I am running for a seat in the Missouri House, representing the 29th District. My true mission, however, is to make the world a better place and save the human race. I can’t do it alone. As Helen Keller once observed: "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."
My wife, Mary and I visited the Capitol building in Jefferson City right after I filed to run for office. Numerous inspiring thoughts are painted In big gold letters in the rotunda. My favorite is “Ideas control the world.”
The ideas controlling the world right now are not the best ideas available. They have been tried and they have failed. Tens of millions of able-bodied workers are sitting idle while there is vital and socially useful work to be done. Despite the passage of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many patients are not getting the health care they need and health insurance is still not affordable for many people. The basic structure of our system of public education is based on a nineteenth century model that is doing a mediocre job of producing civic minded adults prepared for, and interested in, life-long learning. Our tax system is overly complicated and openly favors the wealthy and well-connected. It's time to try some new ideas and to reintroduce some ideas that have worked in the past.
My ideas for addressing these problems are detailed on the "My Platform" page on this site.
I believe that we should put Missouri's idled workers back to work through New Deal type jobs programs. There is plenty of work to be done (switching to clean, renewable energy; rebuilding our infrastructure; cleaning up the environment). Paying able-bodied workers to sit idle when there is vital work to be done is the ultimate example of the incompetence of our current legislatures.
I propose the addition of a market-oriented public option to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to make health insurance (and health care) even more affordable.
I want to see our public schools governed individually and democratically, with students, teachers, and parents having an active role in decision making.
For democracy to function properly ideas must be discussed and debated in a serious manner. I hope that the majority of voters and candidates during this critical election year will focus on ideas and ignore the petty insults and accusations, the attack ads and mudslinging and finger pointing that have come to dominate our political process.
The time for politics as theater is past. We can’t afford it. We have to have a calm reasoned discussion leading to the election of the candidates with the best ideas for how to end unemployment; address the threat of climate change; develop clean, renewable sources of energy; control the rising cost of health care; and implement a simple and fair system of taxation.
As the heirs to a noble tradition of free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power, going back over two hundred years, we are blessed as Americans with the ability to change our government using ballots instead of bullets. We don’t have to risk our lives to replace our current government with one that will truly represent the common interest and “promote the general welfare.” We only have to vote.
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