[ know what it means, the hardships and the frustrations that we know all to well. I am not your ordinary candidate as you will find out during the campaign. About my campaign. "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."(Christopher Reeve) ... By Your Votes.]
It is not what you say but it is what you do that defines you. Currently, I am a Chaplain and conduct volunteer work for the homeless veterans, families and individuals. I plan to continue to work part time as a Chaplain with the homeless only when I am not campaigning. As a Non-Partisan candidate, I have never held office and I do focus on more listening than I do talking to get a better understanding of various points of view and circumstances. My first line of thinking when approaching legislation or policy is to think about the ramifications on the lives of everyday people which I have gotten to know both as a Chaplain and as a potential candidate. You will now have a voice and what I will renew is the integrity and the statesmanship of public service including focusing on what needs to be done for this district and act on it. Everyone has their story and their circumstances and I know what it means because I have lived it, have been there and experienced the difficulties and the disappointments that so many of us feel. What we need is a representative who will not only listen but I will work diligently on your behalf to improve your lives and get things done for people in every walk of life. It will be done by closely working with federal, state, county, city and local communities and forming business partnerships.
Based on this experience and the hard work that lies ahead as an Non-Partisan candidate, there needs to be changes for the middle class and the lower income of every race in regards to more job training and jobs. Including, how employees are treated. I plan to introduce legislation that is more favorable for the employees and their rights. Also, increasing wages so you can earn a living for yourself and your families. In other words, more equal pay so it benefits everyone including corporations who recognize that it does work as to the morale and productivity. We need to make changes so that it is not one sided for the top 1% but for everyone because in the long run it really works for a more inclusive economy that benefits everyone. We need to make changes so that elections cannot be bought (Citizen United) or manipulate your vote to favor a certain candidate. We need to accommodate our veterans who do not qualify for VA housing because they make too much money including financial aid from the VA. They are known as the in-betweeners. The main reason is that they have gone through divorce and end up paying their past debts, alimony and child support and have very little left in order to get on their own. 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 or .025% of their income. If anyone tells you we need to cut Social Security or raise the age is absolutely incorrect. Capping is the best solutions as compared to other options for the middle class and lower income families. We also need to make changes in our educational system and provide means to lower the cost of a college education, common sense immigration reform, and racial equality. There are many more issues to be worked on and I will be very focused on the issues that matter to all of us especially the middle class, those who inspire to become middle class and those who are trying to find a way to make decent wages in order to live. There is more in detail about these issues and others at the following link...
Important to note that my wife and I are moving close to 4 years in district 3 to another location that is right near the border of district 3. I will be closer to where I conduct an outreach program with the homeless veterans and the homeless in conjunction with the VA, Chaplaincy Nevada and other organizations. I do plan to run for congress for district 3 because of our length of time living in the 3rd district. I know it well and know what needs to be done.
Working with homeless as a volunteer, I did not realize the extent of the problems facing Nevada. These are the latest statistics that we are dealing with...
*We are in the top 2% in the U.S. for Neglect and Abuse of Children including Children Trafficking.
The solutions are varied for the homeless as a result of the stigma related to the homeless. We need to expand the number of shelters with good security as a result of so many IDs being stolen during the night. We need to inform them of what services are available for them which is provided by the state, by the county, and by the cities. The funding is from each branch and makes it possible to provide these services to the homeless. We need to form partnerships with local companies to hire both the unemployed and the homeless for those who are motivated. In time, it will make these problems far better then they are now. I am also on the committee with Mayor's Faith Initiative To End Homelessness in out city and currently working on solutions. It is totally made up with volunteers.
An issue that means a lot to me are the homeless veterans... according to various news outlets, there are candidates in the 2016 presidential election who want to privatize the VA permanently with a Voucher System and it is gaining traction. In other words, get rid of the VA and replace it with privatization. A News article that was written and I thought it was comprehensive as to the Veteran's point of view. This is an excerpt..."Actually, many people know exactly what would happen, among them...AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sending millions of older, sicker Americans many of them requiring specialized care for rare and complex health problems into the waiting arms of private insurers, private doctors and private pharmaceutical firms is a recipe for chaos and rationing on a grand scale. As the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded its assessment would be a dramatic shift of health care costs onto the Vets costing an added 50 billion dollars more to privatize the VA."
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