Fair Tax Platform Issues
You and your family pay taxes each year, so why are companies like Amazon and Walmart paying 0% in taxes while their trucks use our public infrastructure and their workers rely on federal benefits to survive? On top of that, 2018 was the first year the top 400 individual earners in this country paid less in taxes than the middle class. Our campaign will fight to change the federal tax code so that large corporations stop draining federal resources and begin paying their fair share in taxes.
Quietly, Wall Street speculators are using computer programs to make lightning fast transactions that destabilize our financial system. Our campaign will introduce a speculative trading tax to these types of transactions on Wall Street.
By introducing fair tax policies that level the playing field and target risky behavior, our campaign will secure the funding necessary to implement every one of these platform proposals to protect working Americans while combatting the national debt. Under our platform, individuals making up to $250,000 and couples making up to $500,000 jointly would see an increase in their annual disposable income and would benefit from our campaign's objectives of eliminating electricity bills by 2035, letting you access any doctor you want and eliminating medical debt and all health insurance premiums, copays, and deductibles by 2025 and providing healthy school meals and a complete education from pre-k through 4-year public college or trade school to all students from 2022 onward. Detailed rates related to the Fair Tax Platform can be found on the FTP resources page.
Medicare for All (M4A)
Americans deserve the security and stability of knowing they can visit any doctor they want without going bankrupt in the process. The current Affordable Care Act-led system will cost $50+ trillion in the next 10 years while leaving millions of Americans un-insured or underinsured. Our campaign will push to cut government spending at least 10% over 10 years while allowing Americans the freedom to see any doctor they want without deductibles, premiums, or out of pocket expenses.
We will pass Medicare for All similar to H.R. 1384, but with a 4 year implementation period which will allow Americans to visit any doctor they want while addressing our nation's debt by cutting government spending on healthcare from current projections of $50 trillion down to $40 trillion. The simple solution involves expanding Medicare to include dental care, live-in care, hearing aids, and eye care - and then enrolling all Americans in this program by 2025. This single payer system will eliminate all premiums, out of pocket expenses, and deductibles while letting Americans visit any doctor they want. No more out of network expenses or dealing with rejected claims from the insurance companies. Under this program, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service remain fully funded as separate programs and private insurance will still exist to provide optional coverage for cosmetic medical procedures but M4A will cover all medically necessary services. In the richest nation on earth, you deserve a healthy, safe, and secure life.
When the United States was faced with the threat of terrorism, we and our allies around the globe responded with strength, unity and resolve. Unfortunately, since 2001, more than $6 trillion have been spent on the War on Terror and more than half a million people have died in what has come to be referred to as an endless war. It's time our foreign policy focused on building allies and security through cooperation around shared challenges, not dropping bombs because of our differences. Fortunately, we are standing at a pivotal moment in history and America has the chance to once again lead the world towards a more peaceful and democratic future. Extreme events such as flooding, droughts, and heatwaves are occurring with increased frequency around the globe - destabilizing many small nations and costing governments billions annually in recovery costs. Migration away from these unstable regions has already begun and the trend will continue to intensify. These are the real national security threats we must unite to address. Instead of building walls, our campaign will advocate a smart foreign policy using the nation's vast financial resources to support strategic aid programs in these countries so that migrants do not need to leave their homes in the first place. For those already in the country who cannot return home because of unsafe conditions, we support a pathway to citizenship. We will also rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and renegotiate it to be more aggressive so that our farmers, coastal residents and low-laying cities can adapt to and mitigate future extreme weather events.
Whether your dream is to be a teacher, a scientist, an expert craft-person, an artist, or an entrepreneur, you are most valuable to society when you have access to educational resources that help you accomplish your dreams. For working class families who can't afford extensive child care prior to kindergarten, starting a family can be incredibly stressful. Studies show the investments made in your child by age 5 can determine their competitiveness with peers for years to come. To combat this, many couples sacrifice one person's income instead of paying for child care. Our campaign believes having a child should not cost you your career and that all Americans deserve access to a complete education. Our Fair Tax Platform pays for universal pre-kindergarten, for extensive reinvestments in our public schools, for increasing public teacher salaries to a minimum of $60,000, for the expansion of access to healthy school meal programs and after school activities, for eliminating student debt and for making the first 4 years of public colleges and trade schools debt free (G16).
Before becoming a candidate, Skylar was on the front lines of the climate crisis in places like Indonesia, Cambodia, Ghana and South Africa. Scientists are being brutally honest when they tell us we have less than 10 years to cut our emissions or else face a catastrophe. Our campaign is pursuing an aggressive set of solutions for holistically and cost-effectively leading above and beyond the Paris Accord to address this issue in the short timeframe scientists have given us. The best part about this is that clean water, clean air, and a clean planet for our children and grandchildren are some of the most universally-held values across our district. That is why the Electricity for All program is budget neutral after 15 years and quickly transitions our grid to 100% renewable energy. That is why our Affordable Housing plan emphasizes weatherization programs to make buildings more efficient and focuses on preserving land since that is also one of the most effective ways of combatting the climate crisis. That is also why we believe in restructuring our corporate agricultural system so that it favors climate-resilient farmers and local alternatives.
Paid Family and Sick Leave
A happy constituency forms a more productive community. That is why we will fight to bring the United States up to speed with most other developed countries in providing guaranteed paid family and sick leave. To encourage a country where both parents understand the day-t0-day responsibilities of parenthood, paid maternity and paternity leave should be provided for all families. Furthermore, childcare is an incredibly expensive burden on many new families, often forcing one parent to put their career on hold. Community childcare must be made available to everyone who needs it and we must also focus on expanding our public education system to include universal pre-k. Additionally, having sick workers come into the office and get others ill is an unnecessary burden on our healthcare system. Paid sick leave must be guaranteed to all Americans. Medicare for All (M4A) then ensures every American returns to work swiftly since they can see the doctors they need without paying any deductibles, premiums, or out of pocket expenses.
Campaign Finance Reform and Term Limits
Once a politician is elected to the US House of Representatives or Senate, they have no term limits and can accept infinite donations from super PACs. Over time, this has resulted in the voices of the powerful few severely outweighing the common sense requests of the many. Our campaign is committed to reforming this corrupt campaign finance system and instituting term limits on members of the House and Senate. While some members of the House have been re-elected for over 20 years, this campaign is committed to keeping our democracy fresh and representative of actual communities. Skylar promises to serve a maximum of 5 terms (10 years) in the House and to refuse contributions from corporate PACs and special interests This is a grassroots campaign focused on common sense issues that unite each and every one of us.
Our campaign is committed to liberty and justice for all. For too long women have been paid inadequately for their work and now women have been enduring unprecedented attacks from this current administration. We must do everything in our power to codify a women's right to control their own body in our law. Our campaign supports efforts to pass an Equal Rights Amendment that guarantees equal pay for equal work, ends workplace discrimination, and embeds a woman's right to choose into our nation's Constitution. Medicare for All (M4A) also makes women's health facilities available in your immediate community and covers the cost of basic prescriptions like birth control.
Bucks County's economy has been growing at a pace far ahead of the state-wide average for many years which has led to a boom in housing prices. While this has been beneficial for many, the area's population is aging, resulting in an affordable housing crisis for our retiring seniors and young people. Our campaign will pursue a vigorous revitalization program focused on converting and rehabilitating existing commercial structures to better accommodate the rental needs of our seniors and youth. Instead of destroying our natural green spaces with new developments that may not meet the long term needs of the community, we will advocate a sustainable path that balances community building, improving quality of life, increasing affordability and ending housing discrimination. This approach is further supported by studies by organizations like Conservation International showing nature conservation and preservation can account for as much as 30% of the solution to the climate crisis.
Electricity for All Program
America's energy system is outdated. Our campaign advocates a fiscally responsible strategy to rapidly transition our economy towards renewable energy. We envision a 10-year renewable energy program that eliminates your electricity bill at the end of that decade and liberates every American from their electric utility company by 2035. Coal, oil, and gas workers displaced by this transition would be automatically enrolled in the JOSHUA (Jobs on Sustainable Human Activities) Program and given priority placement in the clean energy industry.
How would it all work? The average solar or wind project pays for itself in 10 years or less. This return on investment is guaranteed since the presence of the sun and wind is nearly constant and predictable. The Electricity for All Program creates a public utility to compete with the private sector by providing homeowners with low-interest financing exclusively for residential and community solar, wind, or geothermal projects. Every federal dollar spent on this program would be paid back by 2035 - rapidly modernizing and decarbonizing our energy system without adding to the federal debt.
Workplace Democracy and Living Wages
In 1950, CEOs made 20 times as much as the average worker. In 2019, CEOs make 361 times more than the average worker. To combat this rampant greed, our campaign will introduce a corporate tax directly on companies that pay their CEOs more than 50 times as much as their average hire. Together, we will end "Right to Work" laws and guarantee the right to unionize. Every worker deserves a living wage and no one should need to work more than 40 hours per week for a decent standard of living in the wealthiest nation in history. Our campaign will fight for a living wage of at least $15 per hour and deny federal contracts to companies that pay poverty wages or engage in union busting. We will also fight for a federal jobs guarantee as part of a 21st Century Economic Bill oof Rights. As automation threatens jobs in specific industries, the JOSHUA program will be expanded from its initial focus on the Electricity for All Program to include retraining and up-skilling workers from all industries for the sustainable jobs of tomorrow.
Automation and Artificial Intelligence
Software for filing taxes, self-check out at the grocery store, financial trading algorithms, and robotic stocking and manufacturing lines are just a few everyday examples of automation and artificial intelligence beginning to chip away at both blue and white collar American jobs. The Brookings Institute put out a report saying that up to 25% of jobs in the US economy have high exposure to automation and AI. Sectors like trucking and transportation, as well as accounting, insurance, and manufacturing will be the hardest hit. Studies from the World Economic Forum (WEF) are even showing early signs that women in the retail industry are being hit particularly hard by automation job losses. Our campaign's Fair Tax Platform is built on the idea that every American deserves a basic level of stability and security no matter what the future brings.
Up front, the Fair Tax Platform demands stock options for employees who lose their jobs from automation and ensures workers displaced by a changing economy have their basic living, education, and healthcare needs met while also receiving extensive retraining initiatives and career placement services through the Jobs on Sustainable Human Activities (JOSHUA) Program. The JOSHUA Program will be part of a $1 trillion 5 year package to create 13 million jobs to rebuild our nation's crumbling infrastructure and protect its vast natural resources. Every single one of these programs can be responsibly funded while increasing annual disposable income for individuals making under $250,000 and couples making under $500,000.
If the worst predictions of automation job losses are to be believed, even the Fair Tax Platform won't be enough to protect American workers, which is why this campaign advocates the creation of a Congressional Committee on Automation and Emerging Technological Impacts on the Workforce so that we can find the most effective way of taxing automation to protect good American jobs while encouraging innovation.
Our freedom is owed to the service of those who have fought to defend this great nation. We must honor our commitment to our veterans by ending the VA benefits backlog and fully funding and resourcing the VA. We must end the privatization of veterans resources and instead provide at least $50 billion in new funding to repair, modernize and rebuild VA infrastructure while expanding the VA Caregivers Program and making mental health services available to all. Broadly speaking, we must end our endless wars and ensure the lives of our young men and women in uniform are put at risk in only the most demanding national security situations.
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Americans have paid into social security for decades, trusting it to be there as a safety net for their retirement. Our campaign will fully fund social security and medicaid while expanding medicare to include dental care, hearing aids, and vision care. Additionally, many seniors simply don't have families nearby to provide basic in-home care needs, which is why Medicare for All (M4A) expands medicare to include in-home care.
Ending the Opioid Epidemic
Bucks and Montgomery counties have been heavily hit by the national opioid epidemic. Our community health centers and emergency responders are on the front lines of this tragedy - and it is time we aggressively pursue justice for those impacted by the system's failure. Our campaign believes the pharmaceutical companies that misled doctors and patients with these pain medications must be brought to justice by our court system. Furthermore, we must expand investments in community health centers while ensuring emergency responders have the tools they need to save as many lives as possible.
Replacing these deadly medications with safe and effective alternatives must also be a focus. More than 30 states are exploring medical marijuana as a tool for combatting this crisis but its status as a Schedule 1 drug at the federal level prevents widespread scientific research from occurring. The truth is that on the average day, 130 Americans die from opioids and 0 die from existing medical marijuana programs. Our campaign believes in reclassifying marijuana's status at the federal level to accelerate scientific research on its medical benefits as a replacement for opioids. We also support immediate decriminalization and a clear pathway to full legalization of marijuana. Lives are on the line and we are committed to exploring all possible solutions to this epidemic.
Everyone deserves fair care, education, housing and employment. The single payer Medicare for All (M4A) program provides in-home and community based care services with no premiums, no deductibles, and no out of pocket expenses. To make our education system more fair, we would increase funding to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by 50%. Our campaign would also bring the Disability Integration Act to the House, opening up a guarantee to the right to community living and we would work to guarantee the right to truly integrated employment that pays a living wage. This would mean repealing Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act to end the subminimum wage practices that discriminate against disabled Americans, trapping them in cyclical poverty.
Common Sense Gun Safety
Domestic gun violence has killed more Americans than terrorism in the past 20 years. Respecting our 2nd Amendment while protecting our schools and public spaces can be accomplished through smart regulations. Consider that countries like Switzerland have 4 guns per person and in an average year, no mass shootings. There are lessons we can learn on how to improve American gun policy. Our campaign is committed to protecting your legal right to bear arms while removing weapons of war from American streets. We will fight for common sense solutions including universal background checks, required training hours for new gun owners so that everyone with a gun knows how to use it safely, closing the gun show loophole, expanding access to mental health services, and instituting a federal buy-back program targeting automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. Together, we can make our schools and communities safer while preserving the heritage of Bucks and Montgomery county hunters.
Voting and a Secure Democracy
Our campaign believes all citizens should be automatically registered to vote at age 18 with vote by mail available to all voters. To protect the integrity of our voting system, hand-marked paper ballots should be the standard for casting votes and to avoid the horrific gerrymandering that plagues our nation, we will advocate voting districts be decided by independent 3rd party citizen commissions.
Love is love. People are people. Freedom is freedom. The pervasive discrimination against our LGBTQ+ communities must come to an end. Our campaign recognizes there are immediate needs for housing and workplace protections, but that the needs of these groups go far deeper into specific health, education, family planning, and retirement considerations. We will fight in solidarity with these groups to understand the most pressing issues and codify these into law. Freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are cornerstones of the Declaration of Independence. Our campaign will re-affirm America's commitment to these values for all people.
Israel and Palestine
Our campaign believes in a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel remains one of our more important allies in the Middle East and we must encourage their democracy to become more inclusive through diplomatic negotiations. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was done in an abrupt manner that could incite further violence and instability in the region. We must use our available leverage to encourage a return to peace negotiations on both sides.
Communities of color across our district and more specifically, around the country, have been unjustly targeted for generations. It is time we stand up and affirm that our America works equitably for everyone and we will leave absolutely no one behind. From criminal justice reform to ending the war on drugs and fully-funding our public school systems, we must ensure the American dream is available to everyone regardless of their background.