Congress needs More Boots, Less Suits.

 

Campaign Issues

Campaign Finance

Corporate and special interest money is controlling our politicians. It’s time for meaningful campaign finance reform.   I support term limits for Congress, not just the President, and efforts to level the playing field such as public financing of elections with spending caps and equal funding.  I also believe there needs to be a wait period of several years after serving in office before our representatives can go to work for special interests and or lobby.

 

 

Jobs

We must protect American workers, wages, and jobs.  Wisconsin and the nation have suffered under bad trade deals that harm American workers.  We also need to eliminate corporate welfare, tax shelters, and loopholes, and force companies to pay their fair share of taxes.  As a longtime union member, I believe that we need to reform and revitalize our unions and preserve or return collective bargaining rights. There must be strong penalties for companies choosing to leave this country searching for cheap labor in a race to the bottom.  We can, and must, do better.

Education

Our education system is broken, and Common Core is a mess.  We need to fix our education system and make it affordable to all.  Early childhood education must be a priority, and we need to return control of K-12 to local communities who can best determine the needs of their students.  We need less focus on testing and more focus on back to basics, STEM, and critical thinking skills.  Access to trade and vocational schools should be offered as paths to success for those not attending college.  Apprenticeships and work co-ops can also provide increased opportunities for jobseekers.

 

 

Social Security

Social Security is not an “entitlement program.”  You paid for it, and it is yours.  The government should not be using Social Security as its personal piggy bank.  The money that was taken from the fund must be paid back.  Also, we need to look at removing the income cap, and consider investment income as employment income when it comes to Social Security.  If you are living off of investment income as your job, then you should pay into Social Security on that income, plain and simple.

Military and Veterans

Members of the military and veterans sacrifice a lot to protect our country, and we need to do a better job of caring for them both while they are serving and when they are discharged.  I believe that no one in the military should earn less than the median household income.  The men and women who serve should not need to rely on food stamps to feed their families.  Veterans deserve choice in healthcare, and if the VA can’t treat them in 24 hours, they should be allowed the same healthcare choices as other Americans.  Many men and women return from deployment with mental health challenges and PTSD, and we need to be more proactive in ensuring that they get the help they need, when they need it.  Helping homeless veterans needs to be a top priority, and this goes hand in hand with helping our military transition back to civilian life.

 

 

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