You cannot serve two masters. Politicians who accept corporate donations are then compelled to give these same corporations their ears. They ultimately become the voice of corporate interests rather than the voice of the voters who elected them. This frequently leaves the best interests of the voters, and the community, unserved as their voices are ignored. Tamekia pledges to not accept corporate donations. She will listen to and respect the opinions and wishes of the community that she loves. Tamekia Fain-Lovett’s goal is to act as your voice in Washington.
We all deserve access to affordable quality healthcare. The ACA was imperfect, but it was a good start to necessary reforms. Both sides need to work and build on these reforms first by restoring the individual mandate, protecting subsidies and stabilizing insurance markets, then by refining the existing laws to be more effective and can control the cost of premiums.Finally, we need to expand Medicaid to capture those that can not be covered by either an employer policy or the ACA.
All kids deserve the chance to reach their fullest potential. Voucher systems have a track record of failure and hurting those who are already marginalized. We need to invest in, not abandon, public school systems and ensure special needs kids are not cut off from educational opportunities. We need to make college more affordable, and help relieve student debt. We must also recognize there are many paths to success by expanding vocational education in high schools and supporting vocational schools. Education should not favor the wealthy, leaving poor and special needs children behind, as the current administration’s policies seem determined to do.
Dreamers & Immigration
Dreamers need to be protected. They were educated here and for most it is the only home they have known. They serve in our military, pay taxes, abide by the law and contribute to the economy. There is no excuse for not only protecting their status in this country but for failing to fast track them to full fledged citizenship if they so desire.
The anti-immigration stance that has been so heavily promoted by some politicians is distinctly un-American and based on promoting fear. America is not a country of blind fear. In the words of Harry Truman, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
Social Security and Medicare
Social Social Security and Medicare need to be protected and should be neither cut nor privatized. These are not entitlements but instead are savings by the American people toward their own retirement. Americans have paid into social security since its inception back in 1935. Money has been used out of this Trust by congress to fund other things, leaving it vulnerable. Now it is time for congress to protect the retirement of American workers who have toiled for so many years.
Taxes and the Deficit
The recent tax reform legislation needs to be repealed. Not only does it increase the deficit, it does nothing to spurn the economy and simply creates a greater inequity in wealth at a time when that inequity is already higher than it was in 1920’s according to the CBO’s table and statistics. We need to create middle class tax breaks, start having the wealthy pay their share, and craft a budget that is deficit neutral, something last seen in the 1990’s.
A healthy middle class, who can afford to pay their bills and have a little money left over to spend, would be the best driver for the American economy. Increasing the minimum wage, reducing student loan debt, and tax breaks that benefit the middle class are a start. Working on much needed infrastructure projects and putting American workers back to work is also important. Infrastructure spending will not only aid those who have lost factory jobs, putting them to work, it will also benefit the nation by reinforcing our outdated and crumbling infrastructure.
Our relations with our foreign allies and the US have become strained. These relationships are essential to the health of our nation and the world. A concentrated effort must be made to restore the world's faltering faith in the state of our democracy, and the role of the United States as a world leader.
The Military and Veterans
While military spending should be addressed to cut waste, the military and our troops deserve the full support of the nation they serve. They deserve support both while they are deployed and here at home. Legislation to help disabled vets and retrain them in the workforce and many other programs to help our veterans have failed to pass through congress recently. This is disturbing. Particularly disturbing is the voting down of legislation to expand mental health care to help veteran's cope with PTSD and reduce the high rate of suicide among veterans. It is essential that we provide support to the men and women who have given so much to serve us.
The second amendment and common-sense gun safety laws can and should coexist. Proper legislation will not eradicate gun violence but can provide a level of protection that reduces the incidences of gun violence, suicides and accidental shootings. Such legislation does not seek to criminalize gun ownership, but rather place common sense safeguards in place in order to mitigate the ever growing problem of gun violence, suicides and accidental deaths.