DAVID ON THE ISSUES
We need a “Medicare for all” or single-payer type system that puts people over profits. Our current system leaves millions without affordable care and wastes billions on overhead costs and marketing.
Investing in our future
We need free higher education for all so that our young people can fulfill their potential and be innovators and risk takers, and not be stifled by crushing debt. We also need to provide relief to those that are currently saddled with unmanageable debt.
I support a $15 minimum wage. Working people need to be treated fairly. Big businesses can afford it, and small businesses will benefit from greater consumer demand. We need to put in place a real schools-to-jobs system, recognize the importance of unions in building the middle class, and pursue trade deals that respect worker rights both here and abroad.
The US is one of the few countries in the world and the only wealthy country that doesn’t have a law that requires paid parental leave. It is time for us to change this.
We need to stop engaging in military interventions in places we don’t understand and where escalating violence only makes things worse. Unnecessary military spending doesn’t make us safer and takes away from investing in our human and physical infrastructure at home. The Iraq war was a disaster. Think of all the good things we could have done with the trillions spent on it.
The middle east
Only a comprehensive approach that addresses underlying political, social, and humanitarian issues will makes things better. I support a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. Siding with Saudi Arabia in regional power struggles, when it is one of the worst regimes in terms of human rights in the world and an exporter of extremist ideology, makes no sense.
Energy and the environment
Investing in solar and wind should be a priority. We are already losing out to other countries in this area. It will create jobs and preserve our planet for future generations. Our dependence on fossil fuels comes with both bad political and environmental consequences.
Investing in our infrastructure
We need a major program to invest in our infrastructure - roads, bridges, ports, and public transportation - but for public good, not private profit.
Respecting our communiTIEs
Communities should have a voice in public policy beyond advocating with their representatives. I support the expansion / introduction of participatory budgeting and planning initiatives that give communities a real say in public works projects and other programs impacting on them.
Women’s health care shouldn’t be a political football. Women should be able to make choices about their health including abortion, which should be safe, legal, and rare...which requires both access to birth control and sex education.
It shouldn’t have to be repeated that this is a country of immigrants. I support compassionate and sensible immigration reform that provides a path for undocumented immigrants who are contributing to our society to become citizens.
We have more people in jail, AND more people in jail per capita than anywhere in the world. Our current system ruins people’s lives, is incredibly racially discriminatory, hasn’t been proven to reduce crime, and is horribly expensive. We need to end racial discrimination in our criminal justice system and expand and improve alternative to incarceration and reentry programs.
Campaign financing reform
We need to reduce the distorting influence of money on our politics. Regardless of what the Supreme Court does or doesn’t do, measures such as greater disclosure and small-donor public matching programs are needed.
We need gun control measures like universal background checks, cracking down on illegal weapon sales, and limiting access to high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons. There is not one solution or law that will prevent acts of gun violence, but Congress doing nothing is not an option.
I am for equal rights for all. Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect and discrimination against any individual or group is unacceptable. LGBTQ rights are human rights and people from the LGBTQ community should have the same rights as anyone else when it comes to marriage, adoption, and protection against all forms of discrimination--whether in the workplace, or simply when trying to buy a wedding cake.
I oppose any tax plan that funnels more money to the very rich. There is absolutely no evidence that tax cuts to wealthy corporations and individuals will lead to economic growth which actually benefits either the middle class or the working poor. Driving up the deficit, like the Republicans have just voted to do, will lead to assaults on Social Security, Medicare, and other important programs. We do need tax reform that makes our tax policy fairer and simpler, and our tax dollars should stop going to pad the pockets of defense contractors at the expense of better investments.
Long Island is facing a housing crisis. There just isn't enough housing that people can afford and there isn't enough good quality housing. Communities need to come together and figure out what kind of housing they need to be a thriving place, but the federal government needs to step up to the plate and invest in housing.That way our seniors can downsize if they want to but stay close to their kids and grand kids, young people can get a start in life without having to move away, and working families can have a better shot at making ends meet. Investment in housing also makes economic sense - every dollar of new construction has a multiplier effect generating more business and pumping dollars into our local economy.
It will make us stronger as a nation if we more directly confront the history of slavery and racial discrimination, and try to tackle its impact on our country. Despite progress made in many aspects of American life, when it comes to race matters, we have a very long way to go. The continuing wealth gap between black and white people, institutionalized racial bias in our criminal justice system, and political marginalization of black people in many communities all needs to be addressed. I am convinced by the correctness of the case for reparations, however I do not know the best form reparations should take. As a member of Congress, I will support legislation that establishes a commission to study and make proposals regarding reparations.