The election of the next US president is upon us, and with established politicians such as Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush poised to be key players, the campaigns seem destined to be as contentious, as ugly, and as seemingly removed from the reality of American lives as ever. In Sixteen for ’16, Salvatore Babones takes the politics out of policy, bringing the debate back to the issues that matter in a new, unified agenda for the 2016 elections.
Decades of destructive social and economic policies have devastated poor, working, and middle-class American communities. It is now clear that harsh austerity does not bring prosperity, that the wealthy have no intention of seeing their wealth trickle down, and that each generation is no longer better off than the ones that came before. But what to do? In this progressive election field manual, Babones outlines sixteen core principles to combat these entrenched problems: America needs jobs, infrastructure, a rededication to public education, universal healthcare, higher taxes on higher incomes, a more secure Social Security, an end to the rule of the bankers, stronger unions, a living minimum wage, better working conditions, an end to the prison state, secure reproductive rights, voter equality, a more moral foreign policy, a more humane refugee policy, and action on global warming.
A clear, concise manifesto supported by hard data, Sixteen for ’16 makes a compelling case for each of these ambitious positions. And as ambitious as Babones’s suggested policies are, they represent a beginning, not an end. The progressive movement is on the march in America, and this accessible book charts a realistic path toward a destination all can believe in: a better tomorrow.
|Publisher:||Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Salvatore Babones is an associate professor in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney in Australia and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, DC. He is the author or editor of ten books and has published more than two dozen academic journal articles in addition to numerous book chapters and other pieces.
Table of Contents
Build America's Human Infrastructure
Support Public Education
Extend Medicare to Everyone
Raise Taxes on Top Incomes
Refinance Social Security
Make the Bankers Pay
Make It Easy to Join a Union
Set a Living Minimum Wage
Upgrade to 10-10-10
Put an End to the Prison State
Pass a National Abortion Law
Let People Vote
Stop Torturing, Stop Assassinating, and Close Down the NSA
Suffer the Refugee Children
Save the Earth