an AmeriCAN Revolution is coming
I am running to represent our 12th Congressional District (all of Delaware County, all of Licking County, all of Morrow County, and parts of Franklin, Muskingum, Marion and Richland Counties) in the United States House of Representatives in 2018. I previously ran in 2016 in an effort to provide our voters with a choice.
The skills that I have developed over forty years in my business career and learned from my military experience while serving in the US Army are sorely needed in our government. Our Members of Congress have lost their ability to solve our nation's most pressing problems and most of them are more concerned about keeping their jobs than doing their jobs.
As a business person I surface, analyze and solve complex problems all the time to serve my clients and exceed their expectations. As an Officer in the United States Army, I led soldiers and on a daily basis I practiced the planning, organizing and controlling that was necessary for mission accomplishment, using common sense problem-solving skills, as well as teamwork and collaboration.
I have lived in Ohio since 1990 and in Licking County since 2004. I chose to live in Central Ohio because it is a terrific place to live, work, worship and play. I have strong friendships here and I will work hard to serve ALL the people who live, work, worship and play in our communities in the 12th District.
Our nation, our State and our communities in the 12th District are facing many complicated issues related to livable-wage jobs, health, drug addiction, burdensome education loans and our economy. We need leaders with knowledge and experiences who care about ALL our people and who will work towards common-sense solutions to our critical problems. Please join with me in this effort to bring these skills to our US House of Representatives and to once again establish a government OF the People, BY the People, and FOR the People..
As we launch our campaign, I am asking you to help me spread the word by talking to your family, friends and neighbors. Help me meet and talk with your family, friends and neighbors and together we can determine what is best for our communities, our State and our nation.
I also need your help to fund a campaign that is credible and speaks for you. The sad truth of politics today is that there is too much money sloshing around in the process, influencing decisions and impeding progress for the good of ALL of us. I ask for, and welcome, your contributions to our campaign so we can conduct a true "Campaign of the People," rather than feel the need to become beholden to special interests and BIG money donors.
Together we can set our country on the right course for a future where everyone has an equal opportunity to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
There is no doubt that there are dangers in the world. We must be vigilant to protect our citizens from terrorist attacks or "lone wolf" extremists and to ensure that unstable countries do not obtain nuclear weapons. We must protect our government, businesses, and individuals from cyber attacks. We must do all this AND stay true to our core values. Military action should always be the last resort after diplomatic efforts and sanctions have been exhausted.
America CAN be strong, safe and secure, while at the same time, respected and admired around the world.
America CAN have a strong military, secure borders, and protected infrastructure that is inviting to friends and avoided by foes.
It is time to provide training opportunities for the jobs of today and tomorrow while also offering incentives to create jobs for our future. We must invest in our deteriorating infrastructure and in renewable energy sources to build a thriving and sustainable economy for all Americans.
Phasing in a living wage, adjusted for geographic disparities and setting equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, will guarantee a strong middle class and add trillions to our economy.
America CAN provide working opportunities with livable incomes and in safe working environments.
The complexity of our Tax Code is abysmal and inexcusable. As of 2015, our federal tax code was 74,608 pages. Compare that volume to our U.S. Constitution which consists of 4,400 words and it is no wonder that Americans are frustrated and an entire industry exists to prepare our personal taxes.
As our politicians continue to hand out tax breaks for those individuals and corporations who truly do not need them, the middle class is left to shoulder the tax burden. All too often the wealthiest among us pay a lower tax rate than the neediest among us.
We must simplify our tax code, close the loopholes, and restore a fair, balanced and respected tax code for all our citizens.
America CAN be FAIR with reasonable and responsible tax laws for all.
Quality healthcare should be available to all people, regardless of income level or employment status. We should retain what works in the Affordable Care Act and fix what doesn’t.
Offering Medicare for all would provide an already-working competitive alternative in the healthcare industry that would lower healthcare costs, provide access and ease the pressures of health uncertainty for every one of us.
America CAN be HEALTHY at a reasonable, shared cost to all of us.
Education is the backbone of any society and the framework for a free people. It is critical that we make educating our children a top priority. A strong public school system strengthens our society’s bonds and guarantees a strong competitive edge in the world economy.
America CAN be EDUCATED and lead the world in our information age.
As your Congressman, one of my immediate priorities will be to return our government to the people through a combination of (1) calling for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United; (2) ending gerrymandering by taking redistricting out of the hands of politicians; (3) implementing national voting standards; and (4) making automatic voter registration a federal policy.
America CAN be the Democracy our founders envisioned, free of the overwhelming and unhealthy influence of money in our political process.
Climate destabilization is the greatest threat our world faces today and it's our moral obligation to future generations to reduce that threat. We need a comprehensive national energy policy that focuses on reducing carbon emissions and shifts our current economic incentives from dirty fuels to clean renewable energy industries.
America CAN lead the world in sustainable, profitable and innovative environmental solutions.
The brave men and women who defend our country deserve our highest respect and our best care. Too often, our Veterans are frustrated by the with the services by the very agencies charged with their care. We must do better.
We need to modernize those Veteran services so every Veteran has access to timely, high-quality healthcare, including mental health and drug addiction services.
America CAN be GRATEFUL to our Veterans.
It is time for Congress to come together and develop a comprehensive immigration policy that is both fair and humane. Mass deportation would cripple our economy and split up families, and that is not who we are. Immigration reform should provide qualified undocumented immigrants with a legal way to earn citizenship. It should require everyone to play by the same rules, including background checks and paying taxes.
America CAN be WELCOMING to those who share our values, our dreams and our interests.
Ed Albertson | Candi... 25 October 2016
Forum 21 October 2016