I’m not sure what a higher minimum wage is going to accomplish when automation eliminates tens of millions of jobs over the course of the next two election cycles, but I guess it is better than nothing. It’s just worth mentioning that it can’t really be considered progressive or just anymore to think that income should be tied to labor in a world where robots are more suited to labor than human beings are.
We already agree that healthcare should be divorced from labor and made a right; now take the next step and realize that a basic income should be, too. By the time a $15 minimum wage can be implemented and pegged to inflation, it will already be too late to matter. The spread of automation is going to happen faster than people comprehend, and restructuring trade deals to bring jobs back to the United States will be irrelevant when all those jobs are automated. They would be coming back anyway, since automated labor is even cheaper than the third-world child labor that presently props up first-world economies.
As to everything else, I hear you, but you’re going to have to work to convince me this can be accomplished within the party that just elected Tom Perez to be the DNC chair. You’re also going to have to work to convince me that campaign finance reform can be meaningful in the context of a capitalistic oligarchy with new ways to leverage their influence cropping up everyday, before, during, and after a candidate’s election and term in public office. I personally think this is better achieved outside the constraints of a corrupt and blighted party, via independent candidates and independent voters who feel empowered to abandon the myth that only a major party candidate can win, but only time will tell.