Surviving on Food Stamps

Today, the amount people receive for food stamps decreases. I bring this up because in discussing the Republican appeasement deal on taxes, people seem to think that it's okay to trade things. But what y'all are forgetting is that the GOP is NOT negotiating in good faith: they'll take everything from the non-rich that they can, and hurt the truly poor worst of all. Any Democrat who does not stand up and say “this is wrong, and I will not be a part of it” does not deserve re-election, nor even the right to call themselves Democrats.

The “deal” to give a paltry increase to the school lunch program was paid for by cuts in food stamps. Think about THAT when you think it's okay to extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and think about it in this light: currently, a single adult on food stamps receives $6.67 a day for food. Tomorrow, that will fall to $6.17 a day. In 2013, rates fall more.

So there you have it, those making millions a year live happy, while those whose sole source of income (think 99ers and those who have exhausted the 5-year welfare lifetime welfare benefits enacted under Clinton) now have $6.17 a day as their total source of income. Unless, of course, they panhandle or collect recyclables.

A City Councilwoman is spending this week seeing how it feels to live like that. 

A friend sent me the article yesterday, and I looked at what I had eaten the day before to see what I spent on food. I'm a vegetarian, and not a big eater (although I do drink reasonably expensive Keurig coffee). Here's what I ate the day before I knew what food stamps would be cut to for a single day:

4 cups Keurig coffee ($2.00)
breakfast: 1 apple ($0.75),1 yoghurt ($0.75)
lunch: 1 big bowl homemade soup (approx $1.00), roll ($0.69)
dinner: Morningstar Farms Veggie Riblets ($1.85), broccoli ($0.50), quinoa ($0.30)
snacks: glass of organic milk ($0.41), homemade dried fruit and nut mix (approx $1.00)

Total: $9.25

I didn't happen to eat out, I don't eat meat….a day of lunch at McDonalds and a dinner including a piece of fish, or someone who eats more food could easily more than double that total. 

What did you eat yesterday? How much did it cost? Could you live on food stamps? Barely survive on food stamps? 

THIS, friends, is the true cost of appeasing the Republicans. It's always at the expense of those who can afford it the least. If the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone, the rich face a small percentage increase, but those on minimum wage face an increase of 50% (from 10% to 15%). However, in total dollars, it costs very little to shore up the safety net.

Could you survive on food stamps?

Why is Government?

Crossposted from DemConWatch

Last evening I sat down on my sofa with my copy of USA Today. I looked over to my kitchen, to the counter filled with things that are only here once a year, like those little fake onion rings in a can and marshmallows, nestled amoung the more regular goods like sweet potatoes and apples. I turned on the news to hear how the Korean situation was progressing and opened my paper. And there it was on page 3A, the title “At the expense of quality of life, cities tighten belts.” Subheading “Potholes may be a sign of communities still in a budget hole, as mayors tally loss of jobs, services.”

You already know what's in the article.

What I'm thinking about are things for which I'm thankful. On a personal level in these dire economic times, that I have a roof over my head, food to eat and share, and people whom I love who love me back. Rich indeed.

And then I think about all the things for which I am thankful to government. I don't think people concentrate on that enough. Caught up instead with who is in government, and issues of the day. But here's my list anyway.

More after the jump.

Genetics gave me native intelligence, but the government-run public schools I attended were excellent, and taught me A LOT. Yes, all the state capitals (you knew that was coming) but also how to think and evaluate. 

I can go wherever I want because the Constitution said we are a federation of individual states and the borders between them can be crossed any time, any way. But I can go quickly and easily because the government gave me (and you) the federal highway system. If you don't know, that was Eisenhower's doing: he got the idea trying to move military equipment across the country during WW2. Ground was first broken in 1956. Most of us are not old enough to remember when crossing the country meant horses and rutted roads.

I am grateful for the diseases that our public health service eradicated through coordinated research and implementation: smallpox, polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis. I do not worry about malaria, cholera nor typhoid.  

I think about what FDR's alphabet soup did in the 1930's: indoor plumbing, electricity, public buildings. From the time of Ben Franklin, through the 1971 transformation, mail delivery courtesy of the Federal government. Back when letters were the way to communicate. 

Despite being a pacifist opposed to war, I sleep better knowing that we have a strong military for defensive purposes. I don't always agree with what the military does (REPEAL DADT NOW sorry, I digress) but the last time a sovereign nation attacked us was 1941, on a day that lives in infamy. Are there foreign and domestic individual terrorists? Sure. But ours is not some banana republic where other countries walk in and take over on a regular basis. As I always say: free, scheduled elections with the bloodless transfer of power, and elections held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday every November since 1789. 

Locally? I'm thankful for the library, the parks, the traffic lights, and the local police and fire services. I know a lot of the local cops. Until she died 4 years ago, I lived two doors down from the craziest person in town, as per the cops. They were often here because she had done something, again. I live in a town safe enough that the cops have time for the crazies. Things like when she would dress up in three hats and one pair of sandals. Yes, hats and shoes, no clothes, no teeth. She'd go door to door saying that she was married to Willie Nelson, he was on tour, but if you'd give her a couple bucks for cigarettes, he'd pay you back when he came home.

I'm glad I live where I can criticize specific things my government does without fear of ending up in a Gulag. That my government protects freedom of speech (and religion, the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition to redress grievances.) I'm thankful that, in the end, our government will prove strong enough to overcome the teabaggers.  

I'm thankful for the “why” of government: to protect and serve and enrich us. Do we as a country have serious problems? Absolutely. But it would be much worse if our government was not as strong and sturdy as it is. 

Constitution Day

crossposted from DCW

This Friday, 17 September, is Constitution Day. It marks the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by 39 men, remainders of the 55 men who had fought and negotiated and compromised for more than three months to produce it. (Most of them, honest, British lawyers.) After signage, copies were sent via horse and rider to be ratified by the states.

Events will be held at the US Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The kick-off starts at 8:30 a.m. with a recitation of the preamble (by memory) by 223 school children. Throughout the day there will be many other events, including a naturalization ceremony. You can see the full events listing here. All events are free. If you have never seen Freedom Rising, the multimedia presentation, you really should. It will make you proud to be an American, and give context to some of the issues people fight over to remold government while keeping the base structure intact.

For many people “politics” exists in a vacuum.  It's a game of percentages and winning teams, something to bet on – more like a sporting event than anything else. From 2006 – 2009, there was even “Fantasy Congress”, played along the lines of “Fantasy Football” except the wins were legislation passed. But for some people, me included, “politics” is a step toward governing, and governing comes from the Constitution.

A few days before I left for college, my dad took me shopping for a few last minute things. And he gave me two things (plus some cash): a copy of the textbook he used in his Intro to American Government class (a newer edition of which was used in my class of the same name) and a pocket copy of the US Constitution. I carried that copy, eventually dog-eared, until a few years ago when I downloaded a copy to my iPhone. In all these years, I have never left home without a copy of the Constitution. You never know when it will be necessary to prove a point. 

I have stood on the second floor balcony of the Constitution Center, and looked down the mall at what is now Independence Hall and was then the Pennsylvania State House. I imagine it as it was in 1787: no tourists, no tall buildings, no souvenir shops, more trees and houses. (Archeological digs have shown a vibrant community where the large grassy area is today.)

From the National Archives: 

Guards stood at the entrances to ensure that the curious were kept at a distance. Robert Morris of Pennsylvania, the “financier” of the Revolution, opened the proceedings with a nomination–Gen. George Washington for the presidency of the Constitutional Convention. The vote was unanimous. With characteristic ceremonial modesty, the general expressed his embarrassment at his lack of qualifications to preside over such an august body and apologized for any errors into which he might fall in the course of its deliberations.

To many of those assembled, especially to the small, boyish-looking, 36-year-old delegate from Virginia, James Madison, the general's mere presence boded well for the convention, for the illustrious Washington gave to the gathering an air of importance and legitimacy But his decision to attend the convention had been an agonizing one. The Father of the Country had almost remained at home.

Suffering from rheumatism, despondent over the loss of a brother, absorbed in the management of Mount Vernon, and doubting that the convention would accomplish very much or that many men of stature would attend, Washington delayed accepting the invitation to attend for several months. Torn between the hazards of lending his reputation to a gathering perhaps doomed to failure and the chance that the public would view his reluctance to attend with a critical eye, the general finally agreed to make the trip. James Madison was pleased.

From that arose a system of three branches of government, with checks and balances, the likes of which had never been seen before. The men who put it all together did so knowing they were guilty of treason, and ready to die if it meant birthing this great nation.

As a nation, we've been torn by Civil War, and the current culture wars. While we have righted some of the compromises of the original Constitution (see the Thirteenth Amendment, for example) we still have a ways to go (see this). Still, we are the greatest nation, IMHO.

So come celebrate next Friday. Bring the kids. Watch Freedom Rising and learn who did what to get us to where we are today. See Susette Kelo receive her award. Get a piece of cake. If you live too far away and want your kids to participate, teachers can sign up so their classes can participate remotely. It's less than two months to the next election, scheduled back in 1787: I hope you remember why we do all this, and come celebrate 223 years of freedom. 

Saving the House: Grassroots to the Rescue

Crossposted from DemConWatch 

Yesterday, chatter started early in the morning with Mike Allen's Playbook that “highly placed Democratic operatives” were convinced the House is gone come November. This was repeated throughout the MSM during the day and evening. The “operatives” were never named.

In a few hours, the GDP numbers for second quarter are due to come out, and they're expected to be devastating. This on top of bad housing and consumables numbers earlier this week. So much for “recovery summer.” Bad for the home team.

If the House is gone, what will the GOP do once John Boehner is Majority Leader? Will they try to fix the economy? Nope. Will they extend Tier 5 benefits? No. Will they actually try to make government smaller, as the teabag candidates are promising? Not a chance. What they'll do is to launch all sorts of investigations to punish Democrats, find new tax programs to soak the middle class while giving dollars on top of more dollars to the rich, and will work to stop anything of worth that the Senate or Administration might attempt to do. Finally, they'll endeavor to do anything they can to eviscerate even more of the Constitution than the Bushies had time to get to. 

Ugly.

Therefore, this is the time to get up and organize. Yes you. The people who don't knock doors and make phone calls – we need you.  Make it a point to call one person a day: or just 7 a week. Friends, family members, neighbors, your kids' friends' parents – tell them how important it is to not let the House go down. (And to vote for the correct Senate candidate, too.) You think that so little an effort won't matter, but it will. It's grassroots, and it will make a difference. Remind them that this economy is the FAULT of the Republicans, and doing the same thing and expecting the same result is the definition of both stupidity and insanity. Convince them to make that one phone call a day.

If we don't do this, not only will we lose the House, but we'll deserve to lose the House.

Before joining DCW in the spring of 2008, I used to send a morning email to about 600 people, which was passed to more people than that. I had started that in 2000. A lot of you reading this have been reading me for a decade. Over that time, I've asked you to contribute to various charities, to get out and vote, to get your kids registered, to join with local organizations and work to get people elected. Some pleas were heeded, and some fell flat. But if I can't get you to make a few phone calls, and you stay home on election day along with everyone else, then the teabaggers win.

I know you're discouraged. I know you're disappointed. Angry. Recently impoverished. Scared.

Get up, get out, and do it anyway.

Need a phone list, a local contact, a script, more information? Drop an email to the demconwatch email address in the left side bar. Put in your phone number if you want me to call you.

This is the little blonde girl saying: please, PLEASE, help me save my world. The stakes are too high to stay silent. And yes, we can.

Together we certainly can. 

Love and Hate

Crossposted from DemConWatch

I've been thinking a lot about hatred and bigotry, in light of the comments on this post. It seems that we all have some latent, if not blatant, inherent bigotry. Last night, Scott posted a link to Ron Paul's comments about why Park51 should be allowed near Ground Zero. Scott picked one quote, I pick this one:

Defending the controversial use of property should be no more difficult than defending the 1st Amendment principle of defending controversial speech. But many conservatives and liberals do not want to diminish the hatred for Islam–the driving emotion that keeps us in the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia. 

I have been thinking about my lifelong, absolute, defense of First Amendment rights. In case you have forgotten, there are five: 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

And yet, I am somehow disquieted.  It's because of the Preamble to the Constitution, which says:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. (emphasis mine)

What do we say about religions, and religious “idealism” that deny liberty to those amoungst us? How do we balance the right to practice one's religion when members try to force some parts of that religion down other people's throats? 

Much more after the jump. 

My friends Tim and Victor are getting married. Victor published this:

We waited two years for the order striking down Prop 8 in California. When it happened Tim and I immediately started making  plans to fly back and finally get married like we were supposed to before this this illegal piece of legislation. Then we waited till we understood the order. And then we waited to see if an appeal would happen before August 15th….well, as you know the order was stayed, and it will likely be next year before the appeals court hears the case. We waited long enough, we're not waiting any more.

Marriage for everyone is legal in 5 states. New Hampshire is one of them. We have a dear friend in New Hampshire who is a lawyer and not only that, she's a Justice of the Peace. Come this October Tim and I (and our faithful companion Cybil, the Wonder Dog) will pile into the car and make the 7 1/2 hour drive to the Live Free or Die state (how appropriate is that???). On October 14th we are getting married.

We'd like to apologize in advance for all the heterosexual marriages that will fail or be devalued because of us and for the end of civilization as we know it.

In my heart, I cannot abide those who work tirelessly to deny this couple, who have been as “married” as anyone, except in the eyes of the law, for so very many years. Marriage is, in many ways, a blessing of liberty: why should Tim and Victor, and Mike and Jim, and Debbie and KJ, and Wendy and Jill, and all the others be prevented from this? You won't find a single agnostic or atheist who is opposed. 

Why does political action in the name of religion trump basic human rights? This is not a rhetorical question: I've wondered for years, and no one has been able to give me an answer of why and how a country based on freedom of religion uses it as a stick.  

And I come back now to the Park51 project. I defend to the death the right for the project to be built. Without question. I don't, however, think it's a terribly smart idea because there is no doubt in my mind that there will be clashes there, and violence, and possibly killing. I do not believe, as the Time poll indicated 46% of Americans believe, that people born into Islam are more likely to do violence to others in the name of religion. There is too much history of violence in the name of all religions to believe that. I am, however, disquieted by how Islam treats women. I don't expect in America to see stonings, and virtual home imprisonment, and women being denied the right to drive a car, or even to be on the street without a male family member accompanying them. But that certainly goes on in Muslim nations. I am haunted, for example, by the 15 school girls made to die in a fire because they lacked the proper attire. The sect Mormons with plural marriage are not much better to their girls and women. How do I integrate in my heart supporting the rights of people under the First Amendment, when they lead lives in violation of the Preamble? I don't have a good answer. I want everyone to be allowed to practice his/her religion, but I want religion to never trump law. Is there some way to make sure that the religious “beliefs” stay internal to those religions? If so, there is no problem with Tim and Victor getting married (gift is on its way, boys!) and no problem with making sure that all women, in all areas, have the same basic rights to liberty as men. 

Philadelphia Jewish Voice and Blogging

Several months ago, PJV changed over from a once-a-month online magazine to this current blogging format. While there were many reasons, the two primary ones being that information could be disseminated on a more frequent basis and so that you, the reader, could more easily respond to articles.

With a monthly format, everything had to be in by a certain date, edited, arranged and published: the new format allows for more timely dissemination of stories virtually immediately. 

In addition, PJV is now far more interactive: for example, if you have a comment on an article, you don't have to send a Letter to the Editor and wait for the following month, you can comment at the end of the post. To do so, click on “There's More” at the bottom of the post:

 

 

 

 

 

Then, on the full post, click on the comment link:

 

 

 

It really is that simple! 

If you'd like to write an article on a topic of your choice, you can do that, also. You can view the information on how to do that here. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, and we'll get them answered for you. Also leave a comment if you have any questions about navigating the new site, topics you'd like to see covered, or anything else related to PJV. Face it, if you've got a question, it's likely that someone else does, too. 

Changing formats is hard. Change is always difficult. But this is an opportunity to get the same quality of information and be able to make your voice heard at the same time. 

Who are you visiting?

Crossposted from DemConWatch

Congress has gone home. To your neighborhood. What these boys and girls are supposed to be doing is visiting with you, the voter. All the reps and Senators have websites. These sites will either list the public activities they'll be attending, or give you contact information for their local offices which you could call for information or to set up a meeting.

Some people interact with Congress on a regular basis. You know if you're one of these people: when you call, the staffers either sigh in a way that indicates “I cannot believe it's you, again” or ask after your family, all of whom they know by name. We can't all be like that. You actually can develop a personal relationship with your elected officials. My mom for many years had an interactive relationship with a Senator who will remain nameless, but his initials were Bob Torricelli. He had a position on one issue that, um, resonated with her. He'd have a speaking engagement where there was audience participation, and she'd be there. Everywhere he went. They were on a first name basis. For years. There's art.

More after the jump, and a poll!

But on a more normal basis, they will all be out and around, and if you want them to know what you think, you should consider going to an event, calling, and/or stopping by the office. This is true whether you have an elected official you love, or one you are actively working to replace. While the public events will likely not be as rude and contentious as they were last summer, and might not involve forging flooded roadways to get there, they will likely still be interesting and potentially worthwhile. 

Elected officials only get re-elected if they have the support of their constituencies, or at least that's what's supposed to happen. They can only vote your opinion if you let them know what it is. Even Rick “Spawn of Satan” Santorum was known to change votes based on his constituency input. Sure, not always, but on occasion. Point is, you say nothing, and they don't know how the populace feels beyond what polls tell them. And national polls may well not reflect local sentiment.

So what are your plans?

It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

Author's Note: Dan has offered that I can crosspost from DemConWatch, so you'll be seeing some of my articles. I'll also be writing some posts on local politics. This article is from DemConWatch, and the companion article cited at the end can be viewed here
 

Obama's Debt Commission is due to report in November, albeit after the election. Theoretically, “everything” is on the table: debt reduction via raising the retirement age, a VAT tax, changes to the monies spent to support home ownership. All the stuff you read about. But somehow, they don't seem to include the things that I'd personally like to see. The “sacred cows” that don't even get mentioned. So here are a few things I'd like to see the Debt Commission consider:

Dock Congressional salaries. Each Senator and Representative makes $174,000 exclusive of benefits. or $3,346/week. The IIE wants to do away with the lame duck session. They give themselves a good 10 weeks a year to go home and see the folks. Well, I say, give these guys and gals 4 weeks a year for vacation, junkets, home trips, and then start docking their salaries for not being in Washington doing the jobs they are paid with out tax dollars to do. Plus, they seem to only work 3 days each week so they can go home on weekends. I'd let them have a travel day each week, and then cut the salaries 20% for the other day. I'm not joking. They're paid to work. Golf doesn't count. 

Raise the Federal gas tax. It's currently 18.4 cents/gallon and hasn't been raised since the early 1990's. Do you know anything else that hasn't been raised in close to 20 years? No, you don't. It costs money to repair roads, bridges and tunnels, and that's what the gas tax is for. We all howl about energy independence: raise the gas tax, even just to 20 cents/gallon, with escalator clauses of one penny a gallon each year for the next five years. It's a negligible cost at the pump, but would help the economy, help fix our infrastructure and encourage people to drive smarter.

Let the Bush tax cuts expire for the rich. People are generally against this for some reason. I'm pretty sure that it's because they can't do math. I can do math. Old math. You can play with tax rates here. For a single person, the top rate of 35% begins at $373,650 AGI. Returning that to 39% would mean an additional tax of $287/week. A lot of money if you earn $20,000/year. NOT a lot at close to $400,000/year.

Abolish ethanol subsidies. The cost and pollution and damage to waterways (and the Gulf) from chemical runoff isn't worth it. Sugar cane is better than corn as a gasoline additive in terms of yield, cost, and less pollution. 

End the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today. Just plain bring the troops home. This would save trillions. 

Make it illegal for an individual to retire on Friday, and work as a contractor in the same job on Monday. This happens all the time: the military being the greatest offender, although it happens in all levels of government. You retire, collect a pension, and then also keep your job at a higher salary with no benefits (which you get with your pension.) It's called double-dipping, and it's just plain wrong. Want to retire at 53 with 25 years? Fine. Retire. Just don't keep working AND collecting pension and benefits. 

Make the retirement age 65. While I'm opposed to raising the age to receive Social Security from 65 to 70, I think it's perfectly reasonable to disallow people from collecting beginning at age 62 for straight retirement. There are people who cannot work due to disability at all ages, and the number of disabled people rises with age. If people cannot work due to disability, they can collect SSI/Disability until they turn 65.

Cut corporate welfare. Right now, the tax codes allows a company to be based in the United States, have plants/outlets here, but also produce goods or provide services overseas. They can shelter corporate income from US taxes by paying the other countries (at a lower rate) and then deducting the percentage value (not the dollar value) from their taxable income. The right is against changing the percentage charged for these companies because they say it would cause more off-shoring. So, change the structure. Set up the system so that corporations are taxes on 100% of income for goods and services sold in the US, but allow them credits for the amount spent on payroll in the US, and pay a penalty for monies spent on goods procured, and salaries paid, in other countries. For example, GM produces cars here and in South America, Canada and Asia. GM shelters the portion of income based on the cars manufactured elsewhere, but sold here. They would now pay taxes on the value of the income for the cars sold here, but would get a discount on the rate for the cars produced using American raw materials, parts, and assembled here, and would pay a penalty for every car that they import. Side effect: more cars produced here, more people employed, more people who can afford new cars. Go figure.

Change housing policy. Right now, home owners get a tax benefit for the interest paid on mortgages. Renters get nothing. Home ownership is a value that the government has been supporting since the end of WW2. They have done this not only by underwriting the cost of mortgages via the tax code, but also by backing the mortgages via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who now hold about 90% of all mortgages. This led to mortgages being resold as derivatives, and we all know how well that turned out. The thing is, a 30-year, fixed rate mortgage is a bad deal for a bank. If interest rates rise, they're paying more for deposit accounts, but receiving less (relatively) from their mortgages. If rates fall, people refinance. Therefore, the only way the banks would sell these mortgages was with government backing. Before WW2, most mortgages had a term of 5 – 6 years, and required 50% down. 

The idea after WW2 was to build stable communities (think Levittown) and nuclear families. That worked well when people held the same job for 40 years and then retired with a corporate pension. But now, with people changing jobs every two years (up until the recession), people move more to go where the jobs are. It's easier to move when it means getting out of lease, as compared to selling a house. The house-selling problem only exacerbated in a down-spiral market. 

Those are my ideas. Please use the comments to list your choices for ways to reduce the national debt, or to say why you think my ideas are wrong. Later today, I'll be posting my idea on what we should be spending money on

An Interview with Manan Trivedi

Dr. Manan Trivedi and his wife Surekha

Democratic Candidate for Congress – Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District

— DocJess

Manan Trivedi
was born and raised in Berks County.

He was the first surgeon on the ground in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, and was on active duty until 2009.
He is currently in private practice in Reading, and lives in Birdsboro. Last April, Manan and Surekha had their first child Sonia Kalpana Trivedi. Trivedi is the Democratic nominee for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District.

His opponent this Fall is Republican incumbent Rep. Jim Gerlach.

Doc Jess from Dem Con Watch met with Trivedi last winter.
Trivedi was incredibly forthcoming as he spoke decisively about the campaign and his stand on the issues.

Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District



Why are you running?

Manan Trivedi told me that his background is different from most people running for office,
since he is a physician, and not a career politician. He is also a vet,
and wants to give voice to
the needs of the 60,000
vets
in CD-6. He believes that “uniform trumps party.”
He is running because he believes that his perspective, both as a doctor and a vet, would bring a unique perspective to the
Congress.

Health Care

One of the most contentious issues going is that of
health care reform.
Manan Trivedi is a
Single Payer
advocate. He believes that all Americans need access to care,
and is also very concerned with the doctor-patient relationship, which he believes has been co-opted by the current system.
His perspective is that of a doctor.


Afghanistan

Manan Trivedi wants
all the troops out, and believes the escalation was wrong.


Economy

Trivedi feels very strongly that the economy is a big problem.
His approach
is fourfold.

  • He would like to see more small businesses created, especially those tied to health care;
  • he would like for people to take advantage of the financial mess through national service jobs like AmeriCorps
    and the Peace Corps;
  • he sees energy as a source for the future; and
  • he believes that the stimulus program has not been good enough, we need to move towards a solar and wind based energy policy
    that will both move us forward, and will add many jobs.


Israel

Trivedi is a strong supporter of Israel, and believes in a two-state solution.
He believes that Israel has a right to defend itself.
He has never been to Israel, although he would like to go.
He bases his feelings on the situation on his relatives’ experiences in India.
He has relatives in Mumbai who were thankfully unhurt in last year’s bombing.
He knows through his in-laws in Mumbai what it is to live under the threat of terrorism,
and believes that it is no way to live: not in India, not in Israel.


Social Issues

Trivedi supports gay rights and wants the Defense of Marriage Act, and
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repealed.
He is pro-choice
and stands firmly against the Stupak Amendment and any other assault on a woman’s right to choose.


DocJess is active in Chester County Democratic politics, blogs at
Dem Con Watch, and her personal
endorsements can be seen
here.