Sunday, April 12, 2015

One-minute survey: Which big idea are you most excited about?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

There is a lot wrong with our economy. 

Wages are flat, or falling.1 Student debt is skyrocketing.2 Big banks have gotten so large, they're actually hurting economic growth.3

But the good news is that thanks to the support of thousands of fellow MoveOn members, MoveOn and I are teaming up on an ambitious project to build momentum for 10 ideas to save our economy. We're thinking about it as the new New Deal for Americans.

And with the help of MoveOn members, we'll bring these big ideas—these solutions—directly to the American people, bypassing the corporate media entirely.

I need your help to figure out where to begin. Which of these solutions are you most excited about? Click on your top choice below. 

Bust up the big banks and tame Wall Street.

Create a basic minimum income for all.

End "corporate welfare" giveaways to big corporations.

Expand Social Security.

Give parents the help they need so they don't have to choose between being good parents or dedicated workers.

Open Medicare to everyone.

Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour.

Reduce taxes on companies that share profits with their workers and raise taxes on companies that don't.

Reinvent education and pay teachers more.

Strengthen unions and preempt state "right-to-work" laws.

(We also have to get big money out of politics. That's an imperative—and it's so important to MoveOn members, we figure we don't need to include it here. It's a given.)

Now, if we did everything on this list plus got big money out of politics, we'd build an America that truly works for everyone, not just a wealthy handful.

So it's not surprising you won't hear much about these ideas in the corporate-owned media. And that's why to get them out there, we'll need to build a truly people-powered media.

After you tell us which idea is your favorite, I hope you'll answer a few more questions. I want to get a sense of which solutions you'd be most excited to share with your friends and neighbors—and which you think would resonate most in your community.

Thanks for helping change the national conversation.

And thanks for all you do.

Robert Reich


1. "For most workers, real wages have barely budged for decades," Pew Research Center, October 9, 2014

2. "40 million Americans now have student loan debt," CNN Money, September 10, 2014

3. "Warning: too much finance is bad for the economy," The Economist, February 18, 2015

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