About 40,000 veterans are homeless at any given moment, and far too many others are not getting the support – and timely service from the VA – they need as they return to civilian life, look for work, and cope with PTSD and other challenges. The men and women who have served this country in uniform deserve more than just our thanks, they deserve our best – and I will work hard to see that they get it.
Events around the world in the past few decades have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that a country that cannot substantially produce its own food is simply a disaster that hasn’t happened yet. With that in mind, I consider the wellbeing of American farmers to be a matter of national security, and will treat their concerns and needs with all the seriousness that implies. As one might predict from that, I strongly oppose the cuts to the USDA proposed by the Trump administration.
There is overwhelming scientific consensus that the Earth’s climate is changing, and that human activity is substantially responsible. I will work to ensure that our nation reclaims its leadership role in international efforts to limit the extent of global climate change, and that we are proactive in addressing its effects. We only have one planet, and ignoring this problem in hopes that it will somehow go away on its own is not a risk that we should be willing to take.
America is a nation built by successive waves of immigrants, and while every new group has been viewed with hesitation by those who came before, each has ultimately won acceptance while making our nation stronger. With that in mind, we should comprehensively reform our broken immigration system, and offer a path to citizenship for those who may have bent or broken the rules to get here in search of a better life, but are now living by our laws and contributing to our communities.
Our nation is built on the principle of respecting and defending the rights of all citizens to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When any group is singled out for arbitrary discrimination or exclusion – as members of the LGBTQ community currently are in too many cases and places – it threatens all of our freedoms, and should be addressed accordingly.
I support net neutrality and will oppose all efforts by the Trump administration and others to allow big telecommunications companies to invade our privacy, stifle competition, and endanger the future of the open web as a vehicle for economic innovation and the expansion of freedom.
Providing paid family and medical leave for every worker is a matter of basic human decency, and I will support legislation that moves our nation in that direction, such as the FAMILY Act.
Michigan is exceptionally blessed with natural resources and beauty – from abundant opportunities for hunting and fishing, to acre upon acre of rich agricultural land, vibrant forests, and the Great Lakes that hold over a fifth of the world’s fresh water. It is our responsibility to preserve and protect this great gift for the benefit of our children and grandchildren – by carefully managing our natural resources, by protecting and strengthening programs like the the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and by ensuring that private companies are not allowed to recklessly endanger our common heritage in the name of short-term profit.
Social Security is part of the the bedrock of the American Dream – a promise that if you work hard through your life, you will be able to have a decent retirement, no matter what happens to you in the meantime. More than that, it has a stabilizing effect on our economy, lifting over 22 million Americans out of poverty directly, and their spending creates millions of additional jobs for those still working. The program has a long-term funding shortfall, but it is nowhere near as dire or insoluble as some politicians would have you believe.
I will fight to ensure that the promise of Social Security is fulfilled not just for those now receiving benefits and those on the verge of retirement, but for all future generations as well.
The women of this country deserve the same rights and freedoms that men enjoy. They should be paid equally for their work, safe from sexual violence and gender discrimination, and able to access the health information and services they need without government interference. We must also take steps to address longstanding inequalities, such as the lack of diversity in STEM fields like computer science, that make it more difficult for women to fully participate in today’s economy.
The health of the labor movement and the health of the American middle class are inextricably linked. Unions do not fight just for their members, but for all working people – it was the blood, sweat, and tears of organized labor that won us the minimum wage, the eight hour workday, and the two-day weekend. If we are to have a future of shared prosperity in this country, the ability of workers to organize and negotiate with their employers must be protected.
Free government cannot long endure if property is largely in a few hands and large masses of people are unable to earn homes, education, and a support in old age.
— President Rutherford B. Hayes