wages; who take away women’s right to choose; the crime of separating
families at southern border; climate change.
“I am a climate change survivor. Climate change is real – 3000 Puerto Ricans
were killed because Trump Is a racist, xenophobic, paper throwing demagogue.” [Chant, “Lock him up.
Vote him out.”]
“The time is now to be fearless, relentless. I stand with Sanders – I respect
every other candidate but there is one name only who can get the job done. Be
united in one progressive voice, cross generations. Move forward on the path of
progressive agenda. We are equal. We will win. We must win.”
Nina Turner: “We must knock out Billionaire class that doesn’t
believe working people deserve a good life.”
co chair Nina Turner quoted Congresswoman Barbara Jordan who said American
people want an America as good as its promise. “That means an America where
people don’t die because have to ration insulin; hospitals are not closing;
where there is clean water, air, food; a justice system that doesn’t gun down
black folks in their houses.
“We need to clean up the criminal injustice system, Truth & Reconciliation
about the ravages of racism, a health care system not commodified. We need to
take care of Mother Earth.”
Alluding to the Democratic candidates, she said, “There are many copies but
only one original. We finally have somebody in our lifetime, his own special
interest is people of nation.
“We must knock out Billionaire class that doesn’t believe working people
deserve a good life.”
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We need a United States
truly, authentically operated, owned by working people.”
“We must bring revolution of working class to the ballot box of America,”
declared Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She prompted chants of “Green
New Deal,” saying, “Queensbridge Park is ground zero in the fight for public
housing and environmental justice.
“Last February I was working as a waitress in Manhattan, shoulder to
shoulder with undocumented workers who were putting in12 hour days with no
healthcare, not a living wage. We didn’t think we deserved it. That is the
script we tell working people: your inherent worth, value as human depends on
income another underpays. Turn around that basic language… We must change the
system that puts corporate profit ahead of all human and planetary costs.”
After her parents put all they had to buy a house, she said she learned from
an early age that “kids’ destiny determined by zipcode. Income inequality is a
fact of life of children.” Her father died of cancer when she was 18 and she
learned, “We all are one accident away from everything falling apart.
Sanders, she said, has fought for Planned Parenthood, for public education,
for CHIP, for single-payer health care, for gender rights, to end
“life-crushing” student debt.
“He didn’t do it because it was popular. He fought when it came at the
highest political cost in America.
“In 2016, he changed politics in America. We now have one of the best
Democratic fields – much because of Sanders.
“I’m in Congress today but one year ago I was a sexually harassed waitress.
This freshman class in overwhelming numbers rejected corporate money – thanks
to Bernie – endorsed Medicare for All, sees the climate crisis as an
“[In Congress] it is no joke to stand up against corporate power and
establishment interests. Arms are twisted, political pressure psychological and
otherwise applied to make you abandon the working class.
“I have come to appreciate the nonstop advocacy of Sanders. It’s not just
what he fights for but how: mass mobilization of the working class at the
ballot box, a movement (against) racism, classism of Hyde Amendment,
imperialist and colonial histories that lead to endless war and immigration
“NYCHA is underfunded by $30 billion –that is not an accident, but an
outcome of system that devalues poor, Logic that got us into this won’t get us
“We need a United States truly, authentically operated, owned by working
“Bernie showed you can run a grass roots campaign and win in America when
others thought it impossible.”
The vigorous contest of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination has produced excellent policy proposals to address major issues. Senator Bernie Sanders released his plan to reform the entire criminal justice system. This is from the Sanders campaign:
Blueprint aims to reform every aspect of America’s dysfunctional criminal justice system, ridding it of institutional racism and corporate profiteering
COLUMBIA, SC – Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running to be the Democratic candidate for president, released a comprehensive plan to reform the entire American criminal justice system in a speech he delivered August 18 in the Greenview neighborhood of Columbia, South Carolina. The plan is designed to root out the institutional racism and corporate profiteering that is plaguing the existing system.
“If we stand together, we can eliminate private
prisons and detention centers. No more profiteering from locking people
up. If we stand together we can end the disastrous “war on drugs.” If we stand
together we can end cash bail. No more keeping people in jail because
they’re too poor. If we stand together we can enact real police department
reform and prosecute police brutality. If we stand together, there is nothing,
nothing, nothing that we cannot accomplish.”
Sanders has fought mass incarceration during his decades in Congress, and
for president in 2016 on a pledge to end for-profit prisons —
a pledge that other Democrats have subsequently decided to support 4 years
later. Sanders’ new plan reiterates his original call to ban for-profit
prisons, and builds on his leadership on criminal justice with new proposals
for a top-to-bottom reform of America’s law enforcement, judicial and
incarceration systems. They include:
greed in our criminal justice system, top to bottom
Ending for-profit greed in our criminal justice system, top to
bottom, including banning cash bail and banning civil asset forfeiture, which
allows police departments to seize property from people who have not been
accused or convicted of a crime.
Ensure the criminal justice system is not the “best justice
money can buy” by vastly increasing funding for public defenders and creating a
federal formula to ensure populations have a minimum number of public defenders
to meet their needs, and working with states to set a minimum starting salary
for public defenders.
Mass Incarceration and Excessive Sentencing and Inhumane Incarceration and
Transform the Way We Police Communities
Reversing mass incarceration and setting a
goal of cutting the incarcerated population in half.
Transforming the way we police our
communities, creating an unarmed civilian corp of first responders to handle
mental health emergencies, homelessness, and other low-level issues that should
not require contact with the police and criminal justice system.
Creating national standards for use of police
force that emphasize de-escalation rather than violence, and holding police
misconduct to strict federal standards, including limiting qualified immunity
for police officers, creating a federal deadly use of force database, and a
registry of disreputable officers.
Ending the War on Drugs, including legalizing
marijuana and expunging past convictions for marijuana-related offenses and finally
ending the sentencing disparities for crack cocaine and powder cocaine
Abolishing the death penalty and solitary
Enacting a Prisoner Bill of Rights for
incarcerated individuals, including living wages, access to families, access to
educational and vocational training, and the right to vote.
Criminalization of Communities, End Cycles of Violence and Provide Support to
Survivors of Crime
Reversing the criminalization of disability, addiction, and homelessness.
Treat children in the criminal justice system
as children. This means raising the age to charge children in adult court to
18, ending long mandatory minimum sentences and life without parole sentences
for youth, decriminalizing truancy, and investing in youth diversion programs
and alternatives to the court and prison system.
End cycles of violence and interrupt them
before they begin. This means focusing law enforcement resources on solving
homicides and other serious crimes, funding Cure Violence programs and similar
proven violence interruption models, and ending the national rape kit
Support the victims and survivors of crimes by
providing sustained resources to survivors and their families, including mental
health care, trauma recovery services, relocation services, and assistance with