The Tea Party is to Republicans as the American Dream Movement is to Democrats. Van Jones, one of the nation’s strongest supporters of green jobs, is the force behind the progressive liberals’ answer to Tea Party Republicans. Van Jones discussed his plans at Netroots Nation in June and in a recent interview with Michelle Goldberg of The Daily Beast.

“On Aug. 9, the movement put out its crowd-sourced “Contract for the American Dream,” a 10-point economic manifesto that called for new investments in education and infrastructure; higher taxes for corporations, Wall Street and the wealthy; and curbs on lobbyists. The next day, it was published as a full-page ad in The New York Times. Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois will soon introduce the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, legislation based on the document.” Source: The Daily Beast

The Contract for the American Dream provides details on the following 10 Critical Steps to Get our Economy Back on Track:

  1. Invest in America’s Infrastructure
  2. Create 21st Century Energy Jobs

  3. Invest in Public Education
  4. Offer Medicare for All
  5. Make Work Pay
  6. Secure Social Security
  7. Return to Fairer Tax Rates
  8. End the Wars and Invest at Home
  9. Tax Wall Street Speculation
  10. Strengthen Democracy
To read more information about each of these critical steps or to join the more than 250,000 people that have signed the contract, visit the Rebuild the Dream website.

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