Advocacy

Above all, theory divorced from action is irrelevant. Through advocacy, Busted Cubicle serves American workers by creating detailed, research-backed guides on how to become involved in the most pressing issues of our time, including universal basic income (UBI), single-payer healthcare, ending U.S. poverty, promoting a “negative income tax,” protecting the environment, and other initiatives which can reshape our future.

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Call to Action: U.S. Environmental Policy

Failing to protect the environment bodes poorly for American health, safety, and overall quality of life. It will also play a key role in our economic competitiveness as outdated manufacturing and sustainability practices lose ground to those of more forward-thinking countries.

Call to Action: Negative Income Tax

Most introductory economics classes teach that giving cash is better than supplying benefits and many studies across the world show that cash has more utility and a more positive impact than like-kind benefits, which cost more than if those citizens were to purchase them outright.

Call to Action: Ending U.S. Poverty

According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 45 million Americans still live in poverty and the country's most recent approach to fixing this problem has been to cut spending for social protections and allow the free market do the fighting on its own.

Call to Action: Affordable Higher Education

According to recent data from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, more than 44 million Americans are paying off student loans. Collectively, these borrowers hold nearly $1.5 trillion in student debt. The average student loan borrower graduates with $37,172 in educational debt—a $20,000 rise in the last 13 years.

Call to Action: Single-Payer Healthcare

Healthcare is perhaps one of the most politically charged issues affecting the United States. It is also probably one of the most misunderstood. In some political circles, terms like “universal” or “single-payer” medicine are rejected. However, the Pew Research Center found that more than 50 percent of Americans support single-payer care—the highest share in more than a decade.

Call to Action: Strengthening Public Education

Public education is vital to a healthy economy and, more broadly, a thriving democracy. In 1785, John Adams wrote that citizens should not just “educate the whole people,” but “be willing to bear the expense of it.” In practical terms, an uneducated workforce is limited in what it can achieve—a failing that affects everyone.

Call to Action: Universal Basic Income

Founding Father Thomas Paine and English radical Thomas Spence first introduced the economic theory where all citizens are guaranteed a basic income for living expenses. Since then, the theory has been forgotten, reintroduced, and embraced—or at least considered—by certain countries.

Call to Action: Strengthening Laws Against Workplace Discrimination

If a review of other nations’ practices can teach us anything, it is that the United States has a lot of room for workplace improvement. Employees could benefit from better regulated work hours, more paid vacation, and paid parental leave, but some of the lapses speak to even more basic rights, like freedom from discrimination and assurance the law will protect that freedom.

Call to Action: Paid Parental Leave in the U.S.

According to an analysis of 151 nations conducted by the U.N.’s International Labor Organization, the U.S. and New Guinea were the only two without paid parental leave mandates. The Family Medical Leave Act entitles parents working for U.S. companies with at least 51 employees to just six to eight weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn—a period experts attest is woefully inadequate.