Last year, the wealthiest 10% of families in the US held 76% of the total wealth in our country, while the bottom half of the population accounted for just 1%. We need to close that gap, and ensure that the wealthy pay the same percentage of their income in taxes as the rest of us do. If we did that, we would have all the resources we’d need to invest in rebuilding the middle class and ensuring a strong future for our country.
Women make up more than half of our population, yet women hold only 20% of our Congressional seats. If we want government to be representative of the public’s values and perspectives, we need women weighing in on all policy decisions and drafting legislation. Gender parity is necessary if we want the people to have an accurate voice in their government.
Of the 1.4 million bankruptcies filed in the United States each year, 62% of them are due to medical expenses and insufficient healthcare. If we believe all Americans have the fundamental rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then all Americans need to have access to healthcare which keeps them and their children protected without ruining their financial futures.