One of this country’s principles is that everyone is entitled to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Healthcare is a right that everyone in this country should have access to. Universal healthcare is the only logical solution to our country’s healthcare needs.
The private healthcare insurance industry is broken. The for-profit healthcare model doesn’t work. People do not make healthcare decisions economically, nor should they. If you need emergency heart surgery you don’t shop around for the cheapest price, you get the help you need immediately.
The path to universal healthcare will be challenging, but it is the path our country must take, and we need to start it now.
Education is arguably the most important service our government provides us. We don’t just need to educate our citizens so that they can be productive members of society, it’s simply the right thing to do.
Our nation is facing an Educational crisis. States continue to cut funding for both k-12 schools as well as their public universities. The Trump administration is now waging an all out war on our schools, threatening them with policies that seek to undermine our entire public education system. We have to reverse this trend. Our public education system should be strengthened and protected.
Our economy is America’s backbone. When the economy is strong, America is strong. To keep the economy strong America must continually invest in its economic infrastructure. For too long we have been neglecting this infrastructure. From roads and bridges to the criminal justice system and our social safety nets, we have been failing each other.
Our economy is the strongest when we invest in new technologies and advances that allow us to grow jobs, wages, and businesses. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt brought us out of the Great Depression by doing exactly this.
America also needs to solve its structural deficit. Spending more than we are collecting in taxes is completely unsustainable. We have to stop cutting the taxes of the ultra-wealthy in this country. We also need to cut irresponsible spending while ensuring that we safeguard our safety net programs.
Climate Change is real. Period. We cannot continue to deny that man has had an impact on our climate, to do so is extremely dangerous to the well being of every single person on our planet. Addressing environmental issues is paramount to preventing future international crisis and securing the health and future success of humanity at large.
Instead of focusing on sustaining the current fossil fuel industry, we need to face the reality that renewable energy is the future. In fact, renewable energy is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and already employs almost 5 times as many Americans than the fossil fuel industry.
As the fossil fuel industry (or any major sector of our economy) fades, we must help those who face losing their jobs and livelihoods. As a country we have to take care of our citizens and leaving coal miners and pipeline welders out in the cold is simply not an option.
As a hunter and past gun owner, I respect that the Second Amendment guarantees the rights of law-abiding and responsible gun owners. In fact, I was previously a member of the NRA and earned a marksmanship award from the organization -- back when it was actually focused on training and gun safety.
Since that time, gun violence has become a massive epidemic in America. The American people overwhelmingly support common-sense gun safety reform, yet my opponent has earned an “A" Rating from the NRA by voting against multiple gun safety bills and putting the interests of gun manufacturers ahead of the safety of the American public.
The time is now to protect children in their schools, worshipers at church, moviegoers at the theater and every single American from preventable gun violence.