Lawrence's Green New Deal: Democratizing the 7th’s Farm Sector

  Transitioning from Timber to Hemp Pulp

Too many jobs are being lost in the pulp and paper industry in the 7th District. Lawrence’s Green New Deal has plans for exploiting the exciting new multi faceted profit making potential embodied in hemp production.Once elected , Lawrence will direct his staff to research federal, state, tribal and foundation sources to fund multiple commercially viable cooperative manufacturing ventures. But before that, professionally researched feasibility studies will be commissioned to determine the best high demand and most sustainable employment products derived from raw hemp. In Germany, for example, manufacturers now use hemp pulp to fashion molding for auto interiors.

Abandoned Port Edwards Paper Mill turned into hemp drying center - link:

Hemp pulp also makes building products such as composite 2x4’s and plywood and these products are twice as strong as timber pulp due to  hemp's longer fibers.Transitioning to hemp would help accelerate the fight against climate change. Trees absorb tons of CO2 greenhouse gasses which are now at dangerous levels in the atmosphere. Aside from saving trees, hemp pulp also makes stronger bio-degradable disposable bags, cartons , diapers - all without using harsh chemicals used to process timber pulp. For the first time since the 1800's Wisconsin has the exciting potential of becoming a textile manufacturing center. Hemp produces fabric that can be as coarse as rope or as fine as a satin like finish. Go to the Hemp Documentary cited below to see many of the fascinating new potential products derived from ray hemp.

A final note: Hemp seeds can provide nutritious food for people and livestock and hemp is relatively cheap to produce unlike its textile counterpart, cotton. It has few if any predators, therefore  herbicides and pesticides are not needed which lowers entry level costs for new hemp farming business ventures.

For a comprehensive hemp product overview, go to: www.HempDocumentary.com. Be aware that hemp production was only recently legalized with the passage of 2018 Farm Bill.

 

 

 

 

Part 2 of Lawrence's Green New Deal

Bringing Profits Back to the Farm: Growing New Family Farm Businesses

 

Lawrence completed a comprehensive feasibility study titled: “Report on the Feasibility of Building a Commercially Viable Slaughterhouse, Meat Processing, Direct Marketing Farm Cooperative"). His study was found to be commercially viable then by an expert cooperative agriculture economist from North Dakota State University. It proved it could be commercially viable for a farmers' cooperative using a corporate cooperative business model, could capture enough of a niche market from the multi-million dollar high demand meat products market to be profitable. And once the cooperative was operational, it could create hundreds of new family farm businesses in our District. Why? Because there are numerous cost saving advantages that small farm operations have over factory farms in this particular product line.

Once elected Lawrence will lead by coordinating the search to access available federal, state, tribal, foundation, SBA and private funding sources to help grow our District's farm sector. Initially, Lawrence would use his office as Congressman to help county commissioners initiate expert professional feasibility studies in order to first determine the proposed venture's commercial viability including the infrastructure necessary to slaughter, process and direct market meat products. Lawrence's has a personal, passionate commitment to create new family farm based business opportunities, all of which dove-tails nicely with our District's multi-billion dollar, environmentally friendly tourism economy.

 

Medicare for All/ Choose your own Doctor and Pay Nothing

 

The number one cause of bankruptcies for Americans over age 50 is the inability to pay medical bills, especially after becoming seriously ill which is when more expensive medical measures need to be taken.On a per capita basis, American expenditure for health care is double that of Canadians who have free health care. Medicare for All would also provide Long Term Care (LTC) coverage.To be eligible for LTC in Wisconsin, one has to go through the indignity of liquidating all their assets down to only $2,000 to be eligible for the Family Care LTC program.

See Medicare For All Plan at: Bernie's Plan

Medicare for All passage means, our government can negotiate lower prices with medical providers and in tandem, negotiate lower prices with pharmaceutical companies. Paying no premiums means small businesses in the 7th have a greater opportunity to prosper due to greater numbers of dollars flowing through our District's economy rather than being spent on a heavily tax payer subsidized failing private health insurance system.

How To Pay For "Medicare For All”? : Lawrence supports Elizabeth Warren's Plan. Her proposal calls for a 2 cent tax on every dollar on income on assets over $50 million.This is only one of many fair options for funding Medicare for All. Even Warren Buffet, one of America's wealthiest citizens laments that he pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary does. For a tax payer making over $50 million per year,  a 2 percent tax on every dollar over $50 million is not going to undermine anyone's standard of living in that tax bracket.

Bernie's plan makes sense too, i.e., make Wall Street hedge fund brokers pay sales taxes on all their transactions like any other merchant who sells products. Why are  these multi-million dollar sales transactions exempt from being taxed anyway? Would it be the political donor class get special tax break rewards so long as a certain private political organization or party gets a share?

Everyone should pay their fair share as in: Equal treatment under the law. In so doing, says Bernie, this alone would pay the freight for Medicare for All. However, the lion's share of the savings will mainly come from not having to pay billions in tax payer subsidies (wellfare) in annual subsidies to a top heavy,inefficient health insurance industry. Despite year after year of massive publicly funded subsidies this industry, it does provide affordable coverage to millions of  Americans who go without or who go bankrupt unable to meet the costs insurance will not cover.

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich breaks down the true cost of Medicare for All - link.

 

 

Lawrence will Fight for Universal  Pre-K for 3 and 4 year olds

 

We know that all the best peer reviewed studies of the Pre K find that three and four year olds do better academically and socially if they attend Pre K taught by professional educators. Pre-K’s purpose is to help our children learn cooperative behaviors when dealing with other children and adults in resolving differences..

As your Congressman, Lawrence will collaborate with state, federal, tribal, educators and others to initiate the fight to make universal free Pre K available to all 3 and 4 year olds. Pre K will require hundreds of new, well paid certified Pre-K teachers and the millions of new tax dollars flowing in to the stste's coffers from proceeds accompanying the legalization of marijuana should be earmarked for this important objective.

It is important that 3 and 4 year old children learn at this tender age how to settle conflicts with other children and adults in a respectful, civil manner. It is believed that this may ultimately be an effective way to end the rampant violence in schools and society generally.If this be so, it's time for the Pentagon as yet another funding source , to cough up their share to fund Pre K.  It could easily do so by eliminating certain expenditures that would not undermine our nation's security. See the Pentagon Spending article under our Articles tab.

 

 

Stop Corporate Interference in Our Elections. Pass a Wisconsin Version of Montana's Plan

 

The U.S Supreme Court ruled in 2010 in a case entitled: Citizens United  v. U.S. Federal Elections Commission,that corporations are permitted to use unlimited corporate treasuries to interfere in our democratic elections. See Articles Tab.

Citizens United was and still is a Koch fortune sponsored organization. The extremist Kochs specialize politically in spreading distortions, misinformation and lies against opposing candidates. The Kochs' also spend their fortune financing climate change denyers, create  right wing Tea Party organizations to stir up hate against political opponents, and use their fortune to make people turn against democratic principles generally. Their goal is  to assure it's preferred republican candidate(s) win by outspending opponents.

Koch's father originated the family fortune through a financial arrangement with Joseph Stalin's totalitarian regime in the (USSR) during the 1930's. It was through Stalin and the horrors of that tyranical anti-democratic regime that the Koch fortune came to be. See Dark Money, by Jane Mayher, NY Times. It's worth noting that the now elderly Koch heir(s) of today are as much opponents of democratic government as Stalin was. Stalin did in fact  originate the Koch fortune as  Koch senior helped Stalin consolidate his power by helping Stalin create the Russian totalitarian state using Koch senior to build Stalin's energy sector. Now , today's elderly Koch uses that vast blood money sourced fortune to interfere in U.S. elections.

Even in the 1950's, Koch senior was sowing hatred against America, founding the racist unAmerican John Birch Society that spent millions publicizing the libel and slander hat the revered Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower was a communist. Who but a plant from a totalitarian country bent on overthrowing the United States would call the Allied leader of the invasion of Europe who's skills finally put an end to the totalitarian, anti democratic bent Nazi regeime of Adolph Hitler was now being called a communist by an apparent Stalinist enabler? 

Today, that same Koch fortune blood money sourced from the Stalinist tryrany will be used to spread lies and misinformation against democratic opponents in Koch's efforts to elect Tom Tiffany or worse, Jason Church, for Wisconsin's 7th Congressional seat. Tiffany is a truly corrupt politician and like Church is an unabashed admirer of totalitarianism. As a strip mining advocate, Tiffany lied in 2014 as he spearheaded the passage of the infamous Wisconsin Mining Bill SB(1) , telling 7th District's voters that:'Strip mining is an environmentally clean way of mining that creates high paying jobs. In truth, the mining company planned to strip mine an area 90 miles long and 5 miles wide starting in Iron County going north to Douglas County.The plan called for cutting down all the old growth forest first , then called for stripping the top soil off to expose the iron ore. Once iron ore is exposed to sunlight and rain plus snow melt run-off the chemical reaction creates toxic sulfuric acid which poisons the streams, lakes and contaminates the ground water and kills all wild-life. Had the Great Lakes Band of Chippewa not stopped this project in Federal Court, it would have destroyed the 7th Congressional District's multi billion dollar tourism economy as well as thousands of jobs, homes, farms and businesses..

Conveniently for Tiffany, he never cited any credible third party, peer reviewed source backing his ridiculous claim that strip mining was an "environmentally clean way of mining." (See Articles tab above for:The Fight for Wisconsin's Soul, by Dan Kauffmann, NY Times, Mar. 2014.)

Legalize Marijuana

 

Lawrence will support Congressional legislation to decriminalize marijuana and purge all felony records of those convicted exclusively of marijuana possession and distribution.

Marijuana has been extensively vetted in many states and legalized because no medical evidence could be found indicating it is harmful in any way. Most states that have legalized marijuana heavily regulate and tax the producers and retailers. Nevertheless, it's legalization create hundreds of new employment opportunities and provide millions of new tax dollars to State Treasuries. This new source of revenue could provide needed resources to fund programs such as free universal Pre K creating hundreds if not thousands of new , good paying teaching jobs.

It is patently wrong to continue the practice of making felons out of those who are caught with a substance that causes no harm.