I consider myself someone who pays attention. Yet somehow poor Bill De Blazio and Al Sharpton managed to get their efforts to create a common agenda knocked off the radar pretty thoroughly. The cynical media, punditry, and others -- all hit the snooze button on his "Progressive Agenda." That's all the shame. It was missing some of the elements that are needed for a common plank. But it was a good effort and it all needed to be taken seriously. Anyway this is the agenda (Reformatted a bit) from their website. The reporters who covered De Blasio's announcement didn't even bother to report the actual agenda in most of the reports:
1 Lift the Floor for Working People
- Raise the federal minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while indexing it to inflation.
- Reform the National Labor Relations Act, to enhance workers’ right to organize and rebuild the middle class.
- Pass comprehensive immigration reform to grow the economy and protect against exploitation of low-wage workers.
- Oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.
- Invest in schools, not jails-- and give a second chance to those coming home from prison.
2 Support Working Families
- Pass national paid sick leave.
- Pass national paid family leave.
- Make Pre-K, after-school programs and childcare universal.
- Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and protect and expand Social Security.
- Allow students to refinance student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates, and support debt-free college.
3 Tax Fairness
- Close the carried interest loophole.
- End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
- Implement the “Buffett Rule” so millionaires pay their fair share.
- Close the CEO tax loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of “performance pay” write-offs.
This agenda is close to the "Common Agenda" I was proposing at the end of last year. It's a shame it didn't catch on. It's also similar to Bernie's 12 point plan (or 11 points). What is missing (Ironically since Al Sharpton was part of it's creation) is a specific nod to Black Lives Matter, and the urgent need for banking reform and Infrastructure investment - which are tied issues (more to come).
- Huffington Post Article with Al's great speech (I loved it):
- My previous post on Bill De Blasio:
- Previously I'd posted on what we needed for Infrastructure. But it turns out that currency reform and infrastructure reform are related issues. I'll be coming back to that -- but this is the previous post:
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