I’m Victoria Alexander. I’m running for Congress from New York’s 19th district. If elected, I will ask my constituents to vote on each bill using a secure online blockchain system. If voter participation surpasses a majority threshold, I will vote accordingly. I would hope that my role could be one mainly of advisor and educator.
I am seeking support from Libertarians and Greens, disenchanted Democrats and Republicans, voters who all have approximately the same goals but different ideas about how to achieve them. My goal, which unites us all, is to try to decentralize the power that has been concentrated in the hands of the few. When all the power becomes concentrated in a few large corporations, business leaders can behave as if they are above the law and cease to be responsive to the consumer. When power becomes concentrated in government, politicians can act as though they are above the law and cease to answer to voters. When these two power centers merge, we no longer have a democracy or a free market.
That’s where we find ourselves today. These are the first changes I want to try to make together:
Simplify Legislation. I support the One Subject at a Time Act H.R. 4335, which will make it possible for all voters (as well as representatives) to read and understand the bills that go before Congress before voting on them.
End the Wars. We simply cannot afford the terrible loss of human life, damage to the environment, financial expense and refugee crises that U.S. involvement in foreign affairs causes. I advocate slashing the military and intelligence budgets to a figure adequate for maintaining a strong defense only. The U.S. spends more on military than all other countries combined. Funding wars and making surplus offensive weaponry creates enemies making us less safe, not more safe. To decrease our vulnerability to attack, we should also strive toward energy independence and decentralize and localize our communication, energy, and food production systems. We need to build a strong production economy at home. I support the Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Force H. R. 1229.
End the Fed. Allowing the Federal Reserve to create U.S. dollars that are loaned to the largest corporations at near 0% interest has led to the extreme economic disparity in the US, where the top 10% now own approximately 75% of the wealth and wield the political power that goes with this. We must phase out fractional-reserve banking and found a National Public Bank, which has the sole power to create U.S. Treasury dollars only for public infrastructure projects — roads, mass transit, hospitals, utilities, schools, and broadband — eliminating the need to tax the people or to borrow from private banks for these projects. These Treasury dollars will be backed by the value of the infrastructure assets that will return user fees. All newly created dollars would enter the economy through the middle class, not from the top. Using Public Bank funds for infrastructure (together with cutting the foreign war budget), would eliminate the need for 80% of Americans to pay income tax. The role of the National Public Bank would not be to try to manage the economy, nor to set interest rates, nor to loan money to private entities. Its role would only be funding the creation of public assets. I support the Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act H.R. 2755 and a reconsideration (without the public dividend) of the National Emergency Defense Act H.R. 2990.
Criminal Justice Reform. Decriminalize drugs and end the imprisonment of all non-violent offenders. Focus on restorative justice rather than retribution and require all convicted criminals to perform community service to support and rebuild poor communities. Racial bias and economic discrimination in our current criminal justice system is a leading contributor to poverty, crime and drug abuse. If we fix the criminal justice system, we can also fix many economic and social problems in the process. I support the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act H. R. 1013 .
Institute Ranked Choice Voting. Protecting voters against the “wasted third-party vote” syndrome could be accomplished with ranked voting or alternative voting. The lesser evil option hasn’t worked for us. I recommend passing Title I (regarding ranked choice only) of the Fair Representation Act. H.R. 3057. Since 2018, I have been advocating for RCV and I helped launch a statewide movement: Ranked Choice NY. Please follow the link to sign on to this cause.
Provide Health Care for Catastrophic Illness. As a civilized society, we do not allow people to die or suffer unnecessarily. This cost of critical care for the poor is passed on to others in the form of higher hospital costs and higher taxes. Therefore we have a de facto catastrophic illness insurance system that currently only benefits a few. Because any public benefit must be available to all, I advocate for a Federal program, through a Public Bank, that provides state hospitals with capital improvement and maintenance funds, which will allow state facilities to offer quality service at low cost and free care after the patient pays a sliding-scale deductible. No citizen should be forced to buy insurance or pay a Federal tax for this health care program. Individual states should have the option of levying consumption taxes to further support health care and the option of including non-profit health centers in their programs. The public health care system would operate alongside a private health care system, as the US Postal Service operates alongside UPS, and citizens should have a choice to use one or the other.
Impose Tariffs on Imports. Tariffs tend to encourage domestic production of goods and keep wealth circulating domestically. It is the circulation of wealth, not so much the amount of wealth in existence, that results in more products and more improvements. Shipping raw materials far distances to be made into cheap products by cheap labor is energy inefficient, increases pollution, and encourages over-consumption and waste. Tariffs could once again be the sole source of funds for government administration expenses and define their limit. Free trade agreements mainly benefit stock-holders in multinational corporations, not the consumer or the producer. Trade agreements allow government to subsidize and promote, for example, corn production in the U.S. to the detriment of other kinds of crop production. Free trade (which is not really free but unfairly managed and manipulated by government and industry lobbyists) not only hurts U.S. workers but can also adversely affect the local economies of trading partners and force migration to the U.S. The exception for tariffs should be those products that cannot be adequately produced in the U.S. and the fair free trade between individuals for private consumption.
Get Money out of Politics. I do not support government funding (matching funds) for political campaigns. I think state funds should be used to provide basic information about all candidates on the ballot. Moreover, I recommend that legislation be enacted to ensure that every candidate on the ballot is invited to participate in all public debates. I do not think regulating how much can be donated to a campaign has worked to make elections more fair. Instead, I recommend limiting how much can be spent on a campaign, without limiting the free speech of individuals. For my campaign, I accept no donations. I will accept volunteer help and encourage my supporters to share this page and/or make their own memes and yard signs. I will accept the invitation to speak to any group that has organized an event in NY19 and I will accept in-kind contributions of travel, meals and accommodations. Supporters can also donate to a charity in my name and share on social media. Most importantly, no one can buy my vote if I go by a Direct Democracy vote on each bill.
Free College Tuition at State Schools. Any Federal support for higher education should be used solely for public benefit not private benefit. I support free (or very low cost or sliding scale) tuition, room and board at highly competitive state colleges and state universities to train public sector workers in healthcare, law, civil engineering, education, and social services. In exchange for a free college education, graduates should be required to work for the state for some number of years. Such a tuition program would also help the state provide quality social programs at lower costs. The program would be funded by a National Public Bank which would provide for the basic costs of operations, maintenance and academic facilities. Each state should have some ability to decide exactly how funds are spent and/or decide whether or not to charge low and/or sliding-scale fees at their state schools. Administrative pay must also be limited relative to faculty pay.
Separate Business, Government, and Non-Profits. Much of our political discourse is about whether the government or the free market should control the basic structures of society. We need both, but we need a clear separation of business and state to help prevent power from concentrating. We need a Direct Democracy to constrain Congressional Representatives and to prevent them from selling their votes. A stronger, less corrupt, Non-Profit sector is also needed to provide those services that neither the State nor the Free-Market is suited to provide.
Since 2003, Dr. Victoria Alexander has lived in Dutchess County with her husband and son. She is an organic farmer, a novelist, director of an arts foundation and a researcher in complex systems science.
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NY19 is currently served by Representative Antonio Delgado (D) and includes Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster counties and parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties.