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I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I agree our congress people need to be informed. Perhaps it would be better if they spent more time actually researching issues and less time fund raising.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

  1. I do support Senator Sanders immigration plan. Unfortunately the congress and the courts have worked to derail President Obama's efforts at immigration reform so we need a congress that will support immigration reform to help the millions of immigrants who are currently in a state of limbo in our nation.
  2. I do support immigration reform and guaranteeing counsel for immigrants in court.
  3. I do not support state based visas.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I would defend the current management of federal lands rather than turning them over to the states. I agree, the states are more likely to dispose of these lands for short term financial reasons and therefore the federal government should protect them.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As I said in an earlier post, global free trade is inevitable. Perhaps TPP can be improved and I am still considering whether to fully support it. The video you referenced was interesting and I thought it presented some interesting ideas for improving the TPP agreement.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

South Dakota is actually a progressive state. We have had very liberal representatives to congress including George McGovern, Tom Daschle and Jim Abourezk. My strategy is to appeal to regular South Dakota voters who I expect are appalled by the Republican Presidential nominee who is a greedy, racist, self interested rich guy. I believe that our state will stand with good people everywhere and send the Republican party a message that it needs to reform and become a responsible party that wants to move our country forward.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

  1. I support a uniform minimum wage that does not discriminate against disabled workers.
  2. I support the Disability Integration Act.
  3. I don't have enough knowledge on this issue to give you an informed answer.
  4. I don't understand this question.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

  1. I support all efforts to increase voting participation. Vote by mail would be fine with me. I also support allowing registration and voting at the same time. Low voter participation is a real problem in our country and I believe we need to do all we can to address this issue.
  2. I do support efforts to increase turnout. Coordinating elections may be a good way to do this, however I have not considered it enough to fully support it. For example, our school board elections are held typically on non national elections and I don't see that as a bad thing. If requiring these kinds of elections to be held with national elections would increase turn out, I would support it.
  3. Score voting does not seem like a great idea to me. The Bush/Gore/Nader issue seems to me to be more an issue of the Supreme Court deciding the election rather than letting the people decide. Spoilers are a part of our election system and scoring votes seems to me to have potential for corruption and confusion.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I do support citizen vouchers for campaign finance reform. Along with this I support limiting campaign contributions to persons who can actually vote for the candidate.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Here in South Dakota we have a ballot issue this fall that will end gerrymandering here. It will appoint a non partisan commission to draw legislative districts and in South Dakota our local legislative districts have been gerrymandered to an embarrassing level. Even though we have more registered independents and Democrats in South Dakota than registered Republicans, the Republicans maintain a super majority in our state legislature. I support non partisan legislative districting -- I'm not familiar with FairVote, but I expect it is designed to accomplish this.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I support net neutrality. Much like our voice telephone systems I believe regulations should be designed to ensue equal access to everyone. The internet is a great equalizer as this reddit interaction illustrates. Even though I don't have a lot of campaign money, I can reach voters with a free and equal access internet. If it requires legislation to enforce this freedom, I would support it. Whistle blowers are important to our freedom and in that sense I believe Edward Snowden did us a service. However, we also need to be able to conduct business and allowing anyone who has access to sensitive government information to leak it with impunity does not seem to me to be a good idea. So, Edward Snowden should come back to the U.S. and make his case. If our court system decides he is a legitimate whistle blower, he will go free. If not he will face some punishment. Many times legitimate protesters face hardships. Remember Thoreau went to jail rather than pay the poll tax and he asked Emerson "why aren't you in here."
TPP is a more difficult question. I do not have a hard position on it yet. I am still talking to people and evaluating what is best. For example, TPP will increase the market for our U.S. agricultural products by $8 billion per year. That seems to be a good thing for both South Dakota and for the poor people of the world in terms of access to food. Others claim TPP will do great harm to jobs here in the U.S. It seems to me that global free markets are inevitable and it also seems to me we should recognize this and do what we can to see it is done with the least harm to the U.S.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

  1. I believe Citizens United was a bad Supreme Court decision. We need to reduce the influence of big money and big business in politics. There are many things we could do to reform campaign financing. One that I support is limiting campaign donations to people who can actually vote for the candidate.
  2. We need to increase our commitment to education in general. That means increasing the funding from the government and also studying how/what we are doing with education. Our current education system was designed years ago to provide factory workers. We need innovative thinkers these days and our education system must evolve to meet that need. Or course educators (i.e. teachers) are perhaps the most important part of that. To that end, we must make the teaching profession a high paid sought after profession and to do that we must pay them more.
  3. Our Native American citizens have been largely ignored here in South Dakota. That is why we have the poorest people in the United States living here in South Dakota. We must make a commitment to changing the conditions on the reservations and helping Native people to participate in the economic potential of our great country. This requires thoughtful action that is coordinated and led by Native Americans. It is shameful that South Dakota has turned down the ACA Medicaid expansion and that our congressional delegation has worked not to improve health care but rather to do away with our national health care system the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don't believe fracking is a source of jobs in South Dakota. It is in other parts of the plains, but it is fossil fuel technology and like oil pipelines, I don't believe we should be investing in fossil fuels. Rather we should be moving to clean energy and the kind of jobs that clean energy can and will create. I don't support fracking.

I'm Jay Williams, Candidate for United States Senate in South Dakota. AMA by JayWilliams2016 in Political_Revolution

[–]JayWilliams2016[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I do see a bright future for technical jobs here in South Dakota. Of course it will require a commitment by government to a couple of things. Let me expand. We need to move away from fossil fuels quickly. To do that we need to invest in clean energy. Once great way would be to encourage solar cells on every house, actually every structure, in South Dakota (and the entire nation). If we are able to encourage this, it would create lots of the kind of jobs required to make this happen. It requires technical skill to install solar cells that generate electricity that is then fed into the electrical grid. Of course the electrical grid itself is another project that could produce great jobs here in South Dakota. We need an updated grid that can move electricity generated by wind power here in South Dakota to places all over the country. To build this grid we need workers and of course the government participation in funding this new grid. An updated electrical grid is a project on par with the interstate highway system we built in the 50's and 60's. We need to come together and cooperate to make these things happen. Out country and our planet needs this kind of effort.

I believe our commitment to space technology is too slow. After all, we are living on a planet that is actually a huge space ship moving through the universe. It seems to me our destiny is to move into other parts of space. We been to the moon, so it seems natural that humans are going to move into space and inhabit other worlds. Funding for this kind of space exploration is important both for the natural need of humans to explore and for the kind of innovation that will be the natural result of such an effort. Of course our priority needs to be preserving our planet by getting away from fossil fuels.