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A Future For All

My name is John Nelson, and I intend to make Congress do what it is supposed to do: work for its citizens. Having worked my way up from working at a $4 minimum wage in call centers, to the aviation industry, and finally, a successful career as an attorney, I know how to work hard to achieve the working class goals that we share in Ventura County.  Prepare for lot more action and a little less talk!

I’m still not exactly sure how it happened, but my parents came from bright red state of North Dakota with a set of ideals and beliefs they still follow to this day, and have passed along to me. Weekends were spent marching for civil rights, while I was pushed along in a stroller. My mom was the national director of the school lunch program and then the national director of WIC. To this day, she spends several hours each day doing community service. That’s the kind of progressive activism and work ethic I think we ought to have representing CD-26.

We need someone in Washington who wants to make these necessary changes for the future. All of my opponents, yes including Julia Brownley, are opposed to Medicare For All. The US spends the most money on healthcare in the world at about $10,000 a person, from every single one of us, and what do we get? The highest infant mortality rates in the industrialized world. The lowest life expectancies. The highest drug prices. Our healthcare system is in a terminal condition.

All of my opponents are opposed to free college tuition. Yes, including Julia Brownley. None of them want to give young people the best start at life. Why would they? They don’t know what it’s like to struggle today. They don’t know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck. I do. They don’t know what it is like to get a payday loan? I do. They don’t know what it is like to have to decide between health insurance or putting a roof over your head. I do. They don’t know what it is like to walk to work because you can’t afford the bus. I do.

Not only do they not understand what it’s like to struggle today, but they aren’t thinking of the challenges we will face in the near future. The people in charge don’t care about our environment. They don’t care about the future of the planet or its health. The reason is: they get paid now. They get elected now. We need clean, renewable energy for the health of the planet and the health of our economy. Clean energy employs about 500K people just in California. That is ten times the number of coal jobs in the entire country. These jobs can support an entire middle class for generations.

We need a safer world, in which we are not playing a game of roulette when we send our kids off to school each day wondering whether they will come home alive or be the target of a school shooting. We need to have common sense gun regulations in place that keep our children safe. Furthermore, children should not live each day in fear of their parents being detained by ICE while in school. These are the realities in which our nation’s children are living.

Speaking of safe, I am 100% for keeping our country safe from foreign and domestic terrorism. But that safety though should not extend to the wiretapping of Americans without a warrant. The 4th Amendment provides that protection for all Americans. Julia Brownley recently voted to strip that right from all of us. Kamala Harris didn’t vote to take that right from us, and neither did Ted Lieu, but Julia Brownley did. So, did Devin Nunes and Dianne Feinstein.

If Universal Pre-K and Medicare For All existed, the financial situations for working parents like myself would be much better. With free tuition at public colleges and universities, we could go to school at no cost, not worry about taking care of our children while we work, and get a degree or work full time to offer our children better lives. None of my opponents support Universal Pre-K. Yes, including Julia Brownley. Kids who have access to preschool have an advantage over kids who don’t. Period. Kids who don’t have access to preschool often never catch up to their peers.

I want everyone to have a chance to succeed. I want a Future for All, and not just for some. That’s a future without walls. I want a future for our kids to look back on and see that we cared. A future that gives them hope. A future that is bright and unlimited where everyone is helping each other succeed, because it's immoral to make people poor with our actions, as a government and as a people.




Sunday, November 5, 2017 11:13 AM

Republican Tax Bill Is A Disaster For Middle Class And Small Business

I will be honest with you. There are problems with our tax code. There are things that Republicans could have proposed in their tax plan that would have lots of bipartisan support. Did they do those things? No. They talked a lot of talk, but when it came to putting pen to paper, they caved to the 1 percent.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017 9:06 AM

Puerto Rico Needs Our Help

It has been almost a week since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, causing the worst devastation that the island has seen in 100 years. 

The 3.4M residents of the island are all US citizens, but it doesn't feel that way if we look to our President. Over the weekend, National Anthem protests at football games received the attention of President Trump, yet he did not tweet about Puerto Rico until Monday. In those Tweets? He reminded the people of PR that they owe a lot of money to Wall Street.

Why isn't Puerto Rico receiving more aid from our federal government? Why hasn't a disaster relief bill been signed, let alone introduced? What is our current Representative doing? Nothing is more important than helping all of our citizens, and it seems that PR has been forgotten. 

If this terrible tragedy was occurring in Ventura County, we would be in desperate need of

help, and our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico deserve the same.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:33 PM

70,000 Ventura County Children At Risk Because Of No CHIP Funding

CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program funding will expire September 30, 2017. If Congress fails to extend CHIP, about 1.1 million children in the program could lose coverage completely, according to a study for the Commonwealth Fund by George Washington University.

This is unacceptable. 36% of children in Ventura County rely on CHIP or Medi-Cal for their insurance. This means if CHIP funding is not extended, over 70,000 children in the county could be without insurance. Congress needs to act now and set aside partisan bickering to make sure the most vulnerable members of our society are protected.

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