Clinton, O’Malley and Sanders on the issues

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the three leading democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O Malley, overlap significantly in their positions on key issues, each pushing a liberal agenda by different degrees.

while the democratic candidates say that president Obama’s economic recovery brought the country out of recession, they say he has not done enough to make sure that growth is broadly shared. All three candidate have called for increasing the minimum wage, though Mrs. Clinton has gone as far as Mr. sanders and Mr. O’Malley in support of a$15 -an-hour minimum. They also want to end the “carried interest” loophole and expand paid family leave and overtime rules. Mr. O’Malley and Mr. Sanders support expanding Social Security benefits. Mr. sanders has called for wealthy people and corporation to pay more in taxes, while proposing to invest $ 1 trillion in infrastructure and eliminate tuition at public colleges and universities. Mrs. Clinton has proposed less ambitious spending programs, including an education plan to offer a debt-free college education for students who work. She also announced a plan to encourage corporation to share profits with employees.

Although the justice department recently announced it would prioritize the prosecution of individuals involved in white-collar crime, the liberal base of the Democratic Party has criticized the administration for not being tough enough on Wall Street criminals. All three candidate support a financial transactions tax to raise money and limit high frequency trading. Mr. O’Malley and Mr. Sanders have argued for breaking the nation’s largest banks and for restoring the glass-steagall act, which had separated commercial bank and investment banking. Mrs Clinton has argued for imposing a risk fee on the largest financial institutions, and although she would give regulators more authority to break apart big banks, she has stopped short of calling for the reinstatement of glass-steal all.

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