Sen. Wyden talks about Immigration, Medicare for All, “Lost Children,” Tariffs, Citizens United, Defending Recreation and the Environment, Fixing Income Inequality and Easier Access to Higher Education
Sen. Ron Wyden held another one of his Citizen Town Hall Meetings Saturday, this time at Sister’s High School, and per usual, the issues were all over the conversational landscape.
Wyden decried the condition of the White House and added that Russian tampering with America’s elections is a serious threat to our democracy. He said although the tampering seems to be in terms of propaganda in the race for President, it could go farther. Wyden said the U.S. must return to a 100% paper ballot system to ensure absolute integrity of our voting process.
Wyden was also critical about the behavior of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, strongly hinting that protection of our environment has been stood on its head along with major corporate applications to invade and destroy certain national monuments, landmarks and wild areas that are often last vestiges of hope for certain endangered and near-endangered species.
When asked about the threat to Oregon’s Sanctuary status as welcoming refugees from other countries who are literally running for their lives from terrorism in Central America, Wyden said he favors keeping Sanctuary status for those states and communities that want to maintain those sanctuary areas. Wyden also came down hard on the Trump administration’s audacity to separate refuge-seeking families but then have no system to re-unite refugee children separated from their parents.
Wyden chided President Trump for what he characterized as a somewhat clumsy attempt to bring trade relations to a point that is more advantageous for U.S. farmers and manufacturers. Wyden said Trump’s rush to enact tariffs has interrupted the flow of trade between western and far eastern nations to the point that he’s having to walk-back those tariffs. But Wyden added that Trump’s attempt to walk them back was Trump turning to “political theater” when he gets into trouble. Trump’s offer of a $12 Billion welfare infusion to now market locked-out farmers, says Wyden, is no way to establish solid trade relations with any foreign country. Wyden hinted strongly that Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing in terms of complex foreign trade.
As for Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin, Sen. Wyden said he finds their “close relationship” a threat to U.S. security which has also begun to prompt the European Union to turn to other nations like China to take up the trade slack caused by Trump’s reckless drift toward national isolation.
Wyden also mentioned that by far, the greatest number of immigrants coming into the U.S. are generally well educated Indians, Pakistanis and Chinese who are trained in high tech categories. They far, far outnumber immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries. Yet listening to the Trump Administration, there’s a crisis on the border with Mexico where no such crisis exists. Wyden says, “Once again, it’s just propaganda to confuse and re-direct the attention of the country to issues that are less important so the big issues are left in a fog bank….issues like income inequality, stagnant wages even in a recovering economy, Russia’s meddling in our elections, Citizens United and its toxic effects on our elections, rehabilitating America’s highways, schools, and other critical infrastructure and the the country’s elite families paying taxes at a rate that is less than most American families are paying. Adequate medical care as well as preserving American womens’ right to choose are also high on the list as well as affordable housing and affordable college for our youngsters. And again, affordable medical care. Wyden says many countries provide higher level medical care than the U.S., and much of it is free or at low cost.
Wyden has often said that there is a lot of hard work ahead of us to restore the American way of life that used to be the envy of the world. He recommends easier access to college and state-of-the-art training, affordable housing for young families and a tax code that doesn’t overwhelmingly favor the already wealthy over struggling families.