"Whole Life politics means that your worth is not determined by your value to the economy. I will work to make an economy that values life from conception until natural death, womb to tomb. In the end, we're better off making sure everyone has the best chance to succeed. No one is disposable. No one."
LIST OF ISSUES
A reformed economy is the center of what must be done to create a more just society. Economics is at the heart of our ability provide for ourselves and our families. It determines access to opportunity. It determines the quality of our nutrition, our ability to access timely health care, and sleep in a warm place.
Our economy is completely upside down and expects the majority to do the most for the least compensation while executives and shareholders reap beyond what they've sown. We cannot continue down this path. I will share new ideas for structuring our economy over the upcoming months. We will return "for the people" to the economy via the power of Congress and the power of you.
The Safety Net
America, the Land of Plenty. We ostensibly have a safety net in place to help those of us who run into trouble as we travel the highway of life. We have unemployment insurance. We have SNAP benefits. We have assistance with utilities and federal funding to ensure that school-age children eat during the school year and during the summer.
The problem with our "safety net" is that it often acts as more of a snare. Limitations on savings prevent families from saving up for emergencies or to purchase a home or car. Benefits often disappear faster than income can replace them, forcing people to forgo promotion or full time work in order to keep child care and food on the table. A safety net should quickly spring you back into action, not trap you and your family in poverty for generations to come.
Justice and Police Reform
Our Justice system needs a lot of work. From practices we saw in action during the George Floyd protests to policies such as cash bail that mire poor people in debt they cannot escape for even the most minor of offenses.
America's police forces are asked to perform far too many tasks, essentially acting as armed baby sitters for neighborhood disputes, truancy, behavioral problems in schools and in responding to mental health crises. Good changes may come in the form of partnerships with other organizations or other avenues not yet explored. The idea of "defunding" the police should be a conversation about our public toolbox. Does it make sense to spend all of our money one a single, multi-purpose tool or to diversify our toolbox and have the best tools for each situation?
We must spend the time now rooting out the systemic issues that allow the bad cops to get shuffled through the system. We must spend time now investigating how the criminal justice system acts as a snare into poverty. There are changes to be made, and there is no reason to wait.
Healthcare is fundamental to dignified existence. Without access to proper healthcare, we cannot feel safe as we go about our daily business knowing that we are one accident away from financial ruin. Without proper healthcare, many go without care until it is too late. Without access, many women may chose abortion over life.
This is not the time to be tearing down the Affordable Care Act. We should be taking a look at what has gone well with ObamaCare and and building on that. We should be pairing a stronger ACA with reforms in pharmaceuticals, pricing, and insurance. Without more scrutiny and regulation, we cannot make healthcare affordable.
We cannot keep kicking the can down the road. Much like the national debt, this is a problem that only gets worse the longer we do not attend. Economic growth is a poor excuse to ignore this problem. We must actively look for ways to transition to cleaner energies while ensuring that communities built around fossil fuels are not left in the lurch. While we must work to save the Earth for our grandchildren, we will not do so at the expense of our brothers and sisters.