Catherine Krantz on the Issues

February 4, 2018   |  on: , ,  

Let’s Talk About INFRASTRUCTURE

Top Bipartisan Concerns of Rural Constituents:  Investment in Telecommunications Infrastructure.

Happy New Year! It’s January 1,  first day of 2018,  and as I sit here and try to upload my first blog post of the year to my website I am reminded yet again why investment in telecommunications infrastructure is my personal pain point.  I, like so many of us in District 4, live out in the country.  It’s a beautiful place with rolling hills and sweeping views and crappy internet. We run a business, a campground on a lake.  Our guests don’t think of internet as a luxury, it’s a basic service and it’s expected.  We have the highest level of internet service available in our area and its inconsistent at best: spotty, slow, chronically intermittent.  It is so unreliable that we keep a second internet plan as a back up for the times the internet is too slow for the most basic use: email and online banking. We are paying two to three times as much as our urban counterparts and still feel like we are getting a bare minimum service.  We are far from the “internet of things” capability of integrated smart products and the technology and services that urban consumers take for granted.  Even talking about high speed internet or broad band makes most technology loving rural residents sigh wistfully.

 

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January 6, 2018   |  on:  

Let’s Talk About HEALTHCARE

I have had Obamacare for the past 3 years and it has been a blessing.  I wouldn’t call it perfect.  It was sometimes a bureaucratic nightmare but to be fair most of that had nothing to do with Obamacare and everything to do with the reality of dealing with Insurance companies today.  Our entire healthcare system has become incredibly time consuming and convoluted.  The Obamacare itself was pretty great: low cost premiums, affordable co-pays and prescriptions, low deductibles – exactly the kind of health care every American deserves. It had been awhile since I had had health insurance and for me it was great to finally be able to get some treatment.  I was able to get regular check ups, see specialists when I needed, and even have surgery without breaking the bank. And for the first time in years I no longer worried about what I would do if I got sick of needed to go to the hospital.  It was peace of mind that cannot be overstated.  We all deserve that.  Almost every other country in the world has figured this out, there is no reason we can’t.

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January 5, 2018   |  on: , ,  

Let’s Talk About WEALTH INEQUALITY

 Today is January 4, 2018.  Today is Fat Cat day in the UK.  It’s the fourth day of the year and the UK’s wealthiest Top Executives will have already earned more in four days than the average citizen will make all year, with executives earning 147 times as much as employees.  In the US it is even worse. Glassdoor, an online job and salary reporting site, found that US chief executives were paid 204 times their employees’ median compensation.  An Associated Press study in 2015 found S&P 500 CEO median pay was $10.8 million dollars a year. The U.S. Census Bureau stated the median household income in the US in 2017 was $59,039.  That means top executives in America make almost as much per day as most Americans will make in an entire year. This is wealth inequality and it’s not good for anyone – at least not for very long.  History has proven unequal societies are unstable societies.

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January 5, 2018   |  

Let’s talk about FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Currently our national debt is over $20 trillion dollars.

The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis says the Senate tax bill would add $1.414 trillion to the deficit* by 2027.  What exactly is a trillion dollars? Let’s break it down.  1,000 Thousands equals 1 Million (1,000,000) or 999,999 +1; 1,000 Millions equals 1 Billion (1,000,000,000) or 999,999,999 million + 1; and 1,000 Billions equals 1 Trillion (1,000,000,000,000) 999,999,999,999 billion + 1.  A Trillion can also be thought of as a Million Millions. 

The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis says the Senate tax bill would add $1.414 trillion to the deficit* by 2027.  What could a trillion dollars buy? $1.414 trillion dollars would pay for 31,250,000 (31 million, 250 thousand) $15 an hour jobs – a living wage for 31 million people.  It would pay for 10,000,000 (10 million) college educations, full ride $100,000 per person for 10 million people. Our current census states that there are 16 million Americans in college right now, so that’d pay for more than half of them.  America has about 323 million citizens. If $1.414 trillion dollars was a pie and we sliced it up and passed it out, it would mean $4,377.71 dollars for every single American.  But its not pie, its debt, so what is really means is an extra $4,377.71 in debt for every single American.

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January 4, 2018   |  on: ,  

Let’s Talk About FAMILY

I am fortunate to have always had a strong supportive family. It was traditional in some ways, non-traditional in others.  One thing I always knew was that I could count on them. My family gave me a solid foundation of security and confidence that allowed me to venture out and prosper.  I know that my family has been a big part of my success in life.

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January 3, 2018   |  on: ,  

Let’s Talk About SOCIAL SECURITY

Payroll deductions are not a small thing, they are real cash money taken from workers.  Money that could have been spent on vital things like living expenses or on retirement savings.  It has been proven that the amount of money the average American pays into social security every year would have been enough for a substantial retirement package had they been allowed to invest it on their own. This abuse of social security is one of the many reasons Americans have lost faith in their government institutions.

 

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January 2, 2018   |  on:  

Let’s Talk About IMMIGRATION

I am a dual citizen, American and Mexican. I became a Mexican citizen because I lived, worked and owned a business in Mexico. I wanted a say in the issues that affected me and my business, and I didn’t want to worry about losing everything I had worked so hard to build just because I was a foreigner. I am very proud of my dual citizenship and I have a unique perspective on immigration because I was an immigrant myself. I understand what it is like to go to another country and work hard to succeed.

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January 2, 2018   |  on:  

Let’s Talk About GUNS

 I was born and raised in Texas.  I come from a family of avid sportsmen. My family has always owned guns.  I have zero interest in taking anyone’s guns away.  I know that hunters and outdoor sportsmen are by-and-large law abiding citizens that adhere to a wide variety of existing laws requiring licenses and permits and education. Outdoorsmen are also champions of nature and conservation.  A citizenry that enjoys the great outdoors is vital to a society that supports positive environmental policy.  I champion sportsmen and the right to bear arms.  BUT I do not feel that the right to bear arms should be used as a barrier to intelligent discourse about gun control and real solutions for gun violence in our society.  There is no excuse for our government to allow this common sense issue to be highjacked by partisan politics and special interest groups.  There are sensible solutions that can protect the public without infringing on our citizen’s rights, and we are long overdue in finding them.

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