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What the Democratic Party should focus on

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:

  1. Advocating for the passage of a Canadian-style national health insurance program to cover all Americans.
  2. Increasing Social Security Retirement Benefits by 20%.
  3. 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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