My overriding principles are:
- I will put the country's interests before my party or myself.
- Where possible, I prefer simple frameworks that enable something to happen and set goals rather than massive bodies of regulations.
- I will not support any legislation that foists unfunded mandates on state, city and town governments. No matter how wonderful or compelling the legislation may be, our state and local governments are nearly bankrupt, now. They can't handle anything else.
My top priorities are:
Stimulating the economy with FDR style incentive spending and stimulus targeted reduced taxes. Stimulus targeted tax reductions are tax reductions that cause money to circulate in the US economy and should have much the same effect as direct stimulus spending. Examples of stimulus targeted tax reductions would be the social security tax reduction in President Obama's Jobs Bill and my proposal to reduce or eliminate the long term capital gains tax on stock bought at an initial public offering (i.e., bought from the company, not from the stock market). An example of a badly targeted tax reduction would be reducing taxes for rich people. This has been tried several times and that sort of tinkle down economics just doesn't work.
I believe we need an all hands on deck policy to radically reduce our use of fossil fuels, create jobs, fix the economy and improve our security. That said, we also have to do it safely and with as little harm to the environment as possible.
I believe we need Bottom Line Regulation for the people who manage our economy.
I also believe there is no such thing as "Free Trade" unless all the traders are free.
For more information on what I believe, look under "All the Issues" on the left side of the screen.
Overall caveat: I will be just one member of the House if I am elected. That doesn't mean I will be able to get these policies enacted as is. The Issues information is here to give you an idea of what I believe in and what I will negotiate and/or vote to accomplish.