BREAKING: Bernie Releases Most Progressive Housing Plan in History to End Homelessness and Affordable Housing Crisis

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BREAKING: Bernie Releases Most Progressive Housing Plan in History to End Homelessness and Affordable Housing Crisis

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READ THE PLAN HERE and use #HousingForAll!

Bernie Sanders on Wednesday unveiled his Housing for All plan, a bold proposal to guarantee every American – regardless of income – a fundamental right to a safe, decent, accessible, and affordable home.

“There is virtually no place in America where a full-time minimum wage worker can afford a decent two bedroom apartment. At a time when half of our people are living paycheck to paycheck, this is unacceptable,” said Sen. Sanders. “For too long the federal government has ignored the extraordinary housing crisis in our country. That will end when I am president. My administration will be looking out for working families and tenants, not the billionaires who control Wall Street.”

In America today, there is a shortage of 7.4 million affordable homes for the lowest-income renters and more than 18 million families in America are paying more than half of their limited incomes on housing and utilities. The federal government should be expanding housing programs, but Donald Trump wants to cut them by $ 9.6 billion, or 18 percent.

Sanders’ Housing for All plan would instead end the housing crisis, build millions of affordable housing units, implement a national rent control standard, revitalize public housing, protect tenants, combat gentrification, end predatory lending and modern day redlining, and end homelessness by:

  • Building nearly 10 million homes through the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, social housing, Community Land Trusts, and other housing programs.
  • Fully funding tenant-based Section 8 rental assistance at $ 410 billion over the next ten years and making it a mandatory funding program for all eligible households.
  • Enacting a national cap on annual rent increases at no more than 3 percent or 1.5 times the Consumer Price Index, whichever is higher, to help prevent the exploitation of tenants at the hands of private landlords.
  • Ending exclusionary and restrictive zoning ordinances and replacing them with zoning that encourages racial, economic, and disability integration that makes housing more affordable.
  • Doubling McKinney-Vento homelessness assistance grants to more than $ 26 billion over the next five years to build permanent supportive housing.
  • Ending the mass sale of mortgages to Wall Street vulture funds and thoroughly investigating and regulate the practices of large rental housing investors and owners.
  • Implementing legislation to prevent abusive “contract for deed” transactions and using existing authority to protect communities of color, which for too long have been exploited by this practice.

Sanders’ proposal will be fully paid for by establishing a wealth tax on the top one-tenth of one percent. It will cost $ 2.5 trillion over the next decade.

The details of the plan can be read here.

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The divide in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party :(

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This maybe considered more than a rant that anything else but I just have some feelings I need to share. To anyone paying attention to politics, it’s clear that there’s a lot of division between progressives in the dem party right now (specifically between camp Bernie and camp Warren). Honestly, my fear is that if we don’t unite soon, we are handing Biden the nomination.

In my opinion (and I’m sure of anyone else who follows this sub), it’s clear that Bernie is the most electable of the progressive candidates. So I’m just wondering, what is it going to take to get people from camp Warren, Yang, etc., to support Bernie in the primaries ?!

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Why a pending recession should scare every progressive to death…

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I think we can all agree that Trump has been doing his very best to royally fuck up the US (and global) economy. In addition to this, America is currently experiencing its longest period of economic boom in history. In other words: a massive financial crash and subsequent recession are overdue.

Despite this fact, researchers believe the risk of a sudden recession during the year 2019 only lies around 15%. This may sound great until you find out the risk for a big crash increases to 60% between August 2020 and early 2021 (even higher after that).

So, what does that mean? It means that every Bernie/Warren supporter (every progressive) should be scared shitless because there's a good chance the crash will hit at the worst moment imaginable. If the recession comes (shortly) before the elections, it will hurt Bernie in several ways. Firstly, people tend to vote for continuity in leadership during times of crisis (this is a proven fact, it's not my bias). Secondly, the Republicans and the corporate media will both start to mudsling by saying how Bernie wants to ruin the economy even more with his expensive policy ideas ("This is not a time for such pie-in-the-sky proposals!") And thirdly, a significant part of the electorate will buy into this propaganda, especially if centrist establishment Democrats join in and stab Bernie in the back. This may seem unlikely today but when people get into serious financial troubles, it's super easy to scare them out of voting for progressive candidates. These factors may easily cost Bernie the election. However, if the crash hits after the election, things may turn out even worse. Think about it: this is the first progressive president in over 75 years. Incidentally he even calls himself a "socialist". And now what happens? As soon as he steps into the White House, the economy tanks, people lose their jobs, their homes, people can't buy food anymore… everything goes to complete and utter shit. Now you might say: "So what? That's not his fault" but I think you're being to rational for the majority of Americans in that case. Let me remind you that some people still believe Obama caused the Great Recession. Obviously this complete hogwash (it began in August 2007 when Bush was still in office) but people believe it anyways. If this happens, it might end up having long-term consequences on how the American public views progressives. People will say: "we knew it" and "the Republicans were right after all, socialists are horrible". People will be angry, disappointed and for the next 75 years nobody will want to vote for a progressive president again. All the work, the energy and effort would have been for nothing. A crash during Bernie's term would also hinder him from fighting for real change. Instead of being able to push for real change and big reforms he'd be stuck dealing with a broken economy and an angry population. This would be so frustrating and heartbreaking to watch.

However, perhaps the worst part about all of this would be that Trump would once again get off the hook while Bernie would receive all the blame. 20 years later people would remember Trump somewhat fondly, just like some people are nowadays remembering Bush junior fondly who should in reality be tried and imprisoned for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Meanwhile, Bernie would be remembered as the evil socialist who "screwed up the economy when everything was going so well".

Disclaimer: I'm not American, I'm from Western Europe. I do love Bernie though, so these are very serious worries I have. I wonder what you guys think about them.

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Unpopular opinion: We might not achieve progressive goals under one presidency… and why that’s important.

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It’s fully possible that even if Bernie (hopefully!!) becomes President, that there is enough obstruction in Congress to stop our initiatives.

Bernie has been saying this for the longest time. “Not me, Us”. The political revolution. The end goal is not Sanders 2020, the end goal is M4A, free college, Green New Deal, ending US imperialism. Of course Sanders is the best means for these goals at the moment. But what about after he is gone? To get these goals, it will require a lot of us over the next decade to run for office, get elected, and implement policy. This is a war against the corrupt institutions of this country, and the election is just a battle.

This is why the Warren-Sanders conflicts are stupid. If you are more devoted to your candidate than the ideals of democratic socialism and progressivism, we’ve already lost. On the flip side, being a progressive first, in my opinion, shows that there are problems with a Warren presidency at the moment (namely, her failure to target the Military-Industrial complex), and that Bernie is the man of the moment. But I don’t think anyone here wouldnt sleep comfortably over a Warren-Sanders ticket.

Stand for the ideas. Stand for the long term goals. Not for the candidates.

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Bernie vs other “progressive” candidate

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Bernie's staff is not full of Hillary alums & CAP alums. He is not being propped up by the establishment / Podesta / Neera Tanden to take down Bernie. He actually threatens the jobs of the Washington liberal elite & is not pro imperialism, pro charter, anti m4a, pro aipac, etc. He is not dishonest and untrustworthy and is not disingenuous ( no beer stunts or green imperialism ).

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