First, she said, she’d bring back job programs like the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), so that unemployed people could do something useful instead of just drawing government benefits. “If you don’t have work, you’d go to an employment office, not an unemployment office, and you’d get a job, not sit home, depressed, with a check.”
On health care, she’d extend Medicare to everyone, which she said would “save trillions of dollars” by eliminating the “health insurance bureaucracy.”
On education, she said she’d make public higher education free to everyone and bail out student loan debtors. (“We know higher education pays for itself,” she says, citing the GI Bill).
And, because three things weren’t enough, she added that she’d downsize the military to below its 2000 funding levels and avoid “hypermilitarism,” from which, she says, “we are getting a lot of blowback right now.”
She also favors ending the Patriot Act, and rolling back the civil-liberties infringements of both the Bush and Obama administrations — the latter, she says, being worse than Bush’s in many respects.
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