Actually, this post is the nuts and bolts of my platform.

Actually, this post is the nuts and bolts of my platform. If you believe in what I’m doing, please spread the word because that’s the only way it’s going to happen. Thank you!

The only way we’ll ever come out of our shell for the exciting potential of what’s possible in Iowa…the new “Middle Coast of America”…. is for me to get elected as the next Governor of Iowa.

I ran across this “teenage” western painted turtle heading down the road yesterday, while stocking trout. It made me think of a song “Let me know where you’re going” by Mason Profitt…a band they say was temporarily banned from the radio for their controversial songs….not sure that’s true though! Give it a listen!! https://youtu.be/BQmwC3NP47s

Part of the song goes something like this:
You don’t have to follow all the ways you’ve walked before; You can look beyond tomorrow; You can look behind the door

The point to me is it’s easy to get trapped into the same path we’ve been led down time and time again….I’m ready for something different and I hope you are too.

As an Independent Candidate with a full-time job to boot, and basically self-funded on a tiny budget compared to the others, I represent:

1.) Less big money control of our political system!

2.) Less divisiveness among people and political parties purposely causing that divisiveness. People I talk to are so tired of this…..we need more cooperation and work together!

3.) Fixing the process of how we go about solving problems & promoting ideas! Is that the way you solve problems at home or in your small business: secret decisions behind closed doors and one side always pitted against the other side? We don’t even make decisions on where to stock trout with that kind of thinking!

4.) The ultimate in fiscal responsibility using and sharing creative ideas rather than wasting your tax dollars. I’m in the “Final Four” just like the other candidates and didn’t have to spend millions to get there. Are they going to continue spending all your tax payer dollars to figure out how to get things done and promote ideas rather than finding creative ways to get those same things accomplished? Come to the trout hatchery and see what we accomplish being short-handed and on a tiny budget.

5.) Giving all people a voice rather than a just the highest bidders!

6.) A strong and knowledgeable voice for Natural Resources! I want to put the best interest of our land, air, water, and all the other species that also call Iowa home, on an equal playing field with all the other issues. I also want to show how our natural resources connect to nearly every other issue.

7.) A strong and knowledgeable voice for Diverse Agriculture! Diversifying agriculture in Iowa is the only way we’re ever going to lure young people back to the land and our rural communities, along with their enthusiasm and creative ideas. I’ve always been told not to put all your eggs in one basket, but that’s exactly what we’re doing with agriculture because it has lead to chronic overproduction, chronic low prices, and has been displacing families from our farms and communities for decades. Because of rock bottom commodity prices again this year, I can see another trickle down fiinancial tax revenue shortfall coming from a mile away. The only way we’re going to break out of this cycle is to start promoting all of the exciting potential ideas that could come back to the Iowa Landscape, giving Farmers more profitable and sustainable options to choose from. This diversity is also the long-term solution to improving water quality as well as diversity of both people and wildlife habitat on the Iowa Landscape.

8.) A long-term and holistic vision for our land, water, and future generations!

9.) A vision for giving young people a voice and inviting them back to rural Iowa as part of diverse & creative agriculture!

10.) Giving public employees and all workers back their voice!

11.) Giving incentives to young entrepreneurs and small businesses rather than millions in tax breaks to giant corporations and pretend-to-be nonprofits!

12.) Listening to the people who know what they are talking about when trying to solve problems and improve ideas rather than just chasing the money that keeps getting the same people elected over and over again!

13.) Figuring out how to provide basic affordable health care in Iowa that doesn’t cost everyone “an arm and a leg” …you accomplish this by listening to those professionals and others who know what they’re talking about, how to solve it, and aren’t driven by greed!

14.) Providing adequate funding to our public school system while fixing some obvious problems at the same time (like people not knowing anything about the Iowa landscape or how it functions)….rather than just blindly throwing more tax payer money at our schools!

15.) Improving our mental health care system to provide help to the people that need some help. At the same time we can solve a lot of stepping-stone ailments like depression, or post combat stress of our Vets, by giving folks a simple dose of nature or a fun experience or a broader perspective of life by doing something as simple and expense free as taking them on an inspiring trip down river!

16.) Creating a youth CCC program that allows kids to give something back first in exchange for some financial assistance with college or starting their own small business. We could even fund this with something like a .10 deposit on cans and plastic bottles that get strewn all over the place. And no, the grocery stores don’t have to take them back because we can find a better way to do that. Also, why should the Distributors be getting the $0.05 deposit money on all those cans and bottles that never get returned…. that makes no sense to me?

17.) Legalizing Hemp and cannabis production to give farmers more profitable crop options, cure simple ailments, bring billions in revenue to our state, and take control of our lives away from the pharmaceutical companies. If it can grow in Iowa, Iowa farmers can figure out a way to do it better than anywhere on the planet. I love the Pharmaceutical sarcasm in this song… which we used to call “the drug store” as kids: https://youtu.be/PRQxzvHJsUA This is also a fun song by BR5-49 for any of you Hee-Haw & Andy Griffith Show fans! https://youtu.be/2XRXOjllwX4 or yet another for those “New Riders of the Purple Sage” fans out there: https://youtu.be/9Ix39AKlQac

18.) Improve efficiency of state-run programs that waste your tax dollars by giving all of our state and federal programs a simple annual engine Dyno check up and tune-up just like we would tune up the engine in our car to make it run more efficiently or at a high performance.

19.) Giving women their basic right to choose what is best for them or their wellbeing rather than having some legislator telling me how to live my personal life. You know there are some circumstances that arise beyond your short-sited cookie cutter laws. Maybe we could focus more efforts on making our neighborhoods and communities more supportive so someone doesn’t feel so isolated. Yes, it really does take a village to raise a child.

20.) ….and no, I have no interest in diminishing your 2nd Amendment right…. I’d prefer to keep the Browning 12-gauge shotgun my dad gave me, along with an excuse for walking around with my chocolate lab, Woody in all the prairies I’ve helped restore over the years (17 to be exact) as the Clayton County Pheasants Forever Habitat Chair. I’m guessing there’s a few other law-abiding citizens out there who feel the same way.

Just as important, I represent a knowledge of the diversity of both native people and amazing species that once called Iowa home not too long ago. I know why it’s important to let a river meander and why a salamander also needs a place to live. I think there’s a lot of potential to teach current generations about all that diversity that’s been lost and how we can work together to bring just a little bit of it back for the benefit of Iowans 7 generations from now. Chances are if we are thinking ahead and doing what’s best for people and species 7 generations from now, we are likely doing what’s best for us today!

Anyway….that’s just a few of the things I think about as I look beyond tomorrow…and look behind the door!

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