It is time for love to negate hate. It is time to rethink our political agenda as we move further into dangerous relations, both abroad and domestically. Some of our closest allies – Canada, Austrailia, Germany, France, Britain, and our now alienated neighbor Mexico – are wondering if they can even trust the United States. Today, our international goodwill is burning hot. Our President is a strange and angry man, who strays further and further from democracy and closer to oligarchy, war, and decentralization each day, embracing misunderstanding and dismissing science. Moving forward, there is no room for doubt about climate change. It’s time for us to work together in a different direction, one we can feel good about, to keep Wisconsin beautiful and full of spirit. It’s time to Care. For REAL.
Sister Bay, WI.
Greetings fellow Wisconsinites! Welcome to a journey of prosperity and kindness. I am the Candidate that cannot be bribed or bought. Serving the disabled throughout my career has been and continues to be a journey based on compassion, not a paycheck. W.E.B. DuBois once reminded us to “Heal the sick as a privilege, not as a charity.” I am the only Candidate who actually works in the field of healthcare. I support Medicare for all at a federal level, and the increased accessibility and maintenance of BadgerCare at the state level. Healthcare for all must become the standard in our country. Transitioning towards civility also includes the way we treat our inmates, the disabled community, our senior population, and our Veterans. As Governor, I will lead our transition to sustainable living, as ours is a world of finite resources, and it is to all of our benefit to keep that in mind as we rediscover rationality. This campaign is about how our state transitions into one we can be proud of, one we can all call Wisconsin.
On May 18 — about four months before the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history unfolded on the Las Vegas Strip — gunman Stephen Paddock was thinking about San Diego.
On an HP laptop seized from one of his Mandalay Bay hotel rooms after the massacre, authorities found a web search from that Thursday in May for “La Jolla Beach,” as well as evidence that he’d visited sandiego.org, the region’s tourism website.
From his perch on the 32nd floor of the hotel, Paddock, a professional gambler, sprayed gunfire for more than 10 minutes down on concert-goers attending the Route 91 Harvest music festival on Oct. 1. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 700 injured.
*”Report: Las Vegas shooter researched San Diego and La Jolla beaches months before massacre”. Los Angeles Times, Kristina Davis (1/19/18).
What does this campaign have to offer when looking at improvements in our healthcare system? As Governor of Wisconsin, healthcare providers will advertise their prices so they are known to the consumer. Rebuilding our infrastructure will increase the accessibility of hospitals and medical services, as nearly a third of all highway fatalities are due to poor infrastructure. Ensuring that public schools serve nutritionally balanced meals before school and at lunchtime is important in keeping our population healthy. This campaign proposes a “margin tax”, whereby: if a company generates a 200% profit on a pharmaceutical drug, they pay an additional 1% tax on income from that product within the state. If a company generates a 300% profit on a pharmaceutical drug, they pay an additional 2% tax on income from that product within the state. If they generate a 400% profit, 3% tax, and so on. We propose a year-over-year inflation cap of 15% on pharmaceutical supplements that people need to survive. As Governor, Wisconsinites seeking emergency medical treatment will be able to purchase an emergency supply of every lifesaving pharmaceutical supplement sold in the state. If an individual cannot procure an adequate supply of said lifesaving supplement(s), it is paid for by the aforementioned margin tax and by garnishing of recipients, not to exceed 10%. No one should die because their Kickstarter fundraising page to pay for medicine came up short. It is important that we move away from a system where healthcare is tied to the employer both from an economic standpoint and and also one of increased accessibility.
I believe that Wisconsinites agree in many ways that cannabis law reform is a mainstream issue that needs to be addressed. As Governor, I will legalize cannabis across the board in Wisconsin. Legalizing and heavily taxing marijuana will boost Wisconsin’s economy and generate important revenue. As someone with Epilepsy, I can certainly appreciate the empirical effects of medical marijuana on a wide variety of conditions. I understand the dire need for medicinal applications, and I also understand that decriminalization is something Wisconsin wants. Legalizing marijuana will stymie the growth of inmate populations, especially important since the enforcement of anti-pot legislation has been racially biased for decades. This campaign believes in offering tax breaks to those convicted of marijuana possession who open pot stores. With mass financial reserves and their subsequent ability to potentially obtain permits at a rapid pace, it is important that big pharmaceutical companies are not allowed to push aside the farmers of Wisconsin as we exploit this new freedom. America’s war on drugs has largely been a costly and failed mission, and the war against marijuana ends in Wisconsin upon my election in November.
Party and state lines should matter less and less when it comes to helping our fellow Americans in the event of a natural disaster. Today we face many of these stunning conflicts with nature, such as forest fires, hurricanes, widespread flooding, and earthquakes. Many of us have likely seen media footage of neighbors helping each other survive without regard for much else in the aftermath of these events. As Governor, I will make sure that Wisconsin’s esteemed State Troopers and National Guard are ready for dispatch to provide solely humane assistance to all American states and territories during these times of trouble.
Hurricanes, tsunamis, tropical storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding, and raging forest fires are all part of an unprecedented dispatch from Mother Nature. New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles are significantly below sea level; years of concrete on top of concrete pushing them into the Earth. The oceans are rising. Wisconsin is exposed to flooding, tornadoes, and large power outages. Other potentially dangerous variables exist that we may not be able to take into account at the moment. I propose that we make modest transformations to public libraries throughout the state, so that they can serve as “emergency checkpoints” for all citizens in the event of such emergencies.
Libraries are proportionally separated from each other, inlaid amidst populated areas, and well-defined. All branches are synchronized with one another; there is already a state-wide on-line system that connects all of Wisconsin’s public libraries, “LINKcat”. Public libraries contain computers, phones, fax machines, internet, bilingual staff (if present), and a wealth of information within. Many “seed libraries” are now maintained within our public libraries. Wisconsin’s public library system also possesses vehicles such as box trucks, which are utilized to transport materials about the state.
Some libraries may not need to be utilized in this capacity, others would likely require remodeling. In the wake of climate change and our overall safety, Wisconsin needs a degree of readiness to address the future. When water towers are actually tapped into, we will wish we had taken such measures. Imagining the need for such preparation is a bit overwhelming, but implementing a strategy for the health and safety of our communities, establishing these “emergency checkpoints” ahead of time, is symbolic of the shared interests of all Wisconsinites.
I am a strong advocate for public libraries, and despite these proposed changes, as Governor, Wisconsin’s public libraries will maintain their natural roles in our society, and continue to flourish within those roles.
Rainwater harvesting involves collecting runoff from an impervious surface and storing it in a container or basin for later use. The container can range in size from a rain barrel, typically 55 or 90 gallons, to a cistern which can hold hundreds or thousands of gallons of water. Harvested rainwater can supply water for various uses including car washing, toilet flushing, clothes laundering, irrigation, and fire fighting. Rainwater harvesting helps reduce dependence on the drinking water supply for non-consumptive uses and reduces stormwater runoff. Requiring the utilization of porous paving for parking lots, and looking to increase the number of tree boxes alongside or within paved areas can allow rainwater to seep into the soil beneath. With our wetlands being compromised, and sustainability as our target, it is increasingly important that Wisconsin adopt a variety of green approaches to infrastructure development and water reclamation.
I was recently asked about my stance on immigration, and recognized the significance of creating walls, being that we are a nation of immigrants. Topically, today’s version of immigration is laden with stigmas of racism and xenophobia. One is either “for” or “against” immigration, when the parameters are actually one of the human community and not entirely defined by walls or paper. One of Wisconsin’s most iconic leaders and the creator of Earth Day, Senator Gaylord Nelson once spoke of immigration. According to Senator Nelson, one could not be an advocate for the environment and in favor of immigration simultaneously, as they conflict in principle. Indeed, the more crowded certain areas become, the greater strain on resources in those regions. Is it wise to employ a more laissez-faire immigration policy if the result includes a broad disruption of fragile ecosystems? Through the lens of the environmentalist, without the tint of hate, the shifting of populations is certainly a global concern. Travel bans and like policy are not part of this campaign. The wall shares no love, and individuals affected by the DREAM Act should be embraced by America as outlined in President Obama’s legislation. Moving forward, the United States needs to have a neutral, efficient, and thorough immigration system balanced with a keen eye on geographic areas that are especially environmentally sensitive to the planet.