16 results for month: 06/2017


Facing The Challenges of a Modern Economy

Truth be told, our economy is evolving so fast that many people are struggling to keep up.  An economy that used to be driven by productivity and labor is now driven by three things:  consumption, innovation and transaction.  Because of globalization, companies are able to take advantage of lower wages abroad, which negatively affects the job market at home, but also drives down costs and allows American to buy more goods and services than ever before.  Companies that are able to come up with new products, or to market their goods/services in a way that generates demand, are succeeding.  Those enterprises that are unable to capitalize on ...

On Closing the Income Gap

Here are some basic truths about our economy:  Our economy is driven by a combination of innovation and consumption.  Consumer demand for new and better goods and services drives innovation. The overall effect of strong consumer buying power is more money in the hands of Americans to fuel demand. When our middle class consumers do poorly, the entire economy suffers. The disparity between the buying power of the wealthy and the middle class is unprecedented and must be addressed. By virtually every measure, the average American worker’s wages have remained flat (or have declined) in the past decade. According to the Bureau of Labor ...

Protecting Our Treasured St. Lucie River Environment

South Florida is home to one of the most fascinating and unique natural environments in the world.  While the tourists are often attracted to our beautiful beaches, it is our wetlands and estuaries that make Florida so unique.  There is nothing like the Florida Everglades.  It is a treasure, and MUST be protected and properly nourished.  The same is true of the Caloosahatchee River, the St. Lucie River, its estuary, and riverine environment. And yet, all three ecosystems are being endangered by the current water management scheme for Lake Okeechobee.  The lake is fed by tributaries that carry ground water from Orlando and surrounding areas into ...

On Investing in Clean and Renewable Energy

It is not a worthy pursuit to continue debating the science behind climate change. The question is what we should be doing about it. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we are very close to finding the “holy grail” of clean energy, which is storable and deployable solar energy. Currently, solar energy is greatly under-utilized for a variety of reasons, chief amongst them that the sun does not shine all day, nor necessarily when its energy is needed. If solar energy could be stored for long periods of time and deployed as needed, it would become the go-to form of energy across the globe. Entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, are ...

On Immigration Policy

There are some 11+ million people currently in the United States who have either over-stayed their visas, or have entered the country illegally.  These people live in our communities, go to our churches, raise children who attend our schools, and contribute to our economy through both their purchasing power and extremely valuable labor.  Indeed, some industries would simply not function without their work.  Many have lived in the United States for years, and are integrated in families made up largely of U.S. citizens.  We must come to terms with this reality.   America has neither the will nor the resources to ferret out all these people and ...

Criminal Justice Reform

Our criminal justice system is in need of wholesale reform. We are incarcerating way too many people, they are going to jail for the wrong reasons, they are staying there too long, the system is neither a good deterrent nor particularly rehabilitative, and it is discriminatory in its application. Here is what I propose as some key changes: REMOVE THE FINANCIAL INCENTIVE TO INCARCERATE MORE PEOPLE –Where it is possible to regain public control of prisons, such should be done immediately. Where, due to budgetary constraints, such is not possible, state prison contracts should be structured on a flat-rate basis, which creates profit by reduction of ...

On Caring for Our Veterans

Those who serve our nation in the armed forces are deserving of the utmost respect and care. It is a disgrace that we have so many veterans who are homeless, suffering from untreated illnesses and who suffer daily. Many have benefit claims that have languished for years, wait months for needed medical care or are neglected altogether. I propose the following to dramatically change how we treat our veterans: REVERSE THE BURDEN OF PROOF FOR VA BENEFIT CLAIMS Currently, we place the burden on our veterans to prove that a debilitating injury or illness is “service connected” (i.e., related to their time of service military). For many of our ...

TC Palm: Brian Mast challenger Pam Keith: A liberal with conservative credentials

SOURCE LINK Isadora Rangel isadora.rangel@tcpalm.com Published 4:11 p.m. ET June 22, 2017 Democrat Pam Keith is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Mast in 2018. ISADORA RANGEL/TCPALM Wochit Buy Photo (Photo: JEREMIAH WILSON/TCPALM) Pam Keith is unapologetic about what she describes as her "liberal thoughts." She's pro abortion rights, pro gay rights and pro decriminalization of marijuana. "I don’t believe that there’s something inherently more moral about getting hammered on Jack Daniels than there is on smoking a joint," she said. But the attorney and Navy veteran said her proven track record navigating ...

Roll Call: 2016 Florida Democratic Senate Hopeful Keith to Challenge Mast in 2018

SOURCE LINK Posted Jun 19, 2017 12:41 PM Andrew Breiner Pam Keith lost primary to Murphy, who went on to lose to Rubio Pam Keith, an attorney who worked for the Navy and in the corporate world, is running against freshman Republic Rep. Brian Mast. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo) Democrat Pam Keith, former primary opponent of Rep. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson in 2016, is running against freshman Rep. Brian Mast for his Florida 18th District House seat in 2018. Keith, a lawyer who has worked for the Navy and in the corporate world, was unable to attract much fundraising for her 2016 run. Murphy went on to ...

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