WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE FOR BADRUN KHAN?
REAL Solutions for Affordable Healthcare
We Have to Fix The Broken Healthcare System
Our Health Care System is failing many Americans. Many of our friends and neighbors do not have enough money for necessary medical care or prescription drugs. This is wrong and should not be the reality in the United States–a nation that has many resources.
Badrun Khan believes reforming our health care system is a priority. As your Congresswoman, Badrun will take action to ensure Social Security and Medicare benefits will not be reduced. She proposes enhancing them from their current levels, and will fight to make sure Health Care is available for all. Those who have existing coverage can choose to keep what they currently have.
Badrun Khan supports increasing Social Security benefits in areas that that have a significantly higher cost of living like the 14th Congressional District, following a concept set forth in current Federal pay system.
REAL Job and Business Opportunities
We Must Provide Opportunities For Jobs and Businesses
In order for our community in the 14th District to prosper, we need to lay out the groundwork for gainful employment.
We start with providing services to first-time job seekers. Giving them access to professionals who can mentor them, help with resumes and cover letters, and connect them with opportunities through job fair events, will better prepare them for their futures.
Many people in our community have small businesses. Locally owned enterprises are the backbone of the American economy, especially here in the 14th District. As your congresswoman, Badrun will work to alleviate undue tax burdens and incentivize growth to provide stability and jobs. In addition, Badrun believes that the micro-lending model used in many other countries, one in which businesses are provided small loans to help them establish credit and gain goods, could work in New York City.
Badrun supported bringing an Amazon campus to New York. The move would have created thousands of jobs of blue and white-collar jobs, for small and big players alike. Attracting large businesses like Amazon into New York City, especially Queens, is vital for the local and state economy. For our future, it is important to encourage start-ups that drive innovation and education to locate in Queens and the Bronx. Badrun believes we need to create and support trade schools to train our neighbors in jobs in technical fields that will make them competitive in the modern job market.
REAL Solutions For Public Safety
Keeping Our Neighborhoods Safe Is A Vital Priority
Badrun Khan isn’t just a politician from elsewhere who is running to represent the 14th district. She lives and raises her children in the district, and public safety is a top priority for her. It’s more than just a talking point for Badrun; it’s about the safety of her own children. The first priority is to work with law enforcement to make sure the public safety needs of our neighbors is being properly implemented.
An issue many constituents have expressed to Badrun is the issue of the homeless shelters around the district. While they are necessary to combat the growing number of homeless people, the city has done a terrible job of discussing these services with the community. To keep neighbors and residents safe, Badrun believes it is crucial for the community to liaison with city officials to solve safety issues related to the shelters.
The 14th District has experienced first hand the devastation of the drug epidemic that is sweeping across the nation. Too many Bronx and Queens community residents have felt the adverse effects of drugs. They have dealt with family members and loved ones ravaged by overdose, and seen lives destroyed because of addiction. We must provide resources to prevent addiction and set up comprehensive programs to treat those who are addicted.
REAL Solutions for Education
We Have to Fix Our Schools And Provide Education Alternative
It’s been said that education is the most crucial factor in ensuring a better future for all of us. The public school system in the 14th district is not meeting the needs of many of our students. The emphasis on taking standardized tests, rather than teaching our children to solve problems both analytically and creatively, does not provide for a well-rounded education.
We cannot stop at fixing our outdated public schools. Badrun is a firm believer in trade schools that will train our neighbors in technical fields that will make them more competitive in the increasingly important computer and tech field. Not everyone has to go to a four-year college in order to be successful. Trade schools have always been a way for people to quickly gain the tools they need to get ahead. Badrun supports expanding these institutions.
In addition, Badrun supports the expansion of special needs programs, both as part of the school system, and outside of school. Many children that have autism, dyslexia, and other issues either fall behind in the public school system or have parents that are forced to pay for expensive private schools. Children with special needs deserve to have their education prioritized their so they don’t fall between the cracks.
REAL Solutions for Immigration Reform
No More Empty Promises, It’s Time To Fix Our Immigration System
As the daughter of immigrants, Badrun knows the struggles that many families face when coming to America. The great diversity of immigrant groups here in the 14th district have made it one of the city’s most vibrant communities.
One issue that is foremost on Badrun’s mind is human trafficking. The coercion and transport of women, men, and children is not a problem relegated to faraway lands; it is happening right now, in our own community. Badrun plans to fight for reforms to help combat human trafficking and make major dents to the horrendous practice, by working with advocacy groups and law enforcement organizations. In addition, the drug cartels that plague both Latin America and our neighborhoods need to be addressed in order to battle the trafficking of humans. The legalization of marijuana, which Badrun supports, will help cut off the cash stream to the drug cartels.
Finally, Badrun supports finding a reasonable and humane solution to the DACA recipient issue. People who were brought to this country as undocumented children have grown up American. Separating them from their families causes hardship and duress. if elected to Congress, Badrun will fight for their rights.
REAL Solutions for Veterans & Seniors
The Services Provided for Our Vets and Elderly Must Be Fixed
Our veterans served in our armed forces to defend our country from threats to our liberty. They made sacrifices; many came home with injuries–both physical and mental. We owe it to them to give them the care and treatment they need. Unfortunately, our veteran’s affairs administration is falling far short of their duties to our vets. That’s why Badrun believes that action must be taken and a massive overhaul of the services we provide veterans must be done immediately.
In order to effectively serve our Veterans, Badrun will create and empower Veterans by forming a 14th Congressional District Veterans Advisory Council to help create Legislation and assist on post-service economic opportunity.
Badrun is a supporter of NYCHA, the New York City Housing Authority that provides low-cost housing to many of our citizens and is a lifeline to many seniors and veterans who’s means are limited.
Likewise, many of the seniors in our community lack access to healthcare and other services due to a variety of factors. In Badrun’s Bangladeshi culture she was taught to honor her elders and to care for them in their old age. Sadly, many of our seniors live in terrible conditions and can barely afford their medicines or food. We need to make services easier to access for our seniors. Programs designed specifically for our seniors must be prioritized.
REAL Solutions To Climate Change
Climate change is a grave threat, but what’s the best solution?
There is no doubt that climate change is a very real crisis that we must face head-on. New York, being a coastal area, is under threat of being effected drastically by climate change in the next decade. But what is the best way to combat this crisis?
My opponent, rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, proposed her “Green New Deal”. This policy will cost the American taxpayer trillions and is simply untenable. Ignoring the needs of businesses and infrastructure will get us nowhere. Badrun will work with industries to switch to renewable resources in the most cost effective way possible. We need to expand our recycling programs as well as fixing our decaying public transportation system. This will not only help the environment, it will create some much needed jobs in the district. Badrun also believes in using new technologies and investing in research to find cheap environmentally friendly ways to stem the tide of climate change. We only have one Earth, we need to protect it.
REAL Partnership With Unions
Badrun Believes That Unions Are The Backbone Of Our Workforce
Democrats have traditionally been linked intimately with unions and the labor movement from the 19th century onwards. It seems as though many modern democrats, including my opponent rep. Ocasio-Cortez, have forgotten this fact.
Unions have fought for worker’s rights for generations, but in the last couple of decades we have seen an erosion in the power of these vital organizations. A strong labor movement is crucial to keeping workers from being exploited and getting proper compensation for their work.
Badrun is a strong supporter of unions and will work to bring more good-paying union jobs to Queens and the Bronx. She will work with union leaders to push for the rights of workers in a way that is beneficial to both them and management. It’s more than just good policy, unions go to the heart of our values as democrats.
REAL Solutions To Gun Control
Badrun Khan Believes We Need Stricter Gun Laws
The second amendment is enshrined in our constitution. Ms. Khan supports this right. However, Badrun believes that what is needed is a common sense approach to this problem. Guns have become not only an issue of public safety, but a public health crisis.
Every week it seems that there is a mass shooting somewhere in the country. How long will our leaders stand by as our children are senselessly killed by military-style weapons? While owning a gun for self-defense or hunting is fine in the hands of responsible individuals, no one needs a semi-automatic weapon.
Badrun would back universal background checks, strict laws preventing anyone with a history of violence from obtaining a weapon, and a ban on military-style weapons such as the AR-15 used in so many mass shootings. As a mother she worries about her own children and those of her neighbors. It’s passed time for politicians to act decisively.
REAL Solutions via UBI
Badrun Khan supports a Freedom Dividend of $1,000 per month for every adult citizen in the United States.
The Freedom Dividend is not a hand-out. You are a shareholder of the richest and most powerful nation in the history of the world. You deserve this. The Freedom Dividend is the modern take on a longstanding concept in history called Universal Basic Income, or UBI for short. Martin Luther King, Jr. called it a guaranteed annual income, and it was also promoted by renowned economist Milton Friedman.
Study after study shows that people’s lives are by and large enriched immediately when they receive a basic income. The money is injected into the communities, and small business is revived and energized. The best part is that this money will not be printed out of thin air, or cause inflation. Rather this is wealth that already exists in the American economy, but whether it be by automating away jobs or by abuse of our shoddy tax code, has floated to the top 1% as they continue to hoard market share and wreak havoc on local economies.
By way of a variable VaT (value-added-tax), goods and services that rely most heavily on automation, and luxury goods, will be taxed the most, whereas staple items like food, medicine, clothing and diapers would not have extra tax added at all. This is much like the flat VaT system in Europe that has proved vastly superior to the wealth tax, which has now been repealed in multiple countries, as the top 1% hid their wealth in offshore accounts and took advantage of loopholes in the tax codes. The VaT renders these strategies useless because it splits up the tax amongst the various parts of the production process.
Almost every other industrialized country in the world has a VaT. It is the smart way to tax wealth, and likely the only realistic way. You tax luxury spending, not wealth itself.
The Freedom Dividend (or UBI) is not a left or right-wing idea; It is simply a smart idea. It is an honest solution to fix many of the woes associated with late-stage capitalism, or corporatism. In the 1970s and 1980s, corporations began to prioritize profit above all else. The problem is that technology has advanced, and is advancing at such a rate that millions of manufacturing jobs have been automated away. It is no longer enough to pay workers less; the jobs are now simply disappearing because workers are no longer considered assets. You might hear some voices blaming immigrants for taking Americans’ jobs, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you go to a factory in Michigan, for example, you will not see wall-to-wall immigrants; you will see wall-to-wall robots.
Automation is far more efficient than humans at many tasks, and the disparity will only increase as time goes on. More jobs will be lost, and more people will suffer as a result. Studies show that one third of our jobs could be automated away as early as 2030. The Freedom Dividend is an attempt to remedy this issue, recognizing that human life has value beyond its ability to produce corporate profits. It’s capitalism, but humane. It’s human-centered capitalism.
So what are the basic benefits of UBI?
The most obvious and important benefit and analogy is that it provides a safety net for Americans to fall back on. One 2017 study found that 57% of Americans don’t have enough cash on hand to afford a $500 unexpected expense. This is unacceptable, and it’s time we stop blaming half the country and presuming they deserve to suffer, or that they should have prepared better. That’s not productive, and it’s largely false. UBI can also serve as a safety net for battered women (or men) who are financially dependent on their abusers. The Freedom Dividend could release them from these chains, and allow them to pay or save up for a plane ticket to fly far far away, a deposit on their own apartment, or simply a good lawyer.
Other safety net benefits include:
- Allowing millions of mothers and fathers to stay at home and raise their child, rather than work and go on to pay half or more of their wages to a babysitter or daycare.
- Allowing caretakers of elderly and disabled to care for their loved ones more often.
- By providing this $1,000 cushion to each and every adult citizen, we can ensure that anyone who works even a few hours a week will be above the poverty line. UBI via the Freedom Dividend will give another meaning to life to hundreds of millions of Americans.