As a veteran of the United States military, I’m fortunate to have never had to worry about my health care. That should true for every American. We need a Medicare for All public health insurance program that guarantees everyone their coverage. Allowing everyone, regardless of age, to buy into Medicare would be a good first step.
We must also defend Medicaid. Wisconsin’s failure to accept the federal Medicare expansion has had a devastating effect on our rural hospitals. Proposed federal cuts to Medicaid would just make things worse. Rural Wisconsinites need the same access to health care as anyone else.
The security of our nation has always been a priority for me. That’s why I joined the U.S. Navy after high school. National security, however, is not just about having the strongest military and the best weaponry. It’s also about diplomacy, building alliances, and fostering a strong and fair economy. Too many of our leaders have forgotten that.
We are a powerful nation, but we must use that power wisely. America is most secure when we are guided by our core values as a nation. To lead, is to first and foremost, to lead by example. We must promote and defend democracy, human rights, free and fair elections, freedom of the press, and the integrity of the judiciary. And we must do so consistently – at home and abroad.
Building Strong Rural Economies
Owning a business in a small town has given me a deeper understanding of the issues facing many people in northern and western Wisconsin. I’ve seen how main streets in too many towns have struggled to keep open businesses – even if everyone wants them to stay. Many of our young people move to larger cities to find better job opportunities.
To build strong rural economies, we must invest in our rural infrastructure. That means quality broadband for businesses and individuals, as well as better highway and rail networks to connect rural Wisconsin to regional, national, and global markets. I’ll make sure that when it comes federal infrastructure spending, that northern and western Wisconsin don’t get left behind.
Free and fair elections are essential to democracy. I will defend the integrity our election process from all threats – be it partisan gerrymandering, restrictions on voting rights, the corrupting influence of big money, or interference by foreign powers.
An Economy that Works for All of Us
People are working hard – oftentimes at more than one job. They’re raising children who they wish the world for. They’re seniors, who worry about whether their Social Security or Medicare benefits they paid into their whole lives will be cut. They’re young people struggling to make ends meet on minimum wage.
I’ll defend Social Security and Medicare – and I’ll work to expand Social Security so it provides working people with paid family and medical leave in times of need. I’ll fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Together, we can build an economy that works for all of us.
Meeting the Environmental Challenge
In the 21St Century, if we are not careful, we may do serious and perhaps irreparable harm to the natural environment that supports and sustains all life, including our own. Fortunately, we can find new ways to meet our economic needs while also protecting the environment- but only if we recognize the real dangers in front of us and have the political will to face them directly.
Climate change is real and is already causing us both financial and personal harm. The United States must invest aggressively in a clean energy economy, and we must make sure that northern and western Wisconsin participate in and benefit from the clean energy industries that our future rests upon. We must also do what is necessary to protect our local waters. We can’t let poor planning and lack of oversight cause us to lose one of our most precious resources upon which we all depend.