The political systems of our country are broken and it’s time to elect Tom Wells to Congress to get to work to fight against corruption, lobbyists and any entity not looking out for the interests of Florida’s 3rd Congressional District.
I am advocating for progressive election reform. In this day and age, America’s system of public elections has created a core campaign focus on fundraising as cash from corporations and interest groups have flooded America’s political system. This has diverged our democracy into a competition between the haves and have-nots. Supporting publicly funded elections has become paramount now more than ever. Giving every American $200 in vouchers to donate to their preferred candidates will mobilize the voting base and engage people in the political process like never before. Receiving excessive money from big donors has caused too many of our elected officials to pivot away from the needs of working people. Publicly funded elections will send a message to the political establishment that politics is not a pay-to-play game for the highest bidder. Together, Americans can give momentum to candidates with ideas to fix America’s structural problems and with pure desires to be public servants.
Since Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, we have seen a detrimental influx of intense policy demanders, primarily the newly legalized Super Political Action Committees, influencing our elections beyond fair means. PACs and Super PACs can pour an unlimited amount of money into politics under almost complete anonymity. Large donors demand the passing (or blocking) of specific policies to benefit them, ultimately disconnecting politicians from those who they are supposed to represent. I want to overturn the damaging Citizens United case which would be an enormous step in the direction of fairer and more transparent elections. Lobbyists are also policy demanders that force our representatives to be biased. Lobbyists have similar effects as PACs, making huge political contributions to achieve a desired effect. Which is why I want to end this legalized bribery to help return the power to the people.
I support open primaries, a system in which citizens of any political party may vote in a primary under a preferred party ballot. This would increase voter turnout and engagement, a goal of the campaign overall. Ranked choice voting would allow voters to rank the candidates. Under this system, if a voter’s first choice candidate isn’t successful, their second choice candidate would receive their vote. This would eliminate wasted votes and strategic voting. To keep our elections honest, I also support the creation of an Election Fraud Council and open source technology for voting machines, ensuring that every vote is counted as it was casted uninterrupted by any fraudulent entities.
We need to completely restructure our broken healthcare system into a single payer Medicare for All plan. Under the current system 27 million Americans do not have insurance and 137 million Americans have medical debt. Medicare for All would encompass comprehensive birth to death medical coverage for all citizens and lawful permanent residents. This includes all aspects of medical care such as Hearing, Vision, Dental, Mental health and significantly lowering the cost of Prescription drugs, without deductibles premiums or copays. This would all be paid for with a progressive tax bracket. And a wealth tax which is a tax on networth rather than income, this tax would be imposed on multi-millionaires. Along with social cost taxes on alcohol, tobacco and legal marijuana, and would actually bring down the nation’s health care expenditure by 13%. This system of healthcare has been proven to work, as countries like Australia and UK rank higher than the U.S on almost every aspect of care and they have a single payer system. Medicare for all would also prevent the 45,000 yearly deaths linked to lack of health coverage. Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege and this right can be assured with a Medicare for All system.
Climate Change is a pressing issue that we must implement drastic changes as soon as possible in order to leave the best planet for future generations. One of the biggest steps towards a sustainable future is the Green New Deal which is a bill that lays a framework for this. It includes investing in green businesses in order to encourage them, moving to 100% green energy by 2030, and overhauling the public transportation system to eliminate greenhouse gases. Also implementing a carbon tax which would discourage companies from using fossil fuels which are one of the biggest factors contributing to climate change. Along with imposing strong Environmental Protection Agency regulations, particularly on hazardous waste and regulation dangerous GMOs. Without this immediate action the effects of climate change over the next decade will continue to increase exponentially.