People Not Politics

Income Inequality

 

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.

 

Education

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.

 

Issues

  • Income Inequality
  • Peace in the Mideast
  • Seniors
  • Veterans
  • Money in politics
  • Education
  • Animal abuse on factory farms
  • Public subsidies for business
  • College tuition.

"Don’t back down from a fight that you know is for something worth fighting for, even if you may not win it."
Muhammad Ali

 


“You’re never too old to chase your dream.”
Diana Nyad after finally completing the Cuba to Florida swim after more than 30 years of trying.

 


The poet Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, "How sad that most people die with their song still inside them." I don't intend to die with my song for public service still inside me. And when in office, it will be my job to insure that your song doesn't either.
Bill Haas

 


Leadership is action, not position
Bill Haas and others 


You better lose yourself in the music, the moment. You own it. Never let it go
Eminen


Ducunt volentum fata, nolentem trahunt." (Fate leads the willing, drags the unwilling.)
Seneca


Faith is born of complete engagement in human conduct.
Bonhofer, Lutheran philosopher who died in a Nazi concentration camp.


One day you will have a fork in the road, and you're going to have to make a decision about which direction you want to go. If you go [one] way, you can be somebody. You will have to make compromises and you will have to turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club and you will get promoted and get good assignments. Or you can go [the other] way and you can do something - something for your country and for your Air Force and for yourself . If you decide to do something, you may not get promoted and you may not get good assignments and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you won't have to compromise yourself . To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That's when you have to make a decision. To be or to do. Legendary Air Force maverick, the late Col. John R. Boyd