Americans have become far too divided against each other. We need strong, caring, and open-minded leaders who aren’t afraid to listen and talk to Americans of all cultures, incomes, and beliefs. If we are going to save our country, we need to unify around the Constitutional principles and common beliefs that we all share as Americans.
The economic trends of the last 30 years have placed an awful weight on most Americans. Dwindling take-home pay, disappearing manufacturing jobs, rising personal debt, and a rapidly changing job market have mutilated the once great American middle class.
The economy is rigged against American workers and consumers, and too many people in political establishment don’t know or care about the daily struggles of millions of Americans just trying to get by.
More and more of our time and money is spent on utility bills, mortgage and rent payments, expensive health care, taxes, student loans, credit card payments, groceries, car repairs, childcare, and the list goes on and on.
These challenges form a grinding and complicated existence for so many American families. That’s why much of my platform is focused on simplifying and removing many of these agitating burdens that make daily life more difficult than it should be. The US can, and must be, better than this.
US citizens across the political spectrum now agree that the country is heading in the wrong direction. But few if any of our current leaders have any new ideas of what to do about it.
I’m running for Congress because unlike our current leaders, I do have some new ideas- articulate and detailed ones at that. In the above menu, you will find my detailed policy platform to rebuild the middle class and renew our American promise. My proposals are based on my years of experience studying, working, and living in Southwest Virginia and the nation’s capital.
These ideas are technologically feasible, economically sound, and most importantly, politically achievable. I am neither a tired cynic nor an air-headed optimist. But I do know that with the right tactics and effort, there many important changes on which Americans of all ages, incomes, and creeds can come to agree. Here’s just a sample.
There is widespread agreement that our healthcare system is a complicated and expensive mess. The easiest and simplest way to start fixing our healthcare system is to allow more people to access Medicare, the most popular and efficient federal program ever created. My healthcare plan gives our veterans the option join Medicare for free, moves all Medicaid eligible citizens into Medicare, and gives everyone else the option buy into it, if they choose. The key word here is choice– no one will be forced to purchase anything they don’t want.
Get Tough On The Big Banks
As a financial expert, I know that the banking system is too big, too concentrated, and pulls way too much money away from small businesses and workers. We need to downsize the megabanks, and let our community banks and credit unions take the lead in meeting the financial needs of American families and businesses.
Our tax code is extremely complicated and outdated. Working people are paying too much in taxes, while the rich continue to get richer. My modern and smart tax plan delivers tax relief to all small businesses, workers, and families, by shifting the tax structure away from work and towards concentrated wealth.
Rebuilding and Investing in America
My expertise in public finance means I can say with total confidence that the US can immediately afford to take on multitude of bold new national projects. The US government can, and must finance:
- A new nationwide network of freight and high-speed passenger rail;
- An expansion of ultrahigh speed internet and WiFi;
- Universal pre-K through college education;
- A massive increase in commercial and residential energy efficiency;
- Innovations in energy production;
- Mass modernization of our waste and drinking water systems, and many other goals
We can create thousand of stable, well paying jobs in Southwest Virginia and protect the environment for future generations. Despite what politicians may say, this really isn’t rocket science. With the right tax and spending policies, we can create great jobs for people right in the communities where they already live. In the richest country on earth, people shouldn’t be forced to leave their families, friends, churches, and communities just to find stable work.