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21 Feb, 53 tweets, 10 min read
Good morning to everyone except all the people who were gaslighting us in 2019 and 2020 by saying Biden's policies weren't substantially different from Bernie's.
Here's a list of policies we would have right now with President Sanders. Which are all still possible, but Biden is choosing not to do these things. 🧵
1. Keep workers on payroll during the pandemic.

Make sure that every worker in America continues to receive their paycheck during this crisis, retroactive to the beginning of the crisis.
2. Monthly direct payments of $2,000 every person in the country.

We must provide direct, recurring, monthly payments to every person in the country, regardless of income, tax filing, or immigration status. #2KChecks
3. Guarantee paid medical and sick leave to all workers.

Anyone who is sick or who needs to stay home should be able to stay home during this emergency and receive their paycheck.
4. Hazard pay for essential and frontline workers.

Workers who are on the front lines of this crisis – including those who work in grocery stores, nurses, warehouse workers, paramedics, et al. must be provided hazard pay, child care, and safe working conditions.
5. Guarantee these programs to everyone in this country, regardless of immigration status.

#COVID19 does not differentiate based on immigration status and our economic and health response must not either.
6. Use Medicare to cover all health care expenses.

Medicare must be empowered to pay all of the deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for the uninsured and the underinsured. #MedicareForAll
7. Safety standards for health care workers.

OSHA must adopt a strong emergency standard to protect health care workers, patients, and the public during this crisis.
8. Make sure no one goes hungry.

Even before the pandemic, 1 in 7 kids in America was going hungry and nearly 5.5 million seniors struggled with hunger. Increase SNAP benefits and expand SNAP and WIC, the Emergency Food Program, Meals on Wheels. and school meals programs.
9. Suspend monthly expenses like rent, mortgage payments, medical debt, and consumer debt collection.

We must ensure that these payments are not deferred, coming due as soon as the emergency is lifted, but completely suspended. #CancelRent
10. Place an immediate moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and utility shut-offs.

No one should lose their home during this crisis and everyone must have clean water, electricity, heat. Restore utility services to any customers who have had their utilities shut off.
11. Construct emergency shelter and utilize empty or vacant lodging.

Ensure the homeless, survivors of domestic violence and others are able to receive shelter, health care, and nutrition they need. Use empty hotel beds and other vacant properties to ensure everyone is housed.
12. Bail out working people, not corporate executives.

Any emergency credit extensions or loans to insolvent companies or industries as a result of this crisis must come with strict protections and benefits for workers, unions, and customers, not handouts for executives.
13. Prevent price gouging by pharmaceutical companies.

The pharmaceutical industry must be told in no uncertain terms that the medicines that they manufacture for this crisis will be sold at cost.
14. Pass a #GreenNewDeal

Transform our energy system to 100% renewable energy and create 20 million jobs needed to solve the climate crisis. Ensure justice for frontline communities, communities of color, Native Americans, people with disabilities, children and the elderly.
15. Pass #MedicareForAll

Create a Medicare for All, single-payer, national health insurance program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service. No networks, no premiums, no deductibles, no copays, no surprise bills.
16. Immigration Justice

Institute a moratorium on deportations, break up ICE and CBP, dismantle the cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers and reunite families, welcome refugees and those seeking asylum.
17. #CancelStudentDebt

Cancel 100% of student loan debt.
That's it, that's the policy.
All of it.
18. Make College and other Education Free.

Guarantee tuition and debt-free public colleges, universities, HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions and trade-schools to all. Cover non-tuition costs of attending school by: expanding Pell Grants to cover non-tuition and fee costs.
19. Build and protect workplace democracy.

Deny contracts to companies that pay poverty wages, outsource jobs overseas, engage in union busting. Majority sign up process and “first contract” provisions. Federal protections against firing for any reason other than “just cause.”
20. Expand Social Security

Expand Social Security benefits for all recipients and protect pensions. Guarantee home and community based long-term care services. Expand Medicare program by including dental care, hearing aids, routine vision exams, podiatry, and more.
21. #HousingForAll

Build 10 million permanently affordable housing units. National rent control, a “just-cause” requirement for evictions, and ensure the right to counsel in housing disputes. End homelessness and ensure fair housing for all.
22. Provide Real Care for Veterans.

Stop endless wars. Fully fund and resource the VA, fill the 50,000 vacancies, reform harmful VA regulations that restrict access to care and benefits based on character of discharge.
23. Reform the "Justice" System

End war on drugs. Ban all for-profit prisons/detention, end cash bail, make communications/programs free. Cut prison pop in half, end mass incarceration, 3-strikes laws, mandatory minimums. Ban facial recognition software. #AbolishTheDeathPenalty
24. Free Childcare and Pre-K for All

Guarantee every child free full-day, full-week, high-quality child care from infancy through age three, regardless of income. Guarantee every child a full-day, full-week pre-kindergarten education, regardless of income, starting at age 3.
25. Cancel Medical Debt

Eliminate all $81 billion in past-due medical debt held by 79 million Americans.
26. End the For-Profit Credit Agencies

Replace for-profit credit reporting agencies like Equifax with a public system. Ban use of credit checks for housing, employment, insurance and other non-lending practices. Remove and exclude medical debt from existing credit reports.
27. Save Public Education

Provide equitable funding for all public schools. Execute and enforce desegregation. End the unaccountable profit-motive of charter schools. Set starting salary for teachers at no less than $60,000. Provide year-round, free universal school meals.
28. Fix Banking

Cap consumer loans and credit cards rates at 15% across all financial institutions and allow states to go even further. Allow every post office to offer basic and affordable banking services and end lending discrimination. #PostalBanking
29. Support HBCUs and MSIs

Make all public and private HBCUs, tribal colleges, and many MSIs tuition-free. Invest billions in HBCU medical, dental, and teacher training graduate programs. Invest billions in HBCU infrastructure grants and cancel all institutional HBCU loan debt.
30. #TaxTheRich

Cut the wealth of billionaires in half to break up the concentration of wealth and power of this small privileged class. Annual tax on the extreme wealth of the top 0.1% of U.S. households.
31. Dismantle Structural Racism

With structural solutions that target the five central types of violence waged against black, brown and indigenous Americans: physical, political, legal, economic and environmental.
32. High-Speed #InternetForAll

Build *publicly* owned and *democratically* controlled broadband networks. Break up ISP and cable monopolies, bar providers from providing content, and unwind anticompetitive mergers. Make infrastructure resilient to the effects of climate change.
33. Free and Fair Elections

Automatic voter registration. Make Election Day a national holiday. Restore the Voting Rights Act and overturn Citizens United. Re-enfranchise the right to vote to the 1 in 13 Black Americans who had their vote taken away by a felony conviction.
34. Protect Farmers

Stop monopolization of markets and break-up existing massive agribusinesses. Ensure farmers have the Right to Repair their own equipment. Reform patent law to protect farmers from predatory patent lawsuits from seed corporations.
35. End Income Inequality

The larger the gap between CEO pay and worker pay, the more corporate taxes a company will pay.
36. End the Forever Wars

Instead focus on democracy, human rights, diplomacy and peace, and economic fairness. Stop presidents from waging unauthorized and unconstitutional interventions overseas. Rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement.
37. Gender and Sexual ID Justice

Equal Pay for Equal Workt. Repeal Hyde and fully fund Planned Parenthood, Title X, etc. Pass Equal Rights Amendment. Pass Equality Act and other bills to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Federal recognition of non-binary identities.
38. Disability Justice

Guarantee health care, including home & community services / supports without waitlists, asset or income restrictions, as a human right to all. Expand SSDI and SSI. End subminimum wage for workers with disabilities & guarantee jobs and living wages to all.
39. Get Money out of Politics

Ban all corporate contributions to the Dem Party Convention and inaugural events, cap individual at $500. Abolish FEC and replace it with Federal Election Administration. Mandatory public financing for all federal elections.
40. Get Corporations out of Politics

Pass a Constitutional Amendment that makes clear money is not speech and corporations are not people.
41. Empower Puerto Rico

Restore self-rule in Puerto Rico by ending the reign of greedy Wall Street vulture funds that have a stranglehold on Puerto Rico’s future, return control of the island to the people of Puerto Rico, and give debt relief.
42. Tax Wall Street

Eliminate offshore tax scams. Tax Wall Street speculators. Close tax loopholes. Pass the 99.8 % Act to establish a progressive estate tax on multi-millionaire and billionaire inheritances.
43. Gun Safety

Ban sale and distribution of assault weapons. Assault weapons are designed and sold as tools of war. There is absolutely no reason why these firearms should be sold. Buyback to get assault weapons off the streets. End the gun show loophole.
44. #LegalizeIt

Legalize marijuana in the first 100 days with executive action. Vacate and expunge all past marijuana-related convictions. Ensure that revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs.
45. Support Tribal Sovereignty

Honor treaty rights and sovereignty, moving away from a relationship of paternalism and control to one of deference and support.
46. Actually Occupy Wall Street

End the too-big-to-jail doctrine. Break up too-big-to-fail banks. Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act. Cap interest rates and ATM fees. Audit the Federal Reserve and make it a more democratic institution. Restrict rapid-fire financial speculation.
47. Fair Trade

Rewrite all of our trade deals to deals to prevent the outsourcing of American jobs and raise wages. Write strong and binding labor, environmental, and human rights standards into the core text of all trade agreements. Stop corporations shipping jobs overseas.
48. Jobs for All

Enact a federal jobs guarantee, to ensure that everyone is guaranteed a stable job that pays a living wage.
49. Worker Power & Corporate Accountability

Shift the wealth of the economy back into the hands of the workers who create it. Give workers an ownership stake in the companies they work for. Break up corrupt corporate mergers and monopolies. Make corporations pay taxes.
50. Why do you deserve all of this and more?

Because you are a human being.
Note: This is a list of 50 policies from Bernie Sanders: berniesanders.com/issues

These were *already* a compromise from what we actually need. They weren't pie-in-the-sky, they weren't radical, they weren't ideals. They were the bare minimum.

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He said he would listen to science. Why isn't he?
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