Key points in a program to end the poverty, joblessness, and sense of hopelessness that is so pervasive in the United States today: invest in our crumbling infrastructure with a major program to create jobs by rebuilding roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools.
Transform energy systems away from fossil fuels to create jobs while beginning to reverse global warming and make the planet habitable for future generations. Make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for higher wages and benefits.
Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour so no one who works 40 hours a week will live in poverty. Provide equal pay for female workers.
Make college affordable and provide affordable child care. Break up big banks.
Join the rest of the industrialized western world with a Medicare-for-all health care system that provides better care at less cost.
Expand Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs.
Reform the tax code based on wage earners' ability to pay, and eliminate loopholes that let profitable corporations stash profits overseas and pay no U.S. federal income taxes.
The above are highlights from the 12-point economic program of U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is a proven fighter for Main Street and against Wall Street.