Issues & Solutions
Economy & Taxes: Our current tax code is absurdly complex; made so by lobbyists and corporations looking for ways to get out of paying what they ought to owe our nation. This proposed new tax system will drastically simplify how we interact with our government. Here's how:
All income is treated the same – income from manual labor should not be taxed higher than investment income.
One tax replaces all federal income taxes – including payroll tax and withholdings for Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.
This code is straightforward and simple so that people can clearly see how their money is being taxed, how it is being spent, and can put their weight against irresponsible spending by the tax collectors.
The reduced cost for citizens and the government over tax compliance means that more money is available to support our communities.
Continue reading about the "Ins and Outs" of the new code...
Minimum Wage: While it is a good idea to increase minimum wage, that increase needs to be indexed to inflation.
Energy & the Environment: Renewable energy must be part of our future as a responsible state and nation. Washington State has supported wind energy, hydroelectric energy, and solar energy. Now, we must keep up our progress and maintain the environmental health of our land. I favor an “almost all of the above” strategy – excluding the oldest and dirtiest technologies.
Free Trade: I believe in free trade, but I also believe in fair trade. It is entirely unreasonable to demand a company in the United States to follow environmental standards and operate under certain human rights conditions while forcing them to compete with companies and countries that do not. Free trade should not mean that U. S. companies are punished for protecting their employees and the environment. Policies that support and enforce this standard encourage companies to keep their businesses in-country; increasing the jobs available to our citizens and forcing foreign countries to improve their conditions to compete with the United States.
Health Care: The Affordable Care Act is a decent first step but it does have serious issues. Those problems are because it was built by the system ‘as-is’. As a nation, we have been slowly trying to work our way to a nationwide insurance system since President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought a way to help the people of our nation after the Great Depression. Despite repeated attempts to straighten our system and clear the way for universal health care, partisan bickering and lobbyist weight has kept advancement at bay. The money behind insurance and drug companies has bought the path our health care has taken and it is past time for that to stop. We must take a hard, objective look around the world and implement a renewed system that incorporates aspects like an ‘all-payer rate setting’ for medications and even opens the door to the best of the private sector.
Immigration: Illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children – through no fault of their own, have committed no crimes and who have been productive members of their community, should be granted a path to citizenship. Further, illegal immigrants, who have been productive members of their community for years, have committed no crime save the law of illegal immigration, should be granted a path to permanent residency; given access to citizenship should they complete the legal path as it stands now or after it is improved for everyone.
Partisan Bickering: Although some of my opponents say they will work across the aisle, they do not say how. By aligning themselves with one team they break our government into opposing factions and despite promises to close the gap, it has only continued to worsen.
Roe V. Wade: This is not a one or two-sentence issue. Follow the link for my full stance.
Social Issues Already Settled by Washington State: These issues have already been decided by the people of Washington State and I would work to normalize federal law to agree with them.