I am writing this because too many people seem actively averse to actually looking up the candidates pages and reading the policies for themselves. Maybe if those policies are written in a different form, those policies will be better portrayed.
One of the first things to remind people about with Tulsi Gabbard is that she is the one candidate who actively stood up against election fraud in the 2016 primary. She stepped down as vice chair of the DNC to do so. The candidate she supported in that case has been completely silent as she has suffered media silence and dishonest tactics by the DNC to exclude her from debates.
So here is your chance to get acquainted with her policies and stances.
Tulsi is in favor of universal healthcare. She has stated that she has the goal of eliminating corporate involvement in primary care medicine, while reserving a role for insurance companies for additional levels of care beyond basic universal care. This is similar to policies in most countries that have universal healthcare.
She proposes a policy whereby the government can negotiate lower drug prices with drug companies.
She has foreign policy experience of six years on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees.
Tulsi is in favor of using diplomacy rather than force against other countries who are adversaries, present or potential.
She states a policy of being against wars for regime change and diverting the trillions spent on warfare back to supporting our own citizens for education, healthcare, infrastructure and environment.
She has cosponsored bills to declare it to be a high crime should the president initiate wars without Congressional approval and prohibit the president from engaging in ongoing wars in other countries without prior approval by Congress in the form of a formal declaration.
Another bill is intended to stop the US from arming terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS or affiliated groups or individuals.
Tulsi states policies which reduce the risk of nuclear confrontation by the use of diplomacy and continued observance of the INF treaty which Trump has withdrawn from.
She cosponsored a bill for the US to have a formal no first strike policy. This would be the first time in US history that the US would have such a policy.
Ending the drug war-
Tulsi is in favor of legalizing marijuana, at least for medical purposes, ending the federal criminalization of marijuana. She has already submitted a bill to that effect, along with a separate bill directing the VA to conduct a clinical trial for cannabis use for chronic pain and PTSD, among other uses.
Criminal Justice Reform-
Tulsi proposes policies meant to offer alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenses, such as marijuana use or minor possession.
She proposes ending the cash bail and for-profit prison systems.
She has cosponsored a bill intended to promote evidence-based rehabilitation for prisoners.
She cosponsored another bill to collect and study the effects of state legalized marijuana programs.
She cosponsored another bill, “Trafficking Survivors Relief Act- To provide for the vacating of certain convictions and expungement of certain arrests of victims of human trafficking.”
Tulsi supports background checks for all gun purchases, closing the gun show loophole, reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, banning of bump stocks and banning domestic violence perpetrators from owning firearms, for which she introduced legislation.
She voted against the Concealed Firearm Reciprocity Act.
Tulsi supports free adult education and cosponsored a bill to that effect, “ College for All Act of 2017. This bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to establish a grant program to eliminate tuition and required fees: (1) for all students at community colleges and two-year tribal colleges and universities, and (2) for working- and middle-class students at four-year public institutions of higher education (IHEs).”
She also cosponsored this bill, “Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2015, allowing the discharge of private educational loan indebtedness without the need to show an undue hardship”.
Tulsi supports expanded voter registration, paper trails, limits on removing voters from rolls, making election day a federal holiday, prevention of gerrymandering and admission of Puerto Rico and District of Columbia as states.
Tulsi proposes taking back part of the money spent on the military and tax breaks for the rich to protect Social Security.
Wages and profits-
Tulsi supports reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, separation of banks from securities businesses and removal of PAC’s from the election process.
She supports increasing the minimum wage.
Tulsi is in favor of investing in renewable energy, which creates long term, living wage jobs while reducing the cost of energy, in addition to reducing the cost of cleaning up the damage caused by pipeline leaks, spills, etc.
She is in favor of ending subsidies to oil/gas/coal companies, which should not be subsidized to begin with.
She wants to end subsidies to agribusiness conglomerates.
She wants to hold major corporations financially accountable for the environmental damage they cause.
She supports a ban on fracking and offshore drilling.
She supports holding nuclear energy providers responsible for the safe transport and storage of nuclear waste.
This is a short list of her stances and policies. For years I have encouraged voters to be informed on the policies of all candidates, not pick one and not even bother learning the policies of other candidates. To learn more about Tulsi’s stances and policies, look up her YouTube channel and visit https://www.tulsi2020.com/record
No, you can NOT call yourself a Progressive if you do not know the policies of all Progressive candidates. You can NOT call yourself a Progressive by supporting a name without knowing your other options.
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