More Specific Opinions
Initiate implementation of the Green New Deal immediately.
Implement immediately Medicare For All.
Get Big Money out of our Elections via 100% Public financing.
Circumvent Citizen United ruling by funding candidates and issues publicly to effectively neutralize big money expenditures. Obtain Funds by special tax on multi-national corporations.
Will use my Congressional bullhorn to attack any policies, tax schemes that don't help address these issues above.
We have 10 years to save, not just America, but the world from runaway climate catastrophe.
I support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
The Citizen's United decision by the Supreme Court demands certain Justice's Impeachment. It is insane to think that our Republic will long survive where big money has free reign over our election system.
It is outrageous that a corporation as a legal entity that is separate and distinct from its owners should have the same, but more rights of people in our election system. To refer a corporation as a "legal person" is insanity!
I support 100% public financing of all government elections. Until Citizen's United is overturned, we can counter it by providing amble public financing to counter it's effects on candidates and issue ballots.
Public costs can be reduced by requiring media companies to provide free air time to political campaigns because airwaves are public resources. Also corporations that advertise on radio, satalite, tv and online could be taxed to cover public costs.
I would slash military spending drastically. We don't need 800 bases across the globe in over 100 countries. The Military-Industrial-Prison (MIP) complex steals our limited taxes to create more and more weapons. They lobby our Congress on unsubstantiated fears for more wars, continued wars and military sales to other countries.
Our foreign Policy is based on providing our tax money to foreign leaders on the condition they buy more U.S. Corporate weapons to threaten neighbors and oppress their people. The MIP fears a Peaceful oriented Foreign Policy that would help the people of other nations.
The United States shouldn't use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)
I support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts.
I would slash military spending drastically. We don't need 800 bases across the globe in over 100 countries.
The Military-Industrial-Prison (MIP) complex steals our limited taxes to create more and more weapons. They lobby our Congress on unsubstantiated fears for more wars, continued wars and military sales to other countries.
The destabilization of greater Middle East is the sole result of U.S. Military and Foreign Policy.
With proper monitoring, the U.S. must help people of the Middle East rebuild their own nation. Diplomacy and positive economic aid create positive Peaceful Democratic government. Sanctions and military force create hatred & violence.
I am strong supporter of a women's right to choose based on Roe vs. Wade guidelines. While I understand that individuals may have honest religious beliefs against abortion. Pro-Choice does not interfere with that right. It is an individual choice. I do not support harassment of women in making that choice.
The issue of abortion has been used by both the Democratic and Republican Parties to divide Americans, so people ignore other important issues. The real moto of most politicians and organizations should be "Sanctity of Life Ends at Birth". Wars and Corporate Profits take precedence over needs of People.
Both groups actually want to limit abortions, but that decision must not be made by government coertion against the will of a women. Access to affordable healthcare, family planning, birth control, sex education and good living conditions can go along way toward preventing unwanted pregnacies
I generally support gun-control legislation.
Gun safety issues have always been used as wedge issue between Republicans and Democrats.
Mental health screenings and treatment, universal background checks, red flag laws and requiring gun licenses all get broad bipartisan support, according to polls, even among a majority of gun owners.
Mass killings, especially at schools, seldom respect politics, religion or social standing.
We need sensible gun safety regulations. The Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have a right to keep handguns at home. In a National Poll, 73%, believed the Second Amendment guarantees the rights of Americans to own guns. Confiscation of guns is scare tactic.
This is my response to DA Diana Becton's Opinion Piece concerning the killing of Terry Amons and others by police officers!
Perhaps, I understand why Diane Becton (or any DA) might dread those times when confronted with prosecuting a police officer involved in unnecessary brutality or killing. DAs often need police cooperation in obtaining convictions in other criminal cases. Also, the general (mostly white) public often seems unable to separate wrongful individual police actions from the good they perceive in having the protections of a police force! This blind public attitude then gives police extra ordinary influence in elections of the DA and other judicial officers!
If any average person had admittedly shot and killed someone, there would be an uproar by the public and media, if the "killer" was not prosecuted in court for at least the minimum of involuntary manslaughter if not more depending on the circumstances. And suspects would be behind bars with a significantly large bail (out of reach of most people) until trial.
The police, however, can willfully kill people; never spend a moment in jail; never be interrogated by independent investigators at the time of the crime; be fully supported by the "Mafia like" code of silence of the police union and fellow officers, and then fully expect the DA to accept the conclusions of the police in house investigation "cover-up". Usually, some public embarrassment and a paid leave of absence (vacation) will be the officer's only punishment.
After often years of civil court struggles and cries for justice by the family, the government, insurance company and taxpayers pay the settlement (hush) money to make things all okay! But money is never enough to erase the pain of losing a family member.
It is rare for a police officer to be fired! Even rarer for any level of prosecution in a trial let alone any conviction. With the rare punishment of police officers, there is also little public exposure of this Mafia-like police system that we all live under! Thus, there is little political will to address this sickness in our society. In return again, no will for the corporate media to expose corruption in our police departments, unions and our judicial system.
It is not the prosecutorial standard "proof beyond a reasonable doubt", but the public's blind sacred faith and hero worship of the police that keeps police from really being prosecuted! No jury will convict no matter what the evidence is! President Trump said he could kill someone in broad daylight and his supporters would still support him. It is like that every day for the police!
Woe is the DA who would actually charge a police officer and take him to court. The Police "Mafia" will certainly publicly attack with vengeance the DA at the next election if not sooner. Now, that is how our criminal justice system actually works! It is a system the public needs to understand and reject. The sooner the better!
I support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare? The minimum SS or SSI should be a state's minimum wage. Seniors and disabled are being driven back into poverty by much needed minimum wage increases that ignore them.
Wealth Inequity in America and the World is totally unacceptable. We need to tax billionaires out of existence. We need a guaranteed livable income for all American citizens and a partial one for Green card holders.
We need the tax rates of the President Dwight " Ike " Eisenhower administration but without all the loopholes. I don't know what maximum income should be, but $3 million (Minimum top 0.1% 2018) seems a more than adequate reward.
Corporations need to pay taxes for the society, workers, consumers and environment they profit from. Remaining profits should be split between workers, investors.
I support federal spending to promote economic growth.
I don't support lowering corporate taxes to promote economic growth.
The Government should take an active role in providing decent paid jobs toward maintaining and rebuilding our nation's infrastructure and affordable housing. For Profit corporations only care about their bottom line and not the betterment of society and people’s living standards.
Our Government needs to spend and loan money to promote a Green New Deal. This needs the attention (and more) given to the Race to Moon in the 60's.
The taxes on corporate Income and Income on the top 0.1% need to be drastically increased. No more stock buy backs to inflate stock market at expense of the economy for the bottom 99%.
I support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal).
I support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.
Scientists now say we have 10 years, maybe less with Trump, to prevent a runaway climate catastrophe. The government needs to treat Climate Change like it did the Race to the Moon.
We need more International cooperation with Russia and China. We need to end this crazy anti-Russia narrative and promotion of a new "Cold War". We either all unite during next 10 years or we all will suffer the dire consequences.
The Green New Deal should not become just an empty slogan! Fossil fuels has always been a known limited resource. Now it's an emergency to end its use!
I support requiring states to adopt some level of federal education standards. We do need protected minimum standards on the Federal Level.
I never have supported "No Child Left Behind" or most of the Obama's corrections under "Common Core". Education should be more locally controlled.
Education funding should not be based on property taxes pitting seniors against children. Federal and State tax money should support education.
I support a pass/fail system rather than grades. My experience in High School and College, is that the grading system was used mainly to reward a few elites and punish and discourage the rest.
Beyond Reading and Math, Critical Thinking should be most important learning skill.
I don't support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border.
End our cruel illegal foreign policy of wars, coups, sanctions and destabilization of other nations that is the number one reason for mass immigration.
Grant Dreamers prompt opportunity for citizenship. Grant everyone now in U.S. a permanent Green card and a reasonable path to citizenship.
Issue 10-month work visas not tied to a specific job or corporation with minimum 2 months outside of country allowing indefinite work visa renewals. Encourages needed low skilled workers but discourages family entry.
Right now, the strict border control encourages family migration because too risky and expensive to come and go to the U.S.
I believe that all international trade deals should be done if it benefits workers, consumers, the environment of the participating nations.
International trade deals should not be done just for the benefit of Multi-National Corporations to make more profit.
Trade deals must address worker's fair living wages, working conditions, health and safety in each nation.
Trade deals must deal with worker/consumer product safety. Trade deals must be justified in consideration of Green New Deal.
No trade deal should in any way supersede the Constitutional Authority of each and all nations.
Current trade deals must be scrapped if violating the above.