A Not-So-Short Summary of Bernie Sanders’ Platform




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I hand-wrote all of the information from his website organized it, and typed it up using my mobile phone. If I have any spelling or grammatical errors, please forgive me.

Official Spending Proposals
1. $1 Trillion for Infrastructure over five years to repair and/or modernize our: dams, drinking water systems, highways, freight and passenger rail systems,bridges, airports, air traffic control systems, inland waterways, coastal harbors, shipping channels, wastewater plants, stormwater infrastructure, power transmission and distribution, and high speed broadband networks. Also to address infrastructure vulnerabilities to cyber attacks. Estimates that 13 million Americans would be put to work.

2. $75 Billion per year for Tuition Free College and reduction of student debt. Prevent government from profiting off of student loans, reduce undergrad student loan interest rates from about 4.29% to 2.37%. Allow refinancing of student loans at today’s low interest rates. Extra assistance for books, room and board, and cost of living for those in serious need. Increase work study program.

3. $1.2 Trillion over 10 years to expand and extend the life of Social Security. Increase benefits by $65/month, increase cost of living adjustments, and expand minimum benefits. Should extend solvency of program to 2065.

4. $5.5 Billion dollars over two years for the Employ Young Americans Now Act. Creates one million jobs for disadvantaged, young Americans.

5. $319 Billion over 10 years for guaranteed 12 weeks paid family and medical leave.

6. $29 Billion over 10 years for the Keep Our Pension Promises Act, to prevent cuts to over 1.5 million Americans.

7. $110 Billion over 10 years for big investment into transition to a “Green” economy that is 100% clean. Invest in increasing public transit, solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, home efficiency, affordable energy storage solutions, geothermal power plants, clean energy funding to vulnerable countries, and electric vehicle charging stations. Increase fuel economy standards. Convene a very progressive summit to fight climate change. Promote conservation of natural resources, habitats, and public lands. Stop Keystone XL dirty pipeline projects and exports of liquefied natural gas and crude oil. Ban Arctic and offshore drilling, fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining and, fossil fuel lobbyists from working in the White House. Create National Environmental and Climate Justice Plan for vulnerable communities. Investigate ExxonMobil for possibly knowing that climate change existed, and then fighting to change public belief against it. Close loopholes which allow chemical, gas, and oil industries to pollute our air and water. Begin a moratorium on Nuclear Power Plant Licenses. Reduce carbon pollution emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels, by 2050. Address inadequate cleanup of Superfund hazardous waste sites. Assess calculations and assumptions for zoning and land use policies, and exclusions for chemicals, pesticides, and toxins. Implement Carbon Tax. Increase max exclusion to $2 Million for conservation easements. Create a Clean-Energy Workforce consisting of 10 million good-paying jobs.

8. $1.38 Trillion per year for Medicare for All, single-payer healthcare plan. Comprehensive cover for all Americans, from inpatient to outpatient, preventative, emergency, primary, specialty, long-term, dental, vision, hearing, mental health, and substance abuse care, to prescription medication, supplies, medical equipment, diagnostics, and treatment. No copays or deductibles. Save $6 Trillion in total Healthcare costs over the next 10 years. Require Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Allow for importation of safe and affordable drugs from Canada. Restore Medicare prescription drug discounts for low-income seniors and disabled individuals. Close Medicare Part D coverage gap. Prohibit deals which delay generic drugs from the market to prevent competitive pricing. Enact drug pricing transparency, prosecute fraud in the Healthcare industry, and force drug companies to pay a rebate to Medicare if prices increase faster than the rate of inflation. Fight to reform Patent Laws to lower costs of drugs. Eliminate exclusivity monopolies for drug companies convicted of fraud

Revenue Generation, Savings, and Taxes

1. Progressive Federal Income Tax Rates changed for those with incomes of at least $250,000, as follows:

$250,000-$500,000 = 37%; $500,000-$2 Million = 43%; $2 million-$10 million = 48%; $10 million and higher = 52%.

Note that Progressive Income Taxes mean that only the additional income that puts you into a new tax bracket is taxed at the new rate. This means that if you had $10.1 million of income, only the last $100,000 of it would be taxed at 52%. Expected to raise an additional $110 Billion per year.

2. Billionaire surtax of 10%. This tax would affect 530 individuals.

3. Replace the Alternative Minimum Tax, Personal Exemption Phase-Out, and limit on itemized deductions, with a basic limit of 28 cents per dollar of deductions.

4. Households over $250,000 have a new AGI tax.

5. 0.2% Payroll Tax, paid by employees to pay for 12 weeks paid family and medical leave.

6. 6.2% Income-based healthcare premium to be paid by employers, to help fund Medicare for All.

Revenue generation = $630 Billion per year.

7. 2.2% Income-based premium paid by households, with a $28,800 deduction for a family of four, to help pay for healthcare.

Revenue generation = $210 Billion per year.

8. Elimination of several tax breaks which subsidize healthcare = $310 Billion per year.

9. Financial Transaction Tax on trades: 0.5% for stocks, 0.1% for bonds, and 0.005% for derivatives.

Revenue generation = $300 Billion per year (estimates vary widely, some lower, some higher).

10. Lift cap on taxable income for Social Security, which is currently set at $118,500.

Revenue generation = $1.2 Trillion over 10 years.

11. End tax breaks for capital gains and dividends and loopholes for sales of capital gains income.

12. Close loopholes in the estate and gift tax, including variation discounts.

Revenue generation = $29 Billion over 10 years.

13. End tax breaks for dynasty trusts.

14. Updated Estate Tax brackets and rates: $0-$3.5 Million = 0%; $3.5 Million-$10 Million = 45%; $10 Million-$50 Million = 50%; $50 Million and higher = 55%.

Revenue generation = $214 Billion over ten years.

15. Taxing Offshore Income : $1 Trillion over 10 years.

16. Ending deferral of foreign income by U.S. corporations.

17. Prevent tax evasion from companies who claim to be foreign, but are majority operated in the U.S.

18. Eliminate tax breaks and subsidies for oil, natural gas, and coal companies.

Revenue generation = $135 Billion over 10 years.

19. Prevent American companies from avoiding U.S. taxes through a Corporate Inversion (merging with a smaller, foreign business, and then claiming to be a foreign company now).

20. Close loopholes that allow U.S. corporations to use foreign tax credits to pay even less taxes than if all of their revenue was generated from the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30:  U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) speaks on  his agenda for America  during a news conference on Capitol Hill April 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders sent out an e-mail earlier to announce that he will run for U.S. president.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 30: U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) speaks on his agenda for America during a news conference on Capitol Hill April 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sen. Sanders sent out an e-mail earlier to announce that he will run for U.S. president. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Summary of other Issues

IMMIGRATION REFORM:
Invest in immigration detention programs and reduce fees for applying for Naturalization. Improve conditions at detention facilities, increase the number of immigration judges, expand counsel access to immigrants, expand DACA and DAPA, allow all undocumented immigrants who have been here for at least five years, to stay, establish a Whistleblower Visa to protect immigrant workers, easier for immigrants’ relatives to get a “green card.”

Decouple immigration law enforcement and local law enforcement, make it possible to reunite families for unjustly deported immigrants, promote cooperation between immigrants and local law enforcement, close loopholes allowing racial profiling by Federal Authorities, end family detention, and defund detention bed quotas. Request that Congress defunds the DOJ State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, promote alternatives to detention, guarantee Due Process and Bond Hearings, path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and possible relief for immigrants incarcerated for non-violent crimes (especially immigration-related crimes). End the three-year, ten-year, and permanent bans immigrants who leave and try to reenter. Assist DREAMers in receiving Financial Aid, serving in the Armed Forces, and receiving in-state tuition (if they’re eligible), in future legislation.

Modernize CBP (Customs and Border Protection Agency) with body cameras, make complaints against them, publicly available, and expand their training. Prevent further militarizing border, reduce border deaths, end Operation Streamline, and remove the 1996 barriers which prevent those removed via Expedited Removal from applying for asylum. Protect immigrant children at the borders, protect women from discrimination due to “social engineering” and “merit-based” policies. Strengthen support for refugees and allow asylum for victims of domestic violence. End economic exploitation of immigrant workers, use an electronic employee verification system to identify immigrant workers, defend the Diversity Visa from attacks.

ELECTION REFORM:
Automatic voter registration, restore voting rights to convicted felons who have served their time, end voter discrimination, make voting more accessible, expand early voting and vote-by-mail, restore full protections of the Voting Rights Act, and make Election Day a National Holiday. End gerrymandering, only nominate Supreme Court Justices who recognize Roe v. Wade and are committed to overturning the Citizen’s United ruling. Promote a new Constitutional Amendment which would give Congress and States the power to regulate money in elections. Create a publicly financed, transparent system of campaign financing, that amplifies small donations, along the lines of the Fair Elections Now Act, with full disclosure of political spending. Eliminate Super PACs and other outside abuses of Political spending.

BANKING AND WALL STREET REFORM:
Cap credit card interest rates at 15%, break up the banks, end Wall Street’s practice of paying huge bonuses to bank executives who take senior-level government jobs, and reinstate provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act. See the Revenue Generation, Savings, and Taxes portion for more information on his plan for Wall Street and the Banking industry.

LABOR REFORM:
Overtime Pay protection, minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $15/hour by 2020, increase tipped minimum wage from $2.13 to $15/hour by 2023, and push for the Paycheck Fairness Act for women’s pay. At least two weeks paid vacation and one week paid sick days for all workers.

AGRICULTURE:
Encourage growth of regional food systems, expand services for new and underserved farmers, enforce Anti-Trust laws against large Agribusiness and food corporations which force unfair prices, and allow family farmers to lower value of their farmland by up to $3 Million for estate tax purposes.

WOMEN AND FAMILIES:
12 weeks paid family and medical leave for workers and universal childcare and pre-K programs. Expand funding for Planned Parenthood, Title X family planning, and other women’s health programs. Expand WIC (nutrition assistance for pregnant mothers, women, and infants).

HIV/AIDS:
At least $3 Billion per year for HIV/AIDS Prize Fund, to incentivize Research and Development of new medicine and treatments, offset by savings in drugs spending. Offer HIV/AIDS testing at all substance abuse centers, have better sexual education in schools, and teach the scientific facts about HIV/AIDS. Expand HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS). Expand PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) to fight AIDS worldwide.

DISABLED PERSONS:
Protect SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) program, increase employment and education opportunities for disabled people, fund IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Act), and expand finding for ARDCs (Aging and Disability Resource Centers).

VETERANS:
Expand VA, improve processing of VA compensation claims, expand VA Caregivers program, expand mental health services for Veterans, and make Comprehensive Dental care available to all Veterans at the VA.

FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC POLICY:
Strength through diplomacy, two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, address and focus on causes of radicalization in preference to a military response afterwards, end torture practices, close Guantanamo Bay, reign in NSA domestic surveillance, and evaluate the Pentagon budget and their priorities.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM REFORM:
Demilitarize police forces, ban for-profit prisons, eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing, legalize marijuana, and protect users from Federal persecution, increase substance abuse treatment in preference to incarceration. Invest in programs for integrating former criminals who are trying to rebuild their lives, eliminate the Convicted Felon check box on job applications, and expand Second Chance Pell Pilot Program and other reentry programs for the formerly incarcerated.

Invest in community policing, allow for good officers to report the actions of bad officers without fear of retaliation, and diversify police forces to represent local populations. Investigate governments using explicit or implicit quotas for stops and arrests and stop local governments that are relying on fees, fines, or forfeiture as a steady source of revenue.

New Federal Police Training Program, mandatory body cameras for law enforcement, collect data on all police shootings and deaths and make the information available to the public, new rules on allowable use of force, and allocate funding based on progress. Police must investigate all allegations of wrongdoing and prosecute when necessary. Crack down on illegal activities of Hate Groups.

CIVIL RIGHTS:
Sign into law the Equality Act, Every Child Deserves a Family Act, and other bills which prohibit LGBT discrimination, work with HHS to ensure proper healthcare coverage for LGBT people, and fight for LGBT rights worldwide. Advance policies to protect students from bullying and reduce suicides, protect LGBT people from unfair police interactions, and veto any legislation that purports to “protect” religious liberty at the expense of others’ rights. Equal enforcement of Environmental, Civil, and Public health laws.

PUERTO RICO:
Fight to afford Puerto Rico the same Chapter 9 bankruptcy protections that exist in the U.S., auditing Puerto Rico’s debt to see if it was incurred legally, and stopping harmful austerity measures. Fight for Puerto Rico to have a legally binding, Confessionally sanctioned, referendum for their citizens to vote on whether to become a State, an independent country, or remain in their Commonwealth agreement. In addition, the Infrastructure, Healthcare, Clean Energy, and Education reforms and investments would apply to Puerto Rico as well.

About the Author

David Greenberg
I'm from St. Louis, used to be in the Navy, and am now currently doing some long-term world travels. I'm tired of business as usual politics, and strongly support reform in many areas of government and society. I run a Facebook page dedicated to electing officials who are dedicated to massive reform, @Independent Politics

3 Comments on "A Not-So-Short Summary of Bernie Sanders’ Platform"

  1. My wife and I are both teachers and are about 60 years old.
    We have put two boys through college and have barely put together a retirement.
    I listen to Bernie Sanders talk about the rich paying their fair share, which sounds good to me.

    However, I went to the following web site and found out that we would be paying over $12,000 more each year under Sanders as president.

    The Tax Policy Center
    http://election2016.taxpolicycenter.org/2016/03/25/voxs-new-presidential-tax-calculator/

    Wow….we are far from the wealthy elite and yet we would be paying another 10+% in taxes.
    I would like Mr. Sanders to tell me why he is miss representing himself to the public.
    Thank you

    The Tax Policy Center (TPC), officially the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, is a non-partisan research center based in Washington D.C. A joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, it aims to provide independent analyses of current and longer-term tax issues, and to communicate its analyses to the public and to policymakers. TPC combines national specialists in tax, expenditure, budget policy, and micro simulation modeling to concentrate on five overarching areas of tax policy: fair, simple and efficient taxation, social policy in the tax code, business tax reform, long-term implications of tax and budget choices, and state tax issues.
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  2. The democratic party all are ganging up on Bernie Sanders, saying she Clinton can’t concentrate, Bernie is hurting her chances of winning, And how is she to deal with Trump and Bernie? News flash if she can’t handle a presidential campaign, How can she handle the duties of being a President? If she can’t handle the contest for President, Get out of the race! I’m tired of her and her supporters ,and hearing them cry!

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