I believe that the U.S. Government should take care of all U.S. Citizens. Right now, millions of Americans are starving to death, unemployed and without healthcare. Meanwhile, Israel has free healthcare & free college education, at the expense of HUNGRY AMERICANS.
When I get elected as your next Senator, I will Amend/repeal our International Relief Laws to reduce World Foreign Aid by 20%. These funds will instead be invested in relief to flood & disaster victims, and to provide food/shelter to starving and homeless AMERICANS.
I will also propose a new law wherein all nonprofit organizations, particularly churches of all denominations, will be required to pay a flat 10% TAX, due monthly, and/or upon receipt of donations. Additionally, I will ensure that the burden of middle class people paying taxes all of their lives so that Donald Trump and others like him have corporate tax loopholes so that they never pay taxes come to an end. Bobby Jindal wasted $8B in Louisiana--We are going to stop fiscal nonsense with our votes on election day.
1. With money from the BP settlement funding, the RESTORE Act, and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (or GOMESA) coming on line next year, our State has funding streams of approximately $12 to $15 billion identified to invest in our coastal master plan for the protection and restoration of our coast. However, we will still need tens of billions more to secure coastal Louisiana. Please tell us what strategies you believe are viable options for securing the billions in additional funding we need, and what you will do as US Senator to move those strategies forward.
First, we must help all the people who their homes/businesses during recent floods in Louisiana, they are hardworking/tax paying citizens who need to rebuild their homes before they contribute to restore the coast.
Second, we must begin by getting out of Bobby Jindal’s rotten $2 Billion debt and figure out a way to create an ongoing self-sustainable revenue through the investment on clean energy such as: wind, solar, geothermal and hemp biomass which will create over 1 million jobs. I will concentrate in obtaining over $6 billion in Federal/Private investments to create ongoing permanent jobs like the Light Speed Rail System that connects North-South and East-West Louisiana.
Third, I will reach out to Japanese billionaire friends to help double Louisiana’s $3 Billion annual trade and aiding to end the embargo with Cuba for $2 billion/year revenue thus paying for Jindal’s debt and for Louisiana’s health care, education and coastal restoration.
2. Science has confirmed what people have long suspected –that there is no hope of restoring our coast without harnessing the power of the river to build land. We need a coordinated effort by federal agencies to align with state and local stakeholders if we are to make the target of breaking ground on our first major land building river diversion in 2020. As Senator, what actions could you take to help ensure this target is met or exceeded? How would you go about creating a sense of urgency amongst the federal agencies involved?
As your Senator, I will continue to support The Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition's 19 priority projects and all the goals outlined in the RESTORE Act, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council's Initial Comprehensive Plan, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's requirements and the goals of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment.
Additionally, within 60-180 days, I will make every effort to bring in the River Renewal experts from the ECO-JAPAN Ecosystem Conservation Society – Japan, who can will be a great source to speed up the process to renew the Mississippi river so that it can be a land building river diversion by 2020.
3. As was plainly highlighted during the recent flooding, awareness of flood risk and the availability of affordable, sustainable flood insurance is critical for Louisiana. What will you do in the Senate to increase awareness of flood risk, ensure the effectiveness the National Flood Insurance Program, and advocate reforms you think are necessary to keep the program viable?
First, a viable solution is to change the way that we rebuild and build new homes. I will make every effort to obtain up to $150,000 grants for people whose home/business flooded so that they can rebuild pouring Hempcrete (insulated concrete) between the studs up to 4 feet and then install ceramic. This will make their walls bullet proof and when the next flood comes, they only pressure wash their walls and move on with their lives. This will save millions of FEMA dollars. For new construction, we would require steel frames, Hempcrete foundation and walls.
Second, the cost of Flood/Homeowners insurance is often 200% more than the mortgage payment. So if you pay $500/month for mortgage, then your payment with insurance is $1,500 and this very issue is causing many people to lose their homes because they cannot afford expensive insurance.
4. Following Hurricane Katrina, the federal government invested more than $14 billion in the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (or HSDRRS) to protect New Orleans and the immediate surrounding area. The protection made greater New Orleans insurable, and enabled the region’s sustained economic recovery. Normally, a state match is required for a federal project. But because of the unprecedented dimensions of the catastrophe and the fact that the state was broke, Congress proceeded with the work and allowed the State to, in effect, take out an IOU for the required match. That IOU has now come due for the State, which will soon have to begin making annual payments of some $100 million to the federal government – money that could instead be put to use saving our coast. As Senator, what would you do to address this situation? Do you advocate loan forgiveness?
I advocate for the Middle Class to stop paying for the welfare of all the poor, the tax breaks of the rich and international aid. Bobby Jindal and his GOP legislature wasted more than $6B in tax breaks to the rich and left us with $2B in debt.
As an individual, I believe in paying for my own bills, and as your Senator, I will spend 24/7 finding ways to bring Federal and Private Investments to Louisiana that create ongoing permanent jobs rebuilding the Coast of Louisiana, expanding I-10 and I-49 to 3 lanes from one end to the other, replacing all of our ancient bridges and installing a new Light High Speed Rail System.
Our National Insurance Programs need to be fixed to protect the home owner/business owner, particularly on forced insurance policies with zero benefits to the mortgagee.
5. Governor Edwards has taken a stand and seeks a legal settlement to force oil and gas to contribute to the restoration of the coast. Others believe that oil and gas is but one culpable stakeholder and should not be singled out in such a way. What are your thoughts of engaging oil and gas, and /or other coastal stakeholders in the fight to save and restore of our coast?As Senator, what suggestions would you have to change the dynamic of this stalemate?
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that oil and gas industry has contributed to the damage that we now have and they should assume all the responsibility for the damages that they caused. About 90% of Louisiana residents do not live in the coast of Louisiana, but now we all have the burden of working hard and paying taxes so that our state can make enough money to pay for coastal restoration.
Keep in mind that: Louisiana's air, aquifers, rivers, lakes & swamps are being used as sewage dumps for fracking mud & other industrial waste. We must fine & jail those that are responsible. As your Senator, I will amend/repeal The Federal Water Pollution Act -- the modern Clean Water Act and the Halliburton Loophole manipulated by Vice President Dick Cheney's legislation introduced in the 2005 Energy Policy Act which gave total freedom to the hydraulic fracturing industry.
6. What effect to do you believe climate change has on Louisiana’s coastal problems? To what extent do you believe the federal government should consider climate change in formulating and executing federal policy with respect to the coast?
Climate change is not an isolated effect on Louisiana's coastal problems—it is a Global problem we need to address head on. As your Senator, my job will be to become the best ally that Governor John Bell Edwards will have in Washington. I will ensure that all of his priorities are given time, effort and dedication until they are fulfilled.
Louisiana's rivers, lakes and swamps are being used as sewage dumps for fracking mud and other industrial waste. This WASTE is contributing to CLIMATE change. We must enforce regulations, fine and jail those that are responsible. I support the U.S. re-entering/maintaining the Kyoto treaty and the Paris Agreement to LIMIT global warming. The science on global warming is conclusive, and this year Louisiana is feeling the impacts as evidenced in the major floods of March/August 2016. Appropriate regulations protect the environment and HUMAN HEALTH, they also create NEW JOBS.
7. With sea level rise and subsidence contributing to the loss of sediment starved Coastal Louisiana, it may not be possible to save all of our coast. Some areas may prove to be costlier to save than we can afford. What are your thoughts on these hard choices? As Senator, how would you reconcile your duties as a fiscal steward of our finite resources against allocating them to areas or even communities that might be too challenging or costly to save?
As an organic farmer and Native American descendant, I love the Mother Earth and will strive to protect it as my ancestors have been doing for more than 5,000 years. In 1992-93, I lived within 150 miles of the center of the North Pole at Thule Air Base, Greenland. I lived and touched the magnificence of God's creation from the wildlife to the Glaciers which I was able to walk on them and appreciate them from a distance. Those Glaciers are now melting and it is due Global Warming.
We must adapt to climate change accordingly. If we flooded twice in six months, we need to either rebuild our walls and use Hempcrete or concrete and tile instead of insulation and dry wall or to take down our homes and build 8-10 ft. above ground on concrete 6 x 6 inch pillars like people do in Manchac and Grand Isle.
Closing remarks by M.V. Vinny Mendoza, Ph.D., USAF (Ret.)
All GOP senate candidates, supported Bobby Jindal's economic policies that gave $6 billion dollar tax breaks to the rich and left a $2 billion debt to be paid by us--we cannot continue to fall into the Jindal/Trump trap of more tax breaks to the rich.
I pledge to accomplish the following short/long term goals:
SHORT TERM: Obtain up to $6 billion for individual assistance to flood victims; Incorporate into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the Humana Small Business Group Healthcare for small business owners, their employees and their children up to 26 years of age and end medicine price gauging; End the Cuba Embargo and double trade with Japan.
LONG TERN: Obtain up to $6 billion in Federal & private funding for the Louisiana high speed rail; Repeal the Clean Water Act; Pass a bill to legalize hemp to be used for new construction as Hempcrete; Augment more resources to restore the Louisiana Coast, Pass a bill for the Uniform Code of Police Justice to support police and to keep them accountable for their actions. Bring the Police Box system to New Orleans to restore law and order as well as to improve community relations.