An overview of Bernie Sanders policy plans with videos & links to illustrate the point of them;
Extract from Bernie Sanders policies plan
As Vermont's senator, here are 12 initiatives that I will be fighting for which can restore America's middle class. WATCH BERNIE'S FLOOR SPEECH
1. Rebuilding Our Roads We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools. It has been estimated that the cost of the Bush-Cheney Iraq War, a war we should never have waged, will total $3 trillion by the time the last veteran receives needed care. A $1 trillion investment in infrastructure could create 13 million decent paying jobs and make this country more efficient and productive. We need to invest in infrastructure, not more war.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Climate Change Debate (HBO):
Fact Check: Tax Breaks for Shipping Jobs Overseas
ECONOMY - Outsourcing and Privatization are Killing America (there is a middle point between All Government & All Private that has to be maintained that I discussed here)
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Invested Millions in Chinese Firm That Profited on US Outsourcing - The GOP candidate decries China poaching US jobs. But at Bain he held a large stake in a Chinese company that did just that.
David Perdue Says He's 'Proud' Of His Background Outsourcing Jobs
4. Protecting Unions Union workers who are able to collectively bargain for higher wages and benefits earn substantially more than non-union workers. Today, corporate opposition to union organizing makes it extremely difficult for workers to join a union. We need legislation which makes it clear that when a majority of workers sign cards in support of a union, they can form a union.
5. Raising the Wage The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. No one in this country who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.
Why the minimum wage is still $7.25 after all these years - On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage rose to $7.25 an hour, the last bump of a three-step increase enacted in 2007 with bipartisan support.
Five years later – despite cost increases of 11% and record income inequality, and despite an unprecedented, nationwide push for higher wages in the streets, at the ballot box, in statehouses and at businesses small and large – it remains hopelessly stuck there due to congressional indifference.
This is an idea, amougnst others, that transcends party
Ron Paul says Free Trade Agreements erode National sovereignty, destroy jobs, and only serves the special interests. So-called "Free Trade" is Government-managed trade.
8. Cutting College Costs In today's highly competitive global economy, millions of Americans are unable to afford the higher education they need in order to get good-paying jobs. Further, with both parents now often at work, most working-class families can't locate the high-quality and affordable child care they need for their kids. Quality education in America, from child care to higher education, must be affordable for all. Without a high-quality and affordable educational system, we will be unable to compete globally and our standard of living will continue to decline.
It's become another form of debt slavery. I kinda talked about that here.
Useful Information: A video of an enlightening interview from 2009 on the Bailouts.
With The Rider Traitor Inc. Slipped Into The Spending Bill... The GOP Is Making It Clear That They Are Determined To Destroy The Economy.
Useful Bailout Links and Congress Video Clips
10. Bringing Health Care to All The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world and recognize that health care is a right of all, and not a privilege. Despite the fact that more than 40 million Americans have no health insurance, we spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as any other nation. We need to establish a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.
11. Ending Poverty Millions of seniors live in poverty and we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country. We must strengthen the social safety net, not weaken it. Instead of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs, we should be expanding these programs.
12. Stopping Tax Dodging Corporations At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we need a progressive tax system in this country which is based on ability to pay. It is not acceptable that major profitable corporations have paid nothing in federal income taxes, and that corporate CEOs in this country often enjoy an effective tax rate which is lower than their secretaries. It is absurd that we lose over $100 billion a year in revenue because corporations and the wealthy stash their cash in offshore tax havens around the world. The time is long overdue for real tax reform.