Meet Gerald Wong. Gerald Wong has been a working man for a long time. Now he is campaigning to represent the 6th District of North Carolina in the US Congress in 2018.
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Gerald Wong for Congress
The sad state of my beloved nation is calling out to me and other Progressives like me. Some of us need to go to Washington and clean out that swamp that is getting even bigger lately. I’m willing to go, but I’ll need your help to do that.
I am running for US Congress from North Carolina’s 6th District in 2018. I am a very Progressive Democrat and I have a lot of issues that are important to me. If I’m elected I’ll give my full effort to all the issues listed below.
(1) Healthcare in America should NOT be a for-profit business model.
I am appalled at the ease with which the insurance lobby has taken us all hostage. I remember, in the 80s, almost no one bought health insurance unless they were very well-heeled. Back then, we just paid the doctor whatever the person-behind-the-glass-window told us was due that day, or we made arrangements for payments. Now the insurance companies make you pay monthly charges in advance, even if you didn’t need any medical services that month. They are selling insurance, not healthcare.
Our current Republican Congressional Majority seem to be kow-towing to a faction in their party, which doesn’t want healthcare to be taken out of the private sector. Why? Because that would eliminate their ability to profit from the need for healthcare.
They have many complaints about our current system but after 7 years of rhetoric they still don’t have a reasonable alternative to the ACA. Well, Progressives do. We have a plan. We will fight for Universal Healthcare. Period. A Single Payer System, set up as a right of American citizenship, and paid for with tax dollars will take less out of your paycheck than your insurance premiums do.
Every modern county has a form of “MEDICARE FOR ALL”. We are already heading this way, it is just a question of how long it will take to get there. With most of these “Universal” healthcare plans costs are drastically reduced because no one earns a profit from the need for healthcare. The whole for-profit model of healthcare is capitalism at its worst. Want the insurance company to pay when your spouse has to be hospitalized? Better hope your premiums were in on time last month.
Under the universal healthcare plan suggested by Bernie Sanders, there would be no monthly premiums, no deductibles, and no co-pays. Yes, there would taxes to pay for it but you will pay less for universal healthcare than you are paying in insurance premiums now. It would be as simple as presenting your individual card to any care giver, in any state, for any medical need, because your card would be universally accepted in every state.
Universal Healthcare seems to be the logical choice for a nation of more than 325 million people. Even if there were on 50% of the population buying health insurance right now, that’s still 162.5 million people who are being exploited right now by the for-profit insurance business model. This must change.
(2) There is no Planet number two.
Yes, Earth is our home, and like it or not, we have to live here. There is no planet number two for us to flee to when this one becomes uninhabitable.
As “Over the Road” truckers, my wife and I have seen so much beauty across America, but we have also seen how unbridled industry can devastate the natural order both intentionally and accidentally. We cannot keep allowing environmental rules to be relaxed when corporations give large sums of money to re-election campaigns.
Right now, North Carolina is suffering from many forms of environmental pollution. Some years ago, laws were passed and rules were set in place to keep our drinking water safe from the contamination of hog lagoons. Recently, those guidelines have been rolled back and polluters are free to return to old habits. The state’s largest energy provider has contaminated the ground water with coal ash that is leaking from unlined and seal-less pits where it has been improperly stored. (Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury, lead, and over a dozen other heavy metals, many of them toxic.) And if that were not bad enough, a company called Chemors (a division of Dow Chemicals) has been dumping toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear river because there were no regulations to prevent them.
I repeat, there is no planet number two for us to escape to when this one becomes unlivable. Send me to Washington, DC to write new regulations to keep our families water safe to drink. We need renewable energy sources that won’t poison our planet.
(3) Claw back the taxes on billions of dollars that have been off-shored.
For the last 25 years, those who were able, have shuffled monies into secret offshore accounts to avoid taxes. Many corporations have set up offices in third world countries to claim a home office there, even when their profits were made in America. If those taxes had been paid as they were supposed to be, would we have any national debt today?
By off shoring this money that American’s paid when they made purchases, these corporations escape the taxes they are supposed to pay on those profits. This causes the rest of us to have less all across the nation, than we would have had, if those companies had paid their fair share of taxes.
While our nation’s tax coffers are underfed, those 1%ers hold those monies in havens in the Cayman Islands, Panama, the Seychelles, and other off shore locations that offer lenient oversight. Everyone should do a Google search for the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers. It turns out that even the Queen of England off-shores some of her money.
(4) “Citizens United” must be overturned
I remember when the Citizens United decision was handed down and the big PACs were just getting started. The comedian, Steven Colbert, started his own PAC to demonstrate how easy it was to hide the names of donors. He ran a sham campaign for president, while joking to his TV audience that there was no collusion between his campaign and his PAC.( wink, wink).
The Supreme Court made the determination that money talks and gave it free speech. I don’t believe money is speech. Money buys speech, and sometimes, money squelches speech. But large sums of money are donated to PACs by people who want to remain anonymous. They give that money because they want to buy something. They can then tell the PACs what they want that money earmarked for. We call that dark money. And there are millions of dollars of it.
We need to get big money out of politics. There’s no denying it anymore that if you have enough money, you can become President of the United States. If you have enough money you can brag about shooting someone in the street without losing any votes.
On the other end of the scale, in 2016, Bernie Sanders proved that you don’t have to have a lot of big money donors to run for president. Bernie had millions of supporters who could only give a few dollars each, but he spent it wisely. That’s what I’ll do.
I’m running for Congress without asking for any donations before the primary. My primary campaign is being funded with money I earned myself. If I win the primary, I pledge not to accept any corporate donations or special interest money. I will ask my constituents to contribute what they can, and I expect it will be less that $100. per person. I don’t want to be obligated to any corporation’s or special interest’s agenda.
When I am elected I will sponsor bills to override the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United. I will sponsor bills to limit how much PACs can do to spin the political narrative.
(5) Tax those who interfere with the organic nature of the Stock Market.
The stock market is one of the biggest wealth creation machines ever built. People invest their money hoping for a greater return. Pork bellies are a safe bet because everyone loves bacon, but the market can have its ups and downs too.
Some savvy traders have developed Speculator bots which use an algorithm to determine which stocks will rise and fall. Day Traders using these bots cause unnatural spikes and fluctuations in the market. The bots show the trader which stocks are on an upward climb, the trader buys it, it goes up a few pennies and then the trader sells it again before it starts to decline. They do that millions of times a day.
I think their high speed computerized transactions should be taxed at a per action rate. These people make millions of high speed transactions on a daily basis and in many cases, effect what we pay for gas, food and other commodities like bacon. Taxing these transactions will not only curtail this activity, but bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue. That money can be used for vital public works projects.
Why are our laws set up to enable bots and Day Traders? Because lobbyists and legislators have built themselves a big swamp. Lobbyists have hawked the legislators to write the laws they want; the ones they feel they’ve paid for with golf weekends, beach trips and lavish parties.
If you elect me, I will sponsor bills to tax every trade equally. If you have to pay tax on every dollar you earn from a stock purchase, shouldn’t day traders have to do the same?
(6) Rewrite the tax code to close loopholes.
Many people are upset about the new Trump tax plan. (Mostly people who don’t already have millions of dollars.) Trump promised to repatriate money that had been off shored and give everyone in the middle class a tax break. Then he ran into the Congress. Each Senator and Representative had their say, and added this or took away that so that when the bill finally passed the House and Senate it didn’t look very much like Trump’s campaign promise. Everyone got a tax cut, but the new corporate rate was permanent, and the middle class tax rates are temporary. The loopholes were not closed. When you send me to Washington, I will push for new legislation that will create a more fair tax system for all.
Remember when Mitt Romney ran for president and released his taxes? He found every loophole and took them proudly, saying he expected every one to take advantage of every deduction. He paid about 12% on 25 million dollars, because his “investment income” wasn’t considered income. We need to rewrite that. Isn’t your income counted as income at tax time?
(7) Affordable College Tuition.
Since the majority of American manufacturing jobs have been outsourced over the last 30 years, every one needs a higher education degree to get a good job now. The job market here today requires special training. Many employers complain that they have positions they can’t fill because they can’t find applicants with the right training. Many people who would love to get the training can’t afford the tuition.
Our young adults do not need to start out in life in heavy student debt. We need a highly educated populous, but many very smart young people have no chance to help America excel because of the cost of getting an education. Sometimes it appears that higher education is reserved for those of affluent means. As difficult as it is for young adults to get their start, affordable education should be a priority to all of us, because we are competing for jobs with the whole globe. America can only stay competitive on the world stage if we are well educated.
North Carolina ranks 43rd in the nation for per-student classroom spending. I support tuition-free public education at community colleges and state schools, and would ask that it include meals and on-campus housing. If this nation can repatriate and tax the money that corporations hold in off shore accounts, it will be more than enough to cover free education.
(8) A living wage for every job.
The most recent available statistics show that 47% of Americans work for less than $15.00 per hour. The minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009.
If the “Minimum Wage” had remained tied to the rate of inflation over the last 30+ years it would be around $21.00 per hour now. Wages for workers have stagnated all across America since the 1980s, and many areas of the country are still recovering from the financial fiasco of 2008, otherwise known as the “economic downturn” or the recent depression.
In the 1960s, a household could own a home and a car with only one bread winner earning the minimum wage. Today, that same household would need 2 bread winners with 2 minimum wage jobs each, to buy the same home and car.
Recently billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have been discussing a ‘universal basic income’ for every adult citizen. This would be a monthly stipend to pay for rent and utilities. It would not really be enough money to live on but it would be a guarantee that the rent would be paid and the lights wouldn’t be shut off.
As the production and manufacturing sectors become more automated, and machines do more of the work, less humans will be employed in those kinds of jobs. Those jobs won’t be replaced and those workers will have to be trained for other jobs, if any other jobs are available. How are those displaced workers to live while they are training and job hunting? I suggest a ‘displaced workers tax’ to be paid in by business owners and paid out to displaced workers.
When I am elected I will support a $15.00 minimum wage.
(9) The legalization of Marijuana.
Colorado has become a true success story for the legalization of recreational marijuana. It has been taxed and regulated, and I haven’t heard any reports of abuse.
In fact… Colorado generated so much income from taxing marijuana sales that at the end of the first year of legal use, every citizen in the state got a tax refund from the sales. But that’s just one reason it should be legalized.
The most recent news on the subject is that cannabis use kills cancer cells. It relieves anxiety and reduces stress. It relieves pain and reduces glaucoma. It prevents macular degeneration and the blindness that goes with it. It relieves nausea and promotes calm. It can regulate seizures and treat autism. It alleviates the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy. The list goes on and on.
I support marijuana legalization for medical and recreational use.
(10) DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
These kids, many of whom are now are men and women, are AMERICANS. They can’t remember living anywhere else. They went to school here and all their friends are Americans.
They are highly educated professionals and serve in all our military branches, at all levels of rank. They deserve all the privileges of American citizenship. I believe we cannot split up mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters or grandparents. Yes, many came to the United States “illegally” but you cannot put the toothpaste back in the tube. We must find a remedy for the problems of the undocumented.
Let’s work on a fix we can all be happy with, and not create a problem that will just cause angst and misery. Vote Gerald Wong for Congress from North Carolina’s 6th District in 2018.
(11) America’s Defense and the Defense or our allies.
It is time we stopped thinking of using weapons and bombs as a deterrent to those that may want to do us harm. Diplomacy can go a long way to find solutions to conflicts between the US and the rest of the world. It is not the people of these countries that threaten us, it is their leadership.
We should focus on defensive or interceptive technologies that can knock any rocket launched, out of the sky before it leaves the offending countries air space, or over the ocean. If a country cannot get a missile off the ground or to its target, then building them becomes less effective.
Our military already dwarfs that of the rest of the world. And President Trump just approved another 168 million in funding for the next 2 years. I agree that we need to keep our nation safe, but cutting the military budget would allow for more domestic spending and infrastructure projects.
(12) Gun Licensing as a control
I have always believed in one’s right to own guns, for hunting and self protection. I believe people that cannot exhibit maturity and a stable mind should not own a gun.
It is past time to ban certain weapons and write tougher laws to govern gun ownership. We may not be able to prevent another mass shooting, but we can stop many would-be shooters just by reducing the availability of guns that can do so much damage so quickly. I will vote to ban semi-automatic weapons and magazines of more than 10 rounds.
I heard one man say he had been a hunter for 60 years and a republican for 50 years, but he had never shot 17 deer at one time, and he thinks assault weapons should be banned.
I am suggesting gun licensing as a means of regulation and control. We license people to drive cars. We could license gun ownership too. I am suggesting that we adopt a method of examination to ensure that a person wanting a gun has the mentality to keep it safely stored when not in use. So, a responsible gun owner would have to be approved for a license, show proof of insurance, and show proof of secure storage.
No household with a person that has been diagnosed as a threat to themselves or others, should have fire arms, without showing the ability to keep these weapons secure and away from any members of the household that have been deemed a danger.
I believe every person that buys firearms and ammunition should pay a premium to benefit victims of gun violence.
(13) Systemic Racism in America
Racism is still apparent in America whether it is overt or covert. The words we use to talk with or about an ethnic group, often give us hints at a person’s bias or bigotry. We have come a long way in seeing and calling out racism, but the fact is, that in too many cases still occur.
A person’s name, if ethnic, can cause an application for work to be dismissed or set to the bottom of a pile. As we see now, with cameras everywhere, the disrespect given to those with dark skin are treated differently, and in many cases targeted for verbal abuse, physical assault, and even arrest.
This is especially egregious when the attack comes from a person in authority, like a police officer, a president or other elected official.
The “Black Lives Matter” movement is not saying that blacks have more rights to life than any other race, it’s saying they have the same rights as every one else. Our nation’s history has proven that blacks have been singled out as less deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as demonstrated by slavery in the past. Some of the most influential people today, and in history, have been black and they deserve peace and security just like every one else.
We must continue to call out all forms of racism and discrimination, whether it is based on skin color, religion or nation of origin.
(14) On Police Accountability
(15) Impeach Trump
(16) Gerrymandering to establish a false majority
When the majority of the popular vote goes to one party and the other party claims victory, (as a result of gerrymandered Districts) democracy gets broken and our representation doesn’t represent us. When the popular vote goes to one party and the other party claims victory, you can be sure the will of the people is not being done. When the will of the people is not being done, democracy is just a word that has lost its meaning.
In the 2016 election cycle, Democrats cast more votes overall, but due to gerrymandering, the Republicans were able to take and keep control of Congress.
If there are more Districts that go to the Republicans than to the Democrats, then the election goes to the Republicans, and vice versa. If there are a million more votes cast in 3 large Districts than in 7 small Districts, the election goes to the majority, which is the 7 small Districts, (7 to 3 majority). It doesn’t seem right, does it? In that example there were a million more people that didn’t agree with what the minority wanted. That is why it is so important to have representative Districts. Gerrymandering is the opposite of representation.
If I am elected I will put forward legislation which will call for an impartial committee to redraw the District lines, using data from the US Census, from now on.
(17) The LBGTQ Community
(18) The War on Women
The war on women is being fought on many fronts. It employs many tactics and insidious methods to usurp women’s power over their own bodies. It shows itself in paying women 78 cents and men a dollar for the same work. It shows itself when anyone says a woman cannot be trusted to make decisions about her own health and wellness. It shows itself when a man tries to squelch a woman’s accusation by diminishing her person-hood.
Thankfully, the #MeToo movement is forging ahead to demand justice and better treatment of women in the future. Several famous individuals, as well as several Senators and Representatives have recently been ousted from their positions or forced to resign their offices for sexual assaults, molestations, and rapes. The careless ways that some men have reduced women to ‘locker room banter’ is evidence of arrogance and disrespect. Even Donald Trump bragged about assaulting women with impunity.
Harvey Weinstein cited his predecessors as teaching him how to coerce women into sexual situations by commenting that “that was just the way things were done in the 70s” and there is truth in that statement. However, when men became selectively deaf after hearing Trump’s Access Hollywood video, women began to decide that something had to change. Women will no longer be ignored or told to go back into the kitchen.
The #MeToo movement actually started more than 10 years ago, but it has grown exponentially since Trump grabbed the nation by the p_ssy. No longer will women remain silent in the face of sexual harassment on the job. Now women are speaking out about the things that have been done to them. They are telling their Me Too stories, but many of them have passed the statute of limitations which would have allowed them to prosecute their abusers.
Many women have decided the Time’sUp! movement is the answer to the question of how to make men stop harassing women in the workplace. Those who have not passed the statute of limitations are prosecuting their assailants. And the assailants are scared. I, Gerald Wong, stand with the women.
I believe women have the right and the prerogative to choose what they will do with their own bodies. Men are not prohibited from seeking medical assistance for erectile dysfunction, a reproductive issue. Women should not be prohibited from seeking medical assistance with a pregnancy, a reproductive issue. I believe every person has an inalienable right to autonomy over their own body.
As Congressman, I will stand up for women’s issues. That includes the right to choose.
(19) Veterans Benefits
We tend to forget about our service women and men when they separate from their branch of service. If these soldiers leave the service after 2, 4, or 6 years, they are pretty much shown the door and must look to “after service organizations” to re-acclimate to civilian life.
Veterans, did you know you can receive unemployment benefits upon leaving military service?
Since each state is in charge of unemployment benefits paid out to residents of the state, this is the starting point for signing up for compensation. Your state’s unemployment office will be able to determine if you are eligible to receive benefits, how long you can receive benefits, and how much compensation you will receive.
You must apply through your state’s Employment Security Commission office, which will also help you in your search for new employment. When visiting the employment office to inquire about benefits, be sure to have the following documents on hand: Job History or Resume; Social Security card; and DD form 214.
As Congressman I will aggressively pursue programs and services to benefit veterans and address their needs.