Wall Street Accountability
Justice doesn’t recognize wealth, or status, or what effect prosecuting a CEO would have on the quarterlies. The entire financial sector engaged in reckless gambling and outright fraud for years, imploded the global economy, and got away with less than a slap on the wrist. If we value justice as a country, the people responsible need to be tried for the crimes they committed. We need to prosecute fraud, break up too big to fail banks, reinstate Glass-Steagall, and reform the SEC. The whole system has been rigged and resulted in thievery on a massive scale. They need to be made to account. We can’t let them steal our future.
Money Out of Politics
I pledge not to accept any corporate money, I want my campaign to be as clean and transparent as possible. So many of the problems with our political system can be traced back to money. As long as politicians rely on ungodly sums of private money to win elections, corruption will reign. I think getting private money out of politics is the first step to reforming our thoroughly corrupt political system. They’re supposed to represent the people at large, not just the ones who can afford to attend $1000 a plate dinners.
A Green New Deal
The last few years we’ve heard a lot about how we spend too much, we can’t afford this, can’t afford that. Bull. We’re the richest country on Earth. Over the last decade defense spending rose over 82%, tax revenues plummeted thanks to the Bush Tax Cuts, but to balance our budget we have to slash the social safety net? We need to end the wars, tax the rich, strengthen our social programs, and build our way out of the recession with infrastructure, sustainable energy, and public works.
End the Drug War
The Drug War has dragged on for decades, and all we have to show for it is more crime, more addiction, and less money. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, and it doesn’t work for anything else. Portugal has already proven that decriminalization and treatment is cheaper, more humane, and actually works to reduce drug use and addiction. You deprive drug cartels of their most lucrative source of cash, and save money wasted harassing people that can instead be used to combat real crime.
Repeal the Police State
Over the last twenty years we’ve seen extraordinary rendition, torture, warrantless wiretapping, no knock raids, pain compliance, and outright racial profiling become the norm. We need to push back against the real erosion of our civil liberties, and especially the Fourth Amendment. Privacy is integral to freedom, and if we keep giving it away, little by little, there won’t be any left. A start would be repealing the Patriot Act, reforming the TSA, and prosecuting those who participated in making torture and surveillance “policy differences”. I’d also like to see DOMA repealed, and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people.
Medicare For All
The ACA act was a start, but we’re by no means finished. We already have a national infrastructure in the form of Medicare. It would be a relatively small step to expand it into a full blown single payer program. This will will help bring down costs by a huge margin for everyone and make our social programs more affordable in the long run. It saves money, covers more people, and most importantly will work.
Our criminal justice system is out of control. We have more people in prison than any other country on Earth. Privatized prisons are growing more and more popular. I think it’s morally reprehensible to put a profit motive on locking people up. We have huge numbers of people in jail for non-violent drug crimes, and innocent people sitting on death row. We need to abolish the death penalty, offer treatment instead of jail time for possession of small amounts of drugs, abolish privatized prisons, and end any practices that violate human rights.
In my opinion net neutrality is non-negotiable. The Internet has become bigger than any corporation or government, and now those same entities want to control it. I believe a free and open Internet is now an integral part of modern society, and to try and roll it back is unconscionable. We’ve seen it in the form of Comcast-NBC trying to control how fast some content downloads, the Stop Online Piracy Act’s unprecedented censorship powers, or the Justice Department trying to make breaking a websites’ Terms of Service a federal crime. The internet is here to stay and governments and corporations need to learn how to work with it rather than against it.