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, to go to Washington and clean out that swamp that seems to be getting even bigger lately. I 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 list of issues that are important to me.
(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. Our current Congressional Majority seem to be kow-towing to a faction in their party, and after 7 years of rhetoric they still don’t have a reasonable alternative to the ACA.
Every modern county has a form of “MEDICARE FOR ALL”. We are heading this way, it is just a question of how long do you want it to take to get there. With most of these “Universal” healthcare plans costs are drastically reduced.
There is NO PREMIUM, NO DEDUCTIBLE and NO CO-PAYS. Yes, there are taxes to pay for it BUT you will put out a whole less and it will be as simple as one card with no interruptions from an insurance company.
(2) There is no Planet number two.
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 intentional and accidental. We cannot keep allowing environmental rules to be relaxed when corporations give large sums of money to re-election campaigns. Gerald Wong for Congress in 2018.
(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, these corporations cause us to pay more to make up for this very unpatriotic and greedy misuse of our tax codes.
(4) “Citizens United” must be overturned
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 and not 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.
(5) Tax those who interfere with the organic nature of the Stock Market.
Speculator bots and Day Traders cause unnatural spikes and fluctuations in the market. 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. Taxing these transactions will not only curtail this activity but bring in millions of dollars for vital public works projects and assist with making College more affordable for those that want a higher education.
(6) Rewrite the tax code to close loopholes.
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.
Our children do not need to start out in life heavily in debt. We need a highly educated populous and many very smart young people have no chance to help America excel because of the cost, and the way higher education is rigged 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.
(8) A living wage for every job.
By all that’s right the “Minimum Wage” should be around $21.00 per hour if you take inflation into account over the last 30 plus years. Wages have stagnated all across America since the 1990s, and many areas of the country are still recovering from the Financial Fiasco of 2008. 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.
(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 an American citizen. I also believe we cannot now split mother, fathers, brother, sisters or grandparents up. Yes, many came to the United States “Illegally” but can you put the toothpaste back in the tube without making a mess?
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. It is not the people of these countries that threaten us, it is their leadership. We need to focus on defensive or intercept 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 become moot.
(12) Gun Licensing as a control.
I have always believed in one’s right to own guns, for hunting and self protection. I have also stated that I do not believe people that cannot exhibit a maturity and a stable mind should receive a license, Yes, a license, to own or carry a fire arm.
We license people to drive cars. No house hold where a person lives 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 their household that have been deemed a danger. Also, I believe every person that buys fire arms AND ammunition should pay a premium to benefit victims of gun violence.
(13) On Police Accountability.
(14) Impeach Trump
(15) 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? 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.
(16) The LBGTQ Community
(17) 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.
Elect Gerald Wong to the US Congress 2018