Positions

These are the positions of Sean Crain. Labour currently adopts this platform.

Abortion: I am fully pro-choice. I believe that you can reduce the amount of abortions through proper sex education as well as adding contraceptives and birth control to healthcare.

Affirmative Action: I support affirmative action programs. We have historically disadvantaged women and minorities.

Antitrust: I support the strengthening and enforcement of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. We should break up the existing banks, media companies, oil companies, telecommunications companies, and online retailers that have too much of a stranglehold on the market.

Banks: The Glass-Steagall provisions of the Banking Act of 1933 should be restored. We should also implement a basic banking system operated by the government, which would be accessible at the post office. The big banks that already exist should be broken up as per the provisions of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890.

Borders: The United States should not construct a wall. Instead, it should welcome immigrants to the country and consider any nonviolent person who wishes to enter a candidate for citizenship.

Capital Gains Tax: I support the abolition of the capital gains tax. Capital Gains should be taxed at the same rates as regular income.

Civil Rights: I support amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the already codified protections of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion.

Climate Change: A carbon tax should be implemented, we should convert to a 100% green economy by 2040, we should convert all cars to be fully electric, and we should leave fossil fuels in the ground.

Corporate Tax: Corporations should be taxed at the same rate as regular income, except with the brackets multiplied by 10. Small businesses would be taxed at regular rates. Businesses could receive tax decreases by creating jobs and generating economic activity, and be penalized for Wall Street speculation and reckless activity.

Criminal Punishment: We should adopt the Nordic model of rehabilitation rather than tough-on-crime punishment. However, there should be a limit, as some criminals are simply beyond rehabilitation.

Death Penalty: The death penalty is a barbaric practice that no civilized nation should have in its code of law. It should be outright abolished.

Defense: The military budget is bloated. We should restore Carter-era military spending rates and downsize the military to something manageable.

Education: No Child Left Behind should be repealed and standardized tests should disappear. The Pre-Nixon education system should be restored. College should be free and paid for by a 50% tax on Wall Street speculation. I believe that private institutions have absolutely no business in the public education system and should therefore be restricted from issuing tests, including the SAT and ACT.

Energy: The energy sector should be nationalized. We should be converted to a 100% green economy by the year 2040. Houses should have solar panels built into them, replacing the wiring that already exists.

Federation: I support the separation of powers. I do not like the concept of a unitary state and see it as having power too centralized.

Healthcare: Medicare should be expanded to cover all persons via a single-payer healthcare system. The industry should be nationalized and private health insurance should be outlawed.

Income Tax: I support the restoration of the Eisenhower-era tax rates adjusted for inflation and wage costs.

Inheritance Tax: I support a progressive inheritance tax that taxes all inheritance amounts after $5 million at 100%.

Military Intervention: The United States should adopt a non-interventionist foreign policy that states that the US will stay out of all wars that do not directly threaten our national security.

Monetary System: The United States should put the dollar back on the gold standard and restore the Bretton Woods system.

Net Neutrality: We must fully respect net neutrality. Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon are too large and should be broken up as well.

Social Security: We should lift the cap on taxable earnings. Someone making $1,000,000 shouldn't be paying the same rate as someone who makes $118,000.

State Surveillance: The National Security Agency should be abolished and the Patriot Act should be repealed. State-sanctioned wiretapping and monitoring is unconstitutional and dangerous.

Tax Loopholes: People and corporations shouldn't be allowed to store wealth outside the country to avoid taxes. The penalty would be subjecting the money to a tariff the size of the respective tax rate.

Trade: I support the withdrawal from NAFTA, CAFTA, permanent normal trade relations with China, and the re-establishment of the Hamiltonian tariff system.

Trade Unions: I am a firm believer in trade unionism. Right-to-work laws should be dismantled, unions should be allowed to organize, and there should be a system in place for unions to directly report corporate mistreatment to the government.

War Crimes: The United States cannot claim to be the arsenal of democracy when it harbors war criminals within its borders. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and other high-level Bush administration officials should be put on trial for war crimes. I extend this to Tony Blair and members of the 1997-2010 Labour government who also had cards to play in Iraq.

Women: In addition to abortion, I also support equal pay for equal work through strengthening of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
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