To The Editor:
I have different priorities from those of most national Democrats as we move toward the 2020 elections. I want the Party to focus on:
- Advocating for the passage of a Canadian-style national health insurance program to cover all Americans.
- Increasing Social Security Retirement Benefits by 20%.
- The federal government supplementing the minimum wage and the pay of all full-time workers to bring all of them up to a living-wage that is above the official poverty line and the official near-poverty line (which is 100%-125% of the official poverty line).
I would pay for all of this by instituting a “National Wealth Tax” of 15% on all individuals with a net-worth and net-wealth of $10 million and higher.
I would also pay for all of this by abolishing and eliminating all “corporate welfare” and “business subsidies.”
The conservative-libertarian think-tank, “The Cato Institute,” noted in 2012 that our federal government spends $100 billion/year on “corporate welfare”, and they would like to see it be abolished/eliminated. I rarely agree with them, but I do on this issue.
Stewart B. Epstein
Rochester, New York 14624
P.S. I am a retired college professor of Sociology and Social Work. I taught at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, and SUNY-Brockport. I am a campaign volunteer for Presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Marianne Williamson.
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