You and I may not agree on all the issues but I have been honest about them. However, I do think we will find common ground on most of the issues. I have tried to be as detailed as possible so you get clear idea about the issues as the way I see it.
There are rounded off about 70,000 who are unemployed as of March 2017. Many of those in Nevada are part time. I understand that companies want to make a profit but as a consequence it does more harm to the morale and the turn over of the employees plus high amount of absenteeism. The first thing we need to do is to train for the new opportunities such as alternative energy, medical care, robotics, manufacturing of computers of various kinds, manufacturing of specialized equipment, cars and trailers and other types of jobs. A really good book to get ideas for jobs is the Occupational Handbook which is at any reference desk at any library. It is filled with every type of job that it is out there and description of the qualifications. With various governmental state agencies and forming partnerships with a number of existing and new companies, we can create new jobs.
As of right now in public schools, we pay between $2-$6,000 while the national average is $11,900.00 per student. We are rated 49th overall in the U.S. for quality of education due to shortage of teachers, school budgets that are at a minimum, and adding to this is almost a 50% drop out rate. We will need to decrease class room size as an average of 30 students per class down to 23-25 students per class. Besides teacher shortages, teachers are just unable to teach that many students and spend most of their time as a disciplinarian. I know first hand because I was a teacher. I will do all I can to closely work with our educational districts statewide to work on solving the quality of our education. Also, as a real option for parents and their children, we need to create schools for vocational training because each student should be assessed by what they seemed to be good at and their interest so that they can make a living for their future.
3.) Women Rights
For me there is two parts to this answer. The first is a quote by a womens advocate organization(The Women & Rights Project)... "Despite the tremendous progress made in the struggle for gender equality, women still face violence, discrimination, and institutional barriers to equal participation in society. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, The Women & Rights Project pushes for change and systemic reform in institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women, focusing its work in the areas of employment, violence against women, and education." This is something I firmly believe in with women rights making sure to insure their rights. In other words, treating women with dignity, respect and not degradation of women.
The second part is dealing with a moral issue and I am a pro-life advocate with the exception of rape, incest, violent assault or when a mother's life is at stake. I have known women personally and know what they have gone through with these types of attacks. The emotions are real and the effects can last a life time. Each circumstance has to be considered and at the same time the life of a unborn child is an extremely important factor. That too has to be considered in each an every individual case. One of the past presidential candidates said it best (Christy)... "When you are a pro-lifer that means everyone's life".
This is a really tough and difficult issue. Nevada has the nation’s largest share (8%) of unauthorized immigrants in its state population. However, I am for Comprehensive Immigration reform not only for Mexican(49%,5.6 million and declining)but also the other 51%(5.8 million) who are from other countries world wide. Over 2.5-2.75 million illegal immigrants have been deported since 2008. Currently, there is a bill in the Senate that has already passed by a bi-partisan vote. It is not perfect but it is a start. It has been over year that house has not even allowed to get on the floor so it remains to be in limbo without any reason why except politically. This is an article by a national news media program and it is comprehensive.
Here are 5 myths about undocumented immigrants and should be thoroughly re-examined by the most up to date data. My belief, there is a common way to pass a immigration bill that benefits the U.S. and provide a path for those who wish to become a citizen here in the states.
Myth #1: They don't pay taxes
Undocumented immigrants are already U.S. taxpayers. Collectively, they paid an estimated $10.6 billion to state and local taxes in 2016, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), a research organization that works on tax policy issues. Contributions varied by state. In Montana they contributed $2 million. In California, more than $2.2 billion. On average they pay about 6.4% of their income in state and local taxes, ITEP said. A 2015 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the impact of undocumented immigrants on the budgets of local and state governments cited IRS figures showing that 50% to 75% of the about 11 million unauthorized U.S. immigrants file and pay income taxes each year. A 2013 CBO analysis of the failed bipartisan bill introduced by the so-called "gang of 8" that would have created a path to legal status for many undocumented immigrants found that increasing legal immigration would increase government spending on refundable tax credits, Medicaid and health insurance subsidies, among other federal benefits. But it would also create even more tax revenue by way of income and payroll taxes. That could reduce deficits by $175 billion over the first 10 years and by at least $700 billion in the second decade. ITEP estimates that allowing certain immigrants to stay in the country and work legally would boost state and local tax contributions by $2 billion a year.
Myth #2: They don't pay into Social Security
The truth is that undocumented immigrants contribute more in payroll taxes than they will ever consume in public benefits.
Take Social Security. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), unauthorized immigrants -- who are not eligible to receive Social Security benefits -- have paid an eye-popping $100 billion into the fund over the past decade.
"They are paying an estimated $15 billion a year into Social Security with no intention of ever collecting benefits," Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the SSA told CNN Money. "Without the estimated 3.1 million undocumented immigrants paying into the system, Social Security would have entered persistent shortfall of tax revenue to cover payouts starting in 2009," he said.
As the baby boom generation ages and retires, immigrant workers are key to shoring up Social Security and counteracting the effects of the decline in U.S.-born workers paying into the system, Goss said.
Without immigrants, the Social Security Board of Trustees projects that the system will no longer be able to pay the full promised benefits by 2037.
Myth #3: They drain the system
Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and most other public benefits. Most of these programs require proof of legal immigration status and under the 1996 welfare law, even legal immigrants cannot receive these benefits until they have been in the United States for more than five years. Related: Part-time jobs put millions in poverty or close to it. Non-citizen immigrant adults and children are about 25% less likely to be signed up for Medicaid than their poor native-born equivalents and are also 37% less likely to receive food stamps, according to a 2015 study by the Cato Institute. Citizen children of illegal immigrants -- often derogatorily referred to as "anchor babies" -- do qualify for social benefits. Also, undocumented immigrants are eligible for schooling and emergency medical care. Currently, the average unlawful immigrant household costs taxpayers $14,387 per household, according to a recent report by The Heritage Foundation. But in its 2013 "Immigration Myths and Facts" report, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says most economists see providing these benefits as an investment for the future, when these children become workers and taxpayers.
A CBO report on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 concluded that a path to legalization for immigrants would increase federal revenues by $48 billion. Such a plan would see $23 billion in increased costs from the use of public services, but ultimately, it would produce a surplus of $25 billion for government coffers, CBO said.
Myth #4: They take American jobs
The American economy needs immigrant workers. The belief that immigrants take jobs that can otherwise be filled by hard-working Americans has been disputed by an overwhelming number of economic research studies and data. Removing the approximately 8 million unauthorized workers in the United States would not automatically create 8 million job openings for unemployed Americans, said Daniel Griswold, director of the Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies, in his 2011 testimony before the House Judiciary Sub-committee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. The reason, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is two-fold. For one, removing millions of undocumented workers from the economy would also remove millions of entrepreneurs, consumers and taxpayers. The economy would actually lose jobs. Second, native-born workers and immigrant workers tend to possess different skills that often complement one another. According to Griswold, immigrants, regardless of status, fill the growing gap between expanding low-skilled jobs and the shrinking pool of native-born Americans who are willing to take such jobs. By facilitating the growth of such sectors as retail, agriculture, landscaping, restaurants, and hotels, low-skilled immigrants have enabled those sectors to expand, attract investment, and create middle-class jobs in management, design and engineering, bookkeeping, marketing and other areas that employ U.S. citizens. America's unions support the president's executive action. "For far too long, our broken immigration system has allowed employers to drive down wages and working conditions in our country," the AFL-CIO says on its website. "The brunt of the impact has been born by immigrant workers, who face the highest rates of wage theft, sexual harassment, and death and injury on the job."
Myth #5: It's just a matter of following the law
Many Americans want an immigration policy that is comprehensive including protecting our borders. Under current immigration laws, there are very few options for legal immigration, the costs are increasingly prohibitive and the wait for any kind of status can be long. According to the State Department, that imaginary "immigration line" is already 6.4 million people long and depending on the type of visa sought and the country of origin, the wait can be years to decades long. In some countries, such as the Philippines and Mexico people have been waiting over 20 years for approval of a family-sponsored visa. Immigrants can legally get to the U.S by being sponsored by an employer or a family member, they can enter the country as refugees, or they could receive one of the selectively distributed professional or diversity visas. The Diversity Visa Program makes 55,000 green cards available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the U.S.
According to the State Department, the fees to obtain permanent U.S. visas can range from $200 to over $700, excluding legal fees. Plus, there are visa quotas which limits immigration from any given country. In many poor, violence-ridden countries, or in cases where parents are separated from their children, immigrants say the wait is unbearable, leaving many to resort to illegal border crossing.
That journey can be expensive and deadly.
Smugglers charge anywhere from $3000 to upwards of $70,000 depending on country of origin, mode of transport and distance traveled according to the Mexican Migration Project, a multidisciplinary research effort between investigators in Mexico and the U.S. Many don't make it. According to federal records, more than 15,000 immigrants have died crossing the southern border since 1998.
5. Citizen United And Its Affects On Voting
(Part of an article by George Town University)...
"Most of the money that party committees raise is spent on televised campaign advertising. No one can predict how much money special interests will spend on advertising in the upcoming elections, but the party committees anticipate a spike in competition. As a result, safe incumbents are likely to face increased pressure to raise money for the party and for at risk candidates. But these incumbents also may fear for their own safety. What if they are opposed by a corporation willing and now able to spend unlimited amounts to secure their defeat? If safe incumbents begin to doubt their own safety, the party committees will likely suffer financially. And the less they are able to help their own candidates, the less power they wield. Greater corporate participation in the elections process may also advance the trend toward more competitive primaries. The Citizens United decision may provide special interests with new incentive to seek out candidates who support their issues. Incumbents who face well financed challengers in primaries are forced to raise and spend more money than those who only face competition in the general election. The party committees have traditionally stayed out of primary races so as to avoid charges of favoritism and to reserve money for general elections. But will the party committees be forced to respond if a growing number of their incumbents come under primary attack? For all of these reasons, the Citizens United decision has the potential to create instability within political party organizations. Over the years, however, the parties have demonstrated a tremendous ability to adapt and persist. Chances are, they will continue to do just that."
I have been reading about alternative energy and it is surprising how many sources that we do have and ones that are just beginning to be discovered. The real positive effects...it will require training and new kind of job opportunities that are of the 21st Century. We have 292 days of sunshine and we need to apply political pressure to reinstate Solar Energy by using this source energy on every roof type in Nevada. I will work on legislation and will be a strong advocate for this. The following are all of the new forms but most are not applicable here Nevada. FYI, An article by mnn.com...1. Saltwater...Saltwater power It has been called saltwater power, osmotic power or blue energy, and it is one of the most promising new sources of renewable power not yet fully tapped.2. Helioculture...This revolutionary process called helioculture was pioneered by Joule Biotechnologies and generates hydrocarbon-based fuel by combining brackish water, nutrients, photosynthetic organisms, carbon dioxide and sunlight. 3.
Piezoelectricity...As the world's human population approaches a whopping 7 billion, tapping into the kinetic energy of human movement could become a source of real power.
4. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion...Ocean thermal energy conversion, or OTEC for short, is a hydro energy conversion system that uses the temperature difference between deep and shallow waters to power a heat engine.
5. Human sewage...Even human sewage can be used to create electricity or fuel. Plans are already underway to power public buses in Oslo, Norway, with human sewage. Electricity can also be generated from sewage using microbial fuel cells, which utilize a bio-electrochemical system that drives a current.
6. Hot rock power...Hot rock power is a new type of geothermal power that works by pumping cold saltwater down to rock which has been heated by conduction from the Earth mantle and by the decay of radioactive elements in the crust.7. Evaporative energy...Inspired by plants, scientists have invented a synthetic, micro-fabricated "leaf" that can scavenge electrical power from evaporating water. Air bubbles can be pumped into the "leaves", generating electricity generated by the difference in electrical properties between water and air.
8. Vortex-induced vibrations...This form of renewable energy, which draws power from slow water currents, was inspired by the movement of fish. The energy can be captured as water flows past a network of rods. Eddies, or swirls, form in an alternating pattern, pushing and pulling an object up or down or side to side to create mechanical energy.
9. Mining the moon
...Helium-3 is a light, nonradioactive isotope that has immense potential to generate relatively clean energy through nuclear fusion. The only catch: it is rare on Earth but abundant on the moon.
10. Space-based solar power
...Since the sun's energy is unaffected in space by the 24-hour cycle of night and day, weather, seasons, or the filtering effect of Earth's atmospheric gases, proposals are underway to put solar panels in orbit and beam the energy down for use on Earth. These are just few of the new alternative sources of energy which some of these are possible for Nevada. All that is needed is the will and become part of the new frontier."
7.) Homeless Veterans
We have about rounded off is 30,000 homeless per year in southern Nevada. More than 90% of those are homeless veterans who have fought with honor and many have lifetime wounds. They currently live in cardboard boxes, tents, and many on the streets. for me, there are no excuses whatsoever. Many of them are called the in-betweeners mainly because they have gone through divorce or going through it now. They do have income or jobs but for whatever reasons the judges in their divorces have made it very difficult for them to make it their own. With alimony, child support, and past debts, they don't have enough to pay for rent and the utilities. There are programs available for them but it is not enough and it is only temporary. Other issue remain as to processing them. I will be working closely with the VA and other agencies to put an end to this statewide.
8.) Foreign Policy
I believe that war or force is only used as a last resort. It is true that there are forces out there that have the potential of doing the U.S. real harm. There are those in the U.S. who would send in forces without thinking it through and they seem to react just on impulse. We always have to be on guard and alert and to assess our interests before going to war. I believe that if there is a possibility to negotiate then we should take that opportunity. However, such as ISIS there is no negotiating with them, I believe they are absolutely evil and have demonstrated by their brutal actions against those who are innocent. When time permits, the best policy is to find out their weaknesses first because in the end knowledge is power before action is used. Terrorism is real and there are those who are out to cause harm in anyway that they can. The world is constantly changing so it is vital to have the right information as accurately and soon as we can before we commit to any kind of war. From my experience as a Chaplain, I have seen the consequences of those who have been in recent wars. I have dealt with those veterans who have had serious and devastating injuries that will affect the rest of their lives and their families. It is always easy send our military to war but do we have the capacity to care of them when they return. From what I have experienced, we have a long way to go and we must prepare and provide the care that they need. Especially, the homeless veterans who have gotten lost in the system. There are no excuses for this.
9.) Costs Of Going To College
A major factor driving increasing costs is the constant expansion of university administration. According to the Department of Education data, administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between 1993 and 2009 and beyond, which Bloomberg reported was 10 times the rate of growth over tenured faculty positions. Other reasons are the fact that colleges have found it to be very profitable because the demand for it. There has been an explosion of students attending Universities and Colleges and has very little to do with cuts to assist college education. In fact, many states are starting provide more funding after the great recession. So what is the solution to higher costs? Many Colleges receive Pell Grants, Federal grants and other types of grants which adds to the colleges profit margins. Our representatives must put new restrictions to those colleges and if they don't lower their costs otherwise their grants will be cut for their students. Even though this is not the best way but it does make colleges less affordable which will decrease the demand to attend. Vocational education, Jr. colleges are starting to be the alternative because they are generally less expensive. We need to reward those colleges who have much lower tuition and overtime more students will attend their colleges either physically or by the Internet. In other words, we need to change the mindset both for the students, Colleges and Universities.
Social Security and Medicare
We need to make changes to expand social security by increasing the cap of $114,000 for those who make more than one million dollars to $250,000 a year so everyone pays their fair share. If anyone tells you we need to cut Social Security is absolutely incorrect. Currently, we have enough funds for social security until 2033 and if congress does nothing social security would pay seniors 75% thereafter. It is also important to know this it is not an entitlement rather it is earned because it is your money and you have paid into it since you started to work.
Medicare...Many hospitals both in the rural areas and in the poor sections of cities are closing at a disturbing rate. These hospitals are located in those states who do not allow the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid. What many people are not aware of that those hospitals that are still in business charge twice as much for hospital care so that they are able to take those profits put them into another fund for those who do not have insurance including more profits for the hospital. Bottom line is you are the one who pays for it. Take a look at your bill and and after a closer examination you'll be absolutely surprised at the amounts even for one Tylenol pill.
The following is an article from Center For Medicare Advocacy that has solutions to Medicare...
As lawmakers once again debate the future of Medicare as part of broader efforts to address the federal deficit, proposals have emerged that would have severe repercussions for beneficiaries and their families. Sound solutions that would protect Medicare coverage while reducing costs to taxpayers have not been seriously been addressed. The six solutions we propose would accomplish both of these goals(Written By The Center for Medicare Advocacy)...
"These solutions, unlike many current proposals, do not shift costs to beneficiaries or completely restructure the Medicare program. They are good policy and make good economic sense. They promote choice and competition while shoring up the solvency of Medicare. Adopting these solutions would be a responsible step in reducing our deficit the right way...
1. Negotiate Drug Prices with Pharmaceutical Companies...
The Medicare prescription drug law passed in 2003 prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services from negotiating prices with pharmaceutical companies. These companies gained 47 million customers when Medicare began covering prescription drugs, but they did not have to adjust their prices in return. Requiring the Secretary to negotiate drug prices for Medicare would save taxpayers billions of dollars potentially over $200 billion over ten years. Taxpayers currently pay nearly 70% more for drugs in the Medicare program than through the Veteran's Administration, which has direct negotiating power. Savings realized from reducing Medicare drug cuts could be used to improve benefits for beneficiaries and reduce the deficit.
2. Stop Paying Private Medicare Plans Anything More Than Traditional Medicare...
According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Medicare pays, on average, 10% more for beneficiaries enrolled in private insurance (Medicare Advantage or MA plans) than for comparable beneficiaries enrolled in traditional Medicare. Despite these extra payments, beneficiaries in private plans who are in poor health, or who have chronic conditions, often have more limitations on coverage than they would under traditional Medicare.
A large portion of the over payments made to private plans actually goes to insurers rather than to benefit Medicare beneficiaries. Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed the payment formula for Medicare Advantage plans, some plans will continue to be paid as much as 115% of the average traditional Medicare payment rate for their county when the new rates are fully implemented. MedPAC estimates that by 2017 Medicare Advantage payment benchmarks will average 101% of traditional Medicare. ACA also provides additional payments for plans that receive high quality ratings, increasing the likelihood that some MA plans will continue to be paid more than under traditional Medicare. Reducing private MA payments to 100% of traditional Medicare, as MedPAC proposed before the enactment of ACA, will increase the solvency of the Medicare program and curb costs for taxpayers. Private plans simply should not receive higher pay than traditional Medicare.
3. Include a Drug Benefit in Traditional Medicare...
Offering a drug benefit in traditional Medicare would give beneficiaries a choice they do not now have, encourage people to stay in traditional Medicare, and save money for taxpayers. It would also provide an alternative to unchecked private plans that leave many with unexpected high out-of-pocket costs. A drug benefit in traditional Medicare would protect beneficiaries against expensive and sometimes abusive marketing practices. Further, traditional Medicare's lower administrative costs could free up money for quality care, would result in lower drug prices for beneficiaries, and save taxpayers over $20 billion a year.
4. Extend Medicaid Drug Rebates to Medicare Beneficiaries Who Qualify for Medicaid or the Part D Low-Income Subsidy...
As President Obama proposed in 2011, low-income dual eligible people (people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid) comprise one-fourth of all Medicare drug users, and are among the most costly beneficiaries. Because Medicare, rather than Medicaid, covers most of their drugs and because Medicare cannot negotiate drug prices, their drugs are not eligible for the same rebates as they were, and would be, under the Medicaid program. Extending Medicaid rebates for dually eligible people would save at least $30 billion over ten years.
5. Lower the Age of Medicare Eligibility...
People between 55 and 65 who are not disabled are currently unable to enroll in Medicare. Lowering the age of eligibility to enroll this healthier population in the Medicare program would add revenue from people who will likely need less care and fewer services than older and disabled enrollees.
6. Let the Affordable Care Act Do Its Job...which now more than 60% want to keep ACA.
The Affordable Care Act includes many measures to control costs as well as models for reform that will increase the solvency of the Medicare program and lower the deficit while protecting Medicare's guaranteed benefits. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing or refunding ACA would add $230 billion to the deficit while ignoring the real issue of rising overall health care costs, which contribute heavily to the growing national debt. ACA includes strong measures to allow CMS to combat fraud, waste, and abuse that will bring down costs, as well as a variety of pilot and demonstration projects that aim to bring better care and quality to beneficiaries. The bipartisan Bowles Simpson Deficit Commission recommended that these projects be implemented as quickly as possible. Allowing ACA to do its job will create a foundation on which to build by improving care and holding down costs for taxpayers. However, there is a real intent to repeal the ACA and its coverage for another American health care system which a majority of voters do not want because of the kind of coverage. 880 billion dollars will be cut from medicaid. As a result, many will not make it and as a Chaplain...I will have to perform more last rites to levels before the ACA came into law.
"Protecting Medicare" by shifting costs from the federal government to beneficiaries and their families whether through a voucher program or spending caps or other draconian measures is a perversion of Medicare's original intent: to protect older people and their families from illness and financial ruin due to health care costs. The Center for Medicare Advocacy's Six Solutions promote the financial welfare of Medicare and the country, without doing so at the expense of older and disabled people."
7. The second amendment...
I do not have a problem with the second amendment nor do I have a problem with gun owners who are responsible. It is unfortunate that many of us have to have ways of protecting ourselves one of which is the use of a weapon. We also need to get the guns out of those who should not have access to guns. We need better communications with those institutions who treat the mentally ill or those who use the social media to expound on their intentions to commit violent crimes. And they should be taken seriously and put on a watch list which may include an investigation follow up. The other main issue is cultural and somehow how our media outlets have glorified violence as a answer to all of our problems. They produce these type of movies because of the financial gains. What we need to do is for all us as voters and as constituents to band together and apply pressure by not attending those types of violent movies so that it begins to diminish the financial gains and produce films that do not glorify violence but instead focusing on our sense of humanity, life and respect for others.
8. African American Community...
As I mentioned, that we need to work closely with the African American community for more support both in the communities, a closer review of how blacks are treated in the legal system combined with more up-dated job training programs so they have a better chance to get better paying jobs and to improve their lives.