Yesterday afternoon, the President announced that the United States will be leaving the Paris Climate Accord. This is an unacceptable and catastrophic mistake that shows a total disregard for your wellbeing and our future. The central claim that joining the accord will hurt jobs and the economy is just plain false. If you look at the number of jobs in clean energy, we have over a half million jobs in the United States. Solar alone stands at over 170,000 jobs and is growing daily. Coal is less than half of that number. It is clear that embracing new technology that supports clean energy, will not only help to save our environment, but also add jobs and strengthen our economy.
The goal of the Paris Accord is not about any one country. It is simply about the planet that we all live on. There is no backup plan if we continue down this reckless path. By leaving the accord, the United States is turning its back to the rest of the world and saying that we value money over our environment. Climate change is real, and we are causing it. The economic impact of doing nothing is far more detrimental long term that saving one particular industry that is not disappearing because of the accord, but because of market demand. As a photographer who learned on film, I know that the industry has changed. While I still enjoy using film, I am not going to undermine the digital photography industry to attempt to save film jobs. I think we will always have some small need for film, just like there will be a small need for coal. Clinging to old technology will not move our country forward.
As a candidate for congress, my job is to listen to the people. The majority of Americans support staying in the accord. They know the importance of protecting our environment, and they can see that times are changing. I will fight to keep us in the accord to not only work to save our planet for my daughter, but to protect and create new jobs. I will also support programs that help with job retraining for all those that may be displaced by a changing industry. We need to look at long term solutions, not just knee jerk reactions that put a band-aid on a broken leg.
I hope that you support me in 2018 as this coming midterm election will be one of the most important midterms is U.S. history. It is clear that the majority of congress no longer represents the people. We need to elect progressive democrats as well as republicans and those in other parties that value the voices of those they represent. We need to vote according to what is best for the good of our country, and not what party you belong to. If your member of congress does not listen to you, vote them out. If you live in the 5th congressional district, currently represented by Jim Sensenbrenner, I hope that you vote for me when the time comes. I have a long term view of what we can become as a society. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
Today, Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to protect us and our freedoms. It is more than just a simple holiday in which we get an extra day off work. It’s far more than the unofficial start of summer. Memorial day should serve as a somber reminder that our freedom is most decidedly not free. It takes work and far too often sacrifice.
Not only should we remember those soldiers of the past, but those of today. We should also take a moment to acknowledge those who did not lose their life in battle, but lost the fight with mental illness after they have returned home to safety. Mental illness is rampant in veterans, and we need to do what we can to protect them as well. It is not something to be ashamed of, but it is something we need to work on eliminating. All too often, our soldiers come home after the horrors of war and are expected to begin a civilian life again. That transition can be incredibly hard for many. We as a society, who have benefited from a soldiers service, should stand up and ensure that their mental health needs are met along with their physical needs.
Instead of simply remembering those who have given their life for this country, we should ensure that we are doing everything in our power to reduce deaths. We need to search for peaceful resolutions to avoid war. We need to make sure our soldiers have the right tools in the field. And of course we need to be sure to provide the support when they return home.
So today, take a moment to remember those who lost their life making our country safer. If you know a veteran that is struggling with mental health, let them know they are not alone and that there is help available. We can’t stop every death during war and conflict, but we should do everything we can to stop the lose of life associated with the mental health of our heros.
It is becoming increasingly clear, that impeachment proceedings need to be started against Donald Trump. It is also very clear that Rep. Sensenbrenner has no intention on helping to start those proceedings. I can assure you that if I win in 2018, and impeachment proceedings have not yet begun, I will work with as many in the House as I can to start them immediately.
Let me make that clear, if you elect me in 2018, I will do everything I can to start impeachment proceedings against current President Donald Trump if they have not already been started. Continue reading
I think that there is a fair amount of confusion in congress, as well as many other elected officials, as to who their boss is. It seems that many of them, including my opponent in 2018, seems to believe that it’s the party chair, or maybe the Speaker of the House in the case of the House of Representatives. Let me share who I firmly believe the boss is: You. Continue reading
Good afternoon everyone,
I would like to share some exciting news with you this afternoon. While it does not change my beliefs, it does change the dynamic of my campaign. I have amended my filing to now be running as a Democrat instead of an Independent. While my beliefs and goals have not changed, after discussing the prospects of running as an independent with my campaign manager it was determined that in order to have the best chance at winning the election, I need the support of a party. Continue reading
Welcome to 2017 everyone. Happy New Year!
Campaign Plans 2017 – While 2017 isn’t technically a campaign year, I feel the need as a newcomer to work on getting my name out. I want to learn as much as I can about the people in the district I am running for.
As part of my campaign plans, during the next few months I will be posting reasons why I am running for congress. If you have not been following along with the campaign, I am running for the 5th Congressional district in Wisconsin for the US House of Representatives. One of the things I feel is most important about running for, and becoming a congressman, is ensuring that I am listening to my constituents. To do this, I am going to spend the month listing what and where I stand on several issues. I encourage you to not just read the posts, but comment as well. The only way to understand each other is to have an open and civil discussion.
I don’t expect you to agree with every thing I say, nor will I agree with everything you say. However, I can assure you though, I will always respect your right to say it. I want to find a common ground on as many topics as I can with all of you. When I am elected, I will continue this practice and ensure that my voting record matches where we come together. I greatly value our differences because I truly believe that those differences are what makes this country amazing. We just need to find a way to reach an accord that provides the best solution for the majority of the country.
We have become divided. I know alone I cannot fix that. The only thing I can do is listen to understand and vote accordingly. Please check back daily during this month and be sure to comment. Communication from you is greatly valued and I truly want to hear it.