Candidate Responses - Raymond Peña
In addition to answering the 20 survey questions, this candidate provided the following elaboration on several progressive issues.
Seeking a fair, honest, and open government that works for all:
I personally disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court decision stating that the free speech clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the Federal Government from intervening in restricting "independent expenditures" for communications by non-profits, for profit corporations, labor unions, and other associations. This decision allowed an unprecedented amount of outside spending in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. This decision and other legal developments filed in this case, spawned the creation of "Super-PACs", which allows unlimited amounts of contributions from corporate, union treasuries, and individual donors. This has created a great disadvantage for smaller campaigns. Money is a tool not a voice! Repeal It!
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the Gross National Product (GNP) both try to measure the market value of all goods and services produced for final sale in an economy. GDP refers to and measures the domestic levels of production, whereas GNP measures levels of production of any person or corporation of a country. Organizations like The World Bank and the Human Development Index (HDI) have replaced GNP with Gross National Income (GNI) to better measure of income of a country. I advocate establishing a national minimum wage of fifteen dollars as a benchmark. Then attach this minimum wage benchmark to the Rate of Inflation index. I oppose any measure that will adversely impact any entitlement programs of workers benefits and their pension plans. As a Congressmen I will not support any legislations that will chip away at the benefits of hard working Americans who have invested heavily in their pensions over many years. Like private corporations such as Google, Apple, and Amazon that offer free child day care for their workers, I advocate that universal public day care services be offered to all who are in need. This can be administered by the local governments such as a school district.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
I oppose any "out-sourcing" of jobs to other countries. I fully support any legislation that will keep manufacturing and technical jobs in the United States. There is approximately 1.1 trillion US dollars that is being held in off shore accounts that belong to some of the largest corporations in America such as Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, etc... These accounts are being held in countries such as Switzerland, Ireland, and the Bahamas.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
I am a proponent of under graduate college education to be tuition free.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
I oppose the use of private jails and prisons. The government prosecutes, the government incarcerates!