We are in trouble as a nation.
The McQueen4Congress campaign has already outlined specific legislation that Lee McQueen intends to co-sponsor, lobby for, and vote up, if the people of Arkansas overcome political propaganda and mind games, believing that now is the time to end neo-liberal austerity and the continuous transfer of wealth upward from the 99% to the 1%,
The UN Special Rapporteur visited California, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington DC. and commented on the tax reform package describing its implementation “…the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans.”
Overall, he seemed shocked by the extreme cognitive dissonance between perceptions of this wealth inequality and how it is reported, and how “contrasts between private wealth and public squalor abound.”
He commented on American exceptionalism saying that, “the United States is one of the world’s richest, most powerful and technologically innovative countries; but neither its wealth nor its power nor its technology is being harnessed to address the situation in which 40 million people continue to live in poverty.”
One of his more heartbreaking witness statements concerned the homeless population in San Francisco. ” I witnessed a San Francisco police officer telling a group of homeless people to move on but having no answer when asked where they could move to, I heard how thousands of poor people get minor infraction notices which seem to be intentionally designed to quickly explode into unpayable debt, incarceration, and the replenishment of municipal coffers,”
Despite the common saying, “if you don’t work, you don’t eat,” the Rapporteur noted that those who do work, still cannot survive without social welfare because their employers, refuse to pay workers a livable wage, for instance, Wal-Mart.
“I spoke to workers from Walmart and other large stores who could not survive on a full-time wage without also relying on food stamps. It has been estimated that as much as $6 billion dollars go from the SNAP program to support such workers, thus providing a huge virtual subsidy to the relevant corporations.”
The severity of wealth inequality has resulted in shorter, sicker lives and the highest rate of incarceration in the world. “ahead of Turkmenistan, El Salvador, Cuba, Thailand and the Russian Federation.”
The Rapporteur noted that policies to eliminate such severe poverty included: “democratic decision-making, full employment policies, social protection for the vulnerable, a fair and effective justice system, gender and racial equality and respect for human dignity, responsible fiscal policies, and environmental justice.”
You will not hear candidate Lee McQueen hesitate when speaking about this legislation or the progressive, pro-people platform she supports.
I, the candidate, ask that Arkansas’s District 4 really reflect on the best way that a rising tide can lift all boats. We can all rise. We can all be all right. Our children can live the best lives we can provide them.
Consider supporting the campaign of the sole progressive, machine-free, corporate-free candidate for Arkansas’s District 4 who has placed no barrier between the people and her future votes in the U.S. Congress.
Lee McQueen, Independent, U.S. House of Representatives, Arkansas, District 4