We have identified the following “Five Points” as the primary foci of our legislative efforts. This is in no way meant to indicate that these are the only issues we intend to address. This is simply a way of defining our path.
1) Jobs and Infrastructure
2) Social Security Solvency
3) National Health Care for All
4) Veterans Issues
5) The Environment
Briefly described –
1) For Jobs and Infrastructure, we naturally propose that funding be set aside for improving our roads, storm drains systems damaged in Hurricane Sandy, our aging bridges, and more. We propose a flood control system be put in place with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers, blocking storm surge at the inlets.
We propose expanding the purpose of the JBMDL, using vacant classroom space for educating returning military personnel in union trades – good jobs, union jobs, and a living wage, should be there for our troops when they return to civilian life.
We further propose that, rather than lip service being paid, brownfields in CD3 be addressed, with action taken against the original polluters, which will create many jobs in remediation. Plenty of that work is shovel ready at JBMDL, as well.
We are looking to bring alternative energy manufacturing right here to CD3…why? Because we have a need, and the ability to fulfill that need.
2) For Social Security Solvency, the answer has always been there, but it has been a matter of “political will” rather than “political won’t” to get it done.
By simply REMOVING the earnings cap, presently at $ 118,500 dollars, and set to rise to $ 127,200 dollars in the near future, the tax now collected instantly makes Social Security permanently solvent – so much so that we could actually adjust the contributions downward, leaving more money in the pockets of those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, while potentially also carefully upwardly adjusting benefits to a living stipend for those dependent on the “retirement insurance” they paid for over a lifetime of labor, who are watching a diminishing dollar and rising costs hobble their sunset years. Sufficient funds would even be able to be tasked to subsidize health care expenditures and education funding, including a reduction in rates for existing student loan indebtedness.
3) No one should have to die because they can’t afford care, or be financially broken because of illness in the family – something very personal to me and my loved ones. I have supported “Health Care for All” since I was first registered as a Democrat in 1980. I have criticized the present plan for reasons that are now proven to have been correct, but it wasn’t prescience that proved me right – it was an application of common sense. When a bill takes 7200 pages to provide a new THIRD health care bureaucracy, something’s wrong with the system that put it together. Like a gas-guzzler from the 1970’s, that thirsty bill siphoned off funds from other public programs due to inefficiencies. I support National Health Care for All, and will defend it with my every breath. My whole family, with the exception of two union employees and active duty and retired military, are part of that health care system. A streamlining of both care approvals and physician payment is in order. We have three bureaucracies serving one public need. Consolidation makes sense. The cost reductions will make “Obama-Care” work. Like that 70’s guzzler, it’s amazing what mileage you can get out of it once you tune it up.
MY OPPONENT has actually proposed a plan that is so egregious in nature, providing tax cuts for his wealthy patrons while limiting or even eliminating care for certain illnesses and pre-existing conditions. Appendix “Q” of the Lawsuit text is the actual Bill proposed and passed in the HOUSE by Representative MacArthur. This has moved to the head of the line as a target for our campaign’s wrath.
4) Veterans Issues are manifold, and actually overlap many of our other programs and proposals. Support for veterans’ health care, specifically in the area of mental health, as an enhancement of the present Affordable Health Care process, makes sense. No veteran should have to wait to see a physician, a dentist, or a counselor. The present system sets a “goal” of “40/30” – “forty miles/thirty days” – as the standard of care, and it is a standard they consistently fail to meet. There is a top-heavy bureaucracy in the ADMINISTRATION of Health Care, both in the VA and in the private sector – and these administrative positions are rife with patronage appointees in do-nothing roles, that siphon off assets and time from the mission of care. They fiercely guard their petit kingdoms. The caregivers/providers themselves are, by and large, angels of mercy for our bravest. There is a term – “Goffal” – in the Canadian Lexicon, that is most apropos, here. A corruption (pun intended) of “Government Official”, these members of the “Department of Redundancy Department” are why your tax bills and our deficit continue to spiral upward out of control. Auditors and red pens are needed. Hard decisions in favor of care over “care of favors” are necessary.
5) Our Environment. We are very blessed to live here in Congressional District Three. We have some of the most beautiful and pristine wildlands in the Nation right here in our back yard, but our pinelands, our bay, our ocean, and our river systems are all at risk.
I have been an advocate for our environment since the days of Project SOAR in the 1970’s, when I was a Scout. I know every town in this district, and most every path through the pines, and every bay and creek in our parks and preserves. These places are holy to me. Anyone who knows me knows that. I will not allow them to be sullied or destroyed.
Paid for by Frederick John LaVergne for Congress, 2018