We the People have a choice. We can continue America’s downward drift — or we can join together and positively transform our future.
The stakes are enormously high.
In the spring of 2016, I set out to answer a simple but super-important question:
“What’s wrong with America — and how do we fix it?”
After years of research, after looking at all of our major issues one by one, and after thousands of conversations with my fellow Americans, I’ve come to understand that there are three critical issues that we face.
If we solve these three critical issues — and they are solvable — then we will completely transform our future. We will make it FAR better than it’s going to be if we stand on the sidelines.
We have within us the power to massively and positively transform our future — if only we will do it.
One: Let’s Bring Back American Dream Capitalism, and Fully Restore the American Dream.
Since about 1980, America’s economy has been completely restructured.
Previously, from the 1940s through the 1970s, all Americans fully enjoyed the benefits of American Dream Capitalism.
Middle class and working class Americans were advancing by leaps and bounds.
The economy was growing at a healthy pace.
And even the super-rich were still getting richer!
But American Dream Capitalism has been replaced by a new system — one in which 90% of us advance slowly (some not at all), while a tiny minority of mega-millionaires, billionaires, and mega-billionaires watch their wealth continually explode to new heights.
Want proof? We now produce roughly twice as much wealth, per person, as we did about 40 years ago.
And the average American is nowhere near twice as well off.
But the richest? In 1980, the richest American had about $4.5 billion in wealth, in today’s dollars.
Today, the richest American doesn’t have $9 billion, as you might expect.
Instead, he has over $230 billion.
And the second-richest isn’t far behind.
So how do they do it? It’s pretty simple. A minority of powerful people have managed to rework our economy to make it suck huge amounts of wealth away from the vast majority of us, and deliver it to those who are already at the very top.
Most of us don’t realize how bad it is, because we haven’t actually gone backwards. But most of the forward progress that should belong to all of us has been stolen by a tiny few. In fact, economists estimate that America’s elites have taken close to $50 trillion from all the rest of us over the past 40 years or so.
For the average family, this works out to close to half a million dollars of prosperity that should have been yours — beyond what progress you’ve been able to realize through your years of hard work.
And they’re still taking. Every single day.
If you and your family are bringing in anything less than about $230,000 a year, then you’re losing out to our warped and rigged economy. And if you’re bringing in anything less than about $130,000 a year, you’re probably losing at least $24,000 a year.
$2,000 this month… $2,000 next month… $2,000 every month… And in some cases, more.
This is a five-alarm emergency. And whoever you elect to Congress — or really, to any legislative office at any level — absolutely needs to be someone who will make this their top priority.
Two: Let’s Bring Back Government that Serves the Best Interest of the People.
We will only bring back the American Dream in power by restoring a government that actually represents us, not just the highest bidders.
And when we clean up our government, that will clear the way to solve so many of the challenges and problems we face.
Health care. Education. Preserving our environment and natural resources for our kids and grandkids. Almost every major problem we face could be helped massively, if we only had a government that’s dedicated to serving the best interest of the American People.
You and me.
Three: Let’s Focus on the Things that Matter Most — and Build a Shared Vision for America’s Future.
America once led the world — not only militarily, but with the world’s highest standard of living. And we can do so again.
We will get there when we start focusing on the issues that are life changing for almost all of us — unrigging our rigged politics and restoring American Dream Capitalism — and stop letting politicians divide us over the issues that have little real impact on most of our lives, or that are simply stories without the facts to back them up.
These include things like whether someone says “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” (By the way, we’re all perfectly free to say either.)
They include false claims that Democrats “are going to destroy the country.” (In reality, 75% of American jobs over the past 45 years have been created under Democratic, not Republican, Presidents.)
And they include fear of other people. Immigrants. Gay people. African Americans. The Chinese. Criminals. None of which are likely having a major impact on your life.
And certainly not as major of an impact as the $2,000+ being drained from your prosperity every single month by our warped and rigged economy.
Instead of a nation in which half of us are struggling just to pay the bills, we can have a future with prosperity for all of us — like we’ve never seen before. Instead of paying twice as much for our health care as the people of any other country on earth, we can have a better health care system than the one we have today, that’s affordable and accessible for all.
We have the resources. And we have the power to change our future.
I’m committed to doing my part. Will you join me?