A Unified Strategy for Beating Trump

  • Employer-based fines for hiring illegal workers.
  • Universal health care for all US citizens.
  • Radical investment in renewables in the United States, combined with a massive set of tariffs on foreign petroleum products. Due to the vagaries of the global market, it’s almost impossible to ban or put tariffs just on the bad actors.
  • Ponder a tax on capital, not on income. At a minimum, cut income taxes to nothing higher than capital gains. If you care about long-term inequality, capital is the relevant issue, not annual income. Figuring out something that is generally regarded as fair is the hard part.
  • Broad, universal programs are the way to go. The more targeted the program, the more “efficient,” but the less political appeal. Basic income is going to be a big part of this conversation.

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