Robert Reich: What Exactly Do the Democrats Stand for?
What Do Democrats Stand For?
The Democratic Party can lead the country in a new direction, but will it?
Millions of Americans who are politically engaged for the first time in their lives are crying out for a bold alternative to bigoted and destructive policies.
But Democrats can’t just be anti-Trump or move to the middle.
To be successful Democrats must address the forces that created Trump: The toxic combination of widening inequality and racism.
The richest one percent now own more than the bottom 90 percent. Corporations and the rich are running our politics.
The resulting economic stresses have made many people vulnerable to Trump’s politics of hate and bigotry.
If Democrats stand for one thing, it must be overcoming this unprecedented economic imbalance and creating a multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalition of the bottom 90 percent, to take back our economy and politics.
This requires, at the least:
1. Public investments in world-class schools and infrastructure for all.
2. Free public universities and first-class technical training for all;
3. Single-payer Medicare-for-All;
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy to pay for this;
5. Using antitrust to break up powerful monopolies on Wall Street, Big Tech, Big Pharma, and Big Agriculture.
6. Getting big money out of our politics.
Together, these steps form an agenda to reclaim our economy and democracy for all. Will Democrats lead the way?