Income inequality is an issue that I have been fighting against my whole life and one that rings especially true as Northern Virginia continues to be one of the wealthiest areas in our nation. The 400 richest Americans—only the top 0.00025 percent of the population— have tripled their share of the nation’s wealth since the early 1980s. Going by the numbers: those 400 Americans own more than the 150 million adults in the bottom 60% of the wealth distribution, while the bottom 60% saw their share of the nation’s wealth fall to only 2.1% in the last five years. Mind you, 60% is a MAJORITY of people. This is utterly unsustainable and inherently unjust.
There are many steps that can be taken to alleviate economic inequality. First and foremost, fair and just taxing is definitely a part of the solution, particularly when we demand that corporations pay their fair share. We live in the richest nation in the world—and within one of the wealthiest counties—yet everyone cannot afford basic needs like healthcare and education. It is difficult, so difficult, to get people politically engaged on this issue when their basic needs are not met. That is why affordable, accessible, universal healthcare are central to my campaign—healthcare is a human right and I am not afraid to say it. Virginia needs to continue to expand Medicaid so that more people are covered and have the ability to get the care they need. And hopefully our Congressional counterparts also pass Medicare for All so that Virginia can continue the progressive and smart policies of taking Federal money to cover healthcare access for Virginians.