Career Choice, Training, and Work Experience Influence Beliefs, Decisions and Character
At TeacherPAC, we believe it’s just as important to look at a Congressional candidate’s career choice as it is the language used on the campaign trail. Anyone can hide behind rhetoric, but you cannot hide your work history. While TeacherPAC values each and every profession of the citizens of our great nation, we propose the theory that some professions may be more conducive to creating more productive, outstanding legislators than others.
Every moment, the public is subjected to legislation passed by those who have naturally been influenced by professional and personal beliefs which are then imposed upon the entire country. This can either be good for the nation, or not so good, depending on how laws affect individuals and their communities. Looking at how a candidate has been shaped by career training and work experience can reveal much about his or her personality type and how that candidate will most likely vote. It’s not a guarantee, of course, since outstanding legislators and bad apples have come from every profession, but a candidate’s resume is worthy of consideration before making a decision. For example:
Does your representative routinely cave to the 1% or fight for the well-being of all Americans?
Legislators on both sides of the aisle who sell out:
Each person in Congress votes on issues that affect all of our lives and we need to know who they all are, not just the representatives in our own districts. Minimum wage, abortion, gay marriage, extreme income disparity, the Patriot Act, voter identification, safety nets vs. personal autonomy, reasonable gun control, conservationism as pioneered by Teddy Roosevelt, equal pay, and the co-dependent relationship between banks and Wall Street are examples of the issues and corresponding laws that directly and indirectly affect us each day.
Who Are Our Elected Representatives?
According to the US House and Senate libraries, a whopping 70% of members of Congress come from the legal, business, or political professions. Fewer than 10% of our representatives are former educators, with the remaining members coming from other occupations.
Our goal is to even out the percentages, make a dent in the level of corruption, and help establish a Congress that Americans can view with respect. Capitol Hill has a record low approval rating of 10%, and that’s on a good day. Looked at it another way, 90% percent of the country disapproves of the current Congress. Many of us perceive our great nation as having gone backward instead of forward. Is there any kind of research to back this up? Actually, there is.
The United States is Ranked Lower than it Used to Be
The United States ranks 11th overall in combined criteria of economy, entrepreneurship, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, and social capital, according to the latest respected Legatum Prosperity Index rankings. The Legatum Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to determining what it takes to improve overall prosperity, happiness and well-being. Legatum ranks over 100 countries in areas such as personal freedom, education, social capital, health and entrepreneurship. Most of Legatum’s indicators are dependent upon the governing policies within each country. In reaction to Legatum’s most recent report, Christopher Helman of Forbes magazine commented, “And in the United States, faith in governance is at an all-time low,” in his piece entitled, “The World’s Happiest (And Saddest) Countries,” October 29, 2013.
Thankfully, Helman concludes his piece by reporting Legatum’s “data sets” for doing what we can to make the world, our world, more prosperous:
Pay attention to your kids’ education. Exercise your rights to vote and to express political opinions. Be tolerant of different viewpoints and different kinds of people. Get yourself out of debt and save some money. Be mindful of the environment. Eat right and get enough sleep. Help others. Get married. Go to church. Know your neighbors. Volunteer. Donate to charities.
While at face value it seems as though these guidelines for prosperity are self-reliant, most are dependent upon government policy. How can you adequately pay attention to your child’s education when higher education is way out reach for millions of families? How can you get out of debt when minimum wage doesn’t pay the rent? How are we to be mindful of the environment when the grossest polluters pay lobbyists to chip away at EPA regulations year after year? How are we to eat right when Monsanto spends millions of dollars each year lobbying to protect it’s carcinogenic farming practices? International Business Times reports Monsanto ranked the most evil corporation in the world in 2013. How can we find the time to volunteer when so many struggling families are working 2 or 3 jobs? Vote, vote, vote! It’s the one thing we can do to affect change.
Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and editor at large at Time magazine, wrote, “What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and ’60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. Look at some underlying measures today, and you will wonder about the future.” Fareed Zakaria, Are America’s Best Days Behind Us?
In the 1950’s the United States was on top economically, scientifically, and in education. The fact that the United States is ranked 12th demonstrates that the economic policies of the past 60 years have not been able to keep America on top.
In 1960, the average CEO made 40 times what the average worker made. Today that figure is 420 to 1. If extreme income disparity were good for the country, we would still be number 1.
In 1955, a family of 4 could enjoy a middle class lifestyle on one income. Today a family of 4 is barely surviving on two incomes, in many cases with more than 1 job each. If a barely surviving middle class were good for the country, we would still be number 1.
For the first time ever, today’s college students are not expected to become better off than their parents, leading many to declare that the American Dream is over. However, with the right Congress legislating to advance social and economic policies with a proven track record, it can be possible for the great United States of America to return to the unparalleled position of leadership and prosperity it once held. However, this will require that the members of Congress who have been legislating against the general public get voted out.
Who Are The People Most Likely to Put America Back On Top?
TeacherPAC locates and supports qualified educators who understand what it would take to put us back on top and who are not afraid to stand up to the force of greed. We believe we can make big money much less of a factor by working to elect those who cannot be bought.We need more Elizabeth Warrens. Teachers such as Senator Warren are not inherently motivated by big money or they would not have pursued a career in education in the first place.
TeacherPAC supports candidates who are committed to preserving and strengthening the American values of consumer protection, equal pay, worker’s rights, and the civil rights advancements for which Americans gave their lives many years ago. We must stop going backward or we will end up ranked worse than 12th.
Finally, our candidates have a history of investing time, energy, and resources right here in the United States. We unequivocally believe that it is un-American to set up offshore bank accounts for the purpose of tax evasion. There is no other reason for an American residing in the United States to set up an offshore bank account. Of course it’s tax evasion.
“Americans who hide money illegally in foreign accounts cost the United States up to $70 billion a year, the Congressional Research Service reports,” wrote Lou Kilzer and Andrew Conte in a TribLIVE article entitled, “Trillions Hidden in Offshore Accounts,” July 8, 2012. Our candidates work to bring that 70 billion back where it belongs.
Additional educators in Congress can help inform the public that through common sense planning, there can be enough for all, that science actually does matter, that health care costs can be affordable and not threaten us with bankruptcy, that bullying, lying and bribery are unacceptable, and that a severe economic recession is caused by corrupt economic policy and not caused by some random, supernatural act. Educators can guide the country into proving that we can remain a free market society, with roots firmly planted in capitalism, without destroying the 99%. We did it in the 1940’s and 50’s and we can do it again.
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