The issues we face are too big to leave in the hands of those with no real vision. We must fix the priorities in this district and help move our nation forward.
Promoting Fair Trade - American Workers and the Environment
We need to refocus our efforts on rebuilding the American workforce. American workers cannot compete with foreign countries that do not hold employers responsible for safe and fair labor standards. We need to replace free trade deals that cost Americans jobs with fair trade agreements that force our trade partners to respect American protections for workers and the environment, which will protect jobs and promote higher wages in America.
Ending Tax Loopholes for Corporations that Ship Jobs Oversees
Working Americans understand that more money needs to be spent investing in our schools, roads, health care and protecting our environment. We can save billions of dollars by eliminating tax loopholes for large corporations that ship jobs offshore, and use that money to make long-term investments in rebuilding our transportation infrastructure, expanding Internet access to rural areas, and increasing access to clean, renewable energy. We should end the unfair practice of rewarding large corporations with tax breaks for ruining our economy. We must even the playing field for everyone by creating a tax / budget system that works for all of us.
Supporting Medicare Buy-In for All
The Affordable Care Act marks a major win for working families in this country. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and young people can remain on their parents health coverage until age twenty-six. While this landmark legislation has helped millions of people, there remain millions more that still do not have health care coverage because they are in poverty. Every American should have a choice of buying health insurance through Medicare or private insurers, which would provide competition for insurance companies and more options for consumers. Currently, there is bi-partisan support for this in Congress, and we need to move forward and ensure all Americans have access to quality affordable healthcare.
Promoting Debt-free College at All Public Universities
For America to be at the forefront of the global workforce economy, we need to have educated, highly skilled workers. Our nation needs to ensure that everyone who is willing to work for a college education can pay back their debts. We need to provide federal financial assistance to states to make public colleges and universities more affordable so that all students have access to debt-free college education in America.
Promoting Climate-Solutions – Creating Millions of Clean Energy Jobs
We must break fossil fuel’s stranglehold on government and end Big Oil’s excessive influence in Washington. The air pollution from using fossil fuels to produce energy costs us billions of dollars in damages every year - $131 billion in 2011 alone. Thanks to the efforts of the EPA, this is a decrease from the 2002 cost of $175 billion in damages, but imagine how much more we could with the concerted efforts of Congress. Ignoring this problem will not solve it. Today, we have the innovation and technology to change course and save our children’s future. We must enact a Green New Deal to create millions of clean-energy jobs in areas like wind and solar energy and retrain coal miners and oil workers for good-paying clean energy jobs, such as building a wind or solar energy grid. This is the right thing to do for our planet, our nation, our economy, and our future.
Supporting Unions and Worker’s Rights
Corporations have a right to make profits, but they should not have a right to deny the workers who make the products their fair share. Hard work, ingenuity, and perseverance are not rewarded like they used to be. Wages no longer reflect a fair return for workers. We must support worker’s rights to have a voice in the workplace. Wages must not only compensate work but be sufficient to provide a decent living so that workers can provide for their families. Most of the people that rely on social programs work full-time. American workers deserve better than that. We must raise the minimum wage to reflect the cost of living and allow workers to get ahead. Higher wages boost our economy, add to the bottom line of local businesses and ease the burden on tax-funded services. It is time to restore the American worker and get our economy back on track.
Allow Government to Negotiate Drug Prices
Congress must pass the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act, introduced in the U.S. Congress in July 2015. If the legislation is passed, the act will give Medicare the authority to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to stop price gouging on drugs for seniors and other patients suffering life threatening illnesses. This could save $230 billion dollars per year for taxpayers. In many cases drug companies have increased the price for critical drug treatment; 800, 1,000 and in some cases 5,000 percent. Currently, the legislation has no Republican support.
Promoting Universal Pre-Kindergarten and Early Childhood Education
Congress must engage in ensuring our children are able to compete in a global economy. Our government has an obligation to ensure that high-quality pre-Kindergarten programs are available to every child in America, especially children from at-risk communities. Research has shown that large-scale, high-quality early childhood public education programs have a significant long-term impact on children and yield high returns to public investment.
Janet has spent 35 years as a professional teacher and has fought to protect every child’s opportunity to learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in life. Every child is unique. She opposes the overemphasis on testing and believes that professional teachers must have more time to teach and interact with each student.
Giving Students the Same Low-Interest Rates as Big Banks
We must make college affordable for all students who aspire to get ahead and earn a degree. Our economy benefits from a workforce of college educated and high-skilled workers. We should extend the same low-interest rates that the federal government gives big Wall Street banks to college students who receive government loans for their education.
Protecting Voting Rights
Big moneyed interests have a headlock on our democracy. Every American citizen who is eligible to vote should not only have the right to do so, but our government should make voting easy and accessible. Congress must pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act and ensure the fair and just protection of minorities and senior voters that Republicans work so hard to exclude. We should support measures that seek to register voters automatically when they turn 18. We have the technology to modernize registration and securely streamline the voting process. The future of our democracy depends on every American citizen’s right to vote, regardless of where they live or how much money they have.
2nd Bill of Rights
- The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation
- The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation
- The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living
- 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
- The right of every family to a decent home
- The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health
- The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment
- The right to a good education
You will note that all of these proposed rights deal with quality of life. I would keep all of them and add a few of my own:
- All women shall enjoy equal privileges with men in all aspects of life and employment
- Eminent Domain shall be the privilege of government only and may not be evoked for the purposes of commerce
- The long term effects of human activity on the environment must be a consideration in all laws and regulations
- Veterans shall be provided for upon their termination of duty, whether it be medical, mental health services or job training so that they may be successfully reintegrated into society and live full lives