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    Gregory Creswell
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    Howard Klausner
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    Brenda L. Lawrence
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    Marcia Squier
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Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

How would you rate the State of Michigan's response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain.

How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

Explain.

Should Congress provide funding to help Flint, and other cities across the U.S., reduce and eventually eliminate lead service lines?

Do you support deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Do they help create jobs in the U.S.? Why or why not?

What do you think needs to be done to make the U.S. tax code fairer?

Do you think Obamacare should be augmented or replaced? How would you change it? What would you replace it with?

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony? If so, please explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, please explain.

What specifically would you do to help colleges control the cost of tuition?

The U.S., and Michigan specifically, has long been a place of refuge for people displaced by wars and acts of terror. Should it remain so, especially with regard to refugees from Iraq, Syria and the Middle East?

Would you support a Constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United?

If an American auto company wants to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, should it be able to do so? Should it have to pay additional taxes or fees for work performed overseas?

Where should the U.S. concentrate its job creation efforts?

Should the U.S. Senate confirm a Supreme Court Justice before a new president takes office? If not, why not?

What is the role of Congress when its majority sits in political opposition to the president?

Has the relationship between Congress and the president lost the respect it ought to have during the last two terms? If so, how would you restore it?

How effective has the Republican majority in the House been in exercising the House’s constitutional role in the federal government?

Do you believe income inequality is a problem in America? If so, what would you do about it?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Racial inequality continues to be a serious problem in America.

If you agree, what would you do about it? If you disagree, explain why.

Do you support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States?

Do you favor the deportation of all undocumented immigrants?

Do you support legislation to reform the decennial redistricting process by placing it in the hands of in the hands of a non-partisan agency?

How would you reduce the number of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S.?

As more boomers enter retirement, the nation faces critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. What should Congress do about it?

City of residence Detroit
Age 59
Family Shonda (wife), Kwame (son) and Kanika (daughter)
Education Chadsey H/S class/1975, attended Wayne county community college; fire science and fire protection technology
Vehicles owned presently; Mazda and a Ford
Professional Experience 41 years of seniority at the Detroit Medical Center
Political Experience ran for the office of MI Governor, Wayne county commissioner, MI St. Rep. and St. Senator.
Race/ethnicity Brown
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I do support the Johnson/Weld ticket and I will attempt to appear with our party's presidential nominee.
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Politicians caused the problem and they were not going to solve the problem. Privatizing the water department, completely, by allowing 3 or more companies to operate throughout the city would benefit all everyone. A free market system is much better. I am aware of a law that bans anyone from collecting rain on their property in place of the gov't controlled water department. Auction it off a.s.a.p.
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Nowhere does the U.S.Constitution authorize the existence of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I believe that it would be much better to remove gov't control over water, land, air etc. And put them all under complete private hands.
Our federal tax money should not be used to "help Flint [or any] other cities (to) reduce and [or] eliminate lead service lines".
No to the TPP deal. For the most part, it would "help create" more gov't jobs, which this country does not need. I believe that "free trade" should mean just that, free trade. Which means I/we should be allowed to buy from whoever the seller is without any politicians incursion.
Repeal the 16th Amendment. And reap all gov't fees, permits, licenses and regulations when it comes to businesses.
Obama-care must be repealed (along with Medicare/Medicaid and social security). And I would replace it with the free market, completely.
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Privatize all colleges/universities immediately. Remove the politicians completely from the educational arena. Remove all property taxes etc so that the private learning institutions and students could prosper without any gov't incursions.
No refugees from Iraq, Syria or any other Middle East countries without the legal immigration policies of the early 20th century. With also complete background checks, etc.
Never!!
my answer to your 1st question; yes. my answer to your 2nd question; no.
On repealing the 16th Amendment, repealing all fees, permits, licenses, and regulations. Cut spending 95%. Closing down the federal reserve, the export/import bank, putting us back on the gold/silver standard. Selling off 99% of its federal land. Reducing the size/scope/incursions of the federal gov't to the year 1790. Repealing everything socialist. Defend the free market. Remove its self from everything not authorize under the US Constitution. Defend individual rights.
No. I don't want Barack having another chance at filling an open spot.
Remain in opposition if that/any president wants to violate the US Constitution or work with the President if he/she doesn't violate the Constitution.
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It has not been "effective" at all in my opinion.
Yes, however, it is between the citizens and all levels of gov't. The federal, state, county and city gov't takes far too much of our money. I have and would support the efforts of putting this country back on the gold/silver standard. Repealing the 16th amendment and all gov't fees, permits, licenses, regulations etc.
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I would foster and advance the idea of individual rights. I would attempt to repeal all affirmative action laws, and all other "collectivist laws". I resent "special group" laws.
No, deport all illegal aliens. And when it comes to the children who were born here, they can stay if they can or want too. Or leave, come back at any time when they want too, without any problem(s) what so ever.
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No, what I support is, through the amendment process, using a square grid with equal amounts of US citizens in each of the 435 US districts.
Prosecute, prosecute, prosecute, using current federal laws. And also using the death penalty when constitutional permissible. Help the states prosecute criminals when asked. And defend and advocate for the 2nd amendment for law abiding citizens.
Repeal all forms of taxes, fees, permits, licenses, regulations from all levels of gov't. Repeal the 16th Amendment, return the USA back to the gold/silver standard. And reduce the power and control of all politicians over us citizens.
City of residence Southfield
Family Margery-Wife Nathan, Evan, Daniel
Education Graduate: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1991-1995 Doctor of Medicine Baccalaureate: University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 1986-1990 Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Professional Experience Residency: Emergency Medicine 1996-1999 Henry Ford Health Systems Detroit, Michigan Internship: Providence Hospital 1995-1996 Southfield, Michigan Transitional Year FACULTY APPOINTMENTS Adjunct Associate Professor of Biological Sciences 2016-present Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine 2013-present Wayne State University School of Medicine Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Emergency Medicine 2011-present University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Political Experience None
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As an emergency room physician, my time is spent on patients. As a candidate, my time will be spend getting to know my constituents. I haven't put much thought into appearing at an event with our Presidential nominee.
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Unfortunately, the response from the State was too slow. Government needs to hire the best and brightest to deal with water and engineering issues. On the federal side, we need to do a better job at hiring. People need to be actually qualified for the positions they are in.
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The Federal government stepped in, but only after major failures from the local EPA. Flint gave an unfortunate opportunity for both sides of the isle to step up and work to fix a problem.
I think congress should help with the process, but I am not sure how economically smart of prudent it is, for the federal government to step in.
I think trade is a very good thing. However, trade deals with developing or blatantly corrupt governments, tend to have the opposite effect. More money flowing into these areas tend to serve as gasoline on a flame.
Many things could be done. A flat or fair tax would certainly be fine. The corporate tax rate needs to be much lower. The goal of any tax rate should not be to punish, but to entice folks to spend more money and therefore grow the economy.
Rising health care costs have continued to place a strain on families. Since the introduction of the ACA, health insurance premiums have increased substantially. With the ACA came increases in federal regulations that have further strained hospital budgets. Most of the reductions in numbers of uninsured have been the result of increased enrollment in Medicaid, which may look good on paper but only provides marginal increases in access to healthcare. We need healthcare policies and programs which provide increased access to care as well as decreases in costs to both patients and providers.
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I think that Unions, unfortunately have forced Universities into an unsustainable model. No student should be left with crushing debt when exiting school. Some of the larger college should be looked at to see if they even need federal monies anymore.
Refugees have long been a staple of our society. We must have a way of screening individuals. That is what Ellis Island, in large part did. We want and welcome every person, regardless of race, color or ethnicity.
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Companies should be allowed to pursue opportunities to lower costs. It certainty is not the role of government to fine or penalize people for doing business. Congress should be working to lower the corporate tax rate. Creating a stable and competitive tax rate will help keep American auto companies, but encourage foreign companies to set up shop in the United States as well.
The government should work at keeping the corporate tax rates competitive with the rest of the world. Obviously being a leader in the hi-tech world is important, but we also need to ensure that manufacturing jobs continue. The US, should not be picking winners, rather creating the environment where all business can thrive.
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Congress is in charge of enacting laws. Obviously with a split between the congress and the President, they need to find ways, when they can to work together. Congress should act as an independent body from the Presidency.
The past 16 years have truly been an unfortunate gridlock. Congress and the President should be meeting more regularly to discuss where they agree, but also where they differ. Open lines of communication have been lost, but both the President and Congress should be doing a better job.
I believe that the Republican majority could be a doing a better job in explaining why there is a separation. Unfortunately, during divided times, the party has seemingly backed down and given into the role of the President. Congress needs to continue to fight for the American people, and pass intelligent laws.
Income inequality is always a problem. I don't want to see any person in my district or the country face financial difficulties. The best thing that I can do as a Congressman, would be to help lower the corporate and general tax rates. People and companies should not be burdened by thinking about the next tax bill, but think about how to grow their family budget or hire new employees.
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The deportation of people here illegally, should be done on a case by case situation where possible.
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I think some of the gridlock we see in Congress is do to the way we redistrict. However, it is very touch to see a way where even a non partisan agency would get around this.
Statistics on accidental firearm related deaths and injuries in the US, have been steadily declining. Many gun manufacturers have been at the forefront of safety triggers and educational programming.
Unfortunately, the economy of the past 8 years have been stagnant. This hurts our most vulnerable communities first. Getting the economy rolling is absolutely job number one of the Congress. Fixing the economy will help bring everyone back into the fray again.
City of residence Southfield
Age 61
Family Husband: Mac Children: Michael & Michelle Granddaughter: Asya
Education Bachelor's in Public Administration, CMU
Vehicles owned Ford Mustang
Professional Experience 30 years with the USPS
Political Experience 14 years as Mayor of Southfield Past president Southfield City Council Past president Southfield Schools Board of Trustees US Conference of Mayors, Trustee
Race/ethnicity African American
Campaign Website http://brendalawrence.com
Incumbent? true
Yes, I was an early supporter of Secretary Clinton's and I will continue to support her.
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The State of Michigan demonstrated repeated failures on every level in response to the Flint water crisis, and unfortunately, continue to do so. The Governor failed to act when he was made aware of the situation and has continued to fail to lead in resolving the crisis. Flint continues to have unsafe water. The situation is a clear example of environmental injustice. It also demonstrated the ill-conceived concept of Emergency Managers and Emergency Financial Managers, and what the human cost can be when purporting to govern by spreadsheet.
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Unfortunately, the federal government involvement in the initial stages which was to oversee and consult with MDEQ was unacceptable as well. When we are interpreting regulations for action or inaction and not taking into consideration the consequences to human life we are failing. The whistleblower from the EPA was a hero, along with Dr. Attisha. Now that confusion is resolved, however, and will help avoid future disasters such as Flint.
Yes, Congress should lead on this issue and Congress should also lead by investing in the nation's crumbling infrastructure. We can no longer kick the can down the road.
I do not support any trade deals that take jobs out of the US, or allow currency manipulation to cheat the US. While we do live in a global economy and we must resolve to balance the scales. We should not enter into any agreement that would allow any other country or countries to be given an advantage in trade that will take jobs and financial benefits out of the US.
I believe in a progressive tax. I think we should not be taxing anyone living below the poverty line. Also, I think we should raise the amount allowed for deductions for children and dependents.
I support Obamacare and think it is sound policy. I do believe that there are amendments that could be made to resolve some of the unintended consequences, particularly for small business owners. However, the republicans do not want do discuss improving Obamacare, they continue to attempt to repeal it.
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Require public private partnerships and connecting education to jobs. I think schools should publish the completion rates of the students in their programs and the students earnings upon graduation. Companies should be investing in the cost of education by the industry that will receive the worker. We need extended programs like Teach America where students get credit.
Yes, Michigan is an ideal place for refugees to relocate. The 14th District in particular has very divers and welcoming communities. The stringent process that refugees go through to obtain that special status is very thorough and takes years. Talking points of refugees being terrorist is just more fear tactics. Refugees have been successfully relocating to Michigan for years without any issues and are making contributions to our Michigan economy.
Yes, I firmly believe we need campaign finance reform.
I support the growth of the American auto industry, but as I stated earlier any trade deals must be fair.
I believe that the skilled trades, technology and medical services will be the growth industries in the near term future. Our current skilled trade force has an average age of 53. We are at a crisis level and we must invest in the educational structure to train our workforce to meet our job demands.
Yes, the US Senate should do its job and give Judge Garland a hearing and give him and up or down vote.
This republican leadership of this Congress has determined that it will be an obstructionist as far as anything put forward by the President. The correct role would be to let the issues be debated and allow floor votes so the American people can determine where their individual Senator or Representative stands. I believe that to truly do our jobs we must come to the table with our political opponents along with our allies to construct policy that is in the best interest of everyone.
We must return to an attitude where bi-partisanship is a reality.
I think the sit-in on the floor of the US House I participated in demonstrated for all the American people that the leadership of the republicans in Washington is preventing the US House to address critical issues.
Yes. I think that the federal government must take steps to stop rewarding profiteering.
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We need both comprehensive criminal justice reform and comprehensive immigration reform. Education equality is needed in our major urban centers.
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We need to enact common sense gun control reforms that include closing the background check loopholes and putting in place no fly, no buy. The number of gun accidents that we have in the country each year makes it clear that we need a better process in place to determine if the person purchasing or owning a gun is educated and qualified to be responsible for the weapon. I think the process should be similar to obtaining and renewing a driver's license. We also need to implement smart technologies that are available now.
We need to focus our efforts on community initiatives that will allow our aging population to age in place. Too often, the lack of reliable transportation or minor physical challenges cause are seniors to have to leave their homes. We must find a way to deliver these services safely and affordably to our seniors so they can stay in their home. We must protect social security, medicare and medicaid programs that aid seniors.
City of residence Saint Clair Shores
Age 41
Family Happily married, with 4 children
Education Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayne State University, Psychology major; Golden Key National Honor Society- lifetime member
Vehicles owned 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe; 1999 Cadillac STS
Professional Experience Equipment Mgr & Youth Exercise Instructor (Tumblebunnies Int'l 2015-present); Licensed in Life Insurance & fixed annuities (former agent at PFS 2013); Chauffeur's License and 0 points on driving record (former FedEx Driver 2000-12)
Political Experience Registered, active voter since 1993; Chairman of the Board for IGPA (Ingleside-Grossedale Park Association) 2013-present; PTC Secretary- Kennedy Middle School (Lakeshore Public Schools) 2013-14
Race/ethnicity European-American
Campaign Website http://migreenparty.org
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I support my party's Presidential Nominee, Dr. Jill Stein. I have appeared with her twice,1st at the GNC, and 2nd in Detroit, the district I am running in, on September 3rd. Both DR. Jill Stein & her VP running mate, Ajamu Baraka, were there in solidarity with my congressional campaign, the people of Detroit, and Michigan as a whole. All 3 of us gave speeches at the standing room only event, as well as several other key note speakers. We also had the musical support of Motown, with headliners such as Al Chisholm of the Contours, Sturge Moreland of the Temptations, and Martha Reeves. In the near future, I plan to host another event featuring Ajamu Baraka. This will be my 3rd event with him.
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I believe that more individuals need to be held accountable for the poisoning of an entire region. Strict precedence needs to be set here in Michigan because similar issues like this are popping up all over the country, and the people need to rest assured that they come first and foremost in the law of the land. I also believe that the water-line infrastructure needs to be completely overhauled, and that the residents of Flint should not only receive clean water, but they should also receive automatic, full-coverage health insurance, a living expense stipend since selling and/or moving is not an option for many residents, but moving expenses should be covered for those who wish to relocate.
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I believe that more individuals need to be held accountable for the poisoning of an entire region. Strict precedence needs to be set here in Michigan because similar issues like this are popping up all over the country, and the people need to rest assured that they come first and foremost in the law of the land. I also believe that the water-line infrastructure needs to be completely overhauled, and that the residents of Flint should not only receive clean water, but they should also receive automatic, full-coverage health insurance, a living expense stipend since selling and/or moving is not an option for many residents, but moving expenses should be covered for those who wish to relocate.
Yes, Congress should provide funding to help Flint and other cities across the U.S. to eliminate lead service lines. If elected, I will vote in favor of federal funding of this critical issue. It is our obligation and duty to take care of our own.
I absolutely do NOT support the TPP, the TTIP, the TISA, or any other similar trade deal! They will eliminate jobs, not create them. Those of us from the Motor City know how disastrous NAFTA was and is to the auto industry. The TPP is known as NAFTA on steroids, especially since corporations will be able to sue municipalities for prevention of future profit, regardless of any environmental or human-rights violations. Corporations should never be allowed to overrule the law of the land. If that happens, we will be powerless to stop human suffering and planetary destruction.
I think that several things need to be done to make the U.S. tax code fairer. For example, exported goods should be tax exempt, but imported goods should always be taxed. This will discourage corporations from shipping jobs overseas and encourage job creation and retention here at home. I also believe that corporate tax loopholes should be closed, large corporations should be paying the most in taxes. Small businesses should receive tax exemptions and government grants for creating a sustainable, vibrant "Main Street". These same rules should be applied to people as well. The highest earners should pay the highest taxes, while the other 90 % should receive tax exemptions and incentives.
I think the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, should be repealed. I would instead extend the age requirement for Medicare to include all ages of people, from cradle to grave. I would include full coverage for all, with income-based deductibles for care and prescriptions. I would also include dental, vision, mental health, and chiropractic care because we all need and deserve to be healthy and no one else should die because of a lack of health insurance.
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I would implement an extension of the public education system to include all ages of people, from preschool to PhD. I would encourage online curriculum and offer free internet access to all students. If elected, I would support full federal funding of public universities. Private colleges and charter schools would not receive federal funding and would be considered as for-profit corporations and taxed accordingly to provide additional funding for public education. I also support the elimination of all current student debt through quantitative easing.
I believe that the U.S. needs an immediate cease-fire and weapons embargo on all countries, especially in the Middle East. Throughout history, our great nation has been a place of refuge for people displaced by war and acts of terror. There is a stark contrast this time, however. We are the ones supplying the Middle East with weapons while bombing them at the same time. We are exacerbating their reason for seeking refugee status in the first place. Therefore I support a 50% military budget cut.
I would wholeheartedly support an amendment that would repeal Citizens United. We desperately need to get the money out of politics. Campaigns should be publicly funded. Campaign donations should be strictly limited and enforced. Broadcasting stations and journalists should should be banned from making donations, as well as the companies that produce anything related to the electoral process, such as the voting machine manufacturers, which by the way, I believe should be banned in favor of hand-counted paper ballots, or at the very least, open-sourced coding software with audit-able paper trails and independent oversight. For my campaign, I am not soliciting campaign donations at this time.
If an American auto company wanted to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, it should be able to do so, just as any other company in any other industry. It should have to pay additional taxes and fees. I believe, by the way, that all vehicle manufacturers, should become fossil fuel-free by 2030, as we move towards exclusively using renewable energy like solar and wind power. I would offer incentives to those who achieve that goal early, including companies, as well as cities, counties, states, and even other countries (who abide by international human rights laws).
I believe that the U.S. should concentrate its job creation efforts in renewable energy, infrastructure improvements, education, and health care. The people of this nation and elsewhere are unhealthy and under-educated. The conditions in which a vast majority of us live are deteriorating rapidly. We need to heal ourselves, and the environment in which we all live, in order for there to be prosperity and peace. I support the Green New Deal, which will provide an emergency jobs program, providing livable wages to tens of millions of people. I want to put our veterans, unemployed, and underemployed back to work on a sustainable, vibrant economy and environment.
The U.S. Senate should not confirm a Supreme Court Justice before a new president takes office because more progressives like myself need to get elected into office first to ensure an exemplary candidate is confirmed. Such a person would hold their seat on the Supreme Court for a potentially long time, beyond presidential elections. Therefore, the people need a person who will uphold the constitution and all of our equal rights under the law. The majority of our current politicians should no longer be in office because they do not represent a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
The role of Congress, when its majority sits in political opposition to the president, is to enact legislation, appropriate federal funds, and vote for or against war, to name a few examples. Regardless of who is president at the time, the role of Congress is to represent the will of the people who voted for them. If the House and Senate are in agreement on an issue, but the president opposes it with a veto, they must return with a 2/3 majority vote in order to nullify the veto. If the majority of the voters want something passed in Congress, then it is the duty of Congress to set their own beliefs aside and vote on behalf of their constituents.
The relationship between Congress and the president has definitely lost the respect it ought to have with the American Public, as well as worldwide. I would work to restore that respect by not accepting super PAC or corporate donations. This, in and of itself, ensures that I am only accountable to my constituents. I would support progressive solutions to the issues we face today and in the future. I would support peace, in our government, our nation as a whole, and across the globe.
The Republican majority in the House has not been effective in exercising its constitutional role in the federal government. That being said, I don't believe the Democratic minority has been effective in exercising its constitutional role in the federal government either. That is part of the reason why I joined the Green Party. Not only do I support the Green Party Platform and Green New Deal, but I also do not support our current legislature in terms of effectiveness.
I definitely believe that income inequality is a problem in America. I would introduce and/or support legislation that would help bring back the middle class, and lift up the lower class as well, by reducing the stranglehold that the top 10% have on our currency flow. For example, I support a $15/hr minimum wage (including myself in Congress, if elected). I would offer incentives to companies with net gains in employment and subsidies to small businesses. This will reduce the amount spent on low-income assistance programs.
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I agree that racial inequality continues to be a serious problem in America. I believe that all people are created equal, and that reparations need to be made in order to begin to move towards healing the racial divisiveness. i believe that racism is a learned behavior, and although some progress has been made, we still have a long way to go, especially in terms of police brutality, education, and health care. I would support strict accountability legislation for all authority figures, flipping the current status quo. Authority figures MUST be held to a higher standard of justice than the American public. It is their choice to "protect and serve", and they will be held accountable.
I do support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States. We should also give all such parents the opportunity to become legally recognized.
I do not support the deportation of all undocumented immigrants. I support giving them the opportunity to become legally recognized.
I do support legislation to reform the decennial redistricting process by placing it in the hands a non-partisan agency, which would be banned from making campaign contributions. to any party or candidate.
I would reduce the number of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. in several ways. By having universal background checks for violent offenders, we can ensure that vicious people can't legally own a gun. By decriminalizing Marijuana and ending the war on drugs, we can decrease a major factor in many of these violent crimes. Black market drug dealers will be a thing of the past because they can earn a legally recognized income. In addition, by offering universal health care and public funding of higher education, we will prevent crime by letting people receive mental health therapy and a college education. Add that to a basic livable wage, and you have a great recipe for success.
As more Baby-boomers enter retirement, our country does face critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. I believe that Congress should move to include these services in universal health care, from cradle to grave, with income-based deductibles for care and prescriptions. In addition, with publicly funded education from preschool to PhD and elimination of ALL current student debt, we will be able to provide even more qualified professionals in this critical field.

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