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Presidential candidate Mike Solin is beginning a listening tour in the south.  His first event is in Houston, Texas, where he is accepting questions from the community.

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Some Republicans are open about the fact they don't care about their base, can you tell me what issue you think most speaks to the Democrat base...and what your policy proposals are on that issue.

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Senator Solin,

Good to have a principled progressive visiting Texas. 

Could you elaborate your position on the minimum wage? It was off putting to hear you oppose UBI. 

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On 5/15/2018 at 7:04 PM, Phillip Huffines said:

Mr. Solin,

What would you do as President to promote job growth?

Thank you for the question.  I would like to share with you my jobs plan that I will be officially announcing to the public shortly.

     We will help jobs with 6 actions.  Taxes on the wealthy, an infrastructure bank, raising the minimum wage, investing in education, raising taxes on the wealthy and lowering interest rates are the 6 ways I will help keep and create more jobs in our country,

     We will give tax cuts to the middle class and small business across the board.   When the middle class and the poor families receive tax cuts, they are likelier to spend that additional income and help grow the economy than when the higher income families receive tax cuts.  When these tax cuts take effect, the money spent will provide more income for businesses resulting in expansion; thus, the need to keep employees and find more employees.

     We will allocate $27.5 billion annually to a National Infrastructure Plan to improve roads, bridges, public transit, rail, airports, the internet, and water systems.  According to a study done by UMass/Amherst study, researchers found that every $1 million spent on infrastructure creates 20 new jobs.  That means this plan would create approximately 550,000 jobs.   Additionally, we will spend $9 billion on an Energy Plan to repaired oil pipelines and other related activities which will also boost job growth. 

     I am a strong advocate for raising the U.S. minimum wage to $15.  I am willing to compromise with Republicans; however, this is what will work to boost the economy.  By increasing workers’ wages, benefits, expanding overtime, and encouraging businesses to share profits with employees.  These techniques put the money directly into the hands of the pockets of lower-income employees who will definitely spend the extra money on goods and services; thus, boosting the economy and providing more income to businesses so that they can expand and hire more employees. 

     We will invest in education.  By making college affordable and by refinancing current student loan debt, younger people will have less debt to pay and more money to spend on goods and services.  Additionally, investing in education creates more well-rounded individuals who will be able to fulfill the needs of employers.  I do not just mean college.  I also mean trade schools and positions that need to be filled but do not have the supply of people trained to perform those jobs such as truck drivers, welders, and electricians to name a few.

     We will raise taxes on the wealthy.  I will ask congress to tax earnings above $1,000,000 to at least 30%.  Impose a 4 percent surcharge on incomes above $5 million a year.  This includes capital gains and earned income.  Estate taxes will resort back to 2009 levels at 45%.  We will combat "quarterly capitalism" by raising short-term capital gains taxes. That targets those earning $400,000 or more a year, the top 0.5 percent of taxpayers.

     Lastly, we will reduce interest rates.  When interest rates are lower, smaller businesses and aspiring home owners benefit.  This means small businesses can borrow money and repay less than what they would have to if the interest rates were to increase or remain the same.  This results in more entrepreneurs taking the risk of a loan and starting or expanding their business.  Thus, we will see more jobs due to the liquidity of these loans to businesses.  The last effect I will say is that those who look to borrow a loan to buy a house will be able to do so more effectively which will boost the real estate industry with more home owners.

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On 5/15/2018 at 11:43 PM, Pizzuto said:

Some Republicans are open about the fact they don't care about their base, can you tell me what issue you think most speaks to the Democrat base...and what your policy proposals are on that issue.

Those Republicans should care about their base.  Their base is the reason they are on this stage today.  But to answer your question, the issue I believe speaks the most to the Democratic base is standing up for the middle and working class Americans.  We want better wages, better benefits, stronger education, more jobs, and more quality jobs.  I believe I have the best jobs and economic plan out there.  The presidents who created the most job growth during their term was Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, and Franklin Roosevelt.  Four of the five were Democrats.  Clearly, the Democratic base stands for jobs, job growth, and worker's rights.  You can even add that Democrats are fighting to level the playing field in the business world by fighting discrimination, promoting women and minorities in the workplace, and standing up against the bigotry of LGBT discrimination.

As I mentioned before, I have laid out a jobs plan today and will shortly unveil my economic plan.

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1 hour ago, Cardinalfan9 said:

Senator Solin,

Good to have a principled progressive visiting Texas. 

Could you elaborate your position on the minimum wage? It was off putting to hear you oppose UBI. 

It is a pleasure to be here in Texas.  I am ready and rarin to go!

     I do not believe a universal base income discussion should even be on the table.  Ironically, it was proposed by a conservative.  I give they guy credit for going against such fundamental conservative principles such as "nothing is given, everything is earned"; however, it is just a terrible idea.  The idea of simply writing a check to every American or perhaps having some sort of lottery system would be disastrous.  First of all, what my conservative friend has not considered is the job losses this bill would have.  All the departments he would shut down would make unemployment rise for government workers.  Additionally, a universal base income would literally kill motivation to succeed.  That is why it baffles me a conservative brings this up.  Conservatives lose their cool over a misuse of food stamps or welfare.  They say "free healthcare" or "free college" is socialism and unnecessary while thinking handing people free money for whatever without working for it isn't socialism?  At least social security rewards those who have worked during their lives.  At least there are restrictions on welfare and incentives to search for jobs or earn education.  Medicare is provided for those who are older or with disabilities.  So I will not support a UBI.

I believe in a $15 minimum wage for those working.  This will incentivize those who are living off of welfare and food stamps because now a job pays more and is worth pursuing with more motivation.  When more money is in the hands of the working class, the economy thrives.  Instead of a universal base income, we will simply lower taxes on the middle class and working class by giving them more money to spend.  I discussed this in a little more detail in my jobs plan and will go further in my economic plan. 

 

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You talked about LGBT bigotry, but is expressing your religious freedom and freedom of association really LGBT bigotry? To put another way, do you believe in standing up for the first amendment?

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6 hours ago, Pizzuto said:

You talked about LGBT bigotry, but is expressing your religious freedom and freedom of association really LGBT bigotry? To put another way, do you believe in standing up for the first amendment?

Absolutely, I agree with the first amendment.  I also agree with the years of Civil Rights and equality movements throughout our nations history.  We have the first amendment, but the 14th amendment, Section 1 states, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Today, we see a group of people who are being faced with unfair practices because of how they were born.  Citizens who are not getting equal protection or a fair handshake.  Some of the bills being proposed by my Republican colleagues conflicts with this amendment when they attempt to encourage the discrimination of the LGBT community.  You don't have to accept them into your church, approve of their lifestyle, nor do you have to be friends with them.  But you cannot discriminate against them.  Whether they are women, men, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Latino, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, it doesn't matter in a workplace setting.  It was wrong to when diners would not serve African Americans just like it is wrong when bakeries deny gays service.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that"  In the Bible, we are taught to love our neighbor as we love thyself.  That includes our gay neighbors.  Any form of hate is not only detrimental to our country but also to the soul of every bigot in this country.  I stand for equality, love, opportunity, and the constitution when I stand against those who wish to hide behind their religious freedom to belittle, bully, discriminate, or persecute members of the LGBT community.

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So you don't believe in the first amendment, or religious freedom. Got it. Thank you for your answer, sir.

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12 hours ago, Pizzuto said:

So you don't believe in the first amendment, or religious freedom. Got it. Thank you for your answer, sir.

I agree with the first amendment, but I disagree with discrimination. 

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So you view LGBT rights like black rights even though being black is inherent and being gay is a behavioral choice? Doesn't that disrespect the civil Rights movement of the 60s?

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Congressman,

What's your stance on immigration? How do you feel about the bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives that would prohibit illegal immigrants from being able to own an ID?

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Follow up, Democrats around the nation are voting to allow illlegals to vote in local elections. You agree with this lawlessness, or no?

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21 hours ago, Pizzuto said:

Follow up, Democrats around the nation are voting to allow illlegals to vote in local elections. You agree with this lawlessness, or no?

I am not sure which Democrats are saying that; however, I would disagree with them.  I do not believe undocumented immigrants should be able to vote.  Only US citizens should be allowed to vote. 

On 5/19/2018 at 10:27 PM, Lewis North said:

Congressman,

What's your stance on immigration? How do you feel about the bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives that would prohibit illegal immigrants from being able to own an ID?

I do not feel prohibiting undocumented immigrants from obtaining an ID is that big of an issue.  Speaking on immigration, here is my plan:

     Here is my immigration policy.

     We will end the three- and 10-year bars. The three- and 10-year bars force families—especially those whose members have different citizenship or immigration statuses—into a heartbreaking dilemma: remain in the shadows or pursue a green card by leaving the country and loved ones behind.

     We will do everything possible under the law to protect families. To create immigration reform that protects DREAMers, those with a history of service and contribution to their communities, or those who experience extreme labor violations—to make their case and be eligible for deferred action.

     We will enforce immigration laws humanely. Immigration enforcement must be humane, targeted, and effective. I will focus resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety and ensure refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories.

     We will end family detention and close private immigration detention centers. We will end family detention for parents and children who arrive at our border in desperate situations and close private immigrant detention centers.

     We will expand access to affordable health care to all families. We should let families—regardless of immigration status—buy into health care plans. Families who want to purchase health insurance should be able to do so.

     We will promote naturalization. We will work to expand fee waivers to alleviate naturalization costs, increase access to language programs to encourage English proficiency, and increase outreach and education to help more people navigate the process.

     We will support immigrant integration.  We will create a national Office of Immigrant Affairs, support affordable integration services through $15 million in new grant funding for community navigators and similar organizations, and significantly increase federal resources for adult English language education and citizenship education.

On 5/19/2018 at 10:13 PM, Pizzuto said:

So you view LGBT rights like black rights even though being black is inherent and being gay is a behavioral choice? Doesn't that disrespect the civil Rights movement of the 60s?

As a white, male, straight, American, I have not had to overcome discrimination in my life and I never will.  I listen and do my best to empathize with minority groups.  Nearly three-fourths of African Americans believe that LGBT members face "a lot" of discrimination.  I do not understand what discrimination feels like, but African Americans do and the majority disagree with the unfair treatment of the LGBT community.  My beliefs have been consistent that discrimination is discrimination whether it is against African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, women, gays, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, those with disabilities, or whoever.  My views not only respect the civil rights movement, but my views glorify it by continuing to spread the vision of an equal America where this country embraces its diversity instead of undermines it or suppresses it.

 

OOC:

https://qz.com/1021265/the-americans-who-sympathize-most-with-the-lgbt-community-arent-white/

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On 5/16/2018 at 9:17 PM, Doomhammer said:

We will help jobs with 6 actions.  Taxes on the wealthy, an infrastructure bank, raising the minimum wage, investing in education, raising taxes on the wealthy and lowering interest rates are the 6 ways I will help keep and create more jobs in our country,

great points for your base and not much else

 

On 5/16/2018 at 9:17 PM, Doomhammer said:

   We will raise taxes on the wealthy.  I will ask congress to tax earnings above $1,000,000 to at least 30%.  Impose a 4 percent surcharge on incomes above $5 million a year.  This includes capital gains and earned income.  Estate taxes will resort back to 2009 levels at 45%.  We will combat "quarterly capitalism" by raising short-term capital gains taxes. That targets those earning $400,000 or more a year, the top 0.5 percent of taxpayers.

 

also....because you lead with those two thinks......most moderates tuned out even if you had more moderate positions later on. you gain points with your base and lose some among moderates and of course

On 5/20/2018 at 8:19 PM, Doomhammer said:

I do not feel prohibiting undocumented immigrants from obtaining an ID is that big of an issue.  even moderates beg to differ.  Many moderates have moved right on this issue to distance themselves from the far left's open border policies. This plays well with SJWs and not much else. 

     Here is my immigration policy.

 

     We will end the three- and 10-year bars. The three- and 10-year bars force families—especially those whose members have different citizenship or immigration statuses—into a heartbreaking dilemma: remain in the shadows or pursue a green card by leaving the country and loved ones behind.

 

     We will do everything possible under the law to protect families. To create immigration reform that protects DREAMers, those with a history of service and contribution to their communities, or those who experience extreme labor violations—to make their case and be eligible for deferred action.

 

     We will enforce immigration laws humanely. Immigration enforcement must be humane, targeted, and effective. I will focus resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety and ensure refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories.

 

     We will end family detention and close private immigration detention centers. We will end family detention for parents and children who arrive at our border in desperate situations and close private immigrant detention centers.

 

     We will expand access to affordable health care to all families. We should let families—regardless of immigration status—buy into health care plans. Families who want to purchase health insurance should be able to do so.

 

     We will promote naturalization. We will work to expand fee waivers to alleviate naturalization costs, increase access to language programs to encourage English proficiency, and increase outreach and education to help more people navigate the process.

 

     We will support immigrant integration.  We will create a national Office of Immigrant Affairs, support affordable integration services through $15 million in new grant funding for community navigators and similar organizations, and significantly increase federal resources for adult English language education and citizenship education.

This plays well with SJWs and not much

 

On 5/19/2018 at 7:13 PM, Pizzuto said:

So you view LGBT rights like black rights even though being black is inherent and being gay is a behavioral choice? Doesn't that disrespect the civil Rights movement of the 60s?

As a white, male, straight, American, I have not had to overcome discrimination in my life and I never will.  I listen and do my best to empathize with minority groups.  Nearly three-fourths of African Americans believe that LGBT members face "a lot" of discrimination.  I do not understand what discrimination feels like, but African Americans do and the majority disagree with the unfair treatment of the LGBT community.  My beliefs have been consistent that discrimination is discrimination whether it is against African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, women, gays, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, those with disabilities, or whoever.  My views not only respect the civil rights movement, but my views glorify it by continuing to spread the vision of an equal America where this country embraces its diversity instead of undermines it or suppresses it.

This plays well with SJWs and not much

 

 

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