Robert Reich Has Big Ideas About Income Inequality
The new field of Democrats have big ideas all of which whose time has come. What a great contrast to the evil clown car on the Republican side.
Dear fellow MoveOn member,
I spend much of my time worrying about our nation’s big problems and thinking about solutions. Things like what the implementation of a wealth tax would do to solve income inequality. What we can do to address the climate crisis today. And how legalizing marijuana can help curtail mass incarceration.
But here’s the truth: We need our elected officials to push for big ideas too in order for them to become reality.
Luckily, we have an opportunity right now to help shape the 2020 election and ensure that big ideas to help push our country forward and make life better for millions of Americans take center stage—to show voters what they can vote for, instead of just against.
Next Saturday, June 1, MoveOn is hosting their first-ever in-person forum with presidential candidates in San Francisco, CA, where each candidate will present “one big idea” that they’ll push forward if elected. Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren will ALL be there.
This is a unique and critical opportunity to get candidates on the record about bold progressive ideas, which can help to shape the campaign going forward—and to jump-start an idea-centered and robust debate in the weeks leading up to the first Democratic debate at the end of June.
Here’s the catch: MoveOn has given me a peek at the budget for this event, and it nearly made me spit out my coffee. Pulling off an event of this size requires buckets of money—to secure a venue, coordinate security and logistics, promote it, and more. It is a huge lift and has to be done right. Which is why I’m asking:
Can you chip in $3 right now to help make sure that MoveOn’s “Big Ideas Forum” goes off without a hitch? You’ll also be entered to win two all-expenses-paid tickets to attend the event on June 1 in San Francisco!
MoveOn will host this event, stream it live, have large sections of it covered by cable news, and then create videos capturing each of the big ideas (which will then get seen millions of times). I know MoveOn’s power to push a video. (After all, I make 10 or so videos with them every year!) And MoveOn’s social media and earned media reach will elevate these particular big ideas and the notion that we need big, bold visions in the weeks to come, to set the stage for the first Democratic debate.
In 2016, rather than focusing on big ideas, media and the public debate focused more on squabbles between candidates and insults thrown back and forth between their supporters—and that gave an opening for Donald Trump to drive a wedge between voters and win.
We cannot let the 2020 campaign become a media circus defined by the biggest personalities or infighting between candidates.
We cannot let consultants and pundits convince candidates that fighting for bold, progressive ideas is dangerous, pushing them to stick to the middle of the road.
We must make our voices heard and ensure that candidates know that the majority of Americans support progressive policies like Medicare for All, higher taxes for the wealthy, controls on out-of-control corporate greed, ambitious initiatives to tackle the climate crisis, and more.
This is our opportunity not just to define what the 2020 election will look like but also what real progressive governance can be. It’s time to get candidates on the record, and it is on us to hold them accountable to those priorities.
I am so happy to see MoveOn taking the lead on this work, and I can’t wait to watch the Big Ideas Forum next week. I also can’t wait to see the media coverage, MoveOn’s videos grabbing tens of millions of eyeballs, and the robust debate of big ideas that will follow—setting a tone in the critical weeks leading up to the first Democratic debate.
I hope that you’ll join me and chip in $3 to help make sure the event is a success.
Click here now to chip in and be entered to win a chance to fly to San Francisco next week to attend MoveOn’s Big Ideas Forum in person!
Thanks for all you do.
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