By Robert A. Vella
In a media appearance on Sunday, Bernie Sanders explained what happened after his attempts to make the Democratic Party platform more progressive for the upcoming 2016 presidential election.
- Support $15 minimum wage.
- Abolish the death penalty.
- Expand Social Security.
- Implement an “updated and modernized” (whatever that means) version of the Glass-Steagall Act (the 1933 law which had prohibited the co-mingling of commercial and investment banking, and which was repealed in 1999 by a neoliberal Democratic President and his neoliberal Republican allies in Congress).
- Refusal to oppose neoliberal President Obama’s controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal.
- Rejection of a proposed freeze on natural gas fracking (i.e. hydraulic fracturing) nationwide.
- Rejection of a proposed carbon tax to cut greenhouse gas emissions and hasten the transition to clean energy.
- Rejection of ideas to implement a national single-payer healthcare system.
Further reading: Sanders: ‘We lost some very important fights’ in Democratic platform