There are many pressing issues in our country right now that are centered around people, their health, their safety, their rights, their freedoms, and their general well-being. These issues should be the highest priority for any elected person.
Below is a list of some of the issues about which Steve believes we should all be concerned. Included with the issues are some possible solutions or remedies that could be undertaken to correct them. These issues are not necessarily listed in order of relative urgency; they are all very important issues that need immediate attention.
The problems presented here cannot be resolved by a single member of Congress. However, with the input, brain storming, and problem solving of an engaged constituency, every one of these issues has a much better chance of being permanently resolved quickly and efficiently. In professional, policy and evaluation, research, and clinical practice, this is referred to as the best practices approach. Best practice approaches are procedures that are accepted or prescribed as being the currently accepted correct or most effective way to currently address the problems or challenges we face. With Steve representing and fighting for the people of the 7th Congressional District, the odds are very high that we will achieve our goals.
Income & Wealth Inequality
Income and wealth inequality cause most of the ills in our society, and must be addressed aggressively, thoroughly, and most urgently. We must have pay equity for women and people of color. We must have living wages that are tied to inflation. We must protect our seniors by expanding Social Security benefits. We must end poverty using best practice approaches. Paid family and medical leave is essential to prevent the destruction of our families' health and well being. We need to remove incentives for reckless gambling by large financial institutions with penalties and taxes. White collar criminals must be prosecuted and we have to end the 2-tier justice system.
Fighting for Rights
We must fully recognize the rights of all people. We all have the responsibility to prevent and eliminate any action that allows for the domination or exploitation of others, including human trafficking. Further, there is no place for discrimination against any person on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, or mental or physical ability.
Campaign Finance Reform
We must reform the current campaign finance system. There is far too much dark money in our current campaign finance system. We must pass a 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United and stop treating corporations like they are people. We must return the power of governance to the people by putting the rights of individual citizens and the interests of the nation before the privileges of the wealthy, corporations, political parties, and super PACs.
We must take better care of veterans and provide each with all of the benefits they have earned and deserve. We must end delays in the processing of veterans' claims. We must hire the staff required to reduce backlogs in treatment appointments for both physical and mental health services. We must prevent the privatization of the VA Healthcare System. We must expand travel reimbursement to help veterans receive the preventative care and treatment that could positively change their health outcomes. We have to expand and fully fund access to services outside the VA system for those veterans living great distances from VA facilities.