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Angie Craig again joins her left-wing Democrat colleagues on employee paid leave

Angie Craig again joins her left-wing Democrat colleagues despite posing as a “moderate” by co-sponsoring The Federal Employee Paid Leave Act and the FAMILY Act.Perceived problem: Families have babies, employees get sick and need to stay home to recover, employees’ family members get sick and need assistance from the employees. Some employees use paid vacation time or sick leave for at least part of their time off. Others, including those hired relatively recently, may not have much paid leave available to use. Without sufficient paid time off, “emergency funds” set aside for such events, or a spouse or significant other who continues to work to support the family get in a financial bind, and often try to return to work earlier than they would like. Research shows that the country’s lack of family-friendly policies is a factor in women’s stalled advancement in the workforce and the country’s declining fertility rate.As a partial solution, the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) en…

Answers to a Constituent's Questions re aborton, taxes, federal spending, etc.

Q & A:

1) Where do you stand on abortion?
A: See I am Pro Life

2) How would you change taxes and why? 
A: See Playing Robin Hood Politics

3) What do you believe needs to change in federal spending policies and what specific actions would you support? 
A: We will need to re-prioritize defense spending away from bases and hardware to more attention to cyber and space warfare. SeeWe are in an Undeclared War, Whether We Like it or Not. Regarding our "safety net" programs, we need to tighten the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability, as many people with multiple ABILITIES are eligible because of a single designated disability. For example, a bad back does not prevent a person from using their head in a knowledge industry.

4) What steps would you take to strengthen the US economy?
A: Following the doctors' motto, "First do no harm." Instability and uncertainty cause people to delay spending and businesses from investing, which slows the economy. So, t…

Playing Robin Hood Politics

Q: Do you support increased taxes on billionaires and multi-millionaires? Why or why not?

A:  Maybe, some, but VERY reluctantly ....

Raising taxes on billionaires and multi-millionaires is being proposed by Democrats (and particularly the Democrat Presidential candidates and the " progressives") for the following reasons:

1. They perceive more taxes need to be collected to reduce the federal budget deficits or to enable more spending and wish to avoid losing votes by raising middle class voters' taxes, as there are far fewer votes to lose with fewer billionaires and multi-millionaires.
2. It is politically expedient to play the "class card" in politics. "Don't tax me, don't tax thee. Tax the man behind the tree." is an old political statement.

3. The wealth gap between the "rich" and the "poor" has grown in recent years. The tragedy of the Great Recession caused by the mid-to late first decade of this century is that many people…

Reducing Prescription Drug Prices: Options and Tradeoffs

The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), which established Medicare Part D, included a ban on Medicare Part D from negotiating directly with drug companies to set prescription drug prices. In theory, if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, the agency could leverage its purchasing power to pay less for drugs.  H.R.2000 - Medicare-X Choice Act of 2019, (known as the “Medicare for all that want it”, introduced on April 1, 2019 and co-sponsored by Representative Craig contains a clause deleting the current ban.But, would lifting the ban actually save any money? “Allowing the Secretary only to negotiate prices - without providing another tool to reduce prices - would not save a meaningful amount.The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that giving the Secretary authority only to negotiate prices will not generate significant savings unless the Secretary can also remove certain drugs from cove…

Agreement with China on Tariffs Needed

A few weeks ago, President Trump spoke to a roaring Minnesotan crowd at the Target Center. The crowd cheered as he championed his strong economic achievements, which includes cutting our taxes and slashing needless regulations for businesses. Under his leadership, we have seen some of the greatest unemployment figures in a generation. The national unemployment rate is at an impressive 50-year low, marking one of the strongest economic comebacks in American history. And the stock market has had itslongest bull runin history, reaching an all-time high.
But there’s one thing that could threaten all of the hard work President Trump has put in to rebuilding our economy and his chances of reelection: tariffs.
President Trump has taken a bold stance against China to hold them accountable for their unfair trade practices, hacking of our government agencies and businesses, and stealing trade secrets and to force China to play by the rules. And while I applaud him for doing what so many other Ame…

I am Pro Life

In the 1980's my involvement in politics led me to take a position about abortion. A bit of research about a baby's development in a mother's womb led me to pictures that made it clear that very early on after conception the fetus was clearly a human being whose life is precious.

You can see for yourself at 
Slideshow: Fetal Development Month by Month

In my successful campaign in 2010 for State Representative in Michigan, I was endorsed by Right to LIfe of Michigan. My voting record there gave them no reason to regret that endorsement.

Candidate Pledge of Civility

Candidate Pledge of Civility
I believe all Americans value Prosperity, Liberty, Equality, Family, Faith, Love and Respect, Community, Contributing to Others, Opportunity to seek the American Dream, Success and Doing the Right Thing. These values unite us as uniquely American, meaning we are more similar than we are different. We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, however, which give us unique perspectives on issues of public interest. This causes us to view these values differently in terms of which are more important than others. Thus, it is not surprising that we would have differences of opinion on not only which are the most important issues to address, but also, what are the best approaches to address those issues.
I will make a conscious effort to: ·be civil in my public discourse and behavior, ·acknowledge the good faith, good intentions and common values of people with whom I may disagree, ·be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them, ·view different p…

I believe in “American First, but not alone”.

·“The global order that endowed Washington with such extraordinary privilege is changing fast. As China continues its rapid ascent, the United States’ relative power erodes and with it the ability to set the terms of the international system. On issues ranging from defense to technology, trade, climate policy, North Korea, and Iran, only the support of U.S. partners can now steady the balance of power. U.S. strategists and policymakers have sought to enlist that support by invoking China’s nefarious activities on the global stage—the debt-trap diplomacy of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, the militarization of the South China Sea, and China’s chilling use of digital surveillance. They paint a picture of an increasingly shuttered world that runs on conspicuous Chinese coercion. This narrative bears more than some truth, and in it the United States is the only alternative or retort.” The Usurpation of U.S. Foreign Policy, By Mira Rapp-Hooper, Foreign Affairs,October 3, 2019.
NATO is n…

What it Means to Be an American

What it Means to Be an American Rick Olson
November 11, 2019
The United States of America is an exceptional country with ample opportunities for success. We are a nation of immigrants where people of different nations and faiths forged a common identity and made this country great. Ronald Reagan spoke of America as the city on a hill, a city “teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace”.
My wife, Linda, and I toured New York City the Labor Day weekend before 9/11. We went to Ellis Island a small island in New York Harbor, through which over twelve million immigrants entered the United States from 1892 to 1954. We listened to tapes of narrators reading diaries of some of the immigrants, and what came through was that America was the land of hope.
All four of my grandparents immigrated from Finland to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from 1890 to 1910. They came with the hope that their children and grandchildren would have a better life here than where they came from. They …