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Kevin Drum’s political wishlist

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Drum’s list is much like mine. He writes:

For no particular reason, it occurred to me the other day that one of the drawbacks of blogging is that readers never get a full sense of how I feel about various topics in the progressive firmament. If you’re a longtime reader you can probably put it all together from posts here and there, but not everyone is a longtime reader.

So here’s a super brief rundown. I’ve limited this list to domestic policies that are primarily addressed at the federal level. There are no explanations here; this list solely represents what I would do if I could wave a magic wand and get whatever I wanted without stoking a revolution. In real life, of course, I believe that change happens only incrementally and I’m always open to compromises that get me part of the way to my goals. But these are the goals.

If there’s anything I’ve left out, it’s not because I’m holding out on you. I just forgot. Feel free to ask about things in comments, but please make your asks fairly specific.

  • Climate change: Spend a truly vast amount of money on buildout and R&D. This should be funded partly by a large and growing upsteam tax on carbon emissions.
  • Social Security: Increase benefits for the bottom third by about 30 percent.
  • Health care: True national health care, including long-term nursing care, on something like the French model. Fund it with a combination of taxes on business, and modestly progressive income taxes.
  • Minimum wage: Raise the federal minimum wage to $12-13 and index it to inflation. States and cities, as always, would remain free to legislate higher minimums.
  • Forgiving student debt: Pretty regressive, pretty poor stimulus, and not well handled at the federal level anyway.
  • Prison sentencing: Reduce minimum sentences substantially. Encourage states to do the same.
  • Labor: I’m in favor of practically anything that revives private-sector unions.
  • Abortion: No regulation whatsoever, aside from normal medical regs that govern all outpatient procedures.
  • Guns: Ban everything except single-shot firearms.
  • National ID: Everyone gets a free national ID card.
  • Voting: Voting should be a right, similar to freedom of speech, that can be restricted only under . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

1 December 2020 at 2:47 pm

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