Valley Voice: Four ideas to guide nation’s lawmakers
Steve Corbin, Special to The Desert Sun 10:58 a.m. PDT July 21, 2015
Nationwide polling data clearly indicates that an overwhelming majority of voters support four national strategic policy ideas, known as the No Labels National Strategic Agenda.
The ideas: 1) balance the federal budget by 2030; 2) make America energy secure by 2024, 3) create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years, and 4) secure Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years. ‘No Labels’ is a 503(c)(3), non-PAC, nonpartisan organization, whose mission is to usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics.
Fifty-nine members of Congress — 31 Republicans and 28 Democrats, including eight California legislators (Ami Bera, Tony Cardenas, Jim Costal, Jared Huffman, Ted Lieu, Alan Lowenthal, Scott Peters, and Juan Vargas), have co-sponsored House Resolution 207 that specifically calls on these four issues to become the centerpiece of future legislative action.
Why aren’t the other 45 California legislators on board with these common sense issues that are paramount to our future, let alone the total of 376 U.S. representatives who have not signed on as a cosponsor of House Resolution 207? If your member of Congress is not listed above, I urge you to call on him or her to endorse this legislative priority.
Senate Resolution 199, a companion to HR 207, was recently introduced, sponsored by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and co-sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. A congressional hearing on these four national policies occurred on June 17 as part of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. I urge all to contact Sens. Barbara Boxer, (202) 224-3553, and Dianne Feinstein, (202)224-3841, to request their support for this bipartisan initiative that’s needed for our macro- and micro-economic survival.
As you interact with the plethora of presidential candidates inquire as to their stance on these four policy topics. If they object to supporting these goals, ask them why. My reading of the tea leaves says that each and every one of these four issues will be on the next president’s “to-do list” and if the candidate isn’t thinking about them now, she or he probably doesn’t deserve your support or vote.
Without change and by not developing specific tactics to resolve these four strategies, we will continue with the status quo, gridlock in the nation’s capital will be further entrenched and economic fallout can be assured. Only when we apprise our elected and prospective leaders of issues that are important to us can we expect them to do their job and represent California’s 39 million as well as the nation’s 320 million proud citizens.