Wayne Messam

Read Wayne Messam’s positions on all 11 planks of the Pledge Agenda.
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I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America
2. Invest in a Green Economy
II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality
4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism
5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality
III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All

6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University
7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security
IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share
9. Close Wall Street’s Casino
10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests
V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • “This administration’s own report stated that if we don’t take immediate action on climate change, in 10 years we could have irreversible damage to the air we breathe and the water that we drink.” (WBUR interview, 04/09/19)

  • “…we pulled away from the Paris Accord, and I think that is a travesty. America needs to be a leader in terms of being good stewards to our environment. It’s not an issue of just climate change. But when we act, we become more resilient as a state because we’ll improve our infrastructure — it’ll put Americans to work. It will improve the quality of life for Americans and make our communities safer and keep us more competitive as a nation so that we can maintain our global dominance.” (WBUR interview, 04/09/19)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • As mayor of Miramar, Florida his government passed a “living wage” so that all full- and part-time Miramar city employees “are now making above the state minimum wage of $8.05 an hour, some as much as $12 an hour.” (Sun-Sentinal, 05/14/15)

4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With a Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism

  • “What’s missing in the discourse on this [black face] issue is an honest discussion of the conditions and biases that underpin the country’s entrenched racial inequities. People who face discrimination due to the color of their skin, are often obstructed by institutional barriers across our society — from education and housing, to employment and healthcare, to voting rights and the criminal justice system.” (Messam op-ed, Orlando Sentinal, 02/20/19)
  • “These racial disparities impact every facet of our economy and undermine our ability to compete…We cannot turn a blind eye. Attempts to minimize the deep racial wounds in our history only set our society as a whole back. From the horrific legacy of slavery, to modern-day mass incarceration fueled by the school-to-prison pipeline, systemic racism rots at our nation’s core.” (Messam op-ed, Orlando Sentinal, 02/20/19)

5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Inequality


III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All

6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University

  • According to the Sun-Sentinal,”alleviating $1.5 trillion of national student loan debt is his top issue.” In the campaign video announcing his presidential run, Messam said, “Every day people are graduating from universities with crippling debt stifling their opportunity for financial mobility; that is what’s broken with this country.” (Sun-Sentinal, 05/14/15)
  • “Before tackling college affordability, Messam wants to provide relief for the nearly “one-in-four” American adults up against ongoing student loan payments. He has proposed a one-time, in-full federal government debt cancellation plan, in which borrowers would receive confirmation that their debt was forgiven within 60 days. Messam sees the $1. 5 trillion plan — which would be paid for in part by rescinding the 2017 tax cut package — as “a strong stimulus to a stalling economy.”” (Axios, 03/30/19)

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

  • Messam has said that “Medicare-for-all is one of the better ideas to help solve the problem,” while also saying that he would support the Medicare for America plan that maintains private insurance companies. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • “My first choice is to have a comprehensive health care plan to provide affordable health care to most Americans,” Messam told The Post. “Anything that falls short of that goal is not the type of change big enough to solve the problem. I believe health care is a civil right and rights shouldn’t get parcelled out piecemeal.” (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Messam does not believe that a Medicare for all plan should cover undocumented immigrants, saying that, “this issue needs to be addressed, but the proper place is with immigration reform, not health care reform.” (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Messam supports the giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for  Medicare, importing drugs from other countries “as long as those countries have standards similar to our FDA,” and having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs to lower prices. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)

IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share

  • “When you ask corporations and the richest of Americans, they jump up for joy because they’re enjoying the nice tax cuts they received recently. The nearly $2 trillion worth of tax cuts. But when you ask some working class and, for the most part, average, everyday Americans who have not seen their wages keep pace with inflation — and definitely not to the point where it’s keeping up in terms of not having a living wage, so that they don’t have to work two or three jobs — when they have challenges in having access to health care or can’t afford health care, when seniors have to choose between their medicines and food and those financial challenges, I think they would beg to differ.” (WBUR interview, 04/10/19)
  • “I think, as a country, the misnomer is that you give tax cuts, which are good for businesses. I’m a business owner. I love to make money and I need to make money to be able to grow and to be able to take care of my employees so that they can take care of their families. So I’m all for that. But I think what’s happening is that there’s a lot of corporate greed. The past tax cuts, you saw corporations buy back their own stocks to control more of their company. So the stock market has benefited from that in part, but the lower class and the low net worth individuals in the working class are not enjoying the same benefits of that tax cut. I think when we all realize that we’re in the same boat, and when we can put those tax cuts and resources and invest back into Americans, when we can make higher education accessible and businesses are paying their fair share so that all the burden isn’t on the working class — I think not only are we better as Americans, but we’re better as a nation. And I think it’s a matter of our economic security that we all realize that we’re all in the same boat.” (WBUR interview, 04/09/19)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • Messam supports eliminating the electoral college. “If we believe [every vote counts], we shouldn’t have a system where a candidate can lose by three million votes and somehow be declared the winner. The electoral college forces candidates to cater to certain people in certain states … That doesn’t make for a good democracy, and we should do away with it and reform our elections.”
  • He also supports eliminating the Senate fillibuster. “The current use of the filibuster isn’t what the Founders intended, as it is being misused to stop all legislative efforts. What Sen. McConnell has wrought is bad for Democracy, and I believe it should be removed.”(Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Messam supports adding more justices to (or “packing”) the
    Supreme
    Court if Republicans “choose to play by a different set of rules.” He also believes in implementing term limits for Supreme Court justices. “I think lifetime appointments to the bench have warped the system.  (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Messam stands with the other Democratic candidates in supporting automatic national voter registration, making Election Day a national holiday, granting the right to vote to the formerly incarcerated, and granting statehood to Washington, DC. He also believes in Puerto Rico’s right to statehood: “the people of Puerto Rico have overwhelming voted to become state. There is no good reason for them to continue to be treated as second-class citizens.” He does not support lowering the voting age from 18 to 16. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)

V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans
11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans