You hear a lot about the threat posed by the growing disparity in wealth and income in the U.S. You don't hear many proposals to address the ever-widening gap between haves and have-nots. But there is one floating around the Senate that is intended to replace some of the 4.9 million "decent-paying manufacturing jobs" this country has lost to other countries since 2001.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) outlined his proposed recovery program, An Economic Agenda for America, during a speech at the Brookings Institution on February 9, 2015. Common Dreams' Nadia Prupis reported on the presentation in an article published the same day. In addition to creating jobs, the program is intended to reverse the ill effects of "disastrous trade policies" such as NAFTA, and "address the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior of Wall Street," according to Sanders, who claims the "huge financial institutions" are beyond reform and must be broken up.
Last but not least, Sanders calls for the creation of "a Medicare-for-all, single-payer" health-care system in the U.S.
Sanders cautions that the U.S. is "moving to an oligarchic form of society in which virtually all economic and political power rests with a handful of billionaires." Preventing such an outcome, he says, is "a struggle we must win."