In his 1944 State of the Union, President Roosevelt told Congress, “We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence.” Roosevelt knew that without individual freedom that comes from a good job, people were willing to fall for political demagogues. We saw this clearly last year in the voting pattern of the Rust Belt, where manufacturing jobs have blown away like agricultural jobs from the Dust Bowl in the ’30s.

The Democratic Party has released a new slogan that includes “Better Jobs.” In Roosevelt’s time, he proposed, “the right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation” and “the right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad.” Yet corporate Democrats are still struggling to tame monopolies and act like they’ve not been complicit!

Economic changes over the past 70 years have changed the kinds of jobs we can expect government to protect and secure. And sadly we have done a terrible job at preventing monopolies. Some multinationals receive favorable tax treatment even while holding cash reserves that rival the federal government – their resources are easily enough to swallow up any new competitors that come along.

I’m running for Congress against one of the nation’s top Democrats. So what would I do that my opponent would not?

I will look at the real future of work and prioritize subsidies that benefit jobs that cannot be replaced by automation. Many of those will be in the medical profession.

I will use the power of federal government contracts to reduce inequality. Any business that gets federal business must not have a pay multiple of more than 30x between the total income of its highest and lowest paid workers. And I will work to end the gross wage inequality between all workers, ensuring that corporate prosperity benefits everyone.

I will work to re-route subsidies from large businesses and especially dirty energy to science, research, and clean, renewable energy, and to small businesses with an innovation focus.

Better jobs only matter if we truly change federal policies to prepare for the future and to reduce inequality. Nancy Pelosi won’t do this because the current system fills her campaign coffers with millions of dollars each year.