US SENATE CANDIDATE – IDAHO
The INTEGRITY to tell the truth, PERSEVERANCE to be heard, and the DEDICATION to act.
Our country is a wonderful disorganized mix of disparate ideas and political philosophies, people from all different walks of life, genders, races and ethnicities, and such diversity that I can’t even list them all here. And despite all those differences, what has always held us together as a country is our ideals, our values, our right to be who we are, to love who we love, to defend those who can’t defend themselves, and the basic democratic concepts of majority rule and being constructed for the common good of all.
Many of us seem to have forgotten that our US Constitution was purposefully designed to force our elected officials, regardless of how extreme their ideas might be, to come together and hammer out compromise and solutions that work for the greater good of all. If we don’t follow this design, then nothing gets done. This is what we are experiencing now.
In spite of the divisions we see today, I know that we all want the best for our families, neighbors and our country. If we focus on these interests and concerns that we all share, our differences will fade, and we will begin to feel hope again, and that a brighter future is within our grasp.
My entire life has been dedicated to public service, and though I am retired, I know I am not done. There is so much more to do.
I am ready to work for all of Idaho!
I AM PROUD TO ENDORSE JIM VANDERMAAS’ CANDIDACY FOR THE US SENATE.
I AM EXCITED TO ENDORSE JIM VANDERMAAS AS A CANDIDATE FOR US SENATE.
I AM WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSING JIM VANDERMAAS TO BECOME IDAHO’S NEXT US SENATOR
IDAHO NEEDS A LEADER IN THE U.S. SENATE WHO IS HONEST AND SUPPORTS THE CONSTITUTION...
NOW, MORE THAN EVER, IDAHO NEEDS A SENATOR WHO...UNDERSTANDS THAT CONSENSUS IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN CRITICISM
THANK YOU FOR FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT, JIM
THANK YOU JIM....
On the Issues
Most of the issues we face are so intertwined, that it’s impossible to deal with only one or two at a time. We must consider them as a package, each linked to the other. Many of our current legislators make the mistake of rushing to create a simple solution that will make them look good to you the voter, but usually complicates things further. This is how bureaucratic red tape is born.
Climate Change The climate is changing – At this point, it does not matter whether it is caused by human activity or not. We need to accept the reality and do everything we can to fight it. Many of the things we can do to prevent, or at least slow climate change, will help to […]
Single Payer Vs. Dual Payer: The problem with healthcare today is that it is the number one driver of bankruptcy, which creates a cycle of poverty which is almost impossible to break. We are all one accident or serious illness away from losing our homes or everything we’ve worked so hard for. My Dual-payer is […]
I call my educational plan ‘Cradle to Career’! Education is key to successful employment, good wages, the opportunity to work at a job you want, and to achieving your goals and dreams. And it’s proven that early childhood education is essential. Children begin learning much earlier than many people think – so their education should […]
These are intrinsically tied together, and many in Washington, including Senator Risch, don’t seem to realize that. They have been trying to solve one problem without considering the others.. Our economy is like an engine, and like any other engine, it has a lot of moving parts all of which are necessary for any engine […]
We need to use targeted infrastructure projects to create new jobs, affordable access to education, and job training. Trickle-up tax relief plans can both stimulate and grow the economy, strengthening the middle-class by creating more and better-paying jobs that allow people to become self-sufficient. We need to use education/business partnerships to make education and job […]
I have developed a ‘geo-fiscal living wage’ calculation, which considers the regional cost of living, affording people a living wage based upon the economy and COLA of the area in which they live. This basically means that the impractical ‘flat $15-per-hour-regardless-of-where-you-live’ proposal doesn’t not take into consideration ‘real-life’ scenarios, and especially regional cost of living […]
The solution here has always been simple, and a fight I’m committed to winning: Equal compensation for equal work, equitable treatment in all environments, and equal rights to privacy in all traditional ways, including personal health decisions.
Idaho is NOT for sale! We must keep public lands public and protected, accessible for hunting, recreation, and for ‘all’ our enjoyment. We are being lied to when told that public lands are a ‘states rights’ issue! They are trying to manipulate a mis-guided sense of ‘State Pride’ in ownership of our lands. These lands are […]
We have the ability to be energy independent, to and break our dependency on foreign oil, and to break our financial ties to countries in the Middle East that fund terrorism. Wind, solar, and solar-thermal technology not only help our climate, create jobs, and produce nearly free energy, but can also give us the added […]
We must: Get the children and other immigrants out of the cages and process them quickly, Expedite all requests for asylum, procedural handling of asylum request are by International Law Implement DACA – ASAP Re-task ICE to it’s original mission DACA children were brought to the US from other countries and raised here, and this […]
A strong and productive middle class is the engine that drives our economy. The middle class – not the top one or two percent – spends the money that creates jobs and a productive economy, increases revenue, and pays down our debt. We must change our focus and tax policy to what I call a […]
We need to develop infrastructure projects that will create jobs both now and in the future. Broadband installation throughout Idaho and the US is a great example. Not only are jobs created for the installation project, but imagine the economic potential for Idaho: The ability to telecommute, new business and educational opportunities throughout the state […]
Contrary to what many may assume, if you are a responsible gun owner, I do not want to take away your guns. We live in a time of random violence, mass shootings, our kids at risk in schools, people killing our families and friends with firearms, destroying people’s lives, and making us ALL feel unsafe […]
Our economy benefits from an educated work-force, so why can’t our economy invest in education? Student loan debt is currently at almost $1.8 trillion (see below), higher than current auto loan debt (currently at $1.13 trillion) and credit card debt ($1.04 trillion). I know people who have student loan payments that exceed $1100 per month […]
Trickle up economics; A tax plan that helps create a strong and productive middle-class, which is the engine that drives our economy, and a new approach to business taxes which rewards businesses for hiring & retaining employees, for offering healthcare. A tax structure that encourages and supports new, small & mid-sized businesses – the ones […]
The tariffs are causing our Idaho dairies and farmers to suffer more than we know, and Sen Risch is either too afraid to confront the administration on this issue or just doesn’t care to defend our farmers and diaries. Many of our dairies and farmers are at risk of closing because the subsidies only provide […]
We have paid into these programs for our entire working lives and deserve to reap the benefits that we are due. Do not buy the nonsense that these programs are ‘entitlements’, but rather are programs that we paid in to, and actually are entitled to! Most of the problems with Social Security are because Congress […]
I’ll start with the solution – my ‘Trickle-up’ economic plan. When you increase the ability for workers to gain news skills and get an education, and workers make a minimum of a Living wage and more, we invest in infrastructure that opens new markets and opportunity, and we make post-secondary education affordable with tuition payback […]
Working for ALL Idahoans!
Help me build a better future for our great state of Idaho! Join me to stand up for the values that so desperately need fighting for now more than ever!