I may agree with 52% of the Libertarian platform, but I'm in 99.5% agreement with Senator Elizabeth Warren's progressive principles, which she offered Friday, July 18, at Netroots Nation in Detroit. Let's do some line by line!
1. "We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it."
- Crash your truck into city hall, and you will spend time in jail. Get a bunch of greedy MBAs together and crash the global economy, and you don't even get a ticket. Yup, I'm with you, Senator Warren.
2. "We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."
- Prayer didn't decrease acid rain, and Jesus won't get us to Mars or Alpha Centauri.
3. "We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality."
- Internet is like water now: information and equal access for all.
4. "We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage."
5. "We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them."
- I'll take a half-point off for singling out fast-food workers; every worker deserves a livable wage. That said, food service folks, I'm with you, right beside Senator Warren.
6. "We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt."
- The less debt students are saddled with when they start working, the more money they can pour into (a) immediate economic activity and (b) long-term savings, both of which improve our national budget situation.
7. "We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions."
- Work should be a vocation, an activity in which we take pride. But in a wealthy society, even the luckiest workers who love their jobs should have the liberty to say, "I've done enough" and rest.
8. "We believe—I can't believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work."
- Again, every worker has dignity. Pay must respect that dignity. To say one worker has less dignity than another is immoral.
9. "We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America."
- It should true for Nancy and Jennie. It should be true for our Lakota neighbors. It should be true for all South Dakotans.
10. "We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform."
- If the Iroquois had rounded up the Cherokee, Lakota, and others and built better walls, we wouldn't be here.
11. "And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"
- How can we treat Hobby Lobby like a person while treating women like breeding stock?