Our nation’s political system is broken. Both parties have been unable to address the big issues successfully for decades. This has deepened polarization, helping to eliminate common ground approaches that combine the best of our American style of democracy.
Currently, the GOP has control over both the White House and Congress and cannot even pass immigration reform, infrastructure, healthcare, and so much more despite having criticized the Democratic approaches for a decade.
The only issue that seems to unite the GOP is being in opposition to the Democratic Party, especially when it occupies the White House.
The GOP has become unable to do anything but pass massive tax cuts without paying for it. Our grandchildren will be footing the bill. Not exactly fiscal conservatism. And, before the trade war, GDP growth was predicted to decrease annually after these tax cuts, not increase growth. Does that make common sense?
The Democratic Party has its own issues. It has never resolved the divisions exposed during the 2016 presidential election, not recognizing it as yet another false binary choice. During the Great Recession, the Democratic Party chose to tackle healthcare instead of tackling immigration and addressing long term infrastructure issues.
Like all major reforms, healthcare wasn’t perfect. Far from it. Then, there was no legislative way to fix it without Congressional partners looking out for the best interests of the American people. Does that match up with our common values?
Due to the extreme polarization of our political parties, we now sit with even larger and worsening problems than we did in 2008:
- Trillion dollar deficits for the foreseeable future.
- Higher healthcare costs for Americans.
- Crumbling infrastructure issues that have real costs for Americans.
- A broken and worsening immigration system.
- A self-created border crisis that has been made worse by bureaucratic decisions.
- A self-created trade war that is increasing costs and prices for American farmers, businesses, and consumers.
It seems clear that the American economy will get worse on our current trajectory, not better:
- Making deficits rise faster.
- Making wages more stagnant, even decreasing more than they already have over the last year.
- Decreasing out of pocket money faster as prices continue to increase.
- Increasing unemployment.
- Increasing local, state, and federal budget concerns further.
- Forcing cuts to vital services which will decrease more revenue to local businesses and economies.
Do we see the issue with our current trajectory?
We need a new direction as a country. That starts with a new direction politically.
Instead of electing career politicians who rely on big dollar donors and offer rubber stamps and excuses, we should be focusing on what will build an economy, rebuild our infrastructure, and deliver education that provides for a better future.
I’m tired of falling behind. Aren’t you?
That’s why I decided to run against a 21-year incumbent who I saw as being out of touch with the hardworking people of the 15th District. They deserve someone that will listen to their experiences and concerns and act upon them in Congress.
That’s what I will do as your representative and why I am fighting to earn your support and your vote this November.