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©2019  by Mark Ali For Congress. 

Issues & Political Concerns

Unrigging The System To End Political Corruption

The need to end the political corruption in our country is now more than ever. We must eliminate the influx of money by the billionaire class into our election process to end their absolute control over our political system, and the negative impact on our lives. According to a Princeton study 0.05% of Americans donates more than $10,000 to influence politician and buy the laws that they can most benefit from. That leaves "we the people" with zero influence over our government.  We can fix our system and make our votes count once again by:

  • End Gerrymandering by implementing independent re-districting committee.  

  • Automatic voter registration

  • Overhaul lobbying and ethics laws.

  • Mandate political spending transparency

  • Overturn Citizen United

  • Implement voting tax voucher of $50- $100    

   

Voting Rights For All

Independents make up 45% of registered voters and it's time they are included in the process and have a voice. There are several ways we can create a fair and inclusive election process that's inclusive and where everyone will have voice.  

  • Implement voting rights for independents

  • Open Primaries Nationwide. 

  • Fair and  inclusive election system

  • Advocate for multi-party voting system

  • Ranked Choice Voting.  

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Medicare For All

The people of this nation deserve a universal health care system that will benefit all people and relieve us from the burden of the overpriced health care industry. We must end the destructive effect of the profiteering insurance industry and big pharma. The time is now to advocate for health care as a human right and make Medicare For All the law of the land.  Comprehensive medicare for all will allow every citizen the ability to see any doctor of their choice and visit any clinic or hospital with a single health care card. There will be no more co-pays, no deductibles, no more bills after a doctor’s visit, and no out-of-network expenses. Medicare For All will cover:

  • Medical, vision, hearing, dental, mental, reproductive care, and long- term care.  

  • Medicare For All will allow us to negotiate prescription drug prices and reduce costs drastically.

  • Medicare For All is the only health care solution that is good for individuals, entrepreneurs, small and big businesses... in other words, Medicare For All makes good business sense.

  • Medicare For All will save money for individuals, businesses, and the government. Medicare For All is estimated to save Americans over 5.1 Trillion dollars over 10 years, and will save countless lives.

Comprehesive Immigration Reform

America says it's proud of being the land of the free and a nation of immigrants, but our current immigration system and imperialistic foreign policiesalong with climate change that has caused crop failures, have created the current crisis at the border. US interference to support coups of several democratically-elected Latin America governments has led to increased poverty, corruption and crime in these countries so the desperate people leave, seeking shelter in the US or elsewhere. 

We don’t need an open border policy to be an immigrant-friendly country.

  • We do need immigrants to stimulate our economy, job growth, and productivity which increases our gross domestic product (GDP). Immigrants.

  • Immigrants revitalize rural areas where the young workforce have migrated to bigger cities to pursue college and don’t return home. 

  • The most efficient way to tackle our immigration problem and ease the burden of immigrants is to, first, provide an immediate and permanent solution for all DACA recipients and immigrants already living and working in the United States. through the process of amnesty

  • Demolish ICE.  provide temporary work authorization and protection for those who would like to come to our country to work legally. There are currently many jobs, both skilled and unskilled, that employers are often unable to fill with American workers.

Immigrants provide the ideal opportunity for small businesses to generate the workforce they need and grow their clientele. Legally employed immigrants would also be a great boost to our economy in the form of purchasing of goods and services. Another net gain immigrant benefit  to our country will be to offset spending through the taxes they will pay in payroll taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes. Studies have confirmed that immigrants pay 11 Billion dollars per year in taxes.                

Criminal Justice Reform

I am committed to reforming the criminal justice system where we jail more people than any other country in the world -about 2.3 million people. We have 462,000  people behinds serving sentences  who hasn't been convicted of a crime. They are behind bars, because they can’t afford to post bail.  We spend 182 billion dollars every year to lock up people in the United States, to satisfy the greed of the for -profit-prison system, As your Congressional Representative, I will work to: 

 

  • End cash bail

 

  • End the profiteering private prison system and detention centers

 

  • Reform policing, including civil asset forfeitures

 

  • Reduce the number of people in prisons by 50%

  • Legalize marijuana and end the “war on drugs”

 

  • Abolish the death penalty

Tuiton Free/Reduce Fee College

We can go back to a time in our country's history where going to college didn't  mean being in debt for 20 years or more.  That time in American history was made possible through the Morrill Land – Grant Acts. There were colleges that charged a small fee, but those tuition were nothing compared to the high cost we see today, and didn’t take a lifetime to pay off.  Examples of free or reduced college education.  

  • California offered free tuition to in-state students until the 1970s

  • Baruch College in New York was founded in 1847 as the Free Academy, the first free public institution of higher education in the nation, according to the college. 1976 marked the end of any tuition-free policy.

  • University of Florida, charged no tuition fee for in state students according to it's  school catalog from 1905-06 stated.  All other students were charged a tuition fee of twenty ($20) dollars per year."

  • Private university, Rice Institute, later which became Rice University charged tuition for the first time in 1965. There are also a few small private colleges or universities that are tuition-free today, such as Berea College. 

Today, we have a higher education model that punishes young people  and burdens them with insurmountable student loan debt.  

  • $1.56 trillion in total U.S. student loan debt

  • 44.7 million Americans with student loan debt

  • 11.5% of student loans are 90 days or more delinquent or are in default

  • Average monthly student loan payment (among those not in deferment): $393

  • Median monthly student loan payment (among those not in deferment): $222

End Gun Violence 

The solution to our gun violence epidemic requires a multi-prong solution.  One solution that tackles  We have two kinds of gun violence epidmic taing place in America today.    The last straw for Australia  to introduce legislation to curb mass shooting took place in April of 1996. The country decided to  ban all high powered rifles within weeks of the shooting that left 35 dead.  We've seen other countries successfully tackle mass shooting crisis since then.     

The Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting left 20 children and six adults dead, and the most we did was to organize a nation wide out cry for change followed by legislative inaction. We are one of the few countries in the world where guns have more rights than humans and we are also the only country in the world where we have more guns than humans.  We have allowed American made guns to destroy  other country's democracy, while allowing home grown terrorist organizations to stock pile weapons to pose the greatest thread to our democracy.  We can prevent the gun violence epidemic from getting out of control, but we must act now. 

  • Implement a ban on fast and high-powered fire rifles to keep civilians and law enforcement safe.

  • Buy-back program  program for all high-powered rifles.

  • Repeal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)

  • Universal Background Checks 

  • Ban Weapon Stock Piling

 Climate Change 

The writing is on the wall when it comes to global warming and the devastating effects on our planet. Europe is experiencing record temperatures, hurricane and rain falls are more extreme now than ever before, the ice caps in the Antarctic are melting at an alarming rate. Climate change threatens not only human and animal lives, but our economy as well. Businesses stand to lose hundreds of billions of dollars if nothing is done about climate change. According to the UN panel on global warming we just have 11 years left to reverse climate change and save our planet from catastrophe. 

Together we can save our planet from total disaster for generations to come.

  • Transition towards renewable energy sources such as Solar,Wind and Geo-Thermal by 2050.

  • Create renewable energy Federal Jobs Guarantee programs that will provide training and employment for the easy transition of workers from the fossil fuel industry.        

  • End the harmful and destructive practice of fracking, offshore drilling and seismic blasting.

One overlooked factor in global warming is the agricultural industry. We could prevent 2 billion metric tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere by 2030.

  • Employing sustainable farming practices.

  • Carbon sequestration in soils. Organic agriculture can remove the air and sequester 7,000 pounds of carbon per dioxide per year.  

  • Agriculture as carbon cap and storage. The practice of sustainable agriculture, along with reducing deforestation is more effective than investing in carbon cap and storage for power plants - not to mention billions of dollars cheaper.     

  • Transition to local food system to reduce and transportation greenhouse gas emission.

  • Reducing Industrial agricultural carbon footprint.

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer and pesticides.

  • Changes in land use for agriculture; prevent surface warming by combating deforestation.