Important Issues

 

Forward

Many of us have not recovered from the Great Recession (2007-2012). Our local news sources happily report that the Stock Market is soaring; corporate profits are at an all-time high; banks have gotten their bail-out and everything is wonderful. Its back to business as usual. Unfortunately, many of us in the 42nd district have not fully recovered. Many of us lost homes in the crash, and with it our retirement. The recession wiped out high and middle wage jobs. Job recovery came in the form of low-wage work in places like strip-malls and fast-food work. There is a very little chance of obtaining American dream goals like, home ownership, higher education, and retirement with dignity for low wage workers.

 I want a chance to help rebuild the economic health of all in our community. We need to replace the financial safety net for the working-class.  I look forward to the challenge. Let’s go back to the common-sense solutions that worked in the past. The implementation of the policies of FDR’s New Deal with emphasis on environmentally responsible choices is the best option. I look forward to standing with other Progressive warriors to take back our country and create a fair society with a chance for everyone to succeed. A vote for Terry Hill is a vote for economic justice

 

Healthcare

As your candidate, I will fight to support a single-payer healthcare system in California. Healthcare for all Americans should be a right, not a privilege for those who can afford it. California residents need either nationalized Medicare for all, or SB 562 California single-payer Healthcare. For-profit healthcare allows for skyrocketing drug and procedure prices at the whim of providers. Pharmaceutical industry, large insurance companies and greedy corporate providers care only about profit. Lifesaving drugs and procedures are financially out-of-reach for many Americans. Frequently, we pay two or three times what other countries pay. Americans are dying because of out-of-control healthcare costs. No citizen should be excluded because of a pre-existing condition. It's time to do the right thing and put patients before profit.

Rebuild America’s Infrastructure… and create jobs

Increasing our investments in infrastructure is critical for the short-term and long-term health of our economy and our middle-class. Boosting investments in infrastructure and facilitating the growth of clean-energy and energy-efficient are very effective ways of boosting economic growth and increasing job growth. According to the Congressional Budget Office, spending on infrastructure created the second-most economic activity for each dollar spent. The power comes from the fact that economic activity is created by the direct hiring of workers to build the infrastructure as well as the boost from the spending of those newly hired workers. The long-term health of the economy is helped by strong public infrastructure. Public infrastructure helps boost the productivity of workers and businesses in the private sector. Well-maintained roads, for example, allow goods and people to move quickly between locations increasing productivity and reducing costs. The increased productivity results in stronger economic growth and rising wages for workers. Over the longer term, the entire economy would be wealthier and the middle-class stronger.   

 

Overturn Citizens United   
We the People, Not we the Corporations.

We must stop the undemocratic influence of corporations in our government and big money in our elections.  I hope the good citizens of District 42 will join me in the fight to overturn the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election commission.

We move to amend.

“… corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to be sure, and their “personhood” often serves as useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of “we the people” by whom and for whom our constitution was established.”

 

 We must Restore and expand Social Security and Medicare.

 The recent tax plan is the biggest wealth grab in modern history. The nation’s richest 1%, those who already own 40% of the country’s wealth, will soon become even more rich.  After the passage of the tax plan, with whiplash speed, our elected officials moved on to the next issue of “reshaping” Social Security and Medicare for future retirees. Apparently “reshaping” means cutting. A recently introduced budget proposal included nearly 6 Trillion dollars in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, education, and other public services. An embarrassing amount of money in tax cuts was given to lawmakers and the nation’s wealthiest, resulting in driving up the deficit by $1 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. The working class will now be expected to endure weeks of rhetoric about “hard decisions”, “responsibility” and the” tough choice” of cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to control the deficit. Many of our elected officials will claim that they are forced to make these cuts. They will avoid the personal responsibility of helping push through the greed-driven tax bill. Shame on lawmakers like Ken Calvert that selfishly help themselves to Americans hard-earned dollars, as they proclaim themselves victims of circumstance. Those that voted for horrific money distribution are likely the same that will vote to cut Social Security and needed services for the elderly and working poor. Understandably, many Americans near or at the age of retirement are angry and fearful of a what will become of Social Security and Medicare. Many politicians don’t care that we Americans pay a substantial amount of our paychecks into Social Security. We cannot tell our Senior Citizens after decades of payments that we are changing the rules. We should be able to count on Social Security’s promise of providing for us when we can no longer work. The biggest problem may be greed.  Wall Street’s ‘solution’ to every problem is a cut to Social Security. The wealthiest among us need to pay their fair share. If corporate profits are at an all-time-high, why are corporate taxes at a 60 year low?

 

 Debt-free college

In a highly competitive global economy, we need the best-educated workforce in the world. It is insane and counter-productive to the best interests of our country and our future, that hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college.  This shortsighted path to the future must end. Tuition should be free at public colleges and universities. We must reinstate the Public Service Forgiveness Program. Low-income students should have the ability to use federal, state and college aid to cover room and board, books and living expenses. In addition, we must help those with existing loans. A closer look reveals that corruption has been allowed to flourish within the industry. Unethical predatory loan practices have occurred by lenders, schools and individuals that wish to exploit the system. Little has been done to protect students and families. Existing student loans should be refinanced with a lower interest rate that resulted in a 0% profit by our government.  As the G.I. Bill of 1944 had a positive 7-1 return on investment for Americas economy; debt free-college will be a similar investment in our economic future. Young students deserve the same opportunity as former generations to get an education without owing a mountain of debt that burdens them for decades.

 

 Demand Municipal Broadband

On December 14th, 2017, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the principal that internet service providers must treat all data on the internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication. For instance, under these principals, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down, or charge money for specific websites and online content.

Broadband internet is the equivalent of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, that brought electricity to isolated parts of the country and changed Americans lives for the better.

Many cities recognize net neutral municipal broadband access as essential infrastructure and a necessary resource to stay economically viable in the 21st century. Chattanooga, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia are among many innovative cities that have implemented municipal broadband  as a public utility with great success. Small business’ may compete equally without deep-pocketed big business having an online advantage. In addition, fast internet can mean the survival of most business’ that require a strong online presence to succeed. Town, cities and rural areas that have added municipal broadband have seen a rise in property values; residents are less likely to move away; there has been an increase in jobs; and an increase in new businesses. In most cases, municipal broadband is substantially less expensive than its telecom predecessor.

 For more than a decade AT&T, Comcast, Time-Warner and other telecommunication giants have spent millions of dollars to lobby state legislatures, influence state elections and buy research to try to stop the spread of municipal broadband internet that can offer faster speeds at cheaper rates. Internet service providers assume it is their right to profit from an internet that was created with our tax dollars. Unethical lawmakers working with large internet service providers have succeeded in getting laws passed in 20 states that ban or restrict municipalities from offering internet to residents. In 2017, members of congress took $101 million in donations from the Telecom industry. District 42’s Ken Calvert accepted $219.212. Calvert again engages in crony capitalism by helping enrich his campaign donors and himself at the expense of the residents of District 42.

2nd Amendment

I believe in the 2nd  Amendment. I am a gun owner. Taking away guns from responsible Americans is not necessary or American. US  citizens can honor our second amendment rights… and also allow for reasonable gun legislation to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, people on a no-fly list or people not mentally stable. Yes, we do need reasonable gun legislation. And… Please!!! Keep guns out of reach of very young children and when they are old enough teach them about gun safety.

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