Domestic Policy

HEALTH CARE

Health care is one of the most important issues facing Americans today and it should be a basic human right for everyone in the United States.  But sadly, it is not.  Unfortunately, Barack Obama allowed multinational insurance corporations to write the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, in order to increase the corporate profits of the multinational heath insurance corporations that made significant financial contributions to Barack Obama’s political campaigns. 

Fortunately for the American people, a lot of work has already been accomplished in the United States House of Representatives to make a single-payer health care system, or what is known as Medicare for all, a reality for all Americans.    The United States House of Representatives began working on House Resolution 676 (H.R. 676) immediately after Barack Obama signed Obamacare into law in 2010, and when I am elected, I plan on sponsoring and pushing for passage of H.R. 676 in the U.S. House and also simultaneously with my colleagues in the U.S. Senate.    

You can read and/or download all thirty pages of H.R. 676 by clicking on this link:

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr676/BILLS-114hr676ih.pdf

The following four minute video will give you a brief description of what a single-payer health care system is really all about.

 

 

The following video documentary, ‘FIX IT – HEALTHCARE AT THE TIPPING POINT’, will provide you with a detailed explanation of the many benefits and advantages that a single-payer health care system will provide for the American people over Obamacare.

 

 

 

 

ELIMINATING BRIBERY FROM OUR OUT OF CONTROL AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Sadly, most of the domestic policy of the United States today has been created and written by several multinational corporations.  The wealthy and elite 1% running these multinational corporations craft and write much of America’s legislation that regulates most of of America’s domestic policies, and this is done at the offices of an American terrorist organization known as the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, as it is better known, in order to increase the corporate profits of their multinational corporate sponsors.   ALEC is funded by multinational corporations for the benefit of the multinational corporations that fund it, NOT the American people, and their so-called “model legislation” is then shamelessly provided for our state and federal legislators to enact into law throughout our country for the benefit of these multinational corporations only. 

The passage of most ALEC’s  model legislation has resulted in extreme wealth inequality between the wealthy 1% running these corporations and the 99% of American people all across America today.  Please watch this video documentary for a complete description of the ugly mess that ALEC has created in America today:

 

Unfortunately, most of our members of Congress, as well as many governors and state legislators,  are members of this American terrorist organization known as ALEC.  Please watch the following video documentary from PBS and Bill Moyers which will completely explain how this private American terrorist organization ALEC is running our country, eviscerating our many environmental protections and dictating to us what we can and can not do.

 

Multinational corporations also buy many high-powered government positions and appointments through campaign contributions.  The following ten minute video will explain some of what these multinational corporations receive in return for the purchase of these positions and appointments through campaign contributions.

 

The following are just of few of the many positions held by employees of  multinational corporations that own and are running our out of control American government in Washington today.  This is comparable to the fox guarding the hen house, only this is the multinational corporations running our government and using our tax dollars for whatever purposes they feel like using them for, including starting ugly wars for oil, in order to increase the corporate profits of the multinational corporations that finance and manufacture the weapons of war and the multinational oil corporations that get billions of petrodollars by stealing the oil and the gas from the innocent victims of the sovereign nations that the United States occupies.

 

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Sadly, our American government has been completely corrupted with corporate cash and it is rotten to its very core today.

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This corruption extends all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

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The following is a list of seventy one members of the U.S. Senate who have absolutely failed to represent their constituents and have instead chosen to represent the corporate interests and the corporate profits of Monsanto.

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S O L U T I O N S

So, how do we fix this ugly mess?  One of the very first items that I will address and work on with my colleagues in Congress will be to sponsor emergency legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and simultaneously with my colleagues in the US. Senate, which will lead to an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States that will result in the reversal of the disastrous 2010 Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. FEC.  Our founding fathers never envisioned the possibility or even the concept of corporate personhood that Citizens United created in the United States.  Corporations are NOT people, and as such, they should not be entitled to the same rights and privileges as the flesh, blood and bone individual citizens of this nation and they should not be allowed to own our legislators and our government by buying them with their billions of dollars in corporate cash. That is just wrong and we need to stop it now before these multinational corporations drive our country completely off the road and deep into the ditch of fascism, oligarchy and plutocracy and onto the path to World War III.  Reversing Citizens United will get the corporate cash out of politics in America and return the control over our government to the American people, where the control clearly needs to be placed.

 

T R A N S P O R T A T I O N

 

What we need in America today is a nationwide, high speed passenger rail system of transportation, whereby we can take our cars and light trucks with us as we travel across North America, very much similar to the Channel Tunnel between England and France.  No longer will we have to spend many endless hours stuck in traffic trying to drive across our great land.  We can simply drive our cars onto the train and then relax in the comfort of the dining car or go read a book or surf the web in a comfortable seat, or maybe just take a nap.  This will cause a dramatic drop in America’s consumption of oil and also a proportional drop in greenhouse gasses, like sulfur dioxide and many other toxic substances being emitted into our environment each and every day from cars and light trucks.

Once we begin enjoying all of the advantages that a modern, nationwide, high speed passenger rail transportation system will provide for the American people, we can also expect to see a dramatic decrease in the expenditures required to maintain our Interstate Highway System, due to a decrease in the traffic on our highways.  Many highways will not need to be expanded or upgraded, and many new highways will not need to be built due to a reduction in traffic. Reduced usage of our automobiles will mean that they will last longer and will not need to be replaced as often.  And if we can take our cars with us, as travelers between England and France do today, it means that we will not have to seek out public transportation once we reach our destination, whether it is across the state or across the country.  We simply return to our cars on the train and drive away to our final destination.  I believe that the cost to take our cars and light trucks with us as we travel long distances across North America will likely cost less than the cost for the gasoline and the costs for the wear and tear and maintenance required on these vehicles, also.

Mile for mile, airplanes are the most costly means of transportation per person, with respect to fuel consumption and in terms of the damage that they cause to our environment by burning the fossil fuels required to keep the air traffic in the air.  With the availability of a nationwide, high speed passenger rail transportation network in place all across North America, we should expect to see a dramatic decrease in in the amount of air traffic, which will certainly help clear the air that we breathe.

Many people do not realize this, but almost all modern locomotives operate on electricity today.  This is quite obvious with some commuter trains today that are pulled by locomotives connected to an overhead power line or a third rail power system.  But most locomotives today use similar electric motors to drive the wheels of the locomotives that pull the trains along down the tracks, the only difference being that they are not connected to an overhead electrical power grid or a third electrified rail, but instead use an on-board diesel engine that is tied to an electrical generator that powers the motors that drive the wheels on the locomotive.  Now imagine, if you will, just how great the reduction in hydrocarbon emissions will be if the electricity that powers our new high speed passenger rail system comes directly from the Sun.

Once built, I believe that this nationwide, high speed passenger rail transportation system should be able to operate efficiently and also generate a modest profit.  I also have reason to believe that the infrastructure for this system of transportation should be able to be built at a modest cost by simply upgrading and expanding upon the existing rail infrastructure that is already in place all across North America today.  Once this is completed, we should also be able to easily integrate America’s freight traffic with this system by prioritizing the passenger traffic across the network in a fashion similar to the way that voice traffic is prioritized over data traffic as it passes across the Internet today.  This new system of transportation will also provide many millions of good paying jobs for the Americans who will be working to construct and support our new means of high speed rail transportation all across America.

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F I N A N C E

We also need new Green legislation that will restore ALL of the provisions that were previously provided by the Glass-Steagall Act, so that the American people do not  have to once again fund more bank bailouts and millions of dollars in bonuses for the crooks running the banks that are too big to fail.

We need to nationalize the Federal Reserve and return control of it over to The People.  This should have been done many years ago, but Congress has simply not had the courage to act.  This can be accomplished by enforcing the anti-trust laws that are already on the books today, but Congress has failed to act.   We need to take back control of the FED now.

 

 

GUN CONTROL

Unfortunately, the reality of the situation in the United States today is that our out of control American government in Washington is also run by the National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbying organization that represents the multinational corporations that manufacture weapons of war.  The NRA lobbying organization does this through the ownership of the corrupt Democratic-Republican Duopoly Party cabal of evil and greed and wars for oil that has made the sale of weapons of war available to any American consumer, including criminals, by allowing the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to expire on September 13, 2004.  Please watch this brief video to view the dangerous result of this:

In my view, it is truly shameful that Congress has allowed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to expire.  This greatly increased the number of weapons of war that are populating the streets of America today, and this is one of the very first things that I want to fix when I am elected to Congress.  What I need to do is to sponsor emergency legislation in the U.S. House and simultaneously with my colleagues in the U.S. Senate that will completely restore ALL of the provisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.  Weapons of war have no place on the streets of America, and we need to completely eliminate the availability of them now.

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ENDING AMERICA’S UGLY WAR ON DRUGS

In addition to all of this, we now have a serious problem in America with what is known as the prison industrial complex, or prisons for profit.  This extremely profitable industry was created by Ronald and Nancy Regan with their “Just Say No” campaign.  Too many people are locked up today for non-violent drug offenses that were cooked-up to increase the occupancy rates for the private prison for profit industry.  When these productive individuals are locked up in a cage, they  are forced to work as slaves, in order to pay for their offenses, by producing useful products that are sold and bring in many millions of dollars in corporate profits for each private prison in America.

In my view, allowing this to continue is immoral and completely unethical and we need to end it now.  In order to accomplish this, I plan sponsoring emergency legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and simultaneously with my colleagues in the U.S. Senate to completely legalize marijuana and hemp because of what it really is, and that is a vegetable that contains THC, which has never been proven to be physically addictive or physically dangerous.  In fact, the only thing that is dangerous about marijuana is that it is illegal.  Therefore, all individuals locked up for anything associated with non-violent drug offenses need to be released immediately and allowed to go free with their criminal records expunged.

 

 

DR. JILL STEIN’S POWER TO THE PEOPLE PLAN

Much of what I have already covered here is also covered in Dr. Jill Stein’s ‘Power to the People Plan’, which I fully support.  One of my jobs in Congress will be to sponsor the legislation required to get this plan for a Green New Deal for the American people passed through both houses of Congress and then signed into law by our president.  Accomplishing this task will not be easy and it will require a coalition of Independents, Greens, Democrats and Republicans in Congress to make it happen.  But if we have the support of the American people behind us, there is nothing we can not accomplish.  This is also one more reason why it is more important than ever for the American people to elect Dr. Jill Stein as our next President of the United States,  because any Democrat or Republican in The White House will likely veto it.  But this will not stop me from trying, should Dr. Stein not win the election for president.

Key points of Dr. Jill Stein’s Power to the People Plan:

A Green New Deal:

Create millions of jobs by transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.

Jobs as a Right:

Create living-wage jobs for every American who needs work, replacing unemployment offices with employment offices. Advance workers rights to form unions, achieve workplace democracy, and keep a fair share of the wealth they create.

End Poverty:

Guarantee economic human rights, including access to food, water, housing, and utilities, with effective anti-poverty programs to ensure every American a life of dignity.

Health Care as a Right:

Establish an improved “Medicare For All” single-payer public health insurance program to provide everyone with quality health care, at huge savings.

Education as a Right:

Abolish student debt to free a generation of Americans from debt servitude. Guarantee tuition-free, world-class public education from pre-school through university. End high stakes testing and public school privatization.

A Just Economy:

Set a $15/hour federal minimum wage. Break up “too-big-to-fail” banks and democratize the Federal Reserve. Reject gentrification as a model of economic development. Support development of worker and community cooperatives and small businesses. Make Wall Street, big corporations, and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. Create democratically run public banks and utilities. Replace corporate trade agreements with fair trade agreements.

Protect Mother Earth:

Lead on a global treaty to halt climate change. End destructive energy extraction: fracking, tar sands, offshore drilling, oil trains, mountaintop removal, and uranium mines. Protect our public lands, water supplies, biological diversity, parks, and pollinators. Label GMOs, and put a moratorium on GMOs and pesticides until they are proven safe. Protect the rights of future generations.

Racial Justice Now:

End police brutality and mass incarceration. Create a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to understand and eliminate the legacy of slavery that lives on as pervasive racism in the economy, education, housing and health. Ensure that communities control their police rather than police controlling our communities, by establishing police review boards and full time investigators to look in to all cases of death in police custody. Demilitarize the police.

Freedom and Equality:

Expand women’s rights, protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination, defend indigenous rights and lands, and create a welcoming path to citizenship for immigrants. Protect the free Internet, legalize marijuana/hemp, and treat substance abuse as a public health problem, not a criminal problem.

Justice for All:

Restore our Constitutional rights, terminate unconstitutional surveillance and unwarranted spying, end persecution of government and media whistleblowers, close Guantanamo, abolish secret kill lists, and repeal indefinite detention without charge or trial.

Peace and Human Rights:

Establish a foreign policy based on diplomacy, international law, and human rights. End the wars and drone attacks, cut military spending by at least 50% and close the 700+ foreign military bases that are turning our republic into a bankrupt empire. Stop U.S. support and arms sales to human rights abusers, and lead on global nuclear disarmament.

Empower the People:

Abolish corporate personhood. Protect voters’ rights by establishing a constitutional right to vote.  Enact electoral reforms that break the big money stranglehold and create truly representative democracy: public campaign financing, ranked-choice voting, proportional representation, and open debates.

We can build a better future together.