Democrat — MO 2nd District

Month: November 2017

The Economy, Jobs, and Tax Reform

Summary: Trickle-down economics doesn’t work. Real economic relief for the middle class must include DIRECT tax-cuts for working-class Americans. Congress is currently only beholden to business interests that can afford big campaign contributions and armies of lobbyists. We need to reform the process in order to level the legislative playing field. When we do that, […]

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Healthcare Reform

Summary: We have an insanely inefficient health-care system in America. We need universal coverage not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s the smart thing to do. The federal government must commit itself to providing a public option for health care insurance that provides all Americans with a basic level […]

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Education and Student Debt

Summary: Public school educational opportunities in America today are basically a function of the wealth of neighborhoods. That’s an injustice. And it’s an insult to anyone who believes America should be a land of equal opportunities. The federal government needs to do more (financially and legally) to level the education playing field. We are doing […]

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Reproductive Rights

Summary: Women have had a fundamental right to abortions since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. This cannot be a right that is ignored or negated in the future. It must be protected by the courts and by Congress. We can agree that abortion should be rare. And Congress can take a role by doing […]

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Social Security

Summary: We need to do a better job of educating the public on what Social Security is and what it isn’t. There are several remedies to the impending problems that retiring “Baby Boomers” will inflict on the Social Security Administration. All of these solutions will cause pain. But the most reasonable plan of attack is […]

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Environment, Climate Change, and West Lake

Summary: Our national policy on climate change is embarrassingly weak. It’s also an international embarrassment. Congress needs to wake up and take seriously the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community and do more regarding our contribution to global warming. It also needs to take the Pentagon’s report on climate change to heart. We need to […]

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Immigration

Summary: Nothing demands compromise more than immigration policy. We often fail here because we refuse to listen to the other side. Effective immigration policy must balance the need to protect our borders, our communities, and our economy with the understanding that a nation of immigrants cannot turn its back on those looking to achieve the […]

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Gun Rights and Gun Control

Summary: We need to level the playing field in Congress if we ever want sane common-sense gun regulations. And right now the NRA makes this impossible with their inflated power over significant numbers of our elected officials. We need a recommitment to common sense gun laws. And common sense demands that we be more vigilant […]

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Foreign Policy and Trade

Summary: Thanks to Donald Trump and his puppets in Congress, America is slowly but surely relinquishing its role as a global leader. Congress thinks we can lead the world from the sidelines. They’re wrong. A 21st century foreign policy cannot survive with a 19th century worldview. The vacuum at the top that America will leave […]

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Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism

Summary:  We want security. We value liberty. The difficult part is figuring out a way to defend our nation without sacrificing our freedoms. We need to constantly remember this when it comes to the federal government’s fight against terrorism. More often, civil liberties are too quickly sacrificed. We need Congress committed to investigating the abuses […]

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