The issue of the Trump administration colluding with Russia has been at the forefront of most news, and rightly so, persistently. However, in order to focus on the issues that effect people I want to remind everyone of the issues that face the majority of people in our nation.
Obamacare (the affordable care act) is in trouble. Many counties across the nation face the very real possibility of having no carriers available to them in the next 2 years. However, Trumpcare threatens to strip healthcare from over 20 million Americans. People that have illnesses that are life threatening that could die by the thousands according to the CBO estimates and several studies. So we are left wondering the correct path forward. A single payer healthcare system is the answer. A large number of countries already use this system (see the map below) and it is not only working, but saving the people and the countries that use it, money. It not only makes moral sense to provide healthcare to every American citizen. It also makes fiscal sense to save the nation, and its people, money. But it further makes national sense, that we are not left behind on an issue that has been proven to work for decades by other nations. We should not be paying 4 to 10 times the amount of money for the same medications or procedures that other nations pay.
I have met and spoken to many people that are frustrated in regards to their economic standing. Many people are still not making as much as they were before the recession. It is unfair to continue to place the burden of economic recovery on the working class. The last federal minimum wage increase was in 2009, and since then we have seen rate increases by the FED and heard politicians talking about the nation as if we have recovered, while millions are left in a worse position than they were almost a decade ago. In order to correct this, we have to increase the minimum wage, nationally, to a living wage. In no state, is it possible to live on today's minimum wage. In most cases people must make 70 to 130 hours a week on minimum wage to support themselves with the simple issue of having a roof over their head (see hours map below). It is imperative that we correct this problem by increasing our national minimum wage to allow the simple task of affording a place to live to any full time worker.
Tax holidays, tax loopholes, corporate inversion, and many other practices have created a problem with our nations budget that has been unresolved for decades. During the Bill Clinton administration was the last time we saw a balanced budget. In order to fix this problem, we have to end the practices that allow the top 1% to avoid paying their fair share. This includes ending the previously mentioned practices and adjusting the tax rates that will not only recover the budget, but the economy as well. I have a proposed tax rate plan that when combined with reform which closes the loopholes used by the super rich, will recover our economy and solve our budget problems.
Environment and energy
The long proliferation of our environment for the sake of greed and the inability to adapt to change and new technology because it might take a little investing and work to begin with, is unacceptable. Big pollution based companies lobby and give millions of dollars to prevent the shift to renewable energy that has proven would not only be more profitable, and effective, but, would help our environment and reduce the poisons that are put into our air and water. To correct this problem, I have been speaking to people and gaining their input on a government program that pays for the training and financial support for the worker and their family during that training, to shift workers from pollution based companies to green and renewable energy technology jobs. Coupled with this we can and should end subsidies into these big pollution based companies and implement tighter environmental protections meeting or exceeding the ones currently being used by every nation of the Paris climate accord, except us.
I will post on more issues in the near future. Help me in making changes that our nation so desperately needs!