Legislative Philosophy: Evidence-Based Universal Liberalism
Freedom Dividend
A $1,000/month universal basic income for every American over 18.
  • Automation is the elephant in the room tearing our country apart. We're scapegoating immigrants for challenges caused by technology making more of our work obsolete.

  • In 2019, in the world's financial capital, 16 % of New Yorkers in the 10th District can't meet their basic needs, and 20% of storefronts are closing. 

  • We automated away millions of manufacturing jobs over the years leading up to the 2016 election, and over the next decade, 1 in 3 Americans will likely permanently lose their job to new technology.

  • Studies show that direct cash programs make us stronger and healthier.

  • The Freedom Dividend would create millions of new jobs and grow the economy in perpetuity according to macroeconomic projections

  • Paid for primarily by consolidating some existing cash-like benefits (the Freedom Dividend is opt-in) and by passing a new 10 % value-added tax to harness the gains from artificial intelligence and new technologies, generating $800 billion in new revenue.

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Medicare for All
Expand Medicare to cover all Americans. 
  • Life expectancy in the U.S. has consistently declined for the past several years for the first time in a century, driven by "deaths of despair" - drug overdoses and suicides. 

  • We spend nearly double what other OECD countries do for our healthcare to worse results.

  • Millions of Americans are uninsured; healthcare is the number one cause of bankruptcy.

  • With automation and artificial intelligence, tying healthcare to employment can create job lock and dampen entrepreneurship.

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Democracy Dollars
A $100 clean elections voucher for every American over 18.
  • The corrupting influence of money in politics is at the root of nearly every issue we face, from climate to gun safety.

  • Politicians spend 30-70% of their time dialing for dollars.

  • Democracy Voucher programs empirically work.

  • Democracy Dollars would drown out big money in politics.

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Dozens of more policies to come, including:
  • Affordable Housing 
  • Student Loan Relief
  • Vocational and Technical Education Investment
  • Counter-Extremism and De-Polarization Investment
  • Gun Safety
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Carbon Fee and Dividend
  • Social Media Addiction Reduction
  • Regulation of Artificial Intelligence
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation
  • Net Neutrality
  • Ranked Choice Voting
  • Protecting Privacy and Reproductive Freedom
  • LGBTQ+ Equality
  • Legislative & Judicial Term Limits
  • Data as a Property Right



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