Socialist Party on Welfare & Poverty

Socialist Party Platform


Increase housing subsides; allow rent control

We call for a vast increase in Section 8 housing subsidies as one element of major public investment in the construction of low cost, scattered site, community-based, high quality housing. We call for rent control for all rental units, and the right of tenants to organize. We call for an end to home foreclosures.
Source: Socialist Party Platform at 2020-2021 PSL Convention , Aug 3, 2020

Nationalize assets of private corporate pension funds

Source: Socialist Party USA: 2013-2015 National Platform , Nov 4, 2014

Eliminate poverty by eliminating for-profit system

Poverty is deprivation of those things that determine the quality of life, including food, clothing, shelter and safe drinking water, but also such "intangibles" as the opportunity to learn, to engage in meaningful employment, and to enjoy the respect of fellow citizens. This is the very essence of what Socialism is all about and how we wish to transform America's society, and the world, into a more equitable and just way to live.

We propose the elimination of poverty through the elimination of the for-profit system, and to transform it into worker control with full employment, a free national health system and full access to a free education. We also call for a guaranteed annual income which will enable all citizens to participate in a quality of life which will include food, water, shelter and mutual respect.

Source: Interview of Socialist nominee Brian Moore with OnTheIssues , Apr 3, 2008

Expand welfare with guaranteed income for all

Source: Presidential Socialist nominee website, VoteBrianMoore.com , Dec 23, 2007

Neither Dems nor GOP talk about income inequality

At both conventions there was a general acknowledgement on the part of the Republican and Democratic leaders alike that it was not in their best interest to allow serious discussion on the most important issues facing the American people. The Democratic convention was heavily scripted and entirely poll-driven. 75% of the people supported the ban on assault weapons. So they focused on the tragedy of Jim Brady, and support for gun control.

Perhaps more remarkable were the issues NOT talked about. There was virtually no discussion of class, despite the fact that we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income in the industrialized world, and real wages of workers continue to fall. There was no discussion of our huge trade deficit, nor of corporate investment in China & other 3rd World countries, which is causing the loss of millions of decent-paying jobs. There was no mention of the fragility of a democracy in which half the people no longer vote & have given up on the political process.

Source: Outsider in the House, by Bernie Sanders, p.166-7 , Jun 17, 1997

Land Trust: affordable housing by resale below market rates

We developed some very innovative concepts in affordable housing. Against opposition from a segment of the local real estate industry, we became the first city in America to fund community land-trust housing. Through the Burlington Community Land Trust, working-class people were able to purchase their own homes at a lower cost than offered on the commercial market. The housing remains affordable in perpetuity because the owners must agree not to resell the property at market rates, accepting only a reasonable and limited return on their investment.

Working with a tenant organization and nonprofit housing groups, we prevented the largest subsidized housing development in the state, Northgate, from being converted into expensive condominiums.

Source: Outsider in the House, "Socialism in One City," p. 65 , Jun 17, 1997

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