Economy & Democracy - Lillian Salerno for Congress Economy & Democracy - Lillian Salerno for Congress

Economy & Democracy

We have a long way to go before we have an economy that works for everyone and a country where everyone counts. Here’s what I believe:

The wealthiest corporations and individuals have too much control over our economy and too much influence over our politics.

They’ve succeeded in rigging — and writing — the rules to amass more and more power and wealth for themselves. This is the reason why wages are stagnant, independent businesses struggle, and policies that support the middle class, from investments in everything from education to infrastructure, go nowhere in Washington.

Millionaires and billionaires like Pete Sessions and Donald Trump are all in for an economy that benefits their friends at the very top — the opposite of the ideals of opportunity for all that our country was founded upon.

We need leaders who will fight to restore working families with the political and economic control that has been taken from them. That means:

Implementing a competition policy agenda that would finally enforce antitrust laws against corporate monopolies that use their size and profits to put politicians in their pockets, keep wages artificially low and prices artificially high, unfairly drive small competitors out of business, and quash market-leading innovation that might threaten their dominance.

Immediately repealing the Republican middle class tax hike — which Republicans openly described as being written to please their donors and lavishes billions on corporations and individuals that bankroll their campaigns.

Implementing policies, like equal pay for equal work and ban the box, that help to ensure people who have been wrongly denied opportunity because of their identity or background can contribute to our economy and society to the fullest extent of their talents.

Killing Citizens United so that corporate monopolies can no longer corrupt our politics and install politicians who will do their bidding at their constituents’ expense.

Ending gerrymandering because elected officials shouldn’t pick their voters — voters should pick their representatives.  

Protecting the right to vote because one person one vote is at the heart of our democracy.  In too many places, States are making it hard for citizens to register to vote, to get to the polls, and to express this basic right.  

Standing up for the American Dream — that means standing up for community investments, from high-quality childcare and education to safe, affordable housing, that help to ensure that our kids have more opportunities and a better standing of living than we do.