I believe that government is for the benefit of all the people no matter their birth status, the financial status, their political connections (or lack thereof) or their location. I believe government should never be on the cheap and should be as big as needed. I believe that taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society and yes, I believe that the rich should pay a higher percentage of their income than a person working at Burger King.
I believe in a strong public education system that isn’t forced to turn out automatons who only know what was the standardized test required to graduate. I believe in open and honest sex education in our nation’s schools. I believe that religion has no place in what our schools teach or how they are governed. I believe that charter schools are anathema to strong public schools. I believe that taxes should never be used for vouchers or tax credits or other incentives to send children to private and/or parochial schools.
I believe in strong regulation of business, making sure they provide safe products and/or services at reasonable prices. I believe that businesses are not persons and should not be allowed to contribute to politicians or political parties. I believe that businesses should actually pay taxes and not receive special tax breaks. I believe that privatization of government services to be wrong. I believe in strong private and public sector unions.
I believe in a strong social safety net. I believe in Social Security and the financial security it provides our elderly. I believe in single payer universal health care and short of that I believe in Medicare for all. I believe in unemployment insurance and food assistance for the unemployed and the working poor. I believe in public transportation and a high speed passenger rail network across the nation. I believe it does take a village.
I believe in a strong, smart military. I believe in marriage equality as well as equal rights for gays and lesbians. I believe that my love for Michael is just as valid as the love my mom and dad hold for each other. I believe those who enter our nation illegally in the hopes of a better life deserve our full protections and should not be demonized for political purposes.
I believe there is goodness in all, even Dick Cheney.