I am running again for Congress in District 2. And little has changed for the good, in the two years since I first chose to run. The two-party system does not deliver for the American people, our democratic rights continue to be assailed and the working class slides toward poverty as attacks on the gains made by unions are stripped away. Corporations and the wealthy spend millions to keep the poor in poverty, spreading lies that even a minimum wage that allows the working poor a miniscule amount of disposable income will crash the economy.
I find that argument ironic, coming from the same people and entities that actually crashed the economy in 2008. And, by the way, disposable income spent in the local community helps that local community's economy. But that and other facts are absent in the corporate advertising that tries to make us believe we must vote against our best interest. It's so nice that big business is suddenly so concerned about the small business owner's struggles that they will pump millions into advertising to help out. I'm not buying it for one second.
We are a nation at a fork in the road, torn between giving up on politics and fighting back. I will continue to fight back. And I encourage others to do the same. I run as an independent. I will not be acceding to Democratic or Republican party control. They both tout candidates who take corporate money but swear they represent the voter. No! They take the corporate money and they represent the corporate interest.
Our economic engine, the working class is stalled and we must start it again. We need to change the tax system. There must be an end to loopholes and tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations. Some sort of progressive tax is needed. The banksters on Wall Street have crashed our economy and gotten away Scot-free. They need to be held responsible and accountable for this unconscionable action. And we need to restore Glass-Steagall, close the Wall Street casino and establish a transaction tax on all stock trades. It is simple, effective and begins to make the banks accountable for the damage they have done.
I will focus on dismantling barriers that have chipped away at our tax base and return living-wage jobs to America. That begins with ending useless trade agreements that exploit workers here and abroad. From NAFTA to the TPP, a looming threat to our sovereignty, all must go away or be drastically altered to benefit the majority of people.
Immediate action is needed to repair the most critical needs in our infrastructure and I will concentrate on the long-term problems we continually face in maintaining and replacing that infrastructure. A separate funded plan will increase and maintain a higher number of living-wage construction jobs.
We face many fossil fuel energy threats. I will work tirelessly to bring green energy jobs that pay livable union wages to the district and will be the loudest voice in Congress calling for an end to our dependence on fossil fuels. Locally, the Skagit River GI decision, Skykomish River dam proposal, Bakken oil tankers and Growler jet health threat on Whidbey Island all need to be addressed. I will see they get the attention required and I will spread the truth of climate change, the science and its effects.
I'll vote against endless war to protect corporate profits. The nations of the world must build peace instead of weapons of war to rain death on the innocent. Not one more child should be sent to war in the name of the lie that we are defending democracy or protecting our national security.
I'll protect our citizens' privacy, ensuring that all data collected illegally be destroyed and never be collected in violation of our constitutional rights again. The language in the National Defense Authorization Act that strips American citizens of their constitutional rights must be removed. Our civil rights should never be sacrificed in the name of security.
This is who I am this, is what I will take to Congress.
Another world is possible. Vote independent.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This is one of a series of commentaries from candidates in the Aug. 5 primary election. Mike Lapointe, I., is a candidate for U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District. The top two vote getters in the primary will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The 2nd District includes parts of Bellingham, Sudden Valley, San Juan County, Island County and portions of Skagit and Snohomish counties.