Bernie Sanders keeps pushing the Democratic party towards a more progressive agenda. He has come out with a 10-point plan for the Democrats that, as he says, “reflects the needs of working Americans — centered on economic, political, social, racial and environmental justice.” He outlines them under the following headers:
- Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to median wage growth thereafter
- A path toward Medicare-for-all
- Bold action to combat climate change
- Fixing our broken criminal-justice system
- Comprehensive immigration reform
- Progressive tax reform
- A $1 trillion infrastructure plan
- Lowering the price of prescription drugs
- Making public colleges and universities tuition-free and substantially reducing student debt
- Expanding Social Security.
These are popular issues but have been buried by the Republicans diverting attention to other issues. Once they take charge of the House of Representatives, this is what the Democrats should be introducing legislation on, thus changing the national conversation to issues that really matter and forcing the Republicans to go on the record on each issue.
So many of the new members ran and won on progressive platforms that getting them to sponsor such legislation should be easier now, even if the neoliberal corporate friendly Democratic leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer are reluctant.