Issues

Here is my to-do list if hired for the job:


• Abortion Rights

One of the most fascinating ironies of our current political scene is the sight of anti-vax protesters holding signs that read: “My Body, My Choice.” The slogan, which has been appropriated from the feminist movement and proponents of women’s reproductive rights, is meant to represent the idea of personal bodily autonomy free from government intrusion, or in its present iteration, without the external domination of “mandates.” These folks believe that no one can force them to give up their right to corporeal self-ownership, which, in this case, would require them getting injected with a vaccine that is meant to halt the spread of a pernicious virus. It’s their body, they maintain, ergo, their choice.
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• Campaign Finance

When I first ran for Congress 24 years ago, I said that the single most important issue facing our nation was campaign finance reform because it touched upon every other facet of our system of self-governance. At the time, I spoke out against the dependence of our elected representatives on the ever-increasing flow of special interest money financing their re-election bids. I pointed out that lawmakers were becoming less and less beholden to the voters and more and more in the pocket of the corporations and political action committees whose funds flowed, largely unimpeded, into their campaign accounts.
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• Climate Change

Climate change is real, and it is happening now. Heat waves, floods, droughts, fires, superstorms, rising sea levels, and devastating hurricanes and tornados are witnessed and experienced by millions of our fellow citizens in all parts of the country, and no amount of prevarication or denial can wish it, think it, or argue it away. Today, we are reaping the whirlwind of our 200-year-old love affair with the carbon-based forms of energy that have powered our modern world.
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• Gun Control

Decades before James Madison’s Bill of Rights was being debated in 1789, it had long been accepted wisdom that the 3.5 million people living in the original 13 colonies depended upon firearms to secure wild game for food, as well as for their defense against hostile forces during the French and Indian War.
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• Healthcare

I would work to achieve affordable, universal health care for all. The United States is the world’s only democratic, industrialized nation on the planet that doesn’t insure its citizens against the economic hardships brought about by disease and accident. Health care is a human right, and not a privilege of the wealthy. We must reclaim our national health from the insurance and pharmaceutical companies who profit from our misfortunes.
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• Social Security

As more and more Baby Boomers retire, the strain on the Social Security system will only increase year after year. We need to shore up the system for current and future retirees as quickly as possible. Now’s the time!
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• Student Debt

By cancelling student debt, we can reset our social, economic, and cultural relationships, thus ensuring the security, stability, and wellbeing of our communities. Now’s the time!
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• Taxes

After 100 years of tinkering, aggrandizing, reforming, and manipulating, the federal income tax has become an ungainly Frankenstein’s monster that is unwieldy, unfair, and only intermittently enforceable. In fact, each fiscal year, there is a “tax gap” of nearly 15 percent – the difference between what people and companies pay and what the IRS says it expects to receive.
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• Voting Rights

Democracy is teetering on the edge in America and Congress must assert its right to counter any and all state laws that restrict or limit the right to vote and any measure that jeopardizes the fair and non-partisan counting of ballots. We cannot afford to wait any longer. Democracies tend to die from the inside when its citizens don’t work to defend it. We need to protect the right to vote. Now’s the time!
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