“You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it.”
– Gustave Flaubert
America is at a crossroads. We hear this every four years, but, this time, it really means something.
There is a groundswell of support for the unorthodox, stereotype-breaking, independent thinkers…those who can look at a problem and see solutions, not opportunities for personal gain at the expense of their fellows.
I am reviled by the establishment, and, in this era, that’s a good place to be. They have fought me at every turn during the primary process, and it will only get worse. They know what we represent to the “friends and family plan”. We mean to break the status quo, and take back our Counties for the citizens who live here.
We have five primary foci in this campaign. These are far from the only things we’re working on, but they are the ones most important to the people of the District.
1) Jobs and Infrastructure
2) Social Security Solvency
3) National Health Care for All
4) Veterans Issues
5) The Environment
Briefly described –
1) For Jobs and Infrastructure, we naturally propose that funding be set aside for improving our roads, storm drains systems damaged in Hurricane Sandy, our aging bridges, and more. We propose a flood control system be put in place with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers, blocking storm surge at the inlets.
We propose expanding the purpose of the JBMDL, using vacant classroom space for educating returning military personnel in union trades – good jobs, union jobs, and a living wage, should be there for our troops when they return to civilian life.
We further propose that, rather than lip service being paid, brownfields in CD3 be addressed, with action taken against the original polluters, which will create many jobs in remediation. Plenty of that work is shovel ready at JBMDL, as well.
We are looking to bring alternative energy manufacturing right here to CD3…why? Because we have a need, and the ability to fulfill that need.
2) For Social Security Solvency, the answer has always been there, but it has been a matter of “political will” rather than “political won’t” to get it done.
By simply REMOVING the earnings cap, presently at $ 118,500 dollars, the tax now collected instantly makes Social Security permanently solvent – so much so that we could actually adjust the contributions downward, leaving more money in the pockets of those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, while potentially also carefully upwardly adjusting benefits to a living stipend for those dependent on the “retirement insurance” they paid for over a lifetime of labor, who are watching a diminishing dollar and rising costs hobble their sunset years. Sufficient funds would even be able to be tasked to subsidize health care expenditures and education funding, including a reduction in rates for existing student loan indebtedness.
3) No one should have to die because they can’t afford care, or be financially broken because of illness in the family – something very personal to me and my loved ones. I have supported “Health Care for All” since I was first registered as a Democrat in 1980. I have criticized the present plan for reasons that are now proven to have been correct, but it wasn’t prescience that proved me right – it was an application of common sense. When a bill takes 7200 pages to provide a new THIRD health care bureaucracy, something’s wrong with the system that put it together. Like a gas-guzzler from the 1970’s, that thirsty bill siphoned off funds from other public programs due to inefficiencies. I support National Health Care for All, and will defend it with my every breath. My whole family, with the exception of two union employees and active duty and retired military, are part of that health care system. A streamlining of both care approvals and physician payment is in order. We have three bureaucracies serving one public need. Consolidation makes sense. The cost reductions will make “Obama-Care” work. Like that 70’s guzzler, it’s amazing what mileage you can get out of it once you tune it up.
4) Veterans Issues are manifold, and actually overlap many of our other programs and proposals. Support for veterans’ health care, specifically in the area of mental health, as an enhancement of the present Affordable Health Care process, makes sense. No veteran should have to wait to see a physician, a dentist, or a counselor. The present system sets a “goal” of “40/30” – “forty miles/thirty days” – as the standard of care, and it is a standard they consistently fail to meet. There is a top-heavy bureaucracy in the ADMINISTRATION of Health Care, both in the VA and in the private sector – and these administrative positions are rife with patronage appointees in do-nothing roles, that siphon off assets and time from the mission of care. They fiercely guard their petit kingdoms. The caregivers/providers themselves are, by and large, angels of mercy for our bravest. There is a term – “Goffal” – in the Canadian Lexicon, that is most apropos, here. A corruption (pun intended) of “Government Official”, these members of the “Department of Redundancy Department” are why your tax bills and our deficit continue to spiral upward out of control. Auditors and red pens are needed. Hard decisions in favor of care over “care of favors” are necessary.
5) Our Environment. We are very blessed to live here in Congressional District Three. We have some of the most beautiful and pristine wildlands in the Nation right here in our back yard, but our pinelands, our bay, our ocean, and our river systems are all at risk.
I have been an advocate for our environment since the days of Project SOAR in the 1970’s, when I was a Scout. I know every town in this district, and most every path through the pines, and every bay and creek in our parks and preserves. These places are holy, to me. Anyone who knows me knows that. I will not allow them to be sullied or destroyed.
The establishment folks are scared. The rank-and-file are awakening. No longer willing to live as sheep, they are rising up all over the United States….all over New Jersey…and right here, in Congressional District Three.
Our District runs from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean, and our seat in Congress represents over 760,000 persons – over 90,000 of which are veterans or family of veterans, and over 100,000 seniors/retirees. They know what kind of representation they want. They know what they were promised in the past. They also know what was not delivered by those who made those promises.
You’re not electing my wallet. You’re not electing my wardrobe. You’re electing a Representative to Congress, who will fill his duffle bag with your needs, and deliver them to the hopper on the side of the podium on the floor of the House of Representatives. I’m not walking around asking you to fill that bag with checks. I am asking you to fill it with tasks, goals, and even dreams, for a better district. I LIVE HERE. YOU MATTER TO ME, and I’ve proven it for decades.
Elect me to Congress, and you will see one thing, for certain.
I’ll deliver the mail.