THE MADISON INSTITUTE
A PROGRESSIVE AGENDA FOR THE NATION
representing six months of discussions at TMIís Progressive Round Table.
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International Relations The Economy Social Security Health Care Environment Education
∑ Abandon efforts to force U.S. will on other nations.
∑ Conduct U.S. international relations with a commitment to diplomacy, international law, human rights, racial equality, and full participation in the United Nations.
∑ Join those nations that have abandoned the death penalty.
∑ Lead in measures to strengthen the world economy and reduce inequalities between rich and poor nations.
∑ Join in and lead efforts to preserve the environment and climates essential to human survival and prosperity.
∑ Require fair labor standards and life-sustaining environmental protections in negotiating international agreements.
∑ Stop practicing and condoning torture.
∑ Insist that Congress avoid wasteful spending, assure resources adequate for the government to meet its responsibilities to its people, and exercise fiscal discipline.
∑ Improve government regulation of the private economy to prevent corruption and assure that investment opportunities are honest, conditions for workers safe, and wages adequate to support families.
∑ Increase government expenditures for maintaining and enhancing the nationís infrastructure as well as for social programs like education, health-care, Social Security, and veteransí benefits.
∑ Adopt a genuinely progressive tax system based largely on income from both capital and wages.
∑ Continue to tax very large estates to limit wealth being passed to heirs.
∑ End massive government borrowing except for large capital projects, national emergencies, and countering economic recessions.
∑ Wean the economy away from dependence on military appropriations.
∑ Engage in serious efforts to achieve energy independence.
∑ Strengthen Social Security and oppose all efforts to privatize or incorporate commercial components into social insurance programs.
∑ Create one universal single-payer health-care financing system to assure better health for all in the most effective and efficient manner.
∑ Relieve U.S. businesses from the burden of paying for the nationís health care.
∑ Support through public financing the expansion of medical research on stem cells, fertility, and contraception.
∑ Intensify efforts to expand reproductive choice and improve patient safety.
∑ Return to policies that conserve and restore the environment and protect it from private or public interests that degrade it through ignorance or for economic gain.
∑ Base environmental policy on sound objective science and open public discussion.
∑ Protect all species and promote biodiversity.
∑ Assure that all government agencies cooperate with each other and other nations to protect the environment.
∑ Promote resource conservation rather than resource consumption.
∑ Provide all citizens with equal access to clean air and water and a quality environment.
∑ Adopt land-use policies that emphasize the development and enhancement of existing urban areas and protect undeveloped natural resources and farmlands.
∑ Restrict the production and use of hazardous agricultural and industrial chemicals.
∑ Maintain local control of school systems even while equalizing funding, resources, and teacher excellence.
∑ Hold state and federal governments responsible to equalize educational outcomes for public schools throughout the country.
∑ Guarantee to all students a rich and varied curriculum and teachers who have been educated in intellectually challenging and exciting university programs.
∑ Recruit teachers from the top graduates of our universities.
∑ Assure small class size appropriate to studentsí ages.
∑ Oppose the use of vouchers that disadvantage public schools.
∑ Oppose reducing funds for under-performing schools.
∑ Oppose privatization of state universities.
Democratic Government (indispensable for the PROGRESSIVE AGENDAís implementation)
∑ Defend the balance of power between the executive, judiciary, and legislative branches of government.
∑ Re-establish Congressís constitutionally-mandated war-making powers.
∑ Protect the freedom of the media so that the media can provide citizens with accurate, wide-ranging information necessary for intelligent citizen-participation in self-government.
∑ Reduce or eliminate media monopolies.
∑ Implement the separation of church and state.
∑ Expand public financing of elections.
∑ Support campaign-finance reform to reduce campaign costs and level candidatesí financial playing fields.
∑ Require free television and radio time for candidates for state and federal offices.
∑ Support electoral redistricting by an impartial body, based on population distribution, designed to equalize each personís vote.
∑ Require transparent voting procedures that leave a paper trail whereby electoral outcomes can be verified.Endorse updating voter-registration lists
and voting procedures so that on election days.
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