In an effort to be responsive to citizens, I am seeking good questions and trying my best to answer them. We also welcome your comments on any of the questions and answers.
Question on two hot international issues from Hafsa ….. I think that the issues in and around Gaza and Crimea reflect the two major political global issues that we face now, ones that the world has confronted for time immemorial. First the world is ensnarled in a multitude of disputes among tribes, nationalities, and warring factions. READ MORE
Questions on the environment from Brian ….. Environmental protection means economic change. The people who oppose environmental safeguards do not prefer and ugly or endangered environment; they just prefer to protect their own economic gain over the general good. So three things that I’d like to work on in Congress over the next two years are: READ MORE
Question on money in politics by Molly ….. Molly, I think that you’ve really zeroed in on the many insidious ways in which money corrupts politics. As you say, there is no gain when we work to remove a “moneyed interest” representative from office and replace him or her with someone else who has deeply entrenched financial support. READ MORE
Question on Revolving Door in Washington by Donna ….. In some cases former members of Congress have to wait a year to before they can actively lobby. Actually, Larry Rhoden, a Republican running for the Senate from South Dakota, has proposed a permanent ban READ MORE
Question on Making Congress more effective by Bob ….. Reduce the influence of money in politics. Since both legislation and court rulings on controlling the amount of money in politics are in a stall, the best we can do is to look for candidates who voluntarily limit the amount of money that they raise and spend. READ MORE
Question on Basic Income Guarantee by Kevin ….. Regarding your question about a Basic Income Guarantee, I am definitely in favor of it. I think that we need to do whatever it takes to eliminate poverty in this country, and the most straightforward way to do so is through direct cash payments. READ MORE