I am currently a Chaplain and conduct volunteer work with the homeless veterans, families and individuals and plan to run for Senate. As a Chaplain, I do a lot more listening than I do talking. I am able to connect with all type of people based on my working with all types of people during my career. My first line of thinking when approaching legislation or policy is to think about the actual ramifications on the lives of real people which I have gotten to know both as a Chaplain and as a public figure in politics. What I will renew is the integrity and the statesmanship of public service as a congressman serving our country.
Based on this experience and the hard work that lies ahead, there needs to be changes for the middle class and low income in regards to more job training. Including, how employees are treated. I plan to introduce legislation that is more favorable for the employees and their rights. Also, Increasing wages so you can earn a living for yourself and your families. In other words, more equal pay so it benefits everyone including corporations who recognize that it does work. We need to make changes so that it is not one sided for corporations or the top 1% but for everyone because in the long run it really works for a more inclusive economy that benefits everyone. We need to make changes so that elections cannot be bought (Citizen United) or manipulate your vote to favor a certain candidate. We need to accommodate our veterans who do not qualify for VA housing because they make to much money including for aid from the VA. They are known as the in-be twiners. The main reason is that they have gone through divorce and end up paying their past debts, alimony and child support and have very little left in order to get on their own. We need to make changes to expand social security by increasing the cap of $114,000 for those who make more than one million dollars to $250,000 a year so everyone pays their fair share. If anyone tells you we need to cut Social Security is absolutely false. Capping is the best solutions as compared to other options for the middle class. We also need to make changes in our educational system and provide means to lower the cost of a college education. There are many more issues to be worked on and I will be very focused on the issues that matter to all of us especially the middle class, those who inspire to become middle class and those who are trying to find a way to make decent wages in order to live.
(1.) Number 1 priority are jobs.
(1.) My Number 1 priority are jobs, jobs, jobs. The latest unemployment numbers are 70,000 ( rounded off ) as of March, 2017. I am very pro-business and will do as much as I can to streamline obstacles of doing business and taxes except for very large banks that do threaten our economy with high risk of purchasing hedge funds with customer deposits. I also believe in bringing back the Glass-Steagall act because the lesson we learned in 2008, without common sense regulations greed does takes over. Most importantly, I am a job orientated candidate as a result of my unique diverse business experience of 35 years. I will work on enhancing our existing companies by advertising, recommending marketing and promotional ideas including expanding special days to buy from local businesses. I will work on other priorities. One of them, many Southern Nevada's unemployed are having a very difficult time finding full time work. Wages have stagnated and many employees have no benefits nor do they get paid for any overtime pay. I will do everything I can to raise wages from a minimum of wage to $12.00-$15.00 an hour especially for those who are inspiring to become middle class. There is a saying (Paul Wellstone)..."We all do better when we all do better". When we all do better it turns out both corporations and employees make our economy stronger with both sides making good pay combined with healthy profits.
I will pursue diversification to have other industries to move to this district.
Expanding alternative energy and provide training and create job opportunities.
Legislating improvements on the ACA especially getting coverage in another state as in the case of Laughlin NV.
It is hard to believe that the water level is so low. I will pursue other options such as the Colorado River raising from only 5% usage to a much larger percentage.
The circumstances regarding our vets is extremely important to me and I will find solutions for the homeless and bring back their dignity.
Other important issues are improving our educational system, expanding various alternative employment training programs for new job opportunities. Improve the status of the middle class and passing legislation for comprehensive immigration reform.
Finally, making sure that promises are kept and expand Social Security, working with Medicare to lower cost mainly by duplication and by streamlining communication by a computer network. Making sure that pension agreements are kept intact.
When I first started, I did not realize the extent of the problems facing Las Vegas and Henderson. These are the latest statistics that we are dealing with...
We are in the top 2% in the U.S. for Neglect and Abuse of Children including Children Trafficking.
Close to 20% + homeless are veterans who live in cardboard boxes, tents or on the streets.
62 % of our children live in poverty and get only 5 meals a week from their local schools.
We are rated 3rd in the U.S. for violent crimes.
We spend between $2,000-$8,000 per student in elementary and secondary education while the national average is 11,900.00 per student.
We are ranked in the top 5 states for starvation of children including 4-5000 homeless children.
A total of 1,880 animal abuses in Southern Nevada have been reported. Unknown as to the real total that have not been reported
The solutions are varied for the homeless as a result of the stigma related to the homeless. We need to expand the number of shelters with good security and to inform them of what services are available to them by the state, the cities of Henderson and Las Vegas combined with Clark County. The funding is from each branch that makes it possible to provide these services to the homeless. Forming partnerships with local companies to hire both unemployed and the homeless who are motivated to climb out of their circumstances.
An issue that means a lot to me are the homeless veterans... according to various news outlets, there are candidates in the 2016 presidential election who want to privatize the VA permanently with a Voucher System and it is gaining traction. In other words, get rid of the VA and replace it with privatization. A News article excerpt..."Actually, many people know exactly what would happen, among them...AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sending millions of older, sicker Americans many of them requiring specialized care for rare and complex health problems into the waiting arms of private insurers, private doctors and private pharmaceutical firms is a recipe for chaos and rationing on a grand scale. As the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded its assessment would be a dramatic shift of health care costs onto the Vets costing an added 50 billion dollars more to privatize the VA."
The Vets would have to fend for themselves in our current private health insurance care system. The latest facts about the VA that they have hired more than 800 more doctors, hired over 1000 nurses and have and will add close to 30 new VA facilities. The average wait time ranges from one day to 30 days and it does continue to drop. There are systemic problems within the VA but those problems are being addressed aggressively. Our Vets deserve the best health care but not under total privatization. Did you know that 70% of our Doctors and Nurses are trained by the VA. Did you know those who have been hospitalized by the VA have rated the VA higher in overall care as compared to private hospital care year after year.
Also, this past month, both houses of our government wanted to repeal and replace Obama Care. If this had passed, medicaid and the whole health care system would have been in serious trouble. The list of those medical groups, associations, hospital, doctors and even insurance companies who opposed it knew the terrible consequences. My goal is to fix what we have as to health insurance and most importantly stablize the insurane market in order to bring down premiums and costs. Right now, the Trump administration is starving the financial obligations for Obama Care or the ACA. I will do all I can to put an end to this with your active participation. This will take time to implement.
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