Jobs and the Economy

A gardener may not make the food they harvest; but by planting seeds, pulling weeds, managing the soil, and all the other tasks of gardening, they help plants to grow, flourish, and bear fruit. The government’s role in the economy is basically the same, producing an environment in which workers and businesses can succeed and prosper together.

I will support legislation to:

  • Fix our nation’s absurdly expensive healthcare system, which hurts the global competitiveness of American companies and workers alike, makes it needlessly difficult for small businesses to expand, and discourages entrepreneurship.
  • Enable students and workers to get the education and training that they need to succeed in today’s economy without burying them in debt.
  • Enact a living minimum wage to ensure that anyone working full time can provide a decent life for themselves and their family.
  • Invest in our nation’s critical water, electrical, transportation, and telecommunications infrastructure. Not only will this strengthen our economy and improve our national security, but the process itself will produce many good-paying jobs.

We know that freedom has many dimensions. It is the right of the man who tills the land to own the land; the right of the workers to join together to seek better conditions of labor; the right of businessmen to use ingenuity and foresight to produce and distribute without arbitrary interference in a truly competitive economy.

– Robert Kennedy