In these days and times, we have candidates for office, whether it is local, state, or even federal who run on one or two platforms. You have those that champion better wages and jobs, others who talk about improved education; then there are those that campaign on better environmental laws and policies. Others call for infrastructure investment and protecting Social Security or ensuring universal health care for all.
I have one question, why can’t we do it all?
In fact, I would argue that all are needed. That all are required to build a sustainable 21st Century that Americans can prosper in.
America must improve in all areas. We need to talk about the environment, jobs, education, infrastructure, healthcare, and the other things.
They are not isolated problems. Therefore the solutions should not be separated.
I remember as a young man listening to the great visionairies of the future like Issac Asimov. The idea of a future only limited by the imagination, drive, and determination of the people.
Hear me out for a second before you dismiss this as wishful thinking. If we want to attract better-paying jobs, we must improve our Education in Texas. A better-educated citizenry will be informed voters and informed citizens.
These better educated citizens will also be better consumers. However, they will demand better pay for their skill set. To keep competitive we will need to increase wages. To ask workers to give a large part of their week to their employers without proper compensation is the act of creating modern wage slaves.
The real “job creators” are well paid workers creating demand for goods and services. Better paid employees buy more, they invest more. The economy can grow if we invest in the true resource that is renewable if treated fairly.
This investment in our citizens requires that we address health care in a reasonable, responsible, humane manner. We agree that every human is entitiled to water, entitled to air, entitled to pursue happiness.
Yet, many in government think that the act of health care is some sort of privilege gained through birth right or status.
Nothing is more ridiculous. A healthy citizen can achieve in ways that only benefit our Nation. As I write this, I am reminded of a line for the movie, The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston. He is explaining why the Hebrews should be given a day of rest and better food:
A city is built of brick, Pharaoh. The strong make many, the starving make few. The dead make none.
Charlton Heston (as Moses)
I would use the same logic, a population with access to the best healthcare contribute in immeasurable feats of greatness; as it is now, this libertarian health care system of health for the wealthy cripples our nation.
A nation that neglects the healthcare of its citizens for profit, is willfully negligent in their deaths
We cannot live in filth. Our citizens cannot be healthy drinking contaminated water or building homes where the air is toxic and the land poisoned. A healthy environment is also a healthy nation.
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
But we also ignore the jobs and industry that we can utilize to become good stewards of the planet. Renewable industries such as solar now employ more people than the coal industry. Let us unlock the bounty of this planet and reap the health benefits of ecological responsibility and the riches of it.
As far as infrastructure. A healthy infrastructure improves the economy, it creates better access to health care, to business, to the citizens. A well planned and modern infrastructure helps the others.
These and other issues are not mutually exclusive, but joined together in a web of prosperity. We cannot improve one without also improving the others.
I believe in America. I believe that we can do things that other nations only dream about. To suggest that we must sacrifice one to have the other is the most Anti-American statement anyone can make.
If we can dream it, we can do it.
I am reminded of a statement made several decades ago in Houston. When America showed the world our dedication to doing the impossible.
We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone
John F. Kennedy
Today, I ask you to join with me as I campaign on one platform.
We choose to be a better nation, a healthier nation, a more prosperous, more educated nation and to do the other things. Not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Because we have no other alternative. It is a challenge of not one generation, BUT all generations.