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    Debbie Dingell
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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?

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

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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 Wyandotte
Age 32
Family Married, Wife Sarah and 3 Children. Finn age 6, Alexis age 3, and Heidi age 9 months.
Education BS in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University (2005)
Vehicles owned Chevrolet Malibu
Professional Experience Automotive Sales Professional for over 10 years
Political Experience Precinct Captain, Ron Paul Presidential Campaign 2012 Elected to Ypsilanti Township Park Commission (2008- served partial term) Candidate for Ypsilanti City Council 2004 and 2006 Former Chair, Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County Former At-Large member, Libertarian Party of Michigan Executive Committee
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Yes, I support Gary Johnson and if invited I would participate in events.
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The crisis was caused by government corruption and mismanagement. The initial response was handed better by voluntary action and the free market rather than government.
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The information was sitting at the EPA and no action was taken. There was mismanagement at all levels of government. Better service and quality for all utilities would take place if they were privatized.
No, in my view there is no authorization under the US Constitution for such funding.
There is no need for multinational trade deals. These deals are often supportive of crony capitalism not true free trade. We as the United States, just need one standing policy that says "We support free trade with no limits."
I propose elimination of the Federal Income tax over a seven year period. The rate would be changed to a flat 14% and be reduced by statute by 2% yearly over a seven year period. The Income Tax would be replaced by nothing. Cuts in spending would need to take place.
It should be repealed. Government should not be in the healthcare or insurance business. Many insurance options should be available on a free market and people should be free to buy insurance in any manner they choose(e.g. across state lines)
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I would do nothing. The federal government has not role to play with regard to education. I call for the end of the Department of Education and federal student loan program.
We should accept all refugees and immigrants from all places in the world. The only restriction should be the ability to pass a basic health screening and background/anti terrorism check.
No. Such an amendment would be in direct conflict with the idea of free speech. There should be no restriction on campaign finance fundraising or spending. The only requirement would be honest public reporting of where the money came from and where it went.
Yes it should be able to do so. In a free market competitive environment this is bound to happen. The company should not have to pay anything additional to the US but should comply with the laws in the country where that plant is operating.
Congress should focus on repealing regulations that make job creation tough for small and medium businesses. The role of the government(if any) is to create an environment that allows a truly free market to thrive.
The Senate does not necessarily have to confirm a Supreme Court nominee before the new president takes office. I do think they should have the debate on one and have a vote on that nominee before the end of the president's term however.
Each member of Congress should conduct their business and express their views and the views of their constituents as they see fit. As a Libertarian, I somewhat support gridlock on most issues as it slows the growth of government.
You can have division and ideological conflict in politics and still respect your adversary. I think there has been a lack of respect in terms of the rhetoric we see coming from both Democrats and Republicans. Personal attacks have become the norm. I would set an example that you can have vigorous debate about the role of government and policy but still have human decency and respect for others.
Effective would seem to be a relative term based on what the goals are for the party. Neither party sticks to the exact limits of its authority under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.
Income inequality exists and always will. The poor in our country are far better off today than they were 30-40 years ago. To have perfect equality as a goal is to create a society like Cuba or Venezuela. I would seek to implement policies that continue to increase the standard of living for the poor and middle class.
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Racial inequality have been greatly reduced overall in society but still exists in a major way in some areas. The most prevalent area being police use of force and the criminal justice system. I would seek an end to the racist drug war and the immediate release of all non violent drug offenders. I would also introduce legislation for national use of force standards for police and the demilitarization of our police departments. We also need to encourage the end of divisive racist rhetoric and bullying that still exists in our society.
Yes. I do not support deportation of anyone expect I am open to it for those convicted of violent crimes.
No, lets build bridges with our immigrants not put up walls. There should be a path for all undocumented immigrants to become legal residents. They should also have the opportunity to become citizens though a fair process if they choose.
Yes, I also think that we should begin a conversation about having multi-member districts, proportional representation and changing our voting system.
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Congress should balance the budget by drastically cutting other areas of government especially using modest cuts to the military to fund Social Security and medicare. Eventually, Social Security and medicare should be phased out over a long period of time in favor of alternatives.
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City of residence Dearborn
Age 62
Family John D. Dingell, Spouse
Education BSFS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1975 MA, LIberal Studies, Georgetown University, 1998
Vehicles owned Cadillac ATS (Michigan built and leased with own money)
Professional Experience President, General Motors Foundation Executive Director of Global Community Relations and Government Relations, GM Corporation Chair, Manufacturing Initiative at the American Automotive Policy Council President, D2 Strategies
Political Experience U.S. Representative, 12th District Wayne State Board of Governors (2007-2014) Member, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, VP Al Gore's campaign in Michigan (2000)
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Citizens of Flint immediately complained about water quality, but it took more than a year for government at all levels to acknowledge publicly that there was an issue. There are multiple investigations as to how this happened and who is liable. I believe we have 3 responsibilities. The first is to insure the people of Flint are safe and have clean, safe drinking water as well as the health care and other critical support they need. Second, we need to determine what is required to fix the problem long term, how much it will cost and secure the needed resources. Third, we must determine how this happened and make sure it never happens in any community in America again.
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In January, the Obama Administration moved with unprecedented speed to respond, within 36 hours from being asked by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and declared a federal emergency in Flint. This declaration freed up $5 million to help address this public health crisis. The House has passed legislation, co-sponsored by the entire delegation, to make sure the public is informed immediately of unsafe lead levels in water. The Flint water crisis represents a breakdown of government at all levels. We must come together to provide the residents of Flint with real solutions, not just empty promises, and we need to do so immediately.
Yes. In February, I co-sponsored legislation to provide $765 million to help recover from this tragedy; it would replace Flint’s damaged water infrastructure, provide services to Flint’s residents to mitigate the effects of lead exposure, and help study the impacts of lead on the city’s population. I ¬also offered a budget amendment, which was defeated on partisan lines, to provide funds to assist families affected by lead exposure.
No. When competing in a fair global market, American workers and companies can out-compete anyone. Many of our trade agreements, including the TPP, failed to include enforceable protections against currency manipulation among other things. Countries like China and Japan have unfairly manipulated their currency to gain an advantage over U.S. workers. Japanese automakers now benefit from a yen that has weakened by around 40% during the past two years which provides up to $8,000 in incremental profit for every vehicle they export to the United States—vehicles that we should be making here at home instead. W
We need comprehensive tax reform to simplify the system, level the playing field, and provide certainty for all tax payers to grow our economy. Many tax provisions like the Earned Income Tax Credit reward hard work and grow our economy. The tax code is also full of loopholes that allow some hedge fund managers to pay much lower tax rates than ordinary Americans. Many small businesses pay a top tax rate in excess of 35 percent, while some large businesses have avoided taxes in the US for years. Finally, we must provide certainty to families and businesses that must plan budgets each year. Our tax code includes more than 50 temporary provisions.
Every American should have access to quality affordable healthcare. Obamacare (ACA) put an end to being denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition and puts people in charge of their own medical decisions. It helps control escalating costs, removes lifetime limits on coverage, encourages preventative care, protects patient choice and keeps young people covered. It is not perfect however, and we should work together to fix what needs to be fixed. For example, we should eliminate the tax on so-called cadillac plans which unfairly affects many auto workers here in Michigan, and the small business updates needs to be addressed as well. Rising RX prices is also of great concern.
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College affordability is one of the most important issues our country is facing today. Since the passage of the Higher Education Act in 1965, the average price of college tuition has increased dramatically. This, coupled with the fact that the increasingly competitive job market has made higher education a near necessity, has placed a significant financial burden on American students and their families. The federal government needs to increase its investment in higher education through low interest loans for students, Pell grants and loan forgiveness programs.
Yes. We are a nation of immigrants and have an obligation to live up to that heritage. Multiculturalism is part of the fabric of who we are as a nation. The diversity in Southeast Michigan has made our communities stronger and more vibrant. Shutting our doors to refugees betrays our national values, especially since refugees receive more rigorous security screening than any other type of immigrant. We should have strong security screening measures in place to protect our national security.
Yes. This decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited, secret spending in our elections, is deeply disturbing. It has resulted in limitless amounts of money with no transparency being spent on elections throughout this country. Since the decision was handed down corporations, billionaires and multimillionaires, or even companies controlled by foreign governments have been allowed to spend tens of millions of dollars on our elections, and they have been taking full advantage.
We need to do everything in our power to create a healthy business climate so businesses have incentives to create and keep jobs in the United States. While globalization is in many ways inevitable, one way we can encourage this is by passing trade policies that level the playing field for American manufacturers by cracking down on unfair trade practices like currency manipulation. We should also make sure our tax policy does not encourage companies to ship jobs overseas. The Congress must also get tough on countries who offer tax havens whether through our trading or diplomatic policies.
Investing in infrastructure will create jobs in the short term and helps ensure a successful climate for economic growth for generations to come. Ensuring equal access to education and reducing student debt will also help close the skills gap which many companies cite as a growing problem in this country. Raising the minimum wage so working families won't have to live in poverty is also not only the right thing to do, but puts money in the pockets of families who will spend it in their communities. Finally, comprehensive and predictable tax reform that encourages economic and puts money back in the pockets of American people is important to a successful economy.
Yes. The President was duly elected by the American people to do a a job for an entire four years, and it is a constitutional duty to make Supreme Court appointments.
It should advance an agenda that it believes is in the best interests of the American people. However, it must work with and respect the President and work together on behalf of the American people. Both sides need to give and take.
Yes it has. I am proud to be a Democrat and have spent decades working for equal rights, expanded economic opportunity, and expanded educational opportunity for Michigan residents. But I have a long record of working with people in both political parties and feel strongly that elected officials must work together regardless of political or geographic affiliation. Elected officials should examine each issue individually and avoid voting in lock-step based on an ideology. Members of Congress need to spend more time getting to know each other and build relationships - in fact, before serving in Congress I organized bi-partisan retreats for Members to build relationships.
The House majority has been more interested in passing bills that appeal to their base rather than ones that will get signed into law. For example, we've voted over 66 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act since it became law all the time knowing the President would veto it if it ever made it to his desk. While we have had some bi-partisan accomplishments, there is much more we could do if we stopped with the sound bites, stopped caring who got credit and started negotiating in good faith. This is a key part of the Constitutional obligation of the legislative branch, and Members of Congress in both parties need to put country before party.
Income inequality is not an abstraction - it represents the fact that economic mobility has been declining for generations and that most of the gains in our economy go to the very top. Raising the minimum wage, reducing student debt, cracking down on corporate inversions, mandatory paid medical leave and accessible health care for all Americans are just a few of the common sense policies we need to help restore the middle class and mitigate this inequality.
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We need to restore the Voting Rights Act so people are not denied access to the ballot because of their race. This is fundamental to fighting racial inequality, We must also support public-private partnerships like My Brother's Keeper to help create good role models and better economic opportunities for disadvantaged youth. And we can't as a nation turn our backs on our large cities like Detroit - they are important to our economy, and we must invest in the people in who live there.
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I believe we can respect the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding Americans while reducing gun violence in this country. There are some common sense gun safety reforms overwhelmingly supported by the American people. We should pass legislation to prevent someone on the FBI No Fly list from purchasing a firearm, but we must also protect the civil liberties of citizens who wrongly placed on the list. We should also extend background checks to all firearms sales with a carve out for family members to exchange firearms with each other.
We need a comprehensive financing system for long-term care in this country. Most people think that Medicare covers these services but it does not, and this leaves too many seniors at a disadvantage. 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, so we must act now. We also need to pass tax credits for family caregivers and support reforms that make it easier for seniors to receive care at home instead of in an institution. This is one of my top priorities in the Congress.
City of residence Taylor
Age 54
Family Brenda (spouse) Children: April, Amanda, Luke, Daniel Nathanael, Kayla, Aubree, Autumn, Samuel, Amber, Selah
Education Crestwood High School Henry Ford Community College University of Michigan Hyles-Anderson College
Professional Experience 35 years of Ministry 35 Years of Management
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Yes. I haven't found anyone I could be 100% for except my Creator. That being said, It is my belief and commitment to love everyone, to be kind and respectful, and to bring out the best of leadership. It is the commitment to my community to hold whoever is in office accountable to the needs of my district.
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When we think about the state of Michigan as its residents, the response was truly American! The citizens of Flint need the problem fixed. That has not happened. The citizenship of Flint did not create this conflict, so they should not pay for this in any way. To put the residence of Flint at any continued harm is irresponsible government. To spend months in a blame game is childish. Just fix the problem and be accountable to community. We know how, let's get it done!
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Again, many are aware of the problem that exists in many cities across the country. It is the cover-up , silence, and political twists that becomes the condemning. The EPA, FDA,DEQ, DNR, DOI, BLM, DOC, DOE, DOJ, and even the DOD ( if the Army Corp of Engineers is under their jurisdictions) has come across the water content concerns of not only Flint, but our nation. Then we have the trickle effect of the AMA, DHS, and even the PHSCC? What about the WHO? If these agencies knew, then the UN, TLC, and G8 did as well. Now where does that put the 600 Million Americans that pay the bills?
Absolutely! It is an opportunity to put Americans back to work and generate economic revitalization. Infrastructure is vital to our future. No one likes the immediate expense, but the long term Return On Investment is security to our families.
The TPA is NAFTA on steroids. NAFTA was one of the great lies sold the 12th District! Our public was sold a great scam that parts being made in Canada were being held up at border crossings. This was the pitch. It was all about global expansion of the auto industry and it resulted in job loss. pension losses, downsized unions, and the weakening of our auto industry, and the 12th district economy. Now the TPA will bring the final blow to the 12th District. As your 12th District Congressman I will fight to secure jobs for our community and grow an economy that stands the test of time.
A federal sales tax would be much more adequate and fair. We could eliminate the IRS and its expense and allow citizens a massive cash flow increase. This would truly stimulate a vibrant economy. A 10 or 12% sales tax would be much less complicated and slanted than a federal income tax to U.S. Citizens. The income tax was created to pay the debt of the Civil War! I think for which it has long been paid? Let us now focus on the needs of our current communities.
Repeal in its entirety.It was a failure in Massachussett!What America wanted and what it received is criminal! Who wants to pay the $1200 month for a policy that doesn't start to pay until I pay the $5000 in deductible and the 20% co-pay! $20,000 for nothing! Then pay a $2400 fine or tax because you can not afford the $20,000? You have to understand the cycle of group insurance.It has not changed.It has always received a 25% annual increase.Because it is designed to bare the cost of the sick.Several years ago,you could buy from BCBS for $49/mo. Now that same 28 year old healthy male has to pay $400/mo. Replace this with a Freedom of Choice. The Gov. has proven its failure in insurance mgmt.
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Yes I did have to file a bankruptcy, like many Americans who have had to deal with the ongoing economic struggles of the 12th district.. 15 years ago after going through a divorce, I had to make a tough decision to meet the daily needs of my children. We know that many in the 12th district are dealing with the same struggles. Since then, my work as an award winning financial services representative, pastoral counsellor, and life coach, along with my own personal experiences, has made me well acquainted with the needs of my community. Economic revitalization will be one of my highest priorities when I take office.
Integrate job training on college campuses. I believe our college students could handle calls for credit cards here in America, if not more proficiently than overseas. These stations could be established on campus to eliminate transportation concerns and corporate expenses. The colleges could sublease space to corporations for this purpose; or stuffing envelopes, or making widgets, or assembling parts, or starting a business.
Yes, however, America is already overburdened with foreign obligations at the moment. I would advocate for other countries of Western Asia to open its doors to conflicts from Iraq and Syria. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Georgia, Saudi Arabia, Oman, even Northern and Eastern Africa should welcome others and participate in these necessary global charitable opportunities. With a team of global engineers, a new city could be created overnight through the collective efforts of the United Nations.
Citizens United was designed to balance the equation of an already corrupted system of mega-influences. When national organizations have had the resources to influence large populations of voters through endorsements, support, and propaganda, it creates an imbalance to democracy. If you support a Constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United then it demands that any organizational influences should be limited as well. Until that is the case, I would not interrupt a structure that was designed to protect the options and rights of the voters in our communities. It would be a beautiful thing to only have individual contributions with limits, no lobbyist, and no PAC's.
We need to inspire American jobs here, while protecting the freedoms of free enterprise from government overreach. Our current trade imbalances are the real issues. So the question is how do we compete in a global market and keep jobs here in America?There needs to be a paradigm shift in policies and agreements, both foreign and domestic.There is nothing wrong with American auto companies extending their markets,but the incentives need to remain stateside.We also need to expose the true objectives and agendas. Are we genuinely concerned about American jobs, or is it about greed, profits, control, and power struggles? We have to make a better deal! Compromise is necessary for all involved.
Let's start at Agriculture and Infrastructure. Hydroponics, Aeroponics, and Organic Indoor Farming could create great job opportunities. Alternative medicines, non-GMO consumable food and feed, recycling, clean incinerated refuse, ecological water remediation, and renewable clean green energies are additional options.These industries can be integrated into targeted labor groups and urban development for blight reduction. Here in the 12th district, we have auto plants, warehousing, and abandoned buildings that could revitalize economic vibrancy and stimulate an entire community of educational research, in addition to creating indoor organic parks and recreation, and extreme sports development
I believe we should allow the American public by popular vote to decide who the next Supreme Court Justice should be. Every Judge at the lower courts is elected and is non-partisan positions. The benefit of a president to suggest a candidate, and a senate to ratify, limits the engagement of the people who will be most greatly affected. In a democracy, this question should not have to be asked. An amendment needs to be made that creates term limits for Supreme Court Justices, as well as all elected officials.The American people need to be reminded that the Supreme Court does not make law or rulings, just opinions and decisions. I am sworn to defend State Sovereignty.
What is best for the people who elected them and protect the compact of the Constitution. That is the role of Congress! Party affiliation should not be the criteria for moving America forward. I am professional enough to represent the whole of community. It is not what I think or what my party thinks. It is what my constituents need to function. The 12th District is a beautiful diversity of people and needs functioning together. It is expected of me to do the same. Despite differences in ideologies or philosophies, it is our role to supply vital needs to the community without personal gain as a motive! It is time for leadership to operate in this ethical truth!
Yes, it has. When a president boasts its ability to use a pen, and when Congress monopolizes its partisanship, we the people are the victims. Power struggles divide! When politicians realize they are "Public Servants" first, then they begin to operate under the paper that allows them to do so. "We the people", is an amazing statement that aligns itself with a greater truth: we are neither a republic, nor a democracy. We are a Constitutional democratic-republic and designed to work as a team in check and balance. Historically, we assemble to restore a nation. Respect is necessary and expected of those who lead! We restore it through ethical truth and professional accountability.
I believe in the Constitution. The federal government is out of control and our Republican majority in the house has been ineffective in exercising its role defined in the 10th Amendment and the 22 enumerated powers of Article 1 to initiate the checks and balances designed to prevent this. As your representation in Congress I will not allow this abuse to continue. I will speak out and take a stand for the document that our country was founded on and to what that represents about our trust within our own community.
We do not have an income inequality as much as we have an inequality in opportunity and empowerment. This is a shift in education and economics. I have found an amazing quip and truth... success comes before work... only in the dictionary. Value is not a quota.
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We need to create an educational environment to empower all lives, because they all matter. We eliminate racial inequality by exercising the "Golden Rule". By living the Golden Rule in your daily life we destroy racial inequality, prejudice, racial discrimination, hate crimes, judgement, and criticism. It is my intention to empower the 12th District through policies that unites us rather than divides us. When we eliminate racism of any kind it allows us the freedoms to maximize our character, accountability, responsibility, and vision.
I believe in family and opportunity. When parents or a parent travelling and visiting the United States gives birth, it would be a wrong assumption that the child becomes a citizen of the United States. If an undocumented immigrant that has been living in the United States has children that are born here, they have created an injustice for their whole family. I believe a family should be kept together with great efforts. It would be better for the entire family to leave the United States and stay together then to be divided by birth right. Through identification and justification we could establish a reasonable path towards citizenship. So,yes.
No. I believe there should be reasonable circumstantial review. Non-renewed visa and undocumented immigrants should be given an opportunity to come forth without immediate deportation to have the opportunity to complete to the citizenship process. There should not be a blanket amnesty, as well.
Gerrymandering a district seems confusing and disengaging to constituents. I am not in favor of covering up the real issue. If we returned to a popular vote this would resolve the issue in its entirety.
Education and advocacy! The promotion of law abiding citizenship (character education that promotes community and quality relationships)) and responsible gun ownership is the greatest way to reduce potential firearm related injuries and deaths. These two major steps will impact criminal activities, self-inflicted causes, and tragic accidents, while respecting our Constitutional second amendment rights.
Long term care will become one of the greatest travesties in the coming years if people are not educated on the issue before they need the services. The government created IRA's and 401K's to encourage that dependency on Social Security for retirement was not a proper plan. Sadly, these tools have become inadequate. With early withdrawal penalties and forced withdrawals at age 70 1/2, can make traditional plans very destructive and disabling. Again, education is the greatest cure to the coming conflict. By eliminating income tax on the elderly, this would be a great start to help prepare them for the challenges ahead.
City of residence Detroit, Michigan
Age 67
Family Single, no children
Education High school graduate 3 years college 42 years in an auto factory
Vehicles owned Ford Fusion
Professional Experience Ford assembly line Elected union representative
Political Experience 7 times elected UAW plant representative. 3 times elected UAW Convention delegate. Twice candidate for UAW president. Led fight of autoworkers against 2-tier wages and concession contracts. Led fight at Ford that voted down concession contract in 2009. Independent candidate on a workers' slate for Congress in 2014.
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State officials did not care about the people of Flint. They only responded after Flint residents refused to be silent and continued to speak up and protest. The actions and inactions of the governor and other top officials were criminal.
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The federal government, through the EPA and other agencies, also did not act to ensure that Flint had clean drinking water. Congress still has not provided enough help. Meanwhile, many cities across the country are facing similar problems with high lead content in the water systems. Infrastructures across the country need drastic improvement and rebuilding.
Yes. Our tax money should be used to provide what citizens need and not bail out banks and give tax breaks to corporations.
Trade deals are written to benefit corporate interests, not those of working people. However, the problem of loss of jobs and low wages is due more to actions taken by corporations inside the country than to trade deals. In the auto industry, most of the hundreds of thousands jobs lost at Ford, GM and Chrysler have been due to two main reasons: (1) productivity increases/speed-up which the companies use to eliminate jobs and (2) work outsourced to suppliers inside the country. Work that used to be done by Ford workers is today being done by workers at companies like Faurecia, DMS, Hydrochem, Ceva, Bridgewater and other companies, working for wages half or less of Ford workers.
The tax laws should be written that those who have the most should pay the most. But that is not the situation today. Today ordinary working people bear most of the tax burden in the form of income taxes, sales taxes, gas taxes, etc. Meanwhile, corporations and the wealthy pay very little. In fact, tax breaks for corporations and government bailouts for the banks mean that there is a transfer of wealth from working people to those with money. It is welfare for the rich.
Health care is a human right. There is no reason that everyone in the richest country in the world should not have access to decent health care. Obamacare was written mostly for the benefit of the insurance companies. What is needed is a system of universal health care for all.
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The cost of college tuition is skyrocketing because the government is reducing funding for education at all levels. Instead of bailing out banks, we should be helping all young people get an education and prepare for their future/
The U.S. government sent military troops to invade the Middle East and Afghanistan for the past 2 decades. The U.S. government has armed other regimes and groups who later turned to terrorism. This was done to protect the interests of U.S. corporations, especially the oil companies. The U.S. government's direct and indirect military intervention led to extreme instability in the region, spawned terrorism and created a humanitarian crisis. The U.S. government has an obligation to those refugees.
Yes. Big money controls and dominates political elections at all levels. As long as a great disparity in wealth continues in this country, money will determine the outcome of elections and the wealthy will control the political process and undermine democracy.
Corporations don't care about national boundaries; they are global and will invest wherever they can make the biggest profit. However, most of the auto plants built in other countries produce vehicles for sale in those countries or elsewhere in the world. The biggest problem for U.S. autoworkers is that the U.S. auto companies have outsourced parts work inside the U.S., moving it to lower wage suppliers. And the U.S. auto companies have turned productivity gains against the workers by eliminating jobs. The auto companies could bring back tens of thousands of jobs by reducing the hours of work, paying the same weekly wage, and hiring more workers.
There is an urgent need to rebuild the infrastructure in this country. Rebuilding roads, bridges, clean water systems, sewages lines, wastewater treatment, the electrical grid, etc. would create millions of jobs.
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I believe that most of the population has lost respect for both Congress and the office of president. They see that both of the two main parties, Republicans and Democrats, serve the interests of the corporations, the banks and Wall Street, not ordinary working people.
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The disparity in wealth must be addressed. It is outrageous that someone can go to work everyday, work hard, produce something useful for society, and yet not be able to provide a decent income for their family. Meanwhile, Wall Street speculators, who produce nothing for society, are rich beyond imagination. The majority of the population faces increasing poverty and a declining standard of living. while corporations, banks and Wall Street individuals are hoarding a bigger and bigger share of the wealth of society. Money must be taken out of their taken out of their hands and used for social needs to benefit the whole population. It will take a mass movement of the working class to do this.
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Strongly agree
All people should have equal rights in education, employment, income, housing, equal treatment before the law and every aspect of society. The murders of young black men by the police is a reflection of a society that has always denied these rights to black people and other minorities. Racism has always been a fundamental part of this society. Wealth in this society was accumulated on the basis of slave labor. Since the Civil War, the ruling class has used racism to divide the working class. When black people fought for their rights, some of the worst aspects of Jim Crow were pushed back. When this movement ended, racism again reared its ugly head. Racism is a cancer that must be cut out.
Yes
Immigrants who come to this country to work should receive full political and legal rights. If immigrant workers had full rights, bosses would be less able to exploit them. Bosses force immigrants to work for lower wages under the threat of deportation. These bosses, in turn, use these low wages to hold down the wages of other workers. By keeping us divided, the bosses hold down everyone's wages. Dividing immigrant workers against native-born workers is the same tactic the bosses have used for years by dividing white workers and black workers. The working class can't afford to be divided.
Both parties have used their control of state legislatures to favor their party in future elections.
The increase in murders, suicides and drug-related deaths is a reflection of a society in which conditions are becoming increasingly desperate for working and poor people. This is happening in the richest country in the world only because those with money are increasing their wealth at the expense of the rest of the population. There is only one answer. It will take a mass movement of the working class to change this situation and give everyone a chance to live a decent life.
All workers should have the right to a decent and secure retirement. Social Security and Medicare benefits should be increased. All workers should receive defined-benefit pensions, not 401k's that are dependent on the stock market. Pensions should be increased and fully guaranteed.

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