“It is not enough to be busy - so are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?’” -Henry David Thoreau
Universal Basic Income
In an effort to ensure that all may thrive and live their best lives in our country, we believe all basic necessities should be guaranteed. One way to do this without massive government housing, food, and water programs would be to provide a universal basic income, which essentially amounts to a monthly stipend given to all residents regardless of age or marital status. This basic income would provide a bare minimum to allow for residents to acquire food, water, and housing, in turn giving individuals a greater opportunity to pursue higher education, jobs and careers they may have otherwise thought to be lofty goals, and innovate. As more jobs in the food, water, and housing industries become automated or made more efficient, this becomes more of a realistic possibility. We will help facilitate local and state governments to pilot these programs to determine their feasibility on different levels of government and help determine whether or not this is a policy we wish to implement in the long-term as a country.
In order to make a Universal Basic Income policy operational, and also in order to account for the income tax that is lost every year to jobs replaced by automatons, we support enacting an automation tax. This is a tax that would be levied against employers to make up for the amount of income tax lost in the aforementioned way to ensure that the government can continue to provide for its residents even after jobs are lost to a changing economy.
Our party is one that values the earth and our limited natural resources very greatly. In an effort to both protect ourselves from climate change and to raise revenue for the government, we propose enacting a steep carbon tax on businesses and other organizations, which would charge a greater amount from entities that consume more carbon fuels on an annual basis.
Rural Revitalization & Infrastructure
While urban centers are generally the center of much redevelopment attention, we believe that our rural communities deserve just as much care and attention. We propose developing an infrastructure replacement and expansion program that will help better connect our more rural communities with the nearest train and air hubs for increased mobility. We will also work on the state level to ensure that public universities are granting equal opportunities for development and education to those coming from rural regions.
Internal Community Improvement
We believe in Local Rule when it comes to policy decisions, and the same goes for decisions about how we want to develop and improve our community infrastructure and amenity offerings. We will support local governments taking on more innovative improvement projects in favor of the federal government using grant dollars to control what can and cannot be developed.
In line with our belief in Local Rule, we believe that the people of each neighborhood in a given town or city should be responsible for determining the future of their immediate surroundings. We will work with local governments to ensure that their development projects respect the type of environment that the residents of any given neighborhood wish to cultivate, and we will discourage needless movement to cater towards middle-income families that are not in need of additional housing options.
The right to travel freely is one that we hold very dear, and we believe it is the role of the government to protect that right and to make the exercise of that right all the easier. To that end, we will invest in high-speed rail systems between all major cities. This rail system will be publicly-owned and the tickets for the system will be largely subsidized to ensure easy access for all residents. We will also reinvest in our highways, working to incorporate renewable energy technologies where we can and making key expansions to help alleviate traffic pressures that have long plagued our interstate system.
Corporations should not be too big to fail. In the 2008 housing market crash, our government decided that the major banks responsible for the crash were too big to fail, and they in turn decided to bail those banks out on the backs of the taxpayers. We deserve better from our government, and we deserve banks and other corporations that will serve responsibly and be held accountable for their actions. We will increase restrictions on the size of any given corporation in a sector to ensure that these failings to not continue into the future.