I’ve spent the last 17 years in Congress. In that time, I’ve seen the American Dream pass by too many people. Every day I see hard working Americans play by the rules and do everything right, but still, fall further and further behind. These are the forgotten workers.
Like so many, I come from a long line of laborers. Factory workers who built America into what it is today. But over the years, things have changed. Hard working people were cut out of the deal, corporations slashed benefits and kept wages low. Failed leadership and broken promises have crushed the middle class and pushed this dream out of reach.
When our local GM plant closed last Fall, my daughter called me. She was consoling her friend whose dad lost his job right before the holidays. My daughter said to me, with tears in her voice, “You have to do something.”
We need a president who doesn’t just visit our forgotten cities for rallies, but one who lives in them. One who knows the pain and suffering that comes with being unseen and unheard.
That’s why I am running for President. It’s time to do something.
I’ve been going from state to state to meet real Americans. Everywhere I go, I’m blown away by the ideas and innovative ways to rebuild and revitalize the country. From manufacturing to healthcare; from public schools to helping our veterans. I find so many bright Americans who are ahead of the curve in finding REAL solutions.
So what’s stopping these real solutions from being rolled out on a grand scale? The answer is simple – our current government and its leaders. We have to invest in our future. There are ideas that are working in small towns everywhere. And we must deploy these solutions across the country.
The devastating stress and anxiety that comes with living paycheck to paycheck, not being able to afford to put food on the table or take your child to the doctor is making us sick and has fractured and divided our communities across the nation.
We have to fix it.
It’s time for us to start building the America we deserve. An America that invests in public education, affordable health care and an economy that works for all of us. An America united by a shared vision for our future.
A quiet revolution is happening in this country. One that is driven by compassion and the independent spirit our nation is known for. It’s time for us to invest in our values so we can focus on what really matters: healing and uniting our nation.
Together, we can confront the challenges ahead and win the future.
— Our future is now.
Tim is an independent, no-nonsense congressman from Ohio fighting to rebuild our economy by investing in American workers. Tim is a native Ohioan, born and raised in a small town called Niles just outside Youngstown, Ohio.
A lifelong Rust Belt native, Tim understands that the American Dream is falling too far out of reach. That’s why he’s focused on restoring stability to our fractured communities by rebuilding our economy to work for all Americans. He is committed to building an economy that inspires investment, entrepreneurship and growth.
Before being elected to Congress, Tim served in the Ohio State Senate and began his career in politics as a congressional aide in 1995. Tim has a law degree from the University Of New Hampshire School Of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Tim currently resides in Howland, Ohio with his wife Andrea who teaches elementary school and their three children. He is the author of Healing America: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Recapture the American Spirit and The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm.
From autoworkers watching their jobs go overseas to teachers striking for higher wages and better working conditions, hardworking men and women across the country are fighting for the same thing — to earn a living wage for a hard day’s work. With factories closing, wages stagnating, and healthcare costs rising, the American Dream is falling farther and farther out of reach for too many.
The working class is the backbone of America, but today, too many working families go to bed wondering how they are going to pay the bills. How does a family choose between paying for their children’s medication and putting food on the table? Parents are worried about their children, who for the first time, are expected to earn less than their parents.
There was a time when government championed innovation and entrepreneurship. Government can do that again. We can build an economy that inspires investment, innovation, and growth. The government can promote entrepreneurship and protect the worker.
Together we can build an economy that works for everyone, where workers are cut in on the deal and actually benefit from the economic gains that they help create.
Healthcare is a right — not a privilege. I helped pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which allowed millions to be able to afford and receive coverage for the first time in their lives able to afford and receive coverage, many for the first time in their lives.
But, while the ACA made great strides in expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare, our healthcare system is still broken. We have a long way to go and that is just the fact. Monthly premiums are still too expensive, prescription drug prices continue to rise, and our life expectancy continues to drop year after year. A cancer diagnosis or a long hospital stay could lead to bankruptcy. In the wealthiest country in the world, this is unacceptable.
We need to think big when it comes to making healthcare more accessible and more affordable, which is why I have supported Medicare for All for over a decade. But as we move towards that ultimate goal, we need to be realistic on how we get there. I believe the first and most immediate step needs to be the creation of a public option that allows Americans to buy into Medicare without eliminating private health insurance options until we can implement Medicare for All in a way that makes sense for the country.
Climate change is one of the greatest existential threats facing our planet, and the clock is ticking. We can’t just reduce climate change — we need to reverse it!
With the number of deadly “once-in-a-generation” storms, floods, and wildfires on the rise, we owe it to future generations to stop debating the issue of climate change and start addressing this issue head-on.
As President, that begins by rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. While Republicans are busy rejecting science and rolling back protections already put into place, every other country around the world is making real strategic investments in carbon emission reduction and clean energy technology. The United States’ inaction is unacceptable. We must show greater leadership through strong, decisive action. That means committing to a future that is 100% carbon neutral and laying out a pragmatic, climate-conscious energy policy to get us there.
Clean Energy isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for the economy
A national commitment to clean energy not only reduces our carbon footprint but also creates opportunities for new, good-paying jobs in communities across the country. There are 800 component parts that make up a new wind turbine, there will be almost 30 million electric vehicles estimated to be on the road by 2030, the solar industry is growing at 50 percent annually — someone is going to build these things, and I want them all built right here in the United States.
It is time for us to fix our agriculture and food system. Farmers are struggling, obesity and diabetes rates are rising, and there are communities without access to fresh produce. We need a comprehensive strategy that strengthens our country’s small and regional farms, eliminates food deserts, and promotes healthy eating.
We can’t talk about food without first looking at our agriculture system. Our farmers are hurting. Retaliatory tariffs from China and extreme weather have lowered prices and destroyed crops leaving many farmers unsure of what the future holds. We need to strengthen and expand risk management programs such as crop insurance to protect farmers against unpredictable circumstances.
As President, I will push for a Farm Bill and agriculture policy that moves our country’s food system in a direction that promotes sustainable farming practices, emerging local and organic farms, urban agriculture, conservation practices, specialty crops and increase access to healthy, fresh foods for all Americans.
We need to enact federal policies that protect family farms. The numbers don’t lie. Big producers of commodity crops have received billions of dollars in subsidies while the smaller, regional farmers producing diversified specialty crops receive next to nothing. Additionally, 60 percent of these subsidies go to corn and other grains, while only 0.45 percent goes towards the production of fruits and vegetables. This is unacceptable. Government subsidies need to shift away from highly processed foods to not only fresh fruits and vegetables but also organic farming.
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