We are living in a state where more than a third of all jobs are considered low wage jobs, 45% of single parent families are living in poverty and 390,000 children are receiving food stamps, but he does not sponsor any legislation aimed at addressing poverty or improving education.
Instead, he seeks to make the rich, richer, and the poor, poorer by instituting a flat tax and removing regulations put in place to protect our economy following the banking collapse, which would allow the big banks to engage in the same risky behavior that caused the great recession.
You do have another choice.
Here are ten reasons you should vote for Ron Crumpton when you go to the polls.
Investing in Education
Education is the silver bullet in America. The starting point for everything that we as Alabamians want to see for our state and our nation is in the education of our children.
We must take every necessary step to ensure the future educational success of our children because the future of our children is the future of our nation.
My plan would repair or replace our dilapidated schools and provide for new school construction, while providing teachers with the technology necessary to teach our children. (Read More)
Making College More Affordable
It has never been more important for Americans to continue their education beyond high school. Unfortunately, it has never been more expensive to do so.
It is estimated that two thirds of all jobs will require a college degree or advanced job training by 2020, but according to 2010 census data, less than 40% of Americans over the age of 25 would qualify.
Increasing the funding for college and advanced job training is not only good for the people who receive the funding and their families, it is good for our economy and our nation. (Read More)
Ending Private Prisons, Court Collection and Probation Services
All Americans enjoy certain rights under the constitution even when they have been accused of a crime, but these rights are being violated by a system that puts money over justice.
Corporations spend millions each year lobbying our government. Many have worked with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to pass tougher immigration laws (Alabama’s HB-56) and to increase penalties for drug and other nonviolent crimes.
A study by the ACLU found that:
- For-profit facilities are often more dangerous and have worse conditions than state-run facilities.
- They are found to have 50% more inmate-on-staff assaults and 2/3 more inmate-on-inmate assaults.
- For-profit prisons are exempt from many open government laws that apply to state-run facilities and do not have the same reporting requirements as state-run facilities. As a result, it is more difficult for a community to learn about what is happening inside private prisons, including abuse, unsanitary conditions, and misuse of tax dollars.
Over the last 15 or 20 years, many cities around the country have opted to go with private companies to supervise probation and collect fees for the city. Recently, the practices of these companies has come under fire.
These companies do not charge the cities for their services; instead, they tack fees on to the fines and court costs paid by the offender.
These fees range from 40% to 90% of the original fines, and offenders who are unable to pay are put on payments and are required to pay the private company interest that averages 14% per month or 168% per year. If they are unable to pay the fines and fees they are threatened with jail time and if they still cannot pay, they are arrested.
It is time that we end these practices and return justice to our judicial system. (Read More)
Raising the Minimum Wage
You cannot be against a raise in the minimum wage and for cutting government assistance, and still say that you are worried about the people living in poverty.
The two are in direct conflict.
If you do not insure that people are being paid a living wage, then you are going to have people who rely on government assistance. It is that simple. (Read More)
Current marijuana policy in Alabama, and across America, lacks reason, intelligence and sanity. It creates criminal empires, puts our children in unnecessary danger and clogs our courts and prisons with people who would be considered normal productive members of society, but because they choose to use marijuana as opposed to alcohol, they are considered criminal.
That is why I believe it is time to remove marijuana from schedule I and place it among the group of schedule V drugs that can be sold over-the-counter pursuant to age verification. Doing this will allow the states to tax and regulate marijuana as they see fit. (Read More)
One of the cornerstones of the American experiment is that all men are created equal, subsequent amendments and court rulings clarifies that all men and women are equal in the eyes of the law regardless of race, creed, or color, but reality does not always resemble the law.
To sit here and say that we can eliminate the wage gap would be misleading. The simple fact is that as long as there are people who wish to discriminate against others, there will be some who are able to skirt the law and get away with the discrimination. However, that does not mean we cannot make significant progress in ending wage discrimination.
I believe that a realistic goal would be to get the pay of women and minorities up to 90 cents on the dollar. This would mean an injection of over $600 billion in new wages each year (equal to 15.8% of the total U.S. economy). Closing the gap to 90% would also mean more than $150 billion in new tax revenues. (Read More)
One of the biggest social issues facing this country is discrimination, it affects us all at some point in our lives, for many, it is something they face every day, but it is not something that is limited to a few, it affects the lives of the majority of Americans.
The simple fact is if you are a black, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon atheist, gay, female, have one of the aforementioned groups in your family then you have been affected by discrimination.
Discrimination exists in the workplace, public facilities, education, healthcare, housing and more. It increases poverty, retards our economy and decreases the overall health and education of our nation. (Read More)
Invest in Infrastructure
There are very few things that are as important to the American economy as our infrastructure. Every business, every family relies on our roads, bridges and airports to get from place to place and move goods across the country, but they have been neglected and that neglect is costing our economy billions of dollars each year, and if we do not address the issue that cost will continue to increase and the quality of our roads, bridges and airports will continue to decline. (Read More)
Breakup the Big Banks
Too big to fail, is too dangerous for America.
The nation’s largest banks continue to engage in the same risky behavior that caused the recession, they receive unstated government subsidies that provide an unfair advantage, and they have proven that they are willing to throw out the law and regard for the greater good in the pursuit of the almighty dollar. (Read More)
Rebuilding Our Social Safety Net
Americans have been told time and time again that social programs are a drain on the economy that destroy the will to work creating a culture of dependency, but studies show that this is just another lie used to push for changes that are not in the best interest of the American people.
The Republican Party wants us to believe that these programs or nothing more than handouts to the lazy, but the simple fact is that 70 percent of Americans will use these programs at some point during their lives. (Read More)