Labor and Working Families
We are the Democratic-Farmer-LABOR party. End the war on public employees and working families. Guarantee collective bargaining rights. Pass the Employee Free Choice Act and pension reform. Accord organized labor and working families the respect they earned as they built the middle class in America!
Don’t turn Medicare into a voucher system for insurance companies, which will mean higher costs and less treatment. Instead, focus on ending massive fraud and abuse in states like Michigan and Florida. Integrate seamless electronic transfer between payers and providers to ensure the validity of all claims and protect patient information. Require the government to negotiate on behalf of the...
Rebuilding America and Jobs
Rebuilding America’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, wastewater treatment, mass transit and high-speed light-rail, would improve our quality of life, create millions of good paying jobs, and strengthen our economy. We can pay for this by ending the Bush tax cuts and loopholes for the rich, and by pulling back our military footprint in countries like Japan that pose no threat to us whatsoever...
Rebuilding America and the Middle Class
As a small business owner, Rick knows what it takes to create good-paying jobs. He knows that if we’re going to rebuild the middle class, we’ve got to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, and end nation-building overseas to pay down the deficit - so we can invest in infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, the environment, energy, research, health, and education.
Social Security is a compact with the American people that must be honored. Don’t turn it over to Wall Street. Stabilize the Social Security Fund for generations to come by requiring the very rich to pay Social Security taxes on a higher percentage of their income.
There are lots of ways to reduce the deficit without declaring war on the middle class and public employees. End the Bush tax cuts for the rich and bring our troops home from the Middle East, and from countries that pose no danger to the U.S. such as Japan. Those changes alone could save trillions of dollars.
The environment, our air, lakes, rivers and forests, are crucial to our 8th district economy. The degradation of our air and water, along with global warming, threaten the very survival of our species here on mother earth. We must protect the environment in order to preserve our way of life and our tourism industry.
Wars in the Middle East
America is deeply involved in expensive wars with no apparent plan for winning them or concluding them. We need to devote those resources to jobs and the economy here at home. So bring the troops home now.