Agriculture is the backbone of our society, and being such allows people in the 2nd District to support themselves and their families. We need to find ways to innovate agriculture that reduces the amount of runoff into the river and waterways, allowing for clean food and clean water. We also need to look at new cash crops by deregulating and legalizing Hemp production which would open an entirely new industry in Louisiana.
The taxpayers of the United States are tired of frivolous spending and getting taxed more and more without seeing any change in system or the government. Each year we are billions if not trillions more in debt, with no end in sight. It is part of my pledge to Audit the Federal Government to see just where we are spending money, what can be cut, what can be reallocated to another area that needs it, and then determine if taxes can be lowered for the individual. Then I will strive to make certain taxes upon corporations fixed and non-deductible.
Broadband internet and mobile communications networks have spurred innovative services and devices that have transformed nearly every aspect of our daily lives. We must continue to ensure that everyone has access to these now essential services, especially in the underserved parts of the community.
I am committed to making sure that all students no matter how rich a district is or how poor a district is, have access to the same quality of education. Education needs to be seen as an investment in our future and not as a commodity.
I am committed to improving Louisiana's quality of life, and as such that means taking a hard look at the energy sector and reducing our dependency on oil and gas in order to reduce pollution in our area, specifically in what has become "Cancer Alley". We can supplement our needs and reduce dependency by utilizing technology that has existed since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and using that technology to harness the power of one of the most powerful rivers in the world, sitting right at our doorstep. We have wasted potential, literally flowing down stream in front of us.
In Louisiana, our environment and our outdoors are the most important part of our economy and way of life. We must do everything we can to protect it, whether it is holding corporations accountable for the pollution they create, or looking at ways to build back the coast line that doesn't kill off ecosystems. If we do nothing, Sportsman's Paradise will no longer be a paradise but a wasteland, filled with dead zones caused by pollution and runoff in the River. Those waters being diverted into other areas are also disrupting entire ecosystems and we see the effect when masses of Dolphins and River Sturgeon wash up dead on the shores. Our fishermen are already seeing the effects by them having to travel further and further out to catch, and in some cases seeing the cancerous growths on the seafood being pulled from the waters. We can do better and we must.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, I am a firm advocate of equality for all, regardless of Race or Sexual Orientation.
I believe that all people should have the right to have a family should they choose to want one. I believe same sex couples can love a child just as much as heterosexual couples can. Additionally, I am a firm believer in the 1st Amendment, which gives us freedom of religion, and that one's religious beliefs cannot and should not be subjected upon another individual who does not hold those religious beliefs. Traditional Family Values used to mean that a white person and a black person could not get married, and luckily today we see how flawed that sort of thinking was. We must now move on to understand that no family is traditional, we all have our arguments and struggles, our good times and celebrations, and we all suffer loss. Here in Louisiana we have Family that we've known for decades and consider our kin, but that aren't related the traditional way, by blood. We are related by friendship, and sometimes we even cherish those friendships more than we do some of our own family members.
We are the only developed nation that refuses to give healthcare to all of its citizens even though we have been fighting for it since the 1940's. This has to change. No one should have to worry whether or not they can afford to get sick or whether they can afford a medication that costs a dollar to make that the insurance company charges $400-$700 for. Healthcare is not a commodity, Peoples' lives are not commodities.
As a coastal state that has faced the devastation of hurricanes time and time again, one of our primary goals should be to build up the coastline as our first line of defense, secure our levees and locks, and make sure that we are as prepared as possible with all the resources in place that can spring into action once a storm hits. Then we can adequately give people the resources they need instead of leaving them down and out, to fend for themselves.
As the son of an immigrant with many friends who are immigrants or children of immigrants, or immigrants that came here as refugees, I can say the immigration takes a long time, a lot longer than some people have to be alive if they stay where they are. There are legal ways to immigration, and I believe those must be adhered to, but if they are here already, then I feel that we can provide a process for those individuals already contributing to our society.
The United States was built off the backs and blood, sweat and tears of hardworking and honest immigrants who came here to build a better life for themselves and their families, and with that I will leave you with a poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
BY Emma Lazarus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Inland waterways and harbors are important components of the nation's transportation system. Like highways and runways, our nation's 12,000-mile Mississippi inland waterway system, which funnels into the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth in Louisiana, is an important transport resource. Locally, we have waterways and canals that give access to many areas that are inaccessible otherwise. Some Marinas rely solely on access to these waterways to keep them in business and have been forced to close due to people putting fences across canals that have been used as right-of-ways for decades. I will work tirelessly to ensure that these gates get taken down and will investigate to see if any of the gates currently up, received all the appropriate permits needed when building anything in wetlands, marshes and along the banks of waterways.
Congress must protect the security of the United States, both at home and abroad. America faces a diverse range of threats, from radical Islamic terrorists to domestic Radical White Supremacists and other radical groups that wish to do us harm here at home. We must be proactive in determining who these people are and the threats they pose in order to stop them from committing any of the heinous acts we've witnessed.
Congress has a duty to preserve the Social Security program for workers and retirees who have played by the rules and paid into Social Security throughout their careers. Congress must also work to make the program sustainable for future generations. One of the first things we can do is give those on these fixed incomes a Cost Of Living Adjustment to allow our Retirees more flexibility in their lives on how they can spend their money.
I am the son of two Navy Veterans and the brother of a Coast Guard Veteran, as well as the Grandson of an Army Veteran and a Marine Veteran. We owe a great deal to our veterans and what we need to to better is get them the help and the healthcare they need, whether it's psychological or medical help. Our veterans need us and we must come through for them and ensure that they feel at home and feel that they are valued members of our society.