Peace in the Mideast
The Welfare and Care of Our Seniors
Our aging population and how we care for them is the most important domestic issue of our generation. We need to find ways to care for them in their senior years without bankrupting themselves and their families. I’m the only candidate in the race who is a senior, and I’ve already lost both my parents, so I’m familiar with some of the issues first-hand. One of my ideas that I’ve had for years is to require all senior-care facilities to have at least one resident/patient advocate in the facility reporting directly to the state, not to the facility.
Veteran Rights and Benefits, especially homeless and unemployed veterans
Ending Corporate Contributions in Politics
By being the first state to call for a constitutional convention of the states to amend the federal constitution to prohibit corporate contributions (thus, overruling the stupid Citizens United case) and limiting individual contributions. Utilizing the Occupy movement nationally to help convince 2/3 of the states necessary to call such a constitutional convention could be effective. This summer I initiated such a Resolution for a constitutional convention at the St. Louis Occupy organization.
Less Taxes For Seniors and the Middle-Class, For example by freezing property taxes for seniors and others on fixed incomes for as long as they live in their residences. Florida freezes property taxes for anyone living in their primary residence.
One idea I’ve long had is to require corporations (those with more than 50 employees) to let their employees employees off from work three hours a month with pay if they visit their kids in school, and others to tutor other people’s children if they wish, in return for a tax-credit or deduction. It would be an investment in our community’s future, and good for the kids, their parents, the families, and the schools. And everyone agrees that a more educated work-force is the key to job development in the state.
Prohibiting the Use of Public Monies for Companies that don’t need it
Prohibiting the Use of Public Monies like TIFs from being used by an jurisdiction to steal a business, like a Walmart, from one location to another. Taxpayers lose, businesses who don’t need the money win by playing blackmail, and that’s wrong.
Ending Animal Abuse
Protecting The Environment, Land, Water and Food, and particularly by Ending Animal Abuse on Factory Farms by prohibiting the exemption of farm animals from animal cruelty statutes. Who wouldn’t be in favor of that?!
More money for college tuition.
How will I do these things?
I will try to work with the Missouri legislature to bring about the goals set forth above. But I believe the Republican controlled legislature is more responsive to corporate lobbyists than to the people, and doesn’t represent very well what people want. So if it won’t work with me on those issues, I will attempt to overrule the legislature by circulating citizen initiative petitions for statutes or constitutional amendments to bring about the goals set forth above. And I believe that when the legislature sees progress on the initiative petitions, they will be willing to meet us half-way to implement them. Moreover, most of those issues are non-ideological and should cut across party lines, so that should help me gather support for them.
2017 MAYORAL PLATFORM
- More police on the streets with more pay, and de-escalation training – $10 million
- Early childhood reading – $12 million
- 8th grade initiative with business community to make sure they graduate with good skills – $5 million
- Education, training, jobs, and conflict resolution for youth on the street with nothing better to do than shoot each other and mug people – $5 million
- Other new initiatives like seniors and public service announcements (see below) – $4 million
- Soccer stadium (if people vote for it) – $4 million
2. Independent Redistricting
3. Two-person police patrols
4. Public service announcements for those about to hurt themselves or others to come in from the cold and let us help them
5. No zero tax-abatements for development; 50% maximum with monies for schools
6. Office for elderly issues
7. Ombudspersons in nursing homes and extended care facilities
8. Monitored cameras on every downtown corner
- Income Inequality
- Peace in the Mideast
- Money in politics
- Animal abuse on factory farms
- Public subsidies for business
- College tuition.