After 1 million votes, see the Top 20 Big Ideas

After a million votes, the Progressive Change Institute has released the Top 20 ideas from the Big Ideas Project. Now, a national poll is on these ideas is under way, and over 30 members of Congress will consider them soon.

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16301 votes
Now is the time to expand Social Security — not cut it. Social Security benefits simply haven't kept up with the rising costs that seniors face—for medicine, food, and housing. We're facing a retirement crisis where seniors can't rely on pensions and other parts of the social contract. We need to increase benefits to make sure they reflect the true costs seniors face. Expanding Social Security is the best way to ensure all Americans have the economic security they need to retire with dignity.

Submitted by Michael Phelan, Deputy Director of Social Security Works


15382 votes
Corporations are paper, not people. People before profit. Enact laws which reverse Citizens United, McCutcheon, and Buckley v. Valeo. Without a fair field in which everyday people are heard and treated equally, when, as we're now seeing, corporations and money carry more weight than the voices of our citizens, our entire system of government falls into plutocracy and oligarchy.

Submitted by Theresa Schwacke from WA


12639 votes
Tax equality. This means that 100% of everyone's income is taxed for Social Security, not just middle class people (scrap the cap). It means that no matter the source of your income, it is all treated the same for tax purposes (no more calling a salary "carried interest" to change the tax rate on it, no more taxing dividends and capital gains at a different rate).

Submitted by Jeanie Egbert from CA


10198 votes
DECENTRALIZE the funding of political campaigns, through matching funds or democracy vouchers to every voter, so that Congress is dependent on ALL of us, and not just the tiny fraction of the 1% that now effectively funds their campaigns. No real change will happen till this change does.

Submitted by Lessig


9279 votes
End the Oil Depletion Allowance (ODA), and any other oil industry tax benefits, and redirect the increased revenue to subsidize alternative energy (solar, wind, wave, etc.) The ODA made sense a century ago when it was a fledgling industry, but now the most profitable companies on earth are the major oil conglomerates. Direct our subsidy to the job creating industries of the future.

Submitted by Jim Marsee from FL (AKA Top International Guy)


8058 votes
Restore the protections of the Glass-Steagall Act. The decision by Congress and the President to repeal the Glass-Steagall law in 1999 paved the way for the “too big to fail, one-stop financial supermarkets” that played a major role in the near economic collapse of 2008. For a decade, we saw the financial industry assume unbelievable risks knowing that they were able to gamble with the taxpayers money. The American people paid a heavy price for it!

Submitted by Former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan (N.D.)


7895 votes
Single Payer Health Care.

Submitted by Lorna Emerich from WA


7854 votes
Break up Citigroup. We face a danger to our democracy from the power of our largest banks—particularly Citigroup. Their control over the executive branch is unprecedented. Their donations buy votes every day in Congress. Their money supports think tanks that produce endless smokescreens to make sure no one notices what is really going on. It’s time to fix the imperfections in Dodd-Frank, just as Elizabeth Warren says: “Let’s pass something—anything—that would help break up these giant banks.”

Submitted by Simon Johnson, MIT Sloan professor and author of 13 Bankers


7725 votes
Do not allow corporations to shelter from tax profits through foreign subsidiaries. Make all their profits subject to tax when earned, do not allow them to avoid tax by holding these profits offshore.

Submitted by Steve Silberstein, Executive Producer of Inequality for All


7609 votes
Expand the Post Office. Stop using US Postal Service revenues (all non-taxpayer) to reduce the deficit, and eliminate the $5.5 billion annual fee to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Lifting this onerous requirement would make it unnecessary to close mail processing centers, and revenues could be used for reforms and expanded services instead -- starting with a postal banking system offering savings accounts, check cashing, small loans and other basic financial services.

Submitted by Donald Walsh from VA


7070 votes
We need to rebuild our decaying infrastructure (water pipes, sewers, bridges, roads) and promote and use green/sustainable technology to ensure water and energy production.

Submitted by Maureen Tucker from DE


6722 votes
"We are demanding an emergency program to provide employment for everyone in need of a job, or if a work program is impractical, a guaranteed annual income at levels that sustain life in decent circumstances. It is now incontestable that the wealth and resources of the United States make the elimination of poverty absolutely practical." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Submitted by r/BasicIncome on Reddit


6375 votes
Make gerrymandering of districts illegal. The only criteria that voting districts should be based upon is geographical location. Current redistricting policies only serve to disenfranchise voters of both parties, decrease the effectiveness of our democratic process, and encourage partisan divisions.

Submitted by multipartysystem


6116 votes
Just like during the Depression reinvent the WPA in order to build roads and bridges. We could create jobs and have a steady stream of bodies available to build these projects. So many qualified workers from companies who bailed overseas or out completely are available and we should use their abilities to the fullest.

Submitted by Harry P


5926 votes
Dismantle the for-profit prison industry. Prisoners of the state should be kept by the state, not by profit-driven concerns with a vested interest in keeping their facilities full and profitable.

Submitted by Justin Hoeger from CA


5703 votes
Reinstate the sections of the Voting Rights Act, nullified by the Supreme Court, by removing the qualification that those sections applied only to districts which had a historical record of segregation, prior to 1967. Instead, anyone with a grievance on being denied to vote should be granted standing to file a class action suit on behalf of their community; all district voting procedures and district maps should be subject to strict court scrutiny.

Submitted by Ben


5630 votes
Comprehensive election reforms. A law forbidding corporations from funding elections in any form and a limit on individual spending. National day off for all citizens to vote. National standards for voter eligibility, with specific prohibitions against restrictions designed to suppress specific types of voters.

Submitted by Ronald E. from WA


5466 votes
Allow all Americans to enroll in Medicare. Because the insurance premiums people pay would be equal to the cost, the program would pay for itself. In many states, a few private insurance companies control the market, restricting consumer choice and driving up the cost of care. The people deserve a public option. Opening up the Medicare system increases competition and provides more options to consumers.

Submitted by Rep. Alan Grayson (FL-9)


5451 votes
Protect our water supplies and aquifers by banning fracking. One single Frack uses up between 500,000 and 4 MILLION Gallons of water. A small family barely uses that much water in a lifetime, and these companies use that much water with a single Frack. Then they pump poisonous chemicals into the ground that no one even knows what they contain, leaving communities riddled with illness, cancer, and poisoned wells.

Submitted by Sabine Jordan from CA


5233 votes
Allow Medicare to negotiate drug pricing.

Submitted by Richard Lamb from MN

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