In 1948, President Harry Truman authorized $13 billion in economic recovery programs for a Europe hollowed out by war – the plan was dubbed “The Marshall Plan”, intending to rebuild the eviscerated economies and shattered spirits of Western Europe. Over the next few years, the Plan was key to the restoration of political stability and revitalization of global economies.
For millions of Americans – especially the next generation – the American Dream has been downsized. At a time when too many are worried about how they’re going to survive in today’s economy, we must bring back an era of hope and national prosperity. Let’s borrow from the principles of the New Deal and Truman’s Marshall Plan to build an economy that allows every hard-working American the chance to earn a good life – a future which requires a strong and modern government to work together with a thriving and dynamic private sector to achieve historic growth, robust economic security, & sustained social prosperity.
Lately, our country has faced so many pessimistic questions that we’ve stopped asking hopeful ones, like: “What would it look like if every family could make ends meet?” Let’s rally around a vision that better aligns investors and the public interest alike on critical issues like workers’ rights, environmental conservation, and social equality. Instead of hastily constructing an economic foundation based on bureaucratic welfare states or excessive economic concentration, America must be built on the principles of an investments-based economy propping up the American Dream. That means positioning American workers and businesses to compete in the 21st century, and building an economy that rewards work, not wealth. Let’s invest in workers, invest in industries, invest in families, and invest in our futures.
Rebuild Forgotten Towns & Cities
Today, one-in-six rural Americans live in poverty. Over the last several decades, our farmers have been stiffed, our environments have been polluted, small towns have been hollowed out, and our communities have been destroyed. America has always been a nation of doers and industrial might, so let’s put America’s truckers, tradespeople, and blue-collar backbone to work to rebuild forgotten communities and reinvigorate small towns with big hearts.
Let’s rebuild infrastructure, revitalize rural towns, support family farms and ranches, reinstate mandatory country-of-origin labeling, ensure farmers have the Right to Repair their equipment, help struggling malls attract new business, and bring universal high-speed broadband to every corner of America. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill of 2021 was a strong first step, and made historic investments in communities historically left behind.
Revive American Industry & Manufacturing
Over the last several decades, out-of-touch politicians have eviscerated America’s small towns and factories. They wrote bad trade deals that shipped our jobs overseas and built an economy that works for the few, rather than the many. It’s time we chart a blue-collar blueprint to revive our industry and ensure we have a future made in America. That means:
- Creating good-paying jobs that don’t require advanced degrees.
- Rewriting trade deals to protect wages & stop the outsourcing of jobs.
- Investing in job training, local governments, & the factories of the future.
- Raising the cost of offshoring by requiring U.S. companies to reimburse governments for all the subsidies they received on the mainland.
- Becoming the world’s leading renewable energy exporter.
- Buying American and hiring American.
The Largest Public Works Project in History
Decades of neglect have let our roads, bridges, and airports fall into a state of decay. The Infrastructure Report Card gave the U.S. an abysmal grade of C-. The World Economic Forum ranks America as 13th globally in quality of infrastructure, with the American Society of Civil Engineers declaring over 45,000 bridges and 1 in 5 miles of all roads to be in poor condition. From the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway to the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge – American ingenuity cannot be beat. Let’s reignite a thriving America with a strong middle class and an even stronger infrastructure. That means:
- Reviving Roosevelt’s Public Works Administration (PWA) to hire unemployed Americans to repair existing infrastructure and enact the largest public works project in history.
- Upgrading crumbling schools, sewers, streets, hospitals, ports, post offices, and municipal buildings.
- Constructing new state-of-the-art bridges, beaches, canals, parks, pipelines, public squares, railroads, energy grids, and hundreds of thousands of miles of new road.
- Investing in new walkable cities & building modern world-class airports.
Free & Fair Trade
In 2022, U.S. trade deficits soared to a record $1.2 trillion. While we break down barriers, we must defend American competitiveness by fighting for fair trade deals that protect American industry, pay good wages, conserve our climate, & preserve strong economic growth. By negotiating free and fair trade deals that encourage companies to “Buy Local” and “Buy American”, we will once again reignite America as the manufacturing superpower of the world.
Jobs for Working Families
As the wealthiest nation on Earth, everyone who can work and wants to work should be given the opportunity to do so. In 1944, Franklin Roosevelt talked about the fundamental economic right of every American to have a job – his words were true then, and even truer today. That means:
- Initiating a Federal Creator’s Project to spur artists, actors, writers, and other creators to document American culture and history, fund local theatrical productions, and create public works of art.
- Collaborating with businesses and private industry to offer job incentives and training programs.
- Establishing the Youth Employment Administration (YEA) to aid young Americans in finding jobs in the public or private sector.
- New Deal for the 21st Century
- America First in Quality of Life
- Life, Liberty, & Pursuit of Happiness
- Make America Cool Again
- Marshall Plan for America
- Wage A War on Poverty
- Guarantee Healthcare to All
- World-Class Education
- Defend Our Democracy
- A Green New Century
- America Open For Business
- End the War on Drugs
- Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
- Reclaim Our Freedom
- Safe Streets & Secure Neighborhoods
- Affordable Housing for All
- A Welcoming Nation of Immigrants
- Moral Global Leadership
- Tackle the Teenage Mental Health Crisis
- Protect the Second Amendment & Second Graders